Interview with Screenwriter Mary C. Ferrara (RED SHIRT)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Mary C. Ferrara: A woman named Muriel goes on a blind date at a diner, she knows nothing about the guy she is meeting but that he will have a red shirt. Being an awkward person and a bit overwhelmed, she runs into the bathroom shortly after she arrives and runs into Julia, a woman from high school who was one of the popular gals; Julia knows the whole truth about Muriel and her lonely life and corners Muriel on meeting this date…NOW.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I’d say comedy and a bit of romance.

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

I think because even though Muriel’s life might be more extreme than most women (or maybe not?) there will be a good deal of women that can relate to this story in some capacity, and I have a vision that with slick editing and cinematography it’s really going to make this story that much more funny and chaotic.

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

Lonely chaos?

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

Hmmm, I know I saw West Side Story about 20 times as a kid, but it does seem Sound of Music is on TV every year – and of course it seems a sacriledge not to watch when it is. I will say one of my very favorite films is Sixteen Candles, interestingly enough also about a young woman who is awkward, doesn’t date much, and looked down upon by the popular girl :-/

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

Since March 2018.

7. How many stories have you written?

That is a hard question, I wrote a lot of stories as a kid, some my mother would read to me at night. I’ve written a few comedy sketches, and a couple of episodes of a web series. This year though I have seemed to gotten more serious into writing and wrote two screenplays and a play. I’ve also started on an idea for a web series and another short film.

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

Another hard question! U2 is my fave band so I probably have listened to their songs more than anything. Though I will admit here I’m also an unabashed rap and hip hop fan 🙂

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

Getting the first draft done wasn’t that hard at all, but getting revisions done took some time. I got feedback from a couple of festivals (including yours) and another screenwriter; once you guys approached me about filming the Best Scene I got cracking on the rewrites!

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

I’d say acting, directing and working with animals, since I volunteer at a shelter.

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

It’s been good, I like the easy to use interface, and especially that you can download a spreadsheet of your transactions, esp. helpful at tax time 🙂

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

I liked the fact that it was trying to promote female talent, which is so important these days. Yes, I hope too there will be no need for festivals aimed at promoting work of female filmmakers. That eventually there will be a bigger percentage of female filmmakers that are on the scene and get the attention they deserve from all festivals. I LOVED your feedback, it helped me to flesh things out more, it really made sense.
 

Genre: Comedy, Romance

A woman goes on a blind date and runs into an old high school friend in the bathroom; chaos ensues!

CAST LIST:

Dan: Russell Batcher
Dana: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Muriel: Zena Driver
Julia: Sylvia Normandeau

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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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