Screenplay Festival: March 1, 2018 Event

A terrific lineup of screenplays from around the world will be showcased on Thursday March 1st at the festival.

A reading of an original script from the TV show TRANSPARENT. A fan fiction STAR WARS short. 5 1st scene screenplays. And 6 best scene screenplays.

FULL CAST LIST: Geoff Mays, Lesley Ballantyne, Shawn Devlin, Olivia Jon, Jennifer Vallance, Allan Cooke, Rachel Rain Packota

TV Spec of TRANSPARENT “The Board Shorts”, by Marissa Lessman

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Maura is haunted by her old life as Josh and Ali set up a garage sale while Sarah and Shelley try to throw the perfect Purim party resulting in an unexpected outcome.

CAST LIST:

Gary: <a href="Allan Cooke
Ali: Rachel Rain Packota
Josh: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maura: Shawn Devlin
Shelley: Lesley Ballantyne
Sarah: Jennifer Vallance

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FAN FICTION Short: FALLEN: A STAR WARS STORY, by by George Deihl Jr.

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the events of the Phantom Menace and the start of the Clone Wars – a valuable lesson of integrity, love and the Force.

CAST LIST:

Qui Gane: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Bixel: <a href="Allan Cooke
Jac Pale: Geoff Mays

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CRIME SHORT SCREENPLAY – CHERRY GLAZED, by Christine Sherwood

Genre: Drama, Crime

A crime boss is forced to get her hands dirty to clean up her subordinates mess when they fail to handle a job.

CAST LIST:

Charlotte: Jennifer Vallance
Mark: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Rachel: Lesley Ballantyne
Joe: <a href="Allan Cooke

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STUDENT SHORT SCREENPLAY – DIMAGGIO, by Taylor Zaccario

Genre: Sports, Drama, Family

A father, desperate to connect with his son, tries to teach him baseball.

CAST LIST:

Tito: <a href="Allan Cooke
Eileen: Lesley Ballantyne
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Joey: Geoff Mays
Frank: Shawn Devlin

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ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay – MAIRE’S JOURNEY, by Keith Famie

Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

The journey follows Maire, a 23-year-old cancer patient, as she battles a rare heart cancer. Maire faces end of life issues and questions about where we go when we die. She befriends a blind carpenter who crafts her a small 3 ft wooden sail boat for her remains to go on a extraordinary journey in hope she will reach the ocean.

CAST LIST:

George: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maire: Rachel Rain Packota
Monika: Lesley Ballantyne

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HORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – THE KILLER JOHN BIDWELL, by Travis Lemke

Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller

A small town sheriff is faced with a series of gruesome murders that lead him to an exceptionally disturbed serial killer.

CAST LIST:

Tully: Shawn Devlin
Neighbor: Jennifer Vallance
Stuart: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Carl: <a href="Allan Cooke
Candice: Rachel Rain Packota
Emma: Lesley Ballantyne

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DRAMA 1st Scene Screenplay – CHILDREN OF THE DUST, by John McCarney

Genre: Drama

In an intertwining story based on true events, three very different men have a part in saving as many babies from war-torn Vietnam as they can.

CAST LIST:

Corrie: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Daly: Shawn Devlin
Jenkins: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay – ENTANGLED, by Sharon Powers

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

American environmentalists in Mexico run afoul of a drug-smuggling operation, and reporter Jasmine Peterson comes down to assist – only to stumble onto a whole new story…a merman!

CAST LIST:

Louise: Rachel Rain Packota
Simon: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Kyle: <a href="Allan Cooke
Daniel: Geoff Mays

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MYSTERY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE COLD SLEEPER, by John Lucas Bowman

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Hudson, hotshot CIA Agent with photographic memory, learns that his slightly senile Grandpa is a forgotten Soviet sleeper agent who is reactivated when his former handler Korolov escapes a Russian mental institution.

CAST LIST:

Hudson: <a href="Allan Cooke
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Luddmilla: Jennifer Vallance
Becker: Shawn Devlin

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THRILLER 1st Scene Screenplay – THE BLUE ROOM, by Victoria Mitchell

Genre: Thriller, Horror

This is a ghost story about a blind man, one haunted room and a not-so-virtuous team of paranormal investigators.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Woman: Jennifer Vallance
Male Voice: Shawn Devlin

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FEMALE BEST Scene Reading of REBEKAH’S CLOSET, by Amy Jackson

Genre: Drama

A young American woman living in Paris grapples with the psychological ramifications of her childhood abuse.

CAST LIST:

Rosmemarie: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Rebekah: Jennifer Vallance
Rupert: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FEMALE BEST Scene Reading of FIRST TIME FOR PENNY, by Janice Walker

Genre: Family, Drama

Penny’s father has passed away and her mother now has Alzheimer’s. Her other three older siblings want to put her in a home when it is recommended that she cannot live by herself. Penny wants to take care of her mother personally instead, despite the fact that her mother has always been harder on her than the others.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Howard: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of ROBOTS FROM NEPTUNE, by J. David Thayer

Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Deep within the icy cloud layers of Neptune live the X-tonians: a mighty race of silicone-based lifeforms who regularly breathe a toxic mixture of methane and carbon dioxide. However, their world is dying.

CAST LIST:

Religious Cleric: Lesley Ballantyne
Cleric: Geoff Mays
Princess QQ: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
King YY: Shawn Devlin
Roy Hermus: <a href="Allan Cooke
Cleric: Jennifer Vallance

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FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of MOUNTAIN MAN AND HIS WOMEN PHYSIC VISIONS POWERS, by Irene Holmes

Genre: Family, Adventure, Fantasy

Unmarried mountain couple heads to the nearest town to do their winter shopping. Veronica is a homemaker with physic vision powers is her career. Vernon cuts wood and creates wood objects for his career. Vernon doesn’t listen to Veronica’s visions because; he thinks he can get out of any situation that comes upon him.

CAST LIST:

Fire Sword: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Wizard: Shawn Devlin
Bosnia: <a href="Allan Cooke

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FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of BIOS, by Michael Clohesy

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

Life as we know it is thrown into question when a disparate group of young creatives attempt to unravel the multi-generational mystery surrounding the reemergence of a reclusive artist, one who aspires to save the world by forever changing the face of the planet.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Kita: Jennifer Vallance
Miranda: Lesley Ballantyne

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BEST Scene Reading of THE DEN, by Kelsey Ann Wacker & Nathan Simpson

Genre: Drama

Based on true events.

CAST LIST:

Penny: Jennifer Vallance
Myna: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Sean: Geoff Mays
Jamie: <a href="Allan Cooke
Joanne: Lesley Ballantyne

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Screenplay Festival: February 15, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 7th event of 2018 gives you a full reading of the winning comedy feature screenplay. Plus, readings of 4 best scene readings, and 3 short screenplay readings.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “Dirty Comedy”

CAST LIST: Peter Nelson, Neil Bennett, Daniel Cristofori, Peter-Mark Raphael, Brogan Caulfield, Regan Brown, Emily Weir

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Comedy Feature Screenplay – POOP MOVIE, by Byron Erwin

Genre: Animation, Comedy

See the world from the Poop’s point of view as a cowardly outcast discovers his courage and bravery when he battles the evil Toilet Paper Empire in this animated action adventure.

CAST LIST:

Mr. Tee Pee: Daniel Cristofori
Lily: Emily Weir
Tootsie Roll: Brogan Caulfield
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Duke: Peter-Mark Raphael
Browneye: Neil Bennett
Floater: Regan Brown

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1pg. Comedy Short Screenplay – A PARTING OF THE WAYS, by Marc Lalonde

Genre: Comedy

What does Ying-Yang really mean?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Woman with Boxes: Regan Brown
Woman with Dog: Emily Weir

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CRIME Short Screenplay – WHEN THE DUST SETTLES, by Derek W. Wright

Genre: Crime drama

On the day of New York’s most savage terrorist attack, mayhem and carnage fills the air. When the dust settles, two of the heroes believed to be victims of the terrorists actually left traces of their blood on the hands of an American.

CAST LIST:

Kenny: Peter-Mark Raphael
Clem: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Gwen: Regan Brown
Tamara: Emily Weir
Xavier: Brogan Caulfield

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SCI-FI Short Screenplay – TOGETHER, by Jade S. Bokhari

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

As an apocalyptic asteroid heads to earth, a bereaved father hunts down his child’s killer; so dead or alive, his family is together to face the end.

CAST LIST:

Man: Peter-Mark Raphael
Ellie: Emily Weir
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Joe: Neil Bennett
Alice: Regan Brown

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COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay – OCCUPY WALLY STREETSKI, by Mike Hoberg

Genre: Comedy

Funny things happen on Wall Street.

CAST LIST:

Finn: Brogan Caulfield
Reporter: Emily Weir
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Wally: Daniel Cristofori
Atticus: Neil Bennett

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THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – BACK FROM THE DEAD, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Thriller, Horror

A man walks through the fire.

