Best Scene Reading of TURN THE TABLES, by Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin

Winning Screenplay – TURN THE TABLES
Written by Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
EMCEE – Peter Mark Raphael
CARL – Jonah Akler-Silliman
JOE – Christopher Huron
HENRY – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Music, turntables, big hair, brawls, girls, and revenge are just a few words to describe this story of Generation X. Turn the Tables is the bare-knuckle yet hilarious flashback tale of love lost, again and again, like the scratches on a 12″ vinyl record.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

High school mobile DJ’s Travis and Carl set their sights on the DJ World Championship, while heartache, complicated home lives, and a rival DJ crew are all hell-bent on their destruction.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Coming of Age

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Music is enjoyed by nearly everyone in the world. Nearly all your memories from your life have a soundtrack of the era attached to them. This film would show the background on how that soundtrack is delivered while keeping non DJ enthusiasts entertained.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Generation X.

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

Aliens (1986)/Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Part time, off and on for several years.

How many stories have you written?

Six. (Not just screenplays)

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

ACDC-Back in Black
Van Halen – Unchained

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Receiving feedback and making changes to the script. It is constantly under construction. With co-writers, many times it is a struggle to come to a consensus on how a scene will play out. Many hours went into these brainstorming sessions.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Camping. Shooting guns.

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

The feedback that we received was very insightful and it let us know that we still had a lot of work to do.

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Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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Best Scene Reading of ATHENS, by M. Lee Brutsche

Winning Screenplay – ATHENS
Written by M. Lee Brutsche

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
FBI TASK – Peter Mark Raphael
NICK – Jonah Akler-Silliman
KIRK – Christopher Huron
LEAD MEDIC – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller

After disappearing at the end of the second world war and being sent to Ohio to help in the treatment of psychopathy, two Nazi scientists mysteriously disappear, only to start an elaborate plot against Senator Church of Ohio and by extension, America.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s in the late ’50s, and the FBI and CIA have opposing views with confronting communism.

To the point, they fight each other.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense, psyop thriller.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Utterly original. Nothing about this script has been explored before such as –

– The MK-Ultra program.

– The “Paperclip” Op that brought the Nazis over to help with the
Manhattan project.

– The Odessa ratline they escaped through, etc

How would you describe this script in two words?

Saddle up

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

Goodfellas

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

6 months (I have two different versions since completing this one)

How many stories have you written?

On this one, four

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

Blue October, Fear

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Still am – the story is three scripts. There’s one version that should be Shutter Island meets Jacobs Ladder.

Another version should be character based on the Nazi Scientist and the FBI agent (one dealing with tragedy, the other dealing with a tragic past). The third version should take a direct and simple plot placing the CIA and FBI on a collision course, in the realm of “Sicario.”

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Nothing

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

The imagination, premise, and cinematic originality is unrivaled…to the point, only a Tarrantino could appreciate it.

It’s nailing the three act structure I appear to not be good at. For example, on the Black list, half my scores are 10’s, and the other half are 6’s. The tens are on premise, setting, dialogue, structure, while the 6s are on plot and pacing.


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BEST SCENE Screenplay – ESCAPE TO PLANET B346, by Thomas Thorpe

Winning Screenplay – ESCAPE TO PLANET B346
Written by Thomas Thorpe

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
WILLIAM – Dan Cristofori
SIMONE – Jane Hailes
COE – Sean Ballantynea>

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama, LGBT

Attempting the precise flyby of a black hole, untrained survivors of a lethal virus arrive in an uncharted region of our galaxy searching for refuge, but encounter an ancient race intent on eliminating outsiders.

What is your screenplay about?

A transport ship carrying settlers to a distant planet heads towards a black hole. A virus contracted in the Centauri System has wiped out the crew and most of the passengers. Two survivors attempt to navigate the ship, but miss the planned flyby trajectory and end up in an uncharted part of the galaxy. Finally arriving at a habitable planet, William and Elizabeth land in separate escape pods far apart.

