Interview with Screenwriter Sean Sullivan (THE UPSIDE DOWNINGS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Sean Sullivan: The Upside Downings are about the ups and downs of family parenting. In this show the family is flopped so the kids are the adults and the parents are the kids. Nobody realizes the difference.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?


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

I’ve written many screenplays for a solid 5 years now. I have landed on a solid concept and feel this format is incredibly funny. Someone described it a lightning bolt of creativity.

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

Family Flipped

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

I’ve seenThe Godfather probably the most in my life. It’s usually on in the spring around wedding season. I actually bought the DVD on my wedding day in 2002. I got a divorce 4 years later. Little did I know.

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

I’ve been working on this screenplay for about a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written about seven screenplays.

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

I’ve listened to the song Hotel California the most in my life.

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

This script didn’t have many obstacles. I think the conceptual part was the biggest maybe because at first I just wanted adults as kids but the parents to still be adults. Then when I made the parents kids it really came to life.

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

I am passionate about art and design. I love a great piece of art.

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

Film Freeway has been great to get quick submissions and exposure.

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

I liked the festival name and the easy online form for sitcoms. I did like the readings too and the price was manageable. The feedback was on point.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

An untraditional family where the kids are adults and the parents are kids navigate through their work, school and home lives while never losing their sense of humor.


Kate: Victoria Murdoch
Narration: Carina Cojeen
Howard: Ross Cummings
Carol: Leanne Hoffman
Billy: Sean Ballantyne


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival


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