Interview with Screenwriter David Gray (Kurst and Blest)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Kurst and Blest is about an Angel and a Demon who have been encouraging humans to do Good and Evil for the last 6000 years and they are bored so they decide to open a restaurant. This requires that they get permission from their respective bosses, God and Satan. In the process they are forced to assume human bodies, a totally disgusting proposition for an ethereal being. It’s about Good and Evil, and how humans manage desire.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

At its core it is a workplace comedy set in a restaurant that happens to be run by supernatural beings.

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

It’s planned as a TV show and it should be made because I really need a paying gig so I can move out of Indiana. But also because shows like The Good Place, Lucifer and Good Omens were so popular and while I understand there will be another season of Good Omens, I think the world needs the fantasy and the discussion, however humorous, about what it means to be Good or Evil in this world.

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

Edgy Comedy

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

Either the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Fifth Element.

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

In recent years I have learned to embrace my process, which is to let an idea gestate while I putz around avoiding my desk and when the idea is ready I can bang out the outline in a day or two and the vomit draft of the script in a couple days.I have a couple scripts under contract and what that process has taught me is that you rewrite FOREVER!

7. How many stories have you written?

Lots! In the last couple year I’ve written 3 TV PIlots, another 8 or 9 Feature Scripts, 2 TV specs… and previously 4 books, including Escape From Verona: Romeo and Juliet Part Two, which is Juliet’s long lost diary in which she explains how they fake their suicides and escape across North Italy to Venice.

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

When I was very young I was obsessed with the Beatles “She Loves You (Yeah, yeah, yeah…) and I sang that part, those 6 words, over and over and over and it led to one of the few times I ever saw my mother totally lose her shit as she just couldn’t listen to me sing it one more time. But lately I’ve been obsessed with Mozart’s Laudate Dominum sung by Patricia Janeckova.

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

Mostly deciding if it’s a 30 minute sitcom or an hour. It took me 50 pages to make sure all the prominent characters make it into the Pilot so I’m leaning toward the longer version.

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

I’ve spent a lot of time these last couple years focused on not dying, so there’s that.

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

It’s been great. I really love the broad range of festivals and competitions they make available. I’ve got 27 competition placements through the site and this script has 4 from around the country. I’ve got a few features that are set in Europe and they’ve done really well in European festivals and competitions which I could enter easily through FilmFreeway.

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

I love comedy so it was kind of a no-brainer. And anytime someone tells me they like something, I’m completely devoted to them… I mean, I’m a writer so of course I’m shallow and vain!

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

When an Angel and a Demon decide to open a restaurant, they did not expect that working with humans would be their biggest challenge.

Narrator: Julie Sheppard
LIVE: Hannah Ehman
IZZY: Sean Ballantyne
BOY/JAKE: Steve Rizzo
MOTHER/GOD: Kyana Teresa


By matthewtoffolo

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

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