Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert Walcott (A Vault Of Treasure)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Robert Walcott: When a professional dungeon guide is hired to lead a party of treasure hunters into mysterious and danger-laden ruins, he discovers that tools of almighty alchemy are no match for creatures of the dark.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy Adventure

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

Because its hero is excitingly fresh. He’s called a Twilighter, a professional who illuminates dark dungeons and nightmare holes. His professional guarantee is that he can illuminate any interior as if it was twilight. He carries no weapon other than his tools of illumination and his pet Hollering Swala, which is a mobile alarm system for threats in the darkness. We’ve never seen this kind of hero before. And the adventure he embarks on is equally fresh, with a cast of sublime characters with top-notch dialogue and unrelenting action.

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

Unrelenting Action

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

Star Wars: episode 4. I was only six. It made a lifelong impression

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

A labor of love for seven years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Thirteen screenplays and six manuscripts.

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

In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins

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

This draft is the fifth or sixth. I’ve spent years scuttling whole sections because they didn’t maximize the story’s fullest potential. But now I feel confident that the Twilighter’s tale is the most rollicking and imaginative it could ever be.

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

Stories of all mediums and formats.

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

It’s been absolutely snarl-free. Without a doubt, the most efficiently run platform for writers.

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

The festival caught my eye because the professional scene reading was such a unique prize offering. I’d never entered a contest with such a prize before. The feedback was truly gracious and insightful and inspiring.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 


When a professional dungeon guide is hired to lead a party of treasure hunters into mysterious and danger-laden ruins, he discovers that tools of almighty alchemy are no match for creatures of the dark.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Employer: Shawn Devlin
Corbin: Sean Ballantyne

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