April 2018 Action/Adventure Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORPREY FOR THE DAY – Feature Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaarad
ACTORTV FAN FICTION PILOT: SCOOBY DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS
April 2018 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORESC(APE) ONLINE TV Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Christopher Kerr
ACTORTHE SHROUD TRINITY – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Frank McEvoy
ACTORTRANSIT – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Charles Lo Manto
ACTORHOMETOWN KILL BOX – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Richard Kjeldgaard
ACTORTHE FLIGHT OF SOULS – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Guy Quigley
ACTORRUNAWAY SHIP – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Carl Soderberg
ACTORTHE MUSHROOM KIND – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Steve Trebilcock
ACTORTORNADO RIDER RHODES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Stevie T.
ACTORCAPTAIN CURTAIN ADVENTURES – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by M.R. Cooper
ACTORAPRIL’S FOLLY – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Yvonne Fein
ACTORALLEGIANCE – ACTION Best Scene Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by Christopher Stapleton
ACTORCROWN AND STEEL Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Anna L. Walls

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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ACTION Best Scene Reading of TRANSIT, by Charles Lo Manto

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in
ourselves.”

CAST LIST:

Father #1: Charles Gordon
Driver: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Sal: Brandon Knox
Vicky: Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

SYNOPSIS – As Sal and Victoria are stuck in a traffic jam, it becomes evident that world is suddenly going to end. They must fend for themselves as everyone makes it every man for themselves.

ANALOGY: – “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – W. Shakespeare

MESSAGE – To be aware of corporate media.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction / Action

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

An action movie with a twist ending! And good message to display.

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

“free awakening”

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

Scarface.

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

Nine months total. Revised it after Action/Adventure’s wonderful critique!

7. How many stories have you written?

Eight, plus handfuls of sketch comedy.

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

Now, this is a tough one. Hard to name one favourite song. I almost feel like I need to list five in order to be fair to my other inspirations! So I’ll answer this question with the song I am quite certain I’ve listened to the most in my lifetime: L’ITALIANO by TOTO COTUGNO

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

Accepting and appreciating the critique and advice given with open arms. And I am very glad for doing so.

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

Acting
Song writing
Guitar
Drums
Directing
My family
Long distance running

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

Fantastic. Very easy to navigate and I find it be a handy, helpful tool to all scriptwriters.

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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

ACTION Best Scene Reading of HOMETOWN KILL BOX, by Richard Kjeldgaard

Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure

A Marine Colonel, burnt out and suffering from PTSD after his platoon is ambushed outside Baghdad, retires early and is living in a small desert community in solitude for his remaining years. Soon this peaceful existence is interrupted when fugitive bank robbers and drug runners collide in the isolated desert town. With police outnumbered he must call on his military skills to save it from the marauding intruders.

CAST LIST:

Teller: Angelica Alejandro
Deputy: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Robber #1: Charles Gordon
Accomplice: Gabriel Darku
F Accomplice: Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A career Marine Colonel, burnt out and suffering from PTSD after his Platoon is ambushed outside of Baghdad, retires early and is living in a small desert community in solitude for his remaining years. Soon this peaceful existence is interrupted when a trio of fugitive bank robbers and a group of drug runners collide in the isolated desert town. With local law enforcement outnumbered and outgunned, he must recall his military skills to save the town from the marauding intruders.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/thriller

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

The main character is someone I think everybody can relate to, the “Accidental hero” type of character audiences cheer for. Also the intertwined story lines with the Bank Robbers and the Drug Dealers ending up in the town keeps the pace of the story going and would make the audience think “Okay, what’s next?” Overall an edge of your seat kind of story.

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

Page turner.

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

John Carpenter’s Halloween

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

Three months. Several re-writes.

7. How many stories have you written?

Specs…Three Horror, Three suspense thrillers, Five character driven dramas. Also a TV series spec and three short screenplays.

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

Wow, tricky….I’d say any song from the original BOSTON Album.

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

Inter-cutting the action sequences in the final showdown, trying to keep the pace credible. Also, did several rewrites on the development of the protagonist so he would be more sympathetic character instead of just someone who was this walking, talking action figure.

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

Reading biographies (Inspirational) Real Estate investing and photography.

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

Great experiences. A combination of encouragement and guidance through my writing screenplays have been extremely beneficial!!

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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

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE FLIGHT OF SOULS, by Guy Quigley

 

Genre: Action/Adventure

Justin, a former fighter pilot boards a flight from Indonesia and has sex in the crew quarters with his flight attendant girlfriend Nara. The pilot, Jack, talks to his co pilots about their cargo and takes the plane up to an extreme height causing the cabin pressure to decrease and the emergency oxygen masks drop.

CAST LIST:

Ori: Katelyn Varadi
Tamar: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Justine: Gabriel Darku
Jack: Charles Gordon
Jacob: Brandon Knox

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about? Initially set in Asia, the story is about a hijacked commercial airliner where the crew delibertaly kill all the passengers and land the plane in North Korea. Justin Bowers, a former US fighter pilot boards a flight from Indonesia and has sex in the crew quarters with his flight attendant girlfriend Nara, a South Korean. The pilot, Jack, talks to his co pilots about their cargo and takes the plane up to an extreme height causing the cabin pressure to decrease and the emergency oxygen masks drop. They keep the plane at that altitude until the cabin oxygen runs out, killing their passengers. In the crew quarters Justin and Nara use a separate oxygen supply for the crew until the plane descends to below 8000 feet. The pilots are Islamic terrorists and land the plane in North Korea, where rebel Korean officers greet them. A female officer counts the dead passengers and Justin garrotes her in the crew area, Nara dresses in her uniform and takes her place. Chungwi Kahng sends a soldier to do a head count of the dead. Justin kills him and takes his place too.They escape from the plane and hide in the hanger and watch a group of soldiers remove the dead bodies from the plane to trucks. Kashani, an Iranian terrorist funder congratulates Jack, also known as Amir Mokri and tells him payment will be made. He pays Kahng to dispose of the bodies and ensures he repaints the plane correctly. Justin snaps some pictures and turns off his phone. Kashani gives Jack the destination coordinates and leaves. Justin and Nara go through the passengers’ luggage and find a burqa an white robes and headgear, Justin changes and stuffs the Korean uniform in his backpack whilst Nara packs the burqa. Nara lies to a soldier demanding to be taken to the burial site, they are free to talk because the drive doesn’t understand English.Nara finds out where they are and knows it’s a long way from the Yohan area where she has relatives. Justin takes a video of the burial site. Nara demands that the driver takes them to Yohan, the driver objects but is scared of Chungwi Kahng and believes that Nara works as his next in command, so he is forced to comply. Almost there, they get the driver to pull over and Justin kills the driver, hiding the Jeep in the bushes. They walk to Nara’s aunt and uncle’s home. They stay the night and then head to a deserted road, where North Korean pilots use to play games with the South Koreans flying up and down the DMZ. Dressed and using the guise of Middle Eastern Arabs they pretend to want an aerial tour and have a letter from Chungwi Kahng demanding cooperation. Justin knocks out the pilot and crashes the plane into Gyodong Island in South Korea. South Korean soldiers take them to American and South Korean officers, where they tell their story and show them the photos. The American Major tells them they are no longer needed; a CIA agent has them sign a gagging document and sends them to a hotel with some cash. Justin realizes they’re being watched at the hotel and has the concierge get him a laptop with some of the cash. They look up the destination coordinates and find they are for Kuala Lumpur. They act normally and go out for dinner where with amazing gusto masked assailants kidnap them. When they come round they’re in a private jet with the CIA guy, Jacob and three Mossad agents. Jacob had them taken away from the US military and South Koreans, time is of the essence as there’s chatter that the plane is going to be turned into a flying bomb. Justin and Nara tell the CIA most of what they know, Justin holds back that the plane has been repainted until Nara convinces him. They all go to Kuala Lumpur to wait for the plane. Justin and Nara identify Jack as the pilot, and a Mossad female agent Tamar sets him up to get information. They pretend to have an authorization code for Tel Aviv and make sure Jack has the information. The flying bomb leaves and Justin and the agents kidnap Jack, they tell him the code was fake, the plane will be intercepted. Jacob tells Jack he will be dealt with in Israel, but the Mossad agents have other ideas, they say it’s their jurisdiction and toss Jack out of the plane into the ocean.They find Kashani in New York and blackmail him for $20 million, to compensate the passengers’ families. They trick him into going with them, telling him it’s to avoid the CIA, but they’re taking him to a secluded spot in the woods. Justin threatens to bury him alive, like some of the passengers might have been. Rather than be buried alive, he agrees to go to Israel with them and stand trial. Nara and Justin find a way to assist a wounded Mossad agent without being implicated and finally get home to finish off the lovemaking that had started on the plane.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under? Action/Adventure (Drama, Terrorism and Foreign Agents)

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? Because it is timely and this could happen. (Think the disappearance of Air Malaysia a few years ago, never found) The story is packed with action and intrigue and would certainly make a great movie with an abundant of amazing parts for great actors.

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

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

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay? Three months and one month’s research particularly with pilots of 777s as to how the passengers could be wiped out and an aircraft can be hidden in the sky.

7. How many stories have you written? Ten Screenplays and three novels.

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

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? None really as long as I got the disappearance of the aircraft factual and accurate, which I did.

