Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
- Screenplay Title: "Remedy"
- Screenwriter: Margina Sisson
- Links: Twitter
- Length: 14 Pages
- Category: Short Comedy Screenplay
- Tagline: "A young single mother, fearful of superstitious happenings, desperately seeks help from beyond."
- Review: "A creative mix of fantasy and comedy, Margina has a really fun concept that would make a nice comedy short film."
Remedy, the story behind the story
We had a chance to catch up with screenwriter Margina Sisson to dive deeper into the back story of her short comedy screenplay entitled, "Remedy."
- 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? “My screenplay, Remedy, is a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF because it has also been accepted into the Houston Comedy Shorts film festival as well as the Hollywood Comedy Shorts film festival, so readers think it's funny and I think it's funny too.”
- What inspired you to write this screenplay and how did you come up with the title? “During dinner with one of my friends, she told me this story of what happened to her...my first thought was, "That's embarrassing, I can't believe she just told me this..." and my second thought was, "This would make a great screenplay". I asked her if I could write it and she said yes...but the names have been changed to protect the innocent... The title, Remedy seemed to fit as it's about a young mother in need of a "remedy" to solve a problem.”
- What was your inspiration for some of the characters in your screenplay? “My inspiration was my friend and I stayed really close to actual events. The spirited advisor in my story was developed by envisioning how I would have expected her to be. Flamboyant and shady.”
- In your mind, where do you see this story taking place and why? “This takes place in present day, suburbia. The locations are familiar and should resonate with most people.”
- Do you have plans to fund the production of this film independently? If so, where are you at, in the process? “No plans as of yet...I was approached by a filmmaker at the Catalina FF who learned of my story after I pitched it. He seemed very interested but nothing has transpired yet. I would love to get it up on a screen some day, especially since several comedy film festivals have accepted the screenplay into their festivals. That tells me it has been well liked.”
- Has creating this screenplay helped your writing career in any way? “Yes, with every screenplay I write, I can see myself getting better. I have also had screenplays selected into festivals for the Horror genre as well as Family, Adventure, Drama. This inspires me to keep writing and shows that I have chops in genres other than Comedy.”
- What were some of the creative challenges that you encountered while writing this screenplay? “I really didn't encounter any creative challenges. I have a way of visualizing the scene and then I write it. This one was probably my easiest thus far. I enjoy writing screenplays based on true events.”
- How do you promote your screenplay on social media or other online websites. “I haven't really promoted it the way I should. Mainly on Facebook but that's just all my friends and they are my biggest fans. My only other way to promote has been with contests.”
- Did you have any funny or weird ideas that popped into your head while writing this screenplay, that didn't make the final draft? “Not really. This version is true to the real event and that was funny enough.” Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? “Official selections in the Houston Comedy Shorts Film Festival and the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival.”