Interview with Screenwriter Rene Collier (MISTAKES)

 June 2018 Winning 1pg. Screenplay.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Rene Collier: Stan wants his father to purchase a used car for him. But Stan wrecked the last car his father bought him. Stan tries to convince dad to buy this one in spite of his past mistakes.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?


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

It’s one example of a true-to-life tale of a typical struggle that happen between a teen and his parent. It’s relatable to most of the population and therefore fulfills the need for inclusion of multiple demographics. Besides, it’s fun and witty to watch.

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

Past Mistakes.

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

Somewhere in Time. I’m a sucker for a great love story.

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

25 minutes. It was an assignment from a screenwriting class I was taking online at the time. Actually, the criteria was to write a 2-page script and it had to be about money. When I sat down to write, this story wrote itself in one draft. Then, to make it acceptable for this competition, I spent an additional ten minutes to edit it to one page for this competition.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written one actual short story, a sit-com, a TV episode, and 4 additional screenplays.

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

What You Won’t Do for Love, by Bobby Caldwell. I never tire of it because it reminds me of my ‘favorite’ former boyfriend.

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

A simple edit. And it was hardly an obstacle.

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

Film making in general. I love the entire production process.

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

This is my first entry. It was easy to sign up and the fee was quite reasonable. Plus, I thought a table read prize was unique and fun!

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

A) In conjunction with the online class I was taking it was listed as a competition site. It was at the same time I finished “Mistakes” that I saw it. I thought it was a terrific ‘preparation meets opportunity’ co-incidence and could not pass it up.

B) Actually, I thought the first winning notification I received was fake. I didn’t believe until the 2nd notice arrived and I clicked on the link and watched the video of the table read. Then I was thrilled and excited and ready to embrace the experience.



Narrator: Matt Barnes
Albert: Allan Michael Brunet
Stan: Jarrod Terrell


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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