LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A Maysville native is living his dream as a screenwriter in Hollywood.
On Tuesday, Cameron Carpenter took a break while on the set of Static to discuss how his script became a feature film.
Carpenter sold Static to a production company in California earlier this year. The IMDB synopsis of the movie reads, “A small college radio station suddenly goes viral one night when a young female radio host uncovers a dark secret while interviewing an up-and-coming rock star.”
The film stars newcomers Sandy Eels and Zack Gold as the leads.
“The whole movie takes place in one night,” Carpenter said. “He’s taking himself hostage. The two main characters are on screen for about 90 percent of the movie. The actors are tremendous. I can’t wait to see the finished product.”
Carpenter said the plot of his script was partially inspired by WFTM radio station in Maysville.
“I worked at WFTM as an intern while I was in high school and got the idea from there. I thought it would be cool to have a movie set in a radio station. I started developing in 2013 and finished the first draft in 2015.”
Carpenter said the script itself came about after he decided acting was not for him.
“I did some commercial work and I realized I didn’t like the words I was always saying,” he said. “I decided to write my own. My first writing job was with an animation studio. I answered an ad when it was still a small company. I basically told them ‘I’m cheap and I’ll write what you want.’ I’ve done some web series work for Nickelodeon stars and punch ups on scrips.”
In order to get his own script on the big screen, Carpenter turned to a director looking to make her first feature-length film.
“I knew the director already,” he said. “Miriam Anwari was looking to make her first feature-length film and I told her I had some scripts she could take a look at and use if she liked them. She knew the producer of the “Bucket List” and “Hairspray,” Travis Knox. She took the script to him and that’s how it happened. It’s currently filming and expected to wrap up this week.”
He said it was still hard to believe he was seeing his work come to life.
“It’s surreal,” he said. “The set is much nicer than I expected when I wrote the film. It’s incredible. Everyone has been really excited and I’m very appreciative of the cast and crew who have such enthusiasm for the movie. It’s been wonderful and more than I dreamed.”
According to Carpenter, the next plan for the movie is to take it to the Sundance Film Festival and look at some distributors to get it out in theaters later.
“We want to take it to the festival circuit for now and hopefully get some larger distributors for it later,” he said.
Carpenter was born and raised in Maysville. He attended St. Patrick School before transferring to Mason County High School and graduating in 2010.
While still in high school, Carpenter was in four of the Maysville Players’ productions.
He credits his time with the Maysville Players for helping him with his writing today.
“What I was taught with the Players helped teach me what I needed to know for my writing career. It helped and I owe a lot to the Players. Mike Thomas was a mentor to me and I owe a lot to him for where I am in my career today.