Interview with Screenwriter Richard Giarraffa (Orpheus)

1. What is your screenplay about?

After years of mastering the lyre, Apollo, the God of music and the sun, presents his prize mortal musician, Orpheus, with the divine kithara, a curved silver seven-string sword instrument. Orpheus accepts the kithara, naive to know that he will be forever a servant of the Gods. Now, the aspiring hero faces Jason and the Argonauts’ wrath and the Gods of Olympus to bring back his fallen lover from the dead.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

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

Orpheus is a bad-ass limited series with three seasons and great music (if scored correctly)

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

Live-action concert (three words)

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

Five years off and on. My screenplay was once a feature that was the first of a trilogy and converted to six episodes for the first season.

6. How many stories have you written?


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

Rocky theme

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Set in Ancient Greece, our protagonist Orpheus gets entangled with the god Apollo, who teaches him how to play his lyre, becoming a muse and an instrument used by gods for their bidding. Within the year he turns 18, Orpheus performs alongside other Apollo protégés and is chosen to go abroad with Jason and become an Argonaut by playing his instrument. After experiencing war and coming into the full realisation of what it means to be chosen, Orpheus now determines in himself to free himself from this burden, be a free man and free from the bidding of the gods.

Narrator: Steve Rizzo
Orpheus: Geoff Mays
Eurydice: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Apollo: Sean Ballantyne


By matthewtoffolo

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

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