ACTION Best Scene Screenplay Reading: BRICKS AND BONES, by Mark Donnell

Overview: Jason Brickman yields for no one and even after spending years in prison his goals are still crystal clear for him. But from the moment the audience finds out that Brickman will be released the barriers that stand in his way steadily get stronger and more complex. That fact that Brickman is connected with bikers and ex-military men means that the two – in some ways similar – cultures will be a strong element of this story. The characters are tough, no-nonsense, and they aren’t ever going to back down. The stakes are fairly clear in this narrative – lives are clearly on the line – but the grudge match is riddled with more than just Lyle’s death and the history between Brix and Matt slowly but surely comes to light. The biggest issues in this screenplay, however, are the structure, characterization, and plot development.

CAST LIST:

Narration – DELPHINE ROUSSEL
Lyle (40s) – 2 – LOGAN FORSYTH
Thad – 3 – THOMAS FOURNIER
Matt (50s) – 7 – Sean Ballantyne
Vincent (40s) – 2 – JOLLY AMOAKO

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

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ACTION Best Scene Screenplay Reading: CEDARS OF GOD, by Scott Cahill

After the ambassador of Israel and a DEA undercover agent are killed in terror attacks, a maverick DEA agent and Mossad agent race to track down the killers, pitting the two on a collision course of vengeance and deception.

CAST LIST:

Narration – KATELYN VARADI
Jenkins (30s) – 11 – LOGAN FORSYTH
Ricardo – 5 – JOLLY AMOAKO

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

ACTION Best Scene Screenplay Reading: CADILLAC MIKE, by Julian Brantley

Mike is confident and his morals and good nature are what set him apart. The opening of this story shows Mike going about his everyday routine, whether it’s going to the gas station to fill up or working security at a strip club. This screenplay has a certain rhythm that follows Mike as he goes from a typical routine to a clear mission. What’s great about the hook of this story is that Mike’s characterization is made very clear through three interactions – with Old Skool, Dwayne, and Curtis.

CAST LIST:

Narration – THOMAS FOURNIER
Mike (40s black) – 6 – JOLLY AMOAKO
Old Skool (60s) – 7 – LOGAN FORSYTH

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

ACTION 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Newton In China, by Vanessa Leqi Kong

Newton In China is about an underprivileged teenage village girl Newton in China, tutored by the hallucination of her namesake British scientist Sir Isaac Newton, decides to construct a giant balloon to defy gravity and leave her abusive father.

CAST LIST:
Jay: Gene Abella
Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Newton: Caroline Concordia
Newting: Karen Friesen

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

July 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

 

ACTORFEATURE SCREENPLAY: NANUQ, by Jessi Thind
July 2019 Winner

ACTORFEATURE SCREENPLAY: BATMAN: BEYOND THE COWL, by Reginald Johnson
July 2019 Winner

ACTOR1st Scene TV SCREENPLAY: VAPOR, by Eric White
July 2019 Winner

ACTORACTION BEST SCENE TV SCREENPLAY: BEGINNERS HISTORY, by Emily Cheever
July 2019 Winner

ACTOR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: CETACEANS, by Paul Nurkowski
July 2019 Winner

festival posterNOW, 16min, USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

June 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

 

ACTORSCREENPLAY MOVIE: THE PLAYLISTS, by Michael Kotsiros
June 2019 Winner

ACTORSCREENPLAY MOVIE: ZOMBIE CRUIZE, by AKA Smith
June 2019 Winner

ACTORTV BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: VAPOR, by Eric White
June 2019 Winner

ACTORACTION 1ST SCENE SCREENPLAY: JOHNNY’S PICO, by Sean Monahan Scott
June 2019 Winner

 

 

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Why Screenplay Contests work: Interview with Screenwriter Michael Meade (Friday the 13th: Vengeance)

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The theme of this episode is that Screenplay Contests Work! As we see from interviewing Michael Meade from Portland, Oregon.

Interview starts at (3:17). Matthew Toffolo chats with Michael about his Fan Fiction screenplay win “Welcome to Crystal Lake”, based on the Friday the 13th series, in 2017.

Two years later, Michael is the writer of the feature film of Friday the 13th, called “Vengeance”, coming to a cinema near you in a few weeks.

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Michael also talks about currently working rewrites on the feature film “Nightfall”, his original screenplay that was optioned and is set to go into production next year, directed by Matthew Tibbenhaum.

This podcast was sponsored by the 1 Page Screenplay Contest. Submit your 400 word or less story and get it performed by a professional actor and made…

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