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June 2018 – Read Interview of the best NEW Screenwriters from around the world:

23 Interviews in TOTAL of the best new screenwriters:

Interview with Screenwriter Bo Liebman ((A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION)

Interview with Screenwriter Bo Liebman ((A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christopher Kerr (THE CUT)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christopher Kerr (THE CUT)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Norma Hickox (MAGIC MAN)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/06/04/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-norma-hickox-magic-man/

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Mark Hammond (M – DEMON KILLER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Mark Hammond (M – DEMON KILLER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Suzanne LUTAS (DESTINY’S VESSEL)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Suzanne LUTAS (DESTINY’S VESSEL)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Deborah Klika (UNFINISHED BUSINESS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Deborah Klika (UNFINISHED BUSINESS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter John Roger (STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter John Roger (STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter J. Jermaine Jones (THE KANDAHAR MAN)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter J. Jermaine Jones (THE KANDAHAR MAN)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Stephanie Annis (SANCTUARY CITY)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Stephanie Annis (SANCTUARY CITY)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Margaret Dane (A SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Margaret Dane (A SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Kaitlyn Kowalski (THE SEEKER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Kaitlyn Kowalski (THE SEEKER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Mark Renshaw (THE BROKEN KINGDOM)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Mark Renshaw (THE BROKEN KINGDOM)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter R. Harris Smith (MIRRORS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter R. Harris Smith (MIRRORS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Kelly Lamphaer Dash (BURSTING FOR A BREAK)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Kelly Lamphaer Dash (BURSTING FOR A BREAK)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Carla Miles (WAVERLY RIDING)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Carla Miles (WAVERLY RIDING)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Stephanie Barnes (THE PAPER PRINCESS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Stephanie Barnes (THE PAPER PRINCESS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert J. Sawyer (TRIGGERS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert J. Sawyer (TRIGGERS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Elisa Herrman (THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE BENTLEY GIRLS)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Elisa Herrman (THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE BENTLEY GIRLS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Bonnie Brookby (THE THINGS WE MISS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Bonnie Brookby (THE THINGS WE MISS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Chris Skeeter (PAYCHECK 2 PAYCHECK)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Chris Skeeter (PAYCHECK 2 PAYCHECK)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Joanna Perry-Folino (MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Joanna Perry-Folino (MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Bill Baber (REMOTELY WORKING)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Bill Baber (REMOTELY WORKING)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Lukas Hassel (GALAPAGOS)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Lukas Hassel (GALAPAGOS)

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Screenplay Festival: June 14, 2018 Event

A showcase of the winning feature screenplay, and short scripts.

Full CAST LIST: Kelly Seo, Shawn Devlin, Cory Bertrand, Sam Fazli, Abbas Wahab, Laurel Galt, Elizabeth Rose Morriss

LGBT Feature Script – GO-GO BOY, by Vance Walker

Genre: Drama, Romance

It’s 1990 and LA’s hottest go-go dancer is living a carefree, hedonistic life until he tests positive for the AIDS virus and realizes he must change everything about his life if he’s going to survive.

CAST LIST:

Jo: Kelly Seo
Garland: Abbas Wahab
William: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Art: Cory Bertrand
Nate: Sam Fazli
Edie: Laurel Galt

Best Scene of AT THE MERCY OF FAITH, by Samuel Taylor

Genre: Drama

A fourteen year old preacher renounces his faith in God in the wake of a traumatic event. Eighteen years later, the terrifying demons from his past viciously return to disrupt the harmony of his home and claim his soul for the god of their hell.

CAST LIST:

Receptionist: Laurel Galt
Security Guard: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Marvin: Abbas Wahab
Man/John: Sam Fazli

SCI-FI Short Script – BRAD ACTUALLY: TIRE BY TRIAL, by Caleb Quinn

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy

The continuing adventures of the greatest hero in the universe, Brad Callahan, and of his sister, Christine, who doesn’t trust him.

CAST LIST:

Christine: Kelly Seo
Vega: Laurel Galt
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Brad: Sam Fazli
Newton: Abbas Wahab
Judge: Shawn Devlin

THRILLER Short Script – FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR, by Ron Riekki

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A lawyer has an award-winning actress come into a prison to teach his client how to cry on the stand.

CAST LIST:

Lawyer: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Leeann: Kelly Seo
Teej: Abbas Wahab

Short Script – BROCCOLI, or (LITTLE LARRY’S BIG IMPOSSIBLE DREAM), by by Tiger Ji

Genre: Drama, Comedy

In the dangerous slums of Detroit, two eccentric drug dealers, Little Larry and Petey Pitts, yearn for better lives.

CAST LIST:

Steph/Bobby: Cory Bertrand
Sully: Sam Fazli
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Little Larry: Abbas Wahab
Petey: Shawn Devlin

Short Script – BENCHSIDE WARFARE, by Zander Jones

Genre: Drama

This is a short piece that comments on the struggle that immigrants face trying to simply enjoy the small moments during a time of heightened racial profiling.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Ari: Sam Fazli

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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

Screenplay Festival: June 6, 2018 Event

A showcase of the winning feature screenplay, 1st scenes, and short scripts.

CAST LIST: Danilo Reyes, Julie C. Sheppard, Tayna Bevan, Kate Fenton, John Marcucci, Samantha Carly, Scott McCulloch, Michael Lake

FEATURE Script – INDIAN COUNTY, by Troy Kelly

Genre: Crime, Drama

An up-and-coming white-collar defense lawyer gets caught up in a fraud scheme and must take on the pro bono defense of a Native American man facing the death penalty in order to restore his reputation.

CAST LIST:

Agent Forrest: Danilo Reyes
Carole: Julie C. Sheppard
Nona: Tayna Bevan
Narrator: Kate Fenton
Carter: John Marcucci
Kari: Samantha Carly
Agent Gust: Scott McCulloch
Agent James: Michael Lake

SCI-FI 1st Scene Script – FORGET-ME-NOTS, by John Dummer

Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama

A grieving astrobiologist and two uninvited guests await a supernova explosion that will destroy all life on Earth. A mysterious plant threatens to bring matters to an even swifter end.

CAST LIST:

Newscaster: Julie C. Sheppard
Audrey: Tayna Bevan
Narrator: Kate Fenton
Evan: Scott McCulloch
Girl: Samantha Carly

THRILLER 1st Scene Script – FIELDS OF BLOOD, by Michael Meade

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Passing through a small Mid-West town and lending a helping hand to a stranger soon turns into a nightmare for Scott in this tense, paranoid horror thriller. A short screenplay by Mike Meade.

CAST LIST:

Earl: Scott McCulloch
Trucker: Danilo Reyes
Nicki: Tayna Bevan
Narrator: Kate Fenton
Bobby Jean: Julie C. Sheppard
Courtney: Samantha Carly
Scott: Michael Lake

HORROR Short Screenplay – THE SNEEZE, by Martin Reese

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

One man’s failure to exercise proper etiquette when someone sneezes leads to a case of demonic possession.

CAST LIST:

Phil: Michael Lake
Narrator: Kate Fenton
Neal: Danilo Reyes
Office Worker: Scott McCulloch

Short Script – THE HITLER PARADOX, by James Hughes

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy

Two time travelers find themselves in conflict as they aim to bring Hitler to justice, although in vastly different ways.

CAST LIST:

Eva: Tayna Bevan
Hitler: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Kate Fenton
Tiom: Danilo Reyes
Jonny: Michael Lake

Under 5min. Short Script – GOD OF INSECTS, by James R. Cowley

Genre: Comedy

An insect fanatic of study brings to light a new purpose.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Kate Fenton
Harry; Scott McCulloch

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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

May 2018 – Read the best of Winning Screenwriter Interviews

Read 29 interviews of the winning screenwriters for May 2018. Best new writers in the world today. By Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Nicole Stuart (THE EGG AND I)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Nicole Stuart (THE EGG AND I)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Bridget Bell (Rearranging Roxy)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Bridget Bell (Rearranging Roxy)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Bristol MacDonald (RETURN TO FREEDOM)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Bristol MacDonald (RETURN TO FREEDOM)

Interview with Winning Screenwriters Alexandra Dyranis-Maounis & Athanasia Michopoulou (HYPNOS)
Interview with Winning Screenwriters Alexandra Dyranis-Maounis & Athanasia Michopoulou (HYPNOS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Virgo Velasquez (2084)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Virgo Velasquez (2084)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Royce Adkins (THE GIRL WITH NO BRAIN)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Royce Adkins (THE GIRL WITH NO BRAIN)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter David Dalessandro (UNEARTHLY)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter David Dalessandro (UNEARTHLY)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Lawrence Whitener (S.F.O.)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Lawrence Whitener (S.F.O.)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Fujio Torikai (WILD MIND)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Fujio Torikai (WILD MIND)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christopher Stapleton (ALLEGIANCE)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christopher Stapleton (ALLEGIANCE)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Yvonne Fein (APRIL’S FOLLY)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Yvonne Fein (APRIL’S FOLLY)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter M.R. Cooper (CAPTAIN CURTAIN ADVENTURES)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter M.R. Cooper (CAPTAIN CURTAIN ADVENTURES)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Stevie T. (TORNADO RIDER RHODES)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Stevie T. (TORNADO RIDER RHODES)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Steve Trebilcock (THE MUSHROOM KING)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Steve Trebilcock (THE MUSHROOM KING)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Theodore Carl Soderberg (RUNAWAY SHIP)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Theodore Carl Soderberg (RUNAWAY SHIP)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Guy Quigley (THE FLIGHT OF SOULS)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Guy Quigley (THE FLIGHT OF SOULS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Charles Lo Manto (TRANSIT)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Charles Lo Manto (TRANSIT)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter T.J. Peters (The Infinite, Not Beyond)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter T.J. Peters (The Infinite, Not Beyond)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter John Celona (RAY IN SPACE)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter John Celona (RAY IN SPACE)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Kaitlyn Kowalski (SEEKER)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Kaitlyn Kowalski (SEEKER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Jonah Jones (FEAR OF THE DOPPELGANGER)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Jonah Jones (FEAR OF THE DOPPELGANGER)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Troy Kelly (INDIAN COUNTRY)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Troy Kelly (INDIAN COUNTRY)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Ferdinand W. Gernandt (DISCORDANT)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Ferdinand W. Gernandt (DISCORDANT)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Josep Colomer (THE GLOBAL FUND)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Josep Colomer (THE GLOBAL FUND)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Drew Henriksen (DRAGONS & WOLVES)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Drew Henriksen (DRAGONS & WOLVES)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christopher Kerr (ESC.(APE) ONLINE)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Christopher Kerr (ESC.(APE) ONLINE)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Jason Jung (JOHN Q)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Jason Jung (JOHN Q)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Katie Grotzinger (SCOOBY-DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter Katie Grotzinger (SCOOBY-DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS)

Interview with Winning Screenwriter (PREY FOR THE DAY)
Interview with Winning Screenwriter (PREY FOR THE DAY)

Screenplay Festival: April 26, 2018 Event

A showcase of the best TV PILOTS, shorts, and 1st scene screenplays from around the world today:

FULL CAST LIST: Rais Moui, Tim Paul McCarthy, Lara Amersey, Alicia Payne, Scott McCulloch, Hugh Ritchie, Georgia Grant, Jane Smythe

TV PILOT COMEDY – REMOTELY WORKING, by Bill Baber

Genre: Comedy

This sitcom web series pilot features five quirky diverse millennials who work remotely for an international tech corporation. They struggle with online meetings, living on the road, and working from “wherever.” Each lone wolf must cooperate with the others, or everyone will be fired. Meanwhile, none of these independent co-dependents has a personal life that is even remotely working. (Single-camera TV-14)

CAST LIST:

Anna: Alicia Payne
Nav: Tim Paul McCarthy
Akihiro: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Phil: Rais Moui
Kate: Jane Smythe
Chloe: Lara Amersey

TV PILOT SCI-FI – GALAPAGOS, by by Lukas Hassel

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

It’s year 2437. 3000 meters under the icy crust of earth, the last remaining pocket of humanity struggles to answer the question: Is life for the sake of living any life at all?Extinction is the rule. Survival, the exception.

CAST LIST:

Red: Lara Amersey
Charlotte: Jane Smythe
Captain: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Dan: Scott McCulloch
Bram: Tim Paul McCarthy
Laura: Georgia Grant
Ash: Alicia Payne

Under 5 Minute Short – MIRRORS, by R. Harris Smith

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Young Rachel is getting ready for bed, but as she sleeps, she worries her reflection might be watching her. Once her eyes are closed, her bedroom mirror reflection gets off the bed and presses itself against the mirror. Tapping to get out

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Rachel: Georgia Grant

Short Film Script – A SHORT DROP AND A SUDDEN STOP, by by Margaret Dane

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Peter is having a typical, banal mid-life crisis, and cannot see a way out of the mess he has made of his life. He can only see one way out, and has decided to go for the rope and hang himself.

CAST LIST:

Ariel: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Carmine: Rais Moui
Peter: Tim Paul McCarthy

Short Film Script – THE SEEKER, by Kaitlyn Kowalski

Genre: Drama

A young girl struggles between helping her family, and doing the right thing.

CAST LIST:

Jasmine: Alicia Payne
Dale: Scott McCulloch
Harry: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Gretchen: Lara Amersey
Maria: Georgia Grant
Bridget: Jane Smythe

Short Film Script – THE BROKEN KINGDOM, by Mark Renshaw

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

In an alternate timeline in which Guy Fawkes blew up parliament and overthrew the English monarchy, on its anniversary half a century later, a French-American businessman finds himself on the run with Scottish Freedom Fighters after he inadvertently commits an act of heresy.

CAST LIST:

Female Reporter: Alicia Payne
Tramp/Angus: Scott McCulloch
Emilia: Lara Amersey
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Felix: Tim Paul McCarthy
Renee: Jane Smythe
Soldier: Rais Moui

Short Film Script – SANCTUARY CITY by Stephanie Annis

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Zen Ben is a shy tour guide. After witnessing the injuries of Lily Ladybug and Becky Butterfly, Zen Ben demands repairs. Repairs seem impossible after Queen Lee tricks Zen Ben with an opportunity to win the Philanthropy Awards.

CAST LIST:

Slick Rick: Tim Paul McCarthy
Lily Ladybug: Jane Smythe
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Queen Lee: Georgia Grant
Zen Ben: Scott McCulloch
Vicky: Lara Amersey

1pg. Comedy Short – BURSTING FOR A BREAK, by Kelly Lamphear-Dash

Genre: Comedy

A worker in a cubicle is about to explode if she doesn’t get a break.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Steffi: Jane Smythe
Co-Worker: Rais Moui

1st Scene Script Reading of TRIGGERS, by Robert J. Sawyer

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure

After an experiment to cure PTSD goes awry, one of fifteen people is now able to read the President’s memories — and the race is on to find out which one it is before national security is blown all to hell.

CAST LIST:

Susan: Jane Smythe
Daryll: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Jerrison: Scott McCulloch
Manny Cheung: Tim Paul McCarthy

FEMALE TV 1st Scene Script Reading of MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER, by Joanna Perry-Folino

Genre: Drama, Crime

Follows the story of a 30-year-old middle school counselor desperate to uncover the truth of her mother’s conviction for her father’s murder 25 years in the past in order to come to terms with her demons.

CAST LIST:

Claudine: Georgia Grant
Dev: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Francesca/Frankie: Alicia Payne
Carla: Lara Amersey

FEMALE 1st Scene Script Reading of WAVERLY RIDING, by Carla Miles

Genre: Drama, Crime

A single mother in a financial crisis engineers a robbery at the supermarket she works in.

CAST LIST:

April: Lara Amersey
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Kat: Georgia Grant
Waverly: Jane Smythe

ANIMATION 1st Scene Script Reading of THE PAPER PRINCESS, by Stephanie Barnes

Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy

When a courageous princess is transformed into paper, she goes on an epic journey to save her home from an evil sorcerer, learning that true strength comes from within.

CAST LIST:

King Jasper: Tim Paul McCarthy
Aeren: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Tania: Alicia Payne
Paige: Lara Amersey
Chancellor: Rais Moui

LGBT 1st Scene Script Reading of THE THINGS WE MISS, by Bonnie Brookby

Genre: Drama, Romance

Two long-estranged childhood friends, suddenly thrust back into one another’s lives, must grapple with their turbulent history as they unearth and reconstruct the decades-long romance their mothers shared.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Young Mother: Lara Amersey
Jamie: Alicia Payne

SCI-FI 1st Scene Script Reading of THE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT, by Bernard S. Smith

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Robert Conroy has five days to stop the swearing in of the first A.I. elected to be President of the United States, believing the primary directives against harming humankind have been corrupted by a solar flare.

CAST LIST:

Marcia: Alicia Payne
Nelson: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Simon: Tim Paul McCarthy
Washire: Scott McCulloch

TV COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: PAYCHECK 2 PAYCHECK, by Chris Skeeter

Genre: Comedy

Five friends from high school find themselves struggling with money, love, and life in the real world.

CAST LIST:

Drew: Scott McCulloch
Laten: Tim Paul McCarthy
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Rickey: Rais Moui
Shanna: Lara Amersey

FOUR NEGRO GIRLS IN A CHURCH

Cynthia: Lara Amersey
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Addie Mae: Alicia Payne
Denise: Georgia Grant

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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

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading – PREY FOR THE DAY, by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

An early 30’s couple is flown from California to Florida by a Real Estate Investor with an opportunity that appears too good to be true. Once they arrive the couple soon realizes they have fallen into the hands of a con man and his “Henchmen”. They are robbed, taken hostage and beaten as their journey to financial security soon becomes a fight for survival and terrifying encounters in an abandoned home development out in the middle of nowhere.

CAST LIST:

Tara: Cassandra Sirois
Billy: James Murray
Kathy: Vanessa Quaglaira
Narrator: Val Cole
John: Dan Fox
Miguel: Nick Wicht
Mendez: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

John and Kathy Pearson are an early 30’s, financially successful couple living an Los Angeles and are flown out Miami to meet a Real Estate Investor, Miguel, with a Real Estate investment plan that seems too good to be true, rehabbing abandoned neighborhoods from the Real Estate bubble for great returns on investment. After showing them a few of the areas the pair becomes suspicious when Miguel invites some of “Contractors” out to meet them. They are subsequently tied up, beaten and forced to transfer all their money to Miguel. After the deal is done Miguel goes back on his word and orders his men to murder them. John breaks free and turns the tables on Miguel and his henchmen. John and Kathy flee into the swampy, derelict neighborhood they were originally lured. Miguel, having survived the escape hires “Human Hunters” and puts a price on their heads. From there it’s a cat and mouse game of survival in an worn down area far from any civilization

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/Thriller

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

It’s an edge of your seat, action thriller which will have an audience thinking “What’s next?. The backstory of the couple makes them characters the audience will cheer for and the bad guys characters the audience will genuinely hate. The isolation of the locale adds to the atmosphere and feeling of helplessness..

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

Page turner.

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

John Carpenter’s Halloween.

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

Took close to six months. Rewrote the story several times giving the two main characters more of a backstory and introduced more bad characters in the “Abandoned community”. The ending took a few rewrites as well to make it credible. Had to give the story more of that emotional roller coaster feel to it.

7. How many stories have you written? Scripts (Feature) Three horror, Three suspense/thrillers, Five character driven dramas, three short screenplays (20 pages) and A TV sitcom idea (Pilot and three scripts for the idea) a while back.

