Interview With Fritz Gordon (2002)
May 2002 I was able to ask screenwriter Fritz Gordon some burning questions
about Sleepaway Camp 2 & 3 during the audio commentary sessions for
the DVD. You can hear the full scope of those on the releases, but here
is some transcribed Q&A from the day.
Most of these characters were named after Brat Pack members, right Fritz?
Can you tell us a bit about that?
if you'll listen to the names of the people you'll hear everything from
Molly to Sean, Ally, TC, Rob, Mare, Demi and they're all named after brat
pack members from the 80's. Like Molly Ringwald, Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy,
TC stands for Tom Cruise... Mare Whittingham, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, so
that was part of the fun of doing this.
Uncle John who's Big Papa...
John, yes. A tribute to John Hughes.
long did you spend on set? How much of [SC2] did you see?
that much. About a couple of days.
idea was it to get rid of [Angela's] "member"?
thought - at the beginning we thought we might even have a boy play the
was your favorite character to write in this, Fritz? Was it Angela?
always fun to write. Just because she's so positive, trying to always
be positive. She's an optimist for the most part, and then people constantly
disappoint her. And then Valerie Hartman's character Ally was a lot of
fun to write because she's just so rude.
old were you when you wrote these because alot of the teen dialogue is
think twenty four... about right.
yeah? So was it from your general experiences with people or did you hang
out at a mall and listen to the young'uns?
like to hang out at parks and talk to children but most of the dialogue
was spent from just my imagination. I was under heavy sedation at the
time and spent most of the time in my room.
did you come up with alot of these creative deaths?
actually I went to alot of my friends and got how they would do it and
just brainstormed one day and that's how it worked.
you enjoy more dialogue more or writing the action and the deaths?
think for me personally it's more fun to write the dialogue.
you pleased at how [SC2] lived up to your scripting?
I think they really carried it off quite well. It was fun to watch them
interpret these characters. And especially with Pamela Springsteen and
Rennee Estevez. I think they were both just terrific.
bet you had some fun writing [SC3's] stereotypical rich characters? I
really think you put a good spin on them at the end of the day.
to me they're always fun to write. Cindy, the spoiled rich girl in this
was the most fun to write and her death which happens a little later on
by flagpole was probably the silliest of them.
you in any way feel burned out when you were writing this, after doing
I enjoyed writing it because it was a whole different type of feel - they're
out in the woods, and they're camping and again with Herman and Lilly
I was just trying to point out just how they've exploited these poor kids
in the name of Sharing And Caring.
Can you spot Fritz? He's the unknown counsellor!