Interview with Screenwriter Paul Raasch (UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS)

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about the outer and inner workings of a society under the grip of a police state. This specific police state takes the form of a security firm with vast power and influence called Vane Security.

The overall story focuses on three main characters whose stories interweave with each other: Rosemary Banks, Jason Fischer, and Veronica Vane.

Jason is the half-brother of Rosemary and although the two genuinely care for each other (as siblings would), the two live by significantly different lifestyles. Jason is a petty thief who is content with surviving through committing low level crimes throughout Chicago and resides in a duplex with drug dealers. Jason, however, gets a wake up call when he stumbles upon the dead body of high ranking official to Vane Security and is seen as a suspect of the murder.

Rosemary is an up and coming comedian/entertainer who is generally upbeat and likes to joke around with others; however, her jokey facade slowly peels away as unfortunate events happen to her and her loved ones as the series progresses.
Finally, Veronica is the daughter of the Superintendent Deputy of Vane Security’s Midwest headquarters. Veronica is a precocious, independent young woman who grows resentful of her family as she discovers the dark secrets of the firm and starts to long for a more normal life away from the baggage that comes with her family name.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The genre for the series would be a hybrid of a Dystopian Drama with elements of Dark Humor throughout.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe the series should be produced because of its unique take on the Dystopian genre. It focuses on a diverse set of characters that come from many different walks of life that all deal with the reality of living under a police state in different ways. Besides the engaging characters for the audience to identify with, the series has an element of mystery that will keep audiences invested throughout as stakes begin to rise and twisted secrets begin to surface.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sardonic paranoia.

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

The films I’ve seen the most are films by P.T. Anderson, the Coen brothers, and Terry Gilliam. In terms of animation, I have a soft spot of French animated films like “The Triplets of Bellville,” and Studio Ghibli films like “Princess Mononoke,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took me roughly 5 months to write the Pilot script and am currently writing more episodes.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written a handful of stories spanning from prose fiction to screenwriting. While none of my stories have been published or sold (as of yet) I’ve been working on my craft for a number of years and am slowly growing my portfolio of written works.

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

One song I’ve been listening a lot to recently is “The Mercy Seat” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. It is one of the most darkly creative pieces of music I’ve heard with genius songwriting and poetic, schizophrenic lyrics.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Most of the obstacles I’ve faced when writing my script is internal strife regarding my writing abilities as well as constant overthinking and double guessing with plot details and character motivations due to the story’s unique set-up.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I am a music and film aficionado. When I’m not listening to good music or watching a good film, I greatly enjoy playing with my dog and riding my bike outside.

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

This was my first time using Coverfly and I found the service to be smooth and accessible.

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

I submitted to this festival for feedback due to the affordable entry fee and their apparent care in giving well rounded feedback for the scripts submitted to them. I strongly encourage others to submit to this festival as well once they feel that their script is ready.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Set in a future version of North America where all law enforcement is replaced by a single security firm owned by a large family, an aspiring entertainer, and her half-brother, befriend the daughter of a distinguished member of the family. However, the three get tangled up in a conspiracy against the firm when one of the firms’ high ranking members is murdered.


CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Yoldana (F): Hannah Ehman
Veronica (F): Kyana Teresa
Jason/Jason (M) Scott Beaudin
Cashier (M): Bill Poulin

Interview with Screenwriter Edward Hicklin (WIPE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Edward Hicklin: Tommy was never taught how to wipe his butt properly, and was therefore teased for most of his childhood and beyond. After a particularly heinous prank takes his life, Tommy vows supernatural revenge against the summer camp that played host to his early demise.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy/Horror/Slasher

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

Because it is genuinely funny one of the more original comedy spec screenplays out there. Also, it has a character named ‘Wet Butt.’

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

Funny Ridiculous

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

The Return of the Jedi

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

It took me four months to write and I have been fiddling with it for two years since.

7. How many stories have you written?

Four

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

‘A Day in the Life’ by the Beatles.

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

None that I remember

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

All things art

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

Excellent

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

I don’t remember why I entered, but the feedback was first rate.
 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Tommy was never taught how to wipe his butt properly, and was therefore teased for most of his childhood and beyond. After a particularly heinous prank takes his life, Tommy vows supernatural revenge against the summer camp that played host to his early demise.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Tommy (M): Steve Rizzo
Kid #1/Random Kid/Random Kid #2 (F): Kyana Teresa
Henry (M): Scott Beaudin

Interview with Screenwriter Benjamin Jefferson (BLACK WIDOW)

Matthew Toffolo:  What is your screenplay about?

Benjamin Jefferson: A beautiful, newly trained, KGB operative has to pass her final test to prove her allegiance to the state and become the BLACK WIDOW

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Spy Thriller

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

Black widow is a newly mainstream marvel character that people want t to learn about. I think the current movies she has been in doesn’t adequately show that her actual superpower is her manipulation and her ability to persuade

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

Breaks expectations

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

Back To the Future

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

spring 2019

7. How many stories have you written?

20+ short films

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

Sunset Driver – Micheal Jackson

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

I had to accept the fact that I can never produce it because of copyright reasons

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

Directing

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

It’s been nice so far. This is the 1st time I’ve done it though.

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

I was looking for places to exhibit the script since I won’t be producing it and the feedback was nice very positive I wish it would’ve been longer though.

A beautiful, newly trained KGB officer must complete her final test to prove her loyalty to the state and earn her code name: BLACK WIDOW

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Headmistress/Young Girl (F): Cassandra Guthrie
Ivan (M): Manny Pacheco
Natalia (F): Miriam Capper
Matt (M): Steve Rizzo
Tommy (M): Allan Michael Brunet

Interview with Screenwriter Kyujin Kim (KINGDOM)

 Q1. What is your Screenplay about?

A1. It is to be Fantasy-Political Film. Believe or not, Limur, who is the Main Character of the Pilot, is not the Main Character for the entire TV Show, but he is a Main Antagonist. The Story is about Main Character (son of Rauld) who will be brought to Pella as a hostage after his father is defeated and died, where he will have to endure Limur, trying to find an opportunity to rebel against him to avenge his family and kingdom.

Q2. What Genre does your Screenplay fall under?

A2. Fantasy. The story takes its place in the Fantasy Kingdom called Pella in the Fantasy World known as Kilicia.

Q3. Why should this Screenplay made into a movie?

A3. Simple, and quite personal, because I love it, and want it. I spent many years including my childhood, imaging the Kingdom, studying ancient histories to shape their world, and finally finished its Pilot. I want to share my World with others as well.

Q4. How would you describe this Script in two words?

A4. Impressive Masterpiece

Q5. What movies have you seen the most times in your life?

A5. I’ve watched Fantasy and Sci-Fi Films a lot such as Lord of the Ring, Harry Potter and Alien, but I also watched a lot of Black and White Film in order to study, especially a lot of Alfred Hithcock Film, such as Psycho…

Q6. How long have you been working on this Screenplay?

A6. Good Question. Six month. Three day to actually finish my First Draft, but I had to proofread and rewrite them a lot, which is all about Writing…

Q7. How many stories have you written?

A7. So far about Three. Kingdom, of course, but there are other Fantasy and Sci-
Fi Features I’ve been working on. They are at their Rewriting Stage, which I hope to get it done quickly as possible…

Q8. What is your Favorite Song? (Or, What song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

A8. I love listening to Film or TV Drama OST like from the Star Wars or Lord of the Ring.

Q9. What Obstacle did you face to finish this Screenplay?

