Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Ron Micci: It’s a tongue-in-cheek, droll, humorous take on werewolves involving the British aristocracy during the Victorian era, think 1880s. A satire and a parody of those old Universal Wolfman films.
The Prescotts, whose aristocratic fortunes are in decline, are hoping that the marriage of their son, Lawrence, to a mysterious young Romanian princess whose family has established a summer residence nearby, will save them from financial ruin.
On the eve of the nuptials, the princess (Elizabeth) confesses that she is a werewolf and begs Lawrence to call off the wedding.
When he poo-poos this, she runs off to the moors. What ensues with the help of a subplot involving a romance between a village boy and an uppercrust girl, a mad doctor, and a shrewd gypsy who seeks to lift the princess’s curse, culminates in a very hairy and hilarious set of church vows.
2. What genre does your screenplay fall under?
Comedy. Satire. Horror.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It’s consistently funny, and werewolf films are generally popular based on the special effects involved in the wolf transformations.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Last time I said The Best Years of Our Lives, but there are any number of films, particularly in the film noir genre, that I have seen many times.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Actually, I began work sometime in the 1980s, then switched to writing for the stage and created a three-act stage adaptation, then returned to the script in the late 90s and did intensive rewrites of it.
7. How many stories have you written?
About 60 one-act plays and sketches, three longer plays, three novels, four screenplays, one episodic TV pilot, three screen shorts and two original sitcom pilot scripts.
8. What is your favorite song?
“When I Fall Love”
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The most difficult challenge was to sustain the same droll, tongue-in-cheek tone throughout.
If it’s a spoof, you want to maintain that feeling beginning to end. Certain scenes were more difficult than others, but I managed to persevere and feel I succeeded in doing that.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Playing the flute, for one thing. And making humorous videos. I’ve been told quite adamantly that I should have been an actor, and I believe there is more than an modicum of truth to that. (I suppose writers are actors.) But I didn’t realize this until much too late in the game. (Hey, choose your favorite form of starvation, right?)
11. Experiences with the FilmFreeway site?
Tough to say. In trying to use the site to submit to screenplay competitions, I hit a dead end. I believe technical glitches.
12. What influenced you to enter the Festival? Reactions to feedback you
By and large I was surprised at how fair-minded the feedback was, a rarity. The fact that they even bothered to read the scripts, and it was obvious they had, was a pleasant surprise. I think in most of these contests they simply throw the scripts against a wall and whatever sticks they give awards to.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
Logline: “Do you take this werewolf — I mean woman — to be your lawful wedded wife?” “I — I — I — ulp! — do.” In Victorian England, a wedding between a British aristocrat’s son and a mysterious Romanian princess is thrown in jeopardy when the princess reveals she’s a werewolf. A droll, witty farce.
Hastings: Daniel Jones
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Col. Wellington: Peter Nelson
Lady Wellington: Judy Thrush