THRILLER Best Scene Reading of CURIOUS BUDDIES, by Janet Caulfield

Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival

CAST LIST: 

Operator – Lada Darewych
Josh – Hugh Ritchie
Narration – Julie C. Sheppard
Bill – Geoff Mays
Anna – Victoria Urquhart
Police Chief – Sean Ballantyne

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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

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THRILLER Best Scene Reading of CURIOUS BUDDIES, by Janet Caulfield

 

CAST LIST: 

Operator – Lada Darewych
Josh – Hugh Ritchie
Narration – Julie C. Sheppard
Bill – Geoff Mays
Anna – Victoria Urquhart
Police Chief – Sean Ballantyne

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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 Reading of BAY WINDOW, by Bryan Farrell

 

CAST LIST: 

Morgan (f) – Lada Darewych
John Anglin – Hugh Ritchie
Narration – Victoria Urquhart
Morris – Geoff Mays
Pierce – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A man who finds and loses the love of his life, while doing his job as a detective: solving a murder that leads to uncovering the mystery behind Alcatraz’s most famous escape.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Mystery/Noir/Crime

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

Picks up where a great movie left off: Escape from Alcatraz. Captures the imagination as it takes the audiences on an adventure of solving a great mystery, as a roller coaster romance unfolds. Appeals to wide range of audience members and brings back to mind the classic noir films of Hitchcock and Huston/Hammett while adding edgy modern tones.

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

Noir mystery.

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

Vertigo

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

On and off for 15 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written 16 screenplays, most original, a few for hire/based on novels. I am also working on short story collection.

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

“Didn’t I Blow Your Mind?” Delfonics

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

The long process of learning to find the heart of a story and to tell it well; i.e. maturation as a film writer; learning to listen to your characters.

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

Baseball, boxing, horse racing, all literature, music, painting, poetry, my baby girl.

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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 Reading, of CONTINENTALIS, by Aurèle N’DJA

CAST LIST:

Gaut – Sean Ballantyne
Benjamin – Hugh Ritchie
Narration – Julie C. Sheppard
Liza – Lada Darewych
May – Victoria Urquhart
Zach – Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

1. 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.​

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

​It’s a sci fi thriller feature screenplay.​

3. 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.​

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

​New world.​

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

Die Hard with a Vengeance.​

6. 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 a while, 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.​

7. How many stories have you written?

​5 screenplays in different genres: romantic drama, sci fi, action, thriller, fantastic, horror.​

8. 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 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 to a lot while writing this story is Medicine by The 1975.​

9. 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.

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

Spending time with my family.
 

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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 Reading of MODUS OPERANDI, by James Helsing

 

CAST LIST:

Irene – Julie C. Sheppard
Vincent 30s – Hugh Ritchie
Narration – Victoria Urquhart
Stoughton 60s – Sean Ballantyne
Roman 30s – Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?
An unorthodox female Scotland Yard Inspector and a troubled San Francisco detective suspect his club dancer boyfriend is behind a series of grisly murders that recreate Jack the Ripper’s crimes.


2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Murder Mystery/Erotic Thriller


3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
“Modus Operandi” is diverse and embraces colorblind casting. My male leads are Latino and my leading lady is over 70. There is a dwarf and a hearing-impaired character, as well – both are police officers and figure prominently into the plot. And for the financiers out there: there are no car chases, heavy CGI or explosions! Plus: everybody loves a good mystery. In this case: a great one!


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


5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
It’s a tie: “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Sound of Music.”


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


7. How many stories have you written?
Multiple screenplays in a variety of genres, a few stage plays and two TV pilots.
 
 
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
I don’t have a favorite as my musical tastes are eclectic. Which song have I *heard* the most in my life? Probably “Happy Birthday”!!!! 


9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Keeping the page count down! My characters often took over the writing process and generated some outstanding backstory… but I had to discipline them to stay focused on the main story. As absorbing as a detail is, that almost always translates to a higher page count.


10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Directing, producing, Halloween season, true crime history, coffee and cooking.

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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 Reading of RUNNING WITH WOLVES, by T.J. Chester

 

CAST LIST

Derrick (m) – Hugh Ritchie
Rae (f) – Lada Darewych
Narration – Sean Ballantyne
Red (m) – Geoff Mays
China (f) – Julie C. Sheppard
Bay Bay (f) – Victoria Urquhart

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?
After being evicted from her home, a promiscuous young woman is forced into a life of crime, aiding her companions in committing armed robberies, but when she has a change of heart and needs to find a way out, fear and desperation keep her at their side.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
My screenplay falls under Action/Crime/Thriller genres.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
This screenplay should be made into a movie because no one is doing anything like it right now; three, young, African-American, women go on a vicious crime spree for reasons other than being poor. This screenplay is about liberation, redemption and revenge.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?
I would describe this script as powerful and riveting.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
A movie that I have seen the most times in my life is The Color Purple.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I have worked on this screenplay for 3 years.

7. How many stories have you written?
I have written a total of thirteen stories, six screenplays, six novels and one TV series.

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

I really don’t have a favorite song. However, I listen to R & B songs pretty much all the time.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
I don’t face any obstacles finishing. This screenplay is completed!

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Besides writing, I am passionate about producing and 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