We are happy to report that the script for "The Gospel According to Stephenson" is finished and getting excellent reviews! We asked Andrea Meyer of the Freethought Film Festival for brutally honest and critical feedback, and she responded with three words:
"I LOVED IT!"
much as we appreciated hearing that, we went back to Andrea and asked
for further thoughts. Here is what she had to say (edited slightly to
"...I'm struggling to find anything on which it needs improvement...I liked how the relationship between Sam and Jessica was defined...The gory bits were very well executed...I felt frantic as I read these scenes. Well done!"
But wait - there's more! We also received professional reader feedback from the Blue Cat Screenplay Competition,
a major script-writing contest run by Gordy Hoffman (an award-winning
filmmaker and brother to Philip Seymour Hoffman). Here is the feedback,
again edited to avoid spoilers:
story was a very original, critical take on the vampire craze. It was
entertaining and thrilling with a dash of comedy. It made fun of itself
in all the right ways. You were able to laugh at it, and yet still be
scared. It reminded me a bit of Wes Craven’s Scream; making fun of slasher films, yet still being a suspenseful slasher film...The
dialogue was used in a strong way. Every conversation progressed the
story and we were learning more and more information as it went on. I
especially liked the scenes with Jessica. Every scene we got to know
more and more about her; her alcoholism and her doubts and insecurities
about Sam. Her character continues to develop...so satisfying and left me wanting more."
As a bonus, here is professional feedback from the Final Draft "Big Break" Screenwriting competition from several years ago. This was based off the original version of the screenplay, then entitled "The Last Vampire."
is a very nice take on the vampire myth, the vampire coming back and
having no idea what is waiting for him... Having him interact with
modern medicine and all the myths we have about the supernatural mixed
with a police story works well... The characters are well chosen and the
variety is lovely... The dialogue is well done."
Thanks to all who provided valuable feedback during the script-writing process!