Screenwriter Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Brian Streaty

An interview with screenwriter Brian Streaty regarding the New York Screenplay Writing Competition.

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

A: 'The Other Side of the Grass' Written by Brian Streaty Feature Screenplay Genre: Drama/Thriller E-mail: Telephone: (202) 521-9312

Logline: A tough NY judge involved in an illegal DNA altering drug-related government conspiracy to protect her cancer-stricken daughter is framed for murder.

Synopsis: Eddie Leviathan, the rich, arrogant, amoral, politically connected nightclub owner, isn’t worried about the implications of this drug-related conspiracy. He claims his nightclub is simply a path to ‘guilty pleasures’.

Eddie introduces Mayor Fisk to a brilliant DNA researcher with no regard for human life. The Mayor is clearly interested in the potential power and financial possibilities of developing the new drug.

The police chief Robert Stone meets with Dr. Thompson, DNA Expert, medical doctor, to discuss the possibilities of developing a DNA-altering drug and the impact on the inhabitants in the town. Dr. Thompson researches the drug and determines the key components are non-human DNA and DMSO.

Eddie’s evil nature and his role in developing the drug are revealed. Peter Adonai a man with an ancient past collides head-on with Eddie. The police chief, Robert Stone, and Mary Cassidy, the tough-as-nails detective, confront Eddie and his female accomplice after they suspect the nightclub owner is responsible for the deaths of countless citizens in the town.

Judge Kelly Grace along with Eddie and Dr. Smirnoff stand trial for Murder in the First Degree. The prosecutor attorney and defense lawyer question Stone about the details of the murder. Stone claims Fisk knew Leviathan engaged in illegal activities, which provided the motive for Fisk’s death. Stone also testified Leviathan killed Kelly Grace’s parents in a car “accident” several decades prior. Kelly’s dad was a detective investigating illegal activities at Club Leviathan in the 1970’s.

Stone explains that Kelly’s ring was found in the dumpster behind the nightclub the night of Fisk’s murder. James Diamond, the prosecuting attorney, questions Kelly. She explains that she was trying to save Fisk’s life and also admitting to drinking that night.

Dr. William Thompson testifies Leviathan’s DNA was also on the knife, and he was using employees of the nightclub for testing. In addition, Leviathan’s DNA actually modifies and destroys human cells.

The supposed original intent of the DNA-altering drug was to cure genetic diseases. During her testimony, Smirnoff arrogantly proclaims, “the sacrifice of a few is worth the lives of millions.” The jury swiftly delivers its surprising verdict after the admission of ‘guilt’ by Dr. Smirnoff.

Peter and Eddie meet in church where they both reveal their ancient agendas. Stone and Mary return to Club Leviathan to take care of unfinished business. Joey Grace visits Kelly after she’s institutionalized. Kelly’s motives are revealed and we understand the sinister reasons behind her questionable actions based on her violent unpredictable past and future.

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

A: The New York Screenplay Writing Competition was highly recommended by the screenwriting industry experts at Yes, I was a Quarterfinalist in the 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition.

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

A: Yes, I was satisfied with the New York Screenplay Writing Competition administration and staff. The deadlines were met and I received my 'Grand Prize Winner' award of $100 for my feature screenplay 'The Other Side of the Grass' (Thriller Category).

The 2014 New York Screenplay Contest Winners:

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: It took me less than eight months to write the screenplay, without an outline, and there were five draft revisions.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: I only used 'Final Draft version 8' software to write my script.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: No, I did initially, but it's best to take a few days "off" if you're developing creative ideas or re-writing entire scenes. On average, I write over two (2) hours per day and fourteen (14) hours per week.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: I've never had writer's block. Seeing a film in the movie theater even if it's on totally different subject always sparks my creativity and screenwriting.

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

A: I work full-time as an Advanced Medical Systems project manager at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. I love watching movies, collaborating, and the creative process of screenwriting and film-making. I've worked on the weekends as a 'Script Supervisor'.

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

A: I currently live in Washington D.C. but my dream is to run a movie studio in Malibu called Movie Malibu Studios (MMS).

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

A: I'm working on a new feature script entitled 'New Year's Day'.

Logline: Ex-Specs OPs soldier with political aspirations teams with CIA double agent and current US President to prevent WWIII.

Please help with development of my current "Winning Script", 'The Other Side of the Grass', this would make an excellent feature-film and/or TV show in any medium.

2014 New York Screenplay Contest "Winning Script"

Logline: Alcoholic Judge becomes hell-bent on bringing evil scientist to justice after her daughter becomes addicted to a DNA-altering drug.

Posted Saturday, November 15, 2014