Matthew Toffolo: What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?
Anna Milun Walsh: This pilot is about how the most pivotal characters in the show Girls – Hannah, Marnie and Jessa – met. The episode follows the first few weeks of their freshman year of college at Oberlin.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?
I have wanted this episode to exist since about the second season of the show, as I think it is interesting to see how these women came to be the people they are when we first see them at age 24.
3. How would you describe this script in two words?
4. What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I started it my senior year of college, and it has been a work in progress ever since. A little over a year.
6. How many stories have you written?
I’m not sure! I can tell you about the first story I remember writing… it was about a singing pencil named Ardy. He would sing answers to math problems in your ear during a test, but he would usually get them wrong. “But hey, at least he was a pencil who could sing!” I remember telling my therapist as we had a session on self-confidence.
7. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)
Crucify Your Mind by Rodriguez. His lyrics are some of the best I’ve ever heard.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
My pencil wouldn’t shut up. Super hard to concentrate.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I love to sing and write music! I also am leaning into acting and trying some stand up.
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings
on the initial feedback you received?
I entered the festival because I want to get more eyes on what I have written. I am so thankful for the feedback! It has helped me to further develop not only the Girls script, but other things that I’ve written as well.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?
Nothing but good experiences. I get a little rush every time I submit something.
12. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
It’s okay to be bad at math. Not saying I am. But it’s ok if you are.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
How they met. Flashback episode from University. How the gang got together.
Clive – 1 – ADRIAN CARLOS CARTER
Dylan – 6 – NICK DOLAN
Karen (18) – 29 – KYANA TERESA
Narration – Sean Ballantyne
Hannah (18) – 90 – KATELYN VARADI
Jessa – 40 – PAOLA SCATTOLON
Professor Barns – 5 – PETER NELSON