Watch Best Scene Reading of CAPSTONE LOST AND FOUND
NARRATOR – Kiran Friesen
EVERETT – Peter Nelson
Get to know writers Pamela Green:
1. What is your screenplay about?
After having been put through shock treatment and other psychiatric atrocities while locked away in a mental institution during the 1950’s, Everett is finally let go and begins his new life journey, where he has further divine encounters, as well as struggles, and is reminded of a divine promise and mandate, that his testimony from his hospital days will be used in a movie to warn the world of the coming mark in the forehead.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It should be made into a movie because it includes a warning from God of a prophesied apocalyptic destruction that will hit mankind in the not-so-distant future. Also, it includes testimonies of God’s faithfulness toward those who put their trust Him, and highlights God’s love for the lost.
3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?
It depicts the life journey of Everett’s post-hospital days, including various struggles, encounters of divine nature, testimonies of the “lost” being found, and also sobering warnings about the coming mark of the Beast.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
I have seen a lot of Disney movies over and over due to my children watching them, but I think the one I saw the most (that I myself wanted to see) was Meet Me in St. Louis.
5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging, and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I began writing the screenplay in May of 2009 (at first, both screenplays were combined) and have worked on it off and on since then.
6. How many stories have you written?
I’ve written two screenplays about my dad, with his input. I also wrote one about my life, but then tore it up.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
To begin with, my dad would often tell me as a child of his experiences in the hospital, including shock treatment, and he would often refer to this machine as “the beast”. He also mentioned a few times in my life about his promise from God that one day a movie would be made of his life that would be used to warn the world of the coming mark in the forehead. The “mark of the beast” was a common phrase I heard from my dad growing up. Then, a lot of things happened in my life after I went away to college that pointed me toward making the movie, such as God visiting me in a dream. But one day, in 2006 or 2007, after returning from visiting my parents and being reminded of the movie promise by my dad, I was sitting on my bed, wondering if there was something I could do to help him make the movie, and was asking God if He wanted me to help somehow when, suddenly, my husband rushed into the room and blurted out, ” Whatever the Lord tells you to do, you have to be obedient!”. But I was depressed and discouraged from various life trials and got to the point where I didn’t want to go on. Then one night at a laundromat a stranger approached me and prayed for me, saying, “You must live! You must live! You have a heavy calling that must be fulfilled! I then asked the lady what that calling was. She said “I don’t know.. but you do.” That night I went to sleep wondering what it could be. Then the next morning as soon as I woke up, the first thought that came to my mind was, “The movie! God wants me to make the movie!” The last straw was when I received the June, 2009 edition of the Johns Hopkins Newsletter (I received it early, in May of 2009) that was highlighting shock treatment as a way to treat depression. My dad had always said that one day shock treatment would be revived and it would be endorsed and pushed on the public masses instead of just poor souls locked away and forgotten in mental hospitals.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Much of the time, I either didn’t have a home computer, or didn’t have word processing on my home computer, or my computer would break. I went to the library a lot and had to pay my kids to watch the younger kids a lot of times, coming from the $25 per week that I could use for making the movie. I also thought that I was finished many times and would print off the script, only to find that I had more corrections to make. Also, getting the information from my dad and piecing it together in the right sequence was very tricky. Some events he couldn’t always remember the exact order in which they occurred, so I had to kind of do trial and error. Plus, he lives long distance from me, so sometimes it was difficult to get a hold of him when I had a question.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Most of all, I love Jesus, and am thankful to Him for saving my soul and always loving me and being there for me. I also love the Bible and love to hear preaching and love to sing and listen to singing, especially Christian songs. I love and am thankful for my family. I love all people, in general, especially children, orphans, and elderly, and the handicapped, discouraged, abused, addicts, and poor, and lost souls. I would somehow like to help mankind, like having a ministry to the poor, or working with children, or helping families, or praying for the discouraged or sick. I’ve been miraculously healed many times, so I definitely believe in healing. I love to tell others that Jesus can save them and give them eternal life and that He has a great plan for them. I like to encourage people, especially those who feel like giving up, and let them know that Jesus makes life worth living. Even in our difficult situations, we can still pray and trust God and know that He can work things out for our good and that He has our best interest at heart. I love beautiful things, like rainbows, and beautiful colors, and butterflies, and flowers, and beautiful old houses, and the great outdoors. I also love to bake, and I love animals, and art, especially drawing, painting, and crafts. My dad loves to sing and play the steel guitar and sometimes writes poetry, and likes to paint and do carpentry.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your
feelings on the initial feedback you received?
One day, a few years back, I asked the Lord to direct me concerning what I should do next with the movie. Then I had a dream that I was standing before a desk and a man was seated at the desk, holding my script. In the dream, I asked the man if he liked the script. He said “Yes… we loved it.” Then I looked over to the left of the desk and there was George Clooney, kind of leaning in toward the desk. He looked at me and said “Got any part for me?” Then, days later, I remembered the dream again and went to George Clooney’s Facebook page and pressed the “like” button. Then, I started receiving advertisements from his page for WILDsound Film Festival all the time. But when I thought about what I should do, I still wasn’t sure until, one month, I believed the Lord was pushing me to enter during that particular month, since it was the month of the “blue moon”. But I didn’t listen fully to understand what God was saying, for, assuming that I had the whole month to enter the contest, which had been running regularly for a long while, instead closed up before the end of the month, so I missed it. Then a preacher friend on Facebook randomly said that sometimes in life we may be alert and ready, then, all of a sudden, we aren’t paying attention and drop the ball. When she said that, I realized I had missed my opportunity. Then, a few months ago, a preacher on Facebook said that God was giving someone another chance, that a certain situation would come around again, set up just how it was before, “only this time”, he warned, “don’t drop the ball”. So, I took that as my cue that the Lord wanted me to enter the contest.
I was very excited to receive the feedback from WILDsound. It was great to actually hear what someone else had to say regarding the script, especially in an in-depth way, and at a professional level. I believe that I was given a lot of great wisdom and practical pointers that have helped to open my eyes and improve my movie-writing skills.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Try not to be in such a hurry to finish your screenplay or else it may actually end up taking much longer than you had anticipated due to overlooked mistakes. Take your time and, in the long run, end up saving time. “Haste makes waste.” Backing away from it for a while and then returning can help give you a fresh, new perspective. I believe it would be good to use a screenwriting program. I didn’t, but I think it would have made some things a great deal easier and quicker. Another thing, it’s good to give yourself breaks and enough sleep, and be sure and get exercise and eat right. You will feel like doing a better job if you take good care of yourself and are more relaxed and healthy.
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