It was terrific. I very much enjoyed seeing my script performed! It was helpful to hear & see my dialogue read out loud. Now I know where to make further improvements. 😛
– Ana R. Dominick, on watch her Short Script performed at the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)
Ana’s short script was the November 2014 festival winner. Watch the reading here:
A lonely 9-year-old American girl embarks on a primal voyage across the Pacific Ocean to find her long-gone mama in Australia.
NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
BOOMERANG – Michelle Alexander
ROXY/WOMAN – Marsha Mason
NATHAN/DRIVER – Geoff Mays
SKATER/PASSENGER – Rob Notman
Learn more about this script: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/boomerang_the_great.html
WILDsound’s Matthew Toffolo chatted with Ana R. Dominick about her short script win:
Matthew Toffolo: What’s your screenplay about?
A lonely and resourceful girl who, after her Grandpa dies, embarks on a tireless odyssey from the Mojave to Australia to reunite with her estranged Mama.
MT: Why should this script be made into a movie?
I’m Australian & have lived away from home for many years — I was feeling homesick for Oz & my family when I first started writing the script. I also sail often as a hobby (& wanted to find a way to include it in my story :P).
MT: What influenced you to write this screenplay?
Deals with universal themes of family, triumph through adversity, & “even the smallest of us can succeed” — all packed in a fun adventure with a compelling underdog protagonist!
MT: I know that your story has also been written as a feature screenplay. Have you imagined this story as an animation? If not, how do you visualize it?
I wrote the script as live action, but it could indeed by animated (have gotten this feedback a few times). A Hybrid is also possible. For example, the sailing sequences & ocean obstacles could be conveyed in a standalone watercolor sequence.
MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
I’ve watched “Home Alone” (1990) countless times as a child & young teen — probably because I’m an only child & related to a lot of time “home alone” 😛
MT: What artists would you love to work with?
I’d love to work with or be mentored by the Coen Bros, Spike Jonze, or Steven Spielberg. I enjoy the Coens/Jonze’ unique worlds & characters, & Spielberg’s humanist/empathetic storytelling.
MT: What influenced you to submit to the WILDsound festival?
The possibility of having my script performed, and Wildsound’s various contests & feedback options really set this festival apart!
MT: What are you passionate about in life?
I’m passionate about writing, cinema, sailing, filmmaking, & my family (dog incl).
MT: Do you have a set routine when writing? Any advice you like to give to other writers?
I write at least 5 days per week and make sure I write new pages each week. My advice to other writers is to try to do the same. First try to develop an overall theme to guide you, then get the first draft on paper, since writing is re-writing & more re-writing 🙂