Interview with Screenwriter John T. Frederick (THE NEED FOR SOMETHING NEW)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

John T. Frederick: A screenwriter, “a bull without balls,” eight days from 60, heads into The Great Southwest, searching for beauty, purpose… and a new story to share.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s an Adventure/Fantasy Road Pic

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it’s a warm-hearted and humorous examination of what’s tearing this country apart at the seams.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Humorously serious.

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


How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Four months… with a year between months One and Two.

How many stories have you written?

Thirteen feature-length screenplays.

What is your favorite song?

“I’m here right now, I’m not dead yet”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My Self.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography, creating “Family Movies” from family videos and photos (I’m working on number eight.)

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

The platform is easy and free. The problem lies with the festivals and
screenwriting contests they provide easy and free access to.

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

A Film Freeway e-mail:

L.A. FEEDBACK provided great feedback for THE NEED FOR SOMETHING NEW… the evaluation read like the person “got” what the script was trying to say and
show. It also stated: “We consider this one of the best screenplay specs in the world.” And seriously… I’d like to know if that’s true!

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A screenwriter, a “bull without balls,” eight days from 60… drives into The Great American Southwest, searching for beauty… and a new story to tell.


Old Indian: Michael Ruhs
Florance: Bree Ali
Narration: Hannah Ehman
Josh: Shawn Devlin
Gary: Ron Boyd


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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