Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert Cox (TOUCH)

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

The story concerns a man gifted with the ability to locate people by touching objects they own or able to pick up on events from surrounding objects. This ability has drawbacks and dangers that he struggles to overcome, and fears coming from what and how much he sees and feels. Plus, his activities have caught the interest of an unsavory character that has his every move watched and wants him for his own purposes.

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

It shows that even someone with an extraordinary ability, in this case, psychometry, is still human underneath. The main character has the same flaws, fears, errors of judgement, and emotional baggage as anyone else.

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

Psychic Mystery

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

– CSI: Crime Scene Investigations.

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

– 2 years

6. How many stories have you written?

– 5

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

– ‘The Dancing Bear’ – Mamas and the Papas

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

– trying to keep the main character human, less someone who knows all the answers to one that needs to bumble his way through the story on occasion.

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

Gardening, Art (painting, drawing), Anything sci-fi, reading.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? I had heard good reports on the Festival from the comments on FilmFreeway, and others in my circle of writer friends. As for the feedback, it was extremely helpful, and I could see exactly what the person was talking about, and how to fix it.

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

I have had no complaints about FF. It has been a great way to enter contests and be able to know where they’re going. They have been able to answer any question I have had.

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

Write what you would like to see or you are passionate about. It may not be the ‘show-de-jour’ now, but it could be next week. Know that any script can be improved, and any feedback you may receive is only meant to help make the script better. Most of all, just write.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Anton Michaels is a college professor with a gift. To some people in the police force Anton is used to help catch criminals with his abnormal psychometric abilities. After an explosion at a nuclear power plant leaves one man as a prime suspect, Anton is called in by his friend Father John to help find his nephew David who he swears could not be involved with the rigged explosion but has mysteriously disappeared.

Cast List:

Jimmy: James Dooley
Woman: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Anton: John Fray
Father John: Gary Graham

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert Cox (DRAGONSONG)

  1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of Tal, a young man with a magical heritage, the son of the Magician Merlin, who finds that after hiding his magic for most of his life, realizes that he must do battle with the sorceress that trapped his father and has tried throughout history to conquer England by allying herself with those who sought to invade her. Now, she has allied herself with the Nazi’s and only Tal, his friend Arthur and his RAF wing, four dragons, and his father Merlin stand in the way of an invasion.

  1. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

War/ Historical, Fantasy

  1. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The film blends together World War II and the knights of the round table. There are scenes of war and scenes of magic, and the friendship that develops between two very different young men. It is a movie where good overcomes evil. But most of all, it is the story of a young man finding his personal strengths and the magical warrior within himself.

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

Historical Fantasy

  1. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

August Rush

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

6 months

  1. How many stories have you written?

25 – 30

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

“Here I Am”

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

Combining actual events with Urban /Rural legends that got their start in WW II, along with the Welsh Language, and combing the German war archives for battle plans.

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

Grower and breeder of Orchids, Roses, and Plumeria. Avid reader.

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

On the whole, I have been very pleased, with their timeliness and professionalism. It also is good for keeping track of those festivals that you’ve entered.

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

Have always been a fan of Sci-Fi/ Fantasy since I was a kid. After writing the script for ‘Dragonsong,’ was looking for a film festival that could appreciate it. Have found the feedback that I  received to be very informative and gave me many ideas that I have set to practice, not only in this script, but in others that I’ve written since.

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Genre: Fantasy

A MIDWIFE carries a newborn to a forest cave. It’s 527AD. NIMUEH, the sorceress, waits there to cast a spell, encasing the child in a crystal tomb, as she did to his father, Merlin. Nimueh kills the midwife to hide her secret.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Rachel Rain Packota

Carolyn: Vanessa Burns
Edward: Jason Gray
Midwife: Stephanie Haines
Nimueh: Olivia Jon