Since my posts regarding the newly released movie, September Dawn (starring Jon Voight), I've had the privilege of interviewing the writer of the screenplay, Carole Whang Schutter. I'll be posting my questions and her answers here throughout September. Some of the questions I posed to Ms. Schutter were inspired by your comments to this blog.
I invite you to listen in to my conversation with Ms. Schutter...
Dianne: How did you come to know about the Mountain Meadows Massacre?
CWS: I was driving in Colorado when a story came to me about a pioneer girl on her way to the California gold rush whose wagon train was attacked by Mormons dressed as Indians. The story wouldn't leave me. Imagine my surprise when I began researching the wagon trails to the gold rush and discovered the story of the Mountain Meadow Massacre.
Dianne: How did you come to write the screenplay for September Dawn?
CWS: We have a God who uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. We also have a God who likes to ask one to do things they don't know how to do because His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
When the idea for a screenplay popped into my head, my first reaction was, "Lord, I don't know how to write a screenplay."
But, of course, years before the Lord had arranged for me to become good friends with Chris and Sharon Cain. Chris is a retired director/producer who became my co-writer. He knew how to write a screenplay. The Lord provides.
Coming next: What challenges or fears have you experienced while writing this movie?
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