Scriptwriter of the Month: RAZVAN MIHAI BADEA

Razvan Mihai Badea is Romanian scriptwriter who holds MA degree in Bioinformatics. He worked his way up in film industry from being a location manager at different film festivals to writing and directing several short films and he is just starting.

To find out more about the projects he is developing, check out his MTSW profile here.

Watch the first realized short film written by Razvan and then enjoy his answers to our eight favourite questions.

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

Wonder. For me, film is the closest thing to magic and the films I enjoy usually bring that sense of wonder. They either transport me to another time and place, make me feel an intense emotion or reveal a hidden reality in the world around us.

  • Why did you decide to go into film?

My first passion is writing. Of course, film has always been there, as well, even before I learned to write, but I started writing scripts when I realized I mostly enjoy writing action and dialogue. I am drawn to scriptwriting for two reasons. The first is the ability to tell a story in a visual medium, the second is the collaborative aspect of filmmaking. When I start work on a script, I have already seen the film in my mind and I try to tell the story in a visual manner and communicate it as clearly as possible. Then I enjoy seeing it develop and improve, as each person involved adds something to it.

  • Commercial films or art house?

Both, though commercial films used to be more easily accessible and were better promoted, so I grew up with them. In the end, these are very vague labels, so I’d prefer films that speak to me.

  • How and when did you begin writing?

I liked telling stories ever since kindergarten when I didn’t yet know how to properly write, but I could read and sometimes teachers would let me read to the other children. When I got bored or I didn’t understand the words, I made up the story. I began writing in primary school, doing parodies or short stories to entertain my friends and it got more serious as time passed and I started coming up with original material.

When it comes to scriptwriting itself, I started writing for a local contest in a town near Bucharest. I got nominated and it gave me enough faith to keep doing it and my second script got nominated for the HBO National Screenwriting Contest, the most competitive program in Romania. It wasn’t until later, when I attended Rise of Euphoria, a NISI MASA workshop in Finland, that my script got produced and I realized the tireless, positive energy I can bring to filmmaking.

  • Where do you like to write the most?

At home, alone, in front of the computer. In those moments the world, the inspiration is all in my mind anyway and I get what I need through the research I do before the actual writing or the research and feedback when it comes to the rewriting phase.

  • What kind of music do you listen while writing?

Sometimes there’s no music, many times there is, or a song inspires me to create a story, so then I come back to it several times to find different meanings.

I’m into different genres, so it could be rock, R&B, pop, musicals, rap, folk, anything really. As for artists that have inspired me in my scripts, I’ll name a few, but the list is very long: Incubus, Godsmack, Sophie Hunger, Kings of Leon, Tool, Sia, Stephen Sondheim, Eivør, Tove Lo, Florence and the Machine, Katatonia, Jason Robert Brown, Gorillaz, Eminem, Feist, John Legend.

  • Where do ideas come from?

For me ideas can come from everywhere around me – experiences people have, dreams, other people’s creations (books, music, films, paintings, mythology), newspaper articles, places, psychology or philosophy. The trouble is deciding what is worth writing now and which idea should be developed further and seen through to the end.

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

The present, because I can bring things from both the future and the past into it.