Interview with Screenwriter Anna Bielkheden (WALK OF SHAME)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Anna Bielkheden: It’s a raw drama series centered around three female roommates in LA going through a quarter life crisis in the age of social media. My main characters are 29-year old makeup artist SKY from Sherman Oaks, 26-year old personal trainer ASH from Oklahoma and 25-year old aspiring student actress CLARA.

I decided to call the show “Walk of Shame” because it’s set in Hollywood in the modern era of online fame, where the line between shame and fame is always slim and wobbly.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

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

I think that that as a web or TV drama series, it really fits in with the times we’re living in.

It’s real, gritty, diverse and shows the modern reality of what it’s like being a young person, especially a woman, trying to make it in a city like LA. Most drama shows set in Los Angeles are incredibly unrealistic, and I wanted to show a different side without all the bells and whistles.

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

Endearing rawness.

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

I’m pretty sure it’s Goodfellas.

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

On and off for about two years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Going back all the way to when I started writing, I don’t really know. I’ve written one and a half novel (got stuck midway on the second one) and completed a total of three screenplays.I also have four additional treatments in progress, including a new pilot and three features.

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

I’m not really into favorites, to be completely honest. I like diversity, whether it’s people, buildings, colors or music. I listen to anything from Cypress Hill to Garbage and Abba. It’s all about the mood. If it doesn’t make me feel what I want to feel, I turn it off.

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

Getting my ass in gear and finishing it. Walk of Shame was also my first pilot script, so I kind of had to learn the ropes as I went along in terms of structure and formatting. Other than that, most of the script came naturally. My outline consisted of rough scenes on post-it notes, which I placed on a big white board so I could move them around as needed. But in terms of really nailing the details, the story unfolded on its own. My characters talk, I just listen and write it down.

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

Human connection is what drives me. Understanding how we are similar in our differences and uniting polar opposites really fascinates me. I’m more into deep conversation than adrenaline boosting experiences. To me, the beauty of life really is in the little things.

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

I’ve had a great experience so far. It’s simple to use and gets the job done!

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

I was drawn to the motivation behind the festival; to showcase female writers and filmmakers.That is definitely needed! I was over the moon with my submission feedback. It was super detailed and very helpful. Most importantly, I got the impression the person reading my script truly understood what I was trying to say and saw what I envisioned with the show.

 
Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Walk of Shame is a raw drama series about three female roommates in LA struggling to navigate the road to success and personal identity, smack in the middle of a booming social media era and a pending quarter life crisis. Over the course of ten episodes, we follow the complicated lives and relationships of a 26-year old personal trainer from Oklahoma with a raging Tomboy vs. Barbie complex (ASH), a 29-year old second generation immigrant MUA from Sherman Oaks with the goal of becoming a star beauty influencer (SKY), and a 25-year old aspiring actress from Denmark with an expiring student visa, desperate to make it at any cost (CLARA).

CAST LIST:

Avery: Aaron Maxwell Williams
Alexis: Katelyn Varadi
Sky: Camila Aguirre
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Clara: Melinda Jordan
Ash: Kristen MacCulloch
Miguel: Michael Ruhs

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