THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of CHILLS, by Mark Wagner

CAST LIST: 

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Chelsea: Elizabeth Skidmore
Laurel: Marisa King
Harry: Yehuda Fisher
Octavio: Michael Sabet

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Still suffering her childhood abuse, a fiery-spirited girl has to fight a cruel rapist to flourish in the fashionata world.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller with character-driven drama.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Millions of girls and women need to be encouraged to stand their ground and defend themselves when sexually harassed and assaulted. They should report to the police until these terrible rapes can be prevented.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Fiery-spirited, cruel.

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

“Casablanca”

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

2 1/2 years

7. How many stories have you written?

18

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

“Light My Fire”

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

Since I wasn’t a woman, I listened to my older sister and many friends. Several had been severely beaten. They cried and trembled. I was deeply bothered by their pain and misery.

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

I’m hoping to explore my spiritual adventure to share love, care and respect with my wife, our families and friends.

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

The process to submit was easy and quick.

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

I received an email from Carrie, went for a walk to consider the value of the festival and finally submitted. Four producers haven’t decided yet.

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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

THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of MARTYR, by Diamond Monique Washington

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Barnes: Scott McCulloch
Rother: Michael Sabet

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Detective Peter Barnes suffers from alcoholism and delusions due to his wife’s suicide. He takes on a case in which the clients of a help clinic are rapidly killing themselves, in hopes it will bring him closure. Jack Rother, owns the help clinic and capitalizes on the agony of his clients to add to his millions. Barnes battles with his mental stability as he tries to outsmart Rother, but his delusions manifest and soon take over.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Psychological Thriller

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story pays homage to great thrillers such as “Seven and “Identity” whilst making a name for itself with a unique take on the genre. Martyr offers its audience an intense, unnerving experience that will leave you craving more.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Neo Noir

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

Starship Troopers (sci-fi nerd)

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

The orginal draft was written 6 years ago. It has been revised several times over the years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written and revised 4 screenplays to completion.

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

Eric Prydz – Opus

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

Marty is my first screenplay ever written. I worked tirelessly on it to overcome many obstacles. The primary challenge I faced writing this story was the turning point in which my protagonist pushed himself to the point of no return. Creating characters that suffer from mental health issues is a very delicate task.

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

Dancing is my therapy. Music also plays a huge role in my life and helps with my writing.

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

I’m a huge fan of FilmFreeway. It’s easy to use and offers amazing services.

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

Wildsound offered free logline hosting and I figured it would be a great way for my story to get exposure. I found the feedback very constructive.

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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

THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of SINGLE SOUL, by Gunnar Halldorsson

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Brad: Michael Sabet
Marcell: Dan Cristofori

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A professional athlete that returns to a town to compete where he was a infamous torturer in his former life – karma ketches up with him and his whole team.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror / Thriller

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has historic values – reminds us of how the Nazis behaved but also how the past will catch up with you. It’s a different war story.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Brutally blunt

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

Scarface

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

Two years – but it wont be finished until some one says “action” and then “it’s a rap” 🙂

7. How many stories have you written?

Five full features, two shorts and a tv miniseries pilot.

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

Rebel Rebel – David Bowie

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

To have the plot be realistic but not only about supernatural aspects.

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

Nature – the outdoors

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

Good reviews and I did well with my short. I think the read is fantastic – it gives you live experience and not just a flat reading of your own…..

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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

THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of THE BREAK IN, by Carole A. Parker

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Danny: Scott McCulloch
Casey: Marisa King
Vin: Dan Cristofori
Angel: Sean Ballantyne
Mickey: Michael Sabet
Mia: Elizabeth Skidmore

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

After a home invasion gone wrong, a charming but deadly rogue cop on the run holds a group of celebrities hostage in an after-hours club, each of whom has a secret that’s about to destroy their lives — but things take a surprising turn when the A-listers bond with their captor and try and help him escape. A psychological thriller with one location, told in real time

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime drama, black comedy.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it’s exciting, touching, funny and fascinating.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Dark, funny.

