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

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THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of MIND OF A POLITICAL ASSASSIN by Stephen W. Lincoln and Steven Michael Farney

 

Genre: Political Thriller

Logline: The author of a book on political assassination is forced to fight a deadly cell of assassins only to discover his most dangerous enemy may be the co-author of the book; his dead fiancee

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Fiona Mongillo
Lawrence – Peter Nelson
Fat Thug – Sean Ballantyne
Skinny Thug – Trevor Marlatt
Stupid Thug – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

“Mind Of a Political Assassin” is the story of an author being thrust into the world of political intrigue and murder based on a book he wrote.

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What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller and Action / Adventure.

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Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“Mind Of a Political Assassin” encapsulates elements which attract big box office and have been loved by audiences for over 100 years…an action filled-story surrounding a mystery they are being called on to solve along with the characters in the movie.

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How would you describe this script in two words?

Historically captivating.

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

Don’t have the exact count but it would have to be between “The Bad and the Beautiful”, “Sunset Boulevard” or “That Thing You Do”.

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How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This screenplay has seen several revisions, being set aside a couple of times over the last 10 years. Based on professional notes and feedback, it’s last genesis has been over the last 3 years.

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How many stories have you written?

Including short stories in a class taught by author James Lee Burke and my post college screenwriting years, over 20 stories.

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What is your favorite song?

A tie – “Don’t Be Cruel” – Elvis Presley and “I Honestly Love You” – Olivia Newton-John.

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What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Working late night on it while attending classes and working. The notes and the relative ease the way the story laid out helped.

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Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Church, family, Wichita State basketball and Kansas City Royals baseball.

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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 SLEEPING PROPHETS, by Alex Moreno

 

Genre: Psychological-Thriller

Logline: A vengeful mother teams up with seedy criminals to expose a Sleeping Prophet; one who claims to speak God’s word to help the afflicted, after the death of her daughter.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Vanessa Quagliara
Dvorak – Peter Nelson
Ava – Julie C. Sheppard
Thomas – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

Sleeping Prophets follows the story of a vengeful mother who teams up with seedy criminals to expose Edgar Cayce for the death of her daughter.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller-Period Piece

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Although Edgar Cayce’s story is very fascinating, Sleeping Prophets is a tale of mis-placed revenge, human deficiency and individual flaws; a fatalistic story to remind us “not” to cross over the line.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Psychological thriller.

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

Jacob’s Ladder.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 5 years.

How many stories have you written?

6 animation shorts. (produced)
2 shorts. (produced)
5 full length screenplays

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

Street Life Parade by Secret Affair.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Research and procrastination-LOL. (I also produced one of my shorts during the same time).

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being a dad.

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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

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

THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of SHADOWS AND DEMONS, by Dominique Mayfair

 

Genre: HORROR,SUPERNATURAL THRILLER

Logline: A SOCIOLOGIST BECOMES INVOLVED WITH A CHARMING AND MYSTERIOUS MAN NOT REALISING THAT HE BELIEVES HER DEAD GAY LOVER IS HIS OWN REINCARNATED LATE WIFE.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Trevor Marlatt
Gabby – Katelyn Vanier
Prudence – Vanessa Quagliara
Mia – Julie C. Sheppard
Father – Peter Nelson

Get to know the writer: 

 

What is your screenplay about?

A sociologist becomes involved with a charming and mysterious man not realizing he believes her dead gay lover is his own reincarnated late wife. Gabrielle hears noises that have no right to be present and she is haunted by nightmares only an insane person could conjure up.

While living happily with her partner fate has other plans and tragedy strikes, which sets Gabrielle on a journey which will ultimately change her life forever. This however is just the beginning of a strange and tumultuous journey intertwining religion, the occult, science, beliefs and memories.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Supernatural thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe my screenplay should be made into a movie because it is well written, telling an extremely detailed and intricate story that will keep the audience captivated from beginning to end. I have put a lot of sweat, blood and tears literally into this story and to see it come to its final fruition on the screen is what I believe it deserves.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Mind Boggling.

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

Stigmata.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The book took me many years and the screenplay took 6 months of continuous hard work ghosted by Lynn Santer.

How many stories have you written?

I have written 2 novels and a range of Warped Fairy Tales.

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

I listen to Hell Yeah a lot and find it hard to single out one song because I relate to the majority. Plus I listen to a lot of New Orleans jazz. Without those I would be doomed.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I faced many obstacles, from serious health issues to a separation. It was a tremendously difficult time in my life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals, music and living happily ever after in New Orleans.

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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