February 2017 – Interviews with Stunt Performers

Read 3 interviews conducted last month with 3 stunt performers working in the industry today. You’ll be amazed what these artists go through on set and the lengths they’ll push themselves to make sure their stunt best serves the film.

Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Stunt Performer Alex Armbruster (Suicide Squad, X-Men: Days of Future Past):
Interview with Stunt Performer Alex Armbruster (Suicide Squad, X-Men: Days of Future Paste)

My most valuable stunt job has been stunt doubling for Jay Hernandez who played “El Diablo” in Suicide Squad. It was such an amazing experience working alongside actors like Will Smith and Margot Robbie and just being apart of the DC Comics world. I knew right away when I got the job that it would be a pivotal point in my career in the sense that it would probably be one of the most unique experiences that many stuntmen wouldn’t receive.

Interview with Stunt Coordinator Jennifer Badger (Pitch Perfect 3, Greenleaf Season 2):
Interview with Stunt Coordinator Jennifer Badger (Pitch Perfect 3, Greenleaf Season 2)

I’ve been up to roll cars (both by pipe ramp and cannon) on several shows but for budgetary reasons these are often the first stunts to get cut. While I’ve crashed cars many, many times, flipping one is definitely on the career bucket list. As I write this, I am scheduled to do so in about two weeks so fingers crossed that nothing changes.

Interview with Stunt Performer Lisa Dempsey (Titanic, Sully, Minority Report):
Interview with Stunt Performer Lisa Dempsey (Titanic, Sully, Minority Report)

Most recently I had the job of a lifetime doubling Kathy Bates as “The Butcher” on American Horror Story Season 6: Roanok. I doubled for her once before on Mike and Molly when she was a guest star. We had to leg wrestle with Melissa McCarthy and that was hilarious. Kathy is a class act. She is warm and funny and so appreciative. She has a great laugh. I can’t say enough good things about her.

 

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February 2017 – Read best of interview with directors

Read 17 interviews with 17 directors from around the world. Each filmmaker had their film shown at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles or Toronto in January. Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with director Rob Sprackling (MAN’S BEST FRIEND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/22/interview-with-director-rob-sprackling-mans-best-friend/

Interview with director Ivo Huahua (STUTTER)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/22/interview-with-director-ivo-huahua-stutter/

Interview with director Jon James Smith (DO NOT DISTURB)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-director-jon-james-smith-do-not-disturb/

Interview with director Oliver McMillan (WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-director-oliver-mcmillan-whats-wearing-mummy/

Interview with director/animator Mads Johan Øgaard (I AM DYSLEXIC):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-directoranimator-mads-johan-ogaard-i-am-dyslexic/

Interview with director/animator Patrick Jenkins (PHANTOM CITY):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/11/interview-with-directoranimator-patrick-jenkins-phantom-city/

Interview with director Mary Gerretsen (ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-director-mary-gerretsen-orange-you-gonna-dance-with-me/

Interview with director Jeremy Borison (A SENSE OF SOUND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-director-jeremy-borison-a-sense-of-sound/

Interview with the Brazilian Film Collective “we are magnolias” (The Grenade):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-the-brazilian-film-collective-we-are-magnolias-the-grenade/

Interview with Actor/Screenwriter Bronwyn Szabo:
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/09/interview-with-actorscreenwriter-bronwyn-szabo/

Interview with director Irene Garces (THERE WAS A PLACE):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-irene-garces-there-was-a-place/

Interview with director Stephanie Jaclyn (FREEMALES):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-stephanie-jaclyn-freemales/

Interview with director Miriam Dehne (FALLING STARS):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-miriam-dehne-falling-stars/

Interview with director Emily Pietro (COLOR):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/02/interview-with-director-emily-pietro-color/

Interview with director Vu Hoang (MARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-vu-hoang-marty-a-wild-west-neverland/

Interview with director Teddy Cecil (HELIO):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-teddy-cecil-helio/

Interview with director Daniel Greenwald (A Few Rubber Bands More):
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/01/01/interview-with-director-daniel-greenwald-a-few-rubber-bands-more/

February 2017 – Read the best of FILM FESTIVAL Interviews

Read 12 interviews from film festivals from around the world for the month of February 12th. Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Every single month we’ll give you an insight of other film festivals from the perspective of the festival directors in various festival themes (LGBT, Experimental, Shorts, Action, Screenplay Contests etc..) from around the world. This month we have interviews with festivals from the UK, Germany, United States, and Canada.

