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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

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Short Screenplay: THE TEACHER by Josh Goodman

Watch the October 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

THE TEACHER

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

A young man confronts his teacher from high school

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Hugh Ritchie
YOUNG MAN – Benjamin Camenzuli
MISS PATTERSON – Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A young man confronts his teacher from high school.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

To get people talking about mental health and the voting system.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Dramatic confrontation

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

Reservoir Dogs

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 Months

How many stories have you written?

5 Short films 5 Feature scripts

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

People I know and don’t know with mental health issues

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Putting myself in another person’s shoes to write believable dialogue

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Filmmaking, art, people

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

Get other people to read your stuff and use their feedback.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene from LOVE IS NOT LOVE Screenplay by Stephen Keep Mills

Best Scene from LOVE IS NOT LOVE Screenplay
CAST LIST:NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
FIRST MAN – Benjamin Camenzuli
FRANK – Paul Whitaker
CW1 – Percy Alexander Harris
CW2 – Hugh Ritchie
FIRST WOMAN – Cass Van Wyck
JOELLE – Becky Shrimpton
SECOND WOMAN WOMAN – Jane Smythe

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance

It’s all the gray that makes the glue.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about love and my story takes a different look at it. We all know the romances and the quest for perfection—but in my view, Love is made from all the parts we don’t even notice. My logline: “It’s all the grey that makes the glue.” There are no formulas, only the unseen exchange of vulnerabilities.

What genres does your screenplay under?

It’s a love story. A romance. Narrative Fiction.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The images are good and it’s a fable and I think film is the best medium for story-telling.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Satiric. Sexy.

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

Oddly enough, A Man for all Seasons and that’s because Paul Scofield’s performance is one of a kind. That was a long time ago, now I watch everything with Jeanne Moreau.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Much too long. I had a first reading of it 5 years ago. The script never seemed right to me and I’ve hammered and hacked away at it, getting rid of characters, adding others, removing entire scenes. I have to make this now because time’s running out and there has to be a statute of limitations on re-writes.

How many stories have you written?

Around 50.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Desire. At 69, I’m surprised how alive I still am and at the same time how much of my life is behind me. I wrote this to find a perspective for both the loss of and quest for Life that I feel with aging.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I just had to get the script right for myself. That took a while and in that meantime, the hope always is that at some point you’ll get to where you have the confidence to make it happen.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Red Wine.

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

Writers who are dramatists, ie. not novelists, need to know the nature of scene-making—what can the actor’s performance bring, what can the editor do, what music is needed—you can’t just write, you have to create a piece that can be furthered by the brilliance of others. And don’t forget to be entertaining.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene from THE ACCIDENTAL ANGEL Screenplay by Oren Weitz

Best Scene from THE ACCIDENTAL ANGEL Screenplay

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Hugh Ritchie
DANIEL – Benjamin Camenzuli
RIONA – Cass Van Wyck
MOLLY – Becky Shrimpton

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Action

Daniel is about to learn the truth about his childhood, and find the strength to grow back his wings. All but to realize he was predestined to save the world from a new world war, and to reveal some even darker truths about himself.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

An 18 year old boy realizes he has the ability to grow back his angel wings and that his destiny is to prevent the next world war, but by doing so he will have to make some sacrifices.

What genres does your screenplay under?

It’s a drama with an action and fantasy angle.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a coming of age story with a twist. The blending of intimate moments, suspense brought on by the global scale attacks and fantasy creates a thought provoking story. Audiences will be left contemplating and talking about what they just saw long after they’ve left the theater.

How would you describe this script in two words?

A bitter foretelling of humankind’s fate.

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

Princess Bride

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Approximately one year.

How many stories have you written?

Three completed scripts and a fourth on its way.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The spark came from a single scene I had in my mind, the scene in which the antagonist slays the protagonist’s father. That single scene alongside the rise in terrorism on a global scale served as what motivated me back in November 2014 to write this story.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Keeping a good balance between the social-political issues and the coming of age story. And, also, maintaining a balance between the realistic and fantastic motifs.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography

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

Always take a break from the story and step away from it, forget about it for a while.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Forrest Simcoe – August 2016 SHORT STORY Winner Writer

One More Last Call  by Forrest Simcoe

Reading Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

My story is about two people coming to terms with the fact that their relationship is over. It starts in the aftermath of the breakup, and so much of their history is hinted at throughout the story. This is their final goodbye to each other; accepting that it’s the end for them not only as lovers, but for their deep friendship as well.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama, Romance.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Love. Acceptance.