A9. “Kingdom,” is supposed to be a Fantasy Screenplay about the Fantasy Kingdom in the Fantasy World. I had to not only introduce the Character and Story, but their World at the same time. I had to find a balance, which was extremely difficult for me. I had to ask several of my friend to read my Screenplay before I submitted it to your Festival to give me a Feedback on how they thought about it…

Q10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

A10. I am quiet passionate about Teaching. I am currently an English Teacher in South Korea, teaching various age of children how to write, speak, and read in English. I really want to become a successful Screenwriter one day; however, I am also very interested in teaching how to write Screenplay to College Students in the future (perhaps after retirement…)

Q11. You entered your Screenplay via Coverfly. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

A11. This is not the first time, I submitted my Screenplay via Coverfly; however, at the same time, I do not have much experience with Submission Platform Site, other than Coverfly. So far, I enjoy my experience with the Coverfly, because it helps me to track my Submission easily.

Q12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

A12. I love writing a Screenplay, especially Fantasy & Sci-Fi Screenplay, which is the reason why I decided to submit my Screenplay, “Kingdom,” on your Festival, because the Festival was specifically for the Fantasy and Sci-Fi Screenplay. I thought that if I were to submit my Fantasy Screenplay into Fantasy Specific Festival, it would be better evaluated than other Competition…
I did enjoy my initial feedback. I felt that whoever evaluated my Screenplay put many thought and consideration not only to give the feedback but also to understand the story and my decision behind everything. Thank you very much for the initial feedback on my Screenplay, “Kingdom.”

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

After the death of the beloved King, his young but cunning Successor must use subterfuge to get rid of a powerful and influential courtier in order to protect the throne and regain the control over his kingdom.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Allison Kampf
Horus (M): Allan Michael Brunet
Koinos (M): Fabio Abreu
Limur (M): Geoff Mays
Eunuch (M): Steve Rizzo
Shapur (M): Gary Wheeler

Interview with Screenwriter Drew Robinson (BEAUTIFUL SURFACES)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Drew Robinson: What if you could live forever? Beautiful Surfaces is a science fiction, coming of age television drama. Set in a dystopian future where aging has been eradicated, the series explores how immortality affects societal norms, relationships and the human psyche. Echoing many of the issues that today’s millennials face, the series offers audiences, of all ages, the opportunity to reflect on contemporary issues through the lens of a science fiction setting.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science fiction/drama/speculative fiction

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

I think that this script would be a great pilot for a tv series. The search for meaning and purpose that Mia, Alejandro and many of the characters grapple with in this series reflect my own struggles as a millennial. The millennial relationships with privacy, with debt, and with job security are fundamentally different than those of previous generations and figuring out how to navigate this new frontier inspired many of the questions raised in Beautiful Surfaces.

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

Intellectual rollercoaster

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

Jurassic Park or Die Hard

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

I’ve been working on this script for over a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Too many to count. I’ve written several other original pilots since I made the decision to pursue screenwriting as a career several years ago.

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

‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift (don’t judge me!)

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

Science fiction is a very specific genre and if a reader isn’t into sci-fi, they can struggle to suspend their disbelief. So as I received notes, it was a challenge to swift through the feedback to see what would improve the story versus what was just dislike of an entire genre. Fortunately I was able to locate some really great sci-fi readers to give notes and their feedback was immensely valuable.

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

I love to draw, read and discuss the ramifications of a hostile robot takeover.

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

So far it’s been great!

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

I’m always looking for feedback on my stories so I try enter festivals where I think I could benefit from the readers’ perspectives. I thought the feedback was useful and I appreciate the time the readers took.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

In a world where aging has been eradicated, the heir apparent to the immortality industry discovers problems with the anti-aging drugs and finds herself caught in a conspiracy that threatens not only those she loves but also the very fabric of this new, everlasting society.

CAST LIST:

Man: Bill Poulin
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Yona: Hannah Ehman
Mia: Nkasi Ogbonnah

Interview with Screenwriter Christian Jilka (CAPTURE THE FLAG)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Christian Jilka: It is about a history professor, who meets a petty thief. Together they hatch a plan to score easy money. Things go awry when the score becomes a priceless vintage diamond and one of the professor’s students wants in to make her dreams of becoming a pop star true.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime, Drama, Dark Comedy

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

Because it aims to entertain without having to sacrifice its own artistic voice. It is a familiar story (that of people chasing money), but it is told with a fresh new spin and some unique characters at its heart.

