Today let’s get to know writer Jason Reeves. WILDsound just performed the best scene from his TV PILOT screenplay A THEATRE NEAR YOU.
Watch the reading of this best scene:
NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
DANNY – Neil Kulin
CILLIAN – Adam McNamara
SABRINA – Kerstin Bradler
BITCHY FEMALE – Elitsa Bako
STELLA – Val Cole
MARIA – Melinda Michael
7 Questions with the Writer:
1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?
A Theatre Near You is about Danny Stright, an associate manager of a movie theatre, who transfers from a theatre he’s been at way too long to another in hopes for a promotion. When at this new theatre, he finds out the possible promotion was a ploy to get him to transfer to a theatre in need of help before the upcoming winter season.
2. How should this script be made into a TV show?
Clerks was a movie about working at a convenience store. Waiting was about working in a restaurant. I thought it would be cool to write a movie about life working at a movie theatre. After writing a draft of a feature, I thought there could be more to it. New movies are released every week. Why not have weekly shows about what goes on in that environment?
3. What is your all-time favorite TV show?
I can’t say I have an all-time favorite show, but Doctor Who and Sherlock have brilliant minds writing for them and Firefly was great while it lasted. Over the years I’ve watched so many shows that were entertaining, some half hour and others hour long shows, but I can’t think of just one to take the top.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
This is another difficult question. I can’t say there’s a movie that I’ve seen more than another, but some of top movies include: Jaws, Memento, Mallrats, The Dark Knight, and Skyfall.
5. What artists would you love to work with?
Kevin Smith, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, and James Cameron are a few off the top of my head.
6. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
I did some research into different contests and WILDsound had the best turnaround time for getting feedback of the ones I looked into. The feedback has helped with several of my projects.
7. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Don’t stick to one project for four years of rewrites. Write a draft, fix it a few times and move on to something different. Try something new each time, like a different genre. Challenge yourself. If and when you read a piece of your work and there’s a moment where you stand back surprised by even a sentence you wrote, you got something. I have a note to myself I see every time I sit down at my computer. “You know what you have to do.. Don’t stop writing.”