Interview with Screenwriter Montgomery Burt (LOST & FOUND)

1. What is your screenplay about?

A man shows up at the transit Lost & Found with a box of mementos he uses to win back the clerk, his former girlfriend. But they can’t speak freely because they are on surveillance cameras.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

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

I think it speaks to modern society in which we are always on camera somewhere. Also, the actors would have fun playing the subtext between the lines.

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

Holding back.

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

North by Northwest

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

It’s only a short so about a week in total, between the first draft, workshopping it at my writers group, and re-writing it.

7. How many stories have you written?

25

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

I have over 2000 CDs so this is a tough one. Probably “Green Onions” by Booker T. and the MGs. I first heard it in “American Graffiti” and it got me interested in Stax music from Memphis. Or “Norwegian Wood” by the Beatles, a wonderfully evocative song.

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

Finding the time. I work full time hours so I squeeze in writing first thing in the morning and weekend afternoons.

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

Telling stories visually. I work as a news editor at Global BC in Vancouver and I love taking the material a cameraman has shot and shaping it into a story. It’s a two-minute slice of life told for a 6 o’clock deadline. I’m fortunate to work on This Is BC, a series of profiles about interesting people living their best lives. Here are two of my favorites:

Mike Keeping, Foley Artist
https://globalnews.ca/video/8053632/this-is-bc-meeting-mike-keeping

Gareth Farfan, Ghost Sign Hunter
https://globalnews.ca/video/8228937/this-is-bc-local-photographer-takes-up-sign-
hunting-and-reveals-things-from-vancouvers-past

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

It’s fine. I’ve used others for submissions but I like their easy-to-use interface the best. Also, they took my suggestion and now include images with script submissions to help set the tone for the story. Their office is across the street from where we meet at my screenwriters group, Upwords.

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

I wanted to work within the confines of three pages, two characters, and one location. I thought it would be an interesting challenge to try to tell a very short story that still had a beginning, middle, and end, with some character change.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

A man shows up at the transit Lost and Found with a box of mementos he uses to try to win back the clerk, his former girlfriend. But they can’t speak freely because they are on surveillance cameras.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Steve Rizzo
Stephanie: Hannah Ehman Ehman
Adam: Geoff Mays
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By matthewtoffolo

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

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