Winning Feature Screenplay: PEACE PLEDGE, by George M. Johnson

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Genre: War, Drama, Romance

A disillusioned First World War veteran, challenged by a reckless Anglican priest, reluctantly fights for peace against fascists in 1930s Britain, losing both friends and family but gaining a second chance in love. Based on the true story of Canon Dick Sheppard and the Peace Pledge Union.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Dick Sheppard: Scott McCulloch
John: Brogan Caulfield
Esme: Sandra Krstin
Alison: Julie Sheppard
Burt: Peter-Mark Raphael

 

B>Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A disillusioned First World War veteran, challenged by a reckless Anglican priest, reluctantly fights for peace against fascists in 1930s Britain, losing both friends and family but gaining a second chance in love. The screenplay is based on the true story of Canon Dick Sheppard and the Peace Pledge Union, the strongest pacifist movement in history.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Period drama, history, biopic

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Peace Pledge is a gripping and heart-felt story about standing up for what you believe in, even against all the odds. It is also a tale of redemption, love and the power of the human spirit. Peace Pledge is timely with the centenary commemoration of the end of WWI on the horizon (and the 80th anniversary of the beginning of WWII); the story becomes more relevant every day with the escalation of military spending and worldwide violence.

How would you describe this script in two words?

heart-warming, uplifting

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

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started researching it in 2012 and have worked on it along with other projects since then.

How many stories have you written?

I have written about a dozen stage-plays, some of them award-winning. “Still Life With Nudes” is a comedy about seniors who stage a sit-in at a contemporary art gallery in protest when their full-length nude self-portraits were rejected. It won the National Playwrighting Award and several other awards. I’ve also penned three award-winning screenplays, including “Peace Pledge,” which received Honorable Mention in the Euroscript Competition, and “The Wonder,” a finalist in the British Independent Film Festival, as well as half a dozen children’s stories, one, “Marissa and the Mountains,” to be published by Simply Read next year.

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

Universal Soldier has been a long-time favourite.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Information about the Peace Pledge Union has been buried in history and so it took considerable digging to piece together the peace story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about social justice issues, particularly fighting threats to the environment where I live in B.C.. I also enjoy canoeing, camping, and travelling with my family.

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

It has been great!

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

A friend had entered and told me it was worthwhile. I was elated at the encouraging, articulate, insightful feedback and inspired to make further revisions to make this the best script possible.

 

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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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ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
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ACTORTV SPEC of the show RICK & MORTY
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ACTORFAN FICTION Spec – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – UNSPOKEN
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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – YOU’VE CHANGED
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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY
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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MALICIOUS INTENT
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ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A CHANCE FOR LIFE
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
November 2016 Reading
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ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
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ACTORTV PILOT BEST Scene Screenplay – ARMS OF MORPHEUS
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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Short Screenplay Reading: CUTTING REMARKS by Erin Richardson

May 2016 Wining Short Screenplay.

Watch CUTTING REMARKS by Erin Richardson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Upper-class housewife Nancy visits her hairdresser Amelia to change her look for her new beau, but she doesn’t know him quite as well as Amelia does.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
NANCY – Kelci Stephenson
AMELIA – Jennifer Ferris

Get to know writer Erin Richardson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a rather comical exchange between two extremely vain women with similar priorities and differing morals.

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

I believe Cutting Remarks should be made into a movie because it makes a rather provocative statement about the materialistic nature of society (especially the middle-class) with a lighthearted and semi-realistic approach.

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

Comical, cute.

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

This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but I’d have to say Tina Fey’s Mean Girls.

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

I spent four hours working on this screenplay. It all came to me very quickly and clearly.

