The comedy short screenplay, GCC Strong, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.
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- Category: Short Screenplay
- Screenwriter: Keegan Moore
- Tagline: “A college dean plots a school shooting to help his school.”
- Review: "Keegan Moore's writing style is a bit dark, but this screenplay has some great laughs. Some of the ideas in the character's heads will make you wonder if people really think like this."
GCC Strong: The Story Behind the Story
- What is the title of your screenplay and why did you think that your screenplay was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF? "I live in Waco, not far, so I thought it would be nice to submit to festivals near me. I really want to get into the Austin film scene."
- What inspired you to write this screenplay and how did you come up with the title? "GCC Strong came to me when the community college in my home town was the site of a mass shooting. It was terrible. Then to see politicians on both sides using it to get votes, it made me so mad. I thought to myself, "if we don't so something about this, other people are going to start using it to their advantage as well." Then the story just flowed from there."
- What was your inspiration for some of the characters in your screenplay? "I tried to make a very diverse group of characters. I don't really remember where any of them came from. I just used the first, ridiculous, one dimensional characters that came to my head. They ended up being a lot of fun."
- In your mind, where do you see this story taking place and why? "The story takes place at a small community college in Oregon, present day, because that is where the shooting that inspired this happened."
- Do you have plans to fund the production of this film independently? If so, where are you at, in the process? "Yeah, I would love to produce the short and send it on a festival tour next year. I am working on storyboards now (at the same time I write the feature version), but I'm not in a hurry. Hopefully the festival will get me going on all cylinders and introduce me to people who want to be a part of it."
- Has creating this screenplay helped your writing career in any way? "It has won a few awards here and there, but nothing too monumental. It's hard to get something going when all you have is a short script. Once I get it made and attach a feature script along with it, then things will really get cooking. The response from festivals has been really great and really makes me feel more sure about the life path I'm going down."
- What were some of the creative challenges that you encountered while writing this screenplay? "How do you make a mass school shooting funny? How do you balance the humor with the importance of what you're trying to say? How close can I push the line of what people are willing to laugh at?"
- How do you promote your screenplay on social media or other online websites. "Since it's just a short screenplay, I don't promote it much. I don't know what to do with it, really. I kind of just keep friends and colleagues filled in on how it's doing."
- Did you have any funny or weird ideas that popped into your head while writing this screenplay, that didn't make the final draft? "I have this one scene where a teacher fantasizes about killing a mentally impaired student and that keeps gettimg cut and added back in, then cut again. I always want to put professional wrestling stuff in my scripts because I love it and people love to laugh at it, but most of it cuts."
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "This screenplay has won the Die Laughing Film Festival in LA, Portland Comedy Film Festival which was an amazing experience, Houston Comedy, Urban Media Makers in Atlanta, Austin Revolution, and a few others I can't recall, but Im sure they were awesome."