Watch the June 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay
INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli
A young man with a tortured past discovers that you really can go home again. To kill.
Get to know writer Paul Corricelli:
1. What is your screenplay about?
INKED IN BLOOD is the story of a tortured, tattooed albino named Aesop Quarrels. Seventeen years after escaping from a living hell, he has returned to exact his revenge on all those who wronged him. One by one he will make them pay. Not only to mend the shattered pieces of his own life, but for his mother’s suffering as well.
Past horrors begin to unfold as he embarks on a twisting trail of carnage that will ultimately lead to Aesop facing the one man responsible for their suffering – his father, and in the process he will uncover a hidden family secret that threatens to tear him apart.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Inked In Blood has a memorable cast of characters that keep the story moving. It’s the kind of film that could develop a strong cult following. It also lends itself to a sequel and a continuing franchise.
3. How would you describe this script in two words?
Quirky and dark.
4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
The Big Lebowski.
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I actually wrote this screenplay several years ago, but wasn’t able to generate any interest in it. After letting it sit for a year and a half, I spent about four months rewriting it, and made some major changes. After entering it in a few contests I started placing in the finals of several contests, and then won a few.
6. How many stories have you written?
I have three completed screenplays, and a fourth that I’m currently rewriting. I also have a couple of shorts, and a new screenplay idea that I’m fleshing out.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
While writing random scenes as a writing exercise, It was the image and character of a tattooed Albino seeking revenge for the terrible things done to him in his youth that I first created. I wrote the scene with Aesop and Kim in the diner first, and felt like I had more story to tell with this character.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Because the story jumps around the timeline quite a bit, the biggest challenge was to keep the continuity correct. I also made an effort to keep the flashbacks to only those I felt were necessary to the story, since there are so many of them.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Photography. I do fine art photography on the side. I am also very interested in directing because of the photography.
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I heard of the festival through friends and was intrigued by the live performance aspect. I was really thrilled with the feedback I received. I am always open to constructive feedback, and I’m always looking for ways to make my writing better. The feedback I got was extremely helpful and helped me to polish my story.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
I think it’s important to have people who’s opinion you trust, and contests like this one, read your script and give you feedback. You also have to be open to new ideas and feedback. Don’t fall in love with your writing. You have to be willing to change, or cut things that don’t work. You may not always agree with the feedback you get, but it can often lead to new ideas as you work through it.
(It was feedback from a producer – who didn’t deal with my genre, that inspired me to rewrite Inked In Blood after setting it aside for far too long)
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson