Interview with Screenwriter Craig Stewart (JADE MOONLIGHT)

1. What is your screenplay about?

In Jade Moonlight is set in 1936. On the eve of the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, an American doctor searches for his missing brother aided by a beautiful courtesan. Their quest takes them on an idyllic river journey of ancient Buddhist temples, and a befriended Buddhist monk gives his blessings to their endeavor. But for their mission to succeed they must free themselves from the deadly underworld of Shanghai, and a poignant conclusion awaits their affair.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It falls under the genres of romance, suspense, thriller, drama, war drama, film noir.

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

It’s a movie I loved writing and it’s one I would thoroughly enjoy seeing if it weren’t my own. I know people will love it as much as I do.

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

Love. Hope.

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

Lawrence of Arabia – but also, anything by Kurosawa.

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

It took about three months to write. The origin of the story came from a dream about the young Buddhist monk.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve completed about a dozen screenplays and a handful of plays. I’m currently editing screenplays and outlining new ones.

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

Too many songs to choose from – but they could be narrowed down to anything sung by Ella Fitzgerald.

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

My only obstacle to writing this was finding the time to write uninterruptedly.

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

Reading, traveling, music, watching old films, nature hikes, gardening (blue ribbons at the Ag. Fair for shallots), cooking and the quiet serenity of country life.

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

FilmFreeway was wonderful and easy to navigate – and best of all it led me to your film festival.

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

I looked for an Asian film festival in order to get specific cultural feedback, and I was overwhelmed by the thoroughness, professionalism and quality of the initial feedback.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

In 1936, on the eve of the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, an American doctor, aided by a beautiful courtesan, searches for his missing brother. Their quest takes them on an idyllic river journey of ancient Buddhist temples, and a befriended Buddhist monk gives his blessings to their endeavor. But for their mission to succeed they must escape the underworld of Shanghai. And a poignant conclusion awaits their affair.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hannah Ehman
Yuli: Kyana Teresa
Chun: Steve Rizzo

By matthewtoffolo

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

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