WILDsound 2010 Spring Feature Screenplay Finalist - JACK SMITH and ROBERT GARNER MCBREARTY
1. What is your screenplay about?
THE WAY HOME is a drama about second chances, about a crumbling, dispirited man who takes heroic action to save the day—and in the process saves himself.
Lewis Thompson, drunk, disillusioned, grieving over a family tragedy, thinks he’s found new life and hope when he sets off on an exotic adventure with a young couple to find the hidden pyramids in Latin America.
Yet this journey soon proves life-threatening when the three meet up with drugged- up, sex-craved paramilitaries. Ironically, Lewis finds a second chance for happiness in ways he never predicted, coming to the defense of his young friends as well as an isolated village under attack.
2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay?
Jack and I were intrigued by the idea of a man who has lost everything and gets a second chance to find meaning in his life amidst the most unlikely of circumstances, an oppressed area in Latin America.
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
We've been writing screenplays since last June, but we are both award-winning fiction writers, with published novels and short stories. We've teamed up and have found writing stories for film to be very exciting and creative. As well as THE WAY HOME, we have three other screenplays in-progress or nearing completion.
I've been writing for about fifteen years now.
4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
Robert – ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Jack - DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Dustin Hoffman version)
5. What artist in the industry would you love to work with?
Robert - Clint Eastwood
Jack – Billy Bob Thornton
6. Who was your hero growing up?
Robert – Mickey Mantle
Jack - Harry James, jazz trumpet player
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Full-time screenplay writers of both traditional and experimental forms
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
We gun through it for the first draft; then we go back and forth, each of us pitching in, redoing from 10 – 25 pages at a time, adding and deleting material, producing several drafts.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Family life, reading, and traveling
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
From a variety of sources we heard good things about it and wanted to get a professional critique of our work.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Dramatize, study good models (screenplays as well as films), and persevere, as with all writing.