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Writing as a high-performance sports

Behind the Desk hang photographs of the two men, who play a Central role: Huldrych Zwingli, and Mike Müller. For the current hit movie "Zwingli," wrote Simone Schmid the script, in the case of the SRF-series "The undertaker" sat in the Writers' Room and signed on for four episodes responsible. The 39-Year-old just a run.

In a community Studio in Zurich-Wiedikon, it is still that artists and filmmakers are flown out of the country – all Simone Schmid. "If several people are discussing in the Studio or on the phone, I hear through the headphones a rain Playlist from Spotify," she says. To write "I must come into a Tunnel, you must achieve a state of relaxation and concentration. Sometimes the script feels to write for me is like high-performance sports."

"It also failed runs in this profession, you need. Of which you can learn."Simone Schmid, screenwriter

Simone Schmid, who grew up in the Region of Basel, studied in Bern in geography, and was a journalist at the "Tages-Anzeiger" and the "NZZ am Sonntag" before you started 2015 as a writer independently. Journalism has shaped them: "I'm used to working under pressure."

pressure there was in the case of "Zwingli" is plentiful. For Swiss standards, relatively expensive production (Budget: 6 million francs) were involved, among others, the reformed Church and private sponsors. In the case of the big funding the Federal office of culture, SRG SSR, Zurich film Foundation) (since flashed the project. Historically, too little on film, it was called. Schmid took this shot in front of the Bug as an incentive to wrote in three months, at the end of writer and Director Stefan Haupt 15 versions, together with a Co-necessary. "Do you want to see the scripts? They are all here on the shelf," she says, laughing.

Four years for "Zwingli"

The relief over the success of the author is to be noted. On the objection of the historian Valentin Groebner, that the crude language was censored back then in the Film , tells you: "sorry I couldn't talk earlier with him. We didn't want to gloss over, I took a liking to the Derbheiten and have housed a lot of curse words in the movie. The target was to reach a large audience, but I've heard from the producers that they should not be allowed to this or that impose on the spectators. If one makes rules for me, I walk anyway."

During the four years of the time of origin of the "Zwingli" was involved Schmid also on projects where there is rapid and "industrial" things, including the "undertaker". The author explains: "In the Writers' Room, it lays down the broad strokes, exchange the ideas ping-pong, a script must be provided within three months." Schmid wrote at the 4. and 5. Season of the SRF series. As she has now been asking for the last season again, have you even been astonished how fast you could drag the characters around Luc Conrad is back from her mental shelf. It is an advantage if you could write with actors in front of eyes.

The Writers’ Room is now in the world as a recipe for success for the series. Unlike in Switzerland, in the USA, the function of the Showrunners, the all the other authors work. So Breaking Bad was about "". Schmid: "The authors have invented my favorite drug kingpin Gus Fring, a distinguished, subtle man, leads to camouflage a chicken Fast-Food chain. I love it when stereotypes are broken." Such moments of Surprise that make a good screenplay: "What counts, are the idiosyncratic characters, elegant construction, and what is transported non-verbally. A screenplay is much more than just dialogue."

The "undertaker"-successor

Is there something that would not write the prolific author? You thought about it. "A vampire or horror film, I would not make it probably because I like the genre as a spectator." Otherwise, Schmid's appointment calendar is filled already to the brim. Together with Director Sabine Boss with two feature film projects in the works: "Manager", based on the suicide case of the squad's Pierre Vauthier (Zurich insurance), is already filmed and will come in the course of the year in the cinemas. Schmid was not jumped on this project, as the original authors came to. "It also failed runs in this profession, you need," says Simone Schmid, "you can learn."

The second project Di schöni Fanny is "" after the novel by Pedro Lenz. As Simone Schmid has written a first draft, the finished script is expected by the end of the year.

And when it comes to series? Also, since Simone Schmid has several irons in the fire. One of them is to be a political Comedy about a dysfunctional patchwork family in the election campaign. It is a project she developed together with her Partner Francesco Rizzi ("Cronofobia"). And also in the competition for the "undertaker"-discipleship. Up by Swiss television to make decisions it will take, the candidate list is large. The next project by Schmid, will not be film, but familial nature. In April, she expected with her Partner to her first child.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 14.02.2019, 18:46 PM

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