6. How many stories have you written?

So many…I’ve been coming up with stories ever since I was a kid, most of my original stuff was usually executed through poorly written/drawn comics. When I was younger, I used to tell my parents stories during car rides, except most of the time they were just disjointed retellings of the animated film Shark Tale. As I got older I began to create my own stories that didn’t involve Will Smith as a fish. In high school I dove into screenwriting by creating specs for Pushing Daisies. After that, I started coming up with more specs for other television shows (I.e. Family Guy, American Dad, New Girl) and wrote a couple feature length films. Now that I’m in film school, I’ve started writing more short films, such as Cutting Remarks.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Cutting Remarks was brought into this world after I was assigned a brainstorming project for my Introduction to Screenwriting class. My mind was drawing a blank whilst trying to come up with ideas for short films, and at the time I was due for a haircut. I headed to the salon and when I was there, I couldn’t help but notice the type of women that were sitting in the styling chairs next to me. Many of them in their forties, with dyed blonde hair, the occasional bad spray tan, wearing same black/grey semi-casual cotton blend dress. I knew then and there that I just had to make a character based on them.

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

I knew that I wanted to write a film that took place in a hair salon and I had my characters ready, but I wasn’t entirely sure how to end my film in an interesting way. Despite my disdain towards pitting women against each other for male attention (since almost every movie ever does that), I felt as if the ending I chose was the most fitting for the situation. I think it’s the irony that is most appealing to me; the gossip who thinks she knows everything doesn’t even know her hairdresser is shacking up with her boyfriend. It’s rather comical, in my opinion.

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

Although I am in film school and I intend to make a career out of being a screenwriter, I’m really quite passionate about the theatre. I enjoy singing, dancing, and acting, and the overall atmosphere of the theatre is a huge draw for me. I think what gets me most in both film and theatre is the sense of community. Both worlds involve an immense amount of collaboration, and I think it’s really beautiful when a group of people can come together and create something big (or small). I’m also quite passionate about travelling. I absolutely adore being exposed to different cultures and I sincerely believe that travelling is very healthy for the mind. It makes one wiser and more knowledgable about the world around them, and with that comes understanding (which can very easily be applied to one’s writings).

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

I entered the festival on account of the fact that I would like to build my resume as a screenwriter and get some exposure before I’m out of film school. I’m the kind of person that really likes to plan ahead, so I figured if I enter a few festivals here and there in my first year and do the same in the next three years, my name should acquire a wee slice of recognition within the industry.

I did, however, receive feedback on another screenplay I’d submitted entitled The Great Suburban Showdown. Generally I’m rather appreciative of feedback, and I often will make changes based upon it.

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

Always be aware of the world around you. Some of the best work is based upon observation. Take Seinfeld for example. It wasn’t really a show about nothing–it was a show about everything. Everything that happened in Seinfeld was based upon things that happen in real life, some of which actually happened to the show’s creator, Larry David. With this sense of observation, you should always be thinking to yourself, “What would make a great film/play/sketch?” See whimsy in the everyday, and let it inspire you. Another thing I think writers should know, which is difficult with the standards that this industry has set, is that they should not be afraid to voice their opinions on the faults of society through their work. But before you, the writer, decide to do so, make sure that your argument is clear, rational, and has enough people to support it that you’ll perhaps find success. As far as other tidbits of wisdom go, all I have to say is never give up, don’t let your past ruin your present/future, and be patient and open minded, especially with criticism. The entertainment industry is a tough field, but if you’re ready for it, I know it can be a wonderful place.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

May 8th Writing Festival Details

This week’s writing festival is a showcase of some of the best spec screenplays in the world today. We will be performing the winning Thriller feature screenplay, 3 short scripts, plus the winning May 1st scene screenplays. 

Here are the details:

Feature Screenplay: THE BOO, by Scott McEntire

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Drama

Synopsis: Ronnie is a small-town sheriff in the South who still talks to his dead wife on a daily basis. His estranged sister-in-law, Brooke, is dealing with the sudden loss of her husband while still trying to conquer the mental demons of her past. Healing an old family rift becomes all the more difficult when those demons turn out to not merely be figments of her imagination.

