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|Winning Screenplay – THE FLASH – GODSPEED
Written by Nader Hobballah
NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
An anguished Barry Allen faces off against a mysterious Black Knight that matches him in speed and strength. All the while, he must come to terms with his ability to go back in time and the consequences of doing do.
Get to know the writer:
What is your TV spec screenplay on the show “THE FLASH” about?
The Flash: Godspeed Barry Allen Part One’ sees Barry going up against a fierce and mysterious black knight that seems to have it out for him. At the same time, he is haunted by past actions involving him time traveling.
Why does this screenplay fit into the context of the series?
In the context of the series, this screenplay would fit after Flashpoint and when things have seemingly settled down after the chaos Barry’s actions unleashed.
How would you describe this script in two words?
Two words I would describe this screenplay (Part One) would be Strong Setup.
What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?
I am not that big into TV these days, but The Walking Dead has kept me engaged mostly now because of Negan.
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I have been working on the overall screenplay for a couple of months on and off. Part one took a couple of weeks after I decided to split it.
How many stories have you written?
I have Probably written more stories than I can count on both hands, but they are of varying quality.
What motivated you to write this screenplay?
I was motivated to write this screenplay after season 2 of the Flash disappointed me and the first episode of season 3 let me down. After that I passed off watching more episodes especially since CW lost them and Netflix is going to be a long while. In the meantime, I started thinking to myself how I would write a Flash story. I took influences from Dark Souls of all properties in crafting the villain. As well, I wanted some thrilling action scenes as well as an emotionally difficult arc for Barry to overcome, but achieve a sense of victory and closure.
It was initially a single screenplay, but after receiving very quality feedback, I realized the only way to satisfy all parties without compromising the story was to expand it into two part. It was worth it in my observation upon reading the final work. I hope the audience is also satisfied with it.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
As I stated in my previous answer, the feedback indicated there was a need to expand certain aspects of the script particularly the side characters and the deeper origins of the villain. I made the decision to split it into two parts which gave me a lot of room to breath, but also forced me to consider new challenges.
Since it is two scripts, the need to maintain consistency between them was a must. Certain things that happen in two are explained in one, but if the explanations in one are not in sync with what is happening in two, the whole thing falls apart. As well, things set up in one need to have a quality payoff or their foreshadowing is just empty baiting that will turn off the audience.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Aside from writing, I tend to read up on religion, history and politics. I used to be a big gamer, but I have mellowed out these days.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
What influenced my decision to submit for the festival was the need to finally showcase my writing to the professional circuit. After years of writing on and off, I wanted to see how far I have come and need to still go. What surprised me was how positive the initial feedback was. Most of the issues had more to do with technical structure and descriptions, but the response to the narrative essence was very enthusiastic. It certainly gave me a much needed boost and encourage me to write more consistently.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
I would say to writers to write, get feedback, and write some more. Read scripts to see the technical details of how movies are written and I will be honest, I have not done enough of that. As well, watch, and yes even play, the various entertainment mediums around and think about why you and others like or dislike them so much. Writing can be fulfilling, but it is not easy and a firm resolve is needed to stick with it.
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