Watch the December 2016 Winning First Scene Screenplay Table Reading.
Get to know writer Chris Courtney Martin
1. What is your screenplay about?
My screenplay is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but at it’s core, it’s about emotional growth and maturity. It’s about emotional bravery and daring to allow yourself to care for others, despite the dangers of it.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Loveless is a dynamic take on a classic, but it deals with themes that are relevant to a modern audience. This version forgoes the corniness and saccharine sentimentality that turns people off from the original and some of the remakes.
3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I’ve been developing this idea for about six months now.
6. How many stories have you written?
Goodness– too many to count.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
This script comes from a place of grappling with difficult emotions. Sometimes we feel things so intensely that they paralyze us and we wish that we could just turn our feelings off altogether. That’s the headspace I was in when this idea was conceived.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Well, it’s not finished– but holding down a full-time job while trying to write isn’t easy.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I’d never seen a contest that took only the first moment of a screenplay. The first moments can make or break a script in any competition, but I like that WILDsound looks at the opening on its own. Positive feedback on an unfinished piece can truly motivate a writer to push through to the end.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Write a script that you could marry.
– Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!