Interview with Screenwriter Chris Warner (THE SIDEKICK RULES)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Chris Warner: A young man who often defers to his best friend has to figure out whether he wants to continue as the loyal sidekick or find a way to make himself happy.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romantic comedy.

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

It’s a rom-com from the POV of the sidekick, who is always the most watchable character. It delves into the life of the “one-liner guy” to discover where he got his sense of humor and outlook on life.

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

Funny, relatable.

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

Shawshank Redemption (“Shawshanked” is a verb for a reason.)

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

Finished the first draft in 2010 and have polished if off-and-on since.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’m 49 years old, so it’s hard to keep track, but I wrote a couple of novel manuscripts in the early 2000s (one to get me in to grad school, one to get my MFA) and took a few screenwriting classes that got me started writing scripts in 2007 or so.

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

English Beat’s “Mirror In The Bathroom”

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

Writing a rom-com means trying to finesse the line between category and cliché. I think Oscar voices that concern before he forgoes the typical third act of moping around before the two main characters finally figure out they should end up together.

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

TV and movies (with good writing, of course), and sports.

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

I used to use Withoutabox but have found FilmFreeway a little more straightforward and generally less expensive.

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

Trying to get as much of my work as possible out there in one big, final push. Saw Comedy Festival on Film Freeway and appreciated the readings/critique aspect. I enjoyed the feedback and have considered its constructive criticism. Thanks for that.

Genre: Comedy, Romance

If the rom-com sidekick always has the best lines, then it’s time to give him the lead role. Oscar keeps trying to cover for his hero, but his connection with Penelope starts to get in the way.


Oscar: Ted Powers
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Harry: Jolly Amoako
Penelope: Tiffany Davidson


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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