Watch the 1st Scene Reading of IT CAME UPON A MID-NIGHTMARE:
NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
JACOB – Julian Ford
RYAN – Sean Ballantyne
FEZZIWIG – Sean Kaufmann
SALLY – Antosia Fiedur
Get to know writer Gregory Lane:
1. What is your screenplay about?
The three Spirits of Christmas are kidnapped by the three Demons of Christmas. Now it’s their turn to corrupt the most kindhearted, generous and foolhardy man on earth into a coldhearted, greedy bastard… with bad manners too!
2. Why should this script be made into a movie?
Everyone loves a good holiday movie. Especially a fractured fairytale when it’s made for jaded adults.
3. How long have you been writing stories?
Several years – mostly banging out the bad stuff to eventually achieve something worth reading.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Every year without fail… It’s A wonderful Life & A Christmas Carol. There is not a lot going on for us jews on Christmas Eve!
5. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
5 screenplay – 1 novel & several treatments of stories ideas worth pursuing.
6. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
In a small hotel in Colorado, just finishing my latest screenplay. I have a smoke and glass of champagne Then on my way home in a snow storm I’m captured and held hostage by my biggest fan. But mostly, being able to just sit and write as a full time job.
7. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Guilt of not getting off my butt is a good motivator. That and rent. Music playing, talking out loud as my characters. Sometime getting away from the computer just sitting and day dreaming by playing the movie I envision in my head over and over again scene by scene. Line by line. Working out various paths the story might take. Then going back to the computer to write it down.
8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Movies in general, I’m a total film buff. However I enjoy a good political discussion and taking pictures of my two cat, MacGuffen and Marlon Brando. Yes, I’m that kind of a nerd.
9. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?
I distane most common screenplay iron clad “rules”. Scripts have to be this exactly this long or by page 30 exactly this has to happen. Film history tells us this is not always the case. However some “fundamental rules” I believe do apply. They can’t be broken, it’s in our guts and human nature. The idea that you must grab hold of your audience in the first 10 minutes is fundamental as a story teller. I appreciate a festival that sees the potential in getting someone to keep turning the pages of a screenplay to find out what happens next.
10. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Keep asking yourself what type of movie would you like to see today? If it exist… go rent it! If it does not… go write it!
11. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
I love a good twist on a story classic. I also wanted to address the issue of keeping the spirit of christmas all year round in a jaded and cynical society.
12. What is the tone of your screenplay?
It Came Upon A Mid-Nightmare is an adult comedy. It’s an outlandish satire in the vain of MontyPython and Mel Brook
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