BEST SCENE of TOUCH TABLE, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.

CAST LIST:

Det. Schmidt: Allan Michael Brunet
Det. Jansen: Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Man: Zazu Oke
Teen: Courtney Keir
Michelle: Salma Dharsee

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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

 

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BIOGRAPHY Best Scene Reading of Yeshua, by Edmund Jonah

Genre: Drama, Biography

YESHUA! is the humanizing of the Jew who became the God of millions, placing the charismatic preacher in that tense, thrilling and turbulent political time when Messiahs sprouted like wild flowers in the spring to oust the Romans from the Holy Land, and illustrating with plenty of action how his mission leads to his inevitable end on the cross.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Gabriel Darku
Yochanan: Brandon Knox
Herodias: Angelica Alejandro

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A journey through the short, tragic life of Jesus the Jew and the people who impacted his life.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical drama

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

It is a novel look at the Jesus story that is as highly entertaining as it is instructive and surprising.

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

Fascinating Engaging

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

I believe that would be the 1930s version of ‘The Great Waltz’ which I first saw in India when it was re-released in the early 1950s, though there are others I have seen several times as well, like ‘The Quiet Man,’ ‘Casablanca,’ ‘The King and I’ and ‘Showboat,’ the one with Paul Robeson

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

It took me about 35 years to get the novel to as close as I wanted it to be and it took me about 2 years to finish the scenario.

7. How many stories have you written?

That would be about 38 stories (most published), lectures and articles, about 15 verses and several song lyrics.

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

I am always listening to music but ‘I’ll Get By’ has a special place in my heart. It was the song to which my wife and I danced at our wedding and it summed up how I felt and still feel about her after 59 years. Another song I listen to and sing a lot is ‘You’ll Never Know.’

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

Learning how a screenplay is written and cutting it down.

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

The theatre, movies and lecturing – and my granddaughters

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

It has been just dandy

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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

Winning Best Scene Screenplays for March 2018

Watch readings of the winning screenplays performed by professional actors:

ACTORFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay – FIRST TIME FOR PENNY
March 2018 Reading
by Janice Walker
ACTORFEMALE BEST SCENE Screenplay – REBEKAH’S CLOSET
March 2018 Reading
by Amy Jackson
ACTORFANTASY BEST SCENE Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by J. David Thayer
ACTORFANTASY BEST SCENE Screenplay – BIOS
March 2018 Reading
by Michael Clohesy
ACTORLGBT BEST SCENE Screenplay – LOOK IN MY EYES
March 2018 Reading
by Eddie Baca
ACTORTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay – BACK FROM THE DEAD
March 2018 Reading
by Jonah Jones
ACTORCOMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay – OCCUPY WALLY STREETSKI
March 2018 Reading
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ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TOUCH TABLE
March 2018 Reading
by Scott Timmins
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – THE DEN
March 2018 Reading
by Kelsey Ann Wacker and Nathan Simpson

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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

BEST Scene Reading of THE DEN, by Kelsey Ann Wacker & Nathan Simpson

 

Genre: Drama

Based on true events.

CAST LIST:

Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Myna: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Sean: Geoff Mays
Jamie: <a href="Allan Cooke
Joanne: Lesley Ballantyne

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A struggling actress achieves the role of a lifetime under the auspices of a brilliant and mysterious actor at a legendary Off-Broadway theatre. As the play nears opening, tempers flare, boundaries are crossed and the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Thriller

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

This past year, stories of the abuse long perpetrated against women in the entertainment industry have suddenly gained widespread infamy. We’ve written a narrative that brings the audience inside this very phenomenon and allows them to feel the manipulation firsthand. Our movie is both a wakeup call and a cautionary tale.

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

“American Nightmare”

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

The movies I’ve seen the most were all movies I loved in my childhood: Hocus Pocus, Center Stage, Legally Blonde… I felt a little silly saying that… until I realized that they are all original, uplifting films featuring unique and strong female characters!

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

Ten months now!

7. How many stories have you written?

More than I can count. But this is my first feature screenplay.

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

“A Case of You” – Joni Mitchell. Her starry, honey vocals aching with wine-soaked, reproachful longing… gets me every time. I really like John Denver too. Something about folk-singer pathos must really do it for me.

