TV Best Scene Screenplay of RANGERS: PROGENITORS OF FREEDOM, Timothy M Kestrel

 

Genre: History, Thriller, Drama

After his attempts to escape from the American colonies fail, a young orphan woodsman Finn finds himself trapped in a remote frontier fort surrounded by troubled people with dark secrets during the French & Indian War.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Carina Cojeen
Robert: Isai Rivera Blas
Finn: Anthony Yu
Catherina: Angelica Alejandro
Richard: Xavier de Guzman
Kopf: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer: 

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

It’s about making a moral choice and to live with the consequences. The beef of the show is that the only real freedom we have is in that we all can choose our reactions to even most horrible events, but we also must accept the impact of our response.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

This project is unlike any of its genres because it is exciting and dangerous, yet the themes and plot are relevant to modern audiences. Evocative use of historical figures provides a classic patina to the show. Audiences will love this American saga that covers the lives of many generations, dazzling geographic milieus and incorporates solid history. The story unfolds in a verdant natural paradise where the only evil is a man. They mainly respond to the elements of American frontier folklore that is presented in a new, compelling way.

The characters, fraught with their everyday problems in a war-torn frontier, provides compelling character stories for several seasons. They all have personal, individual emotional situations and dark secrets.

They have to make tough moral choices in difficult situations with no clear right or wrong. They cannot be sure that the choices they make are the right ones. They try to balance between love, regret, loneliness, debauchery, and moral values. The relationships in the storyline are valid and authentic full of emotion, sex, passion, hard times, and complexity.

How would you describe this script in two words?

The overall story, as told, is very vivid, visual and exciting. OK, that’s more than two, but it’s from Cinequest.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Deadwood

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2+ years

How many stories have you written?

I have written three books, three TV pilots, one short story, one short period drama for Virtual Reality, and have another five period drama stories in various stages of development.

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

The Boys Are Back in Town from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Serious self-doubt if I can pull it off. Writing a great screenplay is difficult.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

While I’m not writing exciting period drama stories, I draw inspiration from my love of history, Stoic philosophy, and my military experience as a US Army Ranger.

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

A significant portion of the TV series I wrote takes place in Quebec. I discovered that the WILDsound Festival is growing by leaps and bounds and realized it is a perfect venue to introduce the story in Canada.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I love working with FilmFreeway, I highly recommend them. They have been most supportive throughout my projects and have provided me access to many competitions I didn’t even know existed.

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

Trust your vision, take feedback with a pinch of salt, and always be writing!

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

 

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Best Scene Reading of MURDER GO ROUND, by Phillip E Hardy

 

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Logline: When a former detective, crippled in a racially motivated shooting discovers several strange women’s photos in a family album, he begins to unravel a mystery that might prove his father was responsible for a string of unsolved murders.

Narrator: Val Cole
Roland: Gabriel Darku
Bob Reno: David Schaap
Officer Jones: Noah Casey
Otis: Neil Bennett

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?:

Detective Joe innocenti loses his job, his girlfriend and the use of his
left arm when he is nearly killed in a racially motivated, drive by
shooting. After putting the pieces of his life back together, he returns to
his childhood home upon his father’s death. With sizable inherited wealth
and estate, Joe goes through his father things and attempts to reconcile
with his ex-girlfriend. He also discovers disturbing evidence that his
father may be tied to victims of several famous unsolved murder cases. While
examining a case called the Scarlet Letter Murders, Joe will unite with a
90-year old detective named Roland, who worked on the crime nearly sixty
years ago. Roland’s story is also explored as a subplot that begins in the
late 1950’s.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Pilot: One hour crime drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This is for fans of crime drama shows such as “True Detective”, “Fargo” and
films like “LA Confidential”. If offers the perspective viewer action,
humor, irony and solid characters arcs.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Film Noir

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

The Godfather

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The Original Draft was written in two weeks and has been revised a few times
over the past year.

How many stories have you written?

Thirty

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

Alone Again, Or by Love

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My primary obstacles with most screenplays are creating compelling stories,
with good character arc and the requisite challenges and conflict to make
the story a page turner.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a longtime musician and I’ve very passionate about playing and listening
to great music.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?

Film Freeway is a wonderful, user friendly hosting platform. Much easier to
use than competing script hosting websites.

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

I’d seen the name over the past several years. Wildsound offers free logline
hosting, so why wouldn’t a screenwriter take advantage of that? And the fees
for other services are reasonable. Wildsound’s feedback has been positive
and professional.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Best Scene Reading of FROM A KID’S POINT OF VIEW, by Chad Smith

 

Genre: Fantasy/Comedy

A man’s mother-in-law puts a voodoo hex on him to overcome work problems, bad habits, and kidnappers.

Narrator: Val Cole
Jack: Gabriel Darku
Carl: Neil Bennett
Mary: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

A man’s mother-in-law puts a voodoo hex on him to overcome work problems, bad habits and kidnappers. The bad thing is it backfires and he and his wife have to deal with a different set of problems while coping with everything else.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy and comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think people might find it entertaining, coming from a different prospective.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Different entertainment.

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

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

5 years.

How many stories have you written?

5

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

Mountain Jam by The Allman Brothers Band

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Too many rewrites.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Trying not to get too old as I grow older.

