Watch COMIC CONS Best Scene Reading:
NARRATOR – Jane Smythe
DANNY – Peter Nelson
ZOE – Becky Shrimpton
ALEX – Sean Ballantyne
LANDO – Bubba
Get to know writers Peter Harmon and Larry Postel:
1. What is your screenplay about?
It’s about two escaped convicts who hide out as cosplayers at a Comic Con and plan a big con to win the cash prize at the Cosplay Competition. But the underlying theme of the story is how these two guys change through this new world they encounter, which is so honest and real – as opposed to their former lives of deception and manipulation as con artists.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
With the global explosion of cosplay and comic con/conventions, COMIC CONS should have universal appeal — both here and abroad. In addition to COMIC CONS having a high concept (and low budget), it also has strong characters that will engage the audience.
3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this screenplay in one sentence?
COMIC CONS is a buddy comedy about a pair of con artists on the run who hide out as cosplayers at a Comic Con.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Co-writer Larry Postel: Cinema Paradiso. I took an Italian Cinema course in college and loved Italian movies ever since. Cinema Paradiso is one of my favorites and the soundtrack is the best ever.
Co-writer Pete Harmon: Toy Story. It came out when I was the perfect age to really latch onto it and now that I have a son myself it’s one of his favorites.
5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
6. How many stories have you written?
Co-writer Pete Harmon: I can’t even quantify the amount of stories I’ve written as I’ve been writing since I was young. I don’t feel whole if I’m not in the midst of a screenplay or an outline or a novel.
Co-writer Larry Postel: Good answer, Pete. I’ll second that motion.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
The love of buddy comedies where cons on the run find a place to hide out and blend in with the scenery — and then end up actually loving the place and the people, which inspires them to change for the better (and also change the lives of those they encounter). With that said, the two movies in particular that inspired this screenplay were HAPPY, TEXAS and WE’RE NO ANGELS.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Taking notes from so many people and then doing rewrites to make it the best it can be. Of course, we know that there will always be more rewrites to come and that’s always part of the process. In fact, it’s the most important part of the process.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Co-writer Larry Postel: My family, my dogs, reading, music, and travel.
Co-writer Pete Harmon: I’m also passionate about my family, my friends, rap music, 90s era basketball shoes, caffeinated beverages, and discovering movies and books and podcasts that speak to me.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?
It’s a great forum for aspiring writers and filmmakers to showcase their work.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Co-writer Larry Postel: Many say that you should write what you know. Better yet is to write what you know combined with what you feel.
Co-writer Pete Harmon: If you truly want to be a writer you’ve already been writing
and you make time to write. If writing is something you would like to do then you’re not a writer, and that’s fine, maybe at some point you will be.
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