THRILLER Best Scene Reading of SQUID JIGGERS by Judi Blaze

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Romance

Just when Monique is sure love is behind her, Trevor rearranges her world; a world complicated by Toad’s impending parole from prison. Monique’s life becomes a chaotic mixture of love with Trevor and growing anxiety over Toad. Even as her relationship with Trevor blooms, she is haunted by the stalker in the shadows, the man who perversely twists their past relationship to coerce her into taking him back.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Monique: Konstantina Mantelos
Bartender: Jack Comerford
Toad: Jordy Kieto

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

THRILLER Best Scene Reading of TASTE MY REVENGE by Dimitri Devyatkin

Winning Screenplay – TASTE MY REVENGE
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
ARCHITECT – Mandip Brar
PHARAOH – Zane O’Connor
TARAS – Sean Ballantyne
FARIDA – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Fantasy

In the ancient city of Thebes, the Pharaoh orders his Architect to design a new Treasury. Given no choice, the Architect agrees to the deadly assignment, although he knows the Pharaoh will have him killed after it is finished.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Taste My Revenge” tells one of the oldest stories in the world. Based on Herodotus’ “The Histories” from about 440 BC, considered the founding work of history in Western literature, it is the story of Pharaoh Rhamsinitus or Ramses III and his legendary Treasury. The action takes place in 1186 BC in Thebes, Ancient Egypt. The Architect who builds the Treasury knows he will be killed after it is completed, a common precaution to keep any secrets from being shared. But this Architect Horemb plans his revenge on the Pharaoh even though it would come after his own death. However, the long term ramifications of the Architect’s revenge result an even more cruel fate.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The screenplay is a psychological thriller, a period piece (based in Ancient Egypt), combined with action, romance and mystery.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

One of the world’s greatest stories, it will reverberate with modern audiences. Audiences will thrill to the exotic locations, ancient Egyptian mystery and culture, and find many threads that are as current as a modern thriller.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Crime pays.

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

Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin), Night at the Opera (Marx Brothers)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Story since childhood, screenplay for 1 year

How many stories have you written?

30+

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

Red House (Jimi Hendrix)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

none

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

History, politics, international cultures, emotions, art, nature, music, love.

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

Glad to offer my film as a thriller. The feedback is super helpful.

*****

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 Reading of FOUR IN THE DOOR by Alan Barkley and Linda Barkley

Winning Screenplay – FOUR IN THE DOOR
Written by Alan Barkley and Linda Barkley

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
KAREN – Amanda Quach
FRAN – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Thriller

A former model, haunted by the secret of her parents’ shooting deaths, fights to succeed as a first responder in her late father’s police department against hostile and suspicious superiors while trying to stop a relentless cop killer. (The Brave One, Courage Under Fire.)

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A woman with a dark secret in her past needs to redeem herself and her family name by proving her ability as a police officer against strong opposition and personal danger.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller and Action

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel the theme is engaging and the action exciting to watch

How would you describe this script in two words?

Determination and Redemption

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

“In The Line of Fire.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years. It’s been developed from an award-winning short.(Vail Film Festival)

How many stories have you written?

Five feature screenplays and twenty short screenplays

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

“Hey Jude”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time- full-time job-

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being with my wife.

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

The festival’s topic fit the bill and I received very thorough, professional feedback

*****

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 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.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Winning THRILLER Short Screenplay – COLD COMFORT, by Mick Sims

Winning Screenplay – COLD COMFORT
Written by Mick Sims

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
WOMAN – David Occhipinti
MAN – John Fray
WOMAN – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Horror

A serial killer confesses to a random call center caller about his murders.


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Winning THRILLER Feature Screenplay – NEMESIS, by Carl Joglar

Winning Screenplay – NEMESIS
Written by Carl Joglar

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
STROUD – Cassandra Guthrie
BURNHAM – Dan Cristofori
MONTERO – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action

A car wreck allows a fugitive recovery agent’s prisoner to escape into the woods where she’s forced to pursue the killer, but when the other driver finds her in the wilderness, the hunt becomes complicated and the agent begins to suspect the woman’s involvement was not by chance.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

NEMESIS is about a fugitive recovery agent who, after being disgraced and fired from the U.S. Marshals, attempts to cover legal fees in a custody battle for her son by cashing in on the capture of an elusive killer. Unfortunately, she gets into a car wreck, her prisoner escapes into a vast wilderness and she’s forced to hunt him down again. But (without giving too much away), when the driver of the other vehicle finds her in the woods, the situation becomes increasingly complicated because of some hidden agendas.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I’d say it could fall under drama, thriller and action because there are elements of all three, but if I had to categorize it, I would call it a dramatic thriller.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Just thinking about this, it occurs to me that no answer could sound very humble. I do feel very strongly about its merits, but even moreso after I started receiving so much positive feedback. People would say, “Wow, this is insane”, which I take as a compliment because you want to shake people up. I think the fact that three characters that are so different from each other are basically trapped in this environment together makes for a really curious situation. I feel like people might say, “I’ve got to see what happens when you put THESE three together.” But more than that, the main character’s journey is heart-breaking and relatable. I tried to make the ultimate example out of her. The moral of the story is “Don’t let your situation change who you are”. And who hasn’t been tempted at least once to step over that line?

How would you describe this script in two words?

“Intense” and “fast-paced”. As a writer, I have an unhealthy yet productive fear of being boring, so in a story, I’m obsessed with something either always happening or about to happen.

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

Jaws. It’s so amazing on so many levels. Story, acting, editing, etc. But Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl is a close second. That main character is the most charmingly hilarious train wreck I’ve ever seen. Great stuff.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve worked longer on this script than I have on my marriage. I’m kidding. I actually wrote the first draft in less than a month, but of course, I’ve been making changes ever since, so it’s going on six months now and one draft kind of melds into the next, so who knows how many.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been doing this since 1996 so I’ve lost count. If I included short scripts and commissioned scripts, the number would be ridiculous, but as far as strictly original speculative full-length screenplays.. probably 24 that I can remember. Oh! And a book. I wrote a contemporary sci-fi YA novel called THE PERILS OF QUAD. Right now I’m trying to find a home for it at a traditional publishing house.

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

Wow, that’s tough. I don’t know if this is good or bad, but ever since I was little, there’s been something about Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Fantasy”. I love it to this day and I really have no clue why. Maybe it was playing in the background the first time a girl kissed me or something. ..Right now, though, I’m addicted to Disturbed’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writers are going to hate me for this: There were no obstacles. There never are. I’ve never had writer’s block. If I did, I never realized it. I mean, I always get nervous when I start but once I’m off and running, that’s it. The pages start to pile up. Obviously, they don’t come out perfectly but they always come out.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My wife and child, of course. They’re my world. But the weird answer to that would be Vintage Marvel comic books. I’m not a collector, by any means. I just love the look, the feel, the simplicity, even the smell of a dog-eared silver age Marvel Comic. I guess because it brings me back to the days when my biggest problem in the world was deciding between Apple Jacks and Fruit Loops. Man, if life could always be like that. Good times.

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

I have to credit my best friend and producer, Alex Torres for that. He found out about the festival and immediately entered the screenplay. He’s the best. When I first read the feedback I received, I was pleasantly shocked because it was immediately apparent that this was a festival run by experienced and competent professionals and they clearly took the proper time to analyze the material. As a writer, you really deeply appreciate when people like this give you credit where it’s due, but also make a fair and efficient effort to help you develop the best story you can put forward.

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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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