Watch the July 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Reading.
DUE SOUTH by Evan R Schullery
Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy
A plump baby goose who can’t fly is left behind in Canada while his family migrates south.
Get to know the winning writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
A plump Canadian gosling who can’t fly is abandoned by his family when they migrate south, so he decides to undertake the journey on webbed foot with two furry companions.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
This story explores the theme of what makes a family a family. I think many people can relate to the idea that blood does not always make someone family and that things like loyalty, friendship, and working together for a common purpose can. It’s also an underdog story that I hope people will find inspiring because Gus, the main character, is able to accomplish a lot despite his limitations.
3. How would you describe this script in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Hmmm, probably Rocky IV because it’s always on TV and I can’t not watch it or I’ll feel un-American.
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Off and on for several years. I wrote the first draft in about 10 days, but it is currently drastically different. I still plan on re-working it to make as strong as it can be.
6. How many stories have you written?
I have written several other screenplays and am constantly outlining other ideas until one takes off.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
I forget how I came up with the concept, but I was intrigued by the initial thought of a baby goose being left behind and having to make the trip on foot. I thought the idea lent itself to an animated feature. Once I determined the ending, I was excited to finish it. It was my first time writing animated characters, so it was enjoyable to come up with jokes and zany antics that you can’t pull off with human characters.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Pacing was a challenge for this screenplay because it was a balance between showing enough time passing and land being covered without boring the reader. The initial problem with the first draft was a lack of conflict with the family’s storyline, so I had to remedy that as well.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about current events, learning new things, spending time with friends, and music.
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I thought it would be a great opportunity to have my work read. I am appreciative of what this contest does and grateful for the feedback. It thought the feedback was spot-on.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
The best advice for a writer is the kind you teach yourself as you persevere and get things finished.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson