Watch THE ARV 1st Scene Reading:
NARRATOR – Fran Townend
ALAYAS – Sean Ballantyne
MARK/MARDALE – Peter Nelson
VOICE OVER – Becky Shrimpton
Steven – Bubba
Get to know the writer Joshua Collins:
1. What is your screenplay about?
In short, the film is about a lethal obsession and how it can alter a persons perception of their world. As well as a very uncovered subject matter(in film)–aero-technology.
But overall, the experience might leave (hopefully) wondering/discussing idea’s that have never crossed their minds regarding aero-technology and energy sources.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Considering the state of our world’s condition and the struggle we find ourselves trying to right a very evident problem, the film is a different look at what is more than possible (via-solutions). It also gives light to the ‘why’ on more than one occasion, but utilizing a fun and impacting format to do so. Rather than a documentary this film could speak with people of all ages by way of classic film-making.
The film could open up doors for many conversations that just aren’t happening, and that’s sad.
3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?
The ARV can only be experienced and yet hard to believe its happening.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
There isn’t just one, there’s never just one:
Michael Haneke’s THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
KUBRIKS 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Research took well over a year, but the writing took about two months.
6. How many stories have you written?
A lot. A lot, a lot.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
I was blown away that the sci-fi/drama genre was lacking in anything that dealt with a real human problem–sustainable energy source.
Also that many films that ever dealt with anything extra-terrestrial based were far too cliché and over-done. This film, THE ARV, finally gives a real life look at the reality of such a complex subject matter.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Having to learn quantum physics on an elementary level to create the real dialogue the story contains. One cannot simply make it up or just learn ‘key phrases’. A lot of scientists would go see this film and the last thing I’d want is to be laughed at. So, having to learn the principles of General relativity, Newton’s Laws of Motion etc…
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Directing, directing, acting, music, life, Buddhism. And directing.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I was drawn to the festival based on its format. Hearing your screenplay read aloud by actors for the first time is a big plus.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Humans need stories to understand ourselves but at the same time to relinquish control of their perception’s. A writers job is to be responsible for what we give to them (the audience)…and in hopes that their perception is somewhat or altogether altered.
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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script performed at the festival. Full feedback