THRILLER 1st Scene Screenplay – THE BLUE ROOM, by Victoria Mitchell


Genre: Thriller, Horror

This is a ghost story about a blind man, one haunted room and a not-so-virtuous team of paranormal investigators.


Narrator: Olivia Jon
Woman: Jennifer Vallance
Male Voice: Shawn Devlin

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s about a group of unscrupulous ghost-hunters that find what they’re looking for… and more.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?


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

The screenplay embraces our favorite elements from Roger Corman and John Carpenter. We wanted to make a small film, single-location, but with enough drive and intrigue to keep the story moving forward. These types of films are very difficult to write effectively, but when they work… they’re magic.

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


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

Dr. Strangelove.

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

On and off for several years. Picking it up, here and there. Always came back to it because we were having so much fun.

7. How many stories have you written?

Stories? Too many to list. I published many in small literary magazines, back when I was fresh out of college. We’ve worked on probably ten screenplays together.

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

Cold Shot – Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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

There were no real obstacles, other than time constraints. It wasn’t a difficult process. As I said, we were having so much fun writing it, there weren’t any obstacles to speak of. When you like what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

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

Film, of course. Travel. History. Museums.

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

Seems very intuitive.

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

Looking for exposure. As for feedback, we’re still neophytes.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox


Interview with director Hank Isaac (LILAC)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

LILAC played to rave reviews at the January 2018 FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Hank Isaac: Lilac started out as a pretty mellow Disney-esque concept which I felt was too “light.” So I rewrote it as a somewhat grittier version, overlaid with the Robin Hood theme. This particular version was my response to the increasing number of children who were committing violent acts on one another.

My idea was to create a character who certainly could hurt of kill but makes a conscious choice not to. The underlying theme is: It’s not always necessary to annihilate one’s enemy to win the war.

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

Well, the “idea” percolated for nearly two years. I wrote two drafts of the screenplay over about a month…

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Interview with director Dinh Thai (MONDAY)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

MONDAY was the winner of BEST FILM at the January 2018 FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Matthew Toffolo: Dinh, what motivated you to make your award-winning HBO APA Visionaries short film?

Dinh Thai: The motivation for making MONDAY came in three ways; I was spending an abundance of time with my two filmmaker friends, Fidencio Casas and Gregg Furuoka. They’ve been writing and directing high-quality micro-budget films for many years. So just being around them, I learned I could do the same. Although this short film is far from being a micro-budget, their constant push for creation was motivating enough. Secondarily, last year HBO announced their Visionaries short film contest. That simply gave me a goal and a deadline. Thirdly, my business partner, Josh Falcon and I started a commercial production company a few years back, so we had the support system and resources to execute a project of…

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Interview with director Emma Jackson (CONVERSATIONS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

CONVERSATIONS was shown to fanfare at the January 2018 FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Emma Jackson: At the time of writing – Trump had just been elected the president of America and there had been much talk about divisions between the human race – including the very physical division of building a wall between people. This current political topic inspired my writing. I am also interested in the psychology of how we, as a human race, tend to judge one another upon our appearances. Finally…. I had to make this film for college ha ha!

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

The idea began in January 2017 and the film was completed by May 2017.

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


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Interview with director Lisa Baron & Writer/Actor Malin Barr (HEDDA NEEDS HELP)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

HEDDA NEEDS HELP was the winner of BEST FILM at the November 2017 Female Feedback Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Lisa & Malin: We (Co-Writer/Lead, Malin Barr & Co-Writer/Director, Lisa Baron) both really wanted to create a short film that made people laugh, that showed that inner-hustle of a young artist in the city and also, that spoke to how we’ve perceived female sexuality on Film & TV. Female sexuality is often looked at as a woman’s super-power, able to seduce and fix any problem, but our realities and Hedda’s realities are much different. We wanted to bring something lighthearted and fun that could say all that, in 14 minutes.

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

The film was written, funded through a, about $12,000 Kickstarter campaign, and shot, within an…

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Interview with Supervising Sound Editor Donald Sylvester (Logan, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Donald Sylvester has worked on over 100 films in the last 25 years and is considered one of the top people working in the craft of Post-Production Sound today. I asked him a few simple questions via email and he countered with some really insightful and meaningful answers. Enjoy it:

Where were you born and raised? When was working in the film industry start to become a career pursuit for you?

I grew up in the Garden State of New Jersey, where all my core principles were established. My father moved us to Atlanta when I was 11, and it was a wonderful experience during that period – both for Atlanta and for me. It was an unprecedented period of great growth for the city and the awakening of a progressive South – and growth for me personally as well. I dabbled in a lot of stuff, but always gravitated…

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Interview with Filmmaker Steven R. Lawson (MAN-AT-ARMS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Steven R. Lawson’s short film played at the February 2018 Fan Fiction/Sci-Fi Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Steven R. Lawson: I love the challenge in creating something new.I normally make Horror or Thriller movies so Fantasy was a whole new thing i wanted to try.

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

7 months (In my spare time after work and weekends mainly)

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

Dark Fantasy

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

Trying to find the right kind of Music and Sound FX

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Excited,Happy…It’s nice to get feedback from people i don’t know

Watch the Audience…

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