Interview with Screenwriter Alexander McCoy (ROCKET NUMBER NINE)

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay follows a teen boy (KOJO) and his father (CASTOR) as they try to adjust to life following the death Kojo’s older bother (LESTER).

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, with a tad of surrealism.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Unmitigated Grief.

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

Probably Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That was my favorite film when I started writing as a teen. Kaufman knows what he’s doing.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it between July and September of 2020.

How many stories have you written?

Not enough. Fifteen, maybe.

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

Oh, that’s tough. Either “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane or “Dr. Jekyll” by Miles Davis.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I battled my own grief from the loss of my sister, which was the inspiration for piece.

Then, there’s my insecurity that beckons me to close the laptop, telling me I’m not good enough and never will be. You know, the usual stuff.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My other passion is Science & Space Exploration. Since I was a child, I’ve been awestruck by outer space. Space Exploration forces us to be our best because it’s the hardest thing we do. Also, it naturally leads to peace by requiring global scales of cooperation.

I plan on delving further into Science Fiction on my continuing writing journey.

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

This was my first time using FilmFreeway, but it was a very easy, straight-forward process. No problems at all.

What influenced you to enter the festival?

A good friend of mine Jovan Williams suggested I enter the contest after seeing it online. I had finished the script a few months before, but hadn’t done anything else with it.

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

This was my first script submission, so, in all honesty, I thought the positive reception was a prank or something. Reading further, I was excited and impressed by the concise and helpful feedback provided.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

LOGLINE: A young man, Kojo grapples with his past and immense loss.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Kojo: Sean Ballantyne
Band: Andy Camp
Santos/Tall Worker: Geoff Mays
Caster: Shawn Devlin
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