Interview with Winning Screenwriter Carl F. Zimmermann (TOE TAG MURDERS)

1. What is your screenplay about?
Clearwater, Florida rising-star homicide detective, Mike Carol gets the chance of a lifetime when he goes to New York to work a two-year stint as a liaison in the Queens 112 precinct. But, the day he arrives bodies start showing up pitting him against the hardcore NYPD detectives he has to work with. The murder victims share two crucial clues – they were all booked for a crime they committed the day before they were murdered and they were all left posed with toe tags attached to their shoeless foot identifying that crime. Somebody doesn’t believe in the justice system. Somebody is a vigilante.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime, Mystery, Drama.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This is a delightful, suspenseful murder investigation that twists often accurately following NYPD protocol, but often in unconventional ways. You will be surprised by the reveal.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Intriguing investigation

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Broadcast News

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it in 6 weeks

7. How many stories have you written?

4 finished features and numerous starts

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

“Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding several NY detectives to consult with to keep things real and authentic – and to go from start to finish in 8 weeks.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a teacher, a former member of the Florida House of Representaives and a used car dealer. I am passionate about doing the right thing in everything I do.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I love FilmFreeway. It simplifies things for everyone.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I entered because it was tailored to my genre and it was billed as a premiere festival. The feedback was outstanding. It was very complimentary and very detailed pointing out areas I knew needed to be worked on. I have taken the advice and am currently making the changes suggested.
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