Interview with Screenwriter Robert Walker (3 Nights on the Plains)

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1. What is your screenplay about?

Two cowboys visit a witch for help in bringing a loved one back from the dead. They only have to spend three nights on the plains of Colorado and follow her instructions to the letter.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Folk Horror/Western/Dark Fantasy

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

It’s got everything! Witches, Cowboys, Curses, Music, Magic! Who wouldn’t want to watch a movie about two cowboys using witchcraft to revive a dead loved one only to be tormented by evil spirits?

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

Horror Western

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

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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

From first draft to final, it took me about a month.

7. How many stories have you written?

Hmmm. I’ve probably written over 30 scripts for stage and screen and several more short stories and satire articles for sites like The Hard Times, Slackjaw, The Weekly Humorist among others.

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

Good question. Recently, my favorite song has been The Dark Streets of London by The Pogues. I’ve been on a real Pogues kick lately.

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

Finding the time to do it in between work and caring for my children. Also, wondering if the script was weird enough.

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

So many things! I love to cook for my family. I adore music and art.

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

I’ve had nothing but positive experiences through FilmFreeway. It’s super-easy to use and most festivals I’ve entered have been very communicative.

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

I entered The Fantasy Sci-Fi Festival because I was intrigued by the program of hiring professional actors to do a reading as a part of entering the festival.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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