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“Pantry Raid” written by James Lennox

Pantry Raid Poster Austin Comedy Short Film Festival

Pantry Raid, written by James Lennox

Comedy short screenplay, Pantry Raid, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.

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  • Category: Short Screenplay
  • Screenwriter: James Lennox
  • Tagline: “A family wakes up on Christmas morning to find they've been robbed... maybe.”
  • Review: "James Lennox with a nice seasonal comedy screenplay that has some great laughs, but also unfolds a mystery that will keep your attention to the end."

Pantry Raid, The Story Behind The Story

  1. 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 had visited Austin for the first time last year and fell in love with the city. When I had decided to submit Pantry Raid to some festivals, I first searched for ones in Austin. I liked what I read about the Austin Comedy Short FF and it seemed like a no brainer.”
  2. What inspired you to write this screenplay and how did you come up with the title? “My good friend, Vin was the inspiration for the screenplay. He had routinely sleep walked which would include eating food. It was particularly funny since it would happen at his girlfriends parents’ house. I had finished the screenplay and Pantry Raid was the first thing that popped into my head. It’s a silly little short and felt the title fit.”
  3. What was your inspiration for some of the characters in your screenplay? “As soon as I started writing the screenplay, I felt like the Mom stands out. I have a strong incredible mother and even tho Mom in the script is nothing like her - she was probably my inspiration.”
  4. In your mind, where do you see this story taking place and why? “Since the inspiration took place in my home town of Florham Park, NJ, I guess I always pictured it there. I think it can take place in any small town across the country tho.”
  5. Do you have plans to fund the production of this film independently? If so, where are you at, in the process? “I have considered it. I work as an Assistant Director so I have connections to people in the industry who could possibly help me.”
  6. Has creating this screenplay helped your writing career in any way? “Not yet... (I answer optimistically.)”
  7. What were some of the creative challenges that you encountered while writing this screenplay? “Telling a story in only 5 pages while introducing six characters.”
  8. How do you promote your screenplay on social media or other online websites. “I currently haven’t promoted the screenplay at all. I would use Instagram and Twitter.”
  9. Did you have any funny or weird ideas that popped into your head while writing this screenplay, that didn't make the final draft? “The story changed from the first draft where I added elements. Nothing really was taken out.”
  10. Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? “This is my first selection which I am very excited about!”

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