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

When you’re writing about broken people, manipulators, trauma, psychological and physical violence, you have to bring yourself into some difficult places, mentally speaking. To really tell the truth of the story we had to launch ourselves into the pain, fear, lust, chaos, et cetera, that entails this sort of situation… and sometimes you’d do anything to avoid having to do that. You’d procrastinate. Write fluff. It took real focus and lots of do-overs to actually get to the beating heart of each scene, and that’s something we’ll probably continue working on until we start shooting.

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

I love baking– specifically desserts. I’m a triathlete and a tough mudder legionnaire, my boyfriend and I lift weights together… and cook together. I’m from Florida so love citrus fruits, as well as sunbathing and beach days. I miss those. New York winters don’t exactly accommodate my priorities. I’ve been a dancer since I was quite young, specializing in Balanchine ballet and Modern. Oh, and I adore my cat. We’re best friends. She sleeps on my head.

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

We are quite happy with FilmFreeway. Without it we wouldn’t have found your contest, for starters, and with it we’ve been able to efficiently submit to a wide range of contests that would previously have been outside of our awareness.

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

The feedback we received from WILDsound was honest, constructive and, above all, practical advice. We swiftly implemented the notes we were given and our screenplay quickly grew to new heights, becomingly instantly more readable and engaging.

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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

Best Scene Screenplay – TOUCH-TABLE , by Scott Timmins

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Rick: Brogan Caulfield
Michelle: Emily Weir

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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

Sci-Fi Best Scene Reading – THE REBORN, by Andrew S. Fisk

 

Genre: Sci-Fi

A world-class scientist is abducted by six people he brought back to life….and transformed into invincible warriors.

Cast List:

Carl: John Fray
Ellen: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Paul: Gary Graham
William: James Dooley

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The founder of the world’s leading biotech company steals DNA from six people who have died. He grows them from mere cells into adult human beings in a matter of months. But they escape from his control and create their own society. They evolve into invincible warriors known as The Reborn who want immortality…and revenge against their creator.

They are opposed by the Techno Crimes Unit, a multi-national military force. The leader of the TCU and the scientist who created the Reborn have been friends for years. But they each have their own dark secrets to deal with that will push them into a war.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is hardcore science fiction. It is set in 2030 Silicon Valley and follows the traditions of Frankenstein and Blade Runner.

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

The Reborn has incredible visuals, particularly when the warriors are created in the laboratory, escape and go on a rampage. It also deals with the elemental forces: life, death and the possibility of rebirth.

The Reborn are interesting villains. Some are fanatical while others question what they are doing. They break into a museum, read a poem called Saisei (The Reborn) written by a Japanese poet eight hundred years ago. They believe it defines their destiny.

The high-tech gadgets in this movie are something everyone would want in their garage. Much faster and flashier than a Tesla.

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

Mind blowing.

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

A tie between Blade Runner and Forest Gump. An odd combination, I know, but I see something new every time I watch them.

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

Months and months. At some point I lost count of all the rewrites and restructuring. But it was necessary and made the screenplay that much better.

7. How many stories have you written?

Six feature screenplays, two TV series and ten short films.

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

A tie between “Gimme Shelter” and “Rainy Night In Georgia.”

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

There are a lot of elements to this film. I had to figure out how to show the savagery of The Reborn and their individual personalities, the camaraderie of the Techno Crimes Unit soldiers who fight against them, and the romance between the leader of the TCU and a scientist who works for the biotech company where the Reborn were created. The influence of other cultures (particularly Asian) had to be introduced, as well as 2030 technology.

This is probably the first science fiction film you’ll see where the male/femaie leads are both biracial. At the end, one character has to decide whether or not to bring another character back to life who has been murdered by the Reborn…or obey the laws of nature and let them go.

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

The outdoors, hiking, kayaking in British Columbia, Belgian beer, college football. The team I follow most is Stanford University, where I was an employee for five years.

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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

FAMILY Best Scene Reading – THE ITALIAN VACATION, by Claudia Marinelli

Racing the boundaries of infinity in space.

Cast List:

Narrator: Val Cole
Giordano: Gary Graham
Rachel: Kelci Stephenson

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

If your family believes in your dreams won’t you get a better chance in fulfilling them? This is what the screenplay is about: family dynamics.
Rachel makes her living as a baker at her father’s Italian bakery in Brooklyn, but strives to be a sculptor against her father’s wishes. When she’s asked to go to Italy to take care of her sick great uncle, who was her first mentor, she seizes the opportunity, in hopes it’s also a chance to pursue her dream , and prove to her father that she’s an artist.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, family, multicultural dramedy.

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

The story is fun and highly entertaining, geared towards wide audiences of all ages and of different cultures. Busy Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, the beautiful Italian countryside, fascinating Rome, and the charming lakes near Rome are the frame to the story. The main characters and some of the supporting characters are Italian- Americans, they speak good Italian and mix the two languages. The mixing of the two languages will give a special “flavor” to the movie. The “clash” of two different cultures, that just apparently seem similar, will make the audience smile and eventually laugh.

The story though carries an important positive message, that will move audiences regardless of their backgrounds.

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

Funny, touching.

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

I love and watch over and over again many movies, but I have a special love for “Mediterraneo” (the Italian movie that won an Oscar in 1992) and “Moonstruck”.

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

Quite a while! Finally I would say it took me almost three years to finish it.

7. How many stories have you written?

I wrote two novels (“950, 49th Street Brooklyn New York” and “La Corsa e l’Infinito”) both published in Italy, and many short stories. Since I turned to screenwriting in 2011, I wrote six short screenplays (two have been produced in Italy “Un Amato Funerale” and “The Rosary”) and two long features, “Chasing White Infinity” is the first one, “The Italian Vacation” (comedy) the second one. I also had my first stage play, “A Little Monster’s Journal” published in the US in 2004. At the present moment I’m writing a new screenplay (in Italian this time).

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

I love many songs but my favorite is an Italian song titled “Il cielo in una stanza” (The sky in a room) from Italian singer and author Gino Paoli.

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

In my first draft my main character, Rachel, was too passive. So I made many changes, but then, passed the midpoint , when I had to enter act three I got “stuck”, although the detailed beat sheet was well done. I wasn’t happy with the solution of my story, whatever I wrote seemed “fake”. In the meantime I took a direction course, and I wrote, produced and directed my short “Il Rosario”. This was a very good experience, that made me “grow” as a screenwriter and… magically, when I went back to “The Italian Vacation” I found the right “solution” for a wonderful ending.

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

I am passionate about stage plays, and movies. As a teenager living in France, and Italy I read tons of novels and stage plays, it was impossible by then to read screenplays. All the years spent reading were necessary for me to become a writer.

I am passionate about the Art of movies, and I am fascinated about the “magic” of the wide screen: how images can tell feelings, mood, and stories.
I also love to travel, to meet different cultures, and visit our beautiful world.

Cooking is also another of my passions (for… I am Italian) and I had a lot of fun writing about my main character, Rachel, baking and decorating her beautiful wedding cakes. In all my stories, food has a “special” place.

I’m also passionate about my three grown-up children, that I love dearly, they have been also a great source of inspiration.

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

At the moment the screenplay is semi-finalist at “New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Festival”, and I was so pleased to know that it was chosen among the many screenplays the festival received. I’m currently waiting for the finals in June.

The FilmFreeway platform is very easy to understand and, once I uploaded the material, entering the festivals was super easy. The experience was very positive.

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

With my first screenplay I contacted tons of producers, sending tons of query letters. I ended up by being asked to send the synopsis to 15 producers, two of them asked me to send the first twenty pages of my screenplay. It ended there.

With “The Italian Vacation” I decided to follow the festival “route” and see where the experience would take me for further decisions about the screenplay.
When I received the notification that “The Italian Vacation” passed the semi-finals I was super happy! I write in three languages. I’m blessed (and very lucky) to be able to speak, read, and write in Italian, French and English at the same level, but acquiring those skills was not painless. It’s a lot of work, constant and daily work! And… I still sometimes wonder, when I face my writings, if I wrote it right. I always have to remember that in my brain the languages contaminate each other, although it’s very “normal” for bilingual and trilingual people, it’s an “embarrassing” problem if you’re a writer and the contamination shows up in a screenplay… Rereads after a certain period of time, to let the screenplay rest, are a must! This is very annoying if time is short.

The notification that I was semi-finalist reassured and encouraged me. I am much more confident now that I can improve in the future.

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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