Interview with Winning Screenwriter Greg Blair (SANDS OF LANIKAI)

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Before the first bombs were dropped on December 7th 1941, two men arrived at different moments on the windward side of O’ahu. One was bent on discovery… the other, on destruction.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical Fiction / Mystery Romance

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

Sands of Lanikai is the “what if” story of Paul Sands, a new arrival to the islands. Mystified by a sudden family tragedy and blindsided by an unforeseen coming of age romance, he unwittingly confronts an undercover intruder who could change it all. Set against the backdrop of beautiful and rustic Windward O’ahu during the days before and after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Sands of Lanikai paints a vivid picture of historic times and historical personalities. It twists and turns through a time period we all think we know well… only to entice, charm and surprise.

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

Mystery Romance

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

Saving Private Ryan

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

On and off, four years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Two

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

Wicked Games – Chris Isaak

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

Until a script is green lighted, do we ever really finish?

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

Music

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

Similar to IMDB, but free.

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

The festival’s guarantee of a thoughtful and insightful feedback to my script entry.

Responses received from the festival, including those on formatting, dialog and cinematic structure have been very insightful.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Before the first bombs were dropped on December 7th, 1941, two men arrived at different moments on the windward side of the island–in Kailua/Lanikai. One was bent on discovery; the other on destruction.

CAST LIST:

William Sands: James Murray
Paul Sands: Nick Wicht
Narrator: Val Cole
Isamu Anzai: Dan Fox
Takahashi: Fabio Abreu
Healani Lewis: Cassandra Sirois

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