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

Pulp Fiction.

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

A little over a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Two dozen features, nine drama pilots, six shorts.

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

A Shark In Jet’s Clothing – Blondie

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

None. I’ve been doing this for a few years. At first it was tricky writing something that took place in one location, but I got over it.

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

Music, art, books, my partner and my animals.

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

Given the glowing comments, very happy, humbled and honored.

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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

November 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival: https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

 

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – LURE
November 2017 Reading
by Clark Moriarty
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – MURDER GO ROUND
November 2017 Reading
by Phillip E. Hardy
ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay – HOOMANS
November 2017 Reading
by Chris Furian
ACTORACTION BEST SCENE Screenplay – STRANDED
November 2017 Reading
by Christopher Andre
ACTORTV BEST SCENE Screenplay – RANGERS PROGENITORS OF FREEDOM
November 2017 Reading
by M. Kestrel
ACTORTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay – GOD SMACK
November 2017 Reading
by Diana Lanham
ACTORLUCIFER GENOME Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Glen Craney & John Jeter

 

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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

 

 

THRILLER 1st Scene Screenplay Reading of FRAMER, by JoAnn Hess

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama

A highly-intelligent, socially-disenfranchised man seeks moral justice and eludes a former FBI agent as he manipulates others to disguise his own criminal acts.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Rachel Rain Packota

Jack: Isaiah Kolundzic
Walter: Julian Ford
Simon: Jason Gray
Christine: Vanessa Burns
Paula: Olivia Jon

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

Simon Webber, intelligent with a high moral compass, exists on society’s edge, mostly forgotten and ignored. When his wife and child are killed by a distracted driver, the court shows an unecpected leniency in the case. Enraged by a justice system that fails to act, Simon retaliates, using his highly technical skills to not only kill the guilty but frame another for the act. While his vengence is sated, its only temporary as he hunts among the dregs of society, where murder is the only outlet for his rage. Simon is pursued by Jack Donovan, an ex-FBI agent turned detective, dealing with his own moral crisis after failing to save a child from a serial killer. Where Simon sees a kindship in Jack who fights his own battle within a corrupt police department, Jack retains a stead-fast belief in the law. As their worlds collide, the line between morality and justice fade, causing a reckoning that neither can survive.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller, Suspense, Crime

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

FRAMER’s themes of vengeance, moral justice and self-sacrifice will have strong appeal across multiple age groups and genders.

It will also garner appeal across social classes and race, especially with those that believe our political and judicial systems have failed. These are all very current and provocative social issues seen all over the news.

Women will be attracted to the struggle of both lead characters as they deal with family issues to protect or avenge children. In addition, FRAMER’s female cast covers a broad spectrum from motherly to strong policewoman exhibiting the characteristics of compassion, power and inner fortitude that audiences of today expect.

Men and older viewers are attracted to FRAMER’s action, suspense, tension and danger. The complex and intense plotline with unique twists will keep male viewers engaged.

Younger audiences will appreciate the cleverness in which Simon facilitates his crimes: the use of technology to commit, trap and frame his victims.

In addition, there is an exuberance of twenty-something characters engaging in activities that 18-30 year old audiences can relate to.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Vigilente justice

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

The Lion in Winter, the subtextual dialogue exchange between the characters is the best I’ve ever seen.

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

Three years, this month

7. How many stories have you written?

12 scripts (8 for hire), 1-webseries (optioned), 2-TV series

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

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

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

The key was to make an anti-hero character like Simon empathetic enough so an audience would relate to him. It was important to create a character such that, while on the surface his actions are horrific, how would anyone react in a similar situation? I wanted that conversation after the movie was over. Additionally, Simon’s adversary needed to be equally strong and wounded. To do these characters justice, I had to draw from darker places than I’m used to.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I do Voice over work which is very rewarding and fun. My work can be found on several websites and I’ve voiced several audiobooks. I scuba, play golf when the weather is nice and can be found to play a videogame now and then – I especially like RPGs. Anything with a good story.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
It’s really great overall. Easy to submit and find film festivals. There is a great amount of information given and I like all the submission in one place to track. It’s not very flexible though. I’d like to add festivals I entered (not realizing they were available through film freeway).

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I liked that it was genre specific. That I was competing with like scripts and the judges were experts in the genre. When you enter, a win needs to mean something and being chosen for a read through the Thriller Festival brings credibility to the script as it moves into market.

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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

2017 – Read the best of THRILLER Short Film Pitches & Loglines

SCROLL through and read the best of SHORT FILMS from 2017: 

THE CATHERINE CHRONICLES, by Cathy Hammer

TRIPLE SIX, by Regina Reyes

THE SCREENWRITER, by Julia Zellie

DRONER, by Keith Soforic

THE ELEVATOR, by Antwon Taylor

LET ME OUT, by Shawn Sutton

THERE WERE TWO, by Steven Wood

THE ANTIDOTE, by MJ Palo

POWERCELL, by Paul Surtess

 

THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of SOMETHING TO PROVE, by Nic Penrake

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Logline: A gifted teenager gets caught up in a web of seduction involving his rich new neighbor and her niece as he investigates a child pornography gang that appears to be operating right under their noses.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Vanessa Quagliara
Vanessa – Fiona Mangilla
Liam – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

Well here’s the logline: A gifted teenager who gets caught up in a web of seduction involving his rich new neighbor and her niece as he investigates a child pornography gang that appears to be operating right under their noses.

What it’s really about is a teenage boy’s battle in overcoming his self-consciousness – in Liam’s case, over his cleft foot. On a deeper level the film is about the young hero’s hubris born of his unchallenged belief that his expertise in code and hacking provide all the answers as to how people really tick.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Psychological thriller/drama

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

There aren’t so many credible dramas about teenagers struggling to make sense of the adult world, especially a dark and threatening world such as we find here. It’s got a lot in common with the subplot in American Beauty and the relationship there between two teenagers who feel alienated and long to find a space in which they can express themselves freely and creatively.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Insightful and dark.

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

Amor Es Perros

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

That’s a scary question to ponder… On and off for about 8 years, I think. Several drafts obviously and each one following at least one set of coverage notes. If you crushed that down to continuous time, maybe 12 months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Well over a hundred.

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

“Time” by Pink Floyd. Spoke to me the most at age 13 and still does at fifty plus.

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

Trying to get the balance right between drama and thriller. Typically Act 3 was the hardest. I had my climax, but in the early drafts it wasn’t kicking hard enough, or it was somehow bolted on. The ending I have now at least feels like it belongs to the rest and delivers high stakes with a satisfying character arc.

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

Directing and mentoring my 3 ‘creative’ kids, 21, 17 and 16.

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

Easy to use.

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

Two things in particular: 1, perhaps an obvious one – it looks like it has some recognition among industry professionals; 2, there seems to be a genuine desire here to help writers move from script to screen and to that end the festival offers some practical help in achieving that goal, step at a time.

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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

THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of DOUBLE BLIND TEST, by Herb Schultz

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Con Game, Revenge

Logline: After a professional mediator is conned by identical twin businessmen who sought her help to resolve a dispute, she meets another woman in a suspiciously similar circumstance, and the two team up to take down the con artists.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Marilyn – Katelyn Vanier
Calvin/Fletcher – Trevor Marlatt
Tracy – Vanessa Quagliara

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

An independent, driven woman who mediates corporate disputes for a living is taken in a complex confidence scheme by a pair of identical twins.  The twins portray themselves to the mediator as having a dispute between themselves over the future of an experimental drug they are developing to cure a rare disease – one that happens to afflict her father.  Drawn in, she accepts the challenge to mediate the dispute in order to advance research on the drug. After the con, the mediator makes it her mission to find the perpetrators and exact some form of punishment.  In her pursuit of leads she encounters another woman in a suspiciously similar situation.  Once the other woman is convinced she’s vulnerable to an epic scam, the two team up to take down the bad guys.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The con game.  The revenge story.  A twisty, noir tale of crime and punishment.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

First, the screenplay is intelligent and twisty, and reminiscent of movies that were once the mainstay of Hollywood during a period when people flocked to the theater.  “Double Blind Test” could be the kind of movie that might help generate the resurgence of the 45+ demographic – as well as condition younger audiences to demand something more than fart jokes and exploding metal objects.  It could serve as an antidote to the ever-expanding and tedious offering of leaden apocalyptic movies, comic book adaptations and stupid buddy comedies.  Second, I can see the movie as a vehicle for one or more mid-career stars who have had trouble landing serious parts. Third, the screenplay ends with a fork in the road. If the movie were successful, a second movie could follow the thread.  Perhaps the main character could become an enduring role.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Lex Talionis

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

Probably “Casablanca.”  Or possibly “The Godfather.”  If you consider the whole “Godfather” series as a unified movie, then that would most likely be the answer.

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

I started working on “Double Blind Test” in 2011 shortly after the publication of my novel of the same name.  As a script never seems to be done, I have been working on it for 6 years, but it was mostly written over the course of a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written three novels – “RonnieandLennie” about the lives of conjoined twins who become suddenly separated; “Architect’s Rendition” about a man who orchestrates an elaborate murder plot that includes the mutual killing of the murderers; and “Double Blind Test” – and a collection of short stories titled “Sometimes the Sun Doesn’t Shine There.”  I’ve also written three scripts in addition to the screenplay for “Double Blind Test.”

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

Favorite or not, I’ve definitely listened to Todd Rundgren’s “Hello it’s Me” more than any other song (even more than “Happy Birthday.”)

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

The story takes place in the current time when every movement is captured on video, every transaction is monitored, and even the most elusive forensic evidence cannot hide from scrutiny. So the development of the screenplay required careful construction so as not to rely on an action that would quickly lead to an unraveling of the plot.  Unlike movies of the 1940s before cell phones, close-circuit TVs, credit cards, DNA evidence and the like, modern crime stories struggle to make a convincing case that the what the characters do is believable.

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

Reading, watching movies, swimming and biking, traveling, driving sports cars, architecture, technology.

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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

THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of RETIRE WITH A VIEW, by Behzad Sedghi

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller,

Logline: An old rundown RV tarnishing the idyllic view from the window of a newly retired couple’s dream home becomes the focal point in developing a bumpy and slow relationship with their odd and reclusive neighbour who safeguards a past memory in the dilapidated vehicle.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Vanessa Quagliara
Ethan – – Sean Ballantyne
Officer Julie C. Sheppard
Peter – Peter Nelson
Geeve – Trevor Marlatt
Megrangiz – Fiona Mongilla

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

It is about testing people’s ability to overcome their rigid mindsets and try to see the world in new lights.

 

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy and thriller

 

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it embodies a myriad of topics that often engage us such as human relationship and bondage, love and sacrifice, being a fish out of water and social norms. In addition, given the humour and playfulness of the script the film could be a perfect combination of comedy and thriller where both could equally contribute to laughter.

 

4. How would you describe this script in two words?   

Playful and sharp.

 

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

Betty Blue.

 

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

A month or two (still not finished)

 

7. How many stories have you written?

Screenplays? 6 on my own and 4 co-written

 

8. What is your favourite song? 


most times in your life?) Bahar (Spring) by Radio Tehran

 

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

If you mean the ending, I had it early on and I think it works really nicely, so no obstacle there. But the second act requires more mini-stories that should tie in to the core story. Creating characters that would remain secondary is a bit of a challenge.

 

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

Directing.

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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