Interview with Winning Screenwriter Anna Milun Walsh (GIRLS TV Show)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

Anna Milun Walsh: This pilot is about how the most pivotal characters in the show Girls – Hannah, Marnie and Jessa – met. The episode follows the first few weeks of their freshman year of college at Oberlin.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I have wanted this episode to exist since about the second season of the show, as I think it is interesting to see how these women came to be the people they are when we first see them at age 24.

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

spicy, sticky

4. What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Veep

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

I started it my senior year of college, and it has been a work in progress ever since. A little over a year.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’m not sure! I can tell you about the first story I remember writing… it was about a singing pencil named Ardy. He would sing answers to math problems in your ear during a test, but he would usually get them wrong. “But hey, at least he was a pencil who could sing!” I remember telling my therapist as we had a session on self-confidence.

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

Crucify Your Mind by Rodriguez. His lyrics are some of the best I’ve ever heard.

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

My pencil wouldn’t shut up. Super hard to concentrate.

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

I love to sing and write music! I also am leaning into acting and trying some stand up.

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

I entered the festival because I want to get more eyes on what I have written. I am so thankful for the feedback! It has helped me to further develop not only the Girls script, but other things that I’ve written as well.

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

Nothing but good experiences. I get a little rush every time I submit something.

12. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

It’s okay to be bad at math. Not saying I am. But it’s ok if you are.

 Watch the Screenplay Reading:

How they met. Flashback episode from University. How the gang got together.

CAST LIST:

Clive – 1 – ADRIAN CARLOS CARTER
Dylan – 6 – NICK DOLAN
Karen (18) – 29 – KYANA TERESA
Narration – Sean Ballantyne
Hannah (18) – 90 – KATELYN VARADI
Jessa – 40 – PAOLA SCATTOLON
Professor Barns – 5 – PETER NELSON

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96th best baseball movie of all-time – JOE TORRE: CURVEBALLS ALONG THE WAY, 1997

Cable TV networks like to produce wanky films that attempt to tug at your heartstrings. There are about two dozen of them made every year. They are always done on the cheap and usually are about a real-life story of some kind so people are already familiar with the particulars. Before Cable, the original networks (NBC, CBS, ABC) would all have their movie-of-the-week and a story like Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way, would be made.

The formula is to bring in one or two B-list stars who the population is familiar with but the networks can still hire on the cheap. Then when an event like say “A Long-Island teen who shoots her lover’s wife, who has a name we all remember like, say, Buttafuoco.” happens, you have to write the script, hire the crew, and get this movie made as soon as possible before people forget about it, or the particulars of the story change. It’s a sprint to get the movie done and on the airwaves within 9 months after the event has occurred.

Unfortunately, this is not the best way to make a great film. Sometimes the networks get lucky, like Brian’s Song (1971) which became a monster hit even before it’s stars James Caan and Billy Dee Williams became household names. But generally these movies kind of stink because the writing is too obvious, the production value is low, and there really isn’t a point to the movie other than they are recreating what the population already knows.

In the case of Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way, this is the case. BTW – What a terrible title. It’s so insulting.

Torre, had an interesting year in 1996. He took the team he was managing, the New York Yankees, to the World Series while his older brother was in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Interesting, but I don’t think a profound enough story to make into a film?!

The film was made because the networks thought they could make money from it. That’s usually the bottomline. In reality, no one needs to see this film. For the people who already know the story, they don’t tell us anything we don’t already know – which was the most disappointing thing of all. And for the people who don’t know the story, I don’t think they really care.

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