CAST LIST:

Colonel: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Witch: Emily Weir
Desborough: Regan Brown

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HORROR Best Scene Screenplay – TOUCH-TABLE, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Rick: Brogan Caulfield
Michelle: Emily Weir

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STAGE PLAY Best Scene – BETWEEN THE LINES, by Dean Gilbert Tonkin & Stephen Gregory Barnes

Genre: Drama – two acts

Gathered at Ferlinghetti’s City Lights in 1959, an anti-establishment, avant-garde bevy of The Beat Generation share unfiltered views of the world through their kaleidoscopes of impulsive banter, improvisational music, songs, poems, and peer pique. Fifty years later, both the survivors and spirits of the dead Beats return to Ferlinghetti’s with their lenses in sharper focus to let us in on what really lies….between the lines.

CAST LIST:

Worm: Peter-Mark Raphael
Maxwell: Daniel Cristofori
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Melvin/Rabbi: Neil Bennett
Bird: Brogan Caulfield
Simone: Emily Weir

ADD ON: TV – JACOB’S COVE

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Detective Jameson: Neil Bennett

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Screenplay Festival: February 8, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 6th event of 2018 gives you a full reading of the winning TV PILOT screenplay. Plus, readings of 5 best scene readings, 5 short screenplay readings, and a TV Pilot 1st scene reading.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “Your past always comes back!”

Full Cast list: Val Cole, Gary Graham, John Fray, Kelci Stephenson,
James Dooley

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TV PILOT – FAMILY SECRETS, by Allison Osborne

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Abigail Sullivan thinks she’s successfully run from her mob past, until the FBI catches up to her and gives her an ultimatum. Help them catch the rest of her criminal family or go to jail for the rest of her life.

Cast List:

Alvarez: Gary Graham
Ryker: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Brad: John Fray
Abigail: Kelci Stephenson

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1st Scene Reading – THE LAST CAMPOUT, by Mike Meade

Genre: Drama, Thriller

A couple gets lost in the woods.

Cast List:

Kevin: James Dooley
Man: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole
Bill: John Fray
Chelsea: Kelci Stephenson

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TV PILOT 1st Scene Reading – BY TOUCH, by Robert Cox

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Anton Michaels is a college professor with a gift. To some people in the police force Anton is used to help catch criminals with his abnormal psychometric abilities. After an explosion at a nuclear power plant leaves one man as a prime suspect, Anton is called in by his friend Father John to help find his nephew David who he swears could not be involved with the rigged explosion but has mysteriously disappeared.

Cast List:

Jimmy: James Dooley
Woman: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Anton: John Fray
Father John: Gary Graham

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TV PILOT Best Scene Reading – WHAT THE HELL, by Melissa Willis

Genre: Comedy

A single-camera comedy that follows a free-spirited young woman who’s lost everything and her four friends who are all forced to recreate their lives and themselves one humiliating, semi-permanent situation at a time.

Cast List:

Jamie: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Amy: Kelci Stephenson
The Messenger: Gary Graham

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LGBT Best Scene Reading – LOOK IN MY EYES, by Eddie Baca

Genre: Drama

Gay sober military man meets Crimean Muslim taxi driver in NYC.

Cast List:

Narrator: Val Cole
Eddie: John Fray
Karim: James Dooley

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SCI-FI Best Scene Reading – THE ITALIAN VACATION, by Claudia Marinelli

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama

Racing the boundaries of infinity in space.

Cast List:

Narrator: Val Cole
Giordano: Gary Graham
Rachel: Kelci Stephenson

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Sci-Fi Best Scene Reading – THE REBORN, by Andrew S. Fisk

Genre: Sci-Fi

A world-class scientist is abducted by six people he brought back to life….and transformed into invincible warriors.

Cast List:

Carl: John Fray
Ellen: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Paul: Gary Graham
William: James Dooley

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SHORT Screenplay Reading – AFTERLIFE ESTATES, by Laina Burgess

Genre: Comedy

Key figures and gods from all of the world’s religions meet at the Afterlife Estates office to go over the year’s numbers.

Cast List:

Guru: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Allah: Gary Graham
Noah: John Fray

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SHORT Screenplay Reading – THE ORDER, by Jean Buschmann

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

If all the world’s a stage, who’s behind the curtain?

