Screenwriter Spotlight: Katie Fahey

What’s your name? Where were you born? Where do you live? And what’s your hobby? 

Katie Fahey, born and raised on Long Island. I currently live in Brooklyn, NY. Hobbies include reading, writing, working out, sending people cat videos, and collecting vintage tshirts. 

Where did you come up with the concept that just placed as Finalist in the screenplay contest? How long did it take you to develop it into the screenplay it is now? 

It’s based on my experience as a tutor, though the climax of the film is what I fantasized about doing versus what I actually did in that specific scenario. It didn’t take me long to write it since I had wanted to write about the incident for a month or two.  

From concept to finished draft, can you take us through your screenwriting process? 

I usually let ideas bake in my brain for a while before I write anything, so the actual writing doesn’t take very long. This was especially true for this script. I thought about what happened for a couple months, visualized a structure, then got it all out on paper.

When did you realize that you wanted to become a screenwriter? 

I’ve always wanted to write in some capacity, but screenwriting is something I taught myself to do and then started taking seriously in 2019. 

Who are your biggest filmmaking/screenwriting influences? What about their style do you like or borrow? 

I really love Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, which I thought was structured and filmed beautifully.  

Have you ever been obsessed with a movie or TV show? If so, which one? Why? 

I can recite basically every line from Dazed and Confused, which means I must have been obsessed with it at some point. I also used to rewind the last few minutes of 16 Candles and watch it repeatedly.