Chatting with Howard Fridkin, WILDsound Feature Screenplay Winner

I truly believe that a table read is the next best thing in seeing my script on the big screen — so I entered my new thriller “The Devil’s Larceny.”

– Howard Fridkin, On what influenced him to enter the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)

Watch the entire feature script reading now:

NOTE: There is a TWIST in the end of this script. So pay attention!

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KATIE – Kirsten Nolan
STEVEN – John Goodrich
PROF. ROTHBINE – Gabriel Dumas
DR. BURMAN – Roman Spera
SARAH – Stephanie Schmid
JUNE – Ida Jagaric
DET. DESMOND – David Schaap

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WILDsound’s Matthew Toffolo sat with Howard about his screenplay and writing career:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your FEATURE SCRIPT about?

HF: Elements of the scenario have to be curtailed to prevent spoilers and the setup of a twist ending. The story is about two young law students, Steven & Katie, engaged to be married, who are researching the crimes of a dead pedophiliac serial killer for an important law assignment. As they begin delving into the killer’s psyche and the lives of his deceased victims, they begin noticing certain character traits resembling their own and eventually realize the horror that he is the reincarnation of the killer and she is the reincarnation of his last female victim. Katie, in order to survive Steven’s pursuing obsession to kill her, must plan to murder him first — but who’s going to believe her ludicrous story?

MT: Why should your script be made into a film?

HF: This is a highly unique psychological thriller which has never been executed in this type of fashion before. The credible blend of suspense and supernatural events (a la: “Psycho” meets “The Exorcist”) will throw the audience into a new realm of terror and thoroughly surprise them with its complex, yet all accountable twist ending. This makes for a low budget, high concept spec script with enough audience appeal for a commercial success.

MT: How long have you been writing?

HF: Since the 70s, but as a hobby and always for fun. I began taking writing seriously in the 90s and have since been aspiring to earn recognition.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

HF: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (it’s a religion with me).

MT: What artists would you love to work with?

HF: Clint Eastwood

MT: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

HF: Eight.

MT: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

HF: Love to be earning a living by doing what I love: writing and, eventually, direct.

MT: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

HF: I try to write every day, even it if isn’t the main story I am working on. I may watch a film or listen to music that puts me into a certain mood for a story. Depending on the subject matter I’m writing about, I watch specific films to inspire me but then I make sure I go the extra 100 miles to create a new formula for that respective genre.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

HF: I’m an incurable movie addict by nature and have been since I saw my first episode of the original TV show “The Outer Limits” at age 4. I’m also a fervent memorabilia and classic toy collector and have been declared by Joe Clokey (son of “Gumby” creator Art Clokey) “the biggest Gumby collector in the world.”

MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

HF: I hate to use cliches, but when one really works, you have to go with it. Winston Churchill said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” And getting professional feedback on your screenplay doesn’t hurt either.

MT: Thanks.

– Enjoy!

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