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SCREENPLAY MOVIE: MOTORIST, by Julie Thor Fryd

Summary of where we are when the scene occurs

At first, we see Ford. He´s driving along in his car. He finds a wounded animal, gets out of his car, examines the animal, writes in his notebook, and runs the animal over. Afterwards he drives over the crest of the hill, and spots two figures, in the middle of the road. Ford just manages to swerve round them. A man- VOLVO- is lying on the road, and a woman JEEP- is standing next to him.
It´s night, and we are on a road.

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Volvo/Voice Over: Geoff Mays
Jeep: Danielle Nicole
Ford: Manny Pacheco

The story takes place in the middle of the night, mostly on a dark road.

Before “the scene” we meet Ford driving in his car, looking for wounded animals. We also see Volvo, leaving his house and car business for the last time. He wants to commit suicide (or wants other people to kill him) Before he leaves, he puts an excessive amount of food, into his cats dish, and pats it on the head. He also puts keys in all the car ignitions. We also watch Jeep driving very fast.

Ford is a 60 year old man, who mourns over his deceased wife. He regrets, that he wasn´t able to accept the fact that she was sick and dying. To compensate, Volvo has dedicated his night vision to animals. Night after night he seeks out animals, that have been driven over, and left injured and bleeding on the road. He finishes what others could not complete.
One night he drives along in his car, and spots two figures in the middle of the road. Ford just manages to swerve round them. A man VOLVO is lying on the road, and a woman JEEP, is standing next to him. They are arguing.

Volvo is a depressed used car dealer. He´s lying in the middle of the road, hoping that someone will drive him over.
Volvo think Jeep is a lousy driver, because she didn´t hit him with her car. Jeep says, that she didn´t wanted to run him over, but actually Jeep is a dangerous motorist, who thinks she´s immortal. She does “hit and run” for a hobby
Volvo insists that Ford or Jeep runs him over, and refuses to get away from the road.
Volvo is finishing a book called “The Perfect Motorist” Therefore, now and then, he´s talking to a Dictaphone.

At last after “the scene” Ford accepts to run Volvo over. But he finds it very difficult. He keeps a log of the animals he runs over, and he´s not sure where he should list Ford. He think it would be improper if he grouped him with foxes and hedgehogs.

All three are momentarily inattentive while we hear a vehicle approaching. They are caught in the headlights of an oncoming car…

Summary of where we are when the scene occurs

At first, we see Ford. He´s driving along in his car. He finds a wounded animal, gets out of his car, examines the animal, writes in his notebook, and runs the animal over. Afterwards he drives over the crest of the hill, and spots two figures, in the middle of the road. Ford just manages to swerve round them. A man- VOLVO- is lying on the road, and a woman JEEP- is standing next to him.
It´s night, and we are on a road.

Winning SHORT Screenplay Reading – MOTORIST, by Julie Thor Fryd

Genre: Drama

“A depressed used-car dealer tries to convince a motorist, who every night runs over wounded animals, to also run him over”

Cast List:

Jeep: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Volvo: James Dooley
Ford: Gary Graham

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“We often hear that it´s better to knock down an animal than to attempt an emergency stop”

FORD one of the characters, runs over wounded animals every night. One night he meets VOLVO, a depressed used car dealer, who tries to convince to also run him over. JEEP The last characte, also considers to help FORD.

“Joy in driving comes from the person behind the wheel. Give way, wave on, drive smoothly”

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Absurd, road movie.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The idea is original. The story is beautiful, tragic and funny at the same time.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Original, poetic.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” Charlie Kaufman

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year. I started working on the script in NYC. During a reading of one of my scripts.

7. How many stories have you written?

A Lot! I write scripts for theatres as well. Some of my scripts are supported by “The Danish Arts Foundation”

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

“Mercy seat” Nick Cave.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I guess I always think it´s a little difficult to write the ending.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Literature, My kids, Music…

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I don´t know it very well, but so far it works great!

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

I thought it was a great opportunity, to get connected to some collaboraters. I was exited, and I´m looking forward to see what´s going to happen next…

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox