Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. Each and every one of you are the heart of the family so we appreciate your unwavering care and your loving soul. For this very special day I hope you would take this time to watch a special movie called Sunrise in Heaven. For today's interview I have the prominent screenwriter of this inspiring movie,Mr. Don Benamor, here to express his experience. So, read how Sunrise in Heaven began and check it out afterward.
1. What inspired you to write Sunrise in Heaven?
I was hired to write the script by Voyage Media, which was working with the author of the novel the script is based upon.
2. How long did it take you to write the first draft of Sunrise in Heaven?
The actual writing process itself never takes me that long, because I do extensive planning work beforehand. By the time I get to writing, I can usually knock out a script in a few weeks.
3. What research did you do when writing Sunrise in Heaven?
I did a ton of research, especially because this is based on a true story, and I had access to the real person, Jan Hurst. We spoke extensively, I read her novel, she shared personal stories with me, photos, and so on. I had a ton of access to great research material, and a lot of real-life material made its way into the script as a result of the heavy research.
4. What challenges did you face while writing Sunrise in Heaven?
Faith-based films are tricky because conflict is the friend of drama, but faith-based films have content restrictions because the audience appreciates their family-friendly nature (no swearing, violence, sexuality, etc.) The regular tools you can easily go to for dramatic conflict aren't as readily available, so you have to find creative solutions to invest the story with true conflict (the audience can sniff out false or weak conflict).
5. Did you consult with the author Mrs. Jan Hurst while writing Sunrise in Heaven?
I did, and that's how I solved my conflict problem. Jan confided in me that when she met her husband, as they initially started dating she lied to her father, who disapproved of her dating anyone in the military, and claimed her eventual husband was just a friend and not in the military. They snuck around and eventually Jan's father (who was a military man) found out. That nugget of conflict is something we built out for the film.
6. What is your favorite line from Sunrise in Heaven?
Often, when you write the script, your favorite line isn't the big dramatic line, but a smaller throwaway line that makes you as the writer laugh. There's this tiny moment in the film where the younger version of Steve compliments his prospective father-in-law, Jim, on a good shot as they fire a rifle on a little range. Jim, without missing a beat (well-played by Corbin Bernsen) says, "No one likes a suck-up, Steve." It makes me laugh every time.
7. What is your writing habit in general? Do you write in the daytime or night?
I have a young daughter, so I write any time I possibly can. I'll write at 5am when I first wake up. Often, that's the ideal time, because my daughter will sleep in until 7 or so, and my wife is still asleep, so I can get a head start on the day.
8. In one word how would you sum up Sunrise in Heaven?
Love. This is a positive, upbeat movie about love not just between the romantic leads, but all the characters, and that love wins out for everyone.
9. What piece of advice do you have for screenwriters starting out?
Stop talking and start working. Screenwriting is insanely difficult, and anything short of total commitment and crazy work ethic is unlikely to lead to success in this field. You can never have enough material, and you can never shop it aggressively enough.
10. What was your very first short film? What were the challenges you face and how did you overcome them?
My first short was in film school. It had a delicate tone, balancing comedy and drama. It was about a stand-up comedian playing a funeral. To be honest, I'm not sure I totally overcame it! But I still love that short.
11. What did you do to promote your first short film when it reached various festivals?
I was never a big shorts person. I made my first feature film two months out of film school.
12. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter, how would one get you or any expert to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
There are many ways to go about that. The company that co-produced this film, Voyage Media, actually specializes in exactly that.
13. Which filmmakers/screenwriters do you admire growing up?
I have an old soul, so I was already obsessed with people like Paul Thomas Anderson and Martin Scorsese when I was like 15.
14. Were you ever on set for the making of Sunrise in Heaven? If so, could you tell me what scene you were present at?
I was! I came for the scene where young Steve tells Jim what the military means to him. It was unbelievably hot out, and the poor actors had to be in full uniform. I was really impressed with their dedication. Jan was there with me and it was surreal for us all to see Corbin and Travis play her dad and husband, respectively.
15. What was the last great film you saw? What was the last great book you read?
Last great film was A STAR IS BORN. I have nothing original to add to that film's massive success. I actually loved TRIPLE FRONTIER too. That's a great movie in my book. Last great book has some relation, surprisingly, to SUNRISE IN HEAVEN. It was called A SERIAL KILLER'S DAUGHTER, written by the daughter of the BTK killer. She used her religious faith to process her dad's crimes and achieve a type of forgiveness for him.
16. Last question, one surprising (non-writing related) fact about you?
I have this weird condition where there's a slight indent in my chest. I can balance a soda can on my chest if I lean back.
I just want to express my gratitude to Mr. Don Benamor for doing this interview. This film will definitely make your Mother's Day--or any day for that matter--a special one. You will definitely be inspired by the movie as well. Sunrise in Heaven is currently on VOD platforms so you can watch it by clicking on spectrumondemand, amazon.com, or moviefone. Thank you very much for your time and coming to my blog. Have a wonderful Mother's Day and take care.
Mr. Chris Rock and Stanley Tucci have been added to the casts of The Witches. Previously, I reported on this blog about the casting of Ms. Anne Hathaway as The Grand Witch and Ms. Octavia Spencer as Bruno's grandmother. The new take to author Roald Dahl's story is currently in production and would probably be release on October 16, 2020.
The screenwriters of this project are Ms. Kenya Barris, Mr. Robert Zemeckis, and Mr. Guillermo del Toro. Mr. Robert Zemeckis will direct it. Not much has been said about the project, but so far the setting will take place in late 1960s and in rural Alabama rather than in England.
source material: www.moviehole.net
Ms. Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 1&2, The Conjuring, and Interstellar) has been cast to play a teenaqer who befriend Black Beauty. Meanwhile Oscar-winner Ms. Kate Winslet will provide the voice of Black Beauty's inner thoughts. Mr. Jeremy Bolt and Mr. Robert Kulzer of Constantin Film will produce the project while Mr. Martin Moszkowicz will executive produce it.
The film adaptation of Black Beauty will be directed and written by Mrs. Ashley Avis. I'm pleased to inform you that I had an interview with this talented director/screenwriter on July 27, 2018 about this very movie so go ahead and read that interview by clicking the link: My interview with Mrs. Ashley Avis
The best-selling children's classic, published in 1877, has been adapted numerous times for television and film.Ms. Anna Sewell, the author, sadly died just five months after publication hence never seeing the popularity of her book.
source material: www.hollywoodreporter.com
He's Not Here To Save The World
Story-line from IMDb: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
Director: David Yarovesky. Producers: James Gunn and Kenneth Huana. Starring: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, and Matt Jones.
Mr. Brian Gunn and Mr. Mark Gunn are both screenwriters and producers (with the exception of Brian Gunn, who is also acted, while Mark Gunn worked on soundtracks).Together, they worked on such projects as 2gether, Bring it on Again, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Now, Brightburn is their latest feature film and just by the trailer alone you can tell this movie will be brilliant. So, take this time to get to know these superb screenwriters and the genesis of Brightburn.
1. How did you guys come up with Brightburn?
One day at work the two of us got to talking about this tradition - from Moses all the way up to modern-day superheroes - of people finding infants out in the wild somewhere, and raising them as their own. In the classic telling of these tales, the infants grow up to be noble and heroic. We started to wonder: what if they grew up to be sinister instead? Hence Brightburn was born.
2. Who came up with the title Brightburn? Were there other titles you guys have in mind?
Truth be told we came up with a zillion different titles before we settled on Brightburn. Early on the film was called RECKONING, which is sort of a limp title. Then we changed it to the kid’s name - which at the time was XANDER. Then it changed again a few times before we settled on BRIGHTBURN (one of our fine producers, Simon Hatt, came up with the title).
3. What was the most difficult thing about writing the screenplay of Brightburn?
There was a key subplot in the movie that we had to rethink and rewrite. We probably went through dozens of ideas and drafts before we landed on the right take.
4. What was the most surprising thing you guys learned when writing Brightburn?
We did a couple test screenings for the movie, and the feedback we got from the audience members was almost always very thoughtful and engaged. Sometimes people like to write off moviegoers as young and stupid, but we think audiences are much much smarter than people typically give them credit.
5. What was your writing schedule when you guys wrote Brightburn?
We wrote the first draft on spec in a few weeks, while writing another script for which we were getting paid. Then we went back and did many rewrites - producer and director drafts, actor drafts, budget drafts, etc., etc.
6. What writers inspired you guys to become screenwriters?
Mostly guys from the ‘70s and ‘80s like Bo Goldman, Robert Towne, Robert Getchell, along with lots of others.
