Adventures in Screenwriting: ‘El Grande de Corona’

A screenshot from El Grande de Corona, a film by actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. (C) 2020 Popcorn Sky Productions

On November 17, 2020, my friend and frequent collaborator Juan Carlos Hernandez uploaded his latest comedy film, El Grande de Corona, to the Google-owned video platform YouTube. As Juan describes it, El Grande de Corona is a timely set of comedy sketches about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Per the film’s description on YouTube, El Grande de Corona is a comedic tour de force about what happens when “a couple puts on a variety show for the elderly, with commercials.”

I contributed some material to El Grande de Corona (which derives its title from El Grande de Coca Cola, a musical comedy review conceived by Diz White & Ron House and written by Diz White, Ron House, John Neville Andrews, Alan Shearman, & Sally Willis). I didn’t do as much in this project as I did with our previous three films; I wrote parody lyrics to a song that Juan liked but ended up not using, and I suggested a few jokes that Juan did use in the finished version.

El Grande de Corona has a running time of 48:06 and was filmed entirely in New York City. It’s free to watch on YouTube; heck, you can watch it from this blog post if you like!

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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