Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Christopher Willis: This script is about a unit of mostly gay soldiers in France during WWII. The mission of the unit is to deceive the Nazis using inflatable tanks and phony artillery barrages. Their compassion is realized through helping a gay war orphan realize his dream of attending art school in Paris.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
This is essentially a war movie.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
There are few movies that depict the contribution of gay soldiers to the war in France. This story is based on real men and actual events.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Probably a toss up between Apocalypse Now and Jaws.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
7. How many stories have you written?
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
For What It’s Worth by Stephen Stills
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Effective blending of the story line of the courage of the soldiers in combat and their compassion helping the war orphan.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
My job as a psychologist.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
Happy so far.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I wanted feedback from an LGBT perspective. The initial feedback fostered a significant rewrite and re-submission.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
A top-secret American unit uses inflatable tanks and phony artillery barrages to divert German resources away from actual Allied forces. Many in the unit are well suited to their mission of deception having lived in the shadows of homosexuality all their lives. Inspired by real men.
SS Major: Ted Powers
Henri: Gene Abella
Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Pierre: Sean Ballatyne
Monique: Caroline Concordia