Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Brian G Walsh

An interview with screenwriter Brian G Walsh regarding the Abbreviated Screenplay Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: "Toy Soldiers" is about a former teacher turned soldier facing the last obstacle to completing his "ethnic cleansing" mission: two small children and their teddy bear.

This script examines how people are put into impossible situations, and how they sometimes must choose between doing the right thing or following orders, which is the glue that holds an army together.

The teddy bear's medal of honor mocks Lut, himself a decorated soldier, as he is prodded by his sergeant to get it over with by killing the two unarmed children.

It's Christian versus Muslim, which is unfortunately a timely theme, but it's really an examination of what separates humans from animals, sentience and free will.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I love the idea of having my script produced, and I was impressed by Dan Roth and the people behind this. I'd like to see more contests geared to filming the winning entry.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I was very satisfied with the administration of the contest. I was able to meet the deadlines, which were reasonable. I did receive my award, which was greatly appreciated.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Specific feedback was not provided. Feedback is always welcome.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Not yet.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I'm currently working as a Special Assistant for the law firm, Kitch, Drutchas, Valitutti & Sherbrook. I have completed two feature-length screenplays. "The Beast of Gevaudan" made me a Finalist in last year's Writer's Arc Fellowship Program, but I was not chosen. I have just completed my second feature-length screenplay, a contemporary action-thriller set in Iraq.

I'm also a member of the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Screenwriting Group, moderated by Matt Pinard and Chris Switzer, and founded by Warren Leonard, who authors "The Screenwriting Life" blog from LA.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I live in Michigan, but I do plan to move to Los Angeles when I am able.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I am beginning my third feature-length script, a horror-thriller co-authored by my brother, Gary R. Walsh, who wrote the first draft and has turned it over to me.

Posted Tuesday, July 25, 2006