Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Paul Sargia: Bungee jumping… skydiving… stock car racing! Nothing can shake the numbness a divorced, wealthy ex-hedge fund manager feels until he’s hit by a car driven by an eccentric Wall Street icon.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Because it’s a time when the public needs to be reassured, once again, that there’s pure joy in life beyond the material pleasures we enjoy. Sometimes it takes getting knocked down before one wakes up to that fact.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Casablanca — It’s a great story, and also has a great message about putting the priorities that are closest to your heart above the ones that are only dictated by your head.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I completed the original draft within a year, then went back and made major changes a few years later. Then, again, I tweaked it with the help of a screenwriting editor, Erin McMullan, sometime after that. And just prior to submitting it to this contest I made some more minor changes.
7. How many stories have you written?
I have written eight screenplays that I am proud of besides the first one which I call my practice script which I fooled around with for about 15 years before moving on.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)
Hands down, a song few people know about, by a group few people have heard of. I just feel it’s magnificent. WORD OF GLORY by the StarScape Singers under the direction of Kenneth G. Mills,
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
This was the first script I wrote after my “practice script.” Over the years I had to clean up a lot content in it that was due to my naiveté, etc. about life. Few scripts are perfect. A writer just does his best to get it as “right” as possible. Hopefully, this one is both entertaining and has meaning for its readers.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Besides improving myself as a person on this planet, which I spoke about in a previous interview, I love well made films (especially foreign and independent ones), keeping myself healthy with proper diet & exercise, following my favorite sports teams (the New York Yankees & New York Giants), and, of course, music, which enhances the soul when it’s the right kind.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?
It’s so easy to enter contests after all your scripts, and accompanying info, are input on your page. It’s also very easy to update all of that.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings
on the initial feedback you received?
In the case of the all-genre contest there is no feedback. It’s basically a contest about how many copies of your screenplay will sell in a given period of time. It’s nice that a copyright is included in the entry fee, too. And who doesn’t like seeing their screenplay in paperback form? I certainly don’t!
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
Sharon: Miriam Capper
Sal: Ted Powers
Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Dennis: Gabriel Darku
Jon: Sean Ballantyne