William tracks his missing wife, but discovers glucose processing plant run by Coel, one of a few remaining overseers left by an ancient race.William is drugged and wakes up next to the owner’s dead body. Accused of the killing, William is held hostage by the notorious overseer, Afon and learns that his wife may have been taken to the capital city Ronna to participate in a blood transfusion purported to save Domed, young leader of the planet’s native race and who has contracted a similar virus.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci fy, adventure, thriller, suspense

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Truely unique story, with the subtext of finding one’s place in the universe and making the choice between health, wealth or happiness.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Life prevails

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

Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years, adapting from my novel which was written ten years ago.

How many stories have you written?

Eight published novels, four feature screenplays

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

Star Wars theme

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Adapting novel to the visual medium.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Astronomy, space exploration, golf, movies

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

Hearing the reading, receiving excellent feedback.


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

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Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Veronica R Tabares – February 2017 BEST SCENE Screenplay Winner

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Winning Screenplay – WORMHOLE 276
Written by Veronica R. TabaresCAST LIST:NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
MARVI – Talia Price
JACOT – Casey Estey
TANK – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic space city, two teenagers travel through a wormhole to find themselves in a strange ancient land; planet earth in the 21st century.

What is your screenplay about?

In a futuristic space city, two teenagers travel through a wormhole to retrieve a box of dangerous inventions that could destroy humankind. They find themselves in a strange ancient land; planet earth in the 21st century.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction and Family

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

We need more movies that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Movies with excitement, comedy, drama, and heart. Movies that don’t keep parents on edge, ready cover the eyes and muffle the ears of their children.

Besides, there really aren’t enough movies that portray the grand relationship, the one between grandparents and grandchildren. And even fewer with grandparents who are vibrant, active, successful scientists ready to take on the world.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Grand Journey

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

It’s a tie between Return to Me and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I know they’re very different from each other, but which one I want to see depends on my mood.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year and a half. I’d work on it, switch to another project, and come back to it again. It came together a bit faster than I expected. I think it wanted to be written, so it didn’t throw any temper tantrums.

How many stories have you written?

More than I can count. I’ve been doing it a while.
So, I’ll focus on the stories that became books or scripts.
My ninth book will be out this summer (six novels and three picture books) and I have two additional picture books waiting to be illustrated.
Add to that six screenplays and four shorts, and the total is twenty-one.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I adore science fiction and will write it whenever given the opportunity.
I found a short I’d written for a class, read it, and realized it had potential to become a feature. I flipped the focus, expanded the story, and had a lot of fun with the characters. It was a blast!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Life always manages to throw a few obstacles in the way of writing, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, I need to live life to write about it. Each obstacle I encounter is fodder for future stories.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, family, and more family! Oh, and archaeology. And computer stuff.

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

I could write until my fingers came to life and danced off the keyboard by themselves, but what good would that do? All those words on the page are just that, words, until they’re proven able to communicate a story.

Which means a stranger must read my screenplay and understand it. I chose to enter the festival because I enjoy writing material that is appropriate for families. It’s a good fit.

The feedback was excellent! I really appreciate the comments and hope to work them into the script soon.

How has your Network ISA experience been like?

Fantastic! It’s great to have so many resources in one place.

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BEST SCENE Screenplay Reading – HEIDI, by Keith Makenas

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Winning Screenplay – HEIDI
Written by Keith Makenas

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
HEIDI – Talia Price
DOCTOR SANDRA – Ursina Luther
CHIEF – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

She connived her way out of a mental hospital to get back into society and now has no shortage of victims to quench her serial killer cravings.

Get to know the writer:

What is your best scene screenplay about?

It’s about Heidi a beautiful blonde that connived her way out of a mental hospital to get back into society and now has no shortage of victims to quench her serial killer cravings.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller, Comedy, Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It gives a unique perspective of a serial killer that you’ll grow to love

How would you describe this script in two words?

Adorable Killer

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

Airplane

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Almost four years and a half dozen rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

At least ten.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

After pitching the concept to a producer/actress she liked it and I kept rewriting it till it met her standards

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making a brutal serial killer likeable and funny, but in a cordial and tasteful way was challenging. Every scene went through many different versions until it worked.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Conducting interviews, doing movie reviews, and “Spotlights” that highlight industry professionals current and upcoming work.

