Interview with Screenwriter Jac Brennan (REFLECTION)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Jac Brennan: Kendall a green reporter for the LA Times, is helping detectives hunt down a serial killer who is terrorizing the city. She later discovers that Reggie’s (serial killer) victims are linked to her abusive past. Through vivid dreams and visions, Kendall gets a glimpse inside his mind, to stop him, she must play a twisted game putting herself and those she loves in danger.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense / Thriller / Crime

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

I believe it will take audiences on an emotional rollercoaster. One should hate the villain, but at times you’ll cheer him on. It’s sarcastic tone makes the tense moments enjoyable.

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

Intentionally sarcastic

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

Nightmare on Elm Street

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

A little over a year

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written four, currently working on two more, a suspense / thriller and the other an inspirational drama.

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

I have several but the one that makes me smile, Miss Otis Regrets by Bette Milder.

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

I think development of emotion. Whether you read a screenplay or watch a movie, drawing audiences in by stirring up their emotions is difficult, you want them engaged, you want them to fall in love with a particular character/s and their story.

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

Cooking, I like being in the kitchen making dinners from scratch – though my baking skills need help, I can make a cheesecake or pie from scratch, but can’t bake a cake or cupcakes to save my life.

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

Honestly, eye opening. There are so many opportunities out there to get your work seen. If your serious about writing, this is a great place to be discovered.

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

To be honest, I was doubtful my screenplay would do much, because there are a lot of talented writers out there, I took a chance and it paid off, getting my best scene read was an amazing honor and privilege. The feedback was insightful, I hope I use what I’ve learned and apply it to other screenplays in the future.

 

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Crime

Set in Los Angeles California, Kendall Lane a journalist for the LA Times, along with two LAPD detectives are investigating a random murder, so they thought. Later discovered, a serial killer (copycat of Jack the Ripper), is terrorizing the city. Kendall has faced her share of monsters, but this monster killer, makes her question everything she knew about herself. One gruesome murder scene, a picture of a young girl was left behind, Kendall immediately knew the connection between the victims, she was the reason these men were being hunted and brutally tortured. How? She never told, hoping no one knew, but someone did find out. Through vivid nightmares, Kendall gets a rare glimpse inside a killer’s mind, what she saw, no one could ever imagine. So, the demented, twisted game of pay back begins.

CAST LIST:

Reggie: Russell Batcher
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Alex: Zena Driver
Kendall: Amaka Umeh

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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 http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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