Watch THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE
NARRATOR – Reetu Bambrah
BEN – Matthew Lawrence
RUFUS – Cameron LeRoy
HUXTON/WELDING – Julian Ford
VISITOR – Vince Jerad
SHIELA – Victoria Murdoch
Get to know writer Howard Fridkin:
1. What is your feature film screenplay about?
It’s 1874. A UFO lands in the outskirts of the peaceful town of Sea Meadow City. The lives of everyone are now threatened by a vastly intelligent 10-year-old boy from another world. His mission is to hunt down and kill his fugitive father, an important scientist, who defected from their planet with the means of annihilating their entire tyrannical civilization. The boy’s father teams up with a mysterious gunfighter in a last-ditch effort to rescue the town from the adolescent enemy, then return to his home planet to prevent any future genocidal attacks on Sea Meadow.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It’s a fresh twist on a variety of combined genres that doesn’t sacrifice logic for incredulous story telling in an adventure not seen before.
3. This story has a lot going for it. It’s part Family, part Western, part Sci-Fi, part Drama, part Action, part Comedy, part Fantasy. How would you describe this story in one sentence?
“SHANE” meets “INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS”
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
“The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”
5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Unfortunately, you never stop tweaking until its sale. But the first few crucial drafts took a solid year to perfect.
6. How many stories have you written?
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
I love westerns! And I love science fiction! I always wanted to write a classic John Ford-style adventure with heart, heroics, sacrifice, redemption and a showdown. And I always wanted to write a classic 50’s-style sci-fi thriller where mankind faces extinction.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Achieving credibility in the characters after weaving together a western folklore tale into a terrifying sci-fi twist.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
If it’s not movie related…it doesn’t hold my interest. I own my own film rating consulting company (www.filmratingadvisors.com) which I founded after my tour of duty on the MPAA ratings board. I’m also a renowned film memorabilia and classic toy collector.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
WildSound feedback is always on target and helps me decide on what to cut, improve, develop and streamline.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
SUBJECTIVITY!! So long as the script isn’t schlock, there is a set of eyes waiting to discover your work. Remember, Hollywood is like Alice in Wonderland, “up is down and down is up.” Keep writing. Your script is the football and you’re the quarterback…you have to make the touchdown no matter how many times they try to tackle you.
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