Interview with Screenwriter T.J. Morehouse (THE DARK VALLEY)

What is your screenplay about?

The slowly fading American dream and the effects of 12 months of isolation.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Modern Noir

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

I will be shooting this as a guerilla film 3/2 and 3/3 in Los Angeles if anyone wants to help. I need the Caddie as main prop.

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

Different Shit.

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

Rollerball. (Original)

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

3 months.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written short stories since 14. Later in Zines, then online stuff. Award winning screenplay writer (Tribeca All Access, California Crime and Horror Fest, Hollywood Just for Shorts, Austin Film Fest snd Writers Conf. Honorable Mention Southern California Screenplay Competition)

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

“Not Fade Away” Buddy Holly.

“Take me back to Tulsa”. Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

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

Time management and Covid/Unemployment depression.

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

Music, Freedom and a better planet for our children. Also I’m passionate about my goddess wife.

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

It works well. Especially tracking and data metrics of each project.

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

I LOVE to have the work read by 3rd parties so I can further refine it. Especially shorter descriptives, Set ups and dialogue improvement.

I’m not a big user of notes as they tend to de-motivate me and make me feel the piece is shit instead of the work of art it is.

>At the risk of sounding like a weirdo I want to please myself first, then release something to critique, let the chips fall where they may.

It seems to have worked for me vs never releasing a piece because I thought, via notes, that it was not “good enough.”

It’s hard enough just to write the damn things in the first place.

Watch the Screenplay Video:

Narrator: Julie Sheppard
V.O.: Shaun Devlin
Ella: Kyana Teresa
Sam: Allan Michael Brunet
Parking Lot Attendent/Stoner Dude: Andy Kamp


By matthewtoffolo

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

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