Category Archives: 1st scene screenplay

NOVEMBER 2018 SCREENPLAYS – 37 IN TOTAL!


STORYWINNING FEATURE FILM: FEAR by Peter Jang
November 2018

STORYWINNING TV PILOT: Confessions of an Apotemnophile: I Think I Am by Connie Wilson & Dan Decker
November 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE: PAX GRAVITATE by Paul R. Price
November 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE: PANDORA by Karen Matthews
November 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE: The Dead Ringer by Suzanne Lutus
November 2018

STORYTV BEST SCENE: Fountain Grand Freelancers by Richard Mueller
November 2018

STORYDIVERSITY 1st Scene Reading: INHERIT-LY GAY by Michael Preston
November 2018

STORY1st Scene Reading: WHITTAKER ALGER AND DICK by Stephen Witty
November 2018

STORYCOMEDY 1st Scene Reading: SUPERFAN by Harry Greenberger
November 2018

STORYCOMEDY 1st Scene Reading: THE FRANCHISE by James Grayford
November 2018

STORYHORROR 1st Scene Reading: PUNCTURED by Shari Hamrick Grewal
November 2018

STORYHORROR 1st Scene Reading: TIMMY COOKE: A CANNIBAL LOVE STORY by Aaron Barrocas
November 2018

STORYFAN FICTION 1st Scene Reading: KENOBI: A STAR WARS STORY by Paul Watkins
November 2018

STORYTHRILLER 1st Scene Reading: THE GIRL IN THE WELL by Richard Webb
November 2018

STORYWINNING SHORT SCREENPLAY: OF THE SEA by Marc Gatschner
November 2018

STORYACTION BEST SCENE: Cadence of the Battle Cry by Brandon Gillum
November 2018

STORYCOMEDY BEST SCENE: 55 and UP by Joey Rinaldi
November 2018

STORYCRIME BEST SCENE: MEAT by Chma Idigo
November 2018

STORYDRAMA BEST SCENE: Incredible Life of Joey Coletta by Michael De Sapio
November 2018

STORYDRAMA BEST SCENE: Mile High Room by Anthony Cicchelli
November 2018

STORYFEMALE FESTIVAL BEST SCENE: OUT COLD by Tracy Scarlato
November 2018

STORYSCI-FI BEST SCENE: Star Whores and the Impotence Ray by Joel Karlinsky
November 2018

STORYSCI-FI BEST SCENE: A Brief World on Hypersleep Studies by Chiliagon
November 2018

STORYLGBT BEST SCENE: Girl in the Navy Blue Sweater by Laura Carrione
November 2018

STORYLGBT BEST SCENE: Star Like Mercury by Ryan Davenport
November 2018

STORYHORROR BEST SCENE: Lightkeepers by Michael Head
November 2018

STORYHORROR BEST SCENE: The Cultists by John Renney
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE: Ella Witnessing by Rodgers Wilson
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE: Christmas Past and Present by Michael Zielinski
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE: Wild Honeysuckle by Ronald E. Vigil
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE: Helen of Troy by Mary Ann Rotondi
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE: The Writer by Pascal Adam
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE: Mad Dash by William J. Leonard
November 2018

STORYROMANCE BEST SCENE: Falling in October by Jeanne Dukes
November 2018

STORYBEST SCENE: The Mercy of Faith by Samuel Taylor
November 2018

STORYBEST SCENE: Mythatania by Nicholas Julius
November 2018

STORYBEST SCENE: Serial School by Paul Pastore
November 2018

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DIVERSITY 1st Scene Screenplay: SINGLE BLACK FEMALE, by Jasmine Pittman

Genre: Comedy, Romance

When a young black woman who’s unlucky in love falls for a man who seems perfect, their secrets threaten to pull them apart.

CAST LIST:

Conductor: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Nia: Tiffany Davidson
Sloane: Dana Thody

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

JULY 2018 SCREENPLAYS – 23 in total!

ACTORWinning CRIME Feature Film: INDIAN COUNTY by Troy Kelly

ACTORWinning LGBT Feature Film: GO-GO BOY by Vance Walker

ACTORWinning TV PILOT: THE TEMPS by Julia Montanez

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: UNTIL THE DAY by Craig Andrews

ACTORWinning THRILLER 1st Scene Script: MARCO POLO by Jeff Heckler

ACTORWinning FEMALE 1st Scene Script: AMERICAN PRINCESS by Jenny Kleiman

ACTORWinning SCI-FI 1st Scene Script: POLE by Robert Dodrill

ACTORWinning DRAMA 1st Scene Script: TAKE THE SHOT by Jim Norman

ACTORWinning HORROR 1st Scene Script: WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO by Sean Elwood

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: REMEMBERING LIZ by Joan Beilstein

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: EDEN by Jean Barker

ACTORWinning THRILLER 1st Scene Script: FIELDS OF BLOOD by Michael Meade

ACTORWinning FANTASY 1st Scene Script: FORGET ME NOTS by John Dummer

ACTORWinning Under 5min. Short Screenplay – NOSTALGIC by Shannon Michelle

ACTORWinning FANTASY Short Screenplay – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU by Steve N. Bradford

ACTORWinning Short Screenplay – BROCCOLI by Tiger Ji

ACTORWinning COMEDY Short Screenplay – FIRE ALARM by Tyler G.

