1st Scene Screenplay Reading of MYA’S TRUTH, by Thomas L Ferguson (plus interview)

    Watch the 1st Scene Reading of MYA’S TRUTH:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Val Cole
    MYA – Leah Doz
    MONA – Erynn Brook
    CANDACE – Graciela Martinez
    JASMINE – Jillian Cameron
    ROBERT – John Marcucci
    WALTER – Rob Salerno

Get to know writer Thomas L. Ferguson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about self doubt and how people use obstacles in
their life to protect themselves from success. In Mya’s Truth, Mya
uses her relationships with men, particularly her father, to keep her
from stepping up to the plate to achieve her goals. She must learn
to define her own destiny, instead of letting others define it for her.

2. Why should this script be made into a movie?

Overall, I believe it is a universal story about love. Not just romantic
love, but more important, the love one has for him or her self. There
is also a sub plot about family and how they can make us or break
us. I don’t know a single person who can’t relate to family influence
when it comes to life decisions. On top of all of that internal
struggle, there is plenty of external conflict. Secrets,lies, and
betrayal… everything you want in an indie drama.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing on and off for about twelve years… been serious
about five. 4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
The Color Purple. I watched that film dozens of times with my
family growing up. I live three thousand miles away from them now,
so I throw it on when I’m feeling homesick. I have to mention a very
close second…Albert Brooks’ The Muse. The movie is about a
writer trying to get his mojo back after “passing his prime”. When I
feel I need a boost of writer energy… I throw that one on.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I’m a big horror movie fan so working with Wes Craven would be a
dream. He is one of the fathers of modern day horror to me. I also
enjoy Christopher Nolan. He challenges me and I like a good
challenge from time to time. And lets just say it… Spielberg. Who
wouldn’t want to work with him. He’s a had a couple hits, I think.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written four features on my own. I’m juggling my next two right
now… a big budget horror script and a comedy. I’ve co-written
two… one of them being produced in 2012.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

I love my current job in sports broadcasting, but I’m tired of writing
on the side. My ideal life in five years would include me writing full
time. I dream of the day when I can write all day and get paid for
doing what I love.  

 8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for
writing?

I’m not a militant writer who does only one thing and that’s how it
is. I usually come up with my beginning and ending scenes, then fill
in the plot points in between. I write them down, then pray for the
best. Most of the time, I end where I thought I would, but it is so
refreshing when I end up in a totally different place. That is why I
love being a writer, especially writing on spec. You go on a journey…
just like a member of an audience. When I’m writing with a partner
or writing for someone, I’m more disciplined. I’d hate to let
someone down when they are depending on me.

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

I love movies, so I spend so much of my time at the local
multiplex… when i’m not at work, of course. Although I love the big
budget films, my passion truly lies with independent films. I spend a
lot of time doing research at Film Independent. I love reading old
scripts and learning about filmmaking in general. Outside of movies,
I love to dance, in fact, it’s my main source of exercise. I’ve always
dreamed of being a backup dancer for someone like Usher or Janet
Jackson… it can happen!

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I’ve always doubted my work. That’s what artists do. Just like the
main character in my story, I’m my own worst critic. One day, I decided to get a professional opinion of this story. Being a former reader for a producer and a script competition, I know that wowing
a reader in the first few pages is crucial. I wanted to see how this
story works in the first few pages. There aren’t many competitions
out there that focus on just the beginnings of a screenplay. I thought
this would be a great opportunity to find out from professionals if my
story is on the right track. I’m so grateful it was well received.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Stay focused. Stay busy. Don’t let negative comments defeat you.
Believe in your abilities and don’t beat yourself up when things don’t
turn out the way you envisioned. We are artists. We are truth tellers.
Know your truth and stick to it!

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