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

To get a read. Good.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Best Scene Reading of TURN THE TABLES, by Herschel Medlin

 

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Music, turntables, big hair, brawls, girls, and revenge are just a few words to describe this story of Generation X. Turn the Tables is the bare-knuckle yet hilarious flashback tale of love lost, again and again, like the scratches on a 12″ vinyl record.

Narrator: Val Cole
Carl: Gabriel Darku
Travis: Noah Casey
Emcee: Neil Bennett

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

Two young DJ’s, determined to leave a musical legacy behind in their home town, before they join the Marines, compete for their love interests, their honor, and the title of 1991 world DJ champions. The only thing in their way is a rival DJ gang known as “The Crew”, that have some information on them that could derail their futures for good.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story is a tribute to music and the art of DJing. The story is set in 1991 and shows the trials and tribulations of being a DJ. Before there were cell phones and social media, people went to dances to hear music, have fun, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Memorable/Unique.

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

Saving Private Ryan.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Part time, off and on for a few years.

How many stories have you written?

Two.

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

AC/DC Back in Black

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time. Time was the biggest obstacle. I just wished that I could write full time to put down on paper, all the stories that I think about.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Camping and hunting.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It was easy to submit to the contest. I had no issues at all. The experience was great. I wished all contest submissions went this smoothly.

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

I entered the festival because it was an easy process. I did not feel any pressure and I felt that the feedback I would receive would be worth it. It was worth it.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Best Scene Reading of DRIVER’S SIDE, by Zander Jones

Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller

Driver’s Side is a film-noir inspired look into the life of a man depressed and alone, simply looking for love.

Narrator: Val Cole
Jason: Neil Bennett
Cristina: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A sheltered adolescent pursues a dangerous relationship that is beyond his control after the death of his devoutly religious parents.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Neo noir

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s an authentic depiction of a young man’s loss of innocence and gradual coming of age while trying to stay true to his closest held beliefs versus exploring the pitfalls of forbidden temptations.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Excitingly heartbreaking

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

City of God/Oldboy/The Godfather

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A little over a year (on and off)

How many stories have you written?

3 short films and now working on a larger serial format project that recycles all of the main characters and their back stories from all three shorts in a completely new narrative.

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

Modjo – Lady Hear Me Tonight

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Self doubt, not believing in the story, negative feedback. Just the usual. 🙂

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Tennis. Technology. Travel. Languages. Education. Augmented Reality. News. Mass media. Corporate espionage. Power. Love. Manipulation. Honesty. And everything in between.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

The site makes it easy to manage submissions and keep track of deadlines, announcement dates etc.

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

I initially entered the script because I wanted to gain some quality feedback to push myself to write the most engaging story possible. Some of the feedback was quite harsh but I would also prefer it this way. I find it motivates me to work harder and overall write better scripts. It also means I don’t have to interpret someone just trying to be polite or massage the criticism in too delicately.

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Best Scene Reading of LAST CHANCE, by Zander Jones

 

Genre: Comedy

A short farcical comedy.

Narrator: Val Cole
Carlos: Gabriel Darku
Captain: David Schaap
Laighton: Noah Casey
Tess: Clare Blackwood
Svetlana: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A frustrated bachelorette signs up to an unconventional dating agency and finds herself in a violent gun battle on her first date.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a fast paced action depicting what it takes to develop a lasting relationship in the modern age that will have the audience laughing and then discussing the deeper implications.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Absurdly real

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

City of God/Oldboy/The Godfather

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A little over a year (on and off)

How many stories have you written?

3 short films and now working on a larger serial format project that recycles all of the main characters and their back stories from all three shorts in a completely new narrative.

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

Modjo – Lady Hear Me Tonight

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Self doubt, not believing in the story, negative feedback. Just the usual. 🙂

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Tennis. Technology. Travel. Languages. Education. Augmented Reality. News. Mass media. Corporate espionage. Power. Love. Manipulation. Honesty. And everything in between.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

The site makes it easy to manage submissions and keep track of deadlines, announcement dates etc.

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

I initially entered the script because I wanted to gain some quality feedback to push myself to write the most engaging story possible. Some of the feedback was quite harsh but I would also prefer it this way. I find it motivates me to work harder and overall write better scripts. It also means I don’t have to interpret someone just trying to be polite or massage the criticism in too delicately.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Best Scene Reading of MARLOWE, by Mark Mc Quown

 

Genre: Action/Adventure with Animation

Marlowe is a brown, Virginia field mouse that moves into the farm house where he meets eleven-year-old Cole who thinks he is an alien and teaches him to speak and wear a suit. In the end, Marlowe saves Cole and a small conclave of humans and animals from the appetite of a voracious virus that kills almost all animal life on the planet in less than a year.

Narrator: Val Cole
Cole: Gabriel Darku
Lloyd: Neil Bennett
Louise: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Marlowe” is about a mouse who saves the world from a hungry virus with the help of two teenagers

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/Adventure

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because the screenplay is also an animal rights movie and we need to spread the word about animal rights.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Incredibly fantastic

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

Harry Potter

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year

How many stories have you written?

In the thirties

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

Tea For The Tillerman, Cat Stevens

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making it fit in the parameters of the book it was taken from.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting, Directing design

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Excellent, very organized.

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

The Festival has a good buzz from writers and the feedback I received was just excellent.
 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox