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Interview | The Promise – Frank Mancuso, Chris J Adams

fdiff March 08, 2022 6 min read

The Promise

What are the movies you’ve admired over the years? Tell us about a few of them.

What are the movies you’ve admired over the years? Tell us about a few of them. First and foremost thank you for having me. Some of my favorite movies are The Godfather part 2, Rocky and Tombstone. My favorite is Rocky Balboa because of the message it sends. One, you are never too  old to do something and don’t give up because everyone is telling you to. You need to believe in yourself. Three different types of genres but all classics because the characters are memorable.

 

Tell us something about the title of the movie.

Tell us something about the title of the movie. The Promise was selected as the title because of the message it had in the film. Family members will do anything to protect their family.  Once the truth was revealed they felt they were betrayed, but in hindsight it was to protect them. It was for the greater good even though it was a lie.

 

Would you describe your story as man’s relentless and brutal effort for becoming immortal, his ambition leading to his downfall? About the making of Frankenstein.

Would you describe your story as man’s relentless and brutal effort for becoming immortal, his ambition leading to his downfall? About the making of Frankenstein. Yes, there are always some group of scientists who believe they can create and play against mother nature. Always thinking and experimenting to make something God had not intended too and unfortunately things go wrong allowing writers like Chris and I to use our imagination to play with their mistakes for the perfect story.

 

Keeping the confessions in the climax in mind tell us something about the significance of the flashbacks in the script.

Keeping the confessions in the climax in mind tell us something about the significance of the flashbacks in the script. It is at that point where we wanted to create conflict and emotions of betrayal when the truth is revealed to the audience. It allows the audience to relate to the character’s anger and holds them until the end to find out why they did it.

 

Could briefly tell us about Davis’ existential crisis as a result of the flashbacks.

Could briefly tell us about Davis’ existential crisis as a result of the flashbacks. The flashbacks are a part of his own demons which were quiet until his missing brother came back in his life after 5 years causing him to remember his own traumatic existence in the war.It triggers his PTSD.

 

Can you tell us about the Impact of narration through the representation of binaries, the struggle between good and evil. Do absolutes exist?

Can you tell us about the Impact of narration through the representation of binaries, the struggle between good and evil. Do absolutes exist? We as writers have to create that conflict between the characters to show who is good and bad, yet leave some for the audience to figure out. The character development of each character was thought out to determine just how good or bad they would be, so we could allow the story to have those moments where good vs evil could come out and hopefully in the story good prevails, but not always. There is always a price to pay and sometimes it’s your life.

 

Talk us through the dynamic between Ricky-Jennifer and Davis. What are their arcs like?

Talk us through the dynamic between Ricky-Jennifer and Davis. What are their arcs like? What we created about them as you find out in the script that even though you may be brothers or married to someone, you really don’t know everything about them. We all hold secrets inside of us. Jennifer really doesn’t tell Davis what kind of work she did at the lab. Did Davis really look that hard for his little brother? When Ricky finds out the truth he never tells Davis. We wanted these tidbits open to show you, do you really know someone who you loved and known all your life who they really are? And the question is no!

 

What were the difficulties you encountered in order to sustain the tension throughout the script?

What were the difficulties you encountered in order to sustain the tension throughout the script? This was pretty easy for us. We knew right from the get go that this had to be a constant movement forward with tension, violence and action to sustain the story. We tried not to have pauses in there which may slow the script down and when made into a film we wanted it to hold the audience’s attention.

 

Tell us how complicated is the procedure to retain the excitement of the audience for the ‘big reveal’ of sorts.

Tell us how complicated is the procedure to retain the excitement of the audience for the ‘big reveal’ of sorts. It took us a while to have those little subtleties added. We had several drafts of the script and finally things clicked where we could add those in to tie everything together. A good writer knows to walk away sometimes for days and until he can see things clearer and things just pop in your head and it seals the deal.

 

Thoughts behind writing the character of Jennifer as she appears the most layered. Was it done to add to the shock factor of the movie?

Thoughts behind writing the character of Jennifer as she appears the most layered. Was it done to add to the shock factor of the movie? Yes, we went back and forth to who was going to be the surprise of the script and Chris said, make it the wife. They will never see it coming. He was right! We were thinking of Linda, the state investigator because she was the person who just happens to show up in town and things start happening. It was too obvious and didn’t provide us with a shock factor. It was the right choice for us. 

 

 

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