Interview with Screenwriter Daniel Roche (Nature > Nuture)

1. What is your screenplay about?

When the north and south magnetic poles flip overnight, people’s innate personalities are revealed. In Nature>Nurture, how a person is raised no longer impacts who they are. Instead, a person’s identity is based on their intrinsic self-essence: the timid waitress from a broken home is actually an Alpha predator, and the cutthroat CEO is now frightened of his own shadow. Nature>Nurture gives teeth to the question, “Who are you, really?”

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi, drama, action, suspense, apocalyptic horror.

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

Nature>Nurture is a refreshing new take on the apocalyptic horror genre. It uses the drama and excitement of shows like Sweet Home (스위트홈) and The Walking Dead, while also offering heartfelt depth as it explores issues of race, class, and gender. Nature>Nurture tears down the old social hierarchy and replaces it with the food chain. Also, from a more practical standpoint, the pilot introduces 6 interconnected storylines leaving plenty of room for 10+ episodes.

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

Personalities reset

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

I recently watched Coco for the 5th time a couple weeks ago.

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

The 1st draft took one month.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have started to write hundreds of stories. I have actually finished less than 100.

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

Comptine d’un autre été by Yann Tierson

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

I had to finish the script before the semester started. After the clock strikes midnight on the first day of class, I turn into a teaching machine.

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

Currently, I’m focused on game design and programming using Unity. Although time consuming, I’m having a blast making interactive fiction.

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

FilmFreeway has been fantastic! No complaints.

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

I was, and still am, thrilled to see a festival devoted solely to science fiction and fantasy!

After the north and south magnetic poles flip overnight, people’s random inner animals run wild. In this new world, the power dynamic between men and women, rich and poor, parent and child go extinct. All that matters is where you fall on the food chain. Are you predator or prey?


Narrator: Steve Rizzo

Alexander: Allan Michael Brunet

Dr. Fields: Sean Ballantyne

Grayson: Andy Camp


By matthewtoffolo

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

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