Winning Under 5min. Short Screenplay – ONE STOP SHOT, by Hazel Allan

Genre: Drama, Romance

James’s world is pretty dull and mundane, varying shades of gray – until his eyes meet Kerry’s on the train. He finally works up enough courage to talk to her, but is left devastated when she appears to ignore him. Dejected, he doesn’t acknowledge her on their next commute, which confuses her. Kerry later tells her friend that she thought he was ‘The One’ but she must’ve mis-read the signs – the twist being that she tells her friend this in sign language.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
James: Steve Rizzo
Friend: Rachel Salsberg
Kerry: Emily Weir

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s a light-hearted romantic comedy about love at first sight and the disappointment that too often accompanies this.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romance.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it’s simple and endearing! The message that love might strike at any time offers hope and light in a world that is too often bleak. I think the characters would transfer well from paper onto screen. James is awkward and likeable, a hopeless romantic – and we can all relate to that just a little. Can’t we?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Charming yet frustrating!

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

‘When Harry Met Sally’. It’s sheer perfection.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It didn’t take long. The characters came to me fully formed and were so endearing and straightforward that the story flowed. If there’s one thing I would change I’d like to add more hope to the ending. Perhaps James could see Kerry and her friend talking in sign language and the penny would drop?

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count but some of these have never seen the light of day. My main writing achievements are my three published children’s novels (The Bree McCready series), a six part family drama series which I am currently working on, and the two shorts I have had accepted by Wild Sound Festival.

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

“Little Green” by Joni Mitchell. It never fails to make me cry.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making the scene where James talks to Kerry for the first time feel authentic was a challenge. I mean why did he not simply tap her on the shoulder? But that would have been a dangerous move, as the miscommunication would too easily have been discovered. I had to keep everything brief due to the limited length of the piece.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being a mum. Raising my son alone has been a challenging yet immensely rewarding journey. He is my inspiration.

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

I’m used to writing longer pieces with complex plot twists and turns. I wanted to try something short and snappy as I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to practise self editing. It was more difficult than I had anticipated! The initial feedback on ‘One Stop Shot’ was both thorough and constructive. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the word ‘winner’! The suggestions really helped me to reflect on my idea and think about how best to strengthen the story.

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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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Short Story: THE WALKER by Stephen John Karnaghan

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Performed by actor Julian Ford

THE WALKER by Stephen John Karnaghan

Get to know the writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

The Walker is a story about how we all go through life not telling ourselves the truth. People go through life not living their true lives and let others dictate who we are and what we do.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Philosophical

How would you describe this story in two words?

Be true

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Koyaanisqatsi

How long have you been working on this story?

It takes me quite a while to finish a story and this one took me about three months.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

What motivated you to write this story?

While I was sick I started to think about I had not been true to myself and started the story from that point.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner with Steve Reich. One of the turning points in my life was hearing “It’s Gonna Rain” for the first time. This piece is one of the greatest musical compositions of all time.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am driven to compose music that represents modern times.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

This is a wonderful contest because I have always found that I wanted to write using only the necessary words of the story.

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

Be truthful to yourself about how good your writing is and edit, edit, edit.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Best Scene from 3 FAMILIES Screenplay Written by J.D. Poland

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Best Scene from 3 FAMILIES Screenplay
Written by J.D. Poland

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romantic Comedy

At its heart, it’s about unselfish love along with the challenges of cultivating integrity and bravery, given internal limitations and external pressures.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
FIONA – Alicia Payne
VIRGINIA – Katelyn Varadi
PAUL – Peter Mark Raphael
THOMAS- Nick Hendrick Wicht
VINCENT – Kheon Clarke

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

At its heart, it’s about unselfish love along with the challenges of cultivating integrity and bravery, given internal limitations and external pressures.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s a screwball romantic comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s fun for all ages. While it has universal appeal, it has particular appeal to a large, but under-served demographic: Asians. And it portrays strong, intelligent women.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fast-moving romp. Is that 3 words?

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

When I was 8, I talked my parents into letting me see Star Wars 8 times. I slipped a few Star Wars references into the B-story.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The idea came to me about a year ago. I spent 6 months letting it rattle around in my head, 3 weeks creating an outline, and 3 weeks in Kathmandu, Nepal, writing the first draft. It’s the second screenplay I’ve written in Kathmandu.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve got 4 features and 4 shorts under my belt.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A funny thought and time on my hands.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writing in Kathmandu has its obstacles, but that’s part of the reason why I like to write there. Because of power-rationing, there’s only electricity for a few hours a day. So I can write while there’s power and while I have battery left. And WIFI is unreliable at the budget guesthouses I prefer. But those limitations impose a discipline and urgency that I struggle to maintain in a more developed country. Probably my greatest obstacle was maintaining my sense of humor in the face of the destruction caused by the earthquake…and no tandoori thanks to India holding up gas shipments. Nepal without tandoori is like sex without orgasm.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Business analysis and Buddhism – basically anything beginning with a B.

