Watch the August 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay
Drac’s Cafe by Scot Walker
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Dracula, Political Correctness and Greenwich Village.
Get to know the winning writer:
What is your screenplay about?
It’s a protest piece shortened from a fifteen minute play that was produced in Washington DC. As a gay man, I’m angry that the US government refused to accept blood donations from gay men and women. This is still sickeningly true after the massacre at the gay nightclub in Orlando—the survivors and friends, husbands, wives of the dead and wounded are barred from donating blood.
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
I’m a retired teacher and a long time activist—it’s time that people become more aware of issues affecting their GLBTQ friends and neighbors.
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you watched the most times in your life?
Gone With the Wind.
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Only the gods know. It’s been produced in a much longer version and now minimized into a one-page script, so on and off, many hours. Many rewrites, Much fun!
How many stories have you written?
You’ll have to ask Apollo the Sun God for that information (see
that one-minute play on this same site. It was a winner of the L.. A. Fringe Film Festival. Or you could email me for more information about my half century’s worth of stories, poems, novels and plays at email@example.com. There is only one “t” in Scoit. I was too poor to afford the second “t.”
What motivated you to write this screenplay?
It’s a chance to educate more people about the inequities in the Land of the Free.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
None. There is no such thing as an obstacle when a writer creates. As Maya Angelou once said, “When a writer begins a story, the entire universe conspires to help you.”
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Music, theatre, travel, gardening, mentoring, animals, the rain forest, and mostly urging the next generations to think outside the box—to be something differ to challenge, and dare to be.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Listen to your characters. Give them a little space in your head as you sit down to type YOUR story. Then let them run wild and free. Let them dictate their story to you.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne