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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

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