Best Scene Reading of FROM A KID’S POINT OF VIEW, by Chad Smith

 

Genre: Fantasy/Comedy

A man’s mother-in-law puts a voodoo hex on him to overcome work problems, bad habits, and kidnappers.

Narrator: Val Cole
Jack: Gabriel Darku
Carl: Neil Bennett
Mary: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

A man’s mother-in-law puts a voodoo hex on him to overcome work problems, bad habits and kidnappers. The bad thing is it backfires and he and his wife have to deal with a different set of problems while coping with everything else.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy and comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think people might find it entertaining, coming from a different prospective.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Different entertainment.

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

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

5 years.

How many stories have you written?

5

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

Mountain Jam by The Allman Brothers Band

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Too many rewrites.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Trying not to get too old as I grow older.

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

To get a read. Good.

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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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Best Scene Reading of DRIVER’S SIDE, by Zander Jones

Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller

Driver’s Side is a film-noir inspired look into the life of a man depressed and alone, simply looking for love.

Narrator: Val Cole
Jason: Neil Bennett
Cristina: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A sheltered adolescent pursues a dangerous relationship that is beyond his control after the death of his devoutly religious parents.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Neo noir

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s an authentic depiction of a young man’s loss of innocence and gradual coming of age while trying to stay true to his closest held beliefs versus exploring the pitfalls of forbidden temptations.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Excitingly heartbreaking

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

City of God/Oldboy/The Godfather

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A little over a year (on and off)

How many stories have you written?

3 short films and now working on a larger serial format project that recycles all of the main characters and their back stories from all three shorts in a completely new narrative.

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

Modjo – Lady Hear Me Tonight

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Self doubt, not believing in the story, negative feedback. Just the usual. 🙂

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Tennis. Technology. Travel. Languages. Education. Augmented Reality. News. Mass media. Corporate espionage. Power. Love. Manipulation. Honesty. And everything in between.

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

The site makes it easy to manage submissions and keep track of deadlines, announcement dates etc.

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

I initially entered the script because I wanted to gain some quality feedback to push myself to write the most engaging story possible. Some of the feedback was quite harsh but I would also prefer it this way. I find it motivates me to work harder and overall write better scripts. It also means I don’t have to interpret someone just trying to be polite or massage the criticism in too delicately.

 

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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

Best Scene Reading of MARLOWE, by Mark Mc Quown

 

Genre: Action/Adventure with Animation

Marlowe is a brown, Virginia field mouse that moves into the farm house where he meets eleven-year-old Cole who thinks he is an alien and teaches him to speak and wear a suit. In the end, Marlowe saves Cole and a small conclave of humans and animals from the appetite of a voracious virus that kills almost all animal life on the planet in less than a year.

Narrator: Val Cole
Cole: Gabriel Darku
Lloyd: Neil Bennett
Louise: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Marlowe” is about a mouse who saves the world from a hungry virus with the help of two teenagers

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/Adventure

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because the screenplay is also an animal rights movie and we need to spread the word about animal rights.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Incredibly fantastic

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

Harry Potter

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year

How many stories have you written?

In the thirties

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

Tea For The Tillerman, Cat Stevens

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making it fit in the parameters of the book it was taken from.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting, Directing design

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

Excellent, very organized.

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

The Festival has a good buzz from writers and the feedback I received was just excellent.
 

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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

TV Spec Screenplay – Modern Family by Chai Karve

Watch the September 2016 Winning TV SPEC Screenplay

Modern Family by Chai Karve

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ALEX – Mandy Magnan
PHIL/CAMERON – Devin Upham
JAY/MITCHELL – Neil Kulin
LILY/HALEY – Lauren Toffan
LUKE/MANNY – Scott Beaudin
CLAIRE/GLORIA – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know the writer:

What is your spec screenplay based on the famous TV show about?

All of the characters that usually get what they want need help. On a mushy-gushy level, it’s about realizing everyone’s potential for contribution and using the talents of everyone around you to solve a problem.

A plots: Alex tries to land an internship. Jay tries to learn technology. Haley tries to maintain a long-distance relationship. Mitchell tries to engage with Lily.

B plots: Gloria uses idioms to a fault. Claire and Phil jockey to help Alex. Luke offers sage relationship advice. Lily and Cameron are football bros.

How does this screenplay fit into the context of the TV show?

Most viewers will be able to relate to at least one of the storylines. It’s difficult acknowledging our shortcomings, and this episode deals with that in several contexts.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fast & Relatable

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Arrested Development and Veep. Both of these shows are so fast and terrifyingly witty. The number and diversity of jokes these shows have is staggering. I find new elements every time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The story was outlined in a week and I wrote a draft in 2 days. Once I locked down the story I knew I could crank it out relatively quickly.

How many stories have you written?

The spec is the longest piece I have written other than academic writing. I have and continue to write sketches, one-liners, and short films.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My love for the show and the characters.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Modern Family has an uncanny ability to weave together wonderfully disjointed stories thematically and I did not feel comfortable putting pen to paper until I had that sense of interconnectivity locked down.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Improv comedy. Late night comedy. Comedy. Podcasts about politics and other useless intelligent jargon.

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

More than winning (which is pretty great), I wanted feedback. Every time you enter one of these things, it is a total gamble, and I this was the first one I entered because of the promise of feedback in a timely manner. I got solid feedback and was able to tweak my script to a point where I was happy with it, all thanks to the kind people at WILDsound.

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

Being busy is not an excuse. Make time. Outline the crap out of everything. Start with smaller pieces – success in brevity is absolutely scalable.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne