Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Drew Robinson: What if you could live forever? Beautiful Surfaces is a science fiction, coming of age television drama. Set in a dystopian future where aging has been eradicated, the series explores how immortality affects societal norms, relationships and the human psyche. Echoing many of the issues that today’s millennials face, the series offers audiences, of all ages, the opportunity to reflect on contemporary issues through the lens of a science fiction setting.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Science fiction/drama/speculative fiction
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
I think that this script would be a great pilot for a tv series. The search for meaning and purpose that Mia, Alejandro and many of the characters grapple with in this series reflect my own struggles as a millennial. The millennial relationships with privacy, with debt, and with job security are fundamentally different than those of previous generations and figuring out how to navigate this new frontier inspired many of the questions raised in Beautiful Surfaces.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Jurassic Park or Die Hard
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I’ve been working on this script for over a year.
7. How many stories have you written?
Too many to count. I’ve written several other original pilots since I made the decision to pursue screenwriting as a career several years ago.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)
‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift (don’t judge me!)
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Science fiction is a very specific genre and if a reader isn’t into sci-fi, they can struggle to suspend their disbelief. So as I received notes, it was a challenge to swift through the feedback to see what would improve the story versus what was just dislike of an entire genre. Fortunately I was able to locate some really great sci-fi readers to give notes and their feedback was immensely valuable.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I love to draw, read and discuss the ramifications of a hostile robot takeover.
11. You entered your screenplay via Coverfly. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
So far it’s been great!
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings
on the initial feedback you received?
I’m always looking for feedback on my stories so I try enter festivals where I think I could benefit from the readers’ perspectives. I thought the feedback was useful and I appreciate the time the readers took.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
In a world where aging has been eradicated, the heir apparent to the immortality industry discovers problems with the anti-aging drugs and finds herself caught in a conspiracy that threatens not only those she loves but also the very fabric of this new, everlasting society.
Man: Bill Poulin
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Yona: Hannah Ehman
Mia: Nkasi Ogbonnah