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

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

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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

ACTION Best Scene Reading of RUNAWAY SHIP, by Theodore Carl Soderberg

 

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action/Adventure

After a zombie outbreak, a ship’s crew must fight for
survival as the ship heads full speed towards the Golden Gate Bridge.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Katelyn Varadi
Andy: Charles Gordon
Ted: Brandon Knox

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

I took my experience as a merchant sailor being promoted to bosun from able seaman , added a touch of the Fukushima disaster in Japan and came up with a runaway ship destined for San Francisco.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/ Adventure

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

My experience at sea, showcases shipboard life which I think most would enjoy; especially with the ever present clock ticking of impending doom provides an entertainment adventure of Michael Bay proportions.

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

Hollywood Screenwriting Competition, spring 2018 just gave Runaway Ship the Grand Prize award and in a word, said it was ‘brilliant.”

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

No contest- Jaws.

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

Actual writing, about one year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Ten

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

That’s a tough one, there’s a million of them; but i will say “Wonder Why” by Dion and the Belmonts- bet you never heard of them:)

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

Just the process of getting the yarn from my head to the keys in a clear, understandable entertaining fashion.

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

I’m still a nut for the water and anything to do with ships, boats, beaches….

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

FilmFreeway has been great and whenever I am in a jam, I get a fast reply.

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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

ACTION Best Scene Reading of THE MUSHROOM KING, by Steve Trebilcock

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller/Action/Adventure

Survivors in the high desert of New Mexico are far from the blast zone of a nuclear exchange, however they must get to shelter before the winds bring radioactive fallout onto their rural lives. Family, friends, and total strangers must bond quickly and take care of each other if any are to survive. The humanity in each will be tested as the radioactive fallout arrives.

CAST LIST:

Justin: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Trey: Brandon Knox
Shellie: Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

What happens when a nuclear exchange has occurred, but you live in a rural setting away from the explosion sites? You are alive, but the nuclear fallout is coming. How far does your humanity go past the bonds of family and survival? Our survivors, their friends, and family must bond quickly. They must work together to protect each other, and keep what little they have from those that would take it.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction

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

Absolutely relevant to today’s tumultuous political climate.
There is not an adult in this country that hasn’t wondered, “What should I do? What would I do? How would I react?”
This screen play is a depiction of how the different levels of empathy and human nature would most likely reveal themselves.

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

I was going to say, ‘Scary Poop’, but I’ll settle for ‘Thrilling Adventure’.

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

Terminator, Tears of the Sun, Battle LA

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

It’s based on a novel I wrote last year.
Actual time adapting it to screenplay format was maybe three months.
It’s going through rewrites constantly.

7. How many stories have you written?

7 novels, 1 screenplay

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

Shelter from the Storm – Bob Dylan

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

Trying to have the screenplay ending somehow come out and connect with the same ending as the novel, because I like it so well.
A subsequent rewrite will most likely change it.

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

Falconry – I’m a permitted master falconer.

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

Excellent experience. Never a problem with submissions. Love the ability to receive notifications for contests, and the immediate confirmation once a contest has been entered.

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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

ACTION Best Scene Reading of TORNADO RIDER RHODES, by Stevie T.

 

Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime, Thriller

A larger-than-life cargo pilot with one rule, no passengers, finds that to save her airline she must transport a person halfway around the globe while protecting them from ninjas and Nazis, yet delivery could mean the end of the world.

CAST LIST:

JT: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rhodes: Katelyn Varadi
Callahan: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

1. The story attempts to answer that age-old question; should I purchase insurance when I ship that package?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a genre buster, but one could place it in the category of Action-Adventure, Action Comedy if they really wanted to.

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

Being it is the epitome of escapist entertainment residing in its own fully realized three dimensional world with a story that plays straight while the tenor crafts a synergy between serious action and witty situational dialogue delivered through infectious banter from a dynamic engaging ensemble creating effortless humor against daredevil exploits in a highly polished character driven tale that deftly employs subversion and reinvention of tropes and clichés to keep the story fresh and contemporary without corrupting its period sensibility and all the while deconstructing the dogma of the institutionalized motion picture hero myth. Plus, it’s got something for everyone and no underlying agenda or thought-provoking message to ram down people’s throats which makes it a no-brainer to become a tentpole franchise juggernaut.

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

Popcorn Blockbuster!

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

That is hard to say, having worked in Hollywood at some of the majors for a number of years I have literally screened the movies I’ve been involved with dozens, and in some cases hundreds of times.

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

As long as it takes, took…

7. How many stories have you written?

A multitude. And then some.

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

That’s hard to say. Having a specific liking for one particular genre of music – that would be “Good Music” I find myself wandering across the spectrum to fulfill my listening enjoyment. What I have listened to the most would probably be the songs I have written and produced myself.

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

I had to battle hordes of ninjas daily – and that was before coffee.

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

I’m passionate about everything I apply myself to – currently, that would be, life.

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

Flawless.

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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