Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Bennett Weinschenk: Well, beside the obvious rescue mission, I’d say the film is about familial love, and learning how to be vulnerable. That it’s okay to show love as a vulnerable thing; it’s not something you need to protect yourself from.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Sci-Fi/Dystopian Action I’d say; Children of Men, Logan-type films.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It’s a female-driven action film that actually shows the consequences and carnage of action while avoiding as many story clichés as it can. The real question is why hasn’t this been made yet?
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
Love and Pain
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Any of the Star Wars films; maybe Casino Royale. Maybe The Dark Knight? I don’t really keep track of these things, I just watch what feels right in the moment. Hopefully some of that tells you something about me.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Just over a year.
7. How many stories have you written?
Five. This, another feature, two pilots, and a short film. Plus everything I did at the beginning of college and high school. This is really all I’ve ever done.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)
“Finale” by Max Richter, from Mary, Queen of Scots. Max is a truly gifted composer (probably the most gifted, in my mind). Highly recommend.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Jobs, other screenplays I was writing, and generally making sure that I was getting this screenplay right. Developing the world of this film was definitely a major obstacle. I had to get really in depth with it, and not much of it is on the page. But it’s something you have to know as the writer.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Politics, unfortunately. I grew up in the DC suburbs so it kinda just seeped in. I’m also a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox, and baseball in general.
11. You entered your screenplay via Coverfly. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?
They’ve been great. Very supportive. I always look forward to feedback.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings
on the initial feedback you received?
I really wanted feedback from a different corner of the festival circuit, and I was really touched that your feedback didn’t rip me to shreds. I think you always kind of expect that your feedback is gonna rip you to shreds. But I got lucky.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
After a disease has wiped out millions of us, Universal Blood Donors will be identified and contained by the government. When Morgan Woodard found out his son Sam was O Negative, he took his family and went into hiding. Twelve years later, a man, desperate to survive, kidnaps Sam, and shoots Morgan. The only person left to save anyone is Sam’s older sister, Virginia.
Narrator: Allison Kampf
Sam (M): Bill Poulin
Morgan (M) Scott Beaudin
Virginia (F): Alicia Payne