Winning SHORT Screenplay – MILKSHAKE, by Max Thackara

Winning Screenplay – MILKSHAKE
Written by Max Thackara

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
TEDDY – Dan Cristofori
WAITRESS – Cassandra Guthrie
ALICE – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama

A young couple have an awkward meet in a 50s diner.

 
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It is a short script about a relationship between two young lovers, very much a cliché!

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romance

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This short script I believe would make an excellent and very emphatic short film for its use of music and soft tone.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bitter sweet.

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

Probably ‘Step Brothers’

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote this short script over a few days after having the idea/setting in mind for a while.

How many stories have you written?

As I haven’t been writing for long I am working on a number of scripts ideas at the moment, but have also written probably 3 or 4 short stories I’m proud of.

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

Starman (David Bowie)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I was unsure of the ending and how I wanted the story to unfold, but I have since changed it rather a lot with an ending I now feel is much more appropriate.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I was unsure of the ending and how I wanted the story to unfold, but I have since changed it rather a lot with an ending I now feel is much more appropriate.

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

I entered the festival as I believed this was one of my best short scripts. The feedback was brilliant and influenced me in the rewrite I completed recently. I was thrilled to be selected as obviously a lot of this is subjective, also it hopefully confirmed that my writing isn’t as awful as it was 6 months ago!

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning SHORT Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE, by Della Greenawalt

Winning Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
Written by Della Greenawalt

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
DORIS – Cassandra Guthrie
GHOST – Dan Cristofori
DIRECTOR – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Feisty elderly Senior Doris is being taken into a nursing home, and boy is she not happy about it! But once settled in for the night, a ghostly figure awakens her, speaking to her from her bedroom Mirror, demanding to her that it is “time to go”.

 


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Doris is a hundred year old fighter who tries to stay out of a care facility for elders as well as outsmarting the Grim Reaper who has appeared yet again to take her from among the living. She beats the Reaper, but not the care center – yet.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Supernatural, Fantasy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

100 year old Doris is so popular with everyone who has read this script, and she could carry a movie with all her adventures. It would be in the vein of Fried Green Tomatoes. She is tough and funny.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bittersweet and funny.

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

The Princess Bride. It always makes me laugh.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it in a day, spent a week tweaking it with the workshop members’ input. (I am a member of 5150, the Academy of Film Writing’s invitation only workshop run by Nicholls Fellow and working screenwriter Max Adams.)

How many stories have you written?

4 Screenplays (features) in various states of rewrite, half a dozen shorts, one comedy essay (that won my college’s humor contest) and a few more that got published (also during college) and some gathering dust in a drawer.

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

There are so many. “What a Wonderful Life” by Louie Armstrong is high up on that list.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None. It was a class assignment at the Academy of Film Writing and was so popular that I developed it into a short script. Once Doris was fleshed out, her story wrote itself!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I volunteer at an animal shelter walking dogs and bringing some home to give them a break from those concrete cages, posting photos to help get them adopted.

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

The feedback was fabulous! As for entering the contest, some of my peers in workshop had entered in the past, winning and getting read by actors. They enjoyed the experience and encouraged me to enter.

 

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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WILDsound Performer: JANE HAILES

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JANE HAILES: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/jane_hailes.html

Jane performed at the Writing Festival in December 2015.

ACTORTV SPEC – Modern Family
December 2015 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

ACTORTV PILOT – I Heart My Demons
December 2015 Reading
Written by Rebecca Scott

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – A Ghost Story of Christmas
December 2015 Reading
Written by Eddie Yaroch

Watch TV Spec of Modern Family by Debi Calabro

The Modern Family SPEC is a December 2015 TV Screenplay Winner.

Watch MODERN FAMILY by Debi Calabro:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
GLORIA – Jane Hailes
CLAIRE – Jane Smythe
PHIL/MITCHELL – Kari-Michael Helava
CAMERON/LUKE/MANNY – Robert Notman
LILY – Antosia Fiedur
JAY – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Debi Calabro:

1. What is your spec for the Modern Family TV show about?

This episode it about the ups and the downs of parenthood but ultimately it’s all good in the end.

2. Why does this spec fit into the context of the show?

The spec shows the same tone and humor as the other episodes. All the characters have a chance to make themselves heard as individuals and also how they contribute to the family unit.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Endearing, funny.

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

Moonstruck

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

Two weeks

6. How many stories have you written?

At least 15 features, two 1hour pilots, one sit-com pilot and this spec script

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love the show.

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

With this screenplay I didn’t face any obstacles. I know and love the characters so well it was an easy one to write.

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

Horse racing

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

I’ve been working with Wildsound on another project and they were very helpful with their feedback so I entered this one into the contest which won first time out.

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

If you are really passionate and love writing, never give up. As long as you love it, it’s worth the journey.

Watch TV PILOT of I HEART MY DEMONS by Rebecca Scott

Watch the December 2015 winning TV Pilot Screenplay.

I HEART MY DEMONS by Rebecca Scott

CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
EVAN – Robert Notman
ROCKY – Antosia Fiedur
RENE/CLAUDIA – Jane Smythe
CLEMANTINE/JUDITH – Jane Hailes
MATTHEW/FRED/BUSTER – Kari-Michael Helava
ANDREWS/JOE/THE KOREAN – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Rebecca Scott:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

My TV pilot is about the plight of being human, having desires, urges and needs – that contradict society, health, convention, and common sense. Basically a young near-do well wakes up one morning to find his personal demons have come to life and are moving into make his life hell.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I believe this screenplay should be made into a TV show because it’s audacious, provocative, and funny as hell. Most people can relate to a flawed anti hero protagonist, but having his struggles anthropomorphized by a cast of witty devious anti guardian angels is unique and a new spin on the dark comedy, internal life genre.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

In two words – Audacious and hilarious.

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

A Clockwork Orange.

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

I wrote it in one day, and rewrote it for a year.

6. How many stories have you written?

How many script have I written? Good ones? LOL – hundreds, but most are not fit for human consumption. I’m proud of about a dozen of my screenplays and pilots.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was motivated to write this screenplay by the idea of morals, vs self. I Love watching a main character struggle to be “a good person” and “Make healthy choices” – when everything fun in life tends to arise from some kind of vice. Evan is surrounded by temptation, and must battle that to fix his life. I can relate to those struggles and dig seeing them manifested in TV.

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

What obstacles did I face to finish this screenplay? None. I wrote it in one day in the lobby of a Florida hotel when my ex boyfriend got mad at me and kicked me out of our suite.

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

Aside from writing, I am passionate about directing, production design (my day job) my family, friends, current “Non kicking me out of hotel rooms, boy friend”, travel, food and having a bloody good time in life – while possibly doing a bit of good along the way. The good is optional, as long as there’s fun.

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

I entered this festival a few years ago with a short script I’d written and I won and it was very exciting, so I thought why not go back for more. Plus I feel the adjudicators have very good taste and thoughtful, insightful feedback. I regret not doing much of a rewrite based on their notes, but I fully intend to as they were smart and useful.

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

My advice to other writers, is write every day even if it’s crap. Don’t put off putting down details and stories – you may think you’ll remember them but they’re never as fresh as in the moment. And fuck up. Fuck up hard. Life is never more interesting than when you’re looking at it from the bottom. People who aren’t out there living it, have no business writing about it.