THRILLER Best Scene Reading of THE PLAYLISTS, by by Michael Kotsiros

Genre: Thriller, Drama

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:

Joel: Russell Batcher
Lewis: Peter Nelson
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rachel: Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
Archibald: David Straus
Chiara: Ariel Booker

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

THE PLAYLISTS is about a married couple who are separately lured to remote cottage by Lewis, a troubled but gifted musician. Lewis has links to the couple from his past and wants closure for wrongs that occurred. Lewis has serious psychological problems and has befriended three imaginary muses, two of which help him compose music. The dark muse, Archibald, has influenced Lewis to devise the sinister plan, whist Clara, the good muse, tries to dissuade him to surrender his disturbing plan.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

THE PLAYLISTS is primarily a psychological thriller but can also be defined as a mystery drama.

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

THE PLAYLISTS is unique in nature and though it doesn’t have the typical twist found in most thrillers, it is raw and unnerving. From a production point of view, it wouldn’t be very expensive to make and I can definitely see it generating some great profits at the box office.

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

Musically insane.

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

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

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

I’ve had the idea in my mind for over ten years. I outlined the plot about three years ago and finished the script last year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Three and currently working on a fourth.

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

Return to Innocence by Enigma but probably listened to You Spin Me Round (Like a record) by Dead or Alive, the most.

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

The dilemma of deciding on the type of ending; I have three alternatives. I feel that most viewers are waiting for a twist and that this is wearing a little bit thin, so I went with a somewhat predictable ending, but also isn’t. It’s type of ending you’d expect would happen but will catch viewers off guard by waiting for a twist. The prospecting of catching the audience of guard appeals to me.

Time was also another obstacle. I have a demanding corporate role, so finding the time and headspace to write was definitely challenging.

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

Health and fitness, travelling and music.

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

My experience with the FilmFreeway platform has been positive. Everything is detailed and clear to follow. I also really like that you can conveniently see the history and outcome of festivals entered.

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

I entered my screenplay to about five screenwriting festivals. THE PLAYLISTS was shortlisted in three of the five competitions and made the quarter finals for each. I was pleased with this result as this has been my first submission of a screenplay.

The tone of the feedback is quite constructive and confirmed some of the doubts I had in my plot, so I revised accordingly.

 

 

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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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HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: June 2018 THRILLER Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE DOLLMAKER

SCARIEST FILM: IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING

BEST PERFORMANCES: ADDICT

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BEAST

BEST MUSIC: THE LETTERS

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterBEAST, 20min., Australia, Thriller/Film Noir festival posterTHE LETTERS, 18min., UK, Thriller/Drama
festival posterSTALKER, 7min., Czech. Republic, Horror/Thriller festival posterGORGE, 3min., USA, Horror
festival posterABOVE THE MIST, 8min, Canada/South Korea, Horror festival posterTHE DOLLMAKER, 10min, USA, Horror/Fantasy
festival posterADDICT, 15min, Israel, Horror/Comedy festival posterIT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING, 6min., USA, Horror

The theme of the June 2018 HORROR/THRILLER FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles was “Sins”. Every single film was about a world and/or characters dealing with sins and conflicts of the past.

This is the festival that I’ll always remember because I consider it the turning point of the Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival. It wasn’t the easiest event to get through for the crew, but they grinded it out and produced the best night we’ve had so far in Los Angeles. The feedback videos are great (make sure you watch them), put together by our new editor Kimberly Villarruel, who was the MVP of the night.

In Toronto, the great team (lead by Mary Cox & Kierston Drier) had been a part of the festival for over 2 years before they were brought on in a moderator & leadership capacity. So they were able to witness many events, and see how they can achieve success despite the muliple conflicts that can occur when producing an event where the audience’s comments are the only thing that really matter

In Los Angeles, it was a fast process for all of them. Shepsut Wilson, who moderates the festival in Los Angeles, only attended two events before she took the mic to lead the discussion. So she’s literally been doing and learning on the job at the same time. And our Festival Director’s Rachel Elder, and Natasha Levy worked at a few events in a 12 month span before they took the leadership duties. So the first few events were definitely a work in progress and learning curve for everybody.

Then June 2018 appeared and we found out what the Los Angeles team were made of. They demand perfection in a festival with so many moving parts that perfection is impossible to obtain. But attempting to get to that goal is what turns something good into something great.

Before I get too “motivational speaker”, I simply wanted to say that we have arrived in Los Angeles and we are saying put forever! With a team like this, we have nowhere to go but up for a long, long time.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: CONSURGO, 12min., USA, Thriller/Suspense

Consurgo poster

CONSURGO is a thriller, that show us that when the need to be something other than what we are, becomes too much to bare, sometimes we choose the extreme solution to our problem. The result can change us forever, but leave us with conflicted feelings that are still too much to bare.

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Short Film: CHERI, 6min., France, Thriller/Suspense

A woman thinks that the man she covets is going to ask for it in marriage, but an imponderable one disturbs her expectations and nothing happens as she imagined.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Suspens
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    600 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Country of Filming:
    France
  • Film Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: PREY, 13min., UK, Thriller/Horror

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After being pursued by a supernatural force John must do everything he can to protect what means the most to him.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Horror, action
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color

THRILLER Best Scene Script Reading of DOUBLE BLIND TEST, by Herb Schultz

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Con Game, Revenge

Logline: After a professional mediator is conned by identical twin businessmen who sought her help to resolve a dispute, she meets another woman in a suspiciously similar circumstance, and the two team up to take down the con artists.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Marilyn – Katelyn Vanier
Calvin/Fletcher – Trevor Marlatt
Tracy – Vanessa Quagliara

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

An independent, driven woman who mediates corporate disputes for a living is taken in a complex confidence scheme by a pair of identical twins.  The twins portray themselves to the mediator as having a dispute between themselves over the future of an experimental drug they are developing to cure a rare disease – one that happens to afflict her father.  Drawn in, she accepts the challenge to mediate the dispute in order to advance research on the drug. After the con, the mediator makes it her mission to find the perpetrators and exact some form of punishment.  In her pursuit of leads she encounters another woman in a suspiciously similar situation.  Once the other woman is convinced she’s vulnerable to an epic scam, the two team up to take down the bad guys.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The con game.  The revenge story.  A twisty, noir tale of crime and punishment.

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

First, the screenplay is intelligent and twisty, and reminiscent of movies that were once the mainstay of Hollywood during a period when people flocked to the theater.  “Double Blind Test” could be the kind of movie that might help generate the resurgence of the 45+ demographic – as well as condition younger audiences to demand something more than fart jokes and exploding metal objects.  It could serve as an antidote to the ever-expanding and tedious offering of leaden apocalyptic movies, comic book adaptations and stupid buddy comedies.  Second, I can see the movie as a vehicle for one or more mid-career stars who have had trouble landing serious parts. Third, the screenplay ends with a fork in the road. If the movie were successful, a second movie could follow the thread.  Perhaps the main character could become an enduring role.

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

Lex Talionis

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

Probably “Casablanca.”  Or possibly “The Godfather.”  If you consider the whole “Godfather” series as a unified movie, then that would most likely be the answer.

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

I started working on “Double Blind Test” in 2011 shortly after the publication of my novel of the same name.  As a script never seems to be done, I have been working on it for 6 years, but it was mostly written over the course of a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written three novels – “RonnieandLennie” about the lives of conjoined twins who become suddenly separated; “Architect’s Rendition” about a man who orchestrates an elaborate murder plot that includes the mutual killing of the murderers; and “Double Blind Test” – and a collection of short stories titled “Sometimes the Sun Doesn’t Shine There.”  I’ve also written three scripts in addition to the screenplay for “Double Blind Test.”

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

Favorite or not, I’ve definitely listened to Todd Rundgren’s “Hello it’s Me” more than any other song (even more than “Happy Birthday.”)

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

The story takes place in the current time when every movement is captured on video, every transaction is monitored, and even the most elusive forensic evidence cannot hide from scrutiny. So the development of the screenplay required careful construction so as not to rely on an action that would quickly lead to an unraveling of the plot.  Unlike movies of the 1940s before cell phones, close-circuit TVs, credit cards, DNA evidence and the like, modern crime stories struggle to make a convincing case that the what the characters do is believable.

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

Reading, watching movies, swimming and biking, traveling, driving sports cars, architecture, technology.

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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

2017 – Read the best of THRILLER Feature Films: part 3

BROWSE through the list and read the best of Thriller & Suspense Feature Film loglines and synopsis from around the world: 

SLEEPING PROPHETS, by Alex Moreno MPH

THE PRESENCE, by Maria Soriano

MEMORY LANE, by Aimee Conner

THE KISS, by Remi Vaughn

KAIROS, by Desiree Lim

BELLWETHER, by Jim Bruton and Gary DeMoss

MONEY SUPPLY, by Alan S. Ferguson

INSURRECTION, by Alistair McKenzie

FREAK, by Steven M. Cross

PONTIOS, by Alistair McKenzie

DAWN’S GLORY, by Czerny Lee Miller

VIDEO PITCH: METALLIC by Justin Vedrine

HELL ON EARTH, by Ramon Zapata Jr.

Exit, by Carole A. Parker

THE SQUARE ROOT OF EVIL, by Randy Simmons

RED VENDETTA, by Shantel Duah

A RIGHTEOUS CRUSADER, by Erik V. Wolter

NEXT TO DIE, by Paul Myerberg

CATCHER: BASED ON REAL EVENTS, by Joshua Millican

TIME CORRECTION, by Niksa Maric

STONE DRIVE, by Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER, by Erik V. Wolter

POINTLESS, by Julie Ufema

REVENANCE, by Doug Rinaldi and Shaun Willis

CRASH BACKWARDS, by Randall Hahn

WHITE LIE, by Jeanne Daout

RAW CUT, by Nickey Lewin Jr.

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL, by John Cruz Alarid

THORNE MANOR, by Diane Wing

VIDEO PITCH: DEPARTMENT 18, by Mick Simms

YUPPIE, by Ethan Levinskas

MIND OF A POLITICAL ASSASSIN, by Stephen W. Lincoln and Steven Michael Farney

THE MUSIC BOX, by Delora Argiro O’Brien

MARTYR, by Diamond Monique Washington

CONCRETE SAMURAI, by Romon Zapata Jr.

NEVER CAN SAY GOOD-BYE, by Theresa Pachesny Chaze

LIFECREDIT, by Jay Stamatis

WAR OF MINDS, by R Anthony Freeman

BLOODIED, by Shaun Graham

OIORPATA, by Richard Ferguson

COMPOSITE, by Anat Golan

GUYMEN, by Peter Boehm

THE COMPANY, by Joe Barfield

THE RAGE OF JACK MCGUINNESS, by Vincent Duffy

HOUSE CALL, by Gregory T. Fugate

THE DAY OF THE SCARECROW, by Kathleen Stevens

THE PREY, by Luca Alfaroli

THE GRAND PLAN, by Viorel

CASTLEFIELD, by James Burt

TOUCH, by Scott Timmins

AMAZONS: WARRIOR WOMEN, by Tammi Nicol

THE FARM, by Charan S. Sidhu

SADIE, by Anna Granucci

KOPKILLER, by Shane McCabe

THE INFIDEL, by Robert Carl Johnson

THE REAL STORY, by Eliya Reis

NIGHT RASH, by Thomas J. Herring

CODENAME: HACKER, by Skyla Greenless

GOD’S ARMY: THE REAL STORY, by Joe Hill White
HOMELAND SECURITY, by Stanley Wellington

KILLING VARIOLA MAJOR, by Kim P. Wells

TRUTH WILL OUT, by Rita Wheeler

SOMETHING TO PROVE, by Nic Penrake

SURVEILLANCE REPORT, by Philip Prudhomme

TO KNOW SOMEBODY, by Derrick Ferree

CAN CHLOE COME OUT AND PLAY?, by Barry Meyer

CREEP, by Barry Meyer

A CIRCLE OF CHILDREN, by Curtis Torchia

ROAMER, by Paul N. Claassen

SOME CANDY TALKIN, by Alex N. Hay

LETHAL BET, Howard Cooper

THE BALLOON MAN KILLINGS, by Paul Owens

DEATH STORY, by Eli Standing

THE FACE OF MODERN SLAVERY, by Kengre Pierre Alain

THE DEVIL AND THE ANGEL, by Sandra Gregory

THE CUBE, by Harry Husted

CREDIT CARD, by Kevin Ndango

CLAWS, by David Serra

DELUSION, by Jackie Gladelter Devereaux

THE PREY, by Luke Alfaroli

MURDER OF THE RUSSIAN PRIEST, by T Kevin Ndango

THE POSSESSION OF INNOCENCE, by Robert Sandage

VIDEO PITCH: The Creep, by Robert Guzman

VIDEO PITCH: SA Undead, by R.S. Ebert

VIDEO PITCH: Shadows and Demons, by Dominique Mayfair

VIDEO PITCH: TREASON AND TRIUMPH by Bonnie Toews

DRIVING HER by Dawn Burgess

S.A. UNDEAD by R.S. Ebert

REDWOOD by Matthew Sidney Long and Christopher Virnig

PARADIGM by Matthew Sidney Long and John Mark Huckabee

OF THEIR OWN ACCORD, by Justuce Heninger

S.A. UNDEAD, by RE Ebert

SILHOUETTE, by Vince Freeman

A MOTHER’S BLOOD, by Ernie Zibert Jr.

THE GYPSY, by Jon Christopher

CAT & MOUSE, by John M. Light

MIRRORMAN AND THE ZOMBIES FROM HELL, by Robert Evans

AGAMA, by Gabriela Anez

CHILLS, by Mark Wagner

THE VENTRILOQUIST, by Michael Mortimer

CHONGQING DAYS AND TUCSON KNIGHTS, by Richard Welch

ESCAPING PARADISE 2, by Richard Welch

ESCAPING PARADISE, by Richard Welch

WALKERS JUJU, by Gary Towner

LAMENT, by Mitch Flores

ARIEL, by John Hidalgo

PERSPECTIVE, by Tom Lee

THE DEVIL WIND, by Jamie Sutliff

THE GHOST AND THE GOLD LOUIS, by Jamie Sutliff

THE DEVIL’S TRUTH, by Howard Fridkin

REHAB DYING TO GET CLEAN, by Sal Jacobs

BREATHE, Angeles Reine and Carlos Ciurlizza

MANHUNT, by Jackson Kincade and Mark Rogers

LEVEL 1, by Wilson Macduff

RUNNING THE ASYLUM, by Richard Garry

REALITY BUILDING, by Aaron Toronto

SHAPESHIFTERS, by Andrew Fisk

CONVERSATIONS WITH A MONSTER, by Eisha Marjara

I ROBBED THE DALAI LAMA, by David Condon

THE HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE, by Charles Crawford

THE UNDEAD #1, by David Condon

HAUNTING VOCALS, by Gloria Katch

CHICANERY, by Robert L. McBride

MOLLY, by Barry S. McLeod

LUCIDIY, by David Sueiro

HELLCAT, by Alan Hostetter

MY FELLOW AMERICANS, by Charlie Coffell

SWAP, by Sean Ryan

MOTHERLAND, by Christopher Chance

PORTRAIT OF CHARLOTTE, by Mike Guerrini

AJED, by Neil Molyneux

THE SIXTH FLOOR, by Thomas Fucci

THE STALKER, by Susan K. Droney

TWISTED LIVES, by Susan K. Droney

D ZOT, by Anand Sivakumaran

METALLIC, by Justin Vedrine

LOST HOPES AND SHATTERED DREAMS, by William Dambrosi

DEADLY DIMENSIONS, by Sam Mytys

GREEN CARNATION, by Mariama Davis

THE LAST PROGRESSIVES, by Tor Gregory Simms

THE SCHIZOPHRENIC, by Ricky David Meakin

DARK WHITE, by Manuel Farrugia

DEPARTMENT 18, by Mick Sims

ERANGED, by Rahim Galia

DERANGED, by Rahim Galia

THE CONVENT, by Gary Brennan

URBAN JUNGLE, by Matt Solazzo

PRISON TALE, by Thibaut Van Damme

MECHCRAFT, by Brian Fitzpatrick

NO ONE ASKED THE RIVER, by Karen Albright Lin and Janet Fogg

THE AWAKENING IN LA, by Robert W. Hakim

OUR DAYS OF DEPARTURE, by Brishkay Ahmed

A VERY BRITISH REVOLUTION, by Anthony John Youngman

JUST A DREAM, by Joshua Keyser

WHISTLEBLOWER, by Lew Ritter

HELL ON EARTH, by Ramon Zapata

SILVER THREAD, by Roberta Griffin and Josette Hogler

END TO RENAISSANCE, by Anand

LIGHTEN UP, by Michelle and Jodah Reed

BETHESDA, by William “Mark” Clarke

GOOD EVIL, by Jorge Gutierrez

FLIGHT ADJUSTMENT, by Robert Kenny

THE BECKONING OF BRYN O’MARA by James Serpento and Alissa Tschetter-Siedschlaw

WAVELENGTH by Reinaldo Garcia

WHITE CALM by Sid Bodalia

SHUT UP, by Jared Bratt

THE GREAT MAKEOVER, by John Edward Flynt

THE GAZE, by Martine Allard

MYTHOMANIA, by Howard Fridkin and Tom McCurrie

THE BLACK CHAMBER, by John Edward Flynt

SILENCE, by John Edward Flynt

COYOTE AND THE DUST-DEVIL by Jonah Jones

SHETLANDS IMMORTALS, by Kristal Bain and Joe E. Hitchen

THE LUCY SHOW, by Todd Felderstein

BLINDSPOT, by Barbara Gilmore

EVEN, by Joe Bright and Michael Franklin

IN THE DARK, by Dorothy Leiper and Fernando Monteiro

LRED CRUCIBLE, by Ira Altman

THE MARCH, by Keith Apland

THE UNUSUAL SUSPECT, by Earl Thompson

BRUSH CREEK CHARLIE, by Dewy B Reynolds

PRETEND NORMAL, by Timothy Lantz

CORRUPTED HEARTS, by Veetra King

DIRT CHEAP DEEDS, by Alex Fletcher

NETWORK OF KILLERS, by Dewy B Reynolds

BALAKHISTAN, by Don Fried

DOPPELGANGER, by Alex N. Hay

SNARED, by Mike Neumann