Interview with Jesse Dorian, winner of the Best Screenplay for feature film award
1. What made you go into filmmaking/script writing?
Well, I’ve been writing for about as long as I can remember. And I don’t really have a clear train
of thought about exactly why, when it comes to script writing or filmmaking, for that matter.
They’re both part of a medium that has just always made sense to me.
And luckily for me, I was both encouraged artistically, and exposed to a lot of great films as a
child, so I would assume that those two elements had most, if not everything to do with what
made me go into filmmaking and script writing.
2. What is your favorite movie and why?
I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to pick a favorite movie as I get older, and even
though I’ve been telling people for over 22 years now that “American Psycho” is my favorite
movie, I’m not so sure it is anymore.
But exactly why was/is “American Psycho” my favorite movie? I guess it’s because it’s probably
the only time I was so deeply invested in a movie upon the first viewing, that I simply didn’t want
it to end.
3. How would you make your last movie better, if you had that opportunity?
(Laughs) Well, my last movie — which was my directorial debut — was never technically
finished. I could probably write an entire book on what I would’ve done to make that movie
better production-wise… but I guess the central focus on making it a better movie would first be
to actually finish the movie, which is still a possibility. Sort-of. It’s complicated.
4. What do you think is the most important thing to know when you start a career in
Okay, so, first — I think that the industry is changing so quickly, and with such incredible
advancements in technology, that basically — no one knows anything anymore.
I’m 36 now. I don’t even remember what was important to know when starting a career in
filmmaking/script writing, when I was a teenager. All I knew back then was that I enjoyed doing
it. And so, it didn’t really matter to me whether or not I knew the right people, or had the right
knowledge regarding the industry’s handling of amateurs.
Well, one important thing to know when you start a career in script writing is — No one in your
personal life is going to read your script. Not unless they really, really like you. Maybe your mom
will read your script… but that’s about it.
And it’s not something that should be taken personally. People simply refuse to find time to read
anymore. That’s why you have to submit to film festivals. You have to pay people to give you
feedback; you have to pay people to consider whether your hard work matters or doesn’t. That’s
just the way it is, for now. It’s a real shame I just now found that out because I really could’ve
used that advice 20 years ago.
5. Can you give us a hint about your upcoming projects?
This is a little embarrassing but I have so many projects that are unproduced, or that are
currently in-progress and the reason there are so many, is because I’m one person, and I’m
trying to do way too much.
Overall, my music project Imitate Invertebrate is probably what I care about the most. It’s
something that I will certainly be returning to at least part-time, at some point this year.
6. Where can we follow you and your projects?
Currently, everything I have that is accessible to the public can be reached from my Linktree
My music project Imitate Invertebrate can currently be found on Apple Music, Pandora,
Soundcloud, and Youtube.
My e-commerce store, LostScorpion and LostScorpion Apparel can be found at