THRILLER Festival 1st Scene Reading: M For Mole Murder, by Sonja Knyssok

Willy Wuehlman is a mole who lives in a tree. Since he had a traumatic experience in his childhood when his parents died, he suffers from claustrophobia and is unable to go through tunnels. When he is accused to be the murderer of his aunt, he has to overcome his fear. But he does not know that some strange mutated killer roots of garden flowers waiting for him in the dark.

CAST LIST:

Molly: Nkasi Ogbonnah
Woodpecker: Saen Ballantyne
Narrator: Hannah Ehman
Willy: Cameron Stannard
Ricky: Bill Poulin

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

THRILLER Best Scene Reading of The Playlists by Michael Kotsiros

 

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:

Rachel – Katelyn Varadi
Archibald – Geoff Mays
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Clara – Katelyn Varadi
Lewis – Omar Aufi
Reggie – Sean Ballantyne

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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 – DWELLERS OF SUNSHINE GARDENS

Fly – Omar Aufi
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Freshman – Sean Ballantyne
Socrates – Shawn Devlin

*****

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

THRILLER Best Scene Reading of SPY HIGH by Jeff Woodward

A hopelessly romantic young teacher is on the verge of settling for a safe but unexciting job at Langley High School – just a mile from the CIA – when he is accused of assisting the Russians in an impending nuclear attack plot; after he is coerced into being an undercover agent, the teacher must suspect everyone he knows, including the girl he loves, if he is going to unmask his deadly but unlikely opponent, and thus prevent Armageddon

Monarch – Omar Aufi
Narration – Salma Dharsee
Mitch – Sean Ballantyne
Prof. Conigliaro – Shawn Devlin

*****

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

THRILLER Best Scene Reading of THE PROFESSOR by Jessie Garcia

A middle-aged professor is down on his life until a beautiful young co-ed takes an interest in him, but she is not at all who she seems to be.

CAST LIST:

Narration – Sean Ballantyne
Female Detective – Norma Dawn Dunphy
The Professor – Shawn Devlin

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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 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

THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of RETIRE WITH A VIEW, by Behzad Sedghi

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller,

Logline: An old rundown RV tarnishing the idyllic view from the window of a newly retired couple’s dream home becomes the focal point in developing a bumpy and slow relationship with their odd and reclusive neighbour who safeguards a past memory in the dilapidated vehicle.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Vanessa Quagliara
Ethan – – Sean Ballantyne
Officer Julie C. Sheppard
Peter – Peter Nelson
Geeve – Trevor Marlatt
Megrangiz – Fiona Mongilla

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

It is about testing people’s ability to overcome their rigid mindsets and try to see the world in new lights.

 

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy and thriller

 

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

Because it embodies a myriad of topics that often engage us such as human relationship and bondage, love and sacrifice, being a fish out of water and social norms. In addition, given the humour and playfulness of the script the film could be a perfect combination of comedy and thriller where both could equally contribute to laughter.

 

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

Playful and sharp.

 

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

Betty Blue.

 

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

A month or two (still not finished)

 

7. How many stories have you written?

Screenplays? 6 on my own and 4 co-written

 

8. What is your favourite song? 


most times in your life?) Bahar (Spring) by Radio Tehran

 

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

If you mean the ending, I had it early on and I think it works really nicely, so no obstacle there. But the second act requires more mini-stories that should tie in to the core story. Creating characters that would remain secondary is a bit of a challenge.

 

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

Directing.

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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 SLAVE CHILDREN, by Michael Faunce-Brown

 

Genre: Action, Thriller

Logline: A relentless but impulsive ex S.A.S. mercenary hunts the predatory slave trader who has snatched his young nephews before they are sold on, disappearing for ever. (High Concept)

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Vanessa Quagliara
Simon – Trevor Marlatt
Englishman – Peter Nelson
Baxter – Sean Ballantyne
Jenny – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

1.Tom,17, orphaned, has his huge, remote cattle property gradually taken from him by his “friend” Kit, and must endure abuse/torture before prevailing.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has a wide audience, is unique, low budget and good analysis.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Page turning.

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

The Others

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

6 months.

How many stories have you written?

12 screenplays, 9 books.

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

Shenandoah.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Obstacles. Keeping re-writes fresh. Making dialogue suitable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Passionate about travel. 48 countries so far.

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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

Feature Horror Thriller Screenplay: THE BOO, by Scott McEntire

Watch the May 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay.

Watch THE BOO, by Scott McEntire

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Drama

Synopsis: Ronnie is a small-town sheriff in the South who still talks to his dead wife on a daily basis. His estranged sister-in-law, Brooke, is dealing with the sudden loss of her husband while still trying to conquer the mental demons of her past. Healing an old family rift becomes all the more difficult when those demons turn out to not merely be figments of her imagination.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
BROOKE – Kelci Stephenson
RONNIE – Zack Amzallag
OLIVIA/ANGELA – Jennifer Ferris
LUCIEN – Moui Nene
RAYLAND – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Scott McEntire:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“The Boo” is a Southern gothic thriller about a small-town, widowed sheriff who unexpectedly bonds with his estranged sister-in-law, now faced with having to overcome the sudden death of her American Marine husband, and their external struggle with The Boo Hag, who according to Gullah tradition in the SE United States, is the cousin of the vampire who steals the skin of a woman while she sleeps to find a way to attack men.

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

“The Boo” bridges the horror film genre to the Southern gothic thriller genre. Both genres have been terribly successful through too many horror films to name, and with Southern gothic stories like Mud, Slingblade, Smokey and the Bandit, etc. The budget for this movie would not have to be large, staying true to its horror film roots. And this is a story that has not yet been told. Originality is in short supply in today’s market, and this is worth the reach.

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

Mystical estrangement.

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

Snatch

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

Three and a half years.

6. How many stories have you written?

Half a dozen. Two are actual feature films now (“Anyone” and “With You”). The short films I’ve written are “TwinkleTown”, “Rent Party”, “Simple”, “Avarice”, and “Eye For An Eye”.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This was a story pitched by a friend of mine, Brittany Sparkles, who knew the idea of The BooHag from a recent trip to South Carolina. This was during a 48-Hour film competition, and while her idea was passed over, she and I talked a lot that weekend so I could understand the story. From there, we altered it from a strict horror story to a multi-level Southern gothic thriller-horror film that strays into the world of the supernatural. Ultimately, I didn’t want to let a friend down who blessed me with this story to put into script form.

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

An ex-girlfriend to didn’t understand why I was spending so much time with my friend, Brittany. Ha! The obstacle for this story primarily time. In the beginning, I was frequently researching about The Boo Hag. Then it was finding time to track my outline before finally putting pen to paper and writing the actual script. Going over it tooth and nail over multiple versions, then having friends come in to read for me, then making adjustment based on what I was hearing, before finally saying it is “good enough” and put it into competition!

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

My kids, my beautiful girlfriend, filmmaking as a whole, acting, golf, and the happiness of the most rambunctious rescue dog for which I could have asked!

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

Not only do you get to hear/see your words comes to life by persons you don’t know, but it happening outside of where you can offer any direction, too. It’s up to the script! The videos of script reads and film screenings make the Thriller Festival one of a kind. The initial feedback I received led me to scout through my script with new eyes. Sure enough, every tip they have was a glaring weakness that needed fixing. I was more than happy to fix it!

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

Time spent planning early is probably three times less than fixing a screw up after you’ve completed it. Create your outline. Write as much story as you can (trigger phrases, trigger words, certain emotions that must happen), but not necessarily any dialogue. Story leads to plot, which leads to characters. Characters lead to interactions, which then lead to dialogue. Grow. Always grow.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

Watch 1st Scene Thriller Table Reading: THE SHOT by Michael DeMattia

Deadline for Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival (Save $15)
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1st Scene: THE SHOT
by Michael DeMattia

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller

One hunter, who never speaks, journeys through a unique forest to discover the mysteries of life

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jarrid Terrell
HUNTER – Sasha Rajamani

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson