Best Scene Screenplay of BAD PRESS, by Adam Santa Maria

Best Scene from the screenplay BAD PRESS Screenplay
Written by Adam Santa Maria

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Robert Notman
ALLEN – Hugh Ritchie
MELANY – Victoria Kucher
MANNY – David Occhipinti
JOYCE – Olivia Jon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama

After being sacked by Melany, the mother of one of his ‘golden goose’ clients, publicist Allen Kentwood conspires to get revenge and his client back under control. Despite warnings from his PA Joyce, Allen employs a shady Mexican named Manny to plant drugs on Melany, and in doing so enable an opportunity for Allen to rescue her and win back favour.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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WILDSOUND PERFORMERS – Actors in 2016

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ARTISTADAM MCNAMARA ARTISTAISHA EVELYNA ARTISTALAN SCHONFIELD
ARTISTALICIA PAYNE ARTISTALICIA RYAN ARTISTALLAN MICHAEL BRUNET
ARTISTALLISON KAMPF ARTISTAMAKA UMEH ARTISTAMANDA PEREIRA
ARTISTANDREA LAWRENCE ARTISTANGELA CAVALLIN ARTISTANGELICA ALEJANDRO
ARTISTBECKY SHRIMPTON ARTISTBENJAMIN CAMENZULI ARTISTBENJAMIN HARRIS
ARTISTBRANDON KNOX ARTISTBROGAN CAULFIELD ARTISTCAN VAN WYCK
ARTISTCASSANDRA GUTHRIE ARTISTCHARLES GORDON ARTISTCHRIS REID-GEISLER
ARTISTCHRISTINA SANTOS ARTISTCHRISTOPHER HURON ARTISTCORY BERTRAND
ARTISTCOURTNEY KEIR ARTISTCRAIG ESTRELLA ARTISTDAN CRISTOFORI
ARTISTDANA THODY ARTISTDANIELLE NICOLE ARTISTDAVID GUTHRIE
ARTISTDAVID OCCHPINTI ARTISTDAVID STRAUS ARTISTDENEY FORREST
ARTISTDENNIS BARHAM ARTISTDEVIN UPHAM ARTISTDONALD MOLNAR
ARTISTDORIAN KOLINAS ARTISTELIZABETH GRIFFIN ARTISTELIZABETH OWENS SKIDMORE
ARTISTELIZABETH ROSE MORISS ARTISTERYNN BROOK ARTISTFRANCES STECYK
ARTISTGABRIEL DARKU ARTISTGEOFF MAYS ARTISTGEORGIA GRANT
ARTISTHANNAH BRENEN ARTISTHEATHER DICKE ARTISTHOLLY SARCHFIELD
ARTISTHUGH RITCHIE ARTISTISAAC ALFIE ARTISTISABELLA BONTORIN
ARTISTJANE SMYTHE ARTISTJARRID TERRELL ARTISTJEFF SINASIC
ARTISTJENNIFER FERRIS ARTISTJOHN FRAY ARTISTJOHN LESTER PHILLIPS
ARTISTJONATHAN SHABOO ARTISTJOVAN KOCIC ARTISTJUDY THRUSH
ARTISTJULIAN FORD ARTISTJULIE C SHEPPARD ARTISTKALEB ALEXANDER
ARTISTKARI-MICHAEL HELAVA ARTISTKATE VARADI ARTISTKATELYN VANIER
ARTISTKAYLA LAKHANI ARTISTKELCI STEPHENSON ARTISTKELLY DALY
ARTISTKHEON CLARKE ARTISTKIRAN FRIESEN ARTISTKRIS HAGEN
ARTISTLAURA DARBY ARTISTLAURA KYSWATY ARTISTLAUREN TOFFAN
ARTISTLAVINIA LATHAM ARTISTLORNE HIRO ARTISTMALLORY PALMER
ARTISTMANDY MAGNAN ARTISTMANDY MAY CHEETHAM ARTISTMARK BOUTROS
ARTISTMARK SPARKS ARTISTMARSHA MASON ARTISTMARTIN HUSS
ARTISTMATTHEW LAWRENCE ARTISTMAYA WOLOSZYN ARTISTMEGGIE MCKINNON
ARTISTMEGHAN ALLEN ARTISTMICHAEL GATY ARTISTMICHAEL KAZARIAN
ARTISTMICHAEL LAKE ARTISTMICHELLE ALEXANDER ARTISTMOHOGANY BROWN
ARTISTMOUI NENE ARTISTNADIA GIGI INARA ARTISTNATHAN BRAGG
ARTISTNEIL BENNETT ARTISTNEIL KULIN ARTISTNICK BAILLIE
ARTISTNICK HENDRICK WICHT ARTISTNOAH CASEY ARTISTNORMA DAWN DUNPHY
ARTISTPAUL FALKOWSKI ARTISTPERCY ALEXANDER HARRIS ARTISTPETER NELSON
ARTISTPETER-MARK RAPHAEL ARTISTPETRA O’TOOLE ARTISTRACHEL SALSBERG
ARTISTRAIS MUOI ARTISTRANDY BAUMER ARTISTRIKKI WRIGHT
ARTISTROB NOTMAN ARTISTROSELIE WILLIAMSON ARTISTRYAN ANNING
ARTISTSANDRA KRSTIN ARTISTSANDY KELLERMAN ARTISTSASHA RAJAMANI
ARTISTSCOTT BEAUDIN ARTISTSCOTT MCCULLOCH ARTISTSEAN BALLANTYNE
ARTISTSEAN KAUFMANN ARTISTSHELLY ANTONY ARTISTSTEPHEN FLETT
ARTISTSTEVE MITCHELL ARTISTSTEVE RIZZO ARTISTSUCHITHTHA DESILVA
ARTISTSUSAN Q WILSON ARTISTTEE SCHNEIDER ARTISTTRACEY BELTRANO
ARTISTUCAL SHILLINGFORD ARTISTVAL COLE ARTISTVICTORIA URQUHART
ARTISTVIKTORIA NAPOLENOVA ARTISTVINCE JERAD ARTISTZACK AMZALLAG
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Best Scene Screenplay of O’, Cry Afrika by William Teller

Best Scene from the screenplay O CRY AFRIKA Screenplay
Written by William Teller

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
EDMUND – Gabriel Darku
CAPTAIN VAN FOIGHT – Peter Nelson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Historical Drama

A mercenary in King Leopold’s Congo grows a conscience, helping enslaved locals escape while also throwing his superiors off track by agreeing to find and stop whoever it is helping set them free.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A mercenary in King Leopold’s Congo grows a conscience, helping enslaved locals escape while also throwing his superiors off track by agreeing to find and stop whoever it is helping set them free.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama, Historical Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Not only does it tell an important story of a lesser known genocide, it speaks to ideas of guilt, grace, forgiveness and humanity.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Tightening Noose

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

Schindler’s List

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

1 year

How many stories have you written?

Five

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A love of history, storytelling and to start a conversation about how to move forward.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Self doubt as a writer, which I suppose it always there, but not letting the history or the larger narrative drown out or minimize the characters.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel, teaching, learning and food, especially food.

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

Don’t get fooled by the muse fallacy. Write every day, if you’re feeling it, if you’re not feeling it. No matter what, write.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Best Scene Screenplay Reading of WAITING TO CRUMBLE by John Ott

Watch the November 2016 winning best scene screenplay.

Best Scene from WAITING TO CRUMBLE Screenplay

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Andrea Lawrence
IRENE – Val Cole
BOBBY – Vince Jerad
STU – Peter-Mark Raphael
VICTORIA – Cassandra Guthrie
ROB – Matthew Lawrence

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

Separated from his wife Barbara in the nursing home in which they live, Stuart White befriends Rob Jefferies, a new resident. Soon their friendship turns into more and Stu and Rob become romantically involved.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about two elderly men who live in a nursing home and who fall in love with each other. One is a widower, and the other’s wife has dementia. Their families have very mixed reactions to the love affair. It’s also about issues of aging and how that affects love and sex.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Probably comedy, but it has dramatic elements. I suppose it could also be called a drama with comedic elements. Is there a category called a funny drama?

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a timely issue. With the LGBT movement and people feeling a freedom to be themselves at any age, situations like this will become more commonplace. A significant part of the story is how the families react to what the men are doing. Regardless of how a person feels about this issue, most of us have a family member or friend who is part of the LGBT community, whether or not we know it.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Entertainingly thought-provoking. (Is that two?)

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

Interesting question. Growing up, it would have been “Gone With the Wind,” as that was my parents’ favorite film. Back then it was still being released theatrically from time to time, and our family always went to see it. And I still enjoy watching the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which remains touching, but not sappy, no matter how many times you watch it. I have a weakness for old classics. With no overt sex or violence, there had to be a good script, good direction, and good acting to keep an audience’s attention. My children, like most children, watched the same movies over and over when they were young. I thought my son would never tire of “Nightmare Before Christmas.” For the girls, it was “Twister,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “Watcher in the Woods.” Those four films were constantly playing at our house. Remember, those were their choices, not mine.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I probably worked on it for over a year, but I’d put it away for long periods of time. I have a bad habit of starting something, but not finishing. For some reason, I felt a need to finish this one.

How many stories have you written?

Does that mean finished? I have several other finished screenplays, maybe three, but this is the first one I’ve entered in a contest. I began writing short stories as a child and wrote a short play in middle school. I have a book that was completed years ago. I recently dug it up and began editing and rewriting. I also have another collection of writings I hope to one day put in book form. And I have a number of projects, including a couple of plays, that were begun but remain unfinished.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I felt it was a timely and important topic to address. In another generation situations like this will not be uncommon. This isn’t just a gay story, it’s also about aging, which is universal if we live long enough. But so much has changed since I wrote the screenplay. Gay marriage was not yet legal, and I was totally unaware of the Netflix television series, “Grace and Frankie” with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The first time I saw that show, which was long after my screenplay was finished, I thought “They stole my idea!” Actually, it’s different in many ways because the focus in the TV show is the wives and the divorces and how the women are coping with the loss of their marriages. The situation is totally different in my screenplay, where the focus is on the men. The only real similarity is that two older men fall in love. How many love stories have been made into films during the past 100 years? This is just one more.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I work full-time, I’m married, and my children, while young adults, still need time and attention. We live in the country and have animals, so finding time and motivation is always an obstacle for me.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I act in local community theatre productions, which I do about once a year. Theatre, even community theatre, takes a lot of time, and my work schedule generally won’t allow more than one production a year. I also enjoy spending time with family and trying to keep up with everything around the farm.

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

If you feel called to write, then just write. Don’t worry about having that perfect topic. Don’t worry about having that perfect character or perfect storyline. There’s a theory of writing called free writing, You sit down and begin writing, even if you have absolutely nothing to say. You just write, one word after another, one sentence after another. Before long, you’ll find a story. Or maybe a story will find you.

I tend to write from a character point of view, but I like it best when my ending pops into my head early on. I may not know the route my character will take to arrive at that ending, but I like knowing the final destination. This motivates me and give me a sense of purpose. I don’t always write this way, as sometimes I have no idea of the ending until we get there. For me, once I have created the character, then he or she will simply live, and all I have to do is write down what’s happening.

I don’t do it, but my personal goal is to become more disciplined and to write something everyday. My son, who also writes, encourages me to do this, to write a paragraph (or equivalent) every day. I absolutely agree with this, but I just don’t do it. I guess I should make this another New Year’s resolution that I won’t keep, like going to the gym and eating Brussels sprouts.

My advice for writers can be summed up in three words: write, write, write.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Best Scene from PORT SUDAN Screenplay by Jack Sherry

Best Scene from PORT SUDAN Screenplay

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

An argument between the French and the English.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
RON – Hugh Ritchie
JEAN CLAUDE – Percy Alexander Harris
SIMBA – Benjamin Camenzuli
FATHER GRIBALDI – Paul Whitaker
LAURA – Jane Smythe

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Port Sudan is about a CIA Agent who gets in over her head when she discovers uranium smuggling along the Congo Trail.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Action Adventure

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Action adventure

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

Back to the Future

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Four years

How many stories have you written?

I have completed two short stories, two novels and four screenplays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I produced four documentaries for Discovery Channel called Wild Destinations. In these programs, a four-man crew traveled to remote locations and shot stories about what was going on. I used this four-man team as a basis for two of my screenplays, including Port Sudan. Basically the team goes into a location, gets into a scrap and has to extricate itself. Part of this idea was used for the screenplay from which this scene came.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Since this screenplay is based on a true story, I faced obstacles in telling too much about what is really going on out there.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Golf

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

Think about who your characters are – where do they come from? What was their education? What formed their personality?

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene from PARADISE AT MAIN AND ELM Screenplay by Barry Brennessel

 

Genre: Drama

Adrian Stockwell and Ezra Cherevin both battle the fallout from their broken families. The written word becomes their therapy, their escape. With this shared passion, they learn to navigate a sea of challenges.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
EZRA – Hugh Ritchie
HARTWICKE – Percy Alexander Harris
ADRIAN – Benjamin Camenzuli
DR. DURSCHLAG – Paul Whitaker
STUDENT – Cass Van Wyck
WAITRESS – SECOND WOMAN WOMAN – Jane Smythe

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Two college students damaged by their upbringing develop a relationship through a shared passion for literature, and help each other navigate a sea of challenges.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The story is one of hope and survival, and it explores not only physical abuse, but verbal as well, and the lasting effects. And, wow, these characters. The tales they have to tell….

How would you describe this script in two words?

Grit. Solace.

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

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, which might be tied with Fargo, with Cocteau’s Orphee close behind.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 6 months.

How many stories have you written?

Approximately a dozen screenplays, 4 novels, and 3 short story collections. And a few radio ads. 🙂

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It actually grew from a short story I wrote in college about a woman whose life begins to unravel when her safeguards vanish.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Since I adapted this from my novel, it was tough to figure out how to stay true to the book but make sure the story was told cinematically, as opposed to an hours-long “filmed novel”

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel, gardening, history, languages, and chocolate.

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

Read, read, read, and write daily.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

TV SPEC of THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT “Kimmy is a VIP” by Mike Miller

Watch the October 2016 Winning TV Screenplay.

TV SPEC of THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT “Kimmy is a VIP”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
KIMMY – Erynn Brook
TITUS – Martin Huss
JACQUELINE – Viktoria Napoleonova
LILLIAN – Michelle Alexander
ULLR – Brogan Caulfield
DORMAN – Michael Lake

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Kimmy and Titus go on a quest to get Jacqueline back on an exclusive VIP list for a restaurant opening and Kimmy seeks justice after being rejected on Tinder.

Get to know the winning writer Mike Miller: 
 
What is your Kimmy Schmidt screenplay about? 

The feeling of not being included as we explore Jacqueline’s fear of being pushed out of high society, plus a little satire about the idea of exclusivity and how badly some people feel the need to be “above” others, and Tinder. Most of us can relate to the awkwardness of online dating, relationships, or simply being vulnerable.

How does this script fit into the context of the TV show? 

Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and the awesome cast created these great characters with such strong points of view. You can’t help but have fun writing in those voices. Kimmy is such an unbreakable fighter for justice, so I wanted to write a script with stories that fit her idealism and give us a chance to see what Titus, Jacqueline and Lillian want. TUKS does a great job making a parody on society, which is something I absolutely love to do.

How would you describe this script in two words?    

Kimmyfisticated Thinkystuff

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again? 

Seinfeld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?  

I wrote the first draft in about 6 weeks after binge watching season one. I let it sit for a bit and then picked it up with fresh eyes for a few edits. Then season 2 came out and I spent a few more days editing to create this version. In my original script [Spoiler] Xanthippe was the culprit Kimmy confronts at ‘Excluse’.

How many stories have you written? 

I fell in love with comedy writing and Improv while studying at the Second City, then wrote and performed at our local comedy theater. Writing sketches every week was a great experience before I began writing for television and film. In addition to this Spec Script, I’ve written two original sitcom pilots and I have two more in process along with three feature screenplays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

I love the world of Kimmy Schmidt and her hopeful idealism. I’ve been called an elf for being so optimistic and happy, so maybe I’m a little like Kimmy. Kimmy is such a great fighter for justice, I couldn’t resist writing for her. I think it is important to write Spec scripts that show you can write on a team and contribute to a world other writers have created. I hope some showrunner out there might read this script, laugh, and give me a shot. Plus, I have a nerd crush on Tina’s writing so doing this was just plain fun.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 

You know the saying “Be careful what you wish for”. I wished for Season 2 to come out, then it did and I realized I had to change my script.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 

My wife, family, friends, and dog on the top of that list. I’m passionate about learning, exploring the world, and fresh tracks on a ski day. I’m similar to Kimmy, so count on me to be passionate about fighting injustice and most other philosophies that boil down to treating everyone with respect and kindness.

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

I think it is magical when something I wrote is performed on stage or screen. I was influenced to enter the festival with the hope that some very talented actors would bring this script to life in a table read, and hopefully I’d make a few of them and some Kimmy fans laugh (or at least chuckle). The feedback made my day because, again, if I can make someone laugh I’m happy.

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

Write sketch comedy, take Improv classes, and play with creating characters. You’ll either learn a lot or just have a lot of fun…hopefully both. Carry a journal with you everywhere you go. Every time I feel awkward, uncomfortable, or something crazy happens I write it down. That moment might turn into a memorable scene, a storyline for an episode, or the premise of a film. It could also be that I just have a lot of awkward moments. Keep writing, stay hopeful, and as Han Solo said “Never tell me the odds”.

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson