Interview with Screenwriter Pat Brown (Chameleon)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Chameleon, set in L.A. in 1933 where Ben, a gay cop, is forced to keep his orientation secret. Shortly after he is assigned to a vice squad set up to destroy underground gay clubs, he meets Dylan, a young hustler who becomes his lover. Now he has to protect the man he’s falling in love with—something he swore he would never do—and risk both of their lives if they are exposed.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

LGBTQ+ drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

In the wake of LGBTQ+ rights in the spotlight, along with police violence and the failed war on drugs, Chameleon addresses all those issues through the lens of the past.

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

Gay noir.

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

L.A. Confidential.

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

I started this screenplay in March 2020, during the first lockdown. I meant to take up baking, like a million other people, but quickly discovered it was impossible to find flour, so I fell back on an old love of mine from my time in Los Angeles and began writing screenplays.

How many stories have you written?

I have 17 novels published, 3 feature films, and a one-hour limited series pilot for a science fiction horror. I have a couple of other scripts started and I’m considering revising the pilot into a feature film. I would love to find someone to collaborate on a Hallmark-type Christmas story with spirits and cowboys and their horses.

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

The River by Good Charlotte.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Learning to accept criticism and being willing to make major changes even if it meant getting rid of scenes or characters I really liked. If it didn’t serve the story it had to go.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction, travel and look forward to the day I can do that again, and horseback riding.

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

I found the platform easy to navigate and understand. I also enjoyed being able to update my entry if I did revisions.

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

The positive feedback I received on the project made me feel it was time to put the screenplay out there to get some feedback from the ‘real’ world. The initial feedback was validating and made me want to keep working on it, with the help of the feedback, to improve the script, which I have done since then.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Near the end of Prohibition, after seeing his lover savagely beaten to death by his commanding officer, a gay cop must protect his new lover from his own self-loathing and the deadly contempt of his fellow officers.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julie Sheppard
Temple: Steve Rizzo
Ben: Allan Michael Brunet

By matthewtoffolo

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

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