Watch the Winning June 2016 Short Screenplay
LESS THAN HOMELESS, by Allan B Hill
Get to know the winning writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
The screenplay is about a day in the life of Henry, a sombre, homeless man living in the city. It explores ideas on how the public relate to the homeless community and also how the homeless community exists within itself.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Since entering this competition I have met a director in the UK who is currently in preproduction for making this screenplay into a movie on a zero budget. He obviously believed this screenplay should be made into a movie.
3. How would you describe this script in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Probably Rush Hour series. I was mildly obsessed with these years ago.
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I first drafted this screenplay over a weekend in the summer of 2014. It was redrafted for entry into a competition at the end of 2014. There have been a few more drafts since then at the end of 2015 and into 2016.
6. How many stories have you written?
I have written about 7 short screenplays of varied length. I am currently working on my second feature screenplay. I have explored stories in drama, thriller, comedy and mystery genre.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
Walking along Bloor Street in downtown Toronto every morning on the way to work in a finance firm first inspired me to write this screenplay. I reacted very strongly to what I would observe there witnessing the contrast of very wealthy, posh people parading down and ducking in and out of high fashion retailers with the countless, down and out, homeless people sitting on the streets and being constantly ignored. It seemed ridiculous to see two complete opposites of society coexisting that way in the western world. It made me feel ill.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
One obstacles I faced was trying to get the tone of the story to feel off the page the same way I was feeling inside. Making a cohesive story impact people with the same emotion that was going on inside my soul was tough at times. I wanted it to be very visual but for the reader to understand the characters and react to them in a powerfully provocative manner.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about travel and culture. I love aviation. Food and drink is something I enjoy too.
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I was influenced by the price, the location and the fact I was guaranteed feedback. The initial feedback I received was more than I expected and was useful and encouraging. Thank you.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
It’s important to understand how a screenplay is structured and to adhere to it to keep all work to the industry standard.
Write about what you want to write about. The writing is more powerful and the message can be your unique voice if you write about something you want to say.
For each story focus it to a point of one question or statement to help keep on track with WHAT you are trying to communicate to the audience.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson