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/

 

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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.

*****

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!

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

WILDsound Announces its January 2017 Screenplay Winners

Submit your Screenplay to the Festival today: http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch the 20 winning screenplays for January 2017 performed by professional actors.

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/january_2017_winning_screenplays.html

WINNERS LIST:

1 – Feature Screenplay
– INCURBABLE by Jeff York

1 – Fan Fiction Screenplay
– UNIVERSAL SAINT BATMAN by Nathan Trumbull

2 – TV Screenplays
– MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This” by Edward Pronley
– DOWN WITH BUREAUCRACY by Dimitry Pompee

6 – Best Scene Screenplays
– KIDICIDE by Kelly Karam
– THE UNCONQUERABLE by Jonathan Fear
– THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH by Sean Francis Ellis
– SANDWICH by Deborah Klika
– THE ROSY HUE OF THE DYING DAY by Lauren Hoekstra
– NO MORE GOODBYES by Rebekah R. Ganiere

3 – 1st Scene Screenplays
– INT. CAR NIGHT by Martin Keady
– FAN SITE by Elisha Barnes
– OCD by Quyen Tran

7 – Short Screenplays
– PROTEST SEEN by Donald J. Bingle
– DIASPORA by David Brin
– COMES AROUND by Gunnar Halldorsson
– MODERN LOVE by Hannah Dillon
– PFFF by Dimitri Devyatkin
– I CAN CATCH A BULLET by Reynaldo A. Garza
– LOVE HURTS by Michael Gavino

WILDsound Announces its DECEMBER 2016 WINNING SCREENPLAYS

The last month of 2016 was a landmark month for the festival. Not only did they showcase 4 film festival dates in Los Angeles and Toronto, they also performed the most screenplay winning readings ever in one month. While most festivals and the industry itself shuts down in December, WILDsound had its most productive month in its history.

Watch the winning screenplay readings now performed by some of the top actors in Toronto and Los Angeles working today:

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/december_2016_winning_screenplays.html

1 Feature Screenplay Winner
– TRIAL & ERIN by Larry Shulruff

2 TV Screenplay Winners
– MIDLIFE CRISIS by Erica Barfield Peterson
– RICK AND MORTY TV Spec by Matthew Feldman

1 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner
– HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER by Eugene Ramos

5 1st Scene Screenplay Winners
– DOORLOCKER by Tony DiSibio & BL Cooper
– UPSPOKEN by Amber Epling
– YOU’VE CHANGED by Sam Sexton
– SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY by Elisha Barnes
– MALICIOUS INTENT by Mike Briock

1 Short Screenplay Winner
– BLOOD DRIVE by Myka J. Friscia

There was also 20 Best Scene Screenplay Readings performed.

Plus, 29 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay Readings performed.

Overall, an incredible 59 screenplays performed at the festival in just December 2016 alone.

 

WILDsound Announces its November 2016 Screenplay Winners (24)

Watch the winning screenplay readings performed by professional actors at the festival in NOVEMBER 2016. 24 winning screenplays!

Watch them all here: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/november_2016_winning_screenplays.html

1 – Feature Screenplay Winner

– DUE SOUTH by Evan R. Schullery

3 – Television Screenplay Winners

– CHILDREN OF CHAOS by Kara Dueck

– THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE by Eve Noel

– UNBREAKABLE KIMM SCHMIDT (Spec) by Sarah Cassell

3 – 1st Scene Screenplay Winners

– THE BURIED MOON AND HER DAUGHTER by Rena Dunsworth

– 20/20 SEARCH OFR INDEPENDENCE by Harold L. Brown

– GOD’S LITTLE GAG by Sean Nash

6 – Best Scene Screenplay Winners

– ARMS OF MORPHEUS by John Christopher Thomas

– PLACE TO BE by Natalia Maslin

– THE LAST INDIAN WAR by Michael Graf

– FAMILY OF SPIES by Susan Lambert Hatem

– WAITING TO CRUMBLE by John Ott

– REACH FOR THE SKY by Eric Carlson

1 – Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

– GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD by Jerry Kokich

10 – Short Screenplay Winners

– BRAZILIAN FANTASY by Melissa L. White

– CASABLANCA SLING by Naomi Lewis

– CLOSURE by Devin Klos

– COMMENCEMENT by Dan Borengasser

– FORGIVENESS by Sherwin Allen

– EXORCISE by Matt Holland

– BASTURD by Michael Egan

– EMPATHY IN THE ELEVATOR by Keith Makenas

– GINGER BIG DOG by Jimena Carias

– THE LAST ANNIVERSARY DINNER by Patrick Coleman Duncan