Interview with Screenwriter Lance Barnett (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Larry gets a phone call from his old friend, NFL Network legend, Rich Eisner. He is asked to attend Colin Kaepernick’s press conference revealing his new Athletic Shoe; by Colin’s request. Larry causes an uproar when he inadvertently takes a knee at the event. Anchovies and Humble pie save the day.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

3. How does this script fit into the context of the show?

It wonderfully fits Larry David’s world view, and the characters are true to form.

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

Pure Larry

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

The Godfather

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

Two weeks

7. How many stories have you written?

Stories is hard to say exactly, perhaps 30. Screenplays, including teleplays and TV episodes, approximate 17.

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

Unfortunately, “Happy Birthday to You”. I would say my favorite would be “Message of Love” by Jimi Hendrix and his Band of Gypsy’s album Live from the Fillmore East, January 1, 1970.

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

I wouldn’t refer to it as an obstacle, but I edited the original draft down to 30 pages from 35.

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

God, guitar, seeking to understand various aspects of human nature, making a positive difference in the lives of those I care the most about, and those in need whom I can personally help in whatever form or fashion.

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

FilmFreeway is a great tool to aspiring screenwriters. Easy to use and presents many viable opportunities for exposure and hopefully success.

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

I had the idea vaguely floating around in my head, but had no intention of putting pen to paper so to speak until I saw the festival advertised on FilmFreeway. What really cemented the deal for me was getting guaranteed feedback, which was much to my delight, outstanding in pointing out both the positive and negative aspects from the perspective of the reader. He was quite knowledgeable on the subject of Larry David, his critique was outstanding, useful, and caring. Quite a deal, considering the more than reasonable submission fee, irregardless of the final outcome.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Larry gets a phone call from his old friend, NFL Network legend, Rich Eisner. He is asked to attend Colin Kaepernick’s press conference revealing his new Athletic Shoe; by Colin’s request. Larry causes an uproar when he inadvertently takes a knee at the event. Anchovies and Humble pie save the day.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Hannah Ehman
Richard Lewis: Shawn Devlin
Larry: Steve Rizzo
Mail Courier: Kyana Teresa

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