ACTORWinning THRILLER Short Screenplay – FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR by Ron Riekki

ACTORWinning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – BRAD ACTUALLY “Trial by Trial” by Caleb Quinn

ACTORWinning HORROR Short Screenplay – THE SNEEZE by Martin Reese

ACTORWinning Short Screenplay – THE HITLER PARADOX by James Hughes

ACTORWinning Under 5min. Short Screenplay – GOD OF INSECTS by James R. Cowley

ACTORAT THE MERCY OF FAITH by Samuel Taylor

HORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – FEAR OF THE DOPPELGANGER, by Jonah Jones

 

Genre: Horror, Thriller

The plot involves the lives of two versions of the same man who made a different decision years previously. As the story progresses, they both learn about the legend that if you meet your doppelganger, you will die.

CAST LIST:

Linda: Cassandra Sirois
Pamela: Vanessa Quaglaira
Narrator: Val Cole
Michael: James Murray
Phil: Nick Wicht

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Michael; a man who made a decision in his teenage years which he regrets and his other self, Micky, who made the right decision and is now his doppelganger. The doppelganger knows about the protagonist and also knows that if they ever meet, they will both die.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Mystery, thriller, sci-fi.

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

Having the two characters played by the same actor wouldn’t work in any other medium except perhaps a novel. The science behind interference patterns can easily be explained but makes for great visual moments of patterns and wave-forms. Any cinematographer would drool at the possibilities.

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

Waves collide

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

I’ve answered this before but I don’t remember what I said so I’ll go with Ben Hur (the Charlton Heston version)

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

This is very much draft one because I’ve been busy on other projects but probably two months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Again – I’ve answered this before and I can’t remember. I’m currently away from my main computer – at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival where they’re showing Letters Home, a film I directed. To return to the question; I’ve been writing stories in one form or another for forty years so I have a fair few of them on my hard drive.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

Everything on my car CD player. Certain songs will always be in my head. Mostly 1960s British. Just heard Fields of Gold in a MacDonald’s. Could be that.

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

Trying to make the science of interference patterns easy to understand but not allowing the film to become a schoolroom.

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

Wild-life, playing guitar, cartooning. I recently took up film directing and I’m enjoying that very much.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?

They are easy to work with and efficient with it. I also hawk our films around the festivals. Film Freeway makes that so much easier.

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

This site feels like a home from home. The atmosphere is always encouraging, rather than critical and all of us could do with more carrot and less stick.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

HISTORY 1st Scene Screenplay – SANDS OF LANIKAI, by Greg Blair

 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Before the first bombs were dropped on December 7th, 1941, two men arrived at different moments on the windward side of the island–in Kailua/Lanikai. One was bent on discovery; the other on destruction.

CAST LIST:

William Sands: James Murray
Paul Sands: Nick Wicht
Narrator: Val Cole
Isamu Anzai: Dan Fox
Takahashi: Fabio Abreu
Healani Lewis: Cassandra Sirois

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Before the first bombs were dropped on December 7th 1941, two men arrived at different moments on the windward side of O’ahu. One was bent on discovery… the other, on destruction.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical Fiction / Mystery Romance

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

Sands of Lanikai is the “what if” story of Paul Sands, a new arrival to the islands. Mystified by a sudden family tragedy and blindsided by an unforeseen coming of age romance, he unwittingly confronts an undercover intruder who could change it all. Set against the backdrop of beautiful and rustic Windward O’ahu during the days before and after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Sands of Lanikai paints a vivid picture of historic times and historical personalities. It twists and turns through a time period we all think we know well… only to entice, charm and surprise.

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

Mystery Romance

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

Saving Private Ryan

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

On and off, four years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Two

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Wicked Games – Chris Isaak

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

Until a script is green lighted, do we ever really finish?

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

Music

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Similar to IMDB, but free.

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

The festival’s guarantee of a thoughtful and insightful feedback to my script entry.

Responses received from the festival, including those on formatting, dialog and cinematic structure have been very insightful.

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

MYSTERY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE COLD SLEEPER, by John Lucas Bowman

 

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Hudson, hotshot CIA Agent with photographic memory, learns that his slightly senile Grandpa is a forgotten Soviet sleeper agent who is reactivated when his former handler Korolov escapes a Russian mental institution.

CAST LIST:

Hudson: Allan Cooke
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Luddmilla: Jennifer Vallance
Becker: Shawn Devlin

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Hudson, hotshot CIA Agent with photographic memory, learns that his slightly senile Grandpa is a forgotten Soviet sleeper agent who is reactivated when his former handler Korolov escapes a Russian mental institution.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action Comedy

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

It’s a tale of conflicting loyalties, of compassion and what it means to be family, and an exploration of what to do when you fall in love with the enemy. Those are very human topics most spies struggle with. – But mostly because the movie is funny.

