Neil Chase, April 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – SANDSTORM
Written by Neil ChaseCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Cora Matheson
MITCH – Daniel Chung
ROY – John Fray

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Thriller

Sandstorm is a disaster film about a single mom and her deadbeat ex who race to save their daughter as a massive sandstorm devastates their hometown.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Sandstorm is a disaster film about a single mom and her deadbeat ex who race to save their daughter as a massive sandstorm devastates their hometown.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, thriller.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s unlike other disaster films in that it’s written with a smaller budget in mind, and centers around the relationships and dysfunctional family dynamics of our lead characters more than on the spectacle of the devastation. That said, there’s something here for everyone – action, comedy, drama, and most of all, heart.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fun ride.

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

Star Wars.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The first draft took two weeks. Then a few months more for feedback and rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, so it’s hard to say how many short stories there have been. That said, I’ve written thirteen feature screenplays, numerous short screenplays, and my debut novel is about to get published.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I always wanted to write a disaster film. So I picked one that I haven’t seen before.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None that I can think of. It was a fun experience from start to finish.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My other passion is acting, which actually helps me to be a better screenwriter, as I’ve learned where to focus in terms of dialogue, action lines, and so on. I try to write the kinds of scripts I would want to read as an actor.

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

The First Scene Screenplay Festival seemed like a great way to test the waters with this script. I’m grateful for the win.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Kevin Mongelli, April 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – PAST PRESENCE
Written by Kevin MongelliCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
EDGAR – John Marcucci
SUZANNE – Amaka Umeh
JULIO – David Straus
JAMES – Mark Sparks

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

A professor obsessed with the idea of past lives, gets the chance to see his past via an extraordinary device, but his discovery leads to grave consequences.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A professor obsessed with the idea of past lives, gets the chance to see his past via an extraordinary device, but his discovery leads to grave consequences.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is an original and engaging story with unique characters. Also, I don’t know of another film that has a device similar to the one in this script.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Engaging, unique

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

Gattaca

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took me about four months to complete it

How many stories have you written?

Past Presence was my first full feature script. Am currently working on my second which will be a crime thriller.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I find that most films I watch are unsatisfying. I want to introduce a different kind of film that is more engaging to audiences.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Structure is always a challenge. Script readers help but each has a very different opinion so I chose a design that I thought best reflected the story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a professional musician. I compose and perform original classical music for piano.

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

​My one page screenplay “Raging Love” was selected for a reading through this festival and I was impressed with the performances. Valuable feedback.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Jon Freda, April 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – SPARKS
Written by Jon FredaCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
FRANK – Devin Upham
MONICA – Amaka Umeh
NICHOLS – David Straus
GUARD – Mark Sparks

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

A sheriff hunts a killer targeting both innocents and other criminals alike, but soon finds himself tangled in a conspiracy tied to the gruesome, deliberately botched execution of a former death row inmate as well the mysterious, four-legged witness that seems to connect them all.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The marketing calls we all receive over the phone – the cold calls – and which we all hate. Yet the results of this particular one have far reaching effects.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is a drama about human relationships – and murder.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Human drama.

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

Same Time Next Year

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It started as a short story – which has been published – and evolved into the screenplay.

How many stories have you written?

Over 200.

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

Slightly All The Time by Soft Machine

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time, family commitments.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, reading and gardening.

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

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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