Interview with Screenwriter Tayler Carter (FLUIDITY)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Tayler Carter: This screenplay is set in a society where children are free to explore their gender, but must choose one of the extreme binaries upon their 13th birthday, and live in that extreme binary for the rest of their lives. Our story follows Sam Conley, whose 13th birthday is only weeks away, and they have no idea which gender to choose. In fact, they increasingly wonder: ‘Why can I just be myself?’

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science-fiction, Drama, Coming-of-Age

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

This is the type of story I needed going into my teenage years. With so little non-binary representation in media, I am attempting to aid in that growth, whether the screenplay is produced or unproduced.

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

non-conforming (Is this one word or two?)

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

Probably Stand By Me, with other 80s/90s coming-of-age films such as The Goonies and The Sandlot coming closely behind.

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

Fluidity’s story inception was around October 2017.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve been making up stories since I could talk, but I began my screenwriting education and career during my college years.

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

At the moment, it is Primavera by Ludovico Einaudi.

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

I initially wrote Fluidity as a short screenplay (20 pages) for school, but quickly realized that the story was much larger that 20 minutes could provide. So it was reimagined as a limited run television series. I am still working the story, and am unsure if it will stay as a 30-minute per episode series or a 60-minute per episode series.

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

I really love animation and graphic novels, particularly aimed at children, and am very passionate about LGBTQ+ representation in children’s media. I also enjoy drawing and illustration, but need to practice that more often.

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

Film Freeway has been a great platform for me to enter my screenplays into competitions. I had not known much about screenwriting competitions before a year ago, and Film Freeway has been very fluid introduction to the world of festivals.

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

I was searching for LGBTQ+ themed festivals to enter Fluidity in, given its content and themes. The LGBT Toronto Film Festival has been wonderful with their feedback and correspondence, and I am very grateful to be involved!

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Synopsis:

This high-concept speculative fiction piece takes place in a world where children are raised gender-neutral until they are 13, when they are required to choose their gender. While gender neutral behaviour (example playing with all kinds of toys, sports, etc) is acceptable in childhood, 13 represents a right of passage into proto-adulthood, and gender becomes clearly divided.

CAST LIST:

Allison – 4 – Vanessa Burns
Rita (40s) – 3 – Pip Dwyer
Narration – Russell Batcher
Sam (m)- 12 – Alex Clay
Jackson (f) – 12 – Sydney Addison-Rudat
Nathan – 2 – Luke Robinson

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