Interview with Screenwriter Sam Tracton (OPERATIVE D)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Operative D is a story about the correlation between nature and choice, as James’ earnest desire to be a good person clashes with his dark past and brutal nature.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The script falls under the thriller and crime genres

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

This screenplay should be made into a television series because its theme of choosing to be a good person and the rigors of actually doing such a thing are always engaging and entertaining to watch play out.

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

Precisely ruthless.

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

Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi

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

This screenplay has been a work in progress for over a year now, with the idea itself having be ruminating in my head for over three.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written one feature-length fantasy screenplay called Dragonsteel, which will be appearing in the Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film & Screenplay Festival, as well as the first four episodes of a series I hope to make called Brianna the Devourer.

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

‘Race You to the Top of the Morning’ from The Secret Garden. My dad used to sing it to me as a lullaby.

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

The biggest obstacle in writing this script was finding a way to segway into James’ introduction without losing the tension of the Teaser.

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

Stories, in general, are my greatest joys, with superheroes and fantasy being my favorite, along with Shonen Manga like One Piece, Fairy Tail, and My Hero Academia.

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

I submitted to quite a few festivals through FilmFreeway at the being of the summer and I must say it made the process far simpler than I had feared it would be.

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

I decided to enter the festival because I am currently a junior in college and I am afraid whether my stories and my writing will be strong enough to survive and thrive in the market of the real world. When I received the initial feedback from the festival, it was honestly a moment of triumph, validation that I was capable of succeeding in this, my dream career. I know I must not look to others for the sake of judging my success but, hey, if no one likes my writing, I can’t get paid for it.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

After a bloody and seemingly impossible assassination, NYPD Detective James MacIntyre starts to see clues tying the murders to his past.


Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Hadden: Ron Boyd
Blake: Peter Nelson
Benny: Bill Poulin
Delia/Sara: Lyndsay Clarkson
James: David Jackson

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