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  • Trivia

    • He left Dawson's Creek to work on the show Waste Land, but the show was cancelled soon after.

    • He did not write the screenplay for Halloween: H20, he only wrote the treatment for the film.

    • His current project writing and producing Hidden Palms, a pilot for The CW in the 2006-2007 season.

    • At one point, he persued an acting career.

    • He applied to New York University's film school and was accepted, but he was unable to afford the tuition, so he went to East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

    • He based the villainous character in Teaching Mrs. Tingle on a teacher who screamed at him in front of the class and told him something he wrote was lousy and that he shouldn't be writing.

    • He was going to direct The Faculty, but Miramax wanted him to write Scream 2.

    • He publicly announced that he is gay.

    • He lived in the neighboring coastal community of Oriental, but before he started school his family moved to Aransas Pass, Texas, later relocating to Fulton, Texas.

    • He is the younger son of Ottis Wade and Lillie Faye (Pittman) Williamson.

    • His favorite movie is Halloween (1978). He's said that the movie is the reason he started writing.

    • His work consists of teen characters who are movie fanatics and make constant movie references.

    • Most of his films involve a character named "Casey", such as Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Halloween H2O (1998) and The Faculty (1998).

    • There is an actual Dawsons Creek in Oriental, NC where Williamson grew up.

  • Quotes

    • Kevin: I just try to write what I want to see. I tried to do that with 'Scream' and with 'Summer.' I just try to tell a compelling story.

    • Kevin: What I loved about 'Summer' was that they were these four bright kids with a wonderful future. In a way, she was the one with the brains, and then you have the beauty queen and the jock and the introvert.

    • Kevin: Typically in horror films the character just services the plot, and you really are just going from 'point a' to 'point b,' just so that you can end up at 'point c.'

    • Kevin: There's going to be a trailer in the theater like this coming summer, and it is just going to be a black screen, and all you will hear is that music.

    • Kevin: 'Summer' will be undoubtedly compared to 'Scream,' which is unfortunate, because this is a much more serious film.

    • Kevin: I think that our target audience today is just so savvy, so I try to write all of my characters so that they are self- aware.

    • Kevin: And that's what I liked about it, because they are, in the beginning, your little beautiful stock figures, who then make a decision to preserve their futures, but the decision they make isn't completely right, and it destroys their futures.

    • Kevin: I always wanted to direct. That's my passion. I was an actor. That went nowhere. I tried directing theatre. Nope. I wrote this movie called 'Killing Mrs. Tingle.' Sold it. It sat on the shelf. My unemployment dried up. I couldn't get work. I had borrowed money from all my friends. I wrote 'Scary Movie' (later retitled Scream). Just banged all it out, as fast as I could.

    • Kevin: Dawson's Creek has always been very personal and autobiographical; I live and breathe in all the characters...Dawson represents the filmmaker and dreamer, the Spielberg-obsessed idealist who views the world optimistically; Joey represents more of the cynical, angry side as well as my roots and upbringing; Pacey represents the joker in me; and Jen, the rebel. This year we added two new characters to the mix: Andie represents my overachieving, sometimes-manic personality and, in Jack, I wanted to create a character to represent my sexuality, which is my greatest asset in life.

    • Kevin: I'm not a real writer, I'm a screenwriter.

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