1st Scene Screenplay: PUPPETS, by James Griffiths

Genre: Sci FI, Thriller, Noir

Synopsis: A rebellious New Yorker suspects his warehouse retail employer is controlling the minds of it’s staff and causing them to commit suicide.

1st Scene Screenplay: RORSCHACH, by Federico Franchi and Filippo Pierangelini

Genre: TV series pilot, sitcom

Synopsis: Lawrence Maietti, 22 years old, is in serious troubles and now has to quickly find some money. Unable to find work, he has an idea: trying to get the government subsidy by reason of insanity.

Short Screenplay: SCENARIO, by Amy Jones

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

Synopsis: Fighting against time and terrorists on an earth struggling to survive after a devastating energy crisis, young scientific genius James Kale must figure out how to launch the rocket destined to save mankind before it’s too late.

Short Screenplay: FIFTY FIVE SECONDS, by Kwasi Mensah

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Film Noir

Synopsis: A grizzled veteran hitman tries to impart wisdom to his younger colleague but then they’re forced to question their loyalty to each other.

Short Screenplay: CUTTING REMARKS, by Erin Richardson

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Synopsis: Upper-class housewife Nancy visits her hairdresser Amelia to change her look for her new beau, but she doesn’t know him quite as well as Amelia does.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

April 3 2016 Writing Festival Event

This week’s Writing Festival will be showcasing 2 feature screenplays. The comedy & horror winning screenplays.

Here are the details of the works that will be performed.

#1 – MISPRINTS by Adam Preston

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Two young halfwits who are living like old men are changed by an egotistical old author who is living like a young man. An emotionally shredded proof reader shares an apartment with a naive intern at a publishing house. When they decide to publish a rejected manuscript by an uncontrollable, priapic, egotistical and superannuated author their little island of dissatisfaction is blown apart.

#2 – DEAD NORTH (formerly Zombies, Cannibals, Bikers) by Alexander Nachaj

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Adventure

Synopsis: Survivors battle zombies and rival groups in post-apocalyptic Northern Canada

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Short Screenplay Reading – LEROY’S DREAM by Diarra McCormick

March 2016 Winning Short Screenplay

Watch LEROY’S DREAM Table Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
LEROY – Ucal Shillingford
DARYL – Rob Notman
SONYA – Alicia Payne

Get to know writer Diarra McCormick:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a disgruntled hardworking father struggling to communicate with his combative alcoholic wife who must find the strength to pursue his true passion of becoming a world renowned painter.

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

This screenplay should be made into a film because this story needs to be told. It’s universal and inspirational. Everyone has a dream that they would like to come into fruition, whatever that dream may be. This story not only displays the harsh realities and struggle to get there, but also the satisfaction of making progress. It also continues to shed light on the struggles of living in New Orleans.

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

Triumphant struggle

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

Friday

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this screenplay for a month.

6. How many stories have you written?

20+

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

New Orleans has a lot of talented visual artists who are stuck working two and three low-paying jobs just to pay the exceptionally high rent that has skyrocketed since Hurricane Katrina. These artists motivated me to shed light on this situation from their perspective and the fact that some communities still haven’t been rebuilt.

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

I was very indecisive about the ending, until I realized that simpler was better.

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

Acting, dancing, modeling, and inspiring others.

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

What influenced me to enter the festival was my desire to take a chance on myself and share my story with others. What better way to do it than to enter a festival? I’m glad I did because I have a chance to be heard. My feelings on the initial feedback was that it was a good interpretation of the summary of my story.

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

Don’t be afraid to take a chance on yourself. Rejection is the worst feeling ever, no matter what it is you’re pursuing in life. For writers, it’s important for people to see it and get feedback, so submit your work to festivals. Festivals can become expensive, so make sure you share your writing with different people from all walks of life who don’t mind reading it. You’ll be glad you did.

 

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