Watch the August 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Festival.
Kabul by Vince Masson
Get to know the winning writer:
What is your screenplay about?
The screenplay is about two young boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, during the early days of the American occupation. When they grow up, their lives take two very different paths when one becomes a Taliban fighter, and the other, an Afghan Army soldier.
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
In addition to being simply entertaining, I think it offers a perspective that hasn’t been portrayed in mainstream American cinema before. This is important because it allows us to connect and empathize with people we may have pre-conceived notions about, or
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you watched the most times in your life?
City of God. It changed my life.
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
It took just under a year to write, with some small revisions here and there for about a year or two after.
How many stories have you written?
Stories? Hundreds. Screenplays? Maybe a dozen.
What motivated you to write this screenplay?
The desire to express a point of view of this conflict that’s different than the one that’s been presented to us by large studios.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The research involved, i.e.: Afghan customs and traditions, politics, and Military accuracy.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
History, Movies, Psychology.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I submitted on a whim, actually. I had all but moved on from Kabul, and had no intentions of submitting it anywhere, but something about the reception of WILDsound captured my attention.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
I’m in no position to be offering advice. Sorry.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson