Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Kelly Ann Guglietti: “The Orange Chihuahua” is about a young chihuahua who learns that the key to knowing his self-worth is to be his true self.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
It is an animated family dramedy.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
This screenplay is written to teach children that there is no need to pretend to be what they perceive as better than what they are and that to know their true value, they must be their true selves.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
Funny and relatable.
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
As a parent, I must say that I have seen most of Disney’s animated productions between 1992 and 2003 many times over. Currently, my husband and I seem to watch “American Sniper” and “The Help” whenever they come up on TV. We both lean towards biographies, history and historical fiction.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
It took me about six months to write “The Orange Chihuahua.”
7. How many stories have you written?
I have written the children’s starter 8-pack of crayons worth of stories. Three are published to date: “The Green Tom,” “The Yellow Sea Lioness” and “The Orange Chihuahua.” I wrote screenplays on the latter two and am presently writing my third screenplay on a fourth book to be published sometime within the next year or so.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?).
I don’t really have a favorite song. I like music of many genres. I have been a diehard fan of Cher since I was ten years old. I love to dance to the faster music of Elvis Presley, Elton John, The Beatles and Billy Joel. I also like Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers. I currently exercise to “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Sugar” by Maroon 5 and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
My only obstacle was time. I had to purposefully find time to hash out scenes out in my head and then type them.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
My goal is to build esteem and empathy in kids with an aim to end bullying. One of the key elements in the profile of bullies is their lack of self-esteem. I support the mission of the Sandy Hook Promise to “prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.” I believe they hit empathy right on the nose. I have seen variations of some of their suggestions in play at schools that I teach in. The atmosphere in those schools is definitely more positive and upbeat than in schools that do not exercise any of their suggestions.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
The FilmFreeway has opened the door to contests I did not know existed. My screenplays have experienced a few honors. “The Yellow Sea Lioness” made first reading in the Southern California Screenplay Competition and placed as a quarter-finalist in the StoryPros Screenplay Contest in 2018. Through my entry at StoryPros, I was exposed to Ink Tip Magazine, so I have been marketing my screenplays through them for a year now. “The Orange Chihuahua” placed as a quarter-finalist in the Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition in 2018 as well as a Top 10 Log Line for the month of April in storypitches.com and a Best Scene Video through your organization in 2019. These honors boosted my confidence in my work.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I was in a slump, wondering where to go next after I had already entered several screenplay contests. I decided to search via genre and audience population and found your Drama and Family Film Festival.
I appreciated my initial feedback. It was suggested that I create a problem for my main character, Amador (AKA Chile), perhaps having Amador getting swept up and taken to a cruise liner. I tried writing to that end, but it seemed to take me further away from my central message. As my script is now, Amador learns not to make false claims by almost getting caught three times in the story. That’s basically the story, so I am at a mental block when it comes to stretching the story further.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
After spending his days beside his owner, a chihuahua named Amador slips on his master’s enchanted slippers and transforms into bright orange Chile by night. The boisterous and outgoing Chile is the life of the party, although some of the other dogs begin to grow tired of his antics and ego. One day, Amador discovers that his master has gotten a new pair of slippers and he is no longer able to transform into Chile. He goes to his friends and tells them the truth about his charade, but they reply that, given the choice, they would prefer to spend time with him rather than Chile. Amador becomes more confident and comfortable as himself.
Alvaro: Steven Holmberg
Narrator: Cynthia Crofoot
Chile: William Poulin
Devante: Fabio Abreu