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

Watch the Winning September 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Reading.

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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