Set to a new wave '80s soundtrack, a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds defy their parents and friends to stay together. A musical adaptation of the 1983 film.
Valley Girl is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet.
Amy Talkington, born in Dallas, Texas, is a writer and director She has written numerous screenplays for multiple hollywood studios. She has also been featured on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, MTV, Sundance Channel, etc. For television, Amy wrote the finale of Hulu's Little Fire Everywhere, which stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. She also wrote for Disney Channel's Avalon High and Brave New Girl. She won a 2010 WGA award for Avalon High.
Her directorial debut was "The Night of the White Pants" which premiered at the tribeca film festival. Her short films has been selected for various festivals including sundance and has won top prizes as well. Her latest film, Valley Girl, will be release digitally on Friday, May 8th. So, listen to the interview as you get to know her a bit more and her experience writing the nostalgic Valley Girl.
1. In one word how would you sum up Valley Girl?
2. What drew you to write a remake to 1983’s Valley Girl?
3. Was it already decided that the film would be a musical before you wrote the first draft?
4. Did you do any research while writing Valley Girl?
5. What is one thing you miss about the ‘80s and what is one thing that you do not miss about the ‘80s?
6. You do not see a lot of movie musical as often as in the past, why do you think that is?
7. What challenges did you face while writing Valley Girl?
8. What is your favorite scene or musical moment from the movie?
9. What was your experience like working with Rachel Lee Goldenberg, the director of Valley Girl?
10. Did you make a cameo in this film? If not, why didn’t you?
11. Were you ever on set? If so, could you tell me your memorable moment?
12. Were you able to conversate with Chloe, Peyton, Alicia Silverstone, Judy Greer, Logan Paul or any of the cast members? If so, could you give one, interesting fact about them?
13. You have written a young adult novel before are you planning to write another one?
14. You wrote the 8th episode of Little Fire Everywhere, could you talk about your experience working on that project?
15. Were you able to discuss with Kerry Washington or Reese Witherspoon about their characters?
16. Did you watch 92nd Oscars Award, what did you liked and what did not like about the event?
17. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter or director , how would one get you to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
18. Have you considered adapting any short story/novella/novel for a feature film? If so, which one?
19. As a screenwriter and director, has there been any subject matter that you decided not to tackle on?
20. Last question, with theatres shut down and streaming services surging due to the current lockdown, do you think the movie industry would experience a lasting change of a sort or things would go back to the way it was?
I greatly appreciate Amy Talkington for accepting my phone interview. I hope that everyone will watch Valley Girl especially during these trying times. The movie will lift your spirits and take back to a time when social media wasn't a distraction or rather social media didn't rule the world or our lives. So, check it out on May 8th with your loved ones and have a blast from the past!