Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Ricardo Bravo: Hush Little Baby is the story of an up-and-coming young executive who is tormented by the crying of the baby next door. As we follow the character, we explore the impact the cries of the baby have on his work, his personality and finally his sanity.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Deep inside this story delves into primal fears of parenthood, regret and loss, and how they shape our lives and the decisions we take. Most of all this is a story about the things we hide and how much they can consume us. As such, this movie would resonate with many people.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
The Matrix and Aliens would be at the top. However, I enjoy all genres from the biggest blockbuster to indie dramas to international film.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
This tale started as a short story for the Create50 Twisted50 vol 2 competition three years ago. It made it to the finals, but alas, it was not selected for the final book. However, last year I came up with the idea to make it into a screenplay. I’ve been working on it for ten months, updating it with comments and suggestions from festival based readers.
7. How many stories have you written?
Four short stories, eight short scripts, two pilots for TV (one in Spanish) and three feature screenplays in Spanish, all unproduced (yet).
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones, which also happens to be the song I use to get me into the mood for writing.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Converting from a short story to a screenplay was certainly a challenge. Many plot points have a deep root in what my protagonist is thinking and feeling at the time, which does not easily translate into a screenwriting language. I had to make visual the internal struggle of my protagonist
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Movie trivia and movies in general.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
It’s been quite a pleasant experience. The selection of film festivals is quite large and I found it very easy to find a festival that best suited my requirements.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I was looking for horror festivals to enter my script and yours hit all the right notes. The feedback I received was exceptional. I had previously received good feedback on my script but the recommendations provided by helped me tighten and polish the story.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
A man is slowly driven insane by the cries of a baby next door.
Police Officer: Anjelica Alejandro
Richard: Azar Hassan
Narration: Hanna Ehman
Patrick: Ikenna Osuji
Ms. Sinclair: Marla Horner
Polish Man: Tyssen Smith