|Best Scene from the screenplay UNGODLY Screenplay
Written by Bill Osinski
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
The Nuwaubian cult of Dwight York.
Get to know the winning writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
UNGODLY is the true story of a Brooklyn street kid who declared himself a god, and, for the next 35 years, got away with running a crime cult.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Genre is true crime, with a strong element of a racial and psychological thriller.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
UNGODLY would make a great movie, because of its compelling, cinematic story line, and because the role of the anti-hero is so rich and challenging (think TRAINING DAY or THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND),
3. How would you describe this script in two words?
Two words: “Outrage” and “Courage”.
4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
I’ll never tire of watching CHINATOWN.
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I wrote this screenplay in about three months, and spent time on subsequent re-writes. However, I spent more than three years writing my non-fiction book of the same title, upon which the screenplay is based. Plus, I reported on the story for six years before that as a journalist.
6. How many stories have you written?
I’ve written two non-fiction books, both true crime, a novel manuscript based on the life of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the U.S. (1870-72), and I’ve written nine screenplays. I’ve also worked as a journalist for 11 different newspapers around the U.S.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
After covering the story that became UNGODLY, I knew it deserved to be told as a movie.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The obstacles came when I was writing the book. My newspaper refused to give me a leave to do the writing, primarily because the story challenges conventional wisdom about race, so I had to do the work on my own time, using up my vacations and getting up at 6 am to write. Also, the Governor of Georgia got the University of Georgia Press to backtrack on publishing the book, because he is a character in the story and he did not like my truthful portrayal of him. So, after two years of working with the UGA Press, I had to find another publisher at the last minute. My only problem with writing the screenplay was sorting out the many characters in the story, in order to make the screenplay more coherent.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I love to travel; we just left Cuba the day before Castro died. As a reporter, I reported from nearly all the U.S. states and went to at least 10 foreign countries.I am addicted to political news, particularly the last presidential campaign. I believe that Hillary suffered from the same double standards and anti-woman biases that beset Victoria Woodhull(the subject of my novel and screenplay VICTORIA THE FIRST) 145 years ago.
10. What advice to you have for other writers?
When I was a college student, I was fortunate enough to take creative writing from Michael Shaara (Pulitzer Prize winner for “The Killer Angels). He often told us, paraphrasing, “I can’t teach you how to write. All I can do is encourage you to sit down and write.” The world and the marketplace will pass judgment on your writing, but you must first supply the discipline to spend a set amount of time every day at your craft.
Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson
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