Interview with Screenwriter James Grayford (THE FRANCHISE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

James Grayford: On the surface, THE FRANCHISE is about family and how forgiveness, resiliency and commitment overcomes any obstacle we face. It’s also about the dangers of creating faceless, heartless chains focused solely on profit.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

THE FRANCHISE falls under comedy, family, adventure as well as drama and action.

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

THE FRANCHISE offers sheer entertainment as well as underlying positive messages for those interested or receptive to a deeper filmgoing experience.

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

Awe. Some.

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

MALENA.

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

THE FRANCHISE came out pretty quick. Maybe 2 months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Between poetry and screenplays, I’ve completed about 50 total.

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

Steve Earle’s AIN’T EVER SATISFIED.

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

THE FRANCHISE was the fastest script I’ve written. Biggest obstacle was finding time to write when not working or taking care of my kid.

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

Apart from writing, I love cycling, hanging out with my kid and watching UFC.

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

FilmFreeway allows me to submit a script and walk away. They alert me when the judging process has changed. Without FilmFreeway, I’ve occasionally had to track down the contest website and see when the judging process has truly ended.

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

I’m trying to get THE FRANCHISE out there. Love the feedback since it’s been positive.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

On Christmas Eve, the ne’er do well owner of Detroit’s Santa Franchise teams up with a local bus driver to find lost reindeer, save the holiday and win back his family.

CAST LIST:

Regina: Victoria Urquart
Abe Simms: Dan Cristofori
Narrator: Esther Thibault
Jesse: : Isaiah Kolundzic
Kevin: Peter Mark Raphael

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

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