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

Great entertainment!

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

Some like it hot.

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

I wish I could crank it out over the weekend, but it took some doing and a couple of @#$% rewrites.

7. How many stories have you written?

Enough to cease counting.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Everything Clapton.

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

Finishing something is no problem. Making something compelling is the real challenge. (for me)

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

The search for intelligent life on earth.

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

Having a screenplay read out loud is a valuable experience that reveals whether the script works or not. The initial feedback was helpful in the rewrite.

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

TV PILOT 1st Scene of KODAK MOMENT, by John Cruz Alarid

When a vintage camera is accidentally found at a flea market, long buried secrets about the JFK assassination stand to be reborn. Paranoid camera buff JIM turns to his film developer grandfather GRAMPS and Chinese reporter girlfriend NATALIE race the clock to bring the ultimate truth to light, even as forces of the Illuminati hunt both of them down.

Genre: Drama, Political, Crime, Thriller

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Jim: James Boutcher
Ester: Julie McCarthy
Natalie: Lindsay Rolland Mills
Pilot: Luke Robinson
Gramps: Brandon Knox

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Kodak Moment is a chilling thriller TV pilot spec script about the ILLUMINATI, a secret Dark Organization that conspires to control world affairs by masterminding events, governments and corporations.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

When a vintage camera is accidentally found at a garage sale and the film developed, long buried secrets about the JFK assassination stand to be reborn, setting off a spiraling turn of events and discoveries that threaten our heroes lives and their countries’ national security. A British journalist and her American conspiracy-minded boyfriend race the clock, the NSA and the ILLUMINATI to bring the ultimate truth to light. JFK meets EMEMY OF THE STATE and THE X-FILES.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Conspiracy theories rule the media. The timing is perfect for a Showtime/HBO style series that exposes the truth of the Illuminati and its intentions regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), the Iraq War, the ’08 recession, Global Warming and the Roswell 1947 UFO crash.

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

My favorite all time movie is Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still. favorite movies are sci-fi thrillers as well as romantic comedies.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been working on KODAK MOMENT since 1999. I first wrote it as a feature script. It won Best Feature Screenplay in the 2006 Moondance International Film Festival and some other minor accolades. I was challenged to adapt it as TV series. My first draft finished 4th in the Over One Hour category in the recent Larry Brody’s People’s Pilot writing competition.

How many stories have you written?

So far I’ve written five screenplays and one TV Pilot script.

1). PSYCHIC WARRIORS is an Action Thriller written along the lines of the X-MEN and BOURNE IDENTITY franchises that follows the journey of a Marine helicopter pilot and family man who receives psychic powers from an unmanned alien spaceship and is recruited by the CIA. But when he learns of the Agency’s plans, he must escape back home and protect his family.

2.) LUCIFER’S REVENGE is a Horror Thriller that follows the journey of LUCIFER who was cast down unto Hell for his disagreement over the fate of mankind. However, God agreed to give him seven years of unchecked reign over Earth before the Armageddon. In 2021, he returns to possess the President of the United States. His goal: save mankind before the coming of Christ wreaks absolute destruction.

3.) NUMBER ONE RULE! is a showbiz comedy about a radio jock who enters therapy to help him come to terms with certain childhood issues so that he can marry a rich daddy’s girl and live the good life.

4.) The Road To Shambala is a high-spirited romantic comedy with a pulse-pounding rock ‘n’ roll flavor, set against the exotic and picturesque land of China. The story centers on a hapless American musician who, through a twist of fate, is not only given an opportunity to live his dream of performing on stage, but is also given a second chance to find love with the one woman he could never forget.

The Road To Shambala is currently under review at Paramount and Universal. They’ve had it since June. Still waiting for a response. No news is good news.

I’m current working on my 6th feature script, BLUE COATS, an action adventure about U.S. Marshals on the hunt for a fugitive on the Indian Reservation. BLUE COATS is U.S. Marshals meets The X-Files on the Indian Reservation.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I survived the Sixties. I’m a classic rocker. AC/DC’s top on my long list of favorite tunes. I love music. Even though some critics frown against indicating what music to use in scripts, I often do it. It helps me write.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My biggest obstacle I’ve had with Kodak Moment is developing it into a TV series. TV is an entirely different animal with a complete a separate set rules to follow.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Besides writing, I’m passionate about Rock N Roll. I recently bought myself a Roland digital drum set and started taking drum lessons. My fantasy is to sit in on for a set with AC/DC.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

My experience entering my script via FilmFreeway was a breeze. The site is very user friendly. I refer submitting PDF files of my scripts. Printing scripts gets costly.

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

The opportunity of winning a table reading of my script greatly influenced me wanting to enter your festival. A table reading by actors is an excellent tool in determining what works and what doesn’t in ones script. I’ve had two of my scripts table read by actors. I highly recommend it.

The feedback I received from your reader was excellent. I took some of the suggestions was able to tighten down and trim my script by a couple pages. I’m considering re-entering in the next competition.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox