February 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORSHORT STORY – POST MORTEM REBELLION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – OBEDIENCE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Potts
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HYPOTHERMIA
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HEIDI
February 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Makenas
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – BEDLAM ON THE RAILS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Wayne E. Johnson

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LATE NIGHT
February 2017 Reading
Written by Deepa Dharmaraj
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EKKO
February 2017 Reading
Written by Johnny Walker

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – POPEYE “SPINACH RUN”
February 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Simon Schneider


festival posterMIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation
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festival posterTHE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
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festival posterMARAUDER, 13min, Canada, Action/Fantasy
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festival posterTRUE COPY, 11min, Russia, Thriller/Sci-Fi
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festival posterLAST BASE, 15min, Norway, Action/Thriller
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festival posterAPPRAISAL, 8min, UK, Thriller
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festival posterWEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
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

January 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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FEATURE Screenplay – INCURABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jeff York

BEST Scene – KIDICIDE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Karam
BEST Scene – THE UNCONQUERABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jonathan Fear

ACTORBEST Scene – THE ROSY HUE OF THE DYING DAY
January 2017 Reading
Written by Lauren Hoekstra
ACTOR1st SCENE Script – INT. CAR – NIGHT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Martin Keady

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COMES AROUND
January 2017 Reading
Written by Gunnar Halldorsson
ACTORSHORT Story – MURDER IS A BREEZE
January 2017 Reading
Written by M Maureen Skahan

ACTORSHORT Story – MARIONETTE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTORSHORT Story – SHADOWS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly J. Kratz

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DEADLY SERIOUS
January 2017 Reading
Written by A.J. Thibault

 

 

 

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

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SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
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TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
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2016 QUEST Stories

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festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 6min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterGILT, 22min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: THE VISA
October 2016 Reading
Written by Conrad Haynes


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THE LAST JOURNEY OF THE ENIGMATIC PAUL WR, 17min, France, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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September 2016 Film Festival

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – HALFWAY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lukas Hassel

ACTORSHORT Story – ALONG MY JOURNEY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Renee Michelle Christian


festival posterTIME SMASH, 2min., USA, Animation/Sci-Fi
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ACTORFEATURE Screenplay
August 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew O’Connell

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER
July 2016 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde


festival posterBOTTOMLESS, 2min, USA, Animation/Biography
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ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – FOR ALL MANKIND
June 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew O’Connell

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – QUEST FOR MIHTE LUGH
June 2016 Reading
Written by Ray Whittinger


festival posterLIKE A STAR
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10min, Italy, Documentary/Comedy

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – SMITHEREENS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Hershel D. Rephun

ACTORNovel Prologue Reading – IN THE WAKE OF WAR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen L. Nowland

ACTORNovel 1st Chapter Reading – MYSTIC VILLAGE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jeannine Fortier


festival posterKARATE GIRL BRAWL
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10min, Canada, Action/Thriller

ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – INTO THE SHADOWS
March 2016 Reading
Written by Marie Jones

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE BALLARD CHRONICLES Book 1
March 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen L. Nowland

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE MAGIC PILLOW
March 2016 Reading
Written by K.J. Kratz

ACTORShort Screenplay – ANIMAL SKINS
February 2016 Reading
Written by Bryan Ott

ACTORFeature Screenplay – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
February 2016 Reading
Written by L.R. Whittinger

ACTORFan Fiction – DOCTOR WHO “The Time Cuckoo”
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Gilbank & Paul Renhard

ACTORFeature Screenplay – FOUR FOR THE BORDER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Toby Roberts

ACTORWatch Novel Made into Movie: AAHBC
Written by Albert Lewis

2016 MISSION Stories

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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DELTA SELECTION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Marty Smith

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – CONTRARY WARRIORS: BLOOD LEGACY
March 2016 Reading
Written by Sheryl Wright

2016 HITCHHIKING Stories

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ACTORTV PILOT – Westbound
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jeff Alulis

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – 66 West
October 2015 Reading
Written by Christopher Willis