1. What is your screenplay about?
It’s an LGBT love story wrapped up within a time travel law enforcement sci-fi adventure. It’s the story of how the forbidden love between two women ultimately saves the future from an evil dictatorship that’s been oppressing all sorts of people for years by using time travel as a means to an end.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
It’s a sci-fi dramedy.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It’s actually a TV pilot, so I don’t think turning it into a movie is the right route. QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT is a story that needs a lot more than two hours to develop the characters and, more importantly, the romance between the two main characters, Clea and Nadia/”Ned,” in order for it to be a satisfying series.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Avengers: Endgame. What can I say? I’m a sucker for that portals scene. And the final Snap scene. Really just all the scenes. It’s a pretty great movie.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I wrote my first draft of QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT in December of 2019 right during the Christmas holidays, but it didn’t reach the stage it’s at now until probably the middle of 2020.
7. How many stories have you written?
I have 67 completed TV pilots and one finished feature script. However, I also have over 2800 ideas for more compiled across various lists on my Google Drive. At last count, the total was up to 2869 TV show and movie ideas, but I’ve added plenty more since then so who knows what the number’s at right now.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
“Dear Maria, Count Me In” by All Time Low. I actually use All Time Low’s music to generate a lot of my ideas for stuff. For some reason, whenever I listen to any one of their songs, my head gets filled with vivid images and scenes that all come together to form neat ideas for TV shows and movies. Dear Maria, for example, gave me an idea for an action/dramedy TV series about an all-female gang of street racers who are like a family to one another and eventually come together to bring justice to their crime-ridden city.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Virtually none. After I got the initial idea, everything just started coming to me until within a week of the show’s initial conception I had a full first draft and a series bible with the entire arc for the whole series totally mapped out. Stuff like that doesn’t happen to me a lot. I can really only think of one other time something like this happened to me. I had an idea for an absurdist mystery/comedy series that I wound up writing a first draft for as well as a series bible all within 48 hours. It took a lot out of me, but holy cow was it worth it. Maybe one day that script can win this contest too.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Fandoms. I’m a huge fangirl for a lot of TV shows, movies, books, etc. Basically every minute I’m not writing or working my day job, I spend watching TV and keeping up with my favorite fandoms on Tumblr. I actually created one of the most popular blogs for the DC animated series YOUNG JUSTICE on that site too. It’s called young-justice-season-four and it’s actually funny how that blog became so popular. See, Young Justice got canceled several years ago in, like, 2013 maybe? But around the year 2016, there was a movement to bring the show back. Because there was so much talk of the series being brought back but not really any news per se that confirmed it, I decided to take matters into my own hands and wrote a script for my own interpretation of the first episode of a possible third season of Young Justice. After the third season actually premiered and the show got renewed for season four, I did the same thing for the upcoming fourth season as well. Assuming the series keeps getting renewed, I plan to keep writing my own interpretations of every new season until either the series ends, gets canceled again, or (Hopefully) I actually get a job writing on the series for real.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
My experience with FilmFreeway has been mostly positive. Personally, though, I prefer the website Coverfly when it comes to entering screenwriting contests. Still, the contests I’ve entered through FilmFreeway have contributed to a lot more of my personal victories and accolades than Coverfly ever has, so it’s really a toss-up as to which one is better. Coverfly is easier to use, but FilmFreeway gets better results, so I guess it’s all a matter of personal preference.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I’ve had good experiences with Wildsound contests before and enjoyed the feedback they gave me the first time I entered one of their contests, so I decided to try it again. Just like the first time, the feedback was spectacular and actually helped me to improve my screenplay a little bit after I initially entered.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
After being led to an ancient artifact that bears her signature as well as a mysterious name drawn inside a heart, Clea Smith finally gets to realize her childhood dream of becoming a time traveler when she crosses paths with agents of a time travel law enforcement agency from the future and joins them in their mission.
Narration: Steve Rizzo
Young Clea: Julie Sheppard
Vicki: Val Cole
Attendant: Andy Camp