Interview with Screenwriter Oona Helena Koivula (THE MORNING AFTER)

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay, The Morning After, is about two girls in their early 20’s, who end up having a one-night stand with two guys after a wild night out in London. After waking up at the guy’s flat, Gemma and Sofia are committed to getting out of the awkward situation without waking up the two guys, who are flatmates. Gemma and Sofia make it their big mission to get out of the flat without having to confront the guys and this journey is full of comedic obstacles and surprises…

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The Morning After is a female driven Comedy.

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

I believe that The Morning After is very timely and the story fits well into the current age of “hook-up culture”. Interesting and fun female driven stories are needed at the moment and they always have an audience, so I believe this is the perfect time to make The Morning After into a film. I think many women, especially in their late teens and 20’s can relate to this, as I already know having pitched the idea to many women, that a lot of them can really relate to this story and the characters, as well as find the story hilarious.

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

Wild and Funky

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

Gone Girl by David Fincher or To Die For by Gus Van Sant.

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

I wrote the first draft during quarantine in Spring 2020, so a year ago. I wrote the first draft in one day and in just one sitting, and only came back to the script 10 months later and wrote the second draft.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written and finished 2-3 short and feature scripts, of which one was recently produced.

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

I have far too many favorite songs, but I would have to say “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer is one of my all time favorites and it just never gets old!

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

There were some plot points which took me a while to resolve, but other than that, I didn’t face too many obstacles, the story was very clear to me from the start.

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

I’m passionate about many things, but I especially have a special interest in human psychology, politics, and philosophy, which are all subjects that I want to integrate in all my screenplays by exploring the themes surrounding these topics.

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

Very positive in every way! No complaints.

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

I really enjoyed the feedback and thought it was very insightful, it made me think about the script in different ways and what to consider when writing the next draft and I have already adjusted the script slightly according to the feedback.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

After a wild night out in London, Gemma and Sofia – two girls in their early 20’s, find themselves in an awkward situation – waking up next two guy’s that names they don’t even remember, or perhaps never even cared enough to ask for.

Absolutely petrified of the awkward morning after confrontation, the two women make it into their mission to escape the flatshare, without waking up the sleeping guys… But they have exactly 8 minutes until the other guy’s alarm rings, will the girls make it?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Gemma: Hannah Ehman
Sofia: Kyana Teresa
Moustache Guy: Andy Camp
Old Lady: Allison Kampf

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