Interview with Screenwriter Kayla Kristofco (BOJACK HORSEMAN)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kayla Kristofco: This is a spec script of Bojack Horseman. The premise of the episode is when Bojack returns home from rehab, he discovers that Princess Carolyn has been meeting with other networks about picking up Philbert, so he enlists the help of Todd to prevent any progress, which puts a strain on the relationship between Bojack and Princess Carolyn.

2. What motivated you to write a BOJACK HORSEMAN script?

I’ve always wanted to try to write a spec script, and I really connect with the themes of Bojack Horseman. I’m drawn to interesting characters with realistic flaws, which makes this show a great fit. So I thought that I would try to write an episode of this show because I wanted to challenge myself to get in the minds of these characters.

3. How does this screenplay fit into the context of the show?

This screenplay is meant to come right after the end of Season 5 of the show. So it would be the hypothetical first episode of Season 6 (which hasn’t come out yet as of writing this). I thought that my script could be a progression of the things that were set up in Season 5. At the end of the most recent season, Bojack decides to take the steps to be a better person, so now the audience should see how and if he is able to stick to that in a world where things keep moving forward and he is expected to get on board.

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

This script in two words: Lively, Emotional

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

I have probably seen Wet Hot American Summer the most times in my life.

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

I worked on this screenplay for about 4 months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Including this spec script, I have written around eleven scripts or treatments. Two are for feature-length films and the rest are shorts. I have also written about four short stories.

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

It’s really hard to pick a favorite song, but I guess that my current favorite song – or at least one that I listen to a lot – is Santa Cruz by The Vaughns.

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

One aspect that’s really cool about Bojack Horseman, and a lot of other newer TV shows, is that it is very plot based. That being said, it was hard to come up with an engaging plot that seems like it was a logical place for the show to go in the future and that still felt like a typical episode of Bojack Horseman. It also took a lot of writing and rewriting to have the characters’ voices in this episode match their voices in the rest of the show, and to find original actions that are authentic to these already established characters.

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

I’m pretty passionate about music. I am a music director and a DJ for WMUH, the radio station at Muhlenberg College.

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

Entering this screenplay was the first time I actually submitted anything through FilmFreeway. It’s been great! It’s very easy to find festivals, submit, and check up on the status of submissions through the site.

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

I was just looking around for festivals that would accept spec scripts, and I was also looking for a festival that would provide feedback. I thought that the feedback I got was very helpful and encouraging. There were concrete examples of areas in which I can improve. I will definitely use the advice for future screenplays.

Watch the Screenplay Reading;

Overview: One of the best things about this script is that you were willing to take chances and they certainly paid off. Bojack, Princess Carolyn, Diane, and Todd are at the core of this episode. Each begins with very different expectations and perspectives than they end with and the overall plotline is something that fans will immediately connect with.


Narrator: Andrea Irwin Irwin Irwin

Waiter: Thomas Fournier
Mr. Peanutbutter: Jolly Amaoko
Diane: Delphine Roussel
Bojack Annaleigh: Steven Holmberg
Princess Carolyn: Katelyn Varadi
Todd: Logan Forsyth Freeman

By matthewtoffolo

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


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