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Best Scene Reading of Tink by Edward Ybarra

Best Scene from the screenplay TINK Screenplay
Written by Edward Ybarra

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Dan Cristofori
VI/FAY – Laura Kyswaty
BELLE – Megan Allen
MISTY/IRIS – Kiran Friesen
PETER – Gabriel Darku
ROSE – Kelly Daly

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Comedy, Fantasy

The story is a funny fantasy about Tinkerbelle, not as a fairy but as a real live female; a single mom in fact, with a daughter who doesn’t know who her Mom once was. Like any mom, Belle, as she’s known, is trying to raise and provide for her little girl while trying to keep their home out of the hands of a scheming land developer. When 5 old friends, fairies who have to temporarily take human form, arrive in town looking for Belle, all kinds of craziness start to take place.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The story is a funny fantasy about Tinkerbelle, not as a fairy but as a real live female; a single mom in fact, with a daughter who doesn’t know who her Mom once was. Like any mom, Belle, as she’s known, is trying to raise and provide for her little girl while trying to keep their home out of the hands of a scheming land developer. When 5 old friends, fairies who have to temporarily take human form, arrive in town looking for Belle, all kinds of craziness start to take place.

What genres does your screenplay under?

The genres for Tink would be Family Comedy (with a little fantasy).

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I would love to see the screenplay made for the sheer entertainment that the whole family –including Dads and just regular guys- could enjoy. There’s definitely something in it for everybody.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Two words to describe the script:: Funny Fantasy.

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

There are 2 movies that are probably tied for the number of times I’ve watched the most in my life: Casablanca and Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles – how’s that for opposites.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve worked on Tink for over 4 years. It did really well in competition, it was even a finalist in the LA Cinema Festival but didn’t win. I pulled it back to work on a couple of dramas but kept coming back to it. After working it over and over, I finally felt it was in a place where it was ready to be put back out there; for both competitions and pitching.

How many stories have you written?

I have written 10 screenplays and am at work on my 11th (a musical); I have an hour-long pilot and am working on a 2nd; and, I have 1 sit-com pilot.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

You won’t believe this story but it is absolutely true: one Saturday morning, our 8-year daughter came downstairs to the kitchen and asked “Daddy, what are we going to do today?”. I said, “Why don’t we go to a movie?”. So, we looked on line and in the morning paper but could not find one, age-appropriate movie to go see. My daughter said “Daddy, why don’t you write a movie that I can go to?”. So I said, “Okay, I will”; but, I really had no ideas at that moment. Then, I noticed that our daughter was wearing her lime-green nightgown with Tinkerbelle on the front. Bam! There it was; Tinkerbelle as a really girl. True Story.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Obstacles faced? Like so many, when you work another job (or jobs) there are times where those jobs have to take priority — bills have to be paid – so those scheduled times for sitting down to work on this script had to slide. I’m an early morning writer (as early as 5am sometimes) but I can leave the script open and come back to it throughout the day or when I get home in the evening, even if it’s just for another 15 minutes.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My passion is my family; seeing them smile, making them laugh, keeping them happy and entertained. It feeds every bit of my drive.

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

Tips for other writers: have fun telling your story and keep yourself entertained in the process. Don’t be afraid to step back and let your mind clear because it really doesn’t. Your story is going to constantly float around in your head until it tells you to “Get yourself back there and write this down!”.

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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 Reading of GONIES by Phil Stokes

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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
PHILLIP – Steve Shand
FATHER MCCABE – Kunal Jaggi
DICKIE – Scott Beaudin
DEVEREAUX – Brett Kelly

Get to know writer Phil Stokes:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In GONIES, two boys – Phillip and Dickie – in a big city during WWII use cooked up strategies and the advice of the mysterious Walter finale to overcome obstacles, while matching wits with an old man who poses a danger they greatly underestimate. To give you an idea of the tone, here’s one of Phillip’s fears: “They are going to find me dead in the gutter with a load in my pants.”

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

GONIES is real and funny, there’s tension, and there’s nothing out there like it. It’s a family movie that will appeal to a broad audience, especially if Jack Nicholson plays our villain, Joe Devereaux. *:D big grin

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

warm and scary

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

Probably Butch Cassidy. I saw it when it came out. Later, I read William Goldman’s book on the movie biz, which contains the script and his comments on the making of it and what he considered its strengths and weaknesses. The next step was to watch the movie over and over to see how all that got done and learn how I could apply it to my own writing.

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

I wrote the novel on which it is based back in 2003 and made a crappy attempt at a screenplay in 2010. After reading every screenplay “how to” on the planet, I got the bug and decided to do it right this year (2015). Now that the last of multiple revisions is done, I’m happy with it.

6. How many stories have you written?

The one novel, Philip and Dickie, a dozen short stories, and three short shorts. One of the latter got an honorable mention from Writer’s Digest.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It would be exciting as hell to see audiences enthralled with Phillip and Dickie and Joe Devereaux on the big screen.

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

Initial procrastination and lots of frustration: a lot of producers were looking for horror movies and sci-fi and fantasy, and my movie was about little kids. One movie festival I entered announced three winners: all horror movies! Got me discouraged.

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

I manage and play on an adult baseball team (hardball), the Sacramento Phillies. We play Spring and Summer ball and do the amateur World Series in Arizona in the Fall. I hit ferocious line drives. I also spend a lot of time working on our 5 acres in Shingle Springs,CA, part of which includes the ongoing construction of my outdoor garden railroad.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I thought it would be very helpful to see a table read. You really don’t know you’ve got your dialog right until it comes out of the mouths of actors.

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

Do what you can to get your script read – without expectations. Whatever happens happens. Before I wrote GONIES, I sent the novel it’s based on to Jack Nicholson to read in one of the bathrooms of the castle he had just purchased in France. I never got a response. I guess they put squat toilets in that castle.

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Best Scene Reading of AMONG US, by Renana Hancock

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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Allison Kampf
EDDIE – Ben Hur
MERAZURE – Angelica Alejandro
VEE – Holly Sarchfield

Get to know writer Renana Hancock:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Among Us is a tale of elves, living disguised as humans. These
long-lived elves have varying supernatural abilities, depending
on their elemental affinity (Water, Air, etc). The Light elves
use them to help people, the Dark elves, to gain power. And
sometimes, one of us humans finds out about the secret lives of
elves.

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

Wonder, laughter, suspense, tragedy and sacrifice; Among Us
shows us our world through different eyes. Struggling to fit in,
to make wise choices, to love and to live, elves bring a very
human experience to the screen.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

In short: Disguised as humans, gifted elves, some good, some
evil; live, battle and love among us.

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

My love of fantasy stems in part from my favourite movie, The
Princess Bride, which I have enjoyed countless times and can
recite joyously word for word when watching it.

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

I’ve been working on Among Us for at least eight years. I have
ten other screenplays, but none as close to my passion for
fantasy, character and comedy as Among Us. I’ve felt for a long
time that people would love a story based around elven lore and
finally began creating a world where it was true.

6. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

As a single, working mom, time and energy are often in short
supply, but my love of storytelling and this particular story
wouldn’t let me stop trying to improve Among Us. I want to bring
others the joy I feel when I’m inside the story.

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

My other passions include dancing, reading, painting, animals,
children, the environment and watching sci fi and fantasy.

8. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I was excited to enter the Wildsound contest because it included
feedback and I like being able to support any film related
industry based here in Canada. The feedback from Wildsound has
helped me to improve my screenplay, whilst remaining kind in
pointing out the flaws. It’s hard to objective about your own
work, and having a fresh perspective is vital to perfecting
one’s story.

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

I recommend to any aspiring writers that if they
have a story they’re burning to share, that they write it, and
rewrite it, until it’s produced. Because maybe the reason you
burn so much to tell the story, is that the rest of us need to
hear it.

