Winning THRILLER Short Script – FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR, by Ron Riekki

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A lawyer has an award-winning actress come into a prison to teach his client how to cry on the stand.

CAST LIST:

Lawyer: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Leeann: Kelly Seo
Teej: Abbas Wahab

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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JUNE 2018 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Film

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

 

 

festival posterBURIED, 14min., UK, Thriller/War

festival posterBEAST, 20min., Australia, Thriller/Film Noir

festival posterTHE LETTERS, 18min., UK, Thriller/Drama

festival posterSTALKER, 7min., Czech. Republic, Horror/Thriller

festival posterGORGE, 3min., USA, Horror

festival posterABOVE THE MIST, 8min, Canada/South Korea, Horror

festival posterTHE DOLLMAKER, 10min, USA, Horror/Fantasy

festival posterADDICT, 15min, Israel, Horror/Comedy

festival posterIT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING, 6min., USA, Horror

ACTORTHE WRONG TICKET – TV CRIME Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by John Ravitz

ACTORTHE LAST DREAM WARRIOR – Fan Fiction Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Mike Meade

ACTORGOD OF INSECTS – HORROR Short Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by James R. Cowley

ACTORME & CINDERELLA – HORROR Short Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Jason Boaden

ACTORABANDON ALL HOPE – THRILLER Short Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Max Federman

ACTORTHE PLAYLISTS – THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Michael Kotsiros

ACTORTOUCH – Best Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Scott Timmins

ACTORTHE ART OF DECEPTION – Novel Transcript
June 2018 Reading
by Alexander Jayson

 

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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 Reading of THE PLAYLISTS, by by Michael Kotsiros

Genre: Thriller, Drama

A married couple are separately lured to a remote location by a gifted but troubled composer, who uses music to reveal his hidden agenda.

CAST LIST:

Joel: Russell Batcher
Lewis: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rachel: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Archibald: David Straus
Chiara: Ariel Booker

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

THE PLAYLISTS is about a married couple who are separately lured to remote cottage by Lewis, a troubled but gifted musician. Lewis has links to the couple from his past and wants closure for wrongs that occurred. Lewis has serious psychological problems and has befriended three imaginary muses, two of which help him compose music. The dark muse, Archibald, has influenced Lewis to devise the sinister plan, whist Clara, the good muse, tries to dissuade him to surrender his disturbing plan.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

THE PLAYLISTS is primarily a psychological thriller but can also be defined as a mystery drama.

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

THE PLAYLISTS is unique in nature and though it doesn’t have the typical twist found in most thrillers, it is raw and unnerving. From a production point of view, it wouldn’t be very expensive to make and I can definitely see it generating some great profits at the box office.

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

Musically insane.

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

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

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

I’ve had the idea in my mind for over ten years. I outlined the plot about three years ago and finished the script last year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Three and currently working on a fourth.

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

Return to Innocence by Enigma but probably listened to You Spin Me Round (Like a record) by Dead or Alive, the most.

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

The dilemma of deciding on the type of ending; I have three alternatives. I feel that most viewers are waiting for a twist and that this is wearing a little bit thin, so I went with a somewhat predictable ending, but also isn’t. It’s type of ending you’d expect would happen but will catch viewers off guard by waiting for a twist. The prospecting of catching the audience of guard appeals to me.

Time was also another obstacle. I have a demanding corporate role, so finding the time and headspace to write was definitely challenging.

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

Health and fitness, travelling and music.

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

My experience with the FilmFreeway platform has been positive. Everything is detailed and clear to follow. I also really like that you can conveniently see the history and outcome of festivals entered.

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

I entered my screenplay to about five screenwriting festivals. THE PLAYLISTS was shortlisted in three of the five competitions and made the quarter finals for each. I was pleased with this result as this has been my first submission of a screenplay.

The tone of the feedback is quite constructive and confirmed some of the doubts I had in my plot, so I revised accordingly.

 

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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 1st Scene Script – FORTY WINKS, by Mitch Moldofsky

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

A near-future dream expert with dream-reading technology, known professionally for her stance that “dreams mean nothing”, freaks when her husband’s dreams reveal an affair and a murder–hers.

CAST LIST:

Judge: Charles Gordon
Jazz Singer: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Ida Jagaric
Pros. Attorney: Rob Notman
Greg: Sean C. Dwyer
Det. Morgan: Jarod Terrell
Carol: Kerrie Lamb

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Forty winks is about the struggle between knowledge and fear, belief and self-doubt. The main character is a scientist, supposedly unemotionally committed to conclusions drawn from years of research, her life’s work. But when this commitment comes into conflict with her beliefs about herself, her marriage and by extension her sense of self worth, it falters, because of a deep and very human insecurity, the possibility or “what if” that she is wrong, that she is unworthy, that she is unloved.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s an erotic thriller and a mystery-drama, but the tension beneath the surface is often superseded by the comedy of life.

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

It’s exciting and really intriguing with the angle of looking into dreams, the realistic nature of their representation (random, mundane, absurd, frightening), the macabre turn they take in terms of adultery and murder, and the whodunit guessing game between multiple characters.

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

Waking Nightmare

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

Sunset Boulevard

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

A year

7. How many stories have you written?

Dozens

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

You Send Me

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Getting the third act right

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

Women’s rights

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

Fine

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

I like readings. I thought the reader misunderstood my intentions a little.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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

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