Excerpt from Austin Comedy SFF interview:
What is the title of your screenplay and why did you think that your screenplay was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival? “I read the guidelines and looked through the website. I noticed that Austin Comedy Short Film Festival values thought-provoking concepts. From there it just had a good vibe for me, it looked like a really fun festival with cool people.”
What was your inspiration for some of the characters in your screenplay? “Dr. Hoopenschlocken was born out of my fascination with Dr. Strangelove. At first he was in a wheelchair, wore a black glove and saluted. When I asked for permission to adapt the Stanley Kubrick character, his producer Jan Harlan wrote back and said that "Stanley did not favor adaptations of his work." So I had to give him unique characteristics, which was a better choice anyway. It was a nice problem to have.”
In your mind, where do you see this story taking place and why? “I see alternating locations between Mars-A-Lago and Earth in order to draw parallels between the alternative universe that has been created by Trump and what's really happening on the ground back home.”
Do you have plans to fund the production of this film independently? If so, where are you at, in the process? “I finished a 4th draft on Labor Day weekend and started a pitch bible. I had a web series in mind, so I drafted loglines for about a dozen episodes. No plans for self-funding. I'm open to working with an indie producer who's not afraid to take (calculated) risks.”
Has creating this screenplay helped your writing career in any way? “I would say I've really been looking at this project more through the eyes of a social justice advocate seeking to use comedy to engage an audience. We need writers, painters, actors, songwriters, comedians to reach out to the masses now more than ever.”
Story Consultant: Arvad Orion
With Mikel Fair, Festival Director
Preliminary Rendering by Wild Creations
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Best Short Comedy Screenplay
The comedy short screenplay, Alternative Universe, is an Official Selection
of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, Fall 2017.
About: "Alternative Universe" is an animated space tale. The newly elected U.S. President, Donald Trump, is seeing his psychiatrist and former Nazi adviser to his father, Dr. Hoopenschlocken. Fulfilling a promise to Donald's late father, the doctor has the arduous task of transforming his narcissistic, fascist son into a principled, benevolent leader of the free world.
Review: "Candice Delevante has a unique way of developing characters and describing their personalities and actions with great detail. It's easy to imagine 'Alternative Universe' while reading it and some of the tweets and dialogue that Candice weaved into the story is astounding."