THRILLER 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: The Girl In The Well by Richard Webb

A torturous existence racked with guilt and depression can be a burden too heavy to bear. Yet this is what has pushed Tacoma PD homicide detective Peter Lawson all his adult life. On his first day back on the job after a tragic mistake that got his partner killed, Peter is assigned to the homicide of a teenage girl, which gives him a chance to find the one thing he desires most: absolution.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Esther Thibault
Peter: : Peter Mark Raphael
Susan: Norma Dunphy

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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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HORROR/THRILLER Best Scene Reading of Preservation by David Kline

Logline: A group of friends have a weekend away but it turns into a life or death struggle when an old Inn reveals its dark force.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

CAST LIST:

Suzanne: Mandy May Cheetham
Muriel: Anjelica Alejandro
Narrator: Liam Kinahan
Sergeant: John Leung
Dr. Collins: Adrian Currie

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Best Scene Reading of HELL ON EARTH by Daniel Cook

Logline: “When all technology fails, humans fall back on their animalistic instincts and the world around us is set into pure chaos. Survival is paramount, but holding onto humanity is the toughest struggle.”

Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

CAST LIST:

Torri: Anjelica Alejandro

Jeff: Adrian Currie

Narrator: Mandy May Cheetham

Andrew: John Leung

Derrick: Liam Kinahan

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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 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 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

THRILLER 1st Scene Screenplay Reading of FRAMER, by JoAnn Hess

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama

A highly-intelligent, socially-disenfranchised man seeks moral justice and eludes a former FBI agent as he manipulates others to disguise his own criminal acts.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Rachel Rain Packota

Jack: Isaiah Kolundzic
Walter: Julian Ford
Simon: Jason Gray
Christine: Vanessa Burns
Paula: Olivia Jon

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

Simon Webber, intelligent with a high moral compass, exists on society’s edge, mostly forgotten and ignored. When his wife and child are killed by a distracted driver, the court shows an unecpected leniency in the case. Enraged by a justice system that fails to act, Simon retaliates, using his highly technical skills to not only kill the guilty but frame another for the act. While his vengence is sated, its only temporary as he hunts among the dregs of society, where murder is the only outlet for his rage. Simon is pursued by Jack Donovan, an ex-FBI agent turned detective, dealing with his own moral crisis after failing to save a child from a serial killer. Where Simon sees a kindship in Jack who fights his own battle within a corrupt police department, Jack retains a stead-fast belief in the law. As their worlds collide, the line between morality and justice fade, causing a reckoning that neither can survive.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller, Suspense, Crime

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

FRAMER’s themes of vengeance, moral justice and self-sacrifice will have strong appeal across multiple age groups and genders.

It will also garner appeal across social classes and race, especially with those that believe our political and judicial systems have failed. These are all very current and provocative social issues seen all over the news.

Women will be attracted to the struggle of both lead characters as they deal with family issues to protect or avenge children. In addition, FRAMER’s female cast covers a broad spectrum from motherly to strong policewoman exhibiting the characteristics of compassion, power and inner fortitude that audiences of today expect.

Men and older viewers are attracted to FRAMER’s action, suspense, tension and danger. The complex and intense plotline with unique twists will keep male viewers engaged.

Younger audiences will appreciate the cleverness in which Simon facilitates his crimes: the use of technology to commit, trap and frame his victims.

In addition, there is an exuberance of twenty-something characters engaging in activities that 18-30 year old audiences can relate to.

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

Vigilente justice

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

The Lion in Winter, the subtextual dialogue exchange between the characters is the best I’ve ever seen.

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

Three years, this month

7. How many stories have you written?

12 scripts (8 for hire), 1-webseries (optioned), 2-TV series

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

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

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

The key was to make an anti-hero character like Simon empathetic enough so an audience would relate to him. It was important to create a character such that, while on the surface his actions are horrific, how would anyone react in a similar situation? I wanted that conversation after the movie was over. Additionally, Simon’s adversary needed to be equally strong and wounded. To do these characters justice, I had to draw from darker places than I’m used to.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I do Voice over work which is very rewarding and fun. My work can be found on several websites and I’ve voiced several audiobooks. I scuba, play golf when the weather is nice and can be found to play a videogame now and then – I especially like RPGs. Anything with a good story.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
It’s really great overall. Easy to submit and find film festivals. There is a great amount of information given and I like all the submission in one place to track. It’s not very flexible though. I’d like to add festivals I entered (not realizing they were available through film freeway).

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I liked that it was genre specific. That I was competing with like scripts and the judges were experts in the genre. When you enter, a win needs to mean something and being chosen for a read through the Thriller Festival brings credibility to the script as it moves into market.

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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 KOPKILLER, by Shane McCabe

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Logline: Rising New York City detective, Erika James, is tasked with the impossible: solving her OWN murder…. a 25 year old COLD CASE. The only lead, unbelievable. The only witness, unreliable. The only suspect…. unthinkable.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Vanessa Quagliara
Erika – Fiona Mongillo
Mark – Sean Ballantyne
Jimmy – Trevor Marlatt
Dispatch voice – Julie C. Sheppard

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

KOPKILLER follows Erica James, a young narcotics detective on the verge of a major promotion within the NYPD, who discovers she has lived a past life, one in which she was murdered by the very cop now tasked with promoting her. Her major problem is that the proof she needs to prove this comes in the form of a strung out junkie who can claims to see past lives. As Erika peels back the layers on a 30 year old cold case and piece together the evidence she needs to take down a dirty cop, she comes to realise she is in fact investigating her own murder.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would call it a supernatural thriller.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I am a huge fan of both the thriller and supernatural genre, but in KopKiller there is an added dimension; that of a powerful female lead. This is about a cop who is given irrefutable proof that her boss is a cold blooded killer, but to use that proof would end her career, so she has to resort to using her smarts and through dogged detective work is able to bring to a close a cold case; one in which the investigating officer is also the murder victim.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Utterly Intriguing.

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

12 Angry Men.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote this script five years ago and have just reworked it this year.

How many stories have you written?

Over 10 now.

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

One by U2

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Getting the supernatural elements of the story just right so they do not appear contrived. I wanted to keep it that the central character had zero memories of her past live, so had to introduce an addition character to compensate for that. In doing so I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to use this character as a catalyst character as well.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Directing. I have directed a number of very successful short films, one of which screened and sold all over the world and now has over 3 million views on YouTube. I hope to direct a feature next year. I also enjoy teaching, and teach a number of screenwriting classes.

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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