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Best Scene Reading of FEI JI, by James C Peters

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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
TOM – Ben Hur
HUNG BO – Chris Reid-Geisler
COLONEL PAO – Gabriel Darku
JOAN – Angelica Alejandro

Get to know the writer James C. Peters:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In the early 1900s young Chinese Americans, recruited to learn to fly and take “aeroplanes” to China, faced isolation from their families, jealousy, and danger when they accepted the challenge.

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

It’s a tremendous human interest story of two young men who risked everything, including their lives, to tackle the adventure of a lifetime.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

In the early 1900s a young Chinese American and his friend sacrificed everything and risked their lives to take the first airplane to China.

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

A FEW GOOD MEN, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS…

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

Off and on for over seven years.

6. How many stories have you written?

About ten.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay
?
I read an article about a woman whose grandfather, purportedly, had been the first Chinese pilot in the country. After I contacted her about writing his story, she passed away before I could interview her, but I decided I must write it anyway.

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

Principally, finding out the truth about who were the first pilots in China.

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

Helping people less fortunate than me.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? The WILDsound Festival not only offers avenues for success for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers, but also for young actors and film crew.

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

Master the elements of your craft. Especially, don’t send poorly conceived and crafted work to film producers.

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Watch Best Scene Reading of GATES OF HELL by Pamela Green

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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
EVERETT – Aieron Munro
ATTENDANT – Robert Notman
MABEL – Maya Woloszyn
DALE – Charles Gordon
JEREMIAH – Paul Falkowski
NURSE – Antosia Fiedur
WORKER – Rochelle Burke

Get to know writer Pamela Green:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay skims the early life of my dad, Everett House, as he grows up in a poor, Christian home during the 1930’s and 40’s, and then basically covers his years spent in a mental institution, where he undergoes shock therapy and other atrocious psychiatric practices during the 1950’s. It also reveals God strategically planting him there at this particular time in history in order to hinder the antichrist from setting up his beast system too soon, and it leaves Everett with a divine promise and mandate for his future, that one day his testimony from the hospital days will be used to warn the world of the coming mark in the forehead.

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

This screenplay should be made into a movie because it is part of a warning from God of the destruction that is about to come upon mankind in the near-future, and is a testimony of God’s faithfulness toward those who trust Him even through adverse situations.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

It is a captivating story of a Christian youth’s journey as he searches to find meaning for his life and to fulfill God’s purposes, resulting in him receiving a divine promise and mandate while in the hospital concerning the future, in warning others of the mark in the forehead, and is also a testimony of experiencing God’s faithfulness firsthand as Everett locked away and forced through shock treatments and other adverse circumstances, yet is divinely rescued and restored.

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

I have seen a lot of Disney movies over and over again due to my children watching them, but I think the main movie that I saw the most that I myself wanted to see was Meet Me in St. Louis.

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

I began writing the screenplay in May of 2009 and have worked on it off and on since then. Currently, I am still working on it, making corrections, though it is now almost complete.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written two screenplays, both about my dad, but I also wrote one about my life, but then I tore it up.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

There was a long series of events that motivated me to write this screenplay, the first of which was my dad telling me many times as a child of his experiences in the hospital, including shock treatment, and that he would often refer to this machine as “the beast”. He also mentioned to me a few times in my youth, and a few times when I was grown, about his promise from God that one day experiences from his life would be turned into a movie, especially the experiences from the hospital days, and that the movie would be used some day to warn the world of the coming mark in the forehead. The “mark of the beast” was a common phrase I heard from him growing up. Then, a lot of things happened in my life when I went away to college that pointed me to making the movie, such as God visiting me in a dream, etc, But one day, in 2006 or 2007, I was sitting on my bed, wondering if there was something I could do to help my dad make the movie and was asking God if He wanted me to help make the movie, when suddenly my husband barged into the room and said ” Whatever the Lord tells you to do, you have to be obedient.”. The last straw was when I received the June, 2009 edition of the Johns Hopkins Newsletter (I received it early, in May of 2009) that was highlighting shock treatment as a way to treat depression. My dad had always said that one day shock treatment would be revived and would be endorsed and pushed on the public masses instead of just those poor souls locked away and forgotten in the mental hospitals.

