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 2007 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards - Interview - Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall

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Scott Lloyd Randall & Jocelyn Freulon

CATEGORY 1 - (Action/Adventure; Thriller/Horror/Supernatural; Sci-Fi; Animation/Fantasy; Mystery/Suspense)

Elite Prize Winners
Scott Lloyd Randall & Jocelyn Freulon
of Brooklyn, NY
Screenplay
Screenplay
HUMAN BEING HUMAN
Science Fiction
Biography:

Jocelyn Freulon:
Born in France, Jocelyn Freulon spent most of his adult life abroad learning and living different cultures. This trend stopped when he discovered Brazil and attained Brazilian citizenship. He has a six-year old daughter and had been pursuing screenwriting for the past ten years, writing and producing short movies.

Scott Lloyd Randall:
Born in the Midwest, Scott has spent most of his adult life on the East Coast of the United States and, specifically, in New York City. Most of his career has been spent working with persons with developmental disabilities. The collaboration with Jocelyn is his first screenplay writing endeavor and it has been extremely gratifying. He hopes to continue writing and also working with Jocelyn on future projects. He has worked as a production assistant on several films in the New York City area.

Interview

I knew I wanted to be a screenwriter........

Jocelyn Freulon: I knew I wanted to be a screenwriter when I was writing the short story that was the origin of the screenplay. Vivid situations came to my mind and I knew I wanted to find the right writing partner, someone with the story telling inside of him and that would get involved as much as I am with this unique story.
Scott Lloyd Randall: I had such interest for this story. I had the desire to tell a story and, actually, make it into something.



I know I've succeeded........ 

We know that we have succeeded because we have created a unique world that reveals the human paradox of cloning science and bringing it into humanity. The story brings suspense, discovering and reflection. We know that we've succeeded in the form because we are still working on the text, going into more details, reviewing dialogues. All of this is occurring as the characters' reality that is still growing within us. When it will be printed to be shot, it will be perfect!
 

My inspiration to write HUMAN BEING HUMAN.......

is the short story by one of us, Jocelyn Freulon. Basically, we asked ourselves "what would it be like to be an adult-clone in these times?" He would, for sure, live in a world of natural deceit and we had the lies and the treason to fulfill the prophecy of the title: HUMAN BEING HUMAN.

 

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FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?

Jocelyn Freulon: I was writing and producing short films, but I wanted to build a complete house and not only rooms. I felt that, with Adam, I had a real character able to live a long story. The human paradoxes that carry scientific progress fascinate me....And it is happening now!

Scott Randall: I have always been good at story-telling and had the notion to write. Jocelyn came to me with this fantastic idea and I loved it. Jocelyn and I started working together and the collaboration was fantastic. The whole process has been amazing.

FilmMakers Magazine: What did you do to prepare yourself to write your first script?

Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall:
We talked and talked about the characters and built a structure out of this research. It is constantly a work in progress.

We reviewed the short story and collaborated on many ideas and concepts. We sat down and started writing.

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?

Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall: It is our first long-feature script. It has taken us two and a half years to get it where it is. We already are scheduled for a re-writing.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?

Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall:
Absolutely not. This has been one of the difficult things for us. We started to write in New York City, went to Paris, then London and then west to California. We plan to finish the writing in Brazil, where, ideally, the movie would be shot.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?

Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall:
Very important, indeed. Screenplay competitions offer a way to enter a competition where it is possible to track down the performance of the opus. It is a premium opportunity to get invited to pitch to producers.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards?

Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall: The Filmmakers Screenwriting Awards count with a wide network of important people and organizations involved with the screenwriting craft and promotion. Plus, the huge amount of submissions makes the competition that is unfolding very exciting.

FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?

Jocelyn Freulon: I would urge them to read solid scripts that make fascinating movies, not necessarily with an extensive use of computer images. Read the script "Tropa de Elite," the new Brazilian movie phenomenon. The story is told linearly and there isn't too much use of camera effects. The suspense and interest is maximum during the movie.

Scott Randall: I really love Richard Kelly who wrote and directed the film, "Donnie Darko." He had a vision and saw it though to fruition.

FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?

Jocelyn Freulon: I love composing music...no words into it or they are also music. I enjoy the quest for aesthetic details and the possibility of doing everything myself.

Scott Randall: I love music and reading...There is always something new to discover. However, I am the constant observer of humans and behavior and life.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?

Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall: Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line) is amazing. There are so many people for both of us.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?

Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall: Stanley Kubrick...Too late. We don't know as there are a lot of talents around and there is someone perfect for this story.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?

Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall: A
drian Brody. He has such a presence and we have observed his evolution and body of work over the years. We are really great admirers of him and his work.

FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?

Jocelyn Freulon & Scott Randall:
Yes! Work on your characters. Once they are real and strong, with natural obstacles inside of them and reactional attitudes to events, then structure and writing will be easier and more pleasant to do.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?

Jocelyn Freulon: The re-writing of HUMAN BEING HUMAN and a comedy screenplay to write with a fellow Brazilian screenwriter.

Scott Randall: I would like to continue to write. I have aspirations of working on a novel. There are several ideas and concepts that I have in mind.

FilmMakers Magazine: Where will you be five years from now?

Jocelyn Freulon: Two long features will have been shot and released with success out of two screenplays, I will have co-written, sold and have gotten produced.

Scott Randall: I would like to be writing, but at a level where it is more comfortable and there are not so many constraints. It is so difficult to have to work so that you can pay the bills, yet not have the necessary time to really sit down and write. It is so hard to turn it "on" and "off." One never knows where the day will take them.

 

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