Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Lea Ann Vandygriff: A prominent family in Ireland is torn apart by a deadly accident. Sir Andrew turns away from his crippled daughter, Calina, because he cannot bear the sight of her. He slips into a depression and turns to alcohol for comfort. Edward, the butler, does the unthinkable; He contacts Sir Andrew’s estranged sister for help. Lady Amelia and Calina come up with a plan to bring love back into the heart of Andrew.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Drama / Faith-Based / Christmas
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Many of the Christmas movies I have seen the past few years are the same story told different ways.
Glass Angel is original, relatable, thought-provoking, and entertaining. I believe there is a great need for a Christmas story you can’t predict the events as they unfold.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
Tragedy Meets Fate. (I know it’s three words. It’s on the poster. lol).
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
The Preacher’s Wife (Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston)
I love Christmas movies. I have a collection.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
“Glass Angel,” took me about three weeks to write. I am also working on a novel based on the screenplay.
7. How many stories have you written?
I am the author of, “Seasons Once Upon My Innocence,” and “Seasons II Justice is Not for the Weak,” a fiction novel series. I have written an award-winning feature screenplay, “Journey of Innocence Lost,” and an award-winning TV/Pilot Script, “Seasons,” based on my novels.
I have a Christmas book in editing, “Lost at Christmas,” based on my award-winning screenplay.
I have also written six feature screenplays in a variety of genres; Western, Christmas, Drama, Comedy, and Faith-Based. All are award-winning.
I have four short scripts in a variety of genres; Western, Christmas, Fantasy, Comedy, Drama, and Faith-Based. All are award-winning.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
These past two years, I have been listening to Disney’s, “Happily Ever After.” It talks about reaching your dreams, the struggles, and the excitement when the story comes to life.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
I am blessed to say I have not run into any obstacles on any of my screenplays. My writing style is different than most. When I get an idea, I just start writing. I am as excited to see how it ends as the reader. I have a bachelor’s degree in film. So, it helps to already know how a film is made from idea to finished product.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my faith and singing.
11. You entered your screenplay via Film Freeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
I love Film Freeway. It is easy to submit, they will notify you of deadlines, keep track of your submissions, and the dashboard will let you know how your projects are doing overall. If you happen to have trouble with a festival, they are good about helping you work it out.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
Honestly, what you are offering for the investment is beyond affordable. For the indie screenwriter, just getting our work out there is tough and costly. The feedback and quality of this festival are far above the price we pay.
You guys are awesome!
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
A prominent family in Ireland is torn apart by a deadly accident. Sir Andrew turns away from his crippled daughter, Calina, because he cannot bare the sight of her. He slips into a depression and turns to alcohol for comfort. Sir Andrew’s estranged sister for help. Lady Amelia not backing down from her brother’s fury gives him an ultimatum.
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Sir. Andrew: David Jackson
Edward: Ron Boyd
Mildred: Victoria Murdoch
Anna: Lyndsay Clarkson