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Watch 1st Scene Winning Script Reading STILL IN THE GAME (with interview)

And I have been very pleased with the feedback from WILDsound; in fact, it inspired a reworking of the entire screenplay. And I think it is much stronger as a result.

– Writer George Flowers

    Watch STILL IN THE GAME by George Flowers:


    NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
    Barkley – Allan Michael Brunet
    Mel – Dan Fox
    Hooker – Pip Dwyer
    Kelly – Dan Cristofori
    Prostitute – Christina Aceto
    Karen – Krista Morin

Matthew Toffolo interviews George Flowers:

What is your screenplay about?

In short, STILL IN THE GAME is about two American men – one a 75-year-old comic, and the other a 78-year-old salesman – who reject the notion that retirement means that life’s productive period is over. Baseball great Yogi Berra’s famous quote: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” captures their spirit well, as they strive to milk every last drop of fun and adventure out of their remaining years (months, weeks, days).

Why should this script be made into a movie?

It’s hard to find a comedy today that is not laced with sexual and other profanities. I tried to lace this screenplay with comedy, and spice it with a slightly racy subtext (Barkley’s desire to have sexual relations with young women) and some occasional risqué moments. [By the way, he never has sex with young women (he’s a dreamer, which is why the script opens with a dream sequence]; later in the film, he has an opportunity to have a sexual tryst with a young woman, and he rejects her, later explaining to a friend: “I’ve had milk older than she is.”]

How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing articles on show business, travel and food, as well as news stories and commercials for broadcast, for many years. I’ve been writing screenplays for about five years. In 1977, I wrote a manuscript for a novel; it was never published, although at one point it was being considered for an “ABC Movie of the Week.”

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

“Blazing Saddles.” Easily a dozen times over the years. But I gravitate to most anything Mel Brooks as often as possible.

What artists would you love to work with?

To work with, period! –

Jack Nicholson: An extraordinary talent who milks every drop out of every line, and always manages to steal the scene.

Morgan Freeman: He brings depth to his performances that I rarely see from today’s young crop of actors. He’s a class act, who never overacts, is smooth, and is always absolutely believable.

Sean Penn: I believe that Penn is what James Dean would have become, had he lived – a gifted, emotionally explosive presence in Hollywood – on-screen, as a writer, and as a director. He has matured wonderfully since the ‘80s.

Meryl Streep: She is versatile and just amazingly in-touch with the characters she plays – that is, she becomes so genuinely the person she is playing that she appears just to be living her life, and we are bystanders.

Anthony Hopkins: He is a magnificent actor, skilled in his craft in much the same way that Brando and Olivier were.

To work with in the role of Barkley –

I would love to have worked with Walter Matthau; in fact, the Barkley character was created as an homage or sorts to him. Matthau was a superb actor, who moved effortlessly between dramatic and comedic roles, although I feel his comedic work was his best. Others who could have played him are Leslie Nielsen and Jack Klugman. Elliot Gould could possibly play him today. I could easily see Jerry Stiller playing Barkley, too, although he’s too old for the part.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Screenplays: Six (STILL IN THE GAME is my first). Stories (articles and news stories, mostly): Thousands (I’ve written about a thousand articles in the last 25 years; news stories: countless (I’m a broadcast journalist); commercials, many hundreds over the years for radio and television.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

In my 30s again (I’m 68).

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I come up with a screenplay idea, and write about it (stream of consciousness) for a while, just to see where it goes. If it feels like a promising beginning – if the concept feels good, and the characters feel rich, I then write what I feel will be the last few scenes (on the belief that I have to know where I’m going in order to get there); the ending isn’t cast in stone – it may change, but at least I can plot a course and travel it.

Regarding character development, I have a lengthy interview process, where I interview myself as each major character. I need to know their life experiences: where they came from, what their parents did, what influenced them (positively and negatively). I write a sort of bible on each character. In a screenplay, we meet every character mid-life, and where they came from determines how and where they go forward.

I don’t have a set writing routine; the creative process respects no rules. When the juices are flowing, the fingers must be typing, and keep typing until the flow ends.

