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 CHILLS, by Mark Wagner

CAST LIST: 

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Chelsea: Elizabeth Skidmore
Laurel: Marisa King
Harry: Yehuda Fisher
Octavio: Michael Sabet

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Still suffering her childhood abuse, a fiery-spirited girl has to fight a cruel rapist to flourish in the fashionata world.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller with character-driven drama.

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

Millions of girls and women need to be encouraged to stand their ground and defend themselves when sexually harassed and assaulted. They should report to the police until these terrible rapes can be prevented.

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

Fiery-spirited, cruel.

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

“Casablanca”

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

2 1/2 years

7. How many stories have you written?

18

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

“Light My Fire”

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

Since I wasn’t a woman, I listened to my older sister and many friends. Several had been severely beaten. They cried and trembled. I was deeply bothered by their pain and misery.

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

I’m hoping to explore my spiritual adventure to share love, care and respect with my wife, our families and friends.

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

The process to submit was easy and quick.

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

I received an email from Carrie, went for a walk to consider the value of the festival and finally submitted. Four producers haven’t decided yet.

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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 MARTYR, by Diamond Monique Washington

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Barnes: Scott McCulloch
Rother: Michael Sabet

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Detective Peter Barnes suffers from alcoholism and delusions due to his wife’s suicide. He takes on a case in which the clients of a help clinic are rapidly killing themselves, in hopes it will bring him closure. Jack Rother, owns the help clinic and capitalizes on the agony of his clients to add to his millions. Barnes battles with his mental stability as he tries to outsmart Rother, but his delusions manifest and soon take over.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Psychological Thriller

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

This story pays homage to great thrillers such as “Seven and “Identity” whilst making a name for itself with a unique take on the genre. Martyr offers its audience an intense, unnerving experience that will leave you craving more.

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

Neo Noir

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

Starship Troopers (sci-fi nerd)

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

The orginal draft was written 6 years ago. It has been revised several times over the years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written and revised 4 screenplays to completion.

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

Eric Prydz – Opus

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

Marty is my first screenplay ever written. I worked tirelessly on it to overcome many obstacles. The primary challenge I faced writing this story was the turning point in which my protagonist pushed himself to the point of no return. Creating characters that suffer from mental health issues is a very delicate task.

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

Dancing is my therapy. Music also plays a huge role in my life and helps with my writing.

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

I’m a huge fan of FilmFreeway. It’s easy to use and offers amazing services.

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

Wildsound offered free logline hosting and I figured it would be a great way for my story to get exposure. I found the feedback very constructive.

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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 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 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 FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER, by Erik V. Wolter

 

 

Genre: Drama, War, Thriller, Family

Logline: An American teenager struggles to believe in his German American father, a controversial writer accused of being a Nazi spy, only to discover they are more alike than he ever imagined.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Attorney Fritz – Peter Nelson
Cohen – Sean Ballantyne
Robert – Trevor Marlatt
Pretty woman – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know the writer: 

  1. What is the screenplay about?

Logline: When a German immigrant faces deportation during WWII for alleged Nazi ties, his combative teenage son takes on the FBI and struggles to keep the family together.

Drawing parallels to the prejudice and profiling in post 9/11 America, FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER is an untold story of WWII, exposing egregious violations of civil liberties by government with striking relevance to every American’s relationship to their government today. The screenplay is based on a true story and adapted from my book, “Loyalty on Trial: One American’s Battle with the FBI.”

The story begins in 1942 and is told from the point of view of Kai, the impetuous native-born teenage son of Arthur, a naturalized citizen, who is targeted by the FBI as disloyal for his alleged pro-Hitler writings in the mid 1930’s.  Kai’s secret “Blue Notebook” of poems and commentary serves as an outlet for his anger and frustration.

Kai naively assumes that justice will win out. Instead, his trust that the system works equally for all is tested. and his entire family is torn apart. He sees his normal life of an American teenager spin out of control, and blames Arthur’s pride and his refusal to apologize to the judge.

Kai’s inability to understand his father’s commitment to his innocence, and Arthur’s unwillingness to back down or betray himself for any reason, even for his family, becomes a divisive force in the father-son relationship.

Once Arthur is incarcerated at Ellis Island and scheduled for deportation, Kai quits school to help his mother make do. Soon after, justice eludes Kai one more time, his mother, an enemy alien, is arrested and interned and Gabi, his childhood sweetheart, is deported with her family. With no hope in sight, he’s forced to survive on the streets of New York and care for his little sister.

Without any parental guidance, Kai turns to Arthur’s attorney and an elderly Jewish neighbor to help sort out his frustrations. Only then does Kai come to grips with his selfishness, reassess his own loyalties, begin his quest to save his father and ensure that the family’s good name is reestablished. At the same time, he must figure out who he truly is at heart, and what it is that he ultimately longs for.

After a former teacher discovers the Blue Notebook, Kai see the opportunity to channel his anger and utilize his writing talent to try and save his parents from deportation. With the teacher’s counseling, Kai argues for public support through letters to the editor and even makes an eleventh-hour desperate personal appeal to the Supreme Court for a reversal.

By the end of his personal journey, we see Kai as a hopelessly loyal young man who will stop at nothing to protect his family, friends, and country.

  1. What genre does your screenplay fall under?

Historic/Thriller/Coming of Age/War

  1. Why should this screenplay be turned into a movie?

Drawing parallels to the prejudice and profiling in post 9/11 America, FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER offers an untold story of WWII while exposing egregious violations of civil liberties by the government with striking relevance to every American’s relationship to their government today.

The screenplay is based on a true story and adapted from my book, “Loyalty on Trial: One American’s Battle with the FBI.” Actual historical events, characters, and dramatic action from WWII, including those from the Emmy nominated and acclaimed documentary “Children of Internment,” are the inspiration for this story.

This is a coming-of-age story that illuminates a dark period of America’s history by focusing on the human lives affected by government policies, rather than lecturing. By grounding the story in a teenager’s very real and relatable emotions, it delivers a powerful message that should resonate with audiences of all ages.

Despite a rising tide of xenophobia in America and abroad, the relevance of what happened nearly seventy-five years ago remains an untold story.

  1. How would you describe this screenplay in two words?

Heart wrenching

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

“Break the Stage” the movie is my first produced film. I wrote the screenplay and was executive producer. Expected release is mid-2018. I have watch “Break the Stage” countless times.

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

My book, “Loyalty on Trial: One American’s Battle With the FBI” came out in 2004. I wrote the first draft of this screenplay, titled then as Loyalty on Trial, in 2005. Who works on a script for 12 years? One who has a passion for a script based on a true story of immigration that since 9-11 seems to be repeating itself. During this time, I wrote many other screenplays as well.

  1. How many stories have you written?

My resume lists twenty-six, nine of which were collaborations with various other writers.

  1. What is your favorite song?

Anything by James Taylor

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

The first obstacle was adapting a 430-page nonfiction book into a movie. The second would be not listening to the naysayers who said it’s a period piece. The third would be finding the right balance between the historical truth and dramatizing for maximum entertainment. And the ongoing obstacle is not to give up and let it go.

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

Family, friends, politics, skiing, and tennis.

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

Very positive experience. User friendly process.

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

The opportunity to see a performance of pages from my script was the number one factor. Additionally, the chance for feedback is always attractive. In this case the feedback was extremely helpful and useful for my never-ending rewriting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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