Watch the December 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.
Written by Amber Epