JULY 2018 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterUNDER THE BED, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller

festival posterTHE CALL, 10min., USA, Horror

ACTORWinning THRILLER 1st Scene Script: MARCO POLO by Jeff Heckler

ACTORWinning SCI-FI 1st Scene Script: POLE by Robert Dodrill

ACTORWinning HORROR 1st Scene Script: WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO by Sean Elwood

ACTORWinning THRILLER 1st Scene Script: FIELDS OF BLOOD by Michael Meade

ACTORWinning THRILLER Short Screenplay – FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR by Ron Riekki

ACTORNovel Reading: S.A.M. by C.A. Jarest

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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April 2018 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

festival posterORNAMENT OF BEAUTY, USA, Thriller/Fantasy

ACTORPREY FOR THE DAY – Feature Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaarad
ACTORJOHN Q TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Jason Jung
ACTORDISCORDANT – 1st Scene Screenplay<bR

ACTORFEAR OF THE DOPPELGANGER – 1st Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Jonah Jones
ACTORTHE FLIGHT OF SOULS – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Guy Quigley
ACTORRUNAWAY SHIP – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Carl Soderberg
ACTORTHE MUSHROOM KING – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Steve Trebilcock
ACTORTORNADO RIDER RHODES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Stevie T.
ACTORWILD MIND – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Fujio Torikai
ACTORDESTINY FORTUNE FATE Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Scott Lorenz

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – BACK FROM THE DEAD, by Jonah Jones

 

Genre: Thriller, Horror

A man walks through the fire.

CAST LIST:

Colonel: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Witch: Emily Weir
Desborough: Regan Brown

Get to know the writer:

 What is your screenplay about?

A 300-year-old curse laid upon one family by another which could be resolved at any time but not during the time-space of this film.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy, thriller and horror. By modern standards the horror element would be considered very mild.

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

It is based on a concept which I can’t recall seeing in a movie before; the Schrodinger’s Cat thought experiment, whereby a character in the story is both alive and dead, depending upon who is trying to find him.

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

Vengeance loop.

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

It varies in my recollection between Ben Hur (the Charlton Heston one) and North by North-west. Recently I’ve been interested in films that hide the fact that the British had broken the enigma code, so I’ve watched Malta Story and Sink the Bismark a couple of times. I’d love to know if the scriptwriters were aware of the breaking of the code or not. In Sink the Bismark, Kenneth Moore’s character out-thinks the German Admiral, whereas in fact, the British had listened in on the German radio-traffic.

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

It was an off-and-on project mixed up with others. Probably six months.

7. How many stories have you written?

I really can’t recall. I write short films and short stories as well as feature-length scripts. Currently I have four short stories and three film scripts on the go. I started writing a long time ago – don’t ask – and I’ve tried to stick with the regime of writing at least one idea down every day. Some of those ideas turn into stories. On a quick scan of my computer files – 60 short stories, 10 short plays, 5 short films, 6 feature films, 12 full-length plays, 6 radio plays, 5 novels – though I’ve been told to stop doing that. Writing novels, that is.

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

I work with music playing in the background, so I listen to songs all the time. Some songs stick – Strawberry Fields by the Beatles, My Friend the Sun by Family. Often a piece of driving guitar will do it for me, rather than the song itself.

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

Trying to avoid the clichés that creep in when you’re writing this kind of plot. I watched a fair few Hammer Horror films from the Sixties and Seventies to make sure I wasn’t re-telling an old story. There’s an element of homage to those films in the screenplay but hopefully I’ve come up with something new.

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

Music – I play guitar. Art – I’m a cartoonist. Wild-life – I’m a recorder for my part of Wales (UK). I’ve recently started directing (three short films) and so far, I’m loving it.

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

They are friendly. efficient and take a lot of tedious repetition out of my hands. I’m currently hawking one of our films “The Caterer’s Reckoning” (which I wrote and directed) around the film festivals. I use FilmFreeway to do that too.

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

Seeing your words spoken by actors changes your understanding of what you’ve written, so I’ll use any chance I can get. This won’t be the first time I’ve put my work forward to WildSound and it won’t be the last. The atmosphere and attitude of the team there has always made me feel I’m amongst like minds. That’s not something I’ve experienced in some other situations.

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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 REVELATION, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Three demons, four humans and the whole angel hierarchy are involved in the mess-up that has ensued after a botched Apocalypse. While the angels seek to cover their mistakes, the humans and the demons set out to discover the truth and the future of their species.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Tanguray: Allan Michael Brunet
Sarah: Sarah Evelyn
Jake: Hugh Ritchie
Izzimus: Nick Baillie
Jake: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Revelation is about the Day of Judgement, which for all sorts of reasons has become the week of Judgement and is rapidly heading towards being The Month of Judgement.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy/fantasy.

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

Heavily based on the use of CGI. Most of the characters are angels or demons. The way the motion capture is used in Lord of the Rings/Planet of the Apes would be appropriate.

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

Apocalypse-ish Soonish.

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

Probably the Charlton Heston Ben Hur or North by Northwest.

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

It started as a radio series (where you don’t need to see the characters) but when CGI showed how good it had become, I converted it to film. I probably took six months in the middle of other stuff I was working on.

7. How many stories have you written?

A lot – in the hundreds as short stories, stage plays and some radio plays.

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

I really couldn’t tell you. I listen to music most of the time I’m writing. Mostly Progressive Sixties; Beatles, early Pink Floyd, Yardbirds, Cream etc. In recent music I’ve become a big fan of Joe Bonamassa. He plays the guitar the way I think I play the guitar as long as their is no recorded evidence that I’m playing.

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

Getting the threads of the plot to work together. I simplified a lot in order not to confuse the audience. The original radio series was a great deal more complicated because I gave myelf thirteen half-hour episodes.

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

Music. I play guitar and mess about on midi keyboards. We’ve used some of my stuff on the radio plays and are about to use some guitar effects on a short film I’m directing. I’ve just started directing short films and I’m loving that. I’m also keen on wild-life in general and specifically that which we get around the place I live – South Wales in the UK. I enjoy drawing too.

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

They’ve always worked well for me. No complaints.

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

I’ve had several pieces performed by the WildSounders and it’s always been useful simply to watch and possibly re-adjust. In general, I’ve found that feedback varies from the helpful to the “were they reading the same script?” WildSound are always positive in their comments and thereby encouraging and every writer needs that.

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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