Interview with Screenwriter Carol Hoffman (Tyler Hudson’s Christmas Eve Adventure)

1. What is your screenplay about?

When Santa’s sleigh is hijacked with a non-believer boy and his younger brother aboard, it might take a miracle to get them all home and keep Santa out of jail.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?


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

The new and fresh take on a simple, often told children’s story of a disbelieving kid meeting the real Santa can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike and gives everyone something to think about.

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

Lessons learned.

5. What is the movie you’ve seen the most times in your life?

North by Northwest

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

I have been working on it since 2004. I have typed THE END a number of times. The screenplay has won numerous awards and received great reader comments and feedback. But when someone gives me a great idea I overlooked, I click on Final Draft and find a way to use it.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written 14 feature screenplays, six shorts, and too many radio, newspaper and magazine stories to count.

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

Your Song by Elton John

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

I had to walk a fine line when I answered Tyler’s tough questions because parents have their own answers when their children ask questions, and they have to explain things their children see and hear.

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

Volunteering, painting, drawing, photography, songwriting and interior decorating.

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

It’s great and easy to use. They keep you updated on the results.

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

My screenplay The Black Heart Book, a book adaptation based on a true story, won Drama Best Scene in 2018. I was impressed with the quality of your work on the reading, and I really appreciate your efforts to promote the Drama/Action/Adventure story. This type of assistance is what I need most at this stage of my writing career.

There was high praise for Tyler Hudson’s Christmas Eve Adventure and the feedback was detailed and helpful. It’s always great to see someone share my excitement and passion for this screenplay.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

When Santa’s sleigh is hijacked with a non-believer boy and his younger brother aboard, it might take a Christmas miracle to get them all home and keep Santa out of jail.


Narrator: Val Cole
Tyler: Allan Michael Brunet
Alvie: Andy Camp
Alice: Hannah Ehman


By matthewtoffolo

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

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