BEST Scene Screenplay of HYPOTHERMIA by Jax Lemon

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Winning Screenplay – HYPOTHERMIA
Written by Jax Lemon

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
COLBY – Andrea Meister
BUZZ – Gabriel Cameron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller

The blizzard of the decades strikes the East Coast. A beautiful girl found raped and beaten on a remote campus. Can a burned out campus cop find the killer and save the remaining students?


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The blizzard of the decades strikes the East Coast. A beautiful girl found raped and beaten on a remote campus. Can a burned out campus cop find the killer and save the remaining students?

What genres does your screenplay under?

Mystery / Thriller

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gothic Mystery

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Hypothermia combines the haunting atmosphere of a Gothic campus with a claustrophobic ‘closed room’ feel of a group of students trapped on campus during a winter storm providing a great settings for a murder mystery with many twists and turns.

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

Pulp Fiction

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year

How many stories have you written?

Four screenplays and one novel.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I enjoy writing and wanted to give the audience something exciting to watch. I realize I’m no Shakespeare but I think I can write pop sugar – something thrilling, capturing and entertaining. That’s what is fun for me and I would be even more thrilled if one of my scripts would make it to the big screen some day.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The first version of the script started off as a mystery and then changed into a thriller. A lot of editors hated the genre flip in the middle of the plot. I needed some time to process the criticism and then decided to rewrite the script as a mystery.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love watching movies – of course. Action, thrillers, mysteries, and horror.

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

I usually submit to a number of festivals to get feedback and tips on how to improve my scripts. The WildSound Festival feedback was certainly constructive and I will see which parts I can apply to the script.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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WILDsound Announces its January 2017 Short Screenplay Winners

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

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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DIASPORA
January 2017 Reading
Written by David Brin

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COMES AROUND
January 2017 Reading
Written by Gunnar Halldorsson

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MODERN LOVE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Hannah Dillon

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PFFF
January 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – I CAN CATCH A BULLET
January 2017 Reading
Written by Reynaldo A. Garza

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LOVE HURTS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Gavino

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PROTEST SEEN
January 2017 Reading
Written by Donald J. Bingle

 

 

 

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Donald J. Bingle – January 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

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Best Scene from the screenplay PROTEST SEEN Screenplay
Written by Donald J BingleCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
PROTESTER – David Straus
YOUNG MAN – Gabriel Darku
FLAME BOY – Nick Wicht
GIVER – Charles Gordon
BUSINESS WOMAN – Shannon McNally

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

What if they held a protest and nobody paid attention?


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about how America reacts to protest.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Dark humor; drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

In just a few pages, it touches on the commitment of protesters, the importance of protest movements, the futility of protest movements, and the apathy of the American public.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Protesting apathy.

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

Hard to say. No VCRs or DVRs when I was a kid. Probably something like the original Journey to the Center of the Earth (with Pat Boone) or Harvey (Jimmy Stewart) or Princess Bride.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it many years ago, but the process of actually writing it wasn’t that extended. It’s only a few pages.

How many stories have you written?

I have five books and fifty or so shorter stories published in the thriller, mystery, science fiction, horror, steampunk, comedy, romance, and memoir genres, along with a couple screenplays and a dozen or so adventures for role-playing game systems. More about me and my writing at http://www.donaldjbingle.com.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It was a creativity exercise triggered by a prompt.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Screenplay formatting is a challenge for those who primarily write short stories.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Causation. People don’t think about both the intended and unintended consequences of their actions and they don’t seem to care about the reasons why people may disagree with them about all sorts of important subjects.

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

The feedback was specific, helpful, and good. I entered because I believe Protest Seen would make a good, limited budget, limit cast, limited location project for a film student to tackle and submit to film festivals, but I don’t have ready access to people who might be looking for that kind of project.

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

Understand not only your strengths, but your weaknesses, and challenge yourself to write things you never would have imagined yourself writing to develop your craft and expand your skill sets.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Michael Gavino – January 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Best Scene from the screenplay LOVE HURTS Screenplay
Written by Michael GavinoCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Love Hurts is a comedy about love at first sight can often be painful.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Love Hurts is a comedy about love at first sight can often be painful

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is relatable to all. All of us know that love at first sight is a fairy tale that overlooks lots of complications

How would you describe this script in two words?

Love hurts

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

Citizen Kane

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

20 years

How many stories have you written?

