Get to know the short film: POND, 6min, Canada, Action/Crime

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

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In this martial arts drama set in 1800 Upper Canada, two slaves jeopardize their escape to baptize themselves.

Project Links
  • Tochi Osuji
    Director
  • Tochi Osuji
    Writer
  • Tochi Osuji
    Producer
  • Craig Henry
    Key Cast
  • Dale Samms
    Key Cast
  • Jeffrey Aarles
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    action, period, fantasy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 18, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    ARRI Amira
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

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

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ACTORFANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE FLUTE OF PEACE
July 2017 Reading
by Gunel Asgarova

festival posterA SPACE GOD APPEARS, 10min, USA, Experimental
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festival posterREQUEMBARREN, 16min, Spain, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTYSVAER WARS – A STAR WARS STORY, 4min, Norway, Comedy/Action
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSTAR WARS: TRIALS, 5min, USA, Action/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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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 QUEST 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.

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

festival posterEYE OF INDIA, 3min, India, Experimental/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: DIGBY’S DIARY
May 2017 Reading
by E.D. Bird

ACTORTV BEST Scene – INFINITY’S EDGE
May 2017 Reading
by Anthony M. Dionisio

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – TRISKEL
May 2017 Reading
by Brian K. Palmer

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SANDSTORM
April 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase
ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Byron Anderson


festival posterMARAUDER, 13min, Canada, Action/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORBEST Scene – THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sean Francis Ellis

ACTORBEST Scene – NO MORE GOODYBES
January 2017 Reading
Written by Rebekah R. Ganiere
ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FOOTSTOOL INCIDENT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

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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

2017 GUN 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.

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – POPEYE “SPINACH RUN”
February 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase


festival posterAPPRAISAL, 8min, UK, Thriller
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festival posterTHE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
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festival posterRUN FREE, 8min, Romance/War
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festival posterREVENGANT, 7min. Germany, Fan Fiction/Sci-Fi
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festival posterQUESTIONS, 6min, USA, Fan Fiction/Action
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ACTORBEST Scene – THE ROSY HUE OF THE DYING DAY
January 2017 Reading
Written by Lauren Hoekstra
ACTOR1st SCENE Script – INT. CAR – NIGHT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Martin Keady

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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

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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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE SNOWMAN’S HAT, 2min, USA, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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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 SHORT Script Reading of TURNT, by Haldane Dane Hamilton

Genre: Action, Comedy

After 19 year old Sammy gets his license suspended he is sent to spend a week with his uncle Greg a retired Navy Captain to learn a few things about ethics. After Uncle Greg goes away for the weekend to a seminar he leaves “CLEARLAKE” his private yacht. Knowing this Sammy’s decides to solicit his friend, a wanna be ladies man, to have a yacht party.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Malcolm: Hugh Ritchie
Sammy: Geoff Mays
Hot Chick: Pip Dwyer
Hot Chick 2: Ariel Brooker

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay is about an irresponsible teenager who mother feels he needs a lesson in ethics.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It should be made into a movie because I believe that its authentic storyline will captivate the
audience attention.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Original Idea

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

Waiting to Exhale

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

1 month

How many stories have you written?

50+

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

Freedom by Pharrell Williams

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I was moving at the time.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about farming.

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

.I wanted to seek professionals feedback on how to take my writing career to the next level. I was
as happy as a rooster at dawn.

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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.

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne