January 2018 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 


festival posterMAMMA, 5min., Italy, Crime/Thriller
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ACTORFAN FICTION FEATURE Screenplay – BLACK WIDOW: FUGITIVE
January 2018 Reading
by Brooke Elowe
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – PEEL
January 2018 Reading
by Matthew Torti
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – CELTIC BLOOD
January 2018 Reading
by Richard William Masterson
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – FUTRE TENSE
January 2018 Reading
by Kyle Williamson
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – MOISH’S MOB
January 2018 Reading
by David R. Weinraub
ACTORACTION 1st Scene Screenplay – ZOMBIE CRUIZE
January 2018 Reading
by A.K.A. Smith
ACTORHORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – RED LIGHT
January 2018 Reading
by Dempsey Tillman & Ted Dewberry
ACTORCRIME TV 1st Scene Screenplay – KILLING MOSES
January 2018 Reading
by Ricardo M. Fleshman
ACTORDRAMA Best Scene Screenplay – PRODIGAL
January 2018 Reading
by Chris Courtney Martin
ACTORSCI-FI Best Scene Screenplay – TANGLED SPIRIT
January 2018 Reading
by Eric P. Granger
ACTORHORROR Best Scene Screenplay – HOLIDAY KILL
January 2018 Reading
by Steve Hunyi
ACTORHORROR Best Scene Screenplay – MESSAGE FROM BEYOND
January 2018 Reading
by Paige Brien
ACTORHORROR Best Scene Screenplay – THE HOSTEL X
January 2018 Reading
by Raymond Davenport
ACTORHORROR Best Scene Screenplay – CHASING THE ZOMBIE
January 2018 Reading
by Erick Hoffman
ACTORTHRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – BAY WINDOW
January 2018 Reading
by Bryan Farrell
ACTORTHRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – CURIOUS BUDDIES
January 2018 Reading
by Janet Caulfield
ACTOR THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – RUNNING WITH WOLVES
January 2018 Reading
by TJ Chester
ACTORTHRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – MODUS OPERANDI
January 2018 Reading
by James Helsing
ACTORTHRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – CONTINENTALIS
January 2018 Reading
by Aurele Ndja
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – THE KA
January 2018 Reading
by Mary Deal
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CULL BLOODLINE
January 2018 Reading
by Eric J. Gates
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – MINUTE OF DARKNESS
January 2018 Reading
by JD Daniels
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CACHE A PREDATOR
January 2018 Reading
by Michelle Weidenbenner

 

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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 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

2017 THRILLER Television Screenplays (6)

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORCRIME TV PILOT Screenplay – THE BIGGEST LITTLE
October 2017 Reading
by Craig Page

ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – KODAK MOMENT
September 2017 Reading
by John Cruz Alarid

ACTORTV THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – JOYTON SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Ian Bradburn

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – QUANTICO Show
September 2017 Reading
by Leslie Lyshkob

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – D FOR DEXTER
July 2017 Reading
by Jessi Thind

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Simon Schneider

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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

2017 THRILLER Feature Screenplays (6)

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – NOWHERE-VILLE
October 2017 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – WORD GAMES
September 2017 Reading
by Joel Stern

ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – THE TWIN WITHIN
July 2017 Reading
by Gunnar E. Garrett

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – NEMESIS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Carl Joglar

FEATURE Screenplay – INCURABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jeff York

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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 THE PSYCHONAUTS, by Jonah Jones

 

Genre: Mystical thriller.

Logline:  When a corrupt astral-projecting policeman discovers gold on another planet, he enlists another policeman to help him bring it back but the forces of law on their own planet and on their target planet – Earth in the year 33 AD – combine to corrupt them further.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Supervisor – Trevor Marlatt
Janty – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

The real story of Jesus and John the Baptist – two corrupt alien policemen trapped in political manoeuvres.  On the fable level; it’s about the state versus the individual.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller, fantasy, drama, Sci-fi.

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

It’s a new take on what Jesus and John might have been and it’s exciting even when you know the ending from the human perspective.  Don’t you want to know how I got to the Resurrection?

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

Jesus confused.

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

No idea but in context; Ben Hur – the Charlton Heston version.  Maybe North by North-west.

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

I’m still working on it but probably a year.  I’ve been busy doing other stuff like writing and directing short films.  The original concept was one that I thought would make a short story.  That was a few years ago.

7. How many stories have you written?

Full screenplays – 7, short films – 8, Radio plays – 4, short stories – something like forty, novels – 6, stage plays – 12, short stage plays – 7.

I am terribly old.

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

Impossible to say.  Strawberry Fields – the Beatles.

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

Having established the rules of what the Psychonauts can and can’t do, I had to make sure that the logic didn’t veer off along the way.  I also had to ensure that I hadn’t gone so far into my own thinking about such matters that it made no sense to people coming to the script for the first time.

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

Music – I’m a guitarist.  Art – I’m a cartoonist.  The natural world – I’m a recorder for the South Wales biodiversity database.

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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