YELLOW TOUCH RED, YOU’RE DEAD was the WILDsound November 2015 Winning Feature Screenplay.
Watch the Table Reading of YELLOW TOUCH RED, YOU’RE DEAD
NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
BAHRI- Kunal Jaggi
TYLER – Scott Beaudin
KIRA – Aidan Black Allen
DENVER – Brett Kelly
JEFF – Steve Shand
Get to know writer Lauren Hoekstra:
1. What is your screenplay about?
Yellow Touch Red, You’re Dead is the story of an impulsive high-school girl who gets accidentally caught up in a guns-for-drugs deal gone wrong. Trapped with the drug-runners fleeing the cartel, she plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the leader, who’s keeping her till she sleeps with him, no matter the cost.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
The story is novel in the way it takes a traditionally male-oriented genre – the chase – and injects it with a dose of young-adult romance and erotica. So it opens the genre up to a different audience. Apart from this, it does address some topical issues.
3. How would you describe this story in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Cinema Paradiso – I grew up in Italy, so it’s very nostalgic for me. Plus all those wonderful movie clips….
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Eighteen months, on and off.
6. How many stories have you written?
This is my first completed feature script. I have a short script I’m going to produce soon. Other than that, outlines and concepts.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
I love romance, but it has to be edgy, not sentimental. And I love action, too, so I wanted to combine these elements.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The learning curve!
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Filmmaking, especially alternative storytelling methods. I recently made a first-person interactive short starring Tyler Shields, the celebrity photographer. He’s filming a model clinging onto the hood of his car as they race through the Mojave. The viewer can switch perspectives and see what it’s like from her point of view. It’s great fun to film this way, and to watch.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I loved the idea of actors reading my story. Apart from the potential publicity, this seemed like such a privilege. And I really appreciated the feedback. It was encouraging, but also spot-on as far as weaknesses.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
I’ve found the feedback from competitions that give coverage, like WILDsound, to be invaluable.