WINNING COMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY – VALERIE VERSUS EARTH, by Jason Boaden

Genre: Comedy, Family

A boy pranks his sister, on her 10th birthday, which results in the entire family getting in on the fun.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Valerie: Kelci Stephenson
Jennifer: Penelope Park
Mark: Nick Wicht
Chandler: Charles Gordon
David: Todd Thomas Dark

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?
A: When a boy pranks his younger sister on her 10th birthday, her payback leads to the whole family getting in on the fun.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
A: Comedy.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 
A: The characters are entertaining. The story is fun and engaging for children, as well as adults.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?    
A: Fun and whimsical.
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life? 
A: Hot Shots
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?  
A: 1 month, approximately.
7. How many stories have you written? 
A: 3 features and 10 shorts.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) 
A: Even split, between These Days by Bon Jovi & Tremor Christ by Pearl Jam.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 
A: Finding a way to give relevance to the 2nd act. Initially, it did expand the characters, but wasn’t necessary to the story. Also, understanding the core relationship, between Valerie and her brother. Once that happened, it established the desired tone of the story.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 
A: My son is now a young man, so our relationship has changed greatly, over the past few years. We both listen to a lot of music, and like to talk about it and movies. Songwriting has been another passion of mine. My son and I both took up guitar at a young age, so we also talk a lot about that.
11. You entered your screenplay via Film Freeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site? 
A: I’ve found it useful.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
 
A: Entering your festival came as a result of challenging myself to attempt a genre, other than horror. Regarding your feedback: it shaped the final draft of the story. Specifically, the evolution of the 2nd act.

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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