DRAMA Best Scene Reading of FOR A GOOD LIFE by Natalia Maslin

Genre: Drama, Family

A young hockey prodigy loses his brother and deals with the consequences as he learns a new family dynamic and develops a new father-son relationship.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Morgan: Konstantina Mantelos
Bill: Brian Carleton
Tim: Jack Comerford

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A young hockey prodigy is forced to abandon the home he knows and the hockey team he loves. He moves with his mother to her childhood home, there he learns new family dynamics and unknowingly building a relationship with his biological father.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s an honest Canadian story that focuses on family values and the trials and tribulations of being both a father and a son.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Canadian Drama

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

Raiders of the Lost Ark

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

From concept to completion, almost two years.

How many stories have you written?

Four

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

I can’t pick just one. I have so many favorites that to pick one would be impossible. I also couldn’t say what song I listened to most. I listen to a lot of music.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding the time to write.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love traveling and exploring new places with my family be it in my own backyard or on the other side of the world.

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

I entered WILDsound last year submitting a different screenplay. I was really pleased with the feedback I received then that I submitted this recent one. Again, I was really pleased with the concise and very helpful feedback.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Happy Birthday: Ryan Murphy

ryanmurphy.jpgRyan Murphy

Born: November 30, 1965 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Married to:
David Miller (4 July 2012 – present) (1 child)

[on what it takes to be a provocateur] I never think I’m creating anything controversial, and I’m always surprised when it is. I’ll admit, when I first started and was doing “Nip/Tuck,” I was really trying to sort of make a statement about hedonism and narcissism and sexuality, and I spent half my day fighting battles on that show. I had huge standards problems, and I’d have big fights with [FX’s] John Landgraf, whom I love now, and Peter Liguori. Now I never fight… I’m less interested in shocking now. Being emotional is more interesting to me. It’s funny because I don’t get as many standards notes as I used to. I guess what I’m interested in is what has become much more personal to me and thus much more heartfelt and maybe less scandalous. Also, I find that in television, the true taboo is never violence, it’s sex, and I’m writing less about sex and more about love at this point.

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Happy Birthday: Neil Gaiman

neilgaiman.jpgNeil Gaiman

Born: November 10, 1960 in Portchester, England, UK

It’s not a bad thing for a writer not to feel at home. Writers – we’re much more comfortable at parties standing in the corner watching everybody else having a good time than we are mingling.

[his novel] The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a novel of childhood and memory. It’s a story of magic, about the power of stories and how we face the darkness inside of us. It’s about fear, and love, and death and families. But, fundamentally, I hope, at its heart, it’s a novel about survival.

This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubt on their existence. Or lack thereof.

 

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Justin Prince – September 2016 FAN FICTION Screenplay Winner (TMNT)

Fan Fiction: VIGILANTE: The Origins of Casey Jones (TMNT)
Written by Justin Prince
Read 10 Questions with the writer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
CASEY – Randy Baumer
BOSS – Dan Cristofori
HUN – Steve Mitchell
CRISTO – John Fray
VAN – Kaleb Alexander
APRIL – Norma Dawn Dunphy

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

After an injury put a halt to his plans of playing hockey in the NHL, Casey Jones doesn’t believe life can get much worse. He soon finds out just how wrong he is. Faced with a tragedy Jones takes justice into his own hands, becoming a hockey mask wearing vigilante. (Based on the character from Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).


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Frederick Julius – September 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

VOODOO LOVE
Written by Frederick Julius
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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
TUCKA – Kaleb Alexander
DAMIEN – Randy Baumer
MR. KING – Steve Mitchell
EL TORRO – John Fray
ASIA – Heather Dicke
CASSANDRA – Norma Dawn Dunphy

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime

A black-hearted vixen lures an ambitious hustler into her mansion as he seeks out a forbidden love. When merciless thugs come to rob and kill, it’ll cost him his fortune to save her lost soul.


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Short Screenplay – PARTNERS by Rupert Aspden

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay

PARTNERS  by Rupert Aspden

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

‘Partners’ follows a young couple that realised a dream when they got engaged and set up a business running an ice cream van together. One year on, now separated, the pair are struggling to keep the business afloat. In a desperate attempt to save it they embark on a journey with profound repercussions.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy/Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Huge potential for conflict/comedy, the characters face challenges that are both topical and timeless.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Relationship comedy.

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

Godzilla. (The Mathew Broderick one)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Six Months.

How many stories have you written?

Eight short films and TV Pilots.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to tell a small story set inside a big one.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Driving the story through the character’s relationship as opposed to the significant external drama.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Directing, Walking, Exploring, anything with animals.

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

Write it, leave it, forget it, come back, write it again.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Neil Simon is 89 years old today. His best quotes:

Read the best quotes of the iconic playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon. 

If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven’t been born yet.

Talent is the gift plus the passion – a desire to succeed so intense that no force on earth can stop it.

Once you start compromising your thoughts, you’re a candidate for mediocrity.

I much prefer writing an original movie with the screen in mind to transferring a play to the screen.

I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they’ve come up with so far.
I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respects.

Writing is an escape from a world that crowds me. I like being alone in a room. It’s almost a form of meditation- an investigation of my own life.

It’s always painful when you’re writing memoirs because you’ve got to go through the dark places, but it gives you a chance to find out the person you really are, not the person you thought you were.

Take care of him. And make him feel important. And if you can do that, you’ll have a happy and wonderful marriage. Like two out of every ten couples.

The first book was my first attempt at writing full-length prose.

Don’t listen to those who say, you taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today.

Writers feel like a middleman, standing with pen in hand over the page. A force greater than me stands above telling me what to write. That may sound romantic, but that’s how it feels.

When its 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.

Never underestimate the stimulation of eccentricity.

If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.

I don’t use computers… I’m someone who needs to see the page right away in my hand.

Once you’ve opened yourself up, it’s best to go all the way.

I got brown sandwiches and green sandwiches. Its either very new cheese or very old meat. – Oscar Madison, from The Odd Couple

Everyone thinks they can write a play; you just write down what happened to you. But the art of it is drawing from all the moments of your life.

You get attached to the way you write, and I’m attached to notebooks. That’s where I really write the plays. Just two or three pages at a time, then I transfer to the typewriter and rewrite while I type.

I don’t like writing for comedians. I like writing for actors. The best comedians are the best actors.

Gee, what a terrific party. Later on we’ll get some fluid and embalm each other.

He’s too nervous to kill himself. He wears his seat belt in a drive-in movie.

All humor is based on hostility – that’s why World War Two was funny.

Rewriting is when writing really gets to be fun. . . . In baseball you only get three swings and you’re out. In rewriting, you get almost as many swings as you want and you know, sooner or later, you’ll hit the ball.