Interview with Screenwriter Markus Meedt (Infertile Land)

1. What is your screenplay about?

Infertile Land is a dystopian sci-fi short that follows heavily pregnant Ellie through an otherwise infertile landscape, escaping those who would take her baby.

I guess it asks the question: Is it right to bring new life into a dying world?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is very much a Sci-Fi with some big action sequences and a touch of comedy.

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

Well, I am not sure if THIS is the version of the screenplay that should be made into a movie. But I believe that this story is not only keen to entertain the audience, it’s also asking some big questions and tapping into very grounded themes that are worth discussing. There is heart, horror and silliness worth exploring.

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

Maternal Love

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

I love, LOVE Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. Actually, thinking about it, that film also is about parental love, has sci-fi baddies and a lot of comedy. So maybe it rubbed off more than i noticed.

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

I wanted to practice writing action and really struggled getting through the first 5 pages, but once I got into the rhythm it started flowing. I would say draft 1 took me a week.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have started many. But I would say actually finished stories/screenplays…. 5 (mixture of shorts and features). So not nearly enough

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

I have absolutely no idea.

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

I think my main challenge was to tell a high concept idea with as little information dumping as possible. I don’t think I entirely succeeded but I started to think outside of dialogue to give glimpses into the world beyond the story.

Also finding a way to write “fast paced” scenes that jump between characters.

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

I am predominantly working as a director. So the real passion is directing. I love writing but struggle to write for myself. So I wouldn’t call myself a writer director just yet.

Apart from that, I really need to find an actual hobby other than binge watching TV shows and playing video games.

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

I think FilmFreeway is a great platform that is easy to navigate. It really helps keep an overview where you have already applied and what other festivals might be out there.

Do I sometimes get into a desperate film festival application frenzy? Yes… but there are worse things to spend money on.

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

I enjoyed listening to the podcast and read outs of the script. I didn’t expect to win but I liked the idea of hearing it read out by professional actors.

Watch the Screenplay Reading

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole –
Ellie: Hannah Ehman –
Speaker/Dart/Sgt. Elliot: Steve Rizzo
Cheryl: Kyana Teresa
Corporal Ekundayo/Pilot: Geoff Mays

By matthewtoffolo

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

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