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.

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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 Screenplay Reading – BEDLAM ON THE RAILS by Wayne E Johnson

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Winning Screenplay – BEDLAM ON THE RAILS
Written by Wayne E. Johnson

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
LUMAN – Philip Krusto
DUKE – Casey Estey
PORTER – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action

Two armed, down-on-their-luck young hoods, a speeding streamliner, and a bad idea result in railway pandemonium not seen since the days of Butch Cassidy.

Get to know the writer:

What is your best scene screenplay about?

Bedlam on the Rails is the true story of the last two moving train robbers in America. In 1949, Luman Ramsdell, 23, and Duke Ashton, 20, made a snap decision to rob the B&O Ambassador, the streamliner taking them to Ohio from Florida.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

True story, true crime

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is a unique, historical event. When asked, the average person and even historians will say that the last moving train robbery was performed by Butch Cassidy’s gang. Bedlam has two main characters that, even though they are on the wrong side of the law, the audience can relate to them. I would set the tone of this film somewhere between Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Bonnie and Clyde.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bad idea

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

Kelly’s Heroes

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year ago I was contacted by Wilson Casey, the author of the book Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails, interested in the possibility of turning his book into a movie. I read his book and finished a draft in a couple of weeks. After sending it to a few producers, and making revisions, this final version was completed in November of 2016. I’d say I’ve worked on it for nine months.

How many stories have you written?

My novel, The Militarized Zone: What Did You Do in the Army, Grandpa? was published in November. Ive had eight or nine short stories published in print and online. In 2015, one of my screenplays won an award from Writer’s Digest. Others have been runners-up, semifinalists and quarter finalists in various screenwriting contests.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

As I read the book, it seemed like a natural for the screen. It was an interesting story with colorful characters, and, for a true story, a good plot and resolution.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Along with his own research, author Wilson Casey interviewed Luman Ramsdell over a period of about three years and wrote his story in Luman’s words, which were great for the book. But in many instances the dialogue in conversations had to be modified to be acceptable for a screenplay. I’d say dialogue was the biggest challenge, since the events are written as they actually happened.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a member of a veteran’s group and help our older vets when we go on field trips. We’re bringing the Moving Vietnam Wall to our area later this year. I volunteer in art classes at our local elementary school and I donate to animal protection charities.

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

You were open and willing to look at my material and your feedback was invaluable. I always wonder if my scripts hit the right points and by what you indicated in the feedback, I succeeded and I’m on the right track.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

July 2016 Thriller/Suspense Films/Screenplays/Stories

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ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FIEND
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jeff York

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – NINE SCARS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Kelly Crawford

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATERNAL FEAR
July 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Milek

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – ELAN VITAL
July 2016 Reading
Written by Maroun Rached

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Today’s Thriller/Suspense Screenplay Reading: UNLIKELY ANGELS by Anne Nemes

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Best Scene from UNLIKELY ANGELS Screenplay
Written by Anne Nemes
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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Charles Gordon
PETE – Rob Salerno
MIKE – Jerald Bezener
MARGOT – Julie Burris

GORE Stories from the Writing Festival

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festival posterFAMILIAR
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Horror, Canada

ACTORWATCH – HANNIBAL TV Show Spec
April 2014 Reading
by Ibba Armancas

ACTORSHORT STORY READING – THE BABYSITTER
July 2014 Reading
Written by Sean Hood


festival poster1500 NINOS
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2015
6min, Horror/Mystery, Canada

SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: WHAT IF ITS ALL BEEN A LIE
August 2015 Reading
by Nancy Arant Williams


festival posterMINOTAUR
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2015
5min, Greece, Experimental/Fantasy

SCREENPLAYChapter 6 Novel: STAY AWHILE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Anthony Vecchiarello

ACTORTV PILOT Reading of HAUNTED HEART
August 2015 Reading
Written by Robert Herold

ACTOR1st Chapter: THE SZGANY CHRONICLES
May 2015 Reading
Written by David John Roberts III

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CHASE Scene Stories from the Writing Festival

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festival posterCADAVER
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Animation / Adventure, USA


festival posterMERKUR
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2015
2min., France, Animation/Experimental

ACTORFeature Screenplay Reading – SHOOTING STAR
September 2014 Reading
Written by Richard Harrison

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – 66 WEST
December 2013 Reading
Written by Christopher Willis


festival posterBUSTED
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7min, Australia, Comedy/Romance

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – THE OTHER SIDE
March 2014 Reading
Written by Barb Markusa


festival posterSNAIL TRAIL
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Experimental / Animation, Germany

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2015 Thriller Screenplay Winners

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ACTORClimactic Scene – DIETRICH DANZIG
February 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen
ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – LEGRAND
February 2015 Reading
Written by Angelina Carkic
ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by J. Alan Hostetter
ACTORTV PILOT – ERASER
February 2015 Reading
Written by Kim Godfrey
ACTOR1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller
ACTORBEST SCENE READING – I’M STILL HERE
January 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood
ACTORFIRST SCENE: MY LAST DUCHESS
January 2015 Reading
Written by Grant Reid
ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – MEMOIRS OF A DOCKET

June 2015 Reading
Written by Damien Michael Aulsberry
ACTOR1st Scene: LITTLE PROFESSOR
May 2015 Reading
Written by Monte Light & Cooper Holmes
SCREENPLAYShort Screenplay: GRAVEL HEART
April 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Curtis
ACTORFeature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli
ACTORBest Scene – LONELY HEROES
March 2015 Reading
Written by Eddie Upnick
ACTORTV PILOT – RUST
July 2015 Reading
Written by Cody Carson
ACTORTV PILOT Reading of HAUNTED HEART
August 2015 Reading
Written by Robert Herold
ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – Yellow Touch Red, You’re Dead
November 2015 Reading
Written by Lauren Hoekstra
ACTORFeature SCRIPT – I’M STILL HERE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

July 2015 Reading
Written by Claire Wasmund
ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – SOMBRA
SCREENPLAY1st Scene Script: THE MANTLE
August 2015 Reading
by Frank Edward Kelly
ACTOR1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gary Makin
ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – AVALON
November 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vaughan
ACTORBest Scene Reading of CHILDREN WANT WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT IT
September 2015 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reese
ACTORBEST SCENE – Unlikely Angels
October 2015 Reading
Written by Anne Nemes
ACTORBEST SCENE- Coyote and the Dust Devil
November 2015 Reading
Written by Jonah Jones
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – On Three
December 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vassie
ACTORShort Screenplay Reading of THE DEAD END
August 2015 Reading
Written by Piotr Jamroz

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Batman: Patient Zero
December 2015 Reading
Written by Andrew Akler