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Screenplay Festival: June 28, 2018 Event

A showcase of winning TV PILOTS and 1st Scene Screenplays.

FULL CAST LIST: Zena Driver, Dorian Shine, Amrit Kaur, Val Cole, Alicia Payne, Jolly Amoako, Justin Darmanin

TV PILOT – THE TEMPS, by Julia Montanez

Genre: Comedy

A modern day quirky comedic TV show based in New York City. A man hires his unemployed best friend and his 3 roommates to assist him in salvaging his job. An unorthodox team is formed as they discover the ultimate significance of what true friendship can mean on life’s unleveled journey.

CAST LIST:

Natasha: Zena Driver
Lacy: Amrit Kaur
Cindy: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Val Cole
Gambit: Justin Darmanin
Justin: Dorian Shine
Abagato: Jolly Amoako

COMEDY Short – SHE DREAMS OF PLASTIC TIARAS, by Troy Harvey Graham

Genre: Comedy

A woman visits a plastic surgeon with the hope of changing the future for her daughter.

CAST LIST:

Claudia: Alicia Payne
Delmont: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Val Cole
Amberly: Amrit Kaur
Dr. Sanderson: Dorian Shine
Hamid: Justin Darmanin

COMEDY Short – FIRE ALARM, by Tyler G.

Genre: Comedy

When Hamid’s mother dies, he must move to Vancouver to live with Uncle Amir. Uncle Amir reminds him that if we aren’t careful, life may pass us by and we never take for granted those around us. Trapped in a foreign world he does not understand, Hamid unwittingly sets into play a series of events that awaken this very idea in his elderly neighbors.

CAST LIST:

Ethel: Zena Driver
Marge: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Val Cole
Uncle Amir: Dorian Shine
Manager: Jolly Amoako

SCI-FI Short – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU, by Steve N Bradford

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Two telescopes are constructed side by side at NASA and grow close, only to be ripped apart when their construction is completed.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Cap: Zena Driver
Obs: Alicia Payne

UNDER 5min. Short – NOSTALGIC, by Shannon Michelle

Genre: Drama, Experimental

A Woman dives into a journey of self-discovery by walking through her dreams, as she comes face to face with memories and ghosts from her past.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Voice: Amrit Kaur
Woman: Zena Driver

1st Scene Reading – LOVERS IN PARADISE, by Meg Bowen

Genre: Romance, Crime, Action

A bank robbery goes awry and our two criminals have to steal a getaway car. Except there’s a girl tied up in the trunk, who might just be their best chance at walk-away money.

CAST LIST:

Janine: Alicia Payne
Kip: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Brad: Jolly Amoako
Juliette: Amrit Kaur

FANTASY 1st Scene Reading – POLE, by Robert Dodrill

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror

While studying remote caves in northern Greenland, a team of polar scientists stumble upon the entrance to the fabled, and seemingly long abandoned “North Pole village.” Inside they discover remnants of advanced technology, evidence of a terrible tragedy, and the grim realization that the Pole was sealed off for a reason.

CAST LIST:

Maisie: Amrit Kaur
Beckett: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Nicholas: Justin Darmanin
Sam: Jolly Amoako
Sasha: Zena Driver

FEMALE 1st Scene Reading – AMERICAN PRINCESS, by Jenny Kleiman

Genre: Dark Comedy

When Ellie’s mother commits her father to a mental hospital, the rich, spoiled teen must navigate her own escape and his rescue, or else embrace her new home- her babysitter’s trailer park.

CAST LIST:

Janet: Zena Driver
David: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Ellie: Amrit Kaur
Lowe: Alicia Payne

HORROR 1st Scene Reading – WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO, by Sean Elwood

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama

When Jesse returns to his childhood home after hearing about his abusive mother’s suicide, he soon discovers that something evil lurks within the depths of the house, and it’s been waiting for him to return after all these years.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Jesse: Jolly Amoako
Helen: Alicia Payne

THRILLER 1st Scene Reading – MARCO POLO, by Jeff Heckler

Genre: Thriller, War

Christmas time in Bastogne, Belgium, 1944. The allied forces are under heavy fire by the German army.

CAST LIST:

Declan: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Mosch: Justin Darmanin
Wendy: Jolly Amoako

1st Scene Reading – REMEMBERING LIZ, by Joan Beilstein

Genre: Drama

A runaway fifteen year-old girl is found dead from a heroin overdose. Forty years later, her best childhood friend, haunted from unresolved guilt and grief, uncovers a secret, which sheds light on her friend’s tragic short life.

CAST LIST:

Laura: Amrit Kaur
Narrator: Val Cole
Jane: Zena Driver
Della: Alicia Payne

1st Scene Reading – UNTIL THE DAY, by Craig Andrews

Genre: Drama

It is the spring of 1884 and Christine Lockhart, the daughter of a doctor, has just graduated with dreams of forging her own path in the world, taking charge of her decisions and loving a man of her choosing. Michael Karg, the son of a butcher, has simple ambitions and rose-colored optimism about courting Christine. The cloud on the horizon for both Christine and Michael is Christine’s money-hungry father.

CAST LIST:

Beverly: Zena Driver
Michael: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Christine: Amrit Kaur
Carolyn: Alicia Payne

DRAMA 1st Scene Reading – HEADCASE, by by Chris Jones

Genre: Drama

Dr. Andrew Beck, is the goto Sports Psychologist for pro athletes. But he has a gambling problem, and he gets deep in debt with Fergus McKenzie, a psychotic Scottish gangster. To get out of trouble with his skull intact, Andrew is forced to trade o… See more

CAST LIST:

Player 1: Jolly Amoako
Andrew: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Fergus: Dorian Shine
Arron: Justin Darmanin
Lorry: Zena Driver

1st Scene Reading – EDEN, by Jean Barker

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Romance

A teenage girl who grew up in a cult based on the biblical myth of Eden falls in love with an intruder from the sinful world outside the garden walls.

CAST LIST:

Judith: Zena Driver
Narrator: Val Cole
Edie: Amrit Kaur
John: Jolly Amoako

DRAMA 1st Scene Reading – TAKE THE SHOT, by Jim Norman

Genre: Drama

A black family with an athletically gifted daughter is forced to move from Houston to North Dakota because of a corporate promotion. Family, race and gender issues are tested in the culture of the family’s new and temporary move.

CAST LIST:

Trey: Jolly Amoako
Friend 1: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Kassie: Alicia Payne
Coach Briscoe: Zena Driver
Monica: Amrit Kaur

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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

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Screenplay Festival: January 7, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Film Festival’s first Screenplay Festival event of 2018 features a reading of a Fan Fiction feature screenplay (Black Widow, Marvel Universe) and 7 1st scene readings from various genres and festivals.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be ROMANCE with SUSPENSE.

CAST LIST: Kiran Friesen, Alicia Ryan, Carly Tisdall, Carina Cojeen, Christopher Huron, Peter Nelson, David Occhipinti

 

FAN FICTION Feature Screenplay: BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE, by Brooke Elowe

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Fantasy

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha Romanoff is on the run. Branded a fugitive for violating the Sokovia Accords, Natasha tries to keep her head down and lay low, but there’s no rest for the world’s greatest spy…

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Natasha: Kiran Friesen
Ava: Alicia Ryan
Ivan: David Occhipinti
Tony Stark: Christopher Huron
Nick Fury: Peter Nelson
Tori Raven: Carly Tisdall

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ACTION 1st Scene Script Reanding of ZOMBIE CRUIZE, by A K A SMITH

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Horror

Poseidon Adventure meets Night of the Dead. When the world’s largest cruise ship is over-run by thousands of shambling, groping, synthetically reanimated corpses, celebrity Vlogger Rozo and her Dad Ammy, the Chief Engineer, must help the last survivors off the ship – which is made all the more hellish when it capsizes, as these particular flesh-eaters can swim like demented sharks.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rozo/Holly: Carly Tisdall
Macavoy: Peter Nelson
Satoshi: Christopher Huron
Ruben: David Occhipinti
Qadira: Kiran Friesen
Kerry Jo: Alicia Ryan

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DRAMA 1st Scene Script Reading of SCUPPERNONGS, by Lynne Ashe

Genre: Drama, Coming of Age, Romance

In a North Carolina vineyard at harvest time, sixteen-year-old twins vie for the affections of an exotic newcomer to their small town. When they uncover truths about themselves and a haunting family secret, their lives are forever changed.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Mrs. Slenway: Kiran Friesen
Will: Christopher Huron
Shane: David Occhipinti
Sam: Carly Tisdall
Girl: Alicia Ryan
Boy 2: Peter Nelson

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DRAMA 1st Scene Script Reading of PREY FOR THE DAY, by by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

Genre: Drama

A financially successful couple, seeking a combination of passive income and early retirement, take a trip from California to Florida at the invite of Miami businessman who is seeking investors in the financial recovery of the local real estate markets. Their business trip soon turns into a fight for survival as there is more to this trip than meets the eye.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
John: Christopher Huron
Kathy: Carly Tisdall
Miguel: Peter Nelson
Jessica: Alicia Ryan
Driver: David Occhipinti

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COMEDY 1st Scene Script Reading of THE WRECKERS, Kristy Leigh Lussier & Lee Vander Boegh

Genre: Comedy, Romance

They’re paid to turn weddings into disasters, and now are hired to plan a fake one. But when thrown into a job out of their element, this unbreakable duo quickly discover the only disaster they’ve created is the one between themselves.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Ellen: Carly Tisdall
Trevor: Christopher Huron
Groom: Peter Nelson
Pastor: David Occhipinti
Bride: Kiran Friesen

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HORROR 1st Scene Script Reading of Red Light, by Dempsey Tillman and Ted Dewberry/strong>

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

A slacker husband (with a child on the way) gets a rude awakening when aliens invade his home and target his family.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Miriam: Carly Tisdall
Aaron: Christopher Huron
Cork: David Occhipinti
Bluetooth: Alicia Ryan

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LGBT 1st Scene Script Reading of Falling Star, by Katie L. Marshall

Genre: Drama, Romance

Driven to a mental breakdown by those profiting from her fame, a young pop star is forced to keep her sexuality a secret and faces a deadly choice until a chance encounter with a hotel chef transforms both of their lives.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Brooke: Carly Tisdall
Rachel: Kiran Friesen
Alexa: Alicia Ryan
Man: David Occhipinti

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TV 1st Scene Script Reading of KILLING MOSES, by Ricardo M. Fleshman

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Private Detective Moses Byone and his effeminate partner, former antiques dealer Armond Fontenot get more than they bargain for in the seedy underbelly of 1970s New Orleans.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Daniel: Christopher Huron
Lisette: Carly Tisdall
Vanessa: Kiran Friesen

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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

Winning 1st Scene of SERAPHINA, by Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri

 

 A beautiful, kindly Irish woman – bestowed a special gift at birth – comes to the aid of a 1950’s New England family-in-crisis unaware she is being hunted by a revenge-seeking, depression-era zealot.

Genre: Family, Thriller, Drama

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
The Doctor: Brandon Knox
The Vicar: Rob Notman
Joshua: Luke Robinson
The Midwife: Julie McCarthy
Seraphina: Lindsay Rolland Mills

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

SERAPHINA is about a heartwarming, beautiful Irish woman who was graced at birth with a special gift from God.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I firmly believe that SERAPHINA would tug at the heartstrings of people around the world. This is the story of a wonderful, kind woman whose only mission in life is helping people in need, and finally has the chance to see her lifelong dream come to fruition…to have a loving family of her own. Without a single reservation, this movie would appeal to broad audiences of all ages.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Heartwarming – Moving.

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

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Over 13-years.

How many stories have you written?

I am the published author of 7 novels, and have developed well over 20 screenplays.

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

Since I Don’t Have You by the “Skyliners”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The most difficult and frustrating obstacle for me was ensuring the Irish dialogue and brogue were spot on. In July of 2017, I retained a wonderful Irish author from the old country to read and edit the Irish dialogue. She ensured that even though Seraphina was born and raised in Ireland, as the years passed by in America, her beautiful Irish brogue would oh-so-gently soften…but just a wee bit, dontcha know!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies!

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

Filmfreeway is an outstanding platform for screenwriters to showcase their work.

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

The feedback was outstanding! I was filled with exhilaration and could not wait to tell my wife! But WILDsound has touched me this way before. I’ve entered the WILDsound festival numerous times over the years. I once received feedback for one of my scripts where the individual who wrote the feedback overwhelmed me with positive motivation and the desire to continue with my writing. The following is what he/she wrote about my protagonist, Jamerson Banks, in my script, MEADOW FALLS…

Hands down, Jamerson Banks is one of the most enjoyable characters ever created for the page and silver screen. He is irascible, ornery, quick-witted – and deeply wounded, by his own actions in the metaphysical sense, by the actions of others in the quite literal physical sense. His story is so detailed, his flaws so specific – we can’t wait to hear what happens next, even when he’s at his worst.

Thank you, WILDsound!!!

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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

WATCH Mid-Year 1st SCENE SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning 1st SCENE Screenplay winners for the first half of 2017:

 

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GOOD INTENTIONS
June 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GRAVITY’S PULL
June 2017 Reading
by Robert Sivigny

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – AVES
May 2017 Reading
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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – ROUND TRIP
May 2017 Reading
by Sherwin Allen

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – TRISKEL
May 2017 Reading
by Brian K. Palmer
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SANDSTORM
April 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – PAST PRESENCE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Kevin Mongelli
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SPARKS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Jon Freda

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE DEBT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Michelle Patkowski
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – WELCOME TO ARCADIA
March 2017 Reading
Written by Jason Lan

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
March 2017 Reading
Written by Dylan Stump

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Bridget Bell McMahon

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MONSTER MURDER MYSTERY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Arran McDermott

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE COURIER
March 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Dambrosio

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – BROKEN FRAME
February 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Boncella
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EKKO
February 2017 Reading
Written by Johnny Walker

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – FAN SITE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Elisha Barnes
ACTOR1st SCENE Script – OCD
January 2017 Reading
Written by Quyen Tran

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – INT. CAR – NIGHT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Martin Keady

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Dylan Stump – March 2017 1st SCENE Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
Written by Dylan StumpCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
ANDRE – Peter Mark Raphael
WILLIAM – Jonah Akler-Silliman
HARRY – Christopher Huron
FRANK – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Horror

Five unstable gangsters descend upon a decaying coastal town with a mission to find a missing woman and kill her abductors. They instead become embroiled in strange and otherworldly occurrences.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s a story dealing with a group of violent men taken out of their element and forced to consider their place in a broader world. I also see it as being about the conflict between the natural and the modern world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

A combination of mobster crime story and folk horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel that this script offers a unique approach to an underutilized genre. Films in the folk horror category, especially American folk horror, aren’t exactly common despite the success of films like “THE WITCH”. So I believe my script offers something of at least some interest.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ethereal / Violent

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

David Cronenberg’s 1986 tragic, romantic, and horrific remake of THE FLY. It takes the basic idea from the original film and creates something entirely new. I’m also a big fan of Steve de Jarnatt’s MIRACLE MILE and Ken Russel’s THE DEVILS. THE FLY wins because I once did a presentation on it and, in order to prepare, I watched the film once a night for a week.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A little under a year. Though the idea for it has been with me for well over that.

How many stories have you written?

I have two other “finished” feature scripts that are in desperate need of rewrites, one finished short, and several unfinished scripts of varying lengths.

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

Probably “As I Sat Sadly By Her Side” by Nick Cave. Though the story of EVEN HERE I EXIST was partly inspired by the songs “King Henry” and “Long Lankin” by Steeleye Span.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The same obstacle I’m facing answering these questions, my overwhelming fear of writing something bad. While writing I had to continuously remind myself that it’s alright if the first draft was terrible because I could always make it less terrible in the next draft.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Literature, mostly horror and Gothic but I try to keep an open mind when looking for something to read. I also enjoy reading up on folklore from all over the world.

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

I was referred to this festival after submitting to a different festival. I was mostly intrigued by the opportunity to hear someone read my work out loud. I knew that this would help me to get a new perspective on this script but also on my overall writing style.

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
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Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

 

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Johnny Walker – February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch the winning February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – EKKO
Written by Johnny WalkerCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
CJ – Peter Mark Raphael
DEBUSSEY- Gabriel Cameron
COPPER – Brian Carleton
FEMALE FAN – Andrea Meister
RADINE – Victoria Urquhart

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Thriller

A soundman experiences supernatural visions that link to a past he’s tried to forget.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A fantasy adventure that inadvertently restores one mans faith in family.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Paranormal, music, sci-fi, adventure.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Wicked fun.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It revolves around music, the universal language of all humans. The magic of sound has been a source of gatherings for centuries, and this story focuses on the similarities of those who make sound, both positive and negative, from Renaissance days to present.

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

The Fifth Element.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Three years.

How many stories have you written?

Ouch. Two drawers of a large file cabinet. How many is that?

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The desire to bring this story to life.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Switching from writing novels to creating blueprints was tough. Still is. I’ve also learned you have to make time for classes, seminars, reading, etc., because they do nothing but help.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Creative people and their projects, this awesome Earth, and anything animal related.

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

I entered it FOR the feedback, to get constructive criticism from people I respect. I found the feedback to be supportive and respectfully blunt, and there’s nothing more beneficial than feedback from professionals, good, bad, or indifferent. Any and all associated with ISA seem to love what they do. That’s pretty cool.

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
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Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Stephen Boncella – February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch the winning February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – BROKEN FRAME
Written by Stephen BoncellaCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
SLEAZY MAN – Peter Mark Raphael
MIKE – Gabriel Cameron
SHERIFF BROWN – Brian Carleton
EMMA – Victoria Urquhart

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Family

Facing life on the streets, a returning Vietnam veteran must undertake his most difficult challenge; reconcile with estranged drug-addicted sister and stop her from selling the family farm out from under him.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

On the surface it may seem like a simple “Save the farm” story, but underneath it’s a gritty tale about redemption and second chances. It may take place in the Seventies but there are elements that today’s audiences will identify with.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gritty, emotional.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

In this day and age of fx driven tent poles, it’s important to have stories that are tactile and character driven. I’m not saying that this is the next ‘ROOM’ or ‘MOONLIGHT’ but I feel my screenplay has a good story with engaging characters that audiences would relate to. And besides, who doesn’t like the Seventies.

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

I can’t really say I’ve watched one particular movie more than another. I’m a sucker for the classics like ‘CASABLANCA’ and ‘FROM HERE TO ETERNITY’. I love westerns. I’m also a big Jennifer Lawrence fan and I have seen all of her movies. Last year I had the good fortune to have seen ‘ROOM’ and I was blown away by it.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’m still working on this screenplay and it will be a long time before I’m able to say I’m finished with it.

How many stories have you written?

I published a few poems and a short story years ago. I have also written two other screenplays before this, though I’ve never submitted them anywhere.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The short answer is a Lynyrd Skynryd song (no it isn’t ‘SWEET HOME ALABAMA’ or ‘FREEBIRD’) My sister had gotten me a mixed cassette of their songs for my birthday and on it was ‘COMING HOME’ When I heard it the first thing that popped into my head was the opening scene you see in ‘BROKEN FRAME’. After listening to it about twenty times I had the general outline of the story.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I could write a screenplay about the challenges that I faced writing ‘BROKEN FRAME’. Apart from the usual problems that plague any writer (writers block, procrastination, distraction, self doubt, indecision, ect) perhaps the greatest tragedy that I faced was accidently erasing my entire screenplay. That was a dark moment. Fortunately I was able to retrieve an older file, so I only lost one month of work instead of four years of my life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy woodworking as well as the outdoors. I also enjoy history and science and I will watch any documentary that I can find.

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

I found this contest via a Google search. This is one of only two contests of this type anywhere. Festivals such as this are great because it gives writers, who may not be finished with their screenplays a chance to showcase their work before completion. And the feedback that Wildsound gives is top-notch. I appreciate the time and the effort it takes to evaluate each and every screenplay.

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne