Interview with Screenwriter Christy Price (CUT OFF)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Cut Off is about a paranoid shut-in that has suffered a trauma, the loss of his daughter at his own hand. He decides to isolate himself in the woods with the help of his brother. He does his to keep himself and others safe, as he sees himself as a monster, but when he stops taking his medication, the monsters start to come to life and

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a psychological thriller/horror screenplay.

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

In my opinion, there is nothing scarier than the monsters in our heads. This story will take the audience into a disorienting descent as they experience the levels of deterioration of the character’s broken mind.

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

Disturbingly surreal

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

Harold and Maude

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

I spent 8 months writing the first draft.

7. How many stories have you written?

Cut Off was my first, but since its completion, I have completed one other and started over thirty stories.

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

One song I have probably listened to more times than I should, is “We Built This City” by Starship

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

The hardest part for me was to let go of mistakes in the first draft. I tend to be a perfectionist, so I get caught up on typos and formatting issues, which slows the writing process down quite a bit.

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

I love art in general. I have spent years drawing and painting. Over the last couple of years, I have taken up wood burning. I also love to hike, as it is where I get a lot of my creative ideas.

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

It has been rather painless. It is definitely my preferred platform for festival submissions.

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

I strive to get an agent at some point, so I wanted to submit my work for feedback so I can build off it. I am very new to the industry, and I know there is much to learn. When I got the feedback, I was glad to have good remarks on some of the parts I worked hard on. It always stings a little when there is a creative difference or to hear where improvement can be made, but I know that is part of the process and I am very thankful for it.

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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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