Over 50

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to write a humorous take on the classic Hollywood trope of love at first sight.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time constraints

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

I would recommend loving what you do and loving your story. Thus, your story should align with your passion. You will be spending a lot of time writing and rewriting your story. If you do not love your story, it will be tough to complete and tough to spend the necessary time to make it great.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Reynaldo A Garza – January 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Best Scene from the screenplay I CAN CATCH A BULLET Screenplay
Written by Reynaldo A GarzaCAST LIST:

HOMLESS MAN – Peter Nelson
NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
PASSENGER – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Two brothers on a road trip.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Two brothers in a roadtrip.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy (dark)

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Its funny and new.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bullet catch

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

Mad max

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 17 minutes.

How many stories have you written?

Over 200

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Finding the free time

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The idea was there

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

Dont stop writing

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Dimitri Devyatkin – January 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

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Best Scene from the screenplay PFFF Screenplay
Written by Dimitri DevyatkinCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
PATIENT – Nick Wicht
DOCTOR – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A doctor tries to help in a difficult case.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A patient with a difficult problem comes to a doctor. The doctor is able to help the patient, but when he presents the bill, the patient is furious and refuses the doctor’s cure.

What genres does your screenplay under?

comedy, dirty jokes

How would you describe this script in two words?

gas attack

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

pure fun, slapstick humor

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

Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin), A Day at the Races (Marx Brothers)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two days

How many stories have you written?

2 long screenplays, 15 shorts

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

to make a play that is so funny that the actors can hardly hold their laughter. In grade school, I was the crack up king. I could make the whole class crack up with laughter.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

none

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

history, politics, culture, art, movies

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

A fun script, look forward to hear any feedback. Please send feedback, comments, advice, critique. —

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

Keep trying. Don’t give up.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson


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Hannah Dillon – January 2017 SHORT Screenplay Winner

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Best Scene from the screenplay MODERN LOVE Screenplay
Written by Hannah DillonCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Charles Gordon
BONNIE – Shannon McNally
GRANDMA – Val Cole
SANDRA – Catherine D’Angelo
JOEL – Nick Wicht
BILL – David Straus
NOAH – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance, Family

In 2065, Sandra brings her Artificially Intelligent boyfriend home to meet her grandmother, who struggles to accept him.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

When Sandra brings her Artificially Intelligent boyfriend home for dinner, her family struggles to accept him. In addition to the nerves that come with meeting a significant other’s family, this boyfriend has to overcome a deep-rooted prejudice against robots. Great. Let’s see how Sandra’s overbearing, Jewish grandmother reacts.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Sci-Fi, Comedy, Family

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story exposes an important social issue in an engaging, digestible way. It’s really about the struggles of any “unconventional” couple (LGBTQ, interracial, etc.), and the cyclical nature of social progress from generation to generation. Anyone who has ever been rejected by his or her significant other’s family will relate to this story. More importantly, people who feel you should only date “your own,” may even be able to take a step back and question that impulse. I believe this story could have a great impact if made into a film.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Provocative and silly.

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

When Harry Met Sally.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on various iterations of this story for about eight months. I am currently working on a pilot inspired by the two main characters and their relationship.

How many stories have you written?

I have written three feature screenplays, many more short screenplays, short stories, poems, and songs. I am constantly writing.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Years ago, a family member of mine did not approve of my former partner, and it stuck with me. I was very close with that family member, and was not expecting his negative reaction. Others told me to “let it go,” because he was old, and from “a different time.” I tried to imagine: If I was very old, and my granddaughter brought home a lover, is there any kind of person I would find unsuitable? Any kind of religion? Race? Sexual identity? As I wracked my brain, the only thing I could think was, “as long as it’s human.” That’s when it clicked: if my hypothetical granddaughter were to bring home a robot, I would, in fact, question that love, and my hate would sound all too familiar. It also sounded ridiculous when aimed at a robot. I thought, what a perfectly absurd metaphor to use to expose the idiocy of real prejudice. At the end of the day, it’s just fear of the unfamiliar.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

There are a lot of big themes at play here, and a lot of different ways to tell this story. I had to explore several avenues before I found the one that felt right.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music (which I also write) and comedy, and care deeply about social justice.

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

I saw a few videos of previous readings, and I loved the idea. The initial feedback was very helpful.

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

My only advice is to write what’s in your gut. It’s the only thing worth reading, and the only voice nobody else has. Plus, it’s in your gut—don’t let that fester.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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