Watch Winning Action Short Screenplay: RED DOT by Mark Richards

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RED DOT
Written by Mark Richards
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SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Suspense, Comedy, Action

Synopsis: An assassination attempt gets botched by an unlikely source.

CAST LIST:

TEXTILE MANAGER – Sean Ballatyne
NARRATOR – Julian Ford

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Watching Winning Action Short Screenplay: FIRE! by Steve Biggs

FIRE!
Written by Steve Biggs
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SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Comedy

A firing squad that gets interrupted by a 9-1-1 call.
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
CAPTAIN – Neil Bennett
PRISONER – Devin Upham
SOLDIER #1 – Robert Notman

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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June 2016 Action/Adventure Films/Screenplays/Stories

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Best of Action/Adventure Films and Stories showcased at the festival in June 2016:

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – QUEST FOR MIHTE LUGH
June 2016 Reading
Written by Ray Whittinger
ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – STARBOUND
June 2016 Reading
Written by Alex A. Kecskes
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – SPACE 2099 (based on Space 1999)
June 2016 Reading
Written by Kevin D Story
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – FOR ALL MANKIND
June 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew O’Connell

ACTORNOVEL Reading – ALEX THE INVENTOR
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gordon Brynelson

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay: SCENARIO 957, by Amy E Jones

Watch the May 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

SCENARIO 957, by Amy E  Jones

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

Synopsis: Fighting against time and terrorists on an earth struggling to survive after a devastating energy crisis, young scientific genius James Kale must figure out how to launch the rocket destined to save mankind before it’s too late.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Kelci Stephenson
JAMES – Sean Kaufmann
DR. KALE/HENRY: – Moui Nene
GREG – Zack Amzallag
COMPUTER – Jennifer Ferris

Get to know writer Amy E  Jones:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s a post apocalyptic story about a future earth on the verge of environmental annihilation. A new technology makes faster-than-light travel possible, but uses the same element that caused the environmental crisis. This new engine will save the human race, but the human race doesn’t trust the scientists who invented it. Dr. Kale and his son, James, race against time and terrorists to launch the rocket that will make the colonization of other planets possible.

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

Because it’s awesome sci-fi action! It has good dialogue, a cool ending, force fields, holograms, and a gunfight in the desert. And besides the action, it’s a nicely structured plot with smooth, seamless pacing that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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

Sci-fi awesomeness.

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

Hm, not sure about movies, but the television episode I have most definitely seen the most times is season 1, episode 9 of the Young Justice series, called ‘Bereft.’ It’s the most brilliant amnesia story I have ever seen and some of the best characterization work I have ever witnessed. And it’s a cartoon. The writer, Nicole Dubuc, is my hero. I highly recommend watching Young Justice on Netflix so that they can start producing season 3!

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

I first started writing it the fall of 2012, completely revamped the story structure and submitted it to a contest in 2013, and since then have continued to refine and polish the script for other contests, hoping to win enough money to produce it.

6. How many stories have you written?

Uh…let’s see…started two novels in college, wrote my first successful short story my junior year, wrote seven screenplays for film school, then I did 26 episodes for an animated web series, three feature films, an animated television spec and an original half hour pilot.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I went through torture trying to write a short script for my Production 3 class at film school. Ultimately, I had to give up on the project after writing twenty drafts that didn’t work. I learned a lot from the experience, but it was very depressing. I confessed to a friend that I just wasn’t very good at writing short stories. He sent me a letter saying that if you can’t write a short story, then you will never be a professional writer. I completely disagree and I was so mad at him that I decided that I would write a deep, moving, tragic short story that would totally win all the awards because it was terribly depressing and edgy, like all the emotionally disturbing short films that win contests. I basically wrote this story to spite my friend, but I’m very happy with how it turned out. So HA! I can write short stories, too.

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

In my first draft, the opening scene was completely different and I wrote James’s character voice didn’t work. I delved deeper into his character, writing him with several different personalities and it was like a miracle when I figured out his key point—his father was on that rocket. James would be determined to do everything in his power to make sure that the rocket launched successfully so that his father would make it back home. That was the first time I really felt like a character spoke to me, and that’s when James became the determined overachiever. My second challenge was figuring out how to reveal all the background information about this post-apocalyptic world without having a television reporter use an entire page of dialogue to explain it all. How do you reveal all of that information while making it exciting? The story finally hit its stride when I landed on the idea of using holographic simulations to frame the story. This would show that James was a total genius, introduce the main conflict, and also gave James really fun dialogue when he would refer to different scenarios as he struggled to take down the terrorist on the base. When you figure out the voices of the characters and then find the right framing device, that’s when your story starts to sing. I’m still convinced that the reason everyone loves Guardians of the Galaxy is because the whole story is framed around the songs on Starlord’s cassette tape. A brilliant move by director James Gunn that held the story together and really made it shine.

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

Books. Definitely books. I’ve been a bookworm my whole life and I’m such a sucker for eloquent, poetic writing. I highly recommend the Scorpio Races, Lament, and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater. Her writing is so rich, so beautiful, and so full of brilliant characterization that I want to cry. I hope I can write like her someday.

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

Well, I’d entered a couple other contests and didn’t even make it past the first round, so when I saw that your contest automatically came with feedback, I was really excited. Most contests charge a high fee for commentary, so I was really happy to find this contest. The feedback was detailed and useful. I’m glad I discovered this contest.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t be afraid to rip your old drafts apart and start over again. Novelist Orson Scott Card doesn’t revise his drafts, he scraps them completely and starts writing again from page one. Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings, because most of the time, something better rises from the ashes. But also make sure you get a writing group so that they can tell you if you’re getting trigger happy and killing your darlings too often. Also, I highly recommend listening to writing podcasts like Writing Excuses and the Q&A by Jeff Goldsmith. It’s very heartening to listen to other writers explain how they struggled to write their stories and to hear how they solved their problems. (Here’s a link to one of my favorites, a full breakdown of the film The Dark Knight)

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

ACROPHOBIA – AUDIENCE FEEDBACK Video from the April 2016 Film Festival

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Watch ACROPHOBIA Audience FEEDBACK Video. Moderated by Matthew Toffolo:

  MOVIE POSTERACROPHOBIA, 3min, Switzerland, Action/Documentary
Directed by Philippe Woodtli

Acrophobia is about a BASE jumper that is afraid of heights. He has to overcome his deepest fear before every single jump.

Film Type: Experimental, Short

Genres: Extreme Sports, Base Jumping, Parachute, Afraid of heights

Runtime: 2 minutes 52 seconds

Completion Date: December 1, 2015

Production Budget: 8,000 EUR

Country of Origin: Switzerland

Country of Filming: Italy

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: Digital, 1080p, 4k, Slow Motion

Aspect Ratio: 1:2.35

Film Color:Color

Director’s Statement:

Do it or do not… there is no try 😉

FANTASY FOOTBALL: A NERD’S TALE – AUDIENCE FEEDBACK Video from the April 2016 Film Festival

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Watch FANTASY FOOTBALL: A NERD’S TALE Audience FEEDBACK Video. Moderated by Matthew Toffolo:

  MOVIE POSTERFANTASY FOOTBALL: A NERD’S TALE, 2min, USA, Action/Comedy
Directed by Joe Wesley

Two nerds have the time of their life fighting for gridiron glory against a horde of orcs, barbarians, and ogres.

Director’s Statement:

Fantasy Football, A Nerd’s Tale is what I wish Fantasy Football really was. Instead of crunching numbers and stuffing stat sheets, how much more fun would it be leading your team of Elven warriors to bloody victory on the battlefield, hacking and slashing through a horde of orc and troll linemen for a touchdown?

Film Type: Short

Genres: Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Adventure

Runtime: 2 minutes 29 seconds

Completion Date: November 10, 2015

Production Budget: 5,000 USD

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: Digital 2K

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Film Color:Color

KARATE GIRL BRAWL – AUDIENCE FEEDBACK Video from the April 2016 Film Festival

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Watch KARATE GIRL BRAWL Audience FEEDBACK Video. Moderated by Matthew Toffolo:

  MOVIE POSTERKARATE GIRL BRAWL, 10min, Canada, Action/Thriller
Directed by Andy Hourahine

The film follows Charli Hackmann, an 18-year-old girl with a talent for finding the fight. Her violent past has helped her realize that the only enemies of worth are her inner demons, personified in this short as the BOSS. Her outer toughness means nothing to Charli, her true character is who she is in the dark and that is yet to be galvanized.

Director’s Statement:

The real battle lies within.

As a writer/director, I am drawn to themes of self-awareness, mental illness, psychology, depression, addiction, self-medication, personal triumph and tragedy. This is why when I had the chance to expand on the first micro-film, Karate Girl STREETFIGHT, I was eager to add more story and depth to the characters.

The film follows Charli Hackmann, an 18-year-old girl with a talent for finding the fight. Her violent past has helped her realize that the only enemies of worth are her inner demons, personified in this short as the BOSS. Her outer toughness means nothing to Charli, her true character is who she is in the dark and that is yet to be galvanized.

Martial arts are a fascinating subject and I have been fortunate to study them in North America, Europe, Japan, and Okinawa. I truly feel they are misunderstood and often misrepresented in the mainstream media. Old masters will tell you that it has nothing to do with fighting and everything to do with living to your fullest. I hope our endeavors here can further that message.

Production brought together the resources of many talented local individuals and I was very pleased to see so many people committed to independent film. Thanks to diligent work in pre-production, principal photography was completed by a skeleton crew in various locations over multiple days. Depsite budget and time constraints, we were still able to make use of some innovative film tools and I was pleased with how everything came together in post-production.

I wish to thank everyone in the pre-screening process for their positive feedback which has shaped the final product for the better. As well, my sincere thanks to a great cast and crew for bringing this short story to life; especially the beautiful and talented Julia Hourahine who showed strength, maturity, and professionalism well beyond her years as she smiled through the punches, kicks, slams, yanks, and long night shoots.