BEST SCENE Screenplay Reading – HEIDI, by Keith Makenas

Watch the February 2017 Winning Best Scene Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – HEIDI
Written by Keith Makenas

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
HEIDI – Talia Price
DOCTOR SANDRA – Ursina Luther
CHIEF – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

She connived her way out of a mental hospital to get back into society and now has no shortage of victims to quench her serial killer cravings.

Get to know the writer:

What is your best scene screenplay about?

It’s about Heidi a beautiful blonde that connived her way out of a mental hospital to get back into society and now has no shortage of victims to quench her serial killer cravings.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller, Comedy, Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It gives a unique perspective of a serial killer that you’ll grow to love

How would you describe this script in two words?

Adorable Killer

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

Airplane

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Almost four years and a half dozen rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

At least ten.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

After pitching the concept to a producer/actress she liked it and I kept rewriting it till it met her standards

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making a brutal serial killer likeable and funny, but in a cordial and tasteful way was challenging. Every scene went through many different versions until it worked.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Conducting interviews, doing movie reviews, and “Spotlights” that highlight industry professionals current and upcoming work.

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

I agreed with all the feedback comments. After rewriting so many times you can miss simple, but yet critical details that are easily fixable, so getting the feedback was invaluable! Knowing the festival provides great feedback was a main reason I submitted and with the opportunity to get it read was a huge plus.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Best Scene Table Reading: THE HOOPLA by Thomas Nesti

Watch the March 2016 Winning Best Scene Reading

THE HOOPLA Best Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
GRACE – Nadia Gigi Inara
ASHER – Steve Rizzo

Get to know writer Thomas Nesti:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Love and the world’s last movie theater.

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

It breaks the rules. *audience oohs*

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

Innocence lost.

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

Halloween

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

Since September.

6. How many stories have you written?

Really only one that I keep changing.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Escapism.

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

This one time the computer froze. #firstworldproblems

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

Fitness and lying on questionnaires.

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

WildSound offers more than most festivals and is very Canadian – accepting, honest, and encouraging. I hear they even give brownies to the actors.

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

– Whenever possible, have your final confrontation in a hall of funhouse mirrors.
– You need at least one dance and/or rap battle.
– Have them lose their cell phones – no one wants to watch people text their way out of problems.
– Set it in a fake city so you don’t piss anyone off
– Try not to climax too early.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson