Interview with Screenwriter John Saunders (MIMICS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

John Saunders: A plane carrying two prisoners crash lands in North Carolina where hunters Ethan, Tommy and Dale come to their assistance. Major Reynolds and one prisoner, the attractive Amber, are the only survivors and are taken back to their hut. But the injured Reynolds warns Ethan that Amber is dangerous, and that the second prisoner must be found. Returning to the plane, Dale is killed by the second prisoner who ‘mimics’ his appearance to try and fool Ethan, but Ethan kills him. Alarmed by the discovery of a magazine featuring Amber, Ethan realises that she is also an alien. Convincing the others, a dangerous game of cat and mouse results in Ethan being the last to survive, but has the creature won and mimicked him?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is Sci-Fi

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

It would make a good movie because it is a very visual story. Plus it has a unique group of protagonists, a different adversary and an unusual location.

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

alien chameleons

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

The movie I have watched the most is probably Grandma’s Boy. I love that movie.

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

The screenplay took a couple of months to pull together. I started with the idea of duck hunters as the protagonists then added a different adversary.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written a bunch of other stories.
Beach Massacre at Kill Devil Hills that was made into a film.
We Live in Darkness which is set to start filming in Puerto Rico in February.
My first novel, The Last Spartan, has been optioned by Mane Entertainment.
My scripts:
Survive the Night was a finalist In The Hollywood Horror Festival, Underground Indie Film Festival, and Motorcity Nightmares
Girl Hunters was a finalist for Boob and Blood International Film Festival
Adaro was a finalist i Indie Suspense horror Sci-Fi film Festival, Hollywood Horror Fest

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

I am an old metal head. I listen to Dope, Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills. Right now I am listening to Amon Amarth Shield Wall.

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

My main obstacle with this or any script is making it move quickly. There is a tendency for me to get too wordy and the expense of the story.

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

My other passion is surfing. There is nothing like it.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

My experience with Filmfreeway has been fantastic. They have simplified finding Festivals that fit my individual projects.

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

My feed back on Mimics was the best I have ever received. It was detailed and very insightful. It pointed out areas that needed to be improved and areas that needed to be removed. It absolutely improved my script.

Watch the Screenplay Reading; 

A plane carrying two prisoners crash lands in North Carolina where hunters Ethan, Tommy and Dale come to their assistance. Major Reynolds and one prisoner, the attractive Amber, are the only survivors and are taken back to their hut. But the injured Reynolds warns Ethan that Amber is dangerous, and that the second prisoner must be found. Returning to the plane, Dale is killed by the second prisoner who ‘mimics’ his appearance to try and fool Ethan, but Ethan kills him. Alarmed by the discovery of a magazine featuring Amber, Ethan realises that she is also an alien. Convincing the others, a dangerous game of cat and mouse results in Ethan being the last to survive, but has the creature won and mimicked him?

CAST LIST :
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Marine One: Hartley O. Gyamfi
Marine Two: Sheldon Graham

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