Anna Pujolràs Perpiñà: “I listen before I write.”

Anna Pujolràs Perpiñà is HIGH PLAYER now as she was recently contracted to write the script for the season finale of GODLIKE GAMING a TV sitcom that’s garnering great praise. Moreover, she’s set for the foreseeable future with the news that she will be scripting their entire second season.

ArtsWrites caught up with Anna to learn more about her talent and her.

“I pause … and listen … before I write. Getting to the root of why a certain story needs to be told and why I should be the one to do so, makes my unique perspective come through,” says Anna Pujolràs Perpiñà. By the way, she listened before she replied.

She continued by sharing that a “good script” is not just exciting but must possess universal and identifiable – and relatable – themes: “As a writer, I strive to create well-rounded characters, showing how flawed and beautiful humans can be,” she concluded. It is Anna’s vast attention to detail in creating – not a script – but a world and then inviting the audience to that world. An old acting exercise demands the performer to ask, why today, and – as a writer – Anna seems to follow that principle as well. “Nothing happens just because,” she chimed, “everything has a cause and effect that makes life’s obstacles interesting.” Anna asks the audience to do what she has already done … listen to what’s in front of them.

ArtsWrites spoke further with this dynamic scribe about her life AND style:

What’s your creative process?

When I’m writing one of my own projects, I ask myself the question “what do I want to see?”. Finding what I think has been missing in the audiovisual world helps me find a passion for the project and how I’m going to express it to others. I usually skip that question if I’m writing for someone else’s project or working on their development. Then, I go straight to the second question which is “how do I want to see it?” Knowing where the characters begin and what ending I want them to have given a direction to the story. Getting to know the characters well, how they would react in certain situations, even what kind of music they’d listen to if need be, fills up the rest of the story. I like to think of my creative process as a puzzle where I only have the outline, and the middle I draw as I go within the limits.

You have humble beginnings: Jr. Agent, Script Supervisor, etc…
How did you rise to scriptwriter?

Screenwriting has always been my end-goal, but to have people read your script, first you need to make them listen. And that’s what all the jobs in my career have helped me do. As a Jr. Agent, I’ve learned how the industry works in the United States and how to sell my clients’ projects, something I can take for my own. As a Script Supervisor and Developer, I’ve seen other people’s mistakes and achievements, reading hundreds of scripts from different genres. As a Production Assistant, I’ve worked with others who think differently from me, but we’ve found creative common ground. Meeting people, keeping educating myself, and putting my work out there have made screenwriting possible.

Your genres are vast …  a romantic film, a horror film, and a wacky TV show… What was it like to work on such diverse projects?

A project should be compelling regardless of the genre, the length of the piece, or who’s involved in it. Having to adapt to various genres keeps me on my toes and challenges me to make the best out of any story. Research is a big part of being versatile in screenwriting. Knowing why the story I’m telling has a specific genre attached to it gives me the structure and guidelines I need to follow. Immersing myself with references allows me to understand how I should communicate a story within the genre.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on various projects that are in the development phase. I’m the writer for the season one finale of Godlike Gaming, with talks of season 2 already happening. I have multiple shoots in the next few months of shorts I’ve helped write, and I’m also going to be a script supervisor in them. My work as a Jr. Agent and Head of Development at the Jackson Agency will have me creating and shopping projects in the months to come as well.

with Roy Shellef at the premiere of Godlike Gaming

Look for part II of our series on screenwriter, Anna Pujolràs Perpiñà, in InDfilm

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