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

Oh man, it’s probably a tie between Donnie Darko and A Walk to Remember – two vastly different films, I know, but they have always been two of my top favourites.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

It came to me pretty quick, actually. Once that inspiration hit I had it down in probably an hour.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Catcher In the Rye by JD Salinger. Probably not the most original answer, but it honestly is my favourite. It resonated with me at a very young age.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

There are so many breakup stories that have the characters just hating each other. I wanted to show a different side – the deep friendship and love and respect my two characters have for each other. It doesn’t always have to end in anger.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

It’s a tough call! Again, like the movie question, I’m going to make it a tie between actor Zachary Levi and singer/songwriter Lights. They’re both so good at what they do, but they’re even better human beings. Their passion inspires me, and how genuine and kind they are – they just want to make the world a better place in what ways they can and they care about their fans in a way that is unlike any other I’ve seen.

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

Mental health awareness. I’ve been living with mental illness for more than half of my life and I want to do whatever I can to help get rid of the stigma. A lot of my writing is about my struggles. I grew up with music all around me; I started playing guitar very young and it’s simply a part of who I am. It has saved me time and time again. Lastly, I’m very passionate about film and TV – it’s just such a great escape and when you find something that brings out very real emotions in you, it’s incredible.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

WILDsound has been kind enough to feature two of my poems so far. They were the first to publish me in the online format, and as much as I love poetry, I love writing stories just as much.

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

Find inspiration in the little things, the every day things. Pay attention. Don’t force it.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

 

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Randall Krzak – August 2016 SHORT STORY Winner Writer

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

A Dangerous Occupation by Randall Krzak

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Olivia, the leader of a drug cartel, tries to juggle a normal family life with
the ugly realities of her enterprise. Someone invades her home, with
shots fired and then–silence.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

FIC002000 FICTION/Action & Adventure
FIC030000 FICTION/Thrillers / Suspense
FIC031010 FICTION/Thrillers / Crime

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Action-packed (is that one word?( and suspensful

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

Most of the movies I watch are action and adventure.
Probably one I’ve watched the most would be Independence
Day, both in English and a foreign language.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

About two days.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No, but I have two all-time favorite authors – Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to see if I could take a draft chapter I had written for
a novel, cut the unnecessary verbiage and still create something with
an impact and tells a story.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Tough one. Any action and adventured writer who has had their
work also turned into a film where they were involved, at least as an
advisor. Would like to learn the intricacies of the process.

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

Doing arts and crafts with my wife, Sylvia, and our pets.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

When I was informed about the contest I thought this would be a good
challenge and help improve my writing abilities.

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

Never stop trying to stretch your boundaries. You never know from where
or when the next inspirational idea will surface.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Ruth Andrews Garnes – August 2016 SHORT STORY Winner Writer

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

ALL LIVES MATTER! by Ruth Andrews Garnes

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

This piece is about the times we are living in and the senseless loss of lives. There’ve been lost of cops and citizens lives. This piece was a part of a piece I wrote called “Dr. King’s Dream” I added to it after the killings in Dallas but the original piece remains as was written in my poetry collection called “The Cry of our Children.”

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

I would say this piece was written as a tragic historical event.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Heart felt.

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

Pretty Woman.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

This was originally written in 2015, at the point when 24 black men had been shot by police. I added to it after the Dallas incident. I felt that needed to be noted. It was as unjust for those to lose their lives because of their profession, in the same manner that it is unjust to be shot or be labelled a thug because of skin color or size or some arbitrary reason.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

My favorite novel is Francine Rivers: Redeeming Love.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

.I believe that expressive words lingers and get heard, and being a mother of two sons, any who were killed could have been mine. I wanted to give tribute to these because no matter who they were and their mothers are their lives mattered.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner with Oprah Winfrey.

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

My family and the theatre.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

.It was an opportunity to show case my writings.

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

Writing is a very competitive field but persistence is the key to success in most endeavors.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

 

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