THRILLER Best Scene Reading of TASTE MY REVENGE by Dimitri Devyatkin

Winning Screenplay – TASTE MY REVENGE
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
ARCHITECT – Mandip Brar
PHARAOH – Zane O’Connor
TARAS – Sean Ballantyne
FARIDA – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Fantasy

In the ancient city of Thebes, the Pharaoh orders his Architect to design a new Treasury. Given no choice, the Architect agrees to the deadly assignment, although he knows the Pharaoh will have him killed after it is finished.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Taste My Revenge” tells one of the oldest stories in the world. Based on Herodotus’ “The Histories” from about 440 BC, considered the founding work of history in Western literature, it is the story of Pharaoh Rhamsinitus or Ramses III and his legendary Treasury. The action takes place in 1186 BC in Thebes, Ancient Egypt. The Architect who builds the Treasury knows he will be killed after it is completed, a common precaution to keep any secrets from being shared. But this Architect Horemb plans his revenge on the Pharaoh even though it would come after his own death. However, the long term ramifications of the Architect’s revenge result an even more cruel fate.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The screenplay is a psychological thriller, a period piece (based in Ancient Egypt), combined with action, romance and mystery.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

One of the world’s greatest stories, it will reverberate with modern audiences. Audiences will thrill to the exotic locations, ancient Egyptian mystery and culture, and find many threads that are as current as a modern thriller.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Crime pays.

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

Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin), Night at the Opera (Marx Brothers)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Story since childhood, screenplay for 1 year

How many stories have you written?

30+

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

Red House (Jimi Hendrix)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

none

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

History, politics, international cultures, emotions, art, nature, music, love.

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

Glad to offer my film as a thriller. The feedback is super helpful.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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THRILLER Best Scene Reading of FOUR IN THE DOOR by Alan Barkley and Linda Barkley

Winning Screenplay – FOUR IN THE DOOR
Written by Alan Barkley and Linda Barkley

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
KAREN – Amanda Quach
FRAN – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Thriller

A former model, haunted by the secret of her parents’ shooting deaths, fights to succeed as a first responder in her late father’s police department against hostile and suspicious superiors while trying to stop a relentless cop killer. (The Brave One, Courage Under Fire.)

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A woman with a dark secret in her past needs to redeem herself and her family name by proving her ability as a police officer against strong opposition and personal danger.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller and Action

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel the theme is engaging and the action exciting to watch

How would you describe this script in two words?

Determination and Redemption

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

“In The Line of Fire.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years. It’s been developed from an award-winning short.(Vail Film Festival)

How many stories have you written?

Five feature screenplays and twenty short screenplays

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

“Hey Jude”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time- full-time job-

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being with my wife.

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

The festival’s topic fit the bill and I received very thorough, professional feedback

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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THRILLER Best Scene Reading of THE ALIBI, by Wendy Appelbaum

Winning Screenplay – THE ALIBI
Written by Wendy Appelbaum

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
RON – Peter Nelson
PHIL – Rob Notman
MAN – Michael Pearson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Thriller

A struggling screenwriter offers to serve as an alibi for a scandalized Hollywood producer in exchange for the development of his screenplay into a feature film.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A struggling screenwriter offers to serve as an alibi for a scandalized Hollywood producer in exchange for the development of his screenplay into a feature film.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Though the concept of a struggling writer compromising themselves to reach their dreams has certainly been brought to life by far more experienced (and better) screenwriters than myself, I think the main character’s reasons for struggle are relatable. I also believe that the antagonist (with the right actor) would make for a compelling character to watch.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Desperation and Salvation.

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

GoodFellas

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

6 months to a year (multiple revisions)

How many stories have you written?

3 screenplays, currently working on a fourth.

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

Too many to count but Rockin’ in the Free World by Neil Young.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Challenges in creating a compelling main character that the audience would root for, while clearly communicating his evolution throughout the story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Songwriting, Guitar

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

Though I have received constructive feedback on this screenplay from professional readers and competitions, the opportunity to receive feedback from a performance will further help to improve the screenplay and my skills as a writer. I thought the feedback I received was encouraging and spot-in with the areas that have to be improved upon.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Interview with director Ashton Avila (HAVE A LITTLE FAITH)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Ashton Avila’s short film played at the April 2017 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival. Part of the best of Female Director’s showcased.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Ashton Avila: I wanted to tell a story about a girl that I understood but most people don’t. Faith was that girl.

From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

In total the film was made in about 5 months. We spent about a month with the script, 3 months in pre-production, shot for 3 days and were in post production for about two months.

How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Bible Comedy

What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Probably trying to get everything we needed at such different locations in 3 days (especially finding a church that would let…

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Read the best of NEW Interviews with Directors

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

  NEWS Interviews:

Interview with Adrian Buitenhui (I Am Heath Ledger) – A chat with the director of the successful documentary on the legendary actor.

Interview with Paul Verhoeven (promoting Golden Globe winning film “ELLE”) – A chat with the legendary director who gave a very candid interview on his process and favorite films.

Interview with Pauline Mabille (RIGHT HERE OF OVER THERE) – Award winning short film director who is a filmmaker on the rise.

Interview with Nick Ledonne (HANGING) – A animation/documentary on the filmmaker’s experience attempting suicide. Must see film and must read interview.

Interview with Christian J. Harris (THE LONG GOODBYE) – About the experiences making the documentary about Alheimer’s disease.

Interview with Ashton Avila (HAVE A LITTLE FAITH) – On making the anti-religious comedy.

Interview with Paige K. Boudreau (NOSTOMANIA) – On making an experimental film.

 

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Interview with director Cibele Santa Cruz (THE MAN FROM THE SWIM LANE ASIDE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

THE MAN FROM THE SWIM LAND ASIDE was the winner of “Best Performances” and “Best Cinematography” at the April 2017 Female Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Cibele Santa Cruz: I received an email from a great friend with just a text, that ended up being used in the last scene of the movie, after he swimmed in the middle swimming lane. It was my inspiration to write the whole script. To tell the path of a man in search of love.

From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took me about 6 years.

How would you describe your short film in two words?

Love and Search

What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this
film?

The biggest obstacle was the the fanancial. The whole filmming, I did with what…

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Interview with director Jake Gutwillig (SHELTERED)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

 SHELTERED was awarded “BEST MUSIC” at the April 2017 Horror/Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

 Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jake Gutwillig: A lot of different things motivated me to make this film, for example thematically telling a story about how challenging parents and authority truths is important. Though the biggest factor is that as much as I enjoy watching films, there’s nothing I love more than making films. The various phases of production, the hard work and teamwork that is being on set, and the satisfaction that comes with creating strong collaborative relationships while completing a hopefully strong short that a whole team can be proud of. I also really want to and plan to make a feature film and this short, among others I have made was one of the biggest stepping stones for me as a director, writer, producer with all that occurred and…

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