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

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THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of REVELATION, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Three demons, four humans and the whole angel hierarchy are involved in the mess-up that has ensued after a botched Apocalypse. While the angels seek to cover their mistakes, the humans and the demons set out to discover the truth and the future of their species.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Tanguray: Allan Michael Brunet
Sarah: Sarah Evelyn
Jake: Hugh Ritchie
Izzimus: Nick Baillie
Jake: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Revelation is about the Day of Judgement, which for all sorts of reasons has become the week of Judgement and is rapidly heading towards being The Month of Judgement.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy/fantasy.

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

Heavily based on the use of CGI. Most of the characters are angels or demons. The way the motion capture is used in Lord of the Rings/Planet of the Apes would be appropriate.

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

Apocalypse-ish Soonish.

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

Probably the Charlton Heston Ben Hur or North by Northwest.

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

It started as a radio series (where you don’t need to see the characters) but when CGI showed how good it had become, I converted it to film. I probably took six months in the middle of other stuff I was working on.

7. How many stories have you written?

A lot – in the hundreds as short stories, stage plays and some radio plays.

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

I really couldn’t tell you. I listen to music most of the time I’m writing. Mostly Progressive Sixties; Beatles, early Pink Floyd, Yardbirds, Cream etc. In recent music I’ve become a big fan of Joe Bonamassa. He plays the guitar the way I think I play the guitar as long as their is no recorded evidence that I’m playing.

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

Getting the threads of the plot to work together. I simplified a lot in order not to confuse the audience. The original radio series was a great deal more complicated because I gave myelf thirteen half-hour episodes.

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

Music. I play guitar and mess about on midi keyboards. We’ve used some of my stuff on the radio plays and are about to use some guitar effects on a short film I’m directing. I’ve just started directing short films and I’m loving that. I’m also keen on wild-life in general and specifically that which we get around the place I live – South Wales in the UK. I enjoy drawing too.

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

They’ve always worked well for me. No complaints.

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

I’ve had several pieces performed by the WildSounders and it’s always been useful simply to watch and possibly re-adjust. In general, I’ve found that feedback varies from the helpful to the “were they reading the same script?” WildSound are always positive in their comments and thereby encouraging and every writer needs that.

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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