Interview with Screenwriter Rodrigo Juatco (ROAR)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Rodrigo Juatco: ROAR is a story that straddles a thin-line between truth and reality; but when reality appears in the form of a legendary beast hell-bent on revenge, the truth suddenly takes a backseat to TERROR.

2. What genre does your screenplay fall under?

Horror/Thriller

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

For the same reason scary campfire stories as so popular, people love getting freaked-out. There are enough horror elements in my screenplay to do just that—get people afraid of the dark woods. Moreover, I believe the Sasquatch is the next monster trend. There has always been a fan base for this elusive creature; but since the Dyatlov Pass Incident was declassified by the Russian Government, (I believe) it is about to become the next big thing (I don’t mean its feet.)

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

Chills and thrills.

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

Alien is one of my all-time favorite movies. In terms of suspense and all out terror, it is an absolute masterpiece. I must have jumped out of my theater seat about 10 times when I first watched it.

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

I have been working on this screenplay for about a year and a half.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have completed 6 screenplays, and about 15 short stories which I have compiled into a collection.

8. What is your favorite song?

A song I listen to a lot is Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider. During my rugby days, it was the song we played right before a game to get psyched-out. So whenever I need a little bit of an adrenaline rush, I crank that tune.

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

Finding the time to write and rewrite, during an already hectic schedule, was my greatest challenge. When you are passionate about something, however, you always find the time.

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

My family is the most important thing in my life (that and Netflix, LOL).

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

My experience has been nothing but positive. I highly recommend FilmFreeway to any writer looking to further their craft.

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

In order to grow as a writer you need constructive feedback. There are no two ways about it. And in order to get discovered, you need to get your work out there. Period. With this in mind, entering the festival was really a no-brainer. 

 

Watch Screenplay Reading: 

ROAR is a horror/thriller that explores the depths of perception verses reality. When Raymond Foust, a traumatized sole survivor of a plane crash into the Canadian forest of British Columbia, is plagued by nightmares of being attacked by a terrifying-otherworldly creature, he returns to the forest with his fiancée and members of his phobia support group to confront, what he believed to be, his irrational, unfounded fear of the forest. What he discovers, however, is his worst nightmare made real, as he and his group become the target of a merciless Beast, and all at once, truth and reality take a backseat to terror.

CAST LIST:

Zoey – 4 – Jen Daniels
Dr. Quack – 7 – Hugh Ritchie
NARRATION – Ron Boyd
Francis – 8 – Rhys Harrison
Meemee – 3 – Anne McMaster

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