Interview with Screenwriter Daniel Corey (CRACKSMEN)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Well, I just happen to have this handy-dandy logline for my screenplay, CRACKSMEN! Straight from FilmFreeway:

Cracksmen are a new class of criminal that specialize in slipping into an alternate dimension to commit crimes. Jake is one of the best, but to escape the mob, he has to strike a deal that will get him in trouble with syndicates on both sides of reality.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi and action. It also has a good helping of humor. In tone, it’s something like a Marvel summer flick: fantastic fantasy, high-flying heroes, romance, humor, fun.

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

The thing about CRACKSMEN is that it is an exciting, mind-bending thriller that gives you a sophisticated and complex mystery story, yet it keeps you entertained and laughing the entire time.

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

Matrix/Spider-Man. (Spider-Man is ONE WORD!)

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

“Raiders of the Lost Ark.” My other favorites are “Heat” and “Blade Runner.” But I have seen “Raiders” SO MANY times since I was eight or nine years old. I’m sorry that I never kept count. No matter how many times I watch “Raiders,” it gives me unbelievable joy, every time.

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

I spent about a year writing CRACKSMEN. It was the first project that I undertook when I signed with my management, Archetype, who are based here in Hollywood. David and Ray were very encouraging and supportive as I spun this complex weave of the CRACKSMEN world.

7. How many stories have you written?

I don’t know for sure, but I have several properties out there. I wrote and published the MORIARTY and RED CITY comics series with Image Comics, and I also wrote PROPHET and BLOODWORTH for my own company, DangerKatt. Between those four comic series, my screenplays and teleplays, my recent first novel (titled THE AURA), I probably have a dozen or so properties.

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

So many! For different times of life, different experiences. I am a huge U2, Sting, and Peter Gabriel fan. If I had to pick one song as being a compass in my life, I’d say “The Maker” by Daniel Lanois.

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

Trying to solve the mystery of it! I outline exhaustively before writing a draft, and it took some months to figure out where Jake was going, what was waiting for him. It took FOREVER to pull everything together and make a coherent and exciting ending. I think I pulled it off, though. Pretty confident about that.

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

Photography and graphic arts, for one. I’m in the middle of publishing my first art book, a photography and graphic work that I created during quarantine, called MAP OF THE WORLD. Also, music: I am a singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter. I have written a lot of songs in this past year, so hoping to get those out to the world in 2021.

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

FilmFreeway seems to do a great job of alerting me about festivals that are right for me, whether they are local, deal in my particular genres of interest, what have you. The submission process is easy. Also, they let you set up a homepage that showcases your work beautifully. Since I work in comics, I am able to post a lot of art and visuals that will attract attention to my scripts.

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

I think FilmFreeway suggested you, and honestly, the name “WILDsound” just caught me eye. Your fest just seemed a good fit, and I loved that you are doing the 1st Scene Screenplay Readings. The feedback that WILDsound gave me was so unbelievably positive, it brought tears to my eyes. And I was very happy that CRACKSMEN got the 1st Scene treatment, so huge gratitude to WILDsound!

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Cracksmen are a new class of criminal that specialize in slipping into an alternate dimension to commit crimes. Jake is one of the best, but to escape the mob, he has to strike a deal that will get him in trouble with syndicates on both sides of reality.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jake Steve Rizzo
Leo: Sean Ballantyne
Isis: Allison Kampf

Writer Biography – Daniel Corey

Daniel Corey is a writer and content producer who has created for comics, live theatre and virtual reality.

Daniel’s projects include the graphic novels BLOODWORTH and PROPHET, which he wrote and distributed through his company, DangerKatt, as well as MORIARTY and RED CITY, which he published through Image Comics (home of THE WALKING DEAD). MORIARTY has been adapted into a VR comic book titled MORIARTY: ENDGAME VR, which earned him the #2 spot on Onalytica’s Top 100 VR Influencers list.

He has also worked in broadcast news for NPR and ABC, serves on the Creative Writing Program Advisory Committee at Full Sail University, and speaks at pop culture conventions around the country.

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