Interview with Screenwriter Danielle Nicole Baker (The Merry Widow- La Viuda)

1. What is your screenplay about?

This screenplay is about a woman coming of age and claiming her power.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?


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

To make exciting and romantic cinema

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

Visceral and Heartfelt

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

Lord of the Rings, though Moulin Rouge and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind might tie a quick second and third.

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

I would say the idea has been formulating over the course of 10 years through a lot of my experiences and peer suggestions.

7. How many stories have you written?


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

A Beautiful Lie – Thirty Seconds to Mars

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

Deciding what was the most important emotions to convey in the dialogue, choosing the elements of murder and interaction between the protagonist and antagonist, defining these character relationships in an engaging and real way, making the romance believable without pulling on real life experiences. I want the characters to have a unique edge while also being able to easily “turn on” the audience to their own interpersonal relationship with themselves and others. The movie is meant to really engage a lot of different elements in our lives and accelerate our critical thinking skills by connecting the major lessons we learn from childhood stories to adult experiences like relationships, grief/loss, or heartbreak to death. To add in an extra element of real life magic in a human world was the most difficult part because I needed the character’s to maintain their dignity and attractiveness to the audience. I wanted to make a movie that is as cool as ‘Zombieland’, as thoughtful as the ‘Joker’, with characters that could stand next to Rose and Jack from ‘Titanic’. The element of interesting and cool coming from the characters interacting with magical or ghost-like entities and energies within themselves and the world around them a lot echoes Harry Potter and Twilight with a modern twist. I included a lot of high contrast situations and plot turns to maintain the idea that the movie could be made from the idea of a trilogy, not one singular project or storyline, so grabbing the most fantastic images and putting them down in a short screenplay was a challenge while also needing the audience to reimagine these characters having a life beyond the story and continued evolution into a Magic/Sci Fi Film Series.

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

Music and Science

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

It has been amazing working with FilmFreeway. The amount of professionalism is really great. I hope to really see things go up from here, and I’m excited to see what is to come.

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

My feeling is to always share what you love and are most passionate about and for me, that has always been writing and creating art. It’s a huge dream of mine to create movies that will hit the big screen as a director and writer. I wish to really influence Young Adult audiences to create a better, more positive future with powerful work. A lot of my writing tends to tackle complex and uncomfortable relationships in a semi-advanced world with a main theme of following your heart, almost like experiencing euphoric therapy on screen that is meant to target your serotonin and adrenaline levels mainly through pleasure and the empathic brain with interesting dialogue, music, and insanely visually satisfying fashion, food and people. If an audience watches my film and can say they enjoyed it, it made them emotional, and they believe in love again, I’m happy.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Type of Story: Horror/Adventure

The Widow is a woman who is an embodiment of the Joker told from the female perspective who loses her first husband to a mysterious accident and is in search of her mother like the children’s book “Little Miss Spider”. She meets a guide along the way and falls in love before actually encountering her mother who is a wickeder villain.


Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Mireda: Val Cole
Howard: Geoff Mays
Stranger 1/Sarah: Hannah Ehman
Stranger 2/Thomas: Sean Ballantyne

By matthewtoffolo

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

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