Watch This Space Film Magazine Issue 1 | Page 9

It was my pleasure to interview Richard T. Wilson from the Philadelphia area, an Emmy award winning filmmaker and president and founder of OutReachArts, Inc. and also founder of Mad Shelley Films which is a film company that specialises in supernatural drama with a twist. Read more about this incredibly talented filmmaker. What do you love about filmmaking? had been interviewing over the years. Yes, the series’ five Emmy® nominations and the win for “After I’m Gone” were awesome, but the teens who regularly shared their stories with me and those viewers the show helped, that’s been the most rewarding. What’s your writing process like? Do you have a favourite place to write your scripts? I talk to myself ‘out loud’ in notebooks! I ask myself Probably the same things I love about a great rock ’n’ questions and don’t censor my responses - just write it all down! This process ultimately leads me to roll song; the power of all this visual sound and fury just grabbing the audience by the shoulders and writing dialogue and before long I’m typing things in cutting through all the BS! Seriously, for me, film is to Final Draft. Actually, I’m not very precious about just the perfect marriage of all that I love about art - the writing process - making art is just messy - a lot it just floods the senses and yet provides such an like cooking really! intimate, emotional conversation with the audience. What inspired you to write your short “The Halloween Anymore, I couldn’t imagine telling my stories any Girl”? From what I’ve been seeing, it has been winning other way! awards and touring festivals and most recent one Tell me about your company, OutreachArts, Inc., what was the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival services does it provide? Awards. OutreachArts actually began its life as OutreachPlays (over 17 years ago!) - Live theatre that would help break the ice about issues that otherwise might be too difficult for audiences to talk about. The short touring plays, which addressed various health and social issues, were very successful and sponsors began to ask for video adaptations. Long story short, digital filmmaking was just starting out and, naturally, I saw this as a golden opportunity to return to my first love, film. So, for the last 15 years, we’ve been doing just that; creating Emmy® AwardWinning dramas that are designed to entertain audiences while addressing very difficult issues (addiction, suicide, self-injury, etc.). Here in the States, our films have reached audiences via Public Television, the Independent Film Channel (IFC), public schools and even a Legislative Briefing in Washington, D.C. (about Veterans suffering from PTSD/gambling addiction) in front of Sen. Elizabeth Warren! It’s very fulfilling work to say the least. Your TV mini-series “Maple Avenue” which is an Emmy Award Winning Series, you wrote and directed it, what has been the most rewarding about the series? I’m sure winning an Emmy was quite rewarding, but what else? Yes, the recent Hollywood screening was very exciting! In answer to your question, “The Halloween Girl” was essentially forced into being after I lost my mother in the spring of 2014. My father had also recently passed away the previous fall, but it was my mother’s death that was the true catalyst for the film. My mother has reached out to me many times since her passing and it’s the essence of these same ‘visits’ that have provided much of the film’s connective tissue. So, in that sense, “The Halloween Girl” is very much a ghost story within a ghost story… What are three fun facts that you can share with the readers of Watch This Space Film Magazine? When I was little, I made Super 8 “Planet of the Apes” sequels in my backyard w/ my litt