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

Wild and Unexpected.

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

That is a very hard question to answer, because the films that I like and remember the most are probably the ones I’ve seen the least amount of times. But one movie that really opened my eyes to the sheer possibilities of film was “Love Exposure” by the Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono. Watching it for the first time stuck out as one of the strangest and most fascinating experiences I’ve had with a film.

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

A bit over two years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I don’t really keep count. But in terms of actually realized projects I have written 4 short films, some short stories and a lot of “works in progress”, which will probably see the light of day some time in the near future.

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

It is a cliché answer but it’s the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, not only because of its musical brilliance and perfectly structured form, but because it serves as a constant reminder that if we put in the work and time to truly master our craft, we can achieve universal greatness. You can compose the most beloved piece of music even if you are deaf and can’t hear a single note. Beethoven did it, so can you.

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

It took a long time and lots of experimenting to find a satisfying ending. Since the characters are so different from each other, they naturally clash. This is great because it meant that you get a lot of entertaining and thrilling scenes throughout the story, but it made it harder to bring them together at the end and give their collective story a definite conclusion. Even though I always had a layout the ending never seemed to work when brought to paper. In the end though I did come up with something that I really liked and that links the characters throughout their adventure together, while also driving home the themes of the film quite strongly.

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

I love painting. It really forces you to think visually and challenges you to tell entire stories through one still image.

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

I’ve had quite positive experiences with FilmFreeway in the past. It makes submitting easy and is a great tool for finding festivals.

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

I have looked at the website and found that it may fit my screenplay really well. I liked the idea of a genre-based screenplay competition, so I gave it a shot and I am very glad I did. The feedback was great and insightful. It didn’t shy away from pointing out things that were holding the screenplay back from unlocking its full potential, while also complementing those aspects that already worked and made it special.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A depressed history teacher, a narcoleptic small-time crook and a teenage girl dreaming of becoming a pop star. Three very different people yet they could all use a bit more money in their lives. Luckily, they cross paths when finding a historic yellow diamond which an anonymous collector is offering a bag full of cash for. As none of the three is willing to split the money, however, they quickly become competitors in a game of deception. A thrilling race begins in which only one of them can capture the flag…

CAST LIST:

Pharmacist: Katelyn Varadi
Melanie: Miriam Capper
Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Graffiti: Gabriel Darku
Oliver: Ted Powers

Interview with Screenwriter David Hearne (Starfarers & Tharnians In Space)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

David Hearne: Old hat good guys versus bad guys in space. Twist is Earth are really the bad guys. Mirrors the U.S war in IRAQ via subtext. It’s an older screenplay brought back to life recently.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Space Opera

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

I’m not sure it should, it’s a bit dated now. I wrote it a long time ago. Some bits work but others not so much. I do think it’s still entertaining though.

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

Galactic candy.

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

Aliens followed by Casablanca

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

It took me a year with many revisits.

7. How many stories have you written?

A dozen shorts and four features.

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

Eye of the Tigers, Survivor. I’m a big Dave Bickler fan. His recent album Darklight shows he’s still got it. He’s got me through some rough patches.

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

Many! I wrote it during studying the advanced diploma of screen and my whole class and instructor critiqued it.

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

Animal rights.

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

Pretty good. This is one of my favourite festivals because you bring the screenplays to life! Some you never hear back from.

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

Sounded good and lived up to expectations. I’ve attended quite a few of the festivals in person and none of them have done readings thus far. Screenplays are often just an add-on.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

In the far-flung future, a conflicted space pilot will fulfil an ancient family prophecy and discover a plot to start an intergalactic war. Rather than stop the war, his enemy realises that with the right motivation, he can actually be the catalyst for it. On the planet Callon, a group of peace-keepers led by Jarre encounter the Tharnian Empire. Jarre escapes after clashing with a tharnian named Rugor.

CAST LIST:

Wright: Sean Ballantyne
Masterdon: Matt Schichter
Ganna: Katelyn Varadi
Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jarre: Ted Powers
Ky: Gabriel Darku
Vegas: Miriam Capper

Interview with Winning Screenwriters Jennifer Woldman & David Maddox (A STUDY IN SCARLETT)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

A Study in Scarlett is a re-imagining of the classic Sherlock Holmes, with inspiration also taken from American history circa late 1860s-70s. The enigmatic genius Scarlett Holmes is a bi-racial woman. She meets her loyal friend and partner Joanna Holmes, a struggling doctor, to solve a murder and save an innocent man from hanging. Throughout the series historical situations and events are explored through adaptations of Doyle’s classic tales. To solve each episode’s puzzle, and the interlocking season-long mystery, the legendary sleuths must navigate issues of race and inequality, and the complicated nature of justice.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Mystery, Historical fiction

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

It is the right moment in America for a television series like A Study in Scarlett. Through the eyes of these diverse characters we explore a time in American history whose echos we feel today in our laws and culture. As past readers have pointed out, A Study in Scarlett gives us an opportunity to explore modern themes of race, gender, equality, and justice through the lens of classic Holmes tales. These are conversations that we need to be having in modern day America as we confront our own history, and our future together, and this series can be an access point.

This series can reach a broad audience — classic Sherlock fans will find the stories and characters familiar, and we stay true to the spirit and rollicking fun that has made the original work a classic, and it’s more recent reincarnations huge successes on the big and small screens. The diversity of the characters and the compelling issues we tackle will appeal to a younger, more modern audience, who might not have seen much for them in recent Holmes remakes. History fans will love this exploration of an under-represented, yet critically important, era of American history. There is truly something in this series for everyone.

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

Scarlett Holmes

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

Jen – Probably Empire Strikes Back. Or maybe Harry Potter, because it is always on television, and sometimes we put it on like background music in my house.

David – The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. The film changed my life as a child, that’s why I do what I do now.

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

About 9 months. The idea for A Study in Scarlett came to me last summer in the middle of moving. I was finally able to get the basic story down by October, and then David and I worked on it daily for about a month. We continue to make revisions based upon feedback.

7. How many stories have you written?

A Study in Scarlett is our first screenplay working as a team, but we each have been writing on our own for a long time. I have a completed novel named Redemption, and a work in progress novel named Earth Tour. David has a SciFi screenplay named Greetings from the Vortex, and an animated pilot called The Adventures of Darryl Springbornne.

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

Jen – Listened to most in my LIFE? Probably something by New Kids on the Block, lol, as I played those tapes on my boom box until they ran out in the early 90s. Hello from Generation X.

David – Jesus Jones. Their slight hit in the 90’s International Bright Young Thing. All the remixes of it!

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

We were very eager to obtain feedback from people of color, particularly Black women. We center diverse characters, and we want to make sure we are true to that lived experience. As a mixed race woman who as often felt “other” like Scarlett, this is a very important to me personally, and frankly it can be difficult to find professional readers with that background. If A Study in Scarlett were to move forward as a project, we would want to make sure the team we work with is appropriately diverse.

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

Jen – I have two teenage boys with special needs, so they are my main passion! Politics, and my career in technology, and theatre.

David – I’m a performer and filmmaker so that takes up a good deal of my time, and I have a casual interest in astronomy.

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

Coverfly has been a great experience for us!

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

We entered an early draft, in the hopes that we would get some valuable feedback to help make the script better. The feedback we got was helpful, and we’ve incorporated some of the notes in recent revisions. Hearing our words performed by actors is a thrill, and also a learning experience. Our goal at the end of the day is to see A Study in Scarlett on the TV screen, and we’re hoping exposure through Wildsound will help us connect with people who can help make that happen.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A re-imagining of the legendary sleuths, multi-racial Scarlet Holmes and aspiring-doctor Joanna Watson solve mysteries during the cultural upheaval of post Civil War America.

CAST LIST:

Officer: Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Hannah Ehman
Male Doctor: Bill Poulin
Watson: Nkasi Ogbonnah

 

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Joe Kourieh (Voosch And Helina)

“Voosch And Helina” was the March 2020 SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORT Screenplay Winner.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Joe Kourieh: This Sci-Fi short is about something all too familiar – a World War – but in an unfamiliar place (under the sea). Humans’ dominance over the planet has been lost and they are now at the mercy of warring animal alliances. The characters in this scene represent a drastic hierarchy, and are trapped within it (for some, literally). The moral truth of the situation is different from everyone’s perspective. The Octopoids blame the humans for some grave developments on Earth – but does that justify a genocide?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a Sci-Fi and also a drama piece. I would imagine that if produced it would likely be animation.

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

I believe it does the ideal job of a short film which is to capture a powerful and relatable emotional moment but with a distinctive twist to enhance the perspective given to the chosen emotion. It lets a very human conundrum breath freely in a new setting.

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

Tragedy, tentacles.

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

Cable Guy.

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

Not long, it’s one of my smaller projects. But still a fun one.

7. How many stories have you written?

In my head, hundreds. In screenplay format, about a dozen.

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

Opeth – “Heir Apparent”

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

I was challenged to keep it to just 5 pages.

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

Video games, shows, heavy metal, Boston sports, cats.

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

Coverfly is absolutely awesome. Staying organized is so important, and their interface is just about flawless. I use it pretty much daily and recommend it. Also there’s no simpler place to browse quality screenplay contests and film fest listings.

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

I will enter just about anything related to Sci-Fi and Fantasy or animation. I am always working toward breaking into these industries. The feedback provided for this entry was excellent – positive, and focused on the nature of the short film format.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

In the far future, the world is engulfed in a war with genocidal implications. One young soldier, faced with an innocent victim, juggles the pressures of duty and conscience in his many arms.

CAST LIST:

Human 2: Nick Hendrik
Human 1: Peter Valdron
Narrator: Justine Christensen
Helina: Rebecca MacDonald
Gaard: Thomas Fournier

Interview with Screenwriter Phillip Hollins (BLACKBALLED)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Phillip Hollins: ‘Blackballed,’ centers on an awkward relationship between a black FBI agent and the newly elected white supremacist leader whose daughter, by some twist of fate, gets a heart transplant from the FBI agent’s son, causing them to flee together from hate group leaders who wish them harm.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Psychological thriller/drama

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

“Blackballed” tackles social issues in an entertaining way, yet is far from anything on TV today. You can say, made in the mold of “Breaking Bad” & “No Country for Old Men” but on steroids.

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

Intense and Explosive

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

Untouchables, Hacksaw Ridge & Mad Max: Fury Road

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

Always a work in progress.

7. How many stories have you written?

Over a dozen.

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

N/A. Way too many to name.

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

Blackballed involves a sensitive subject that’s fast and in your face. Yet was important not to over tell this story. When you finish reading the script, the one word I hope you’ll say is “Wow”.

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

Spending time with family and pets, making pizza, thinking of new ideas.

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

Filmfreeway allows us enter a variety of contests with hopes of competing at a larger scale.

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

All screenwriters want to know how their work stacks up among their peers. It’s important to gain traction. WILDSound has a reputation of being a solid contest. The feedback was great. It mirrored similar comments from other competitions.

Screenplay Reading: 

CAST LIST:

Bucky: Scott Hilton
Nicole: Nadine Charleson
Narration: Esther Tribault
Travis: Pierre Simpson
Dr. Pendergrass: Ron Boyce