"Saul Sprockett was a Wunderkind"
The comedy short screenplay by Chris Aresco, Saul Sprockett was a Wunderkind, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.
"Saul Sprockett was a Wunderkind" 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 think my screenplay is unique in its tone, structure, and comedic style. I think all of these factors make it fit in best with at a comedy film festival.”
- What inspired you to write this screenplay and how did you come up with the title? “The idea for this script began as a five page screenplay following a musician moments before he went on stage to perform. Eventually, this led to the creation of Saul Sprockett and I thought the character was too interesting to not expand upon. There was no initial inspiration as much as it just flowed from the creation and development of each character to the point where the jokes and ideas just came naturally.”
- What was your inspiration for some of the characters in your screenplay? “The two main characters both borrow a lot of traits, both positive and negative, from myself. Sometimes I see them as the angel and devil on my shoulders. All of the characters, however, are heavily inspired by a plethora of different unique individuals I have met in both the film and music industry.”
- In your mind, where do you see this story taking place and why? “I think given its references, the story definitely takes place in modern day. A lot of the more satirical elements are commentary on our generation and our current society.”
- Do you have plans to fund the production of this film independently? If so, where are you at, in the process? “Right now, I do not but it could definitely be a possibility down the road.”
- Has creating this screenplay helped your writing career in any way? “I think every time you write, you become a better writer because you get some bad material out of your system. Having just graduated college last May, this is my first official film festival selection so that alone is a big boost in my writing career.”
- What were some of the creative challenges that you encountered while writing this screenplay? “I always have a big problem with something not sounding original or interesting enough so I spent a while working on the dialogue as much as possible. I also worked hard on making sure these absurd characters, at the end of the day, had something relatable and not so crazy to say.”
- Did you have any funny or weird ideas that popped into your head while writing this screenplay, that didn't make the final draft? “Writing a screenplay about music, I wanted to have more original songs within the script. In an earlier draft, I had Saul competing in a rap battle and wrote out all his and his opponents freestyles. I eventually realized there was no place for it but maybe in a longer version or as a series, I'll be able to bring back the battle.”