Cast List:
TV Commentator: James Dooley
Max: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole
Nadia: Kelci Stephenson
Ethan: John Fray

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SHORT Screenplay Reading – MOTORIST, by Julie Thor Fryd

Genre: Drama

“A depressed used-car dealer tries to convince a motorist, who every night runs over wounded animals, to also run him over”

Cast List:

Jeep: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Volvo: James Dooley
Ford: Gary Graham

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SHORT Screenplay Reading – THE TRENCH, by Chris Beadnell

Genre: War, Drama

After successfully shelling the German trench on the Somme battlefield, the British soldiers move in to clear the area of any enemy survivors.

Cast List:

Eason: John Fray
Carter: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole

German Soldier: James Dooley

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

November 2017 – Read the best of Interviews with Award Winning Screenwriters

Matthew Toffolo interviews various award winning screenplays. Read insights and watch video readings of their work. 

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Hazel Allan (THE RECEIPT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-hazel-allan-the-receipt/

Interview with Screenwriter Heath Harris (RED)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-heath-harris-red/

Interview with Screenwriter Colin K. Stewart (BUNNYMAN BRIDGE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-colin-k-stewart-bunnyman-bridge/

Interview with Screenwriter Chris Parrish (MY ATARI CHRISTMAS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-chris-parrish-my-atari-christmas/

Interview with Screenwriter Rob Ayling (LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY – Batman)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-rob-ayling-living-in-crime-alley-batman/

Interview with Screenwriter Brooke Elowe (BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenwriter-brooke-elowe-black-widow-fugitive/

Interview with Screenplay Writer Dan Hass (THE UPSIDE OF OVER TV Pilot)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-screenplay-writer-dan-hass-the-upside-of-over-tv-pilot/

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Craig Page (THE BIGGEST LITTLE TV Pilot)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-craig-page-the-biggest-little-tv-pilot/

Interview with Winning Screenwriter Richard M. Kjeldgaard (NOWHERE VILLE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/08/interview-with-winning-screenwriter-richard-m-kjeldgaard-nowhere-ville/

 

WILDsound Announces its August 2017 Winning Screenplays

Watch the Winning Screenplay readings performed by professional actors at the monthly festival for August 2017:

Watch Recent Winning Readings

16 Winning Screenplays in Total!

2 Winning Feature Screenplays
– PEACE PLEDGE, by George M. Johnson
– THE LAST PRISON, by Richard Geiwitz

3 Winning TV Screenplays
– RICK & MORTY Spec, by Daniel Richardson
– EVERHART, by K. Wayman Dodd
– DISAPPEARANCE, by Jess Harris Distefano

1 Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay
– ROCKETEERS, by Gil Saint

5 1st Scene Screenplays
– WEBBED, by Robert Drusetta
– SILHOUETTE, by Lukas Hassel
– THE LEGEND OF JAMESTOWN, by Sherwin Allen
– THE GATE, by Della Vance Greenwalt
– THE BIRTHING FIELD, by Robert Thorpe

5 Short and Best Scene Screenplays
– SID, by Auriga Ifill
– DAB A DUCK TAPE, by Stephanie Annis
– KEEP SMILING, by Courtney Wallace
– EVERYONE HAS THEIR DEMONS, by Dustin Prince
– DADDY, by Bernard Leed

Winning FAN FICTION Screenplay – DR. WHO “The Kingdom of the Mara” by Paul Hewitt

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

The Doctor accidentally picks up Shona and the two investigate a red comet that lands on Earth. The Doctor discovers the Mara are back, and must use their technology against them to defeat them once more.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
The Doctor: Brian Carleton
Shona: Konstantina Mantelos
Solomon: Anthony Botelho
Vladislav: Jack Comerford
Mila: Andrea Meister
Enok: Jordy Kieto

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay about DOCTOR WHO about?

The Doctor and Shona (last seen in the episode “Last Christmas”), find themselves in Bohemia during the Dark Ages. A tyrant, Lord Ivan, hoards a peculiar red crystal with telepathic powers called the Crimson. Wearing jewels made of Crimson, Lord Ivan and his followers collectively conjure a serpentine gestalt being from the darkest recesses of their minds: The Mara.

Possessed by The Mara, Lord Ivan quickly conquers all before him. He besieges the largest castle (and only cathedral) in the rival kingdom of Vladislav. The Doctor knows that walls, warriors and weapons are no match for the insidious, seductive spell of The Mara.

The Doctor and Shona rouse King Vladislav and his people to fight The Mara through very unconventional means – particularly for The Doctor. The world’s future truly rests on a hope and a prayer.

Why does this screenplay fit into the context of the show?

