Watch Video Pitch for VOWS, TV Pilot by Hannah Hightower:
Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Hannah Hightower:
What is your story about?
Hannah: Combat photographer Vance Hillard prepares for a dangerous battlefield assignment but is unprepared for a soldier’s request to become a stepfather to his teenaged daughter, Cassidy (Cass), if he is killed in battle. Vance gets Cass through high school and college before he realizes that he has fallen in love with her. He follows Cass to a daytime rendezvous with a former classmate, Gavan in a nearby park, pulls her away from him and sends her home. Vance talks at home with Cass, and takes her to dinner at a seaside restaurant. He is determined to be her father until she lets him know that she is in love with him. His discovery of a treasure map branded onto Cass’ backside when she and her mother visited Cass’ father in the Middle East turns their honeymoon into a string of chases by corrupt museum officials and ruthless treasure hunters.
Why should do people need to read/watch this story?
Hannah: It’s fun and realistic in its approach to people’s struggles to be the best of themselves.
How long have you been writing stories?
Hannah: I’ve been writing stories since I learned to write.
What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Hannah: “King Solomon’s Mines”, a classic (wild animals, tribal dances and practices, lush scenery, etc.) and “Snatch” with Brad Pitt and Jason Statham. I can’t understand much of the language so I look at it and pick up a few more words each time. The action and humor are great.
What artists would you love to work with?
Hannah: David Cook, Aretha Franklin, Blake Shelton, B.B. King, – Luciano Pavorotti is gone sadly.
How many stories have you written?
Hannah: Stories for me, includes my screenplays, plays, novels, songs – pop/hip-hop, country, jazz, blues, musicals, opera, gospel and choral works.
Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Hannah: In 5 years, having more of my work produced – my songs, opera, musicals, screenplays, etc. would be great. I also would like to sing one of my songs on a movie soundtrack.
Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Hannah: I write whatever pops into my head, day or night, at home, on the bus or subway or in the car when someone else is driving.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?
Hannah: WILDsound, found on the Net, has meant corresponding with caring people.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Hannah: Keep believing in yourself and improving your skills.