Best Scene Screenplay: SEED OF WOMAN, by Gary R Billings

Watch the June 2016 winning bible/family best scene reading.

SEED OF WOMAN, by Gary R  Billings

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Bible Drama, Unconventional Love Story, Family

A Bible-drama love story in which Eve, as the “helper”, leads a resistance movement against a world being taken over by evil.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
EVE – Roselie Williamson
ABEL – Alan Shonfield

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Eve is the quintessential mother who obviously thought she would fulfill the promise made by God regarding the virgin Mary. As it turns out she did produce the world’s first true martyr, Abel, so she was a type or shaddow of the virgin Mary. However, Eve is also the woman blamed for bringing sin into the world, so she is quite enigmatic. History tells us copper came into use about this time and Genesis tells us Cain founded the first city so it is not illogical to figure coins may have begun to be used. Moreover, given that Adam was assigned basically to be a farmer after the fall and this is what Cain did, we can add this relationship between the two into the plot. Finally Genesis also tells us of “enmity” between the woman (and her seed) and the serpent. According to New Testament teaching, Cain was “of the wicked one” (the serpent). But this story is also about a clashing of cultures and a very potent marriage relationship (made in the Garden) going awry. Genesis gives the date of Seth’s birth at 130 years after the fall offering us the approximate time of Abel’s martyrdom so a lot can happen in those years.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This movie could teach us about love between a man and woman being greatly a matter of humility. There isn’t a lot of room for pride. Also money should be secondary. In the end of the script Adam is rightly using the coins so it isn’t saying that the coins were evil or of the devil. However the movie is against greed and exploitation.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Love wins.

4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Two movies stand out as most watched: “The Devil’s Advocate” and an old movie from the seventies, “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” by Franco Zeffirelli.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About two or three years ago I began working on this fairly regularly.

6. How many stories have you written?

This will be my first story written.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Many factors play into my motivation for writting this. Maybe I could compare it to Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”. It was an extension of his faith but also something that came from his heart.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Many factors play into my motivation for writting this. Maybe I could compare it to Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”. It was an extension of his faith but also something that came from his heart.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy bicycling and the outdoors. My Christian faith is a big part of my life.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

My initial choice was something practical. This festival makes good sense in the way it is done, e.g. every month. Regarding feedback, the feedback I’ve gotten with Wildsound has been consistent from the beginning. From the beginning I could tell the reader had thoroughly read and examined the script, not just superficially. In another contest I entered, one reader’s comments (and you could tell the difference) were not consistent with another. I haven’t felt that with Wildsound.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

If you are going to invest in the enormous amount time required to write something really good, make sure it is worth reading and/or viewing. Otherwise don’t do it.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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