TWP Interview With Screenwriter/Producer
Parker Briscoe, 3rd place winner in The Writers Place
(TWP) Nov 04 - Apr 05 teleplay/short competition,
takes his winning script, Folklore , a step closer to fruition.
Folklore is fully story-boarded, and filming begins in late August 2006.
Scheduled release is for early to mid 2008.
How long have you been writing?
Since my youth -- I grew up in a northern Canadian city in the 70's & 80's. It was hard for an
artist to emerge and get support for making movies. But when you have stories in you all you need is a pen and paper, so I wrote. It has only been the last 2-3 years that I've been trying to write professionally.
What other scripts have you written?
I've written several features, both for live action & animation. They range from children's fantasy to horror. My subject matter tends to lean more towards the fantasy/thriller/horror
side of things.
What kind of writing recognition have you received over the years?
I'm still pleasantly surprised to see my scripts make it into the top 400 or 200 or get onto the "Consider" list for well-known screenplay competitions.
Has Folklore won recognition from other screenplay contests?
I made it to the finals of The Bare Bones, Filmmakers International, and American Gem 2005 contests.
Why did you submit Folklore to TWP?
I wrote this neat short script. TWP had a great rep - 4 stars on Moviebytes.com. And you accepted short scripts, so I sent it.
Has TWP truly been instrumental in Folklore getting off the ground? If so, how did TWP contribute?
Getting the 3rd place award from TWP was everything to get Folklore off the ground. This certificate has turned into a badge for me. I've been flashing it around at the right times and
it has got me through some doors to talk with people. I keep the original on my wall. I have a copy of it in my wallet.
When did pre-production begin on Folklore?
Three months ago in June I said I'm making this film, I was the one green-lighting it. I now have costumes and FX being made and a CG team working with me. I found a beautiful location for the sets and hired a cool team of budding actors and crew that love the project. First day of
production is August 21st.
What phase of production is Folklore in at present?
I'm in that stressful crunch just before filming. I'm finalizing my costumes and trying to secure my props. I'm keeping my Vancouver SPFX guys on track and pleasantly pushing them to make my deadlines. The 21st is rolling up fast.
When do you anticipate the release of Folklore?
I want Folklore ready for the festival submission dates in 2007. I'm not under any outside pressure, just my own deadlines. I want post-production & CG visual FX to be as quick possible, but I know that the work has to look flawless. It is going to take the rest of the year to complete Post-Production.
What film festivals do you have in mind for Folklore showcasing?
I do want to try for the big ones. North America has such wonderful festivals: Vancouver Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and all the other ones in between. Websites like 'Moviebytes' & 'Withoutabox' are pretty good at listing what is out there.
Once released, can TWP obtain a copy of Folklore for Web site viewing?
As long as I continue to hold the rights to the film I say for sure. Exposure is what I want with this film, and if it means good things for TWP I'm for it.
Do you have any advice for a budding filmmaker?
Write a script then storyboard your movie. People are impressed by seeing your idea. Visit film and make-up schools, say "Hi" to an old film school buddy, go to local theatre groups and film societies and frequent their websites and forums. It's all about meeting people in the arts and getting them to focus on your project.