Interview with Screenwriter Craig Fones (THAT 80S GUY)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Craig Fones : Logline: A middle-aged man trapped under hypnosis still believes it’s the 1980’s as he pursues his now divorced, old high school crush.

Hayden Bell with his love of everything 80’s, has his 80’s music and style and a friendly smile. What he doesn’t have is enough courage to face the girl who he always liked, the popular prom Queen, Robin Stassler. And with their 30th high school reunion fast approaching, he turns to an alternative method for dealing with his fears. Hypnosis. As fate would now have it, the treatment may have worked too well as the lovable shy guy now turns into what he once was… a teenager in the 80’s! Now laser focused on making all the right moves with Robin. It’s up to his erratic brother, Brandon Bell to get his mind in order before the rest of the class of 1988 finds out… or worse.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy
Romantic Comedy

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

It was an award winning webseries and as a feature it takes you back to the 80’s nostalgia coming back with a smile.

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

Totally Rad

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

Rudy

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

The Tele-script for Web Series took us from April 2017-July 2017. From Outline to sending back and fourth to each other. The Feature Screenplay came about when a Producer wanted to see it in Feature Film format. The feature script took 2 days to complete. I added Season 2 of the Web series and what we didn’t have at time of filming the Webseries.

7. How many stories have you written?

10


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

Melt With You by Modern English


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

Finishing the screenplay was the easiest part because the story was set up in Webseries.

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

Acting and skiing.

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

The site is very easy to load your content. Very happy with submitting on FilmFreeway.

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

An awesome festival because it provides you with excellent feedback. 95% of festivals don’t do that.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A Middle-aged man trapped under hypnosis still thinks it’s the 1980’s as he pursues his now divorced, old high school interest.

CAST LIST:

Barbara: Christina Leonard
Robin: Erica Levene
Narration: Carina Cojeen
Hayden Bell: Aaron Maxwell
Brandon: Aaron Williams
Asher: Geoff Mays

Hayden Bell, with his love of everything 80’s, has his 80’s music and style and a friendly smile. What he doesn’t have is enough courage to face the girl who he always liked, the popular prom Queen, Robin Stassler, and with their 30th high school reunion fast approaching, he turns to an alternative method for dealing with his fears. Hypnosis. As fate would now have it, the treatment may have worked too well as the lovable shy guy now turns into what he once was… a teenager in the 80’s! Now laser focused on making all the right moves with Robin. It’s up to his erratic brother, Brandon Bell, to get his mind in order before the rest of the class of 1988 finds out… or worse.

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