MEN OF COLOR SHORT SCRIPT
Reading of the full short screenplay
The year is 2031. The world is broken; the court system replaced with District Evidentiary Panels. The Panels need only three attestants to convict a citizen of any offense. This is a world without incarceration - where the convicted are dyed - remanded inside a prison the color of their own skin. And as DeOtis Williams soon learns, in 2031 someone always pays.
10 Questions with the Writer
1. Why should your short film be made into a film?
Making the short into a film - I believe, even though I wrote the script, that the idea is what could be termed: high concept. In my mind, it is first and foremost a script about racisim. It was intentional that DeOtis is black, and as we see at the script's end, the word "redder" is a convenient substitution for the "N" word. I think exploring that avenue should be appealing to potential producers.
2. How long have you been writing screenplays?
I have been writing scripts for two years. My first script: Long Term Parking, a feature is currently in pre-production with filming set to start on Dec. 2nd.
3. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Would have to be: The Shawshank Redemption. Great characters, with great conflict and goals.
4. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?
Morgan Freeman as DeOtis.
5. How many screenplays have you written?
Two features and the short: Men of Color. (I have also in the past week finished the Men of Color feature with director, Carl Ball.)
6. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Would love to see the feature Men of Color on the big screen.
7. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I am a morning person. I am up at my laptop every morning at 5 a.m. with coffee. I typically write for an hour and then edit the morning's writing in the afternoon.
8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I occassionaly speak at high schools and colleges. I love talking to kids about reading and writing.
9. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
Wildsound was such a revolutionary idea to me. Enter, receive feedback, and the chance to see and hear your script read. How great is that?
10. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?
Advice? Write because you love to. Write everyday, and try to become exceptional at your craft. If you do those three things, I believe you will eventually fulfill your dreams.