Interview with Screenwriter Marc Gatschner (OF THE SEA)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Marc Gatschner: In the twilight of his life, an aging surfer reflects on his past..

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romance. I know some shun that word for fear of being categorized into a genre they think somehow is beneath them, but they shouldn’t, we live life to love– which is not just bound to another person. We love life, we love moments, we love songs and weather, and that’s what this screenplay is about, love.

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

Our world has changed, there’s a pressure on people now to think only about the future, to prepare for a life that may be, but sometimes we need to slow
down a little and take a moment to appreciate the life we are living.

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

Unabashed love.

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


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

On and off for about seven years. Every summer I’d go back and change a little.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written over thirty short scripts and about a half dozen feature length scripts.

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

There is no one song I can pinpoint, but well writing this particular script, I listened to the album Riceboy Sleeps by Jonsi and Alex.

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

This script was about emotion, and trying to pass that feeling onto someone through visual moments and brief conversations is tough. There will be some that
go with it and others that won’t.

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

Waking up each morning and living life. It’s a damn fine world out there, you just got to find your place in it.

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

Fantastic. There are a lot of wonderful writers out there that just want their stories to be heard and sights like FilmFreeway provide us with
those willing ears we so desperately crave.

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

I love telling stories, and Wildsound was willing to listen. As for the feedback– I’ve sent this particular script in about three times, and everytime I received feedback I could use, both positive and negative. It’s scary as hell having someone judge your story, but it is just that, your story, and no one can take that away from you with a simple criticism, so I say take the chance and send it out, let the world see what you can do.

Screenplay Reading: 


An aging surfer reflects on his past while facing an uncertain future.


Mark: Peter Mark Raphael
Gonzo: : Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Esther Thibault
Sarah: Monica Knox
Rev: Dan Cristofori

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