Interview with Screenwriter Javier Torregrosa (Rick and Morty – What Have You Learnt Morty?)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Javier Torregrosa: Rick has to help Morty learn a subject for school but wants to help Morty his way. Meanwhile Jerry becomes a door-to-door salesman to earn a living and soon regrets it.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi comedy.

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

My screenplay should be made as it embodies what Rick and Morty is all about.

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

Unexpected enlightenment.

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

Any film that I can remember all the words to. So that would be the original Star Wars trilogy. Only because I’ve seen it since the 80’s.

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

Originally it took me two weeks to produce. And then I worked on it for a further five months. The various feedback I received over the months was invaluable and really help pinpoint problems and helped shaped the script it is now.

7. How many stories have you written?

Approximately 100 stories in twelve years. Eleven Rick and Morty scripts (with a further two in the pipeline). Mostly shorts and television scripts. A few film scripts. And a couple of radio plays. This achievement will allow me to work more on my film ideas.

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

This is a hard one. I love lots of songs and have thousands. Back in the 90’s I did listen to a few artists a little too much. Eminem, Onyx, The Prodigy, Nirvana, Korn, Oasis, to name a few.

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

The feedback received was so useful. For example the likelihood no one in the world would understand what a trojan horse was from the Greek mythology. I realized you had a point and tweaked that. I added a TAG and Opening Scene. The TAG essentially became the real ending although the end of act three was still an ending in itself just in case the audience decided not to see past the credits.

I sneaked in a lot of Easter eggs in the script. Justin, Dan, and Elon are all characters in the script too. I’m not sure if you spotted that. Morty says Grecians, that’s a nod to President Bush.

I researched a lot too. I researched Nikola Tesla’s past. The book Morty’s studying from was actually a book written by Nikola.

The second act was based in Troy but to go there would imply Rick had teleported to the past. Microorganisms or stromatolites are the types of organisms of life that would first appear on a planet. Separately I remembered a scene from Star Trek the next generation where Q explained to Picard the birth of Earth (or as it was put, when it should have happened). So this helped create my reasons for a timeline that’s lagging behind the rest.

I researched Troy and their entire civilization saw horses as a symbol of strength. Much like England with their three lions. So thought this would be a great tie-in for Beth. I really tried to write more for Beth and Summer and this was the best I could do.

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

Art, photograph, and soccer.

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

I think it’s the best platform to submit scripts on. The portal system to search for festivals and quickly select a script to submit without having to fill in the application form over & over again is a real time saver.

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

Two reasons. Your festival is based in L.A. and provides feedback. I really want my work to catch the eye of important people in the California area.
 

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Morty struggles to study for his exam, Rick decides to help Morty to learn by showing him first hand. Meanwhile Jerry starts a new job that doesn’t turn out as expected.

CAST LIST:

Mortar: Pearl Ho
Beth: Julie C. Sheppard
Jerry: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Rick: Peter Nelson
Morty: John Leung
Summer: Katelyn Vanier

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