Enjoy!

FREEDOM SHORTS
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/18/interview-with-festival-director-loren-w-lepre-freedom-shorts/

BERLIN EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/18/interview-with-festival-director-jonatan-petre-brixel-berlin-experimental-film-festival/

LAKE VIEW FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/23/interview-with-festival-director-gabbar-punjabi-lake-view-international-film-festival/

LONDON SOUTH SHORTS
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/23/interview-with-festival-director-niall-trask-south-london-shorts/

AUTHOR’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/23/interview-with-festival-director-jerzain-ortega-authors-international-film-festival/

QUEER HIPPO FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/01/27/interview-with-festival-director-kanithea-powell-queer-hippo-international-lgbt-film-festival/

NEW HOPE FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/03/interview-with-doug-whipple-executive-director-new-hope-film-festival/

DOOR KINETIC ARTS FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/03/interview-with-eric-simonson-creative-director-door-kinetic-arts-festival/

LAUNCH PAD SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/03/interview-with-jorge-gonzalez-launch-pad-screenwriting-competitions/

GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/10/interview-with-nathan-ludwig-genreblast-film-festival-festival-director/

CINEMA TOUCHING DISABILTY
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/10/interview-with-william-greer-cinema-touching-disability-festival-director/

NYC INDIE FILM AWARDS
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/02/10/interview-with-kevin-clark-nyc-indie-film-awards-festival-director/

 

2016 WAR Films, Screenplays, Stories

See the best of the 2016 Festival: Short Films, Screenplays, Novels, Stories

 


festival posterNO WOMAN, 3min., Afghanistan, Experimental/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterNO SIGNAL, 1min., Spain, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE SPECTRAL CITY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Arthur Vincie

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE TRENCH
July 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Beadnell

ACTORSHORT Story – THOUGHT OF A SOLDIER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Cornelia Fick

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – THE MESSIAH PROJECT
June 2016 Reading
Written by David E. Baugnon


festival posterEVERYBODY FALLS DOWN
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

15min, USA, Documentary/Society


festival poster#UNITED WE WIN
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

UK, 40min, War/Documentary

ACTORFeature Screenplay – CATCH THE DEVIL
April 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Blinder

ACTORBest Scene TV Pilot – THE TWO EMPERORS
February 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Gross

ACTORShort Screenplay – US NAVY CINE-KODAK
January 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Johnson

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
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SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
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2016 SPORTS Films, Screenplays, Stories

See the best of the 2016 Festival: Short Films, Screenplays, Novels, Stories

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – FREE AGENTS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mario Scott Waller

ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – THE LAST INDIAN WAR
November 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Graf


festival posterTHE CHAMPION, 17min, USA, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

September 2016 Film Festival

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – CATCH!
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Nield

ACTORSHORT STORY – TEARS OF JOY
July 2016 Reading
Written by I.E. Hughes

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE GOAL
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jeremy Rigby


festival posterCHAMPION
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


8min, Argentina, Documentary/Animal


festival posterWRESTLING ZA’ATARI
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

11min, Jordan, Documentary/Sports


festival posterFANTASY FOOTBALL: A NERD’S TALE
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video


2min, USA, Action/Comedy

ACTORTV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro


festival posterCASTE A WAVE
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

22min, USA, Documentary

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Johnson

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival

2016 Film Festival Videos

18 Film Festivals. 2 cities (Toronto, Los Angeles). 131 Films. 32 Countries. 3 Moderators (Matthew Toffolo, Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier) Watch all of the Audience FEEDBACK Videos for each film presented at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festivals.

WATCH the best of Film Festival Videos
ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from December 29th event
ACTORDECEMBER FEMALE Directors Film Festival
Best of the Dec. 22, 2016 Fest.
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 2
Best of the Dec. 8, 2016 Fest.
ACTORDECEMBER LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 1
Best of the Dec. 7, 2016 Fest.
ACTOR11 FILMS/11 COUNTRIES NOVEMBER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from November 24th event
ACTOROCTOBER THRILLER/HORROR 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October 27th event
ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October 20th event
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS September 2016 DOC/COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival
Best of the Sept. 29, 2016 Fest.
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS September 2016 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival
Best of the Sept. 22, 2016 Fest.
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS Aug. 2016 FAMILY/ANIMATION FEEDBACK Film Festival
Best of the August 25, 2016 Fest.
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS Aug. 2016 HORROR/THRILLER FEEDBACK Film Festival
Best of the August 18, 2016 Fest.
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS July 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival
Best of the July 28, 2016 Fest.
ACTORJUNE 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from June 30th event
ACTORMAY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from May 26th event
ACTORAPRIL 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from April 28th event
ACTORMARCH 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from March 31st event
ACTORFEBRUARY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from February 25th event
ACTORJANUARY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from January 28th event

Watch all of the November 2016 Winning Writing Festival Readings & Film Festival Videos

Watch November 2016 Winning Readings and Films

ACTORHIGHLIGHTS November 2016 12 Films/12 Countries FEEDBACK Film Festival
Best of the Nov. 24, 2016 Fest.
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
November 2016 Reading
Written by Even R. Schullery
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – CHILDREN OF CHAOS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Kara Dueck
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eve Noel
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sarah Cassell
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – 20/20: SEARCH FOR INDEPENDENCE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Harold L Brown
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GOD’S LITTLE GAG
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sean Nash
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE BURIED MOON AND HER DAUGHTER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rena Dunsworth
ACTORTV PILOT BEST Scene Screenplay – ARMS OF MORPHEUS
November 2016 Reading
Written by John Christopher Thomas
ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – PLACE TO BE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Natalia Maslin
ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – THE LAST INDIAN WAR
November 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Graf
ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – FAMILY OF SPIES
November 2016 Reading
Written by Susan Lambert Hatem
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – WAITING TO CRUMBLE
November 2016 Reading
Written by John Ott
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – REACH FOR THE SKY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eric Carlson
ACTORNovel Transcript – GUARDIAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Marc W Johnson
ACTORNovel Transcript – HAIR DAY AT FRIDA’S
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORNovel Transcript – BECOMING HERO
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Finelli
ACTORSHORT Story – SUPERMARKET SAVAGERY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joan Grindley
ACTORSHORT Story – THE QUANDARY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Ann Barlow
ACTORSHORT Story – EMMA’S GIFT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reynolds
ACTORSHORT Story – SEQUOIA SEEDS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Mattheus Carpenter
ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS REUNION
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Story – A GIFT OF VALUE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Nancy Janes
ACTORSHORT Story – PROBLEMS WITH MY MASTERCARD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Kearns
ACTORSHORT Story – THE OLD MAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – SMALL TOWN NEWSPAPER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORSHORT Story – HILDA’S LAMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – FORGIVENESS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sherwin Allen
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EXORCISE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Holland
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – BASTURD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Egan
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – BRAZILIAN FANTASY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Melissa L White
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – CASABLANCA SLING
November 2016 Reading
Written by Naomi Lewis
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – CLOSURE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – COMMENCEMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Borengasser
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EMPATHY IN THE ELEVATOR
November 2016 Reading
Written by Keith Makenas
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – GINGER BIG DOG
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jimena Cari?as
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – THE LAST ANNIVERSARY DINNER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Patrick Coleman Duncan
ACTORWatch the November 2016 Poetry Readings
November 2016 Reading
Performed by Val Cole.
ACTOROCTOBER 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 52 winning films, screenplays, and stories from October 2016.
ACTORSEPTEMBER 2016 STORIES, SCRIPTS, FILMS
Watch the 54 winning films, screenplays, and stories from September 2016.

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Film Festival Moderator: Amanda Lomonaco

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne