Wednesday, September 30, 2015

From New Hampshire screenwriter Dana Biscotti Myskowski: Some stories need prompting

Received this blog post from our friend and New Hampshire screenwriter Dana Biscotti Myskowski late last week. I was slow in getting this online here prior to the screening (sorry, Dana!), but the story is still worth telling (and, Dana, we'd love to get your thoughts on the short film now that you've seen it!) This post is featured on Dana's blog at http://greenchairpictures.blogspot.com. ~ Matt

Some stories need prompting

Looking forward to traveling to UMASS Amherst tomorrow night to see the debut of "Prompt," a short film based on the screenplay I wrote earlier this year.

The script was selected as one of five shorts filmed as part of the Women Only Project sponsored by Counterfeit Cow Productions. The parameters of the original call for screenplays was one location, two to four women characters, and five pages max. Scripts also had to be penned by women.

Because the project was women-centered, I felt it was a safe place to share my story of when I was raped as an undergrad, became pregnant, and had to make a difficult choice that was right for me at the time.

When the call for entries landed in my inbox, this type of story had made the news once more. Frustrated as I listened to the call for restrictions on women's choices and freedoms yet again, I decided it was the perfect time to dramatize some of what had happened to me. It is my hope that in sharing my story I may help someone get the mental help they need in a timely manner, instead of suffering in silence for years.

And now I look forward to seeing the screen story unfold in which a radio interview with the imagined me plays in the background, giving a young co-ed the strength to confide in someone. No one should have to go through this sort of thing alone, which is why I am also pleased to attend the screening with my BFF. Films are better with friends. Especially debut screenings of your own short stories.

Read "Working as a Script Supervisor for the Movie 'Prompt'" HERE