|Best Scene from the screenplay CELLULAR MEMORY Screenplay
Written by Jess Prevost
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Devout Christian Ben suffers a heart attack and is fortunate to get a transplant. The risky surgery works and everything seems fine, until Ben starts acting strangely; drinking more, skipping church. His family notices but isn’t sure what to make of it at first.
Get to know the winning writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
When a religious man accidentally receives a heart transplant from a serial killer, he struggles with sadistic urges that erode his sanity and isolate him from his once-loving family.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Because, at the core of this story is something we can all connect with: a sense of misplaced identity. Have you ever felt out of place? Have you ever felt weird in your own skin? Have you ever questioned what you’re doing and where you’re going? Of course you have, it’s part of being human; which is why everyone can relate to the protagonist, (not the killing part…I hope), but the theme of “feeling lost; feeling like you’re unsure who you aŕe at that moment”. However, this script uses unique and interesting characters with well defined archs to deliver the story. The story itself is littered with small twists and turns that keep the reader, and thus, the audience, wanting to know what’s next. So, hopefully, the audience will be on the edge of seat the whole time, all while learning something about themselves. And that is why I feel that 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?
I have to give that to Shawshank Redemption. I’ve seen that movie more times than any other. It’s a great, emotional story of how hope never dies; something the world needs today if you ask me.
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I started this script probably back in 2013. The idea to write the script goes back over 10 years, but the actual writing began in 2013. It was put on hold for a while once my girlfriend and I found out we were having a baby and getting married. So it was a busy year and I didn’t get much done. So, I spent that time studying the craft, learning new tricks, and when I was ready to come back to it I had all these new tools to implement. It was great. I leaned a lot writing this one.
6. How many stories have you written?
Well, I’ve been writing stories since I was knee high to a duck. When I was s kid, I wrote a story that was so good, the school had it put into their library to be checked out and read by other students, which it was. In terms of scripts, I’ve written close to a dozen shorts and am currently half-way through the second draft of a feature comedy.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
My love for film and telling stories is what motivated me to start the script. But my daughter being born is what pushed me to finish it. I thought “if I give up on my dreams, then what kind of message am I sending my daughter?”. And I’ve been grinding ever since.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Numerous ones. Like I said, we had just got married and had a baby; working part time opposite shifts… it was hard. But when you want something bad enough you’ll do whatever it takes. Another obstacle is “sacrifice”. I have to sacrifice time with my family to get the writing done, which is hard.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Other than being passionate about my family, I’d have to say “the cosmos”. Space fascinates me. To me, space resembles our own imaginations: endless, vast and full of wonder.
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I would tell other writers to make sure this is what you want. It’s hard. It’s a craft that takes lots of sacrifice, time, and dedication to hone. Be ready to be shot down. Sounds harsh but it’s true. As long as you believe in yourself and show the universe that you want it through working for it, then someday, somethings gotta give.
Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson
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