8. What is your favorite song?

(Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) Any song off the original BOSTON album.

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

The pacing of the story was the most difficult part. Keeping the visuals, action scenes and characters all together and at a pace that was believable without taking anything or anyone to a situation that might confuse the reader. Also making the John and Kathy characters that I call “Transitional”

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

Reading biographies (For inspiration) Real Estate investing, Travel and Photography.

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

Great. A combination of guidance and encouragement through the writing process.

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

Feedback has been great. They definitely are thorough in their reading as I can tell from their notes. Again, always encouraging!!

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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

 

Screenplay Festival: February 15, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 7th event of 2018 gives you a full reading of the winning comedy feature screenplay. Plus, readings of 4 best scene readings, and 3 short screenplay readings.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “Dirty Comedy”

CAST LIST: Peter Nelson, Neil Bennett, Daniel Cristofori, Peter-Mark Raphael, Brogan Caulfield, Regan Brown, Emily Weir

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Comedy Feature Screenplay – POOP MOVIE, by Byron Erwin

Genre: Animation, Comedy

See the world from the Poop’s point of view as a cowardly outcast discovers his courage and bravery when he battles the evil Toilet Paper Empire in this animated action adventure.

CAST LIST:

Mr. Tee Pee: Daniel Cristofori
Lily: Emily Weir
Tootsie Roll: Brogan Caulfield
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Duke: Peter-Mark Raphael
Browneye: Neil Bennett
Floater: Regan Brown

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1pg. Comedy Short Screenplay – A PARTING OF THE WAYS, by Marc Lalonde

Genre: Comedy

What does Ying-Yang really mean?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Woman with Boxes: Regan Brown
Woman with Dog: Emily Weir

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CRIME Short Screenplay – WHEN THE DUST SETTLES, by Derek W. Wright

Genre: Crime drama

On the day of New York’s most savage terrorist attack, mayhem and carnage fills the air. When the dust settles, two of the heroes believed to be victims of the terrorists actually left traces of their blood on the hands of an American.

CAST LIST:

Kenny: Peter-Mark Raphael
Clem: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Gwen: Regan Brown
Tamara: Emily Weir
Xavier: Brogan Caulfield

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SCI-FI Short Screenplay – TOGETHER, by Jade S. Bokhari

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

As an apocalyptic asteroid heads to earth, a bereaved father hunts down his child’s killer; so dead or alive, his family is together to face the end.

CAST LIST:

Man: Peter-Mark Raphael
Ellie: Emily Weir
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Joe: Neil Bennett
Alice: Regan Brown

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COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay – OCCUPY WALLY STREETSKI, by Mike Hoberg

Genre: Comedy

Funny things happen on Wall Street.

CAST LIST:

Finn: Brogan Caulfield
Reporter: Emily Weir
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Wally: Daniel Cristofori
Atticus: Neil Bennett

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THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – BACK FROM THE DEAD, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Thriller, Horror

A man walks through the fire.

CAST LIST:

Colonel: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Witch: Emily Weir
Desborough: Regan Brown

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HORROR 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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STAGE PLAY Best Scene – BETWEEN THE LINES, by Dean Gilbert Tonkin & Stephen Gregory Barnes

Genre: Drama – two acts

Gathered at Ferlinghetti’s City Lights in 1959, an anti-establishment, avant-garde bevy of The Beat Generation share unfiltered views of the world through their kaleidoscopes of impulsive banter, improvisational music, songs, poems, and peer pique. Fifty years later, both the survivors and spirits of the dead Beats return to Ferlinghetti’s with their lenses in sharper focus to let us in on what really lies….between the lines.

CAST LIST:

Worm: Peter-Mark Raphael
Maxwell: Daniel Cristofori
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Melvin/Rabbi: Neil Bennett
Bird: Brogan Caulfield
Simone: Emily Weir

ADD ON: TV – JACOB’S COVE

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Detective Jameson: Neil Bennett

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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