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

Much of the time, I either didn’t have a home computer, or didn’t have word processing on my home computer, or my computer was broken. I went to the library a lot and had to pay my kids to watch the younger kids a lot of times, coming from the $25 per week that I could use for making the movie. I also thought that I was finished many times and printed off the script, only to find that I had more corrections to make. Also, getting the information from my dad and piecing it together in the right sequence was very tricky. Some events he couldn’t always remember the exact order that they occurred, so I had to kind of do trial and error. Plus, he lives long distance from me, so sometimes it was difficult to get a hold of him when I had a question.

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

Most of all, I love Jesus, and am thankful to Him for saving my soul and always loving me and being there for me. I love and am thankful for my family. I love all people, in general, especially children and the elderly, and those who are handicapped or discouraged, or abused, or addicts, or poor. I would somehow like to help mankind, like having a ministry to the poor, or working with children, or helping families, or praying for the discouraged or sick. I’ve been miraculously healed many times, so I definitely believe in healing. I love to tell others that Jesus can save them and give them eternal life and that He has a great plan for them. I like to encourage people, especially those who want to give up, and let them know that Jesus makes life worth living. Even in our difficult situations, we can still pray and trust God and know that He can work things out for our good and that He has our best interest at heart. I love beautiful things, like rainbows, and beautiful colors, and butterflies, and flowers, and beautiful old houses, and the great outdoors. I also love to bake, and I love animals, and art, especially drawing, painting, and crafts.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your
feelings on the initial feedback you received?

One day, a few years back, I asked the Lord to direct me concerning what I should do next with the movie. Then I had a dream that I was standing before a desk and a man was seated at the desk, holding my script. In the dream, I asked the man if he liked the script. He said “Yes… we loved it.” Then I looked over to the left of the desk and there was George Clooney, kind of leaning in toward the desk. He looked at me and said “Got any part for me?” Then, days later, I remembered the dream again and went to George Clooney’s Facebook page and pressed the like button. Then, I started receiving advertisements from his page for WILDsound Film Festival all the time. But when I thought about what I should do, I still wasn’t sure until, one month, I believed the Lord was pushing me to enter during that particular month, since it was the month of the “blue moon”. But I didn’t listen fully to understand what God was saying, for, assuming that I had the whole month to enter the contest, which had been running regularly for a long while, instead closed up before the end of the month, so I missed it. Then a preacher friend on Facebook randomly said that sometimes in life we may be alert and ready, then, all of a sudden, we aren’t paying attention and drop the ball. When she said that, I realized I had missed my opportunity. Then, a few months ago, a preacher on Facebook said that God was giving someone another chance, that a certain situation would come around again, set up just how it was before, “only this time”, he warned, “don’t drop the ball”. So, I took that as my cue that the Lord wanted me to enter the contest.

I was very excited to receive the feedback from WILDsound. It was great to actually hear what someone else had to say regarding the script, especially in an in-depth way, at a professional level. I believe that I was given a lot of great wisdom and practical pointers that have helped to open my eyes and improve my movie-writing skills.

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

Try not to be in such a hurry to finish your screenplay or else it may actually end up taking much longer than you had anticipated due to overlooked mistakes. Take your time and, in the long run, end up saving time. Haste makes waste. Also, I think it would be good to use a screenwriting program. I didn’t, but I think it would have made some things a great deal easier and quicker. Another thing, it’s good to give yourself breaks and enough sleep, and be sure and get exercise and eat right. You will feel like doing a better job if you take good care of yourself and are more relaxed and healthy.

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