Interview with Screenwriter Thomas A. Lopilato (WORDLOTTO)

1. What is your screenplay about?

‘Alternative Facts’ are overrunning every last corner of free speech, Western Civilization finds itself divided like never before. It seems that everyone is shouting and not listening, each side utterly convinced of its rightness. Spoken words gushed forth, regardless of law or propriety.

It seems that citizens see a Civil War on the horizon, and demanded really want something to be done about it.

WordLotto is a story that tries to get everyone from all sides to take a humorous look at themselves. Sometime, comedy is the remedy for people to change. The driving force for this change in the story is the WordMeter. It counts peoples words so they are more hesitant to blurt out wrong-headed ideas and wacky theories.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

WordLotto is a quirky, fast-paced comedy adventure. It could be considered a dark comedy, but its tone is light humor and hopeful.

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

It’s a fun adventure that is enjoyable to watch. But it challenges the viewer look at his or her belief and possibly consider other viewpoints.

This is so important in today’s world because people or so set in their views and refuse to examine other views. It painstakenly tries to be balanced so all sides can find topics that need to be considered.

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

Appropriately Incorrect.

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

Around the World in 80 ways. An Australian comedy that never had commercial success. Its the only video I have.

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

Off and On for 6 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

First story.

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

Elvis Costello “Peace Love and Understanding”

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

Children and Work. But the Children are gone now. But I still work everyday.

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

I play Beach Volleyball and SUP surf.

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

FilmFreeway is an excellent vechicle to enter screenplays. I couldn’t ask for a better way to get the content out to all the festivals.

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

My story is comedy and that is what your festival is all about. I love the experience and the feedback.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Comedic view of America’s Cultural and Political quagmire. First installment in a series of ten episodes. Three total seasons.


Narrator: Kyana Teresa
Delores: Hannah Ehman
Frank: Geoff Mays


By matthewtoffolo

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

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