7. On average, how many draft scripts do you find yourself writing until you are happy and satisfied with your work?
There’s wild variation project to project. And tricky to count b/c most of the time we may rewrite some scenes dozens of times and other scenes not much at all. But for a project that gets to production let’s say on average 10 full drafts.
8. What piece of advice do you guys have for screenwriters starting out?
Write write write write write. It’s a cliche, but it’s the best way to learn. Like Beckett said, “Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
9. What is your favorite line from one of your screenplays?
We honestly have no idea.
10. Have you guys ever considered writing a short story, novella, or novel?
Yes. There are a few big world-building ideas we’ve had for TV that we think may be better suited for a novel. But novels require so much time and dedication (we’d be learning as we go) that it’s unlikely we’d find time to do it outside of our screenwriting work.
11. Which fictional character (besides yours) would you like to sit down and chat with?
Quint from Jaws. The man could tell some tales.
12. Did any of your writing experience help you guys, in any way, with Brightburn?
Not sure we understand the question. Our writing experience helped a ton.
13. Were you guys ever on set for the making of Brightburn? If so, could you tell me what scene you were present at?
Yes, we were in Atlanta for the shoot for a couple days. We saw a scene in a principal’s office, along with a few others that we can’t mention b/c of spoilers and all!
14. How were you two able to get Mr. David Yarovesky involved with the project? What are your overall thoughts about him directing Brightburn?
Dave is an old friend of both ours and James. It was great having someone who we trusted so much and who seemed to ‘get’ the project from the beginning.
15. What are your thoughts on Elizabeth Banks and David Denman playing Mrs. Breyer and Mr. Breyer respectively?
They’re both phenomenal. Elizabeth is able to combine steeliness with warmth in a way that’s essential for the character (and rare for an actor). And David has a great haunted quality that never feels remotely forced or phony. We’re so lucky to have them.
16. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter, how would one get you guys to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
Most likely reach out to our agent. He’s pretty good about passing along promising material to us and filtering out the rest.
17. What would it take for you guys to be interested in translating a self-published story into a screenplay?
Depends on the story, but we’re not really in the business of translating material like that.
18. Could you guys give a sneak peek about your next project Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon?
We wrote Journey 3 years ago. Who knows what’s going to happen with it. It seems Dwayne Johnson has moved on to other franchises, but again, who knows.
19. Last question, who would you guys get to play as you in the movie of your life?
The other day someone compared Brian to Michael Gross, the dad from Family Ties. So how about him? And for Mark, let’s maintain the theme and go with Michael J. Fox.
There's no doubt Brightburn will be an amazing experience in theaters. You should definitely check it out when it comes out Friday, May 24th 2019. I truly appreciate Mr. Brian Gunn and Mr. Mark Gunn for getting off their busy schedule to answer my questions. To get the Brightburn experience just visit the website by clicking here: https://www.brightburn.movie/ Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you are having a fantastic day so far. Take care.
Little Fire Everywhere, written by Ms.Celeste Ng, will be adapting into a Limited series by Hulu. Ms. Reese Witherspoon and Ms. Kerry Washington are the executive producers for this project. Ms. Liz Tigelaar, who is also an executive producer, will develop and write the project as well.
The story is about Mrs. Elena Richardson(played by Reese Witherspoon), Mia (Kerry Washingon) and a daughter that will turn their lives upside down. Linda McCullough (played by Rosemarie DeWitt) is Elena's close friend. She wished to have a child and discovered an abandoned one at a fire station. She decided to take and raise the child as her own but later on the baby's mother surfaced into Linda's life. Now, Linda faces the possibility that she might lose her beloved child.
source material: deadline.com
Oscar-winner Mr. Peter Farrelly is directing and co-writing the film adaptation to The Greatest Beer Run Ever. Mr. Brian Currie and Mr. Pete Jones will also aid Peter Farrelly in writing the screenplay. Producing the project are Mr. Don Granger, Ms. Dana Goldberg, and Ms. Aimee Rivera.
The nonfiction book was written by Joanna Molloy and John "Chickie" Donohue. The plot is basically about John Donohue who wanted to share his beers with his boyhood buddies so he left the United States and met them in Vietnam as they are in an army fighting in a war.
source material: www.thewrap.com
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