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

Eliminating injustice, doing away with racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and xenophobia, and counteracting climate change before it’s too late. (In other words, I want to be Miss America.) But they’re all true. I majored in psychology in college, and one of my professor’s used the term “generativity” to mean leaving the world a better place for those who follow. That is what I am passionate about!

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? Did you enjoy the feedback you received?

I read the festival’s information on Film Freeway, and it sounded intriguing – and manageable: just the screenplay’s first ten pages; we’re not analyzing character development, arcs and plot resolutions – just the first few pages to see if viewers would get hooked. Nice!

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

There’s a story I tell when I speak with young writers; I’m not certain that it’s true, but its message certainly is. Allegedly, Earnest Hemmingway was scheduled to speak before an assembly of aspiring writers at a major university. Hundreds of students sat in the auditorium with pencils in-hand, waiting for the great Hemmingway to share his secrets for writing the great American novel. The author is said to have walked onto the stage, taken his place at the lectern, and paused for more than a few moments, just looking out at those assembled. When he spoke, he was short and to the point. He reportedly said: “So … you all want to be writers, eh? Then what the hell are you doing here? Why aren’t you home writing?” – and then he walked off the stage. There’s no substitute for exercising your creative muscles. Use them, or lose them. And best of luck to all of us.

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Watch Winning TV PILOT “FAUST” by Niel Thompson (plus interview)

I entered the WILDsound Festival because it was recommended on moviebytes.com. It was highly rated, and I liked that I would receive feedback regardless of the outcome of my script. Good feedback is hard to find, and so I decided to do it. The feedback received was very valid and constructive.

– Writer Niel Thompson

Watch “FAUST” Winning TV PILOT by Niel Thompson:


NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Faust – Krista Morin
Abby – Christina Aceto
Malchior – Allen Brunet
Amarete – Pip Dwyer
Donovan – Dan Fox
Ward – Ryan Anning

Matthew Toffolo interviews winning TV PILOT writer Niel Thompson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Detective Amelia Faust is a wizard, the last wizard. It is her job to protect humanity from what is left of the supernatural. Abby is a young girl who can’t go home. She becomes Faust’s assistant. The two fight and defeat an ancient vampire, mummy queen and Faust decides to take Abby on as an apprentice.

2. Why does would this script make a terrific TV show?

There aren’t many female led action shows, and “Faust” would help fill the growing demand for that kind of content. How Faust uses magic is also a fresh, unique spin on an old story concept. While belief and heart are necessary components for a wizard’s magic, Faust also has to rely on her knowledge of science and natural intelligence to properly use magic and solve crimes.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Years and years. I didn’t start thinking I wanted to be a writer as a profession until I was eighteen, but I was making stories long before.

4. What TV shows did you watch when you were a kid?

I watched a lot of different shows. I had four older brothers, and so I watched what they watched. I grew up on 80’s Transformers as well as British Comedy and Scifi like Black Adder and Doctor Who and anime among other things.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

If he were still alive, I would’ve loved to work with Terry Pratchett. Neil Gaiman and Stephen King would be others I’d like to work with not just because I like their writing but because they’ve worked in multiple media with both books, scripts, and comics.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve lost track of the number of stories I’ve written. Writing screenplays is something that’s still a little new to me. As of now, I’ve written about four and am working on a fifth.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Getting paid to write.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I try to come up with the main character or characters and the conflict they have to overcome and start from there. I don’t rely heavily on an outline, but if I get stuck and don’t know where to go, I’ll write a basic one up just to give me a goal so that I don’t lose momentum.

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

I love stories, all stories in all mediums. I also like traveling and living in other countries. I’m also very passionate about theater. I did a lot of plays when I was a kid and in high school and college. Because of where I currently live, I haven’t been able to do any plays, but it’s something I’d like to do again in the future.

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

Don’t be afraid to write crap. You have to write crap before you can write something good. If you can’t bring yourself to write crap, you’re never going to be able to write anything meaningful.

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