Writer/director Georgina Garcia Riedel on ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND



If you’re writing a switch movie this is the podcast for you. What’s a switch movie, you ask…?  It’s only one of the greatest inventions of filmmaking – where one character’s mind gets teleported into another character’s body.

Think Jodie Foster in the 1976 version of Freaky Friday. And then, Jamie Lee Curtis in the 2003 Freaky Friday remake with Lindsay Lohan. And so many others after. Ellen Barkin changes places with a guy in Switch. And then Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds do it in The Change-Up.

Here, we have a new version of the switch movie. In Ana Maria in Novela Land, a cute, but somewhat lost millennial named Ana Maria magically switches places with her favorite telenovela star. Only she’s not an actress, she’s actually stuck in the show, trying to find her way out. Actress Edy Ganem plays the telenovela star and Ana Maria to great achievement.

Screenwriter Georgina Garcia Riedel was hired to co-write and direct. “There’s a whole genre already out there of these switch movies,” says Riedel. She spent a lot of time coming up with the rules of the world – how does the switch take place, how does Ana Maria communicate through the television…? How does she get back…? Does she get back…? It takes a lot of time to construct a plot that allows that can hook smart audiences. ScreenwritingU sat down with Riedel to get all the juicy plot details.

Ana Maria in Novela Land co-stars Sosie Bacon and Luis Guzman.


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Photo credit: Stargazer Films


Jenna Milly is Editor-in-chief of ScreenwritingU Magazine, an inside source for the latest scoop from the screenwriter's POV on upcoming movies. She interviews some of the top writers in Hollywood for such movies as The Revenant, The MartianMission: Impossible and many others. She co-created the TBS microseries Gillian in Georgia. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. She has written for CNN.com, The Los Angeles Times, Script Magazine, TwelvePoint, and a variety of magazines. You can follow her on Twitter: @jennamilly

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