|Winning Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
Written by Richard Mueller
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Romance
A reboot of the 1960s TV show (and 1945 movie) based on the R.A. Dick novel. A young widow and her two teenage children discover that the seaside house they have moved into is haunted. .
Get to know the writer:
What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?
A single mom and her kids struggle with a failing career, adjusting to small town life and romantic entanglements with a sea captain who’s been dead for a hundred years.
Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?
Because it’s an entrancing world, filled with lovable, beguiling people.
How would you describe this script in two words?
What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?
Gilmore Girls and Burn Notice
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
About five months from start to submission in Fan Fiction Festival.
How many stories have you written?
Four competed scripts, one half of a novel and 7.4 bizillion ideas.
What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
OMG. Just one? Okay then: Ruth Brown – Cabbage Head
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Getting past my own ideas of what it was “OK” to write and allowing myself to wantonly follow my inspiration. I’m glad I did it too, because now I am writing more, better and with increased enjoyment.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
My passion is for storytelling. I’m a professional artist and designer with experience in a wide variety of media and I’ve found that regardless of whether I am creating an ad campaign, an interior design, a virtual world or writing a narrative, it is story that is the structure everything else hangs on. And that is something I just can’t get enough of.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I have no writing group and needed an outside eye. I got exactly what I’d hoped for in the feedback, it was perfectly professional, spot on and taught me things that influenced my subsequent project and made me better as a writer.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Follow your inspiration fearlessly and remember there is always more than one reward to creative expression.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Camera Operator: Kierston Drier
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
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