1. What is your screenplay about?
A Package Of Dreams, a short animated script, is about a six-year-old boy, Andrew who dreams of becoming a horror host when he grows up. But, by the time he’s in his early twenties, that life long dream gets derailed. His father has arranged for Andrew to work at the same package delivery service as he does. So, on Andrew’s first solo outing as a delivery driver, he has many misadventures. But fate steps in to deliver a package of dreams for Andrew.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Generally it’s a fantasy- adventure story.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
The story has universal appeal with a core message to never giving up on your dreams – even when it’s not considered worthy by others.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
That would probably be, The Wizard of Oz.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I would say that I’ve been tinkering on the script off and on for about a year now.
Initially, I started it back when the Covid pandemic first hit in March of 2020. My regular job as a Journeyman makeup artist on the Nickelodeon series, Danger Force, got shut down, along with every other Hollywood production.
So with lots of time on my hands, I started thinking about possible script ideas. It wasn’t long before inspiration struck. One day, while out jogging in my neighborhood, I witness an odd sight. A UPS truck pulled into the cemetery right across from my apartment complex. It was making a delivery. This started me thinking. “Who could possibly be expecting a package there?”
7. How many stories have you written?
Besides this script, I wrote a series pilot titled, Frank N’ Beanz. It’s a family-friendly story currently being looked at by a production company. There’s also been a forty-five-page treatment titled, More Than Skin Deep. That’s another family-friendly story about a young Japanese girl who is born in deep space to a biracial couple who are stellar cartographers. Interestingly, the treatment made it all the way to the desk of Peter Jackson’s assistant. But, because I didn’t have representation, it never got passed onto Peter. The story doesn’t stop there. Later, I received an email from a director, who happened to be visiting Jackson in New Zealand at the time. He saw my treatment on the assistant’s desk and asked if he could read it. The assistant said sure. So the director sat down and read it cover to cover. He was so moved by the story that he copied down my email address from the cover page. He sent me an email saying how much he loved the story and that next time he was in the United States, he wanted to meet me. Fast-forward to several months later, when I get a phone call, out of the blue, from the director wanting to have lunch together. During our meeting he told me what an incredible story I wrote and while he would love to direct it, the scope is so large it could easily be three features.
Currently, I’m writing another short animated script, The Séance. It’s more adult fare. Set in London at the turn of the century, it features a well-known science fiction writer who delves into the world of the supernatural while doing research to write a short magazine story.
8. What is your favorite song?
Usually when I’m writing, I will traditionally listen to a movie soundtrack. Depending on the scene I’m working on, it could be a John Williams score, a Jerry Goldsmith theme, or Danny Elfman. Harry Gregson-Williams is another favorite. I have an extensive library of soundtracks to pull from when establishing a mood for a given scene. The music helps my mind create images.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The biggest issue was finding the time away from my regular job (as a makeup artist) to do all the re-writes that were necessary. Usually, I find I’m most productive when writing late at night. The phone isn’t ringing, interrupting my thoughts and my husband has gone to bed. However, this practice isn’t always possible if I have to work early the next day on set. My normal workday can begin as early as one thirty in the morning to apply an extensive appliance makeup like for example: a Frost Giant from THOR or a Borg from STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I really enjoy drawing and painting, but time and space in our apartment doesn’t really allow me to do that. So I will create artwork on the computer in Photoshop. As a kid, I drew all the time, did makeups for local school theatre productions, and wrote. My background is extremely varied.
On a side note — as a kid, I was always interested in animation. In my early twenties, I mailed out a letter to Hal Sutherland. He was the Production Director at Filmation Studios. He was so impressed with some sample drawing I included with my letter that he wanted me to test for the company. Ultimately, I did so on three separate occasions. I was offered a position in their new training program. But as luck would have it, the studio was sold to another company who, once they acquired Filmation, immediately disbanded it.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experience with the submission platform site?
Being a newbie to the whole submission process, it was just happen stance that I stumbled across FilmFreeway’s web site after I had finished my second draft of my short script. It’s been a learning experience. That being said, I have found the people at FilmFreeway to be very helpful when I have questions.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
Having never entered a festival before, I was a little reluctant at first.
When I decided to give it a try, my early version of my script didn’t do well at all. It was rejected almost immediately. And the reader’s feedback was all over the place.
The biggest issue I have with reader’s comments is that they’ll mention something that they don’t like, but not always offer a suggestion on how to improve the work. And depending on what the reader’s taste is, your work can be easily rejected outright. Understandably, writing, just like all other art forms, is wildly personal. And depending on the personal interests of the reader – your story will either resonate or not with them. Those festival whose readers took the time to really read my script, came back having been moved by it. A few even quoted passages from the script and mentioned that it felt like a Pixar film.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
A young man is pushed into working for a delivery service by his father and finds himself connecting with a hero from his youth in a supernatural way.
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Uncle Icky (M-50s): Steve Rizzo
ARCHAELOGIST #1 (M-30s): Geoff Mays
ARCHAELOGIST #2 (F-30s): Hannah