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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Winning ACTION Feature Script – NOWHERE VILLE, by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller, Horror

Two men fly a Cessna from California to New Mexico for an out of state camping trip. They encounter bad weather and are forced down in the desert with no means of communication. Their situation becomes worse when they run across escaped convicts hiding out and are taken prisoner in an abandoned trailer park. They soon find out there’s more horrors waiting for them.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jory: Sean Ballantyne
Robert: Connor Lyon
Mike: Shaun Mazoka
Travis: Dan Cristofori
Fulton: Brennan Clost
Char: Rachel Rain Packota
Leona: Julie C. Sheppard

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?  

An isolated, deserted trailer park in the middle of the desert falls under control of escaped convicts. Two guys on a camping trip accidentally become prisoners in the park and their trip turns into a fight for survival.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under? 

Suspense/Thriller

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

 Plays on everyone’s fears of being isolated, controlled by another human and put in an inescapable situation.

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?  

4 months

7. How many stories have you written?

 10 specs

8. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

 Driving across the desert between Arizona and California (Had a summer home in CA) Seeing abandoned buildings especially in the abandoned town of Desert Center, CA and the soon to be ghost towns around the Salton Sea, CA. A lot of visuals went into this script from these two locales.

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

Building some of the motivation for a few of the characters while keeping the readers on their toes and curious.

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

Reading about writers (Bios) and photography.

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

Read some reviews on your festival which were positive. Feedback was to say the least, educational.  I learned a lot about character development and pacing. The feedback was very encouraging regarding my writing.  Appreciated it very much!

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

Good porthole for entering contests.  Always updating info on upcoming festivals. Just one miscommunication on the acceptance of a spec I did in one festival.  A mass Email was sent to clarify the issue in a few weeks.

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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

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

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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

Winning ACTION Feature Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF SOULS, by Guy Quigley

Watch the Winning Feature Screenplay Reading for May 2017.

Winning Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
Written by Guy Quigley

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
JUSTIN – Sean Ballantyne
NARA – Amanda Quach
TAMAR – Kayla Lakhani
JACK – Mandip Brar
BLOOM – Allan Brunet
ORI – Zane O’Connor

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Romance

A former fighter pilot and a flight attendant stumble into various adventure filled conflicts dealing with terrorists, the CIA, and double crossings, in this non stop action/thriller.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is pure fiction where the conceptional idea was derived from the disappearance of flight #MH370 (Malaysia Airlines) in 2014. The script has a disappearing aircraft that is deliberately high jacked by terrorists and routed to North Korean. The passengers are dead on board due to a deliberate lack of Oxygen and after landing in North Korea are buried in a mass grave. Our two protagonists, (a Male and a Female) escape and witness all the brutal heartless activity. They establish there is a preplanned elaborate plot which is turning they aircraft into flying bomb destined for Israel. They go through several dangerous situations to get out of North Korea with this vital information and realize they are in the middle of a spy game and have to establish who they can really trust?

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

An Action/Adventure/ Thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This would make a thrilling action movie, albeit it does contain some disconcerting scenes that are pivotal to the story. It’s a never been done before story and it does not fall into the category of a usual copycat movie.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Death Flight.

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

APPARITION (I Produced it)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years.

How many stories have you written?

Eight screenplays and three novels.

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

Dark side of the Moon.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Establishing the facts as to how an aircraft can be hidden from radar.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Making movies, assuming the funding can be raised which is always the difficult part.

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

I thought your festival had a different flair as if what one had written and was selected to be read, it would make am great promotional tool that may interest a production company with access to to a larger budget. I could so it myself but could not raise the budget that this production would require.

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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ACTION Best Scene Reading of FIEND, by Andrew Samuelsen

Winning Screenplay – FIEND
Written by Andrew Samuelsen
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
BRONSKI – Rob Notman
RUTLEDGE – Twaine Ward

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Thriller

Marine veteran Ty Bronski and wife Elise move to the mountains for peace and quiet, only to discover a supernatural killer has been summoned to the nearby forest.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Fiend is about a guy, an everyman, who has to learn not everything can be fought head on with brute strength or rage.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

action thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Fiend is a true thriller with a slow burn of the type M. Night Shyamalan has made.

How would you describe this script in two words?

subtly creepy

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

When Harry Met Sally

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year–I first wrote it as a short story and later adapted it to the screen.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written two feature length scripts, two shorts, and a pilot in the last 12 months.

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

So Cruel, U2

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Telling the story without giving it away.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I thoroughly enjoy reading, gardening, and family time.

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

I wanted to see if the story could win some laurels and receive the attention it deserves. The feedback has been wonderfully helpful and much appreciated. I applied the suggestions to my script immediately.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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ACTION Best Scene Reading of A SECRET JOURNEY, by Gary A. Piazza

Winning Screenplay – A SECRET JOURNEY
Written by Gary A. Piazza

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MADDY – Ali Chappell
BEN – Rob Notman
HAROLD – Michael Pearson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Maddy, Harold and Ben get more than they bargained for when the sneak into a high security government facility, break into a UFO and manage to get stranded in time, there only companion Marvin and he’s an Alien.

 What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family, Action/Adventure

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because there hasn’t been anything like it since E.T., Jurassic Park and The Goonies. It’s time for a full-on fun family film. Aliens, dinosaurs, UFO’s and time travel. What else could you ask for?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Wild romp.

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

Star Wars

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for 10 years.

How many stories have you written?

Seven features. One recommendation from Universal and many awards from others.

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

I’ve Got A Brand New Pair Of Rollerskates by Melanie.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Plot holes. But what writer doesn’t?

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography/videography/filmmaking. 35+ years.

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

When I saw the live read offering, I was intrigued. I knew I had to enter. The feedback was excellent and really made my day. Any feedback is always good. That means someone has taken the time to actually read the work.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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