THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of SOMETHING TO PROVE, by Nic Penrake

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Logline: A gifted teenager gets caught up in a web of seduction involving his rich new neighbor and her niece as he investigates a child pornography gang that appears to be operating right under their noses.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Vanessa Quagliara
Vanessa – Fiona Mangilla
Liam – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

Well here’s the logline: A gifted teenager who gets caught up in a web of seduction involving his rich new neighbor and her niece as he investigates a child pornography gang that appears to be operating right under their noses.

What it’s really about is a teenage boy’s battle in overcoming his self-consciousness – in Liam’s case, over his cleft foot. On a deeper level the film is about the young hero’s hubris born of his unchallenged belief that his expertise in code and hacking provide all the answers as to how people really tick.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Psychological thriller/drama

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

There aren’t so many credible dramas about teenagers struggling to make sense of the adult world, especially a dark and threatening world such as we find here. It’s got a lot in common with the subplot in American Beauty and the relationship there between two teenagers who feel alienated and long to find a space in which they can express themselves freely and creatively.

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

Insightful and dark.

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

Amor Es Perros

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

That’s a scary question to ponder… On and off for about 8 years, I think. Several drafts obviously and each one following at least one set of coverage notes. If you crushed that down to continuous time, maybe 12 months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Well over a hundred.

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

“Time” by Pink Floyd. Spoke to me the most at age 13 and still does at fifty plus.

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

Trying to get the balance right between drama and thriller. Typically Act 3 was the hardest. I had my climax, but in the early drafts it wasn’t kicking hard enough, or it was somehow bolted on. The ending I have now at least feels like it belongs to the rest and delivers high stakes with a satisfying character arc.

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

Directing and mentoring my 3 ‘creative’ kids, 21, 17 and 16.

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

Easy to use.

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

Two things in particular: 1, perhaps an obvious one – it looks like it has some recognition among industry professionals; 2, there seems to be a genuine desire here to help writers move from script to screen and to that end the festival offers some practical help in achieving that goal, step at a time.

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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 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

THRILLER BEST Scene Screenplay of GOD SMACK, by Diana Lanham

 

Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Horror

After an internet story goes viral linking a local man to supernatural events, his seemingly perfect life starts to unravel.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Martyn: Nick Wicht
Sam: Todd Thomas Dark
David: Charles Gordon
Tyler: Penelope Park
Rittu: Kelci Stephenson

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Set in Seattle, GOD SMACK is a supernatural thriller about Sam Landers, a local veterinarian who seems to have it all – he’s charming, attractive, has a successful clinic. But Sam’s upbeat, go-with-the-flow exterior is hiding a dark family secret. After a mysterious global event kills off a third of the population in one night, a strange coincidence seemingly links Sam to the event. A scared planet, desperate for an explanation, latches onto his story and it goes viral, making Sam the center of the social media universe. As religious fanatics, the government, and dark, supernatural forces begin to converge on him, Sam’s perfect life starts to unravel, threatening to expose his secret and forcing him to face his worst fears.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Supernatural Thriller / Supernatural Dark Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think God Smack strikes a great balance between being character-driven AND plot-driven. I write what I like to watch in the theater…everyday situations that have an undercurrent of magic or the supernatural, with some sex and laughter thrown in. God Smack has that. It has big cinematic moments but still feels grounded like an Indie.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ummmm…I got nothin’

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

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Just under a year.

How many stories have you written?

· A novel, House of Aegea (Amazon); currently working on the sequel

· A TV Pilot and one episode (adapted from House of Aegea)

· God Smack

· Currently working on another TV Pilot called The Kinderlings of Coupeville. Season One: When a young girl goes missing in their small town, six adult siblings with extra sensory powers all have the same dream about where she’s buried. A moral dilemma ensues over whether or not they should go to the police. (side note: the characters are all based on my siblings)

What is your favorite song?

Even Flow by Pearl Jam

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Free time doesn’t necessarily equal creativity. When you have the time to write, you don’t necessarily have the words. The worst is when you need to focus on your day job but your characters and plot lines start banging around in your head trying to get written.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I spend most of my spare time walking my dog in the woods or by the water, going to movies or binge watching shows like Legion and Stranger Things with my husband and daughter. I’m also passionate about cake and good wine.

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

It’s been a great experience so far, very easy to navigate. I like that you’re able to see reviews and comments from other creatives.

What influenced you to enter the festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? I picked this contest based on the genre and the live reading element. Hearing your words come to life would be incredibly exciting. And the feedback I received was great. There are always pearls to be found in feedback, whether you liked the comments or not. But it definitely makes a difference when you receive comments from someone who gets your story and the characters, which is what I felt from my reader. I definitely tried to incorporate his/her thoughts and tighten up my script.

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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 Screenplay – CURIOUS BUDDIES, by Janet Caulfield

Genre: Crime, Thriller

It’s not your Mother’s Buddy Movie. It’s a combo meal! It’s a little bit of LETHAL WEAPON, DIE HARD, THE SOCIAL NETWORK with a SIDE of TAKEN. Experienced FBI Agent hires and befriends a young INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR to help rescue a six year old girl taken Hostage in a FALL OUT SHELTER by a Ruthless Psychopath.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Anna: Norma Dunphy
Josh: David Occhipinti
Bill: Dennis Barham
Operator: Lindsay Gerro

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

Curious Buddies is about the rescue of a six year old girl taken hostage in a fall out shelter by a ruthless psychopath. The story centers around the trials and tribulations of a veteran FBI agent and the assistance of a young internet entrepreneur during the case investigation to save her.  It’s a whirlwind, action packed thriller, spanning three days set in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco. There are subtle sub themes throughout the screenplay, like the curious friendships and relationships that develop between the characters. For example, the buddy bond between the FBI agent and the internet guru, and the young girl and the psychopath.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, Thriller, Drama

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

Curious Buddies should be made into a movie because it would appeal to die hard fans of shows like True Detective, Criminal Minds and The Good Wife. I think it would draw millennials because there are several scenes between the FBI agent and the internet entrepreneur, some comical, where they learn to respect each other and their professions. There’s a lot of action, twists and turns in the plot that would keep an audience interested.

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

 Provocative, Riveting

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

Rear Window..

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

About four years. I’ve done several minor rewrites.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written about a dozen screenplays. Seven are finished and copyrighted. The others I’m still working on and collaborating with another writer for a TV MOW pilot.

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

Secret World by Peter Gabriel

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

None.

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

Music, art and sports.

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

My experiences have all been very positive. Great feedback and response to my submissions.

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

I think what influenced me to enter the festival is the creative professional actors and posts by Wildsound and the LA FilmFreeway festival. I’ve been following Wildsound, Matthew since I started writing about five years ago. The feedback was spot on. Especially about how my plot for Curious Buddies is all over the place, and needs to be more concise. What is it Shakespeare said?  Brevity is the soul of wit. I could definitely use more of that.
I also need to focus on my formatting.
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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

Best Scene TV Screenplay of JOYTON SHREW, by Ian Bradburn

A murder, an explosion, a bumbling work partner, a girlfriend who has left her and a secret underground facility designed to train real life action heroes. British detective Selina Jennings has a lot on her plate.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Bob Banks: Cory Bertrand
Gary Collins: Jim Canale
Selina Jennings: Regan Brown

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A mysterious town with bizarre inhabitants, a lot of whom have even more bizarre secrets. The events leading up to an incident that shakes the town to its core is told through different perspectives in each episode.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy thriller.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel it has an intriguing mystery as well as comedy to balance out the more serious story aspects.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Inclusive, bizarre.

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

Shaun of the Dead.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

v

How many stories have you written?

Six.

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

Spanish Sahara by Foals

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Figuring out the tone for the story and the back stories behind all my characters.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Video games and reading.

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

Very positive, it’s simple and easy to use.

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

I wanted to send out the script I had been working on to get feedback. I felt the feedback I received was constructive and will help me with my future drafts.

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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

Winning THRILLER Feature Screenplay: THE TWIN WITHIN by Gunnar E Garrett Jr

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

The murder-suicide that left a thirteen-year-old girl without a mother and father triggers voices within encouraging her to kill.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
Amy: Penelope Corrin
Kevin: Dan Cristofori
Morgan/Heather: Rachel Salsberg
Madison: Emily Weir
Matt: Steve Rizzo

 Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

This screen play is about a dysfunctional couple who adopts a deeply disturbed set of twin girls who’ve witnessed their mother murdered by their father, and then turning the gun on himself. Now untrusting of anyone, one twin will do anything to protect them both from harm, including ridding their life of anyone she considers a threat.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is a Thriller/Suspense, that also leans into the Horror Category.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Like The Sixth Sense and Fight Club, this screenplay gives the audience to feel as they’ve figured out the film, they know where its headed and what’s going to happen, until… Oh no! They were wrong. The fact that I’ve written this film in one location with no extras, and a small cast also allows it to be shot on a lower budget, but still at a high quality, giving the investors a larger ROI than most films. Not to mention it’s creepy as F@$& with a little humor sprinkled in.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Incredibly deceptive.

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

The movie i’ve seen the most times in my life has to be The Slammin’ Salmon, with Hot Rod coming in a close second.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this screenplay for about nine months, and have done a couple rewrites since this reading, tightening the script for better production values.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written seven screenplays to date, one is currently in production, Riley’s Rainbow, and The Weak Outdoors, is currently in Pre-Production.

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

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Isreal Kamakwiwo’ole

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The largest obstacle in this screenplay was to hide the fact that there was only one girl, and the her twin sister was just a mental disorder… A genetic disposition passed down by her father. Since this table read, we’ve done another two rewrites, better adjusting for this, though once we bring in a Director, we expect him or her to add input resulting in , I’m sure at least one more rewrite.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Outside of writing, my other real passion is spending time with my children, watching them grow and learn through hard work and effort in whatever it is they are involved in.

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

I entered the festival because, like every screenplay, rewrites are necessary, and without reputable feedback, the rewrites are useless. As far as the feedback I received for my work, even though no one is ever excited to her where they could have done better, it was all correct, and those adjustments needed to be made to take a film from being considered good, to great.

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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

June 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival: https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

 

ACTORSHORT Story – THERE ARE NO LIGHTS IN NAPLES
June 2017 Reading
by Dennis L. Havlin

ACTORSHORT Story – ALWAYS WATCHING
June 2017 Reading
by Kordale Gibson
ACTORSHORT Story – BEFORE AND AFTER
June 2017 Reading
by S. Pfeiffer

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CONTINENTALIS
June 2017 Reading
by Aurele Ndja
ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene Screenplay – SQUID JIGGERS
June 2017 Reading
by Judi Blaze

ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – NOTHING IS FREE
June 2017 Reading
by Terry Milner & Rebecca Brillhart

festival posterCRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
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festival posterBLURRY, 5min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
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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