Scriptwriter of the Month: Panos Katsimperis

The month of July is coming to its end and it’s high time to present you with one more scriptwriter! Panos Katsimperis comes from Greece. He studied Economics and later Digital Filmmaking and, so far, he mostly worked in a short film. To find out a bit more about him, check out his MTSW profile here.  

And, of course, keep on reading. 

• What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?

You know, it’s weird. You think of a film when asked “what’s your favorite” and in a split second you come up with another one. And another one. And it just goes on. Of these five listed here, I could easily choose five different ones. But, to be honest, there are two that I would never ever change. “The Godfather Part II” and “2001: A Space Odyssey”. It’s not a matter of love, it’s a matter of pure perfection. No film is absolutely flawless. But these two ARE. 


• Why did you decide to go into film?

I wanted to be in film since I can remember. It was actually “this way or the highway” for me. It’s a means of expression for me and I still cannot imagine doing anything else.


• How and when did you begin writing?

I started writing from a very young age, although not screenplays or anything like that. I love writing. At one point, I did write film reviews and essays, but scriptwriting is something else.


• Where do you like to write the most?

Although I tried, I couldn’t put myself into serious writing when I’m off my grounds. I need my personal space, my house, my little office.


• What kind of music do you listen to while writing?

I do not listen to any music when I write, I find this distracting. But I do listen to music when I try to get some kind of inspiration. Actually, music creates imagery for me 24/7, so I listen to it a lot before I go into writing.


• Where do ideas come from?

Ideas come from almost anything. It’s different every time. Music, as mentioned above, is one spot. Another is the films themselves. And, of course, life and everyday routine bring out emotions that sometimes you didn’t even know you got.


• If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?

In the condition I could be back here, I’d choose something like ancient Rome. If I had to go someplace-sometime and never come back, I would just pick a time period. And that would be the 70s.