Watch the 1st Scene Reading of FACSMILE:
NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
WOMAN – Laura Kyswaty
MORALES – Ben Hur
ORTIZ/DRIVER – Gabriel Darku
TAXI DRIVER – Chris Reid-Geisler
EVERS – Holly Sarchfield
Get to know writer Gary Makin:
1. What is your screenplay about?
It’s set in a future where people rely on technology too much, but everything is hackable. A future with no privacy – not even inside your own mind. A future where corporations rule, and in this case, play God.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It’s a very visual, suspenseful story with strong action scenes and some cool ideas. You’d definitely get a good trailer out of it.
3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?
In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Probably Raiders of the Lost Ark – I watched it every Sunday morning as a kid for several months. Blade Runner is my favourite film though.
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I wrote an earlier version in 2002 – it had a different plot, but some of the same ideas; such as 3D printed cars and guns, which have since come true. I wrote notes on this version in 2006, an outline in 2008, and a first draft in 2010.
6. How many stories have you written?
I started writing spec scripts for TV; five of those, plus three screenplays more recently.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
Minority Report was coming out, and I wanted to write something similar. Something neo-noir in the science fiction genre.
Plus, getting an agent or winning contests with teleplays for existing TV shows was probably going to be harder.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Procrastination and perfectionism – a killer combination. Some personal issues also got in the way.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Movies, science and technology, geopolitics, cups of tea.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I actually entered just for the feedback – I didn’t expect to win. The feedback was all positive, so I was obviously pleased.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Watch movies, read movies, read about writing movies.
Treat it like a 9 to 5 (if you can), enter contests (it’s probably the best way in if you don’t know anyone in the industry), take classes (some are free), and get feedback (coverage if you can afford it).
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