Fan Fiction Screenplay – The Mask of Leia by Ian Wilson

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THE MASK OF LEIA
by Ian Wilson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Following the Battle of Endor and the defeat of the Empire, Leia secretly struggles with her own ongoing internal battle with the Force.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
LEIA – Laura Darby
EMPEROR – Stephen Flett
HAN SOLO – David Straus
ACKBAR – Rais Muoi

Get to know the winner writer: 

1. What is your fan fiction screenplay about?

The Mask of Leia is a thought-provoking drama that explores the hidden psyche of Princess Leia. It aims to prompt the viewer into thinking about the trauma that Leia has undergone through the Star Wars story and what her internal struggles from dealing with all that suffering might be.

By all rights, Leia should be a total basket-case or at least have severe PTSD but she has managed to mask these personal struggles from everyone around her, including Han Solo. The script also explores the potential of her being Force-sensitive and keeping this hidden, perhaps for political reasons.

How does this screenplay fix into the context of the Star Wars universe?

The story takes place just after the Battle of Endor (Star Wars: Episode VI -The Return of the Jedi) and the defeat of the Empire.

Leia and Admiral Ackbar lead the Rebel forces to the planet Coruscant to secure the New Republic. It is during this journey that we see Leia secretly struggle with her trauma and her ongoing internal battle with the Force.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hidden backstory.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

I’m a Dr. Who fan. I have been since I was about five years old. I
love watching the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, because I went to school with him and we were in the same theatre company together as teens in Glasgow, Scotland. He used to play Dr. Who in the school playground and he was a natural at it then. I was not surprised that he got the role as Doctor Who.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The story was sketched out over a couple of days between film
director, David Connellan, and myself. It then took me about three weeks to achieve the final draft.

6. How many stories have you written?

In terms of screenplays, I have written five stories – two features and three shorts. I am currently, writing my third feature, which is a thriller/horror.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I have always been a Star Wars fan from the very first time I saw that iconic Star Wars roll-up. So, when my friend and director, David Connellan, asked me to write a screenplay for a Star Wars short I jumped at the chance. Writing the roll-up to this story was fun.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The goal was to come up with a five-minute screenplay – about five pages. Trying to capture the whole of Leia’s trauma into just five minutes was very difficult. My initial draft was close to twelve pages and the final draft was around eight pages. Cutting out some great scenes and dialogue was tortuous. Sadly, cutting it down further for a five-minute film meant a lot of sacrifices in the overall story, including the iconic roll-up.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel. In my view, travel has been my greatest teacher. It has
allowed me to experience and understand people and cultures across so many countries. Travel has helped me realize that while we are all members of the same small planet and there are also more ways to live than just the one we have been born into.

Travel is experiential and visual and for me that helps me in my
screenwriting, which is very much about creating a visual experience.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The Fan Fiction Festival is a well renowned festival and platform for fan fiction and fan films. Entering the Festival was a “must-do” for me. In the Fan Fiction Festival, I love how engaged fans can be in developing their own derivatives of the original stories. It’s a form of organic creation that deserves more credit.

The feedback I received from the festival was very useful in tightening the story. I certainly appreciated this. The only advice I didn’t feel comfortable with was to develop more character for Han Solo. I felt that would have detracted from Leia’s story.

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

I like to start with “what if” questions to get a story going. The concept of The Mask of Leia is a good example. What if Leia has PTSD and is being internally pulled by the dark and light side of the Force? Think about that question and you have all sorts of ideas for a story.

Write with passion and don’t be afraid to go with your gut when writing a story. If you let others get involved and question your story concept early in the process it will most likely upset your creativity and your story will turn out half-assed. Of course, listen to feedback once you’ve completed that first and subsequent drafts as feedback will help refine and improve the story.

Finally, I’d say that make sure that you develop engaging characters.

Such characters are distinct, likeable (or loathsome) and have a strong motivation. Ultimately, these characters do not ride along with the flow of the story, rather they create the direction of the story.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Watch the January 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

US NAVY CINE-KODAK
Written by Stephen M. Hunt

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: War, Thriller, Drama

France, 1941; an American undercover war correspondent is overwhelmed by an old woman’s unique and unbelievable response to local, Nazi atrocities.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
DUBIN – Dan Cristofori
TESSIER/BREUGEL – Geoff Mays
WOMAN – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know writer Stephen M. Hunt:

1. What is your screenplay about?

To deter the Resistance the Nazis in Paris inflict inhuman cruelty on civilians while unaware of how an old woman will expose their atrocities to the world.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

US Navy Cine-Kodak is being extended into a feature screenplay so a movie of the short screenplay would be paramount in generating interest in the longer version.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Riveting, surprising.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Charles Laughton version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

5.  This is  a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had a 1st draft within a week but it took two further months of constant revising before I had the present script.

6. How many stories have you written?

17.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The idea was born out of a conversation I had with a producer / director looking for an original twist on a well-known produced feature film.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The project’s underlying premise made it easy to write – refining the 1st draft into it’s present format was most certainly the hard part.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family and relocating from England to France which has been a life-long ambition.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The Fan Fiction Festival was ideal for US Navy Cine-Kodak as the premise for the script occurs in a famous Meryl Streep film. The feedback helped enrich the script.

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

Successes in film festivals and screenplay competitions are vital for a newbee screenwriter but all that is for nothing if a screenplay writer doesn’t also work hard at promoting themselves / their work.

Watch the Batman Table Readings from the Fan Fiction Festival

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Batman “Joker’s Vendetta” by Sean Ballantyne:

Table Reading of BATMAN: PATIENT ZERO by Andrew Akler

BATMAN: PATIENT ZERO was the Fan Fiction November 2015 Screenplay Winner.

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Watch BATMAN: PATIENT ZERO by Andrew Akler:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
BATMAN – Steve Shand
JOKER – Brett Kelly
RIDDLER/NIGMA – Scott Beaudin
SCARECROW – Kunal Jaggi
HARLEY – Aidan Black Allen

Get to know writer Andrew Akler:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Batman heads to Arkham Asylum when he hears that The Joker has escaped and staged a takeover. As he progresses through the asylum, Batman fights through a host of villains that challenge him in a different way. This forces Batman to examine parts of himself and eventually come to a shocking realization. My goal was to take the audience on an almost “standard” Batman crusade, while introducing the psychological elements until we land on that twist at the end. I wanted to give you the Batman we all know and then take all that away while keeping it all justified.

2. Why does this screenplay fit into the overall Batman series?

There’s always been suggestions to Batman being just as crazy as his Rouges Gallery. The Arkham Asylum graphic novel hints at this. I actually see my story fitting in well in the Arkham game series universe, as I envision the characters in a similar way. For me, Bruce’s sanity has always been the underlying question of Batman.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this Batman short in two words?

Wicked and Twisty.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I think it’s a tie between Inception and The Dark Knight. I’m a huge Nolan fan.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had the concept in my head for a while but only started writing it over the summer of 2015. I like creating the world in my head before putting it on paper.

6. Who is your favorite Batman universe character?

The Joker. He’s what I like to call a simple complex character. In that, I mean he has all these different layers and versions to his character but on occasion, he can become the extreme of one and embody that trait fully. He’s the ultimate king of mischief

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’ve always loved how each of Batmans’ villains have psychological disorders. There have always been references to Bruce having some of his own which is what drives him to be Batman, but I wanted to take that idea to the extreme and explore what it would be like if Bruce actually had all these disorders that he sees in his villains.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I always tend to think a few steps ahead of what I’m doing so I kept thinking about budget and how on earth we would be able to make the story look convincing. That prevented me from writing certain sequences that I feel really made the story stronger. I had to learn to write for the story.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music. I started out composing for film and gradually moved into writing and then directing. I’ve directed three films since 2013 and plan to pursue that as well as composing.

10. What influenced you to enter the Fan Fiction Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I know it’s often hard to get fan fiction work recognized and when I found out about the festival I saw it is a wonderful opportunity. This was the first screenplay I have submitted to a festival and the quality of the feedback was amazing. I feel like it has helped me understand further into the screenwriting craft and will ultimately help me become a better writer.

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

Just write. Even if it sounds forced or stunted, just get the ideas on paper. Don’t worry about budget or shooting, otherwise it will distract you from crafting the best story possible. Always focus on the story first.