Interview with Screenwriter Sean Jasko (Reunited)

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s a love letter to one of my longtime best friends that I’ve unfortunately lost touch with. In Reunited, two lifelong best friends go in separate directions in their lives. When one sees that his friendship has been replaced by the other’s wife he loses it and engages in a competition of sorts to see who actually is best. The friend or the wife.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Reunited is a comedy. With a tad of heart.

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

I think a lot of people can relate with this story. Either losing your friend to long distance, time, or some dramatic event. It’s also super weird and funny and I think everyone would enjoy the silliness we bring to the table.

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

Silly heart

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

That’s a really tough one. I think honestly, it’s probably Top Gun, but that’s because my brothers and I would watch it non-stop when I was a kid. As an adult, it’s probably The Dark Knight or Captain America: Civil War… or Baseketball.

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

I had this idea for the past few years, but Mike and I were able to finish it over the summer (2021).

7. How many stories have you written?

Ooof. Well, I have written 5 feature screenplays, 2 of which were a collaboration with my writing partner Mike Schminke. Outside of that, I can’t even really count them. 10 million. I don’t know.

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

The best band is Manchester Orchestra/Phoebe Bridgers. It’s a straight up tie and the best song of all time is no doubt The Silence/The Internet. It’s a straight up tie.

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

The pandemic posed a pretty big obstacle. We worked on zoom though and did our best to keep our heads in the game. I’ve always had the story in my head, so once we were able to just play and kind of riff off of each other the stuff just came easily.

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

I’m an actor first, writer 2nd. So mostly, I write to cast myself in a way. Write my own work. Outside of creative stuff, I’m a devoted stay at home dad. My wife and my son are my world. I love them more than anything. I also am a huuuuuge gaming dork, comic book fan, wrestling nerd, and sports enthusiast!

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

Mostly good experiences and mix bag of rejections and acceptance emails. Wholly a good experience, glad there’s a way to distribute my work to festivals and such.

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

Well, since it’s a comedy festival I really felt like I wanted to submit here. I’m also moving to LA this summer and I hoped I would get constructive feedback and see that someone enjoyed our work. The fact that we did so well here was super uplifting. And the feedback gave some really awesome suggestions on how to enhance the work rather than wholly change it. It’s always discouraging when the feedback you get would completely 180 your story instead of enhance your work.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

By matthewtoffolo

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

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