I got a lot out of the feedback I received from WILDsound. It was thoughtful, and intelligent. I didn’t always agree, but then after a few days of sleeping on it, it sinks in, and you think “Okay, maybe they’re right, let me try this to get there.” Then, after I added it, I could tell it was better.
– Writer Marc W. Johnson
Watch Best Scene Reading of LEGACY by Marc W. Johnson
NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Virginia – Krista Morin
Rose – Christina Aceto
John – Allan Michael Brunet
Diane – Pip Dwyer
Julio – Dan Fox
Vince/Damon/Carl – Ryan Anning
Gary/Giles – Dan Cristofori
Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Marc W. Johnson:
1. What is your screenplay about?
How the secrets that are kept from us, and the betrayals we encounter have the ability to destroy who we are and remold us into something dangerous.
2. Why should this script be made into a movie?
Because, in my humble opinion, there hasn’t been a decent werewolf movie that has used the Brothers Grimm Fairytale of Red Riding Hood in an effective modern day setting.
3. How long have you been writing stories?
I started writing short stories in/after high school unfortunately, I was unable to keep at it. It wasn’t until two years after the depression (sorry), recession of 2008 when I decided to combine two passions of mine while still trying to find gainful employment, writing and horror movies. Also, I continued to write while going for my college degree which I started in 2010.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
That’s kind of a toss-up between Halloween (’78) Halloween II (’81), and Aliens. I love how the two Halloweens blend together, you can’t really watch one without the other, and Aliens, well, you got aliens, space marines, and firepower, what’s not to love.
5. What artists would you love to work with?
Okay, let’s see, there is John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Savini, Greg Nicatero, Rob Zombie, Guillermo del Toro… I could go on and on…
6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
I was going to college 2010-2014, and during that time I punch out two horror scripts, the last two years of college I spent a lot of time on Legacy, getting feedback from Wildsound and others, rewriting, rewriting, rewriting, you get the idea. I decided to put my effort into this one because of my previous answer as to why this movie should be made, plus, it’s a movie I would go see.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
In 5 years I would like to be a respected (and profitable) writer. By profitable, I mean I would like to be able to make a living at something I really love to do, which is truly a rare thing.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I never really know how to answer this question. I feel I should come up with an answer that is deep, thoughtful, and on some level, cosmic, but the reality is, I get an idea, write down what I want to tell, and build my story around that. For instance, take Legacy, The very first thing I thought of was the ending, and “how cool would that be.” So, I wrote to that ending in 21 days. I promised myself 5 pages a day, and initially they were crap pages, let me tell you, but then the real work started.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
My friends and family. No body messes with me and mine. I am the first one there backing you up, and I expect the same.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Well, there are probably more experienced writers out there than I am at the moment and, as my granddad used to say “Free advice is worth what you pay for it.” However, at this point in my own journey, all I can be comfortable saying is – Always be open to feedback, and sleep on it before accepting it as gospel, or totally dismissing it. This is the only way you will become skilled as to whether those giving it know what they are doing.
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