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TWIST Stories from the FEEDBACK Writing & Film Festival

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Watch the best of Twist stories that were showcased at the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival:


festival posterWRONG PLACE, WRONG CRIME
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Germany, Crime


festival posterLAPSUS
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Crime, France


festival posterVANISHED
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Action, USA


festival posterONIRIKA
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Animation, Venezuela

ACTORTHE DEVIL’S LARCENY – Feature Script
May 2014 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – THE OTHER SIDE
March 2014 Reading
Written by Barb Markusa


festival posterTHE WHEEL OF TIME
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12min, Turkey, Thriller/Future

ACTORBEST SCENE – Seeking Will Ferrell
December 2015 Reading
Written by Rob Ingalls

FEATURE SCRIPT: THE FIREWORKS STAND
January 2015 Reading
Written by David M. Hyde


festival posterTWISTED
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2015
14min, Australia, Drama/Thriller

1st Scene – SPARKS
February 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel

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Part 2: Watch Best Scene Reading of COMIC CONS, by Peter Harmon and Larry Postel

 

Part 2: Watch Best Scene from COMIC CONS:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
DONATHAN – Devin Upham
DANNY – Adam Martignetti
LANDO – Allan Michel Brunet

Get to know writers Peter Harmon and Larry Postel:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s about two escaped convicts who hide out as cosplayers at a Comic Con and plan a big con to win the cash prize at the Cosplay Competition. But the underlying theme of the story is how these two guys change through this new world they encounter, which is so honest and real – as opposed to their former lives of deception and manipulation as con artists.

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

With the global explosion of cosplay and comic con/conventions, COMIC CONS should have universal appeal — both here and abroad. In addition to COMIC CONS having a high concept (and low budget), it also has strong characters that will engage the audience.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this screenplay in one sentence?

COMIC CONS is a buddy comedy about a pair of con artists on the run who hide out as cosplayers at a Comic Con.

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

Co-writer Larry Postel: Cinema Paradiso. I took an Italian Cinema course in college and loved Italian movies ever since. Cinema Paradiso is one of my favorites and the soundtrack is the best ever.

Co-writer Pete Harmon: Toy Story. It came out when I was the perfect age to really latch onto it and now that I have a son myself it’s one of his favorites.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years.

6. How many stories have you written?

Co-writer Pete Harmon: I can’t even quantify the amount of stories I’ve written as I’ve been writing since I was young. I don’t feel whole if I’m not in the midst of a screenplay or an outline or a novel.

Co-writer Larry Postel: Good answer, Pete. I’ll second that motion.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The love of buddy comedies where cons on the run find a place to hide out and blend in with the scenery — and then end up actually loving the place and the people, which inspires them to change for the better (and also change the lives of those they encounter). With that said, the two movies in particular that inspired this screenplay were HAPPY, TEXAS and WE’RE NO ANGELS.

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

Taking notes from so many people and then doing rewrites to make it the best it can be. Of course, we know that there will always be more rewrites to come and that’s always part of the process. In fact, it’s the most important part of the process.

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

Co-writer Larry Postel: My family, my dogs, reading, music, and travel.

Co-writer Pete Harmon: I’m also passionate about my family, my friends, rap music, 90s era basketball shoes, caffeinated beverages, and discovering movies and books and podcasts that speak to me.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

It’s a great forum for aspiring writers and filmmakers to showcase their work.

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

Co-writer Larry Postel: Many say that you should write what you know. Better yet is to write what you know combined with what you feel.

Co-writer Pete Harmon: If you truly want to be a writer you’ve already been writing
and you make time to write. If writing is something you would like to do then you’re not a writer, and that’s fine, maybe at some point you will be.

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Short Script Reading: ENGINEEMBRYO by Jon Sturgess (plus interview)

Watch the Winning Performance Reading of ENGINEEMBRYO:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Wife – Victoria Kucher
Husband – Adam Martignetti
Doctor – Allan Brunet

Interview with screenwriter John Sturgess:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“Engineembryo” is about a pregnant woman and her husband deciding if they want a doctor to fix their baby’s genetic code when they learn the baby will not be funny.

2. Why should this script be made into a movie?

The script should be made into a movie because it is a very humorous and original take on genetic engineering. It brings a sense of comic relief to a subject that sometimes prompts solemnity and even discomfort.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I have been writing screenplays, novels, short stories, and poems as a pastime for 15 years. However, for the past year, I have been making an earnest effort to break into the film industry with high quality short and feature screenplays.

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

The movie I have seen the most in my life is probably “Taxi Driver”. At one point in college, I watched it every night for three weeks straight. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I see a lot of myself in Travis Bickle.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

So many actors inspire my work, but a few stand out from the rest. I love Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Olivia Cooke. And while I’m daydreaming, I might as well hire myself onto a Wes Anderson production so I could learn more about directing from him.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve finished one feature screenplay, one comedy pilot, and seven short screenplays. I also have about ten features and pilots in the works.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I watched a 20/20 segment about the dark side of genetic engineering. Doctors discussed the possibility of parents choosing the traits, such as hair color and height, they want their children to have, which led to a discussion of Hitler’s eugenics and whether or not the practice of genetic engineering was morally acceptable. I thought it would be funny to show the more ridiculous side of genetic engineering, such as deciding whether one’s child should like regular Cheerios more than Honey Nut Cheerios or go through a dreadlocks phase.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

When I write, I give myself a rough outline from the beginning to the end of a story. Then I set about making each point in the outline into a scene in a screenplay. I don’t work from beginning to end. I jump around and go back and forth. Some scenes are reworked 15 times before others are ever started. I also go from project to project, which is why I have so many unfinished screenplays. It’s all pretty chaotic.

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

I am an artist as well as a writer. I draw realistic portraits in pencil and have developed a unique style of shading. I am also passionate about football, pretty ladies, and pizza.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I entered the WILDsound Festival to get some feedback on my work. All writers believe they are great writers, but I wanted someone else to give me some assurance to know that I wasn’t wasting my time in this field. I also hoped I might get some recognition from the festival, which could help in promoting myself as a screenwriter.

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

Keep writing. Don’t expect your first screenplay to launch you to fortune and fame. Writing takes a ridiculous amount of time and practice, and rejection lurks around every corner. But you should be stubborn enough to continue on your path, and you’ll start seeing some of those rejections turn into acceptances. Then you don’t have to cry yourself to sleep anymore!

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