THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of SINGLE SOUL, by Gunnar Halldorsson

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Brad: Michael Sabet
Marcell: Dan Cristofori

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A professional athlete that returns to a town to compete where he was a infamous torturer in his former life – karma ketches up with him and his whole team.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror / Thriller

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

It has historic values – reminds us of how the Nazis behaved but also how the past will catch up with you. It’s a different war story.

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

Brutally blunt

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

Scarface

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

Two years – but it wont be finished until some one says “action” and then “it’s a rap” 🙂

7. How many stories have you written?

Five full features, two shorts and a tv miniseries pilot.

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

Rebel Rebel – David Bowie

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

To have the plot be realistic but not only about supernatural aspects.

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

Nature – the outdoors

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

Good reviews and I did well with my short. I think the read is fantastic – it gives you live experience and not just a flat reading of your own…..

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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 BREAK IN, by Carole A. Parker

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Danny: Scott McCulloch
Casey: Marisa King
Vin: Dan Cristofori
Angel: Sean Ballantyne
Mickey: Michael Sabet
Mia: Elizabeth Skidmore

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

After a home invasion gone wrong, a charming but deadly rogue cop on the run holds a group of celebrities hostage in an after-hours club, each of whom has a secret that’s about to destroy their lives — but things take a surprising turn when the A-listers bond with their captor and try and help him escape. A psychological thriller with one location, told in real time

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime drama, black comedy.

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

Because it’s exciting, touching, funny and fascinating.

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

Dark, funny.

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

Pulp Fiction.

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

A little over a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Two dozen features, nine drama pilots, six shorts.

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

A Shark In Jet’s Clothing – Blondie

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

None. I’ve been doing this for a few years. At first it was tricky writing something that took place in one location, but I got over it.

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

Music, art, books, my partner and my animals.

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

Given the glowing comments, very happy, humbled and honored.

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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 1st Scene Script – BUNNYMAN BRIDGE, by Colin K Stewart

 

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

After the tragic loss of her husband in a line of duty shooting, Detective Joan Fortune collapses and loses their unborn child. In the ensuing weeks, Joan’s life begins to crumble around her as she desperately tries to find the drug lords responsible for her husband’s murder. Things change for Joan when a local priest brings in a three year old girl who was left abandoned at his church. Joan’s heart melts upon meeting her.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Gage: Connor Lyon
Ed: Dan Cristofori
Mike: Shaun Mazoka
Todd:: Brennan Clost
Mrs Zachary: Julie C. Sheppard
Joan: Rachel Rain Packota

Get to know the writer:

 What is your screenplay about?

It’s a supernatural story about a malevolent spirit reliving its past to reclaim its family..

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Supernatural horror…

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The book written by, Ronald J. Van Wynsberg, is an awesome read… If done right, I think it could rival with other cult classics like ‘Halloween’ or ‘Friday the 13th’… It has all the elements of a supernatural horror with an ending no one sees coming.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Movie worthy…

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

Halloween…

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

6 months…

How many stories have you written?

To many to count…but several that have made their way into producer’s hands…

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

I am a fan of Country Music… If I had to pick one…’Wide Open Spaces’ by the Dixie Chicks

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time…

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Golf…

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

User-friendly website; Professional…

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

The fact that the festival was looking for the genre to which I absolutely love… Very excited…

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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

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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Watch Winning Thriller Best Scene Reading from ELAN VITAL Screenplay by Maroun Rached

Best Scene from ELAN VITAL Screenplay
Written by Maroun Rached
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi

Synopsis: The world in the 2050’s is split into democratic regimes and Elohite theocracies, states run by the clergy of a new extremist faith. Elohite specially trained agents infiltrate the US and commit terrorist attacks using paranormal powers. A team of local paranormals is recruited to stop them.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
NATHAN – Dan Cristofori
AIDEN – Mark Boutros
FRANK – David Occhipinti
BILL – Michael Gaty

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Watch FIX FACTORY, Thriller Feature Screenplay Reading

FIX FACTORY, Feature Script by Kyle Jenkins
Reading of the full screenplay:

SYNOPSIS:

“After an all-night bender, alcoholic, wannabe family man Lawrence Tijman wakes up in the hospital sporting a mysterious bite mark and a sudden resolution to start his life all over again. During Lawrence’s journey to kick the bottle and become a responsible adult, he’s confronted by an orphaned child, a girlfriend who’s had enough and a guilt-ridden stranger determined to teach Lawrence how to live with his newly discovered thirst for blood, which proves to be far worse than his thirst for booze.”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Stecyk
LAWRENCE – Dan Cristofori
WILLIAM – Jason Martorino
BRENDA – Silvina Andrea D’Alessandro
STEVE ALLEN – Neil Bennett
ALEX – Gabriel Darku
WENDY – Cindy Landerman

10 Questions from the September 2014 Feature Screenplay Winner Kyle Jenkins:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about Lawrence, a down on his luck, hopeless alcoholic who’s hit rock bottom and has decided to pull his life together. As soon as Lawrence makes some progress and feels like he’s cleaning up his act, he’s confronted by a thirst within himself that’s far worse than the first: a thirst for blood. After Lawrence’s blood lust leads him to murdering a seemingly innocent man and kidnapping that man’s orphaned child, a stranger named William steps into the picture to help Lawrence harness and control his thirst as Lawrence gradually absorbs the lifestyle of a vampire. As Lawrence attempts to develop some kind of control over his new affliction and to accept that his survival depends on denying life to others, his own life and everyone else in it is sucked in by a rapid downward spiral and spat out by a violent climax that they’ll never be able to forget.

2. Why should your script be made into a film?

I believe my script should be made into a film because it’s an original and uncompromising tale about the destructive reach of addiction that’s woven into a mythology indirectly tied to that addiction, which is a growing epidemic in our country due to the widespread abuse of prescription pills (and how easy it is to get them) and, of course, abuse of alcohol and other drugs. I’ve also seen movies where vampires suffer and despise/feel guilt over the horrible things they need to do in order to survive (such as Interview With the Vampire and Let The Right One In) and that’s something I wanted to be present in this script. These vampires are people, first and foremost. They rationalize things in order to convince themselves that they deserve to survive, despite that their survival is costing the lives of others. Lawrence’s thirst for blood, when unsatisfied, is as relentless and unforgiving as an alcoholic’s thirst for the sauce. Satisfying that thirst becomes as important to an addict as oxygen. And they’ll do anything to get it. Anything.

Being that addiction is such a massive affliction on our country right now, I believe that audiences would be able to relate to Lawrence’s struggle as well as to the struggle of those in his life who are forced to suffer the consequences of his addiction. The story could certainly help non-addicts begin to understand what drives an addict and how an addict’s actions during active addiction don’t make them terrible people. Despite that addiction is one of the oldest diseases on the planet, it’s still widely misunderstood by those who don’t suffer from it.

And, not to mention, who doesn’t love vampire movies?

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I think I wrote my first screenplay during my junior year of high school. I was on a trip to Florida to visit colleges I was planning on applying to (ironically, the one college I decided not to visit in Florida on that trip, The University of Miami, is the one I ended up attending) and I was spending a lot of time on the road. For whatever reason, I picked up a notebook and started to write a short script. Couldn’t say why that was the beginning but it ended up being so nonetheless.

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

Jaws. Hands down. I used to watch Jaws every time I went over to my grandmother’s house as a kid. She would make me popcorn, melt butter and pour it all over the popcorn for me. Haha so healthy, I know. But I could never get enough of that movie. Not then and not now (I might have to go watch it after I finish these questions). To this day, Robert Shaw’s death scene terrifies me more than just about any other death scene in film history. Not to mention, the USS Indianapolis scene remains my favorite movie scene of all time. It never fails to give me chills.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Oh man, too many to list. Most of my choices are pretty obvious but they’re obvious for a reason: they’re among the finest filmmakers in Hollywood. But number one for me would be David Fincher. He’s my favorite director of all-time. The amount of control he has over his stories is unprecedented. Some people give him flack for the “ridiculous” amount of takes he does. But, forget that! The guy is there to make the best movie he possibly can and he certainly succeeds every time. So if it works for him (and everyone else involved in his movies), then why hate on it? Aside from David Fincher I would say writer/director John Carpenter, writer/director Quentin Tarantino (obviously), writer/director Scott Frank, writer/director Matthew Vaughn, writers/directors The Coen Brothers, writer/director Christopher Nolan, writer/director Kathryn Bigelow, writer/director James Cameron, writer/director Eli Roth, writer/director Michael Mann, writers/directors The Twisted Twins and, uh, yeah I’ll stop now.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Well, I don’t really count my first 2 screenplays as screenplays because I wrote them before I really had any idea of what the hell I was doing. So, not counting them I’ve written 4. I’ve written 3 of my own original screenplays and I was hired to rewrite a screenplay for somebody else.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

I understand that it’s not realistic to be a bigshot in Hollywood within the next 5 years for just about anybody, although I am working towards that haha. But right now I am pursuing a career in journalism and I’m writing for an online magazine. In my free time, I’m still developing screenplays and hoping that I can eventually sell them to Hollywood.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I usually start out by putting together a detailed outline for the screenplay. I get ideas all the time and I’ve never had an issue with writer’s block. If anything, my issue is having too many ideas and not being able to decide which one means enough to me to revolve an entire screenplay around. But I generally get an idea and then I put together a detailed outline. And it’s always detailed, maybe too detailed, because I can’t resist writing everything down. Once I have the outline complete, I write the first draft of the script at a pace of between 5 to 10 pages a day (depending on my work schedule). Once I finish the first draft, I revise, and revise and revise and revise and revise and revise . . . until I’m semi-happy enough with it (I’m really hard on myself) and I’m ready to submit it to a competition.

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

I’m passionate about learning to live a simple life, about not letting the problems of the world determine my level of contentment and about doing the next right thing every day. I’m also passionate about Lyme Disease awareness because I have been afflicted with this disease (the largest epidemic in the United States) for about 20 years of my life now.

10. What influenced you to enter the Script Contest?

Was influenced by a random tweet from the WILDSound Twitter account to join the contest. After putting off contests for years (I’m very self-critical) I decided to take a chance and enter the contest. I’m happy I did!

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Keep at it. If you’re meant to do it, you’ll know it, especially if you stop doing it. When you’re meant to write and you stop writing, you feel that void. And it’ll always be there until you write again. Don’t listen to the critic in your brain that’s constantly telling you “this is crap and you should just quit now.” Even if it is crap, just know that we all have to write crap in order to learn how to not write crap. Just like we all make mistakes in order to learn how to not make mistakes. That’s life. And if you’re afraid of “failure,” just know that as long as you try, there’s no such thing as failure.