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Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, 2nd Edition by Claudia H. Johnson

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The Making of “Killer Kite”

Story by Matt StevensScreenplay by Robert S. Gray

Introduction

The Making ofKiller Kite,” written and shot in 1991 as an M.F.A. Thesis Film, is a reincarnation of a spoof that Matt Stevens wrote, directed, and shot on Super 8 mm in high school:

Like every other young male filmmaker—I’m talking about when I was in high school—I made the obligatory inanimate-object-attacking-people film. Killer Kite 2, a supposed trailer for a sequel that, of course, didn’t exist. I decided to do the attacking kite in the context of a spoof since I was relentlessly bombarded by ads for Jaws 2 during my latch-key kid phase of watching hours and hours of television after school. So it was a spoof of the trailer for Jaws 2. Maybe ...

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