Artbiz with David Melkevik

Sep 22, 2016   //   by admin   //   artbiz, News  //  No Comments


Artbiz explores that middle ground between “art” and “business”. How genuinely creative people manage (or don’t manage) to carve out a living doing what they love. How they juggle dayjobs, families, real life, relationships, paying bills and doing their craft/art.

This week, we have my brother from another mother, David Melkevik!

Firstly, head on over to twitter, find him, follow him, RT the sh*t out his 140 character gold nuggets:

Dave is an amazing scriptwriter, who writes some of the funniest dialogue I’ve ever read. I have literally cried with tears of laughter on public transport because some of the lines Dave has committed to script.

He’s also a ninja master of script structure. I’ll ask him to read over any project I’ve worked on, with the exception of this newsletter, and he can point out where the “flab” is. Working with Dave on co-writing Kerb Crawlers was one of the funnest experiences I’ve had in the pre-production process. Fun fact: Dave has a cameo in my second flick; Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming, see if you can spot him!

Q1          First can you introduce yourself? Who are you? Do you have dependents? Do you have a mortgage? Are you the sole income earner?

I come armed with two kids, a house and a fantastic wife who’s on maternity leave.

  Q2          What do you do creatively? How long have you been doing it?

Have been adventuring in screenwriting for about 10 years.

 Q3          If you have one, what’s your day job? How long have had you that?

Working in Higher Education for almost 12 years and currently I’m in the business of business analysis and business be booming.

untitled2Q4          What are the benefits of your day job?

Its 9-5 and, on the whole, not too stressful. If it was stressful it would be difficult to get in the mind-set to do writing.


Q5          What are the drawbacks of the day job?

None – except it’s not screenwriting. Or crime fighting. 

Q6          Your art/craft is it a hobby/ a side gig/ your dream job/ your full time job?

Now screenwriting is my dream job. Before children came along I would have said it was a side-gig but since starting a family this year the amount of time and energy I now have left to spend on writing has relegated it to a hobby. However as this eventually becomes the new normal I will to recommit to screenwriting once again… and the crime fighting

 Q7          How much of what you do creatively is dictated by commercial consideration?

When writing on spec I’m totally dictated by commercial consideration. I mostly write high-concept comedies so if I didn’t think my story had appeal to a mass audience then I wouldn’t write it.untitled

 Q8          Have you turned down commissions? If so, why?

On the odd occasion I have turned down a commission it is because I wasn’t the right writer for that project. Time really is precious so I prefer to dedicate it to projects I’m passionate about… and crime fighting.

 Q9          Do you have a long term plan? A series of short term plans? Plans, never heard of them?

I used to have plans but they’ve been put on the backburner for the past year so I am just going with the flow. When I return to writing properly though next year I will assess where I am and where I want to be and come up with a plan to address that gap. I also need a lair… for the crime fighting.

Q10        What do you think of your “industry”?

It’s a challenging industry but if you rise to that challenge I honestly believe your talent will be rewarded. However even if you don’t reap financial rewards one of the best things about trying to make it in the industry is finding yourself in the same boat as loads of smart, funny and passionate people. Consequently developing relationships (and friendships) with people in the industry is a reward in itself… although sometimes a suitcase full of cash would be preferred.

Sorry. Just realised I answered that question in relation to the crime fighting industry but I guess still applies to the film industry too.

untitled3Q11        Is there anyone out there that you aspire to be like? Why?

Jay and Mark Duplass for their insane amount of creative productivity.  They’ve made it in the industry by becoming a mini-industry.

And The Batman.

Cause he’s The Batman.


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