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

I agreed with all the feedback comments. After rewriting so many times you can miss simple, but yet critical details that are easily fixable, so getting the feedback was invaluable! Knowing the festival provides great feedback was a main reason I submitted and with the opportunity to get it read was a huge plus.

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

BEST Scene Screenplay of HYPOTHERMIA by Jax Lemon

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Winning Screenplay – HYPOTHERMIA
Written by Jax Lemon

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
COLBY – Andrea Meister
BUZZ – Gabriel Cameron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller

The blizzard of the decades strikes the East Coast. A beautiful girl found raped and beaten on a remote campus. Can a burned out campus cop find the killer and save the remaining students?


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The blizzard of the decades strikes the East Coast. A beautiful girl found raped and beaten on a remote campus. Can a burned out campus cop find the killer and save the remaining students?

What genres does your screenplay under?

Mystery / Thriller

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gothic Mystery

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Hypothermia combines the haunting atmosphere of a Gothic campus with a claustrophobic ‘closed room’ feel of a group of students trapped on campus during a winter storm providing a great settings for a murder mystery with many twists and turns.

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

Pulp Fiction

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year

How many stories have you written?

Four screenplays and one novel.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I enjoy writing and wanted to give the audience something exciting to watch. I realize I’m no Shakespeare but I think I can write pop sugar – something thrilling, capturing and entertaining. That’s what is fun for me and I would be even more thrilled if one of my scripts would make it to the big screen some day.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The first version of the script started off as a mystery and then changed into a thriller. A lot of editors hated the genre flip in the middle of the plot. I needed some time to process the criticism and then decided to rewrite the script as a mystery.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love watching movies – of course. Action, thrillers, mysteries, and horror.

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

I usually submit to a number of festivals to get feedback and tips on how to improve my scripts. The WildSound Festival feedback was certainly constructive and I will see which parts I can apply to the script.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
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HORROR BEST SCENE Reading of OBEDIENCE by Michael Potts

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Best Scene from the screenplay OBEDIENCE Screenplay
Written by Michael Potts

CAST LIST:

ELMA – Val Cole
SHELDON – David Straus
GINNY – Catherine D’Angelo
NARRATOR – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Fantasy

When Ginny and her best friend Susie investigate the strange barn Ginny has on her property they see a vision of a man hanging himself, getting his eyes trampled out by goats and then being seen by a young boy (Ginny’s preacher father Sheldon).


What is your screenplay about?

Ginny Sprigg, a sixteen-year old girl from Tennessee, fights for her life against her fundamentalist preacher father, Sheldon. Satan shape-shifts to mimic Jesus and convinces Sheldon to kill Ginny to save her soul—and kill anyone else who interferes. Ginny must find the strength to save her mother, boyfriend, and best friend by killing her own father and facing Satan alone.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Horror, supernatural thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has a unique monster—Satan appearing to be Jesus Christ. It has a high-concept theme: the harm that toxic religion does to people. It can also be made on a limited budget, with few scene changes and only a few special effects.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fundamentalist horror

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

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Seven years

How many stories have you written?

Two published short stories; three published novels

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Once in Bible class when I was in high school a man told us in ominous tones that if we did not share Christ with others, we would go to hell. He became addicted to prescription drugs, became convinced he was Jesus, and eventually committed suicide, leaving behind a wife and daughter. I wanted to place characters somewhat like him and his daughter in a horror setting.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had to figure out whether Ginny or Sheldon was the main character. In the end, I believed Ginny’s struggle to save herself and her friends from her father was the core of the plot.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Philosophy (I’m a philosophy professor), chess, vegetable gardening, canning, walking in the country

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

I wanted to expose my screenplay to potential interested parties and improve it if it needed revision. The initial feedback was not wholly consistent with the latest feedback, but that’s fine—different reviewers have different perspectives—and the screenplay is stronger as a result.

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

Do not give up. Strive to improve. Get a thick skin—you must be able to stand criticism and learn from it. Write what you enjoy writing.

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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