ACTION Best Scene Reading of TOTEM, by Heidi Morrell

 

Genre: Action, Drama

An ex-911 operator, travels to his childhood home, and runs into trouble with the local tree poachers. He’s rescued by a mysterious Native American man who lives off the land.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Gavin: Daniel Cristofori
Orson: Ted Powers

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A restless 911 operator, burned out, takes refuge in the forest of Pacific Northwest. A youth spent there, he remembers how peaceful and serene the forest was.

But much has changed since then, including ‘old growth’ timber poaching, and growing right wing militia members. When GAVIN arrives from Omaha, he’s forced to choose between the Indian renewal interests, or exploiting the vital forests of his childhood.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action Adventure, sans foolishish car crashes.

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

It’s totally visual, and exciting. Character shape changers, and an Eco theme will resonate with teens and their parents. Additionally, a fantasy element is sure to please.

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

Forest adventure.

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

Casablanca, Godfather, & Sound of Music.

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

Many years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Ten plus

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

Stones ‘Wild Horses’, The Cure’s ‘the Forest’

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

Knowing when to quit, and making the ‘bad guys’ believable.

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

Animal rights, the enviroment crisis, and politics!

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

It’s secure, and current. No real problem.

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

The chance to see, hear a scene, ‘off the page’. The initial feedback rang true and fair, because I knew I had a winner in this story.

The screenplay was also a Finalist in Austin Roundup FF 2017.

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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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ACTION BEST SCENE Reading: STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME, by John Roger

 

Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure

A cartoon series that mirrors the conflict in the world due to xenophobia and the like.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Myrtle: Salma Dharsee
Ginzo: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer; 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about discrimination between four groups and how any war will inevitably spark another one due to revenge, jealousy, or hatred. An alien lands on the planet with other worldly power that, if used by either side, could turn the tide of any war. The alien will grow up and experience both sides before making a decision on which group to help when there seems to be no clear good or evil just a difference in opinion.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The action/adventure genre

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

I feel that the movie would offer a different view of an already awesome genre. It would give good lessons that people could apply to their lives and live overall more happy.

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

Very intense

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

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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

8 years

7. How many stories have you written?

5 stories so far

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

Lost at Sea by Skyburnsred

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

Having this be my best work yet and coming to grips with no matter how good I believe my work to be, one day it will be eclipsed.

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

I’m passionate about working out, muscle/sports cars, anime, also playing piano, and some drawing and 3D design.

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

It’s a great tool for anyone in the same field. Many options and updates keep me in the loop and it I didn’t find it I might have never been motivated to complete my work. Knowing that there’s a place where you’re work can be at least looked at is helpful.

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

I was looking for a voice over to my script before so when this opportunity came I was excited. As being the creator of something it’s hard to critique. This platform gives a couple of fresh eyes to see the work in an unbiased way. I feel that is very important and I received great feedback that propelled my in the right direction, it give guidance.

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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 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.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne