Interview with Screenwriter Barry J. Smith (IMAGINATION PARK)

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is a wonderful parody loosely based on my time as a performer for the Disney theme parks, and the friendships I made that became like family over 25 years later.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Imagination Park is a half-hour single-camera comedy.

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

Imagination Park has more story to tell than a feature could hold. I believe the timing is now for Imagination Park to be made into a TV series. With the recent hit to the entertainment industry due to COVID-19, I think audiences will be yearning for nostalgia for the good old days (1995) when entertainment was in full swing.

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

This series is “Parody Delicious”. J

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

As a 90’s geek, I saw “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” fourteen times in the movie theater. Probably twice than that once I owned it.

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

This script was conceived from the early phases of ‘sheltering in place’, back in May 2020.

7. How many stories have you written?

This is my first TV story screenplay, but I’ve also written a sci-fi crime thriller novel called, “A Wicked Haven”.

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

Growing up, I never got enough of my 45 vinyl album of “Blame it on the Boogie” by the Jackson Five. It’s still on my playlist today.

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

After some professional feedback, my obstacles were to condense my story to fit at least a half-hour streaming service and to add another layer of comedy punch-up.

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

I’m passionate about traveling and seeing the world to understand how our history came to be.

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

Filmfreeway has been the best platform for my submission experience. It’s very user friendly and allows you to update your script for contests without the additional fee.

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

I entered the festival to get a pulse on how my script would do after prior feedback and recommendations to polish the story. I was much pleased when I received my LGBT Los Angeles Film Festival feedback and how my script was well-received, and even more so a Winner!

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

While a dancer prepares for his dream job at a popular family theme park, the Director of Parades is on documentary damage control to protect his career and the park’s reputation. No pixie dust filter here, bitches!


Narration: Allison Kampf

Aiden/Young Aiden: Bill Poulin

Girl #1/Gloria: Kyana Teresa

By matthewtoffolo

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

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