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Evan R Schullery – November 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner

Watch the Winning Feature Screenplay for November 2016.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
GUS – Cory Bertrand
AL – Matthew Lawrence
CARL – Peter-Mark Raphael
BEAVER – Vince Jerad
FRAN – Andrea Lawrence
VARIOUS – Cassandra Guthrie

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Animation, Comedy, Adventure

Gus, a misfit goose who can’t fly, gets left behind by his family migrating south for the winter. He sets off to look for his family; along with Beaver, who wants to find his own family he lost as a young beaver. And Carl, a scrawny squirrel who is lovesick for an uninterested porcupine.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A bratty gosling who can’t fly is abandoned by his family when they migrate south, so he undertakes the journey on webbed foot with two furry companions and a questionable “instink.”

What genres does your screenplay under?

“Due South” is an animated family/comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“Due South” should be made into a movie because it appeals to the whole family and is an underdog tale. There are zany characters that kids will enjoy and adult humor as well. Both will keep everyone entertained and engaged the whole way through. It also addresses universal themes like family, friendship, identity, and the ability to change given the right experience.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Family fun.

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

Rocky IV- it’s always on television and if I don’t watch it I’ll feel un-American.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote the first draft of this screenplay several years ago and it has been through a few drafts since then. I took months off from working on it before approaching it again with fresh eyes. It’s hard to declare that something is “done” after you’ve invested so much time and energy into it, but I’m happy with where it is now and overjoyed that this contest is recognizing it.

How many stories have you written?

I have written several screenplays and have many more in different stages.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The concept of a young goose being left behind and having to make the journey on foot appealed to me. I’m not sure where that came from, but the structure of the story fell into place pretty easily and provided a good framework to start writing it. Once I started throwing around some ideas for a meaningful ending, I was motivated to finish it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The toughest part about writing any screenplay is finding an idea that inspires you enough to spend hours, weeks, months, and even years writing it. It’s one thing to think of a good idea, but another to see it through to completion. For me, if I’m inspired enough by the moment at the end of the story that defines it’s true meaning, then I will be motivated to do whatever I have to do to finish it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, educating the youth of America, and thwarting the apocalypse.

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

I found the festival online and thought “Due South” would be great for it. I was impressed with the detailed feedback I received on it- the suggestions were very helpful. I could tell that the reader really read the story and I am humbled by the positive response. It means a lot!

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Winning Feature Screenplay – DUE SOUTH by Evan R Schullery

Watch the Winning Feature Screenplay for November 2016.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
GUS – Cory Bertrand
AL – Matthew Lawrence
CARL – Peter-Mark Raphael
BEAVER – Vince Jerad
FRAN – Andrea Lawrence
VARIOUS – Cassandra Guthrie

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Animation, Comedy, Adventure

Gus, a misfit goose who can’t fly, gets left behind by his family migrating south for the winter. He sets off to look for his family; along with Beaver, who wants to find his own family he lost as a young beaver. And Carl, a scrawny squirrel who is lovesick for an uninterested porcupine.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A bratty gosling who can’t fly is abandoned by his family when they migrate south, so he undertakes the journey on webbed foot with two furry companions and a questionable “instink.”

What genres does your screenplay under?

“Due South” is an animated family/comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“Due South” should be made into a movie because it appeals to the whole family and is an underdog tale. There are zany characters that kids will enjoy and adult humor as well. Both will keep everyone entertained and engaged the whole way through. It also addresses universal themes like family, friendship, identity, and the ability to change given the right experience.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Family fun.

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

Rocky IV- it’s always on television and if I don’t watch it I’ll feel un-American.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote the first draft of this screenplay several years ago and it has been through a few drafts since then. I took months off from working on it before approaching it again with fresh eyes. It’s hard to declare that something is “done” after you’ve invested so much time and energy into it, but I’m happy with where it is now and overjoyed that this contest is recognizing it.

How many stories have you written?

I have written several screenplays and have many more in different stages.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The concept of a young goose being left behind and having to make the journey on foot appealed to me. I’m not sure where that came from, but the structure of the story fell into place pretty easily and provided a good framework to start writing it. Once I started throwing around some ideas for a meaningful ending, I was motivated to finish it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The toughest part about writing any screenplay is finding an idea that inspires you enough to spend hours, weeks, months, and even years writing it. It’s one thing to think of a good idea, but another to see it through to completion. For me, if I’m inspired enough by the moment at the end of the story that defines it’s true meaning, then I will be motivated to do whatever I have to do to finish it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, educating the youth of America, and thwarting the apocalypse.

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

I found the festival online and thought “Due South” would be great for it. I was impressed with the detailed feedback I received on it- the suggestions were very helpful. I could tell that the reader really read the story and I am humbled by the positive response. It means a lot!

****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Feature or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Feature or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

Best Scene Screenplay – DUE SOUTH by Evan R Schullery

Watch the July 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Reading.

DUE SOUTH by Evan R  Schullery

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy

A plump baby goose who can’t fly is left behind in Canada while his family migrates south.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
AL – Dan Cristofori
GUS – Mark Boutros
CARL – David Occhipinti
ALFRED – Michael Gaty
FRAN – Viktoria Napolenova

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

A plump Canadian gosling who can’t fly is abandoned by his family when they migrate south, so he decides to undertake the journey on webbed foot with two furry companions.

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

This story explores the theme of what makes a family a family. I think many people can relate to the idea that blood does not always make someone family and that things like loyalty, friendship, and working together for a common purpose can. It’s also an underdog story that I hope people will find inspiring because Gus, the main character, is able to accomplish a lot despite his limitations.

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

Family Fun

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

Hmmm, probably Rocky IV because it’s always on TV and I can’t not watch it or I’ll feel un-American.

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

Off and on for several years. I wrote the first draft in about 10 days, but it is currently drastically different. I still plan on re-working it to make as strong as it can be.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written several other screenplays and am constantly outlining other ideas until one takes off.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I forget how I came up with the concept, but I was intrigued by the initial thought of a baby goose being left behind and having to make the trip on foot. I thought the idea lent itself to an animated feature. Once I determined the ending, I was excited to finish it. It was my first time writing animated characters, so it was enjoyable to come up with jokes and zany antics that you can’t pull off with human characters.

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

Pacing was a challenge for this screenplay because it was a balance between showing enough time passing and land being covered without boring the reader. The initial problem with the first draft was a lack of conflict with the family’s storyline, so I had to remedy that as well.

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

I am passionate about current events, learning new things, spending time with friends, and music.

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

I thought it would be a great opportunity to have my work read. I am appreciative of what this contest does and grateful for the feedback. It thought the feedback was spot-on.

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

The best advice for a writer is the kind you teach yourself as you persevere and get things finished.

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