Winning Short Screenplay – Reasons Unknown by Nicholas Failla

Written by Nicholas Failla


NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
GIGI – Laura Daly
TYLER – Megan Allen
WILL – Gabriel Darku


Romance. Drama

The deterioration of a relationship, and subsequent woman’s revenge.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about the deterioration of a relationship, and subsequent woman’s revenge.

What genres does your screenplay under?

I would say it falls under the genre of tragic romance.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This should and could be turned into a movie because there are so many different directions that the story can go in. It’s a very brief look into a dynamic that has so much more to tell. Each character has their own intentions and obstacles in their arc, and when fully fleshed out, it can be a very real look into the characters as they’re about to make a life altering decision such as getting married.

Right now, there’s no reason for anything that we’re reading on the page, hence the title Reasons Unknown. I think that showing those reasons and the motivations behind these characters actions, can be a very relatable experience for viewers.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Truthfully raw

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Tough to say. There are so many. Probably a toss up between Goodfellas, the 1990 Martin Scorsese film and Heat, a 1995 Michael Mann film. Also, probably in the running is a 2007 film Michael Clayton by writer/director Tony Gilroy. I’ve watched each of them so many times, but its definitely between those three.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I only worked on it for about two days. It was definitely one of the most challenging projects due to the one page restriction. Having a beginning, middle and end in such a short amount of space was extremely difficult. It was only a 48 hour time span I had to complete it, but I probably worked on it for 40 of those hours.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 10 stories, between shorts, features and short stories.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Honestly, it was an invitation to write it and have it be performed. Also the challenge of having it only be a page long was most enticing to me. I’m always up for a new challenge, especially a literary one.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The biggest obstacle was the page restriction. I have never worked with such a confined amount of space, I usually let my characters and my actions run free, but having to tell somewhat of a story in the small space I was allotted to do it in, that kept me up at night.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sports. Health and fitness. I’m also an avid reader and move watcher.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

I’m not sure how helpful I can be to fellow writers, as I’m still in the early stages of my career and have only been writing for a little under a year. The best piece of advice I have received is to read Aristotle’s Poetics. It is the rule book of Drama and can help any aspiring writer. If a movie or a play or TV show works, it’s because they have followed the rules laid out by Aristotle in Poetics.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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