Friday, June 1, 2012
Zoetrope and 'The Search for Gabriella'.
The second screenplay featured in the novel 'The Search for Gabriella' was a finalist in the Zoetrope screenplay competition. This competition was set up by the famous Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola (the 'Godfather' series, 'Apocalypse Now', 'Dracula', etc.) to encourage new script-writers. But no movie was made of the screenplay. A Hollywood agent said it was too British to have an international appeal, while a British agent said it would be too expensive because of the elephants in it (they appear only once). A French director friend thought it was unusual and lively, but couldn't get anybody interested to put up the finance. So here it is, in a novel!