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

Good advice? Let’s see. Always begin with the end in mind. Make sure there’s a point to your story (and you know what that is). Outlining is super helpful. And when you’re finally ready to hammer out the first draft, try to create an environment/routine that encourages discipline and a sense of urgency.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

 

 

Oz Greek – August 2016 SHORT STORY Winner Writer

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Julian Ford

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Colored ties is a story about a youngster and his crew who came from nothing and acquired lots of money.
Once they made money enough to invest in themselves, they bought other businesses to keep money coming in.

The story culminates with a high huge loss of money and a last minute scrounge to keep money coming in so the families can eat and not lose everything they worked so hard for.

The goal of the script is to teach people the value of money and the love of family.

People should know the heart break of losing what they cling to, the pleasure of a new start, and the victory of success at least once in life.

Whether or not people are able to kee

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?
Genre – crime thriller

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

money matters

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

Pursuit of happiness

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

about 3 years

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Ayn Rand – Atlas shrugged

7. What motivated you to write this story?

People say money and family do not matter, they are wrong.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Al Pacino

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

Taking care of my family and creating a life I can be proud of.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I want to inspire and entertain people.

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

Never give up on your dream, whatever it may be.

Never give up on your dream, whatever it may be.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

 

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Cornelia Fick – August 2016 SHORT STORY Winner Writer

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Reading Performed by actor Julian Ford

Thoughts of a Soldier  by Cornelia Fick

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

‘Thoughts of a soldier’ is about a fictitious war during the struggle to overthrow apartheid.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?
This is a literary story, experimenting with punctuation.

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

Poignant, intriguing

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

I’ve seen ‘Gone with the wind’ a number of times.

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

I wrote this story long ago and kept returning to it to refine it. Finally, I worked on it during my MA Creative Writing degree at Rhodes University and perfected it (I hope).

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Yes. I re-read John Steinbeck’s Of mice and men every few years. I love the story.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

So many people died during the struggle to overthrow apartheid, young people, and I wanted to remember them; their sacrifice and commitment to create a country where my children can grow up and be free to pursue their dreams.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would love to have dinner with Nelson Mandela. We could discuss the path of forgiveness, difficult for me, and I would report on our progress and hear his views.

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

I love to read books, going to the theatre, spending time with my family and playing ‘Plants vs. zombies’.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

Someone approached me on Goodreads and I thought it was a great idea to publicise my debut collection of short stories, Eye of a needle, which will be published on 30 September.

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

Persevere. It’s a difficult path with little monetary reward (for me at least!) but one day you may hit the jackpot. Write for yourself, what moves you; that is infinitely more satisfying.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

 

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Lucien M. – August 2016 NOVEL Writing Winner

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OBITER DICTA by Lucian M

Novel Performed by actor Julian Ford

Get to know the novelist: 

1. What is your novel about?

A murder leaves a body on display at a Vancouver, Canada public space quickly followed by the assassination of the prime minister of British Columbia that leaves a public in shock. VPD Homicide investigate a trail that leads to various groups vying to grip the political future of British Columbia in their hands. Some seek to do so by democratic means while others pursue the route of armed force. Most disturbing are the groups that seek to establish a government ruled by the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments that will then act as a springboard to the establishment of a global confederacy of Judeo-Christian states committed to a policy of maintaining their vision of the status quo until the advent of the Apocalypse.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

From early childhood most of us are exposed to different forms of cookie cutter conformity. Common forms are strict ideologies that traditionally employ coercive forms of psychological terror or manipulation to impose the party line on the not so convinced. Freedom of thought, objective inquiry, and the scientific method are never part of this paradigm. Most disturbing is when conformity evolves into tyranny and unleashes a savage reign of terror. The resulting blood lust is a chapter written too many times in human history.

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

The 1st chapter introduces the reader to a murder victim laying in a market on Vancouver’s Granville Island, surrounded by a multitude of characters who all hold little pieces of the scandals surrounding the murder in their mind. As the reader jumps from perspective to perspective, the pieces of the scandal begin to come together, and in part it comes to light that the victim was connected to a recently jailed wealthy figure on the island, who is linked to a secret drug trade. The tension grows towards an exciting and deadly climax.

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

I Heard the Owl Call My Name- by Margaret Craven

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

I wrote the first draft in 1996

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Simon Scarrow

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

The fate of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for daring to suggest that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets. He also raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own. Moreover, he insisted that the universe is in fact infinite. (per Wiki)

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Martin Scorsese

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

karate, guitar, rhythmic studies, visual art, skiing, ice skating, language studies

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

It was inspiring to discover a committee of professional writers and writing consultants that invited novel submissions. Not only would entering yield full feedback in the form of suggested revisions but also a possible reading by professional actors with subsequent on-line posting

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

Stieg Larsson: He had written the Millennium crime trilogy for his own pleasure after returning home from his job in the evening (per Wiki)

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

 

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