Hello, I’m Cory Sayers, the screenwriter behind “Meeting Charlie" a comedy developed for production here at Anvil Springs Entertainment. I was born and raised in the Bay Area and went to film school at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
The idea for “Meeting Charlie” came from a few places. The first being watching my grandmother go through dementia and how that affected her life and the lives of those around her. The second was out of a love of the more character driven, dialog heavy, movies that just aren’t really being made very much now a days, films that didn’t have easily defined genres or characters that fit in standard archetype. The third was being eighteen years old and discovering the music of the sixties and seventies and falling in love with it.
Then talking to my parents about it and discovering this weird bridge of common ground that was created out of our mutual love of music. Through that experience I realized that music is one of the few things that transcends age or background or whatever, it’s universal.
I actually started writing “Charlie” as a writing project in film school. The assignment was to write the first act of an original screenplay. After turning in my act one, which I received an “A” for by the way, I decided to keep going. I wanted finish telling Charlie’s story.
I guess what I wanted to do was tell a story as messy as real life usually is, where the happy ending maybe isn’t always that happy. A story where people don’t always do the right or moral thing, but not like in a Greek tragedy kind of way, more like, what we do when one’s around, kind of way. It’s the bitter that makes the sweet stand out. That’s the sort of film I wanted to make.