Interview with Winning Screenwriters Kristy Leigh Lussier & Lee Vander Boegh (THE WRECKERS)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Professional wedding “wreckers” Ellen and Trevor travel the country ruining weddings for a living  — and have a reputation for being the best in the business. No job is too big, no vows are too sacred.

When a new client, Brad, offers them the paycheck of a lifetime, the duo face their greatest challenge yet: Throwing a fake wedding. Brad, a closet gay man, can’t receive his inheritance until he marries a wife, and his only hope is that Ellen and Trevor can pull off the most elaborate, convincing fake ceremony ever. But between drunk chauffeurs, Brad’s crazy & overly religious family and only 60 days to plan, Ellen and Trevor begin to unravel, which leads them to recognize there’s something real between the two of them. When they finally reveal the true feelings they have always had for each other, one last surprise guest arrives who could destroy the wedding, and their relationship, forever.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy:  Either Rom-Com or Buddy Comedy

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

The Wreckers will appeal to both the Millennial and Gen X male/female audience. Fans of awkward, zany comedy will appreciate the over-the-top, raunchy humor beats, while romantic comedy fans will enjoy the underlying elements of defining love in the 21st century.

Along with the absurdity of their chosen profession, both lead characters have unconventional views on intimacy and relationships, yet maintain a strong sense of confidence in their environmental surroundings. They represent a piece of all of us in today’s heavily influenced social media world as the film explores the question of where do fake identities end and real “people” begin?

The premise is funny, high concept and original, there are some fantastic comedic beats throughout the narrative and it’s very easy to see this on screen!

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

Hilarious Disaster 🙂

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

“Jaws” — it goes back years in my family, and was shot & filmed where I was born in New England. 🙂  My partner will say “The Big Lebowski”– hands down.  Cause, why not??

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

Six years.  Three years were spent just researching, brainstorming and working on a plot outline. First draft was finally penned a few years ago, and we have been re-working, editing, polishing…etc ever since.

6. How many stories have you written?

Too many to count.  Honestly.  I have been writing since I was ten years old.  My partner, Lee, has a journalism and news reporting background, and just recently stepped into screenwriting the last 5 years.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

In my daily life (right now) I have a background in Event Coordinating, including Wedding planning. Lee just basically hates weddings  (haha) and one night while driving to a wedding event, he briefly mentioned the idea of someone making a wedding more memorable when something really BAD happens.  After a moment, we both looked at each other and said “We should write that. People who make weddings bad.”  And it just went from there.

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

Working with a writing partner can be a challenge on it’s own. Though we are a perfect match, it was many, many nights of going back and fourth about plot points, character development and comedic beats.

Plus we really did want to spend a few years talking to people about their wedding experiences and try to mold some real life things into the script. So to finally get a full draft out took awhile.

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

We are both filmmakers in general…. we both have a strong Acting background, and Lee is an EMMY Award winning Producer/Director. We do a lot of short horror films too,
and have made the rounds in the festival circuit the last few years with our shorts.

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

I kept hearing about this festival and about Wild Sound. Many friends and contacts have participated and loved the experience. Honestly, this was our first submission ever of the script to any contest/festival.

We didn’t expect to get the amazing feedback that we did (only because we are hyper critical of ourselves).  The feedback was SO helpful and gave us a great insight into some things we had not really brushed on. With the feedback we got, we were able to make another good edit on the script and re-submit to a few other contests, which we ended up placing as Finalists in both.

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

WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE Film Freeway!  I find it very user friendly, really well organized and easy to search out different festivals and contests specific for what you want. I’ve had nothing but great experience with Film Freeway. 🙂

Genre: Comedy, Romance

They’re paid to turn weddings into disasters, and now are hired to plan a fake one. But when thrown into a job out of their element, this unbreakable duo quickly discover the only disaster they’ve created is the one between themselves.

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Ellen: Carly Tisdall
Trevor: Christopher Huron
Groom: Peter Nelson
Pastor: David Occhipinti
Bride: Kiran Friesen

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