It’s a traditional good versus evil story with the odd bits of comedy and horror that you’d expect from Dr. Who. I wrote it for the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi – who I think is fabulous – a throwback to the 70’s Doctors, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

This story is very much in the mold of classic Doctor Who. You have a historic setting that is disrupted by the presence of a perfidious alien – oh, and then there’s The Mara and a mysterious red crystal. Seriously though, The Mara was one of my favourite Who monsters from the 80’s and I am surprised it has not reappeared on TV (yet). The companion Tegan’s experience with the “evil dream snake” is what made her my favourite during the Peter Davison years.

We all know The Doctor’s companion is a surrogate for the audience and a great companion makes for a great Who story. I chose a character from a recent Christmas special – Shona McCullough (played wonderfully by actor Faye Marsay)– because I immediately saw in her the potential for a long term TARDIS traveller.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Faith Wins

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

Doctor Who
(also Game of Thrones, Mad Men…)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Six months (Off and On). So maybe 6 weeks’ worth of an actual research and writing (and rewriting).

How many stories have you written?

Two Features (Housesitting, Guttersnipe)
One Documentary (All About Me)
One Short (co-wrote) (Saved From The Grave)

Next up is my own TV series and this TV spec script was an excellent exercise in writing for this genre.

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

In My Life (The Beatles)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time was my biggest obstacle… finding the time.

The second challenge was how to portray The Mara. It is obviously not my own creation, so I wanted to do justice to the original Mara stories with my version.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting, films, politics, history, rugby and beer (not necessarily in that order)

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

I had my first feature screenplay analyzed not once, but twice. I was impressed by the depth and value of the criticism. So I did not hesitate to submit my Doctor Who script for analysis and I am pleasantly surprised in the end to have it recognized here. Thank you.

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

It’s an old cliché but true: Write what you know. That’s why I picked Doctor Who for my first TV screenplay.

Be prepared to take a lot of criticism along the way. Your story (and your skills) will benefit from it.

Procrastination is thine worst enemy.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

BEST Scene Reading of CONTINENTALIS, by Aurèle N’DJA

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Benjamin Monroe, eager to prove his father innocent of a crime he did not commit; goes back to his hometown only to find himself caught in the same dirty deeds his father is accused to. It’s Jumper meets Logan’s Run.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Benjamin: Hugh Ritchie
Graham: Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

​The story is set up in a post-apocalyptic drought ridden world; where a man who’s determined to prove his father innocent of a crime he didn’t commit finds himself involved in the very same dirty deeds his father is accused of.​

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

​It’s a sci fi thriller feature screenplay.​

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

​I believe the story offers a good entertainment. This screenplay is the first installment of a saga and I think that such a franchise would be welcome by the audience. It treats about teleportation, water resources; and on a human perspective, about trust, love, devotion, self-confidence, betrayal and faith.​

How would you describe this script in two words?

​New world.​

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

​Probably Die Hard with a Vengeance.​

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

​For the record, I first wrote Continentalis as a novel. It took me two years to build this world in my mind, then on the paper. After publishing the novel, I felt I needed to “see” it, I wanted people to really see what I see in my head. So, I decided to write the screenplay out from the book, and it took me around 6 months to do so. Such exercise is very constructive and exciting, trying to fold a 300-page story into a 100-page screenplay; I learned a lot.​

How many stories have you written?

​Couple of novels and few screenplays in different genres: romantic drama, sci fi, action, thriller, fantastic, horror.​

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

​It really depends on the period, if I’m writing or not, how do I feel, etc. From time to time I find one song I really like and I can listen to it 12 hours non-stop. For example, the song I’ve been listening a lot while writing this story is Medicine by The 1975.​

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

​​I faced three major obstacles during the writing:
I’m French, and not being a native English speaker appeared to be quite challenging in finding the right words to make the dialogues feel natural and smooth,

This screenplay being an adaptation, it was heart-breaking to cut some scenes I enjoyed writing in the book but were not crucial in the film. The difficulty was to keep certain coherence in adjusting the story to fit a reasonable screen time,

Being a sci fi story, it’s a challenge to describe sci fi elements (e.g. technology) in a screenplay so they can be understood just looking at it, rather than explaining their functioning in a book paragraph.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

​I like video games but I can’t find anymore the time to play between my job and the writing, which became a real passion through these past years.​

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

​I think I came across this festival by chance. I submitted the logline for this screenplay with no big expectations and found myself very surprised when it was elected logline of the day in April. The feedback I received was positive with constructive recommendations that I’m going to look into to strengthen the craft of the story. I think that’s a huge opportunity offered to authors to get such exposure on the industry and the market. Thanks for giving me that chance!

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne