HEY! WE ALL HAD TO START SOMEWHERE: an interview with Brandon Alexander, author of First Period


This is the next post in a series of interviews with writers who have had their first films, web series, television assignment, etc. make it to the big or small or computer screen. It is an effort to find out what their journey was to their initial success.
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Next up: an interview with Brandon Alexander, author of First Period
brandon alexanderBrandon Alexander is originally from Grapevine, TX. He moved out to Los Angeles when he was 17 with a bunch of friends just for shits and giggles. He never graduated high school or went to college, but he got started writing at around 18 through other screenwriters, writing jokes for stand ups, improv, and doing script coverage and editing for independent production companies. He worked his way up, working on bigger projects, working on a lot of things for free, and here he is today.
  1. What is the name of your first screenplay that was produced, or your first project that was produced, or your first writing assignment?
I’ve had a few small things produced that I wrote but my first BIG project I had produced was a feature film called First Period which I wrote, co-starred in, and co-produced.
  1. Can you tell us a bit about the journey as to how it came about?
Ifirst period 1 had originally written First Period as a short called “Becoming A Woman: A Woman’s Story of Womanhood.” It was a parody of really bad 80’s Lifetime movies. I really wanted to make it (just for fun) with a guy, Dudley Beene, I knew from a play we were both in. I thought he was really funny and he’d be perfect for the other lead roll. I hit him up and he wanted to do it but neither of us knew how to make a short film so we kind of dropped it. Years later, Dudley called me while I was living in Chicago and asked me if I could turn Becoming A Woman into a feature film script because he saved up some money and wanted to make it into a feature film. I said “Yes!” and I moved back to LA to make it happen. I rewrote the script in a month and we began shooting it shortly after. Continue reading