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Winning 1st Scene of SERAPHINA, by Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri

 

 A beautiful, kindly Irish woman – bestowed a special gift at birth – comes to the aid of a 1950’s New England family-in-crisis unaware she is being hunted by a revenge-seeking, depression-era zealot.

Genre: Family, Thriller, Drama

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
The Doctor: Brandon Knox
The Vicar: Rob Notman
Joshua: Luke Robinson
The Midwife: Julie McCarthy
Seraphina: Lindsay Rolland Mills

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

SERAPHINA is about a heartwarming, beautiful Irish woman who was graced at birth with a special gift from God.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I firmly believe that SERAPHINA would tug at the heartstrings of people around the world. This is the story of a wonderful, kind woman whose only mission in life is helping people in need, and finally has the chance to see her lifelong dream come to fruition…to have a loving family of her own. Without a single reservation, this movie would appeal to broad audiences of all ages.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Heartwarming – Moving.

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

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Over 13-years.

How many stories have you written?

I am the published author of 7 novels, and have developed well over 20 screenplays.

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

Since I Don’t Have You by the “Skyliners”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The most difficult and frustrating obstacle for me was ensuring the Irish dialogue and brogue were spot on. In July of 2017, I retained a wonderful Irish author from the old country to read and edit the Irish dialogue. She ensured that even though Seraphina was born and raised in Ireland, as the years passed by in America, her beautiful Irish brogue would oh-so-gently soften…but just a wee bit, dontcha know!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies!

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

Filmfreeway is an outstanding platform for screenwriters to showcase their work.

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

The feedback was outstanding! I was filled with exhilaration and could not wait to tell my wife! But WILDsound has touched me this way before. I’ve entered the WILDsound festival numerous times over the years. I once received feedback for one of my scripts where the individual who wrote the feedback overwhelmed me with positive motivation and the desire to continue with my writing. The following is what he/she wrote about my protagonist, Jamerson Banks, in my script, MEADOW FALLS…

Hands down, Jamerson Banks is one of the most enjoyable characters ever created for the page and silver screen. He is irascible, ornery, quick-witted – and deeply wounded, by his own actions in the metaphysical sense, by the actions of others in the quite literal physical sense. His story is so detailed, his flaws so specific – we can’t wait to hear what happens next, even when he’s at his worst.

Thank you, WILDsound!!!

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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

Watch TV PILOT of I HEART MY DEMONS by Rebecca Scott

Watch the December 2015 winning TV Pilot Screenplay.

I HEART MY DEMONS by Rebecca Scott

CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
EVAN – Robert Notman
ROCKY – Antosia Fiedur
RENE/CLAUDIA – Jane Smythe
CLEMANTINE/JUDITH – Jane Hailes
MATTHEW/FRED/BUSTER – Kari-Michael Helava
ANDREWS/JOE/THE KOREAN – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Rebecca Scott:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

My TV pilot is about the plight of being human, having desires, urges and needs – that contradict society, health, convention, and common sense. Basically a young near-do well wakes up one morning to find his personal demons have come to life and are moving into make his life hell.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I believe this screenplay should be made into a TV show because it’s audacious, provocative, and funny as hell. Most people can relate to a flawed anti hero protagonist, but having his struggles anthropomorphized by a cast of witty devious anti guardian angels is unique and a new spin on the dark comedy, internal life genre.

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

In two words – Audacious and hilarious.

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

A Clockwork Orange.

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

I wrote it in one day, and rewrote it for a year.

6. How many stories have you written?

How many script have I written? Good ones? LOL – hundreds, but most are not fit for human consumption. I’m proud of about a dozen of my screenplays and pilots.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was motivated to write this screenplay by the idea of morals, vs self. I Love watching a main character struggle to be “a good person” and “Make healthy choices” – when everything fun in life tends to arise from some kind of vice. Evan is surrounded by temptation, and must battle that to fix his life. I can relate to those struggles and dig seeing them manifested in TV.

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

What obstacles did I face to finish this screenplay? None. I wrote it in one day in the lobby of a Florida hotel when my ex boyfriend got mad at me and kicked me out of our suite.

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

Aside from writing, I am passionate about directing, production design (my day job) my family, friends, current “Non kicking me out of hotel rooms, boy friend”, travel, food and having a bloody good time in life – while possibly doing a bit of good along the way. The good is optional, as long as there’s fun.

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

I entered this festival a few years ago with a short script I’d written and I won and it was very exciting, so I thought why not go back for more. Plus I feel the adjudicators have very good taste and thoughtful, insightful feedback. I regret not doing much of a rewrite based on their notes, but I fully intend to as they were smart and useful.

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

My advice to other writers, is write every day even if it’s crap. Don’t put off putting down details and stories – you may think you’ll remember them but they’re never as fresh as in the moment. And fuck up. Fuck up hard. Life is never more interesting than when you’re looking at it from the bottom. People who aren’t out there living it, have no business writing about it.