1) What is your screenplay about?
A gay investigative reporter puts his life on the line to make public the evidence he’s found of an international plot devised to control the results of the presidential election in the United States.
2) What genres does your screenplay fall under?
It’s a modern political thriller, and it also falls under the “Action” genre.
3) Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
We live in a perilous time where our democratic political system is under attack. People need a hero to give them hope. not a Superman kind of hero, but a regular Joe with whom anybody can identify: A person who inspires the thought, “Hey, if he can do it, so can we!” That’s the main character of Double Dealing, a modern David vs Goliath story, where a gay investigative reporterf dares to face the most powerful man on the planet, the President of the United States.
4) How would you describe this script in two words?
Exposing deceit. Action packed.
5) What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Clue. And I am a Trekkie.
6) How long have you been working on this screenplay?
About five months. To support the outline, lots of research was needed to fill in the details.
7) How many stories have you written?
I’ve written eight scripts and one short story.
8) What’s your favorite song? (or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
I don’t have a particular song. My taste in music depends on my mood. I can go from Adele and Madonna to oldies like Abba and light jazz.
9) What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Getting the international locations right and developing a credible fictional story.
10) Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Politics, people, and equality. I am strongly against ANY type of discrimination. I love travelling.
11) You entered your script via Filmfreeway. What have been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
It’s been a rewarding journey. They are helpful and thorough. Every time one of my scripts advances in a competition, they promptly send me an update on its status.
12) What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I think that the LGBT+ Community needs to be better represented in Hollywood. Many times when a gay character is included in a movie, he/ she is the villain, and/or she/he get killed before the movie ends. Those instances perpetrate a wrong stereotype. LGBT+ people should be seen as regular people, who love like any other person, and can be just as courageous as the best of any other hero. When I found your competition, I thought it would be the perfect way to do something and change that status quo.
The quality of the feedback took me by surprise. I didn’t expect it to be so thorough and accurate. It was IMMENSELY helpful. I incorporated all but one of the recommendations.
Also to be noted: every comment was polite and encouraging. Sometimes (more often than not), comments tend to be borderline rude. Definitely NOT the case this time
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
Patrick McDermott is a sharp and courageous gay investigative reporter in the modern thriller “DOUBLE DEALING.”
Narrator: Hannah Ehman
Powell/Ivanov: Steve Rizzo
Lady Cunningham: Kyana Teresa