Winning ACTION 1st Scene of THE MONSTER HUNTER’s CODE, by Ryan Brannan Doyle

Watch the winning 1st scene script for October 2017.

 

Three 12 year old con-artists make a business out of tricking their schoolmates out of money by offering to slay monsters that don’t exist. When the Boogeyman threatens to unleash hell on earth, these amateur ‘monster hunters’ may be the town’s only hope.

Genre: Action, Thriller, Family

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Jake: James Boutcher
Tobey: Brandon Knox
Shane: Luke Robinson
Ben: Rob Notman
Emily Jenson: Premika Leo
Damsel: Lindsay Rolland Mills

Get to know the winning writer; 

 What is your screenplay about?

A group of 12 year olds star to outgrow their monster hunting business, but when the Boogeyman comes to town, its up to them to save everyone.

What genre does your screenplay fall under?

Action adventure, horror, Fantasy, something for the whole family

Why should your screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s funny, it’s scary, it’s heartfelt, and has franchise potential!

How would you describe the script in two words?

Growing Up

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

Back To The Future

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

7 years, on and off

How many stories have you written?

Too many. Lots of bad ones. A couple of good ones.

What is your favorite song?

Fright Night (Nevermore) by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It’s never finished. It’s only finished until I learn something else and come back to it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies and Dogs

You entered your screenplay using filmfreeway – what was your experience using a submission platform?

It was easy.

What influenced you to enter the festival?

Just finished a draft and wanted to see how it would be received.

What were your feelings about the initial feedback you received?

It’s always good to hear the thoughts and opinions of others.

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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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September 2017 Action/Adventure Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Action/Adventure Story to the Festival Today: http://actionadventurefestival.com

 

ACTORACTION Best Scene Screenplay – VOLUNTEER
September 2017 Reading
by Janine Cobain & Gary McElkerney

ACTORCANADIAN Short Screenplay – X-13
September 2017 Reading
by Asim Abraham

ACTORSCI-FI 1st Scene Screenplay – THE FLUTE OF PEACE
September 2017 Reading
by Gunel Asgarova

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – BROTHER’S MCSHANE
September 2017 Reading
by Holt Boggs

ACTORANIMATION Feature Screenplay – STORM DRAGON
September 2017 Reading
by Joey Curtis & Danny Klein

festival posterPEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation
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festival posterCHALK, 10min, Family/Adventure
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festival posterPOND, 6min, Canada, Action/Crime
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ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick

 

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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

Best Scene ACTION Screenplay – VOLUNTEER, by Janine Cobain & Gary McElkerney

What starts as a humanitarian mission, for a university student from Belfast, descends into a fight for survival after his search for adventure takes him off the beaten track to the frontline of the Ethiopian conflict. Chris Johnston faces his fears and battles with his own darkness on this emotive journey, which will leave you asking yourself, if faced the horrors of war, what would you do?

Genre: Action, Drama, Biography

 

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Michael: Cory Bertrand
Chris: Jim Canale
Odette: Regan Brown

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Volunteer is based on the novel of the same name written by me (Gary McElkerney).

What starts as a humanitarian mission, for a university student from Belfast, descends into a fight for survival after his search for adventure takes him off the beaten track to the frontline of the Ethiopian conflict. Chris Johnston faces his fears, and battles with his own darkness, on this emotive journey, which will leave you with a question; if faced with such horrors, what are you capable of doing in order to survive?

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It falls into Action/Adventure most comfortably, but also has elements of drama, and even thriller.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

There has never been a film about humanitarians in conflict zones: we have the soldiers’ stories, and the victims’ stories, but never the volunteers. In times of war and tragedy, I always say to people ‘look out for the helpers’; the people lifting others to safety, and giving hope that people care. It is an insight into a closed community – we don’t often talk about it and in turn are left to deal with our own emotional trauma – but what are the humanitarian’s stories, their backgrounds, in a time when the world seems to be falling apart, who are the people holding it together?

I hope Volunteer show even in the worst times there is always a hand to pick you up, and people who risk their lives – and often lose them – to save others.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Beautifully horrifying

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

For me it’s Forrest Gump, for Janine it’s a tough call between The Holiday and Cocktail.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 years to complete the novel and further 2 on the script, so far.

How many stories have you written?

For me it’s a novel, a couple of short stories, this feature script and around 5 short films, for Janine also a novel (How Will You Remember Me?) and the screenplay adaptation of it, Volunteer’s script, and numerous scripts for short films, TV drama, and comedy; she won the Northern Ireland Comedy Writers programme last year.

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

For me, Foo Fighters – Best of You (U2 – With or Without You would be up there too), Janine struggled to pick one but Iris – Goo Goo Dolls would be up there or anything by Walking on Cars.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Initially, learning how to write a screenplay! After completing the novel, and looking in to getting the script written for us, Janine decided to take it upon herself, and has spent hours and hours learning all she could about the craft. After laying down a first draft, we took the time to re-write it based on new learnings and notes, and on feedback received. Learning the importance of reshaping the screenplay to make it flow better, it’s hard to have scenes cut out and stripped back when in real life they were personal moments in history but it is necessary otherwise I’d talk forever.

For me, while writing the novel and the screenplay was therapeutic, you have to relive the experiences and it would often trigger my PTSD.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Well I suppose I have to say Lighting Design since it’s my full time job, in truth anything creative – music, film, art, writing, acting. For Janine it’s film production.

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

So simple, being able to search for competitions and store projects makes the process very easy.

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

Janine chose the festival based on its Action/Adventure specification and because of the opportunity of feedback. The report we received was excellent – it was great to actually be assured that someone had taken the time to read and provide good quality notes that we could work on. After a revision, a local producer commented on the quality of the script, which the notes received undoubtedly influenced.

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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

August 2017 Action/Adventure Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Action/Adventure Story to the Festival Today: http://actionadventurefestival.com

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – ZAPINETTE GOES TO THE NORTH POLE
August 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo
ACTOR1st SCENE ADVENTURE Screenplay – THE GATE
August 2017 Reading
by Della Vance Greenwalt
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – WEBBED
August 2017 Reading
by Robert Drusetta

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – ROCKETEERS
August 2017 Reading
by Gil Saint
ACTORSTUDENT TV PILOT Screenplay – EVERHART
August 2017 Reading
by K. Wayman Dodd

 

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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 AGENT Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January to June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

 

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – 900 PAGES
June 2017 Reading
by Juanita Cepero

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – NEMESIS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Carl Joglar
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – I SPY WITH MY LITTLE FLY
February 2017 Reading
Written by Adam Luff

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

June 2017 Action/Adventure Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Action/Adventure Story to the Festival Today: http://actionadventurefestival.com

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A POOR MAN’S TRUCE
June 2017 Reading
by H.E. Scott

ACTORACTION BEST Scene SHORT Screenplay – TURNT
June 2017 Reading
by Haldane Dane Hamilton
ACTORACTION BEST Scene Screenplay – CADEBY
June 2017 Reading
by David James Keogh

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – SWITCHMAN
June 2017 Reading
by Henry Leeker

ACTORFAN FICTION TV SPEC Screenplay – DOCTOR WHO
June 2017 Reading
by Paul Hewitt

festival poster1950 DA, 7min, France, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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festival posterEYE OF INDIA, 3min, India, Experimental/Adventure
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festival posterTHE SNOWMAN’S HAT, 2min, USA, Animation
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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

ACTION Best Scene Reading of CADEBY by David James Keogh

Genre: Action, War, Romance, History

When Vikings invade the village of Cadeby a small band of desperately unprepared people must defend it or lose everything.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Robyn: Andrea Meister
Father Rogan: Brian Carleton
Urman: Anthony Botelho
Ailsa: Konstantina Mantelos
Fáelán: Jack Comerford
John: Jordy Kieto

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

England, 425AD – the Romans have abandoned Britain and the land has fallen into chaos. Small groups of Britons remain and try to keep their traditional ways. But a dark cloud is descending – Vikings raid the coast and threaten the village of Cadeby. This story is about how an unlikely band of elderly and infirm villagers defend their village, led by a Blind Priest, a Dwarf, a young inexperienced warrior, a teenage Pictish girl and a one-armed war veteran. It’s a story of love, loss, survival and the lengths people will go to defend what is theirs against the odds.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Historical Fiction / Drama and Action but a central love story too.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has been professionally reviewed a number of times and been compared to Braveheart, has won 11 Best Screenplay laurels (with 6 as outright winner) and is a great story of early Britain that remains untold. Cadeby is a real village in Lincolnshire (it’s abandoned now). The film has real characters, is gritty and truthful and has had an astounding reaction from everyone who has read it. It needs to be made because cinema needs these big, real stories to compete against the current trend of blockbuster gumph.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Tragic, Heart-Stopping

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

Ooohhhh . This is a tie between Braveheart, Aliens, Planes Trains and Automobiles and The Godfather. All perfect films in their own way and all with perfect characters – even in the smallest of roles.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

18 months – it has been edited and changed a number of times following feedback and reviews. The story has been in my head for a few years though.

How many stories have you written?

Many – I used to write them all the time when I was a kid but then became and adult and forgot… until I wrote Cadeby (my first screenplay). My second screenplay, ‘Think Forward’ has won its first two awards tooI have also co-written a movie called Destination Dewsbury which comes out next year, a short film called ‘Misunderstood’ about ADHD which will be made this year and am currently writing a horror film and a 6 Part TV series. My head is filled with stories and I intend to write them all.

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

I love the Lord Of The Rings soundtracks and the Braveheart soundtracks – but my favourite songs are too many to list here. Let me go for The Show Must Go On by Queen – probably my favourite band.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Knowing what feedback to listen to and what to ignore – you have to be confident enough in the story to know when you are right. Also, procrastination and finding a million other things to do when I should be writing! I also hate when I have checked the Think a million times and then find a spelling mistake I have somehow missed…

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting – I am also a professional actor – I just love movies and I think that is reflected in my writing style.. I should also say my wife and my 2 boys or they will linch me. 🙂

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

It felt like a place where your work would be cared for where you get help as well a well done or a rejection. I suspect a number of festivals get so many screenplays that they don’t even read most of them. These guys really care and take a lot of time helping you improve the writing and that means a lot. The feedback was excellent actually and spot on – I acted on most of it because it made sense – a writer should never be scared to listen to good feedback. These guys especially know what they are doing because they clearly love films. Easily the best festival I have worked with.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne