Interview with Screenwriter Travis Darkow (SERVILE?)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Travis Darkow: It’s about human cloning and mind control by a shady secret branch within the government. It’s my way of creating a little story about things that could actually be happening right now and we would never even know. I intentionally made it very short and mysterious to go with the theme of the secret agency, and the dark things that are happening in our world that go completely unknown.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science fiction, horror, and mystery.

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

I think this would make a great movie because it only requires a few small locations, or even the same location redressed, so it could be done on a very small budget. Also, it is set in a science fiction/horror realm, but it wouldn’t need any fancy tricks or effects to pull off. And who doesn’t love a creepy government conspiracy?

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

Cold and Perplexing.

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

It would have to be between The Nightmare Before Christmas or The Sandlot.

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

I wrote the initial first draft about a year ago, and have tinkered with it here and there since then. I think It’s where I want it to be now.

7. How many stories have you written?

Since I really got into writing around 6th grade, and counting every type of story I’ve written, from short stories, to self made comic books, poetry, children’s books, and screenplays, it would have to be close to 100 or so.

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

I don’t think I could pick a number one song, so I’ll just go with a song I’ve been obsessed with lately, which would have to be Radio by Alkaline Trio.

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

Honestly, the first draft of this screenplay came to me very easily, I really didn’t have much to overcome. I felt like it was all in my head already, and I just needed to type it out.

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

My biggest focus right now is writing and directing short horror/sci-fi films, and I’ve been doing pretty decent on the festival circuit with them. I love to play and record music. I’ve started writing my own film scores to my short films, usually 80’s synth type stuff. I love video games too, I’m a pretty huge nerd. It always comes back to writing and creating though, and I love writing children’s books, I’ve written about five or six, and I just self published my first poetry collection called ‘Lost Little Things’ that’s available on Amazon.

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

I love FilmFreeway! It’s so user friendly, and everything just works great. I definitely recommend the platform.

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

I was browsing festivals that I thought would be a good fit for my material, and found you guys, and it all seemed to mesh very well. My feedback was great, it was very insightful as to how this particular screenplay is read and interpreted by readers, and it was a big help to me.

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

An unknown agency tests a top secret compound on an unwilling subject, revealing sinister implications.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Brian Carleton
Man – 3 – Jolly Amaoko
Guard – 7 – Russell Batcher

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Interview with Screenwriter Travis Darkow (HOW DID WE GET HERE?)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Travis Darkow: It’s about two lazy best friends who desperately want out of their jobs, but don’t really have any ambitions or talent. At it’s core I think it’s really about the dreamer in all of us who fantasize about a better job and a better life, just layered with ridiculous and sometimes (most of the time) over the top situations.
-Travis

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

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

We feel that this premise and these characters have so much potential to make a solid half hour comedy series. following these two guys who, over time will grow up in some ways, and hilariously stay the same in others, paired with our weird sense of humor, could lend itself to a quirky little series of misfortunes as well as triumphs for these two characters.
-Travis

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

Absurd and Absurd

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

The Nightmare Before Christmas or The Sandlot
-Travis

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

We came up with the general idea about 4 or 5 months ago, and a week after we came up with the idea we had the first draft of the pilot done. We are currently working on the second draft using the suggestions and insight we got from you guys.
-Travis

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written around 15 to 20 short scripts, some of which I took and shot myself as short films, others I’m working on getting produced. I have been getting great feedback and interest from the festival circuit with 4 or so of my short horror screenplays. I am also working on a handful of original feature length screenplays as well.
-Travis

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

It changes day to day, but if I had to choose I would probably say Everlong by Foo Fighters
-Travis

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

Honestly the pilot script flowed pretty easily once we locked down the idea of what we wanted to do. Pretty much everything in the pilot comes from our weird sense of humor and even jokes we have. It felt very natural, because it was basically writing down the ridiculous way we think and joke with each other. Once we get going it’s tough to stop us.
-Travis

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

I am passionate about all types of writing, I write poetry and short stories. But I am very passionate about directing and actually going out and shooting short films, even if they’re just little no budget movies that hardly anyone will see. I’m obsessed with the entire process, from one tiny idea, to writing it out, shooting it and then editing it all together. It’s truly my passion. I also just love to spend time with friends and family, and I love to make music as well.
-Travis

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

It’s been fantastic, I absolutely love FilmFreeway. It’s so user friendly and helpful to be able to see and manage all of your projects through one platform. nothing but good things to say about it.
-Travis

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

We just wanted to get our idea for this series out there, and try to get feedback on what works, what doesn’t work, what can be tweaked, and we have gotten really great feedback so far. It’s always nice to get feedback where you can tell the person actually read your script and put some effort in to their thoughts on the project. Unfortunately that’s not always the case with responses from film festivals, but your guy’s feedback has been excellent, and we’re excited to send in the 2nd draft as soon as it’s done.
-Travis
 

‘Geraldine Hall’ is a Gothic Horror Fiction script, that emphasises on the unease of two orphan children, a brother and sister, as they’re adopted to Geraldine Hall, and the terror into which it quickly changes.

CAST LIST:

Charlie: Liam Kinahan
Stuart: John Leung
Narrator: Adrian Currie
Miss Bethany: Anjelica Alejandro
Mary Ann: Mandy May Cheetham

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