Watch the May 2017 Winning Fantasy/Sci-Fi Short Screenplay.
|Winning Screenplay – BRAD, ACTUALLY
Written by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Comedy, Action
The continuing adventures of Brad Callahan, the greatest hero in the universe, and of his sister, who doesn’t believe him.
Get to know the writer:
What is your screenplay about?
Brad Callahan is the greatest hero in the universe, that’s plain to see. Or is it? It depends on who you ask. And you may be asking the wrong question.
What genres does your screenplay fall under?
In terms of setting, it’s cartoonish action; in terms of tone, it’s blatantly ridiculous comedy. In terms of theme, it’s a farce, because it never answers its central question: who is Brad, actually?
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It’s cagey without being pretentious. There’s lots of narrative clockwork churning beneath the surface, but you can ignore (or miss) all that and still enjoy the superficial action/comedy candy coating.
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Monsters, Inc. We have eleven-year old me to thank for that.
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
From start to finish, about four months. I still tweak it from time to time; an artist’s work is never done.
How many stories have you written?
Lots, but this was my first screenplay. I’ve since written a “sequel” Brad, Actually script, and I’m currently working on a third.
What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
According to my spinning wheel of random selections: “Roundabout” by Yes.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Finding the right voice. A screenplay is a lot different from a novel, a book report, or a campfire story. I struggled more with the “action” paragraphs than I did with the dialogue, which I’m told is unusual.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Video games, cooking, philosophy, and everything associated with Halloween.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
The story you read on paper is not the story I see in my head. The great Alfred Hitchcock was eternally frustrated by the fact that, even though he wrote his own scripts and shot his own camera, the finished film was never what he envisioned in his mind. But if he had just given up, what a waste it would’ve been!
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Operator: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
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