Genre: History, Thriller, Drama
After his attempts to escape from the American colonies fail, a young orphan woodsman Finn finds himself trapped in a remote frontier fort surrounded by troubled people with dark secrets during the French & Indian War.
Narration: Carina Cojeen
Robert: Isai Rivera Blas
Finn: Anthony Yu
Catherina: Angelica Alejandro
Richard: Xavier de Guzman
Kopf: Fabio Abreu
Get to know the writer:
What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?
It’s about making a moral choice and to live with the consequences. The beef of the show is that the only real freedom we have is in that we all can choose our reactions to even most horrible events, but we also must accept the impact of our response.
Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?
This project is unlike any of its genres because it is exciting and dangerous, yet the themes and plot are relevant to modern audiences. Evocative use of historical figures provides a classic patina to the show. Audiences will love this American saga that covers the lives of many generations, dazzling geographic milieus and incorporates solid history. The story unfolds in a verdant natural paradise where the only evil is a man. They mainly respond to the elements of American frontier folklore that is presented in a new, compelling way.
The characters, fraught with their everyday problems in a war-torn frontier, provides compelling character stories for several seasons. They all have personal, individual emotional situations and dark secrets.
They have to make tough moral choices in difficult situations with no clear right or wrong. They cannot be sure that the choices they make are the right ones. They try to balance between love, regret, loneliness, debauchery, and moral values. The relationships in the storyline are valid and authentic full of emotion, sex, passion, hard times, and complexity.
How would you describe this script in two words?
The overall story, as told, is very vivid, visual and exciting. OK, that’s more than two, but it’s from Cinequest.
What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
How many stories have you written?
I have written three books, three TV pilots, one short story, one short period drama for Virtual Reality, and have another five period drama stories in various stages of development.
What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
The Boys Are Back in Town from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Serious self-doubt if I can pull it off. Writing a great screenplay is difficult.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
While I’m not writing exciting period drama stories, I draw inspiration from my love of history, Stoic philosophy, and my military experience as a US Army Ranger.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
A significant portion of the TV series I wrote takes place in Quebec. I discovered that the WILDsound Festival is growing by leaps and bounds and realized it is a perfect venue to introduce the story in Canada.
You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
I love working with FilmFreeway, I highly recommend them. They have been most supportive throughout my projects and have provided me access to many competitions I didn’t even know existed.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Trust your vision, take feedback with a pinch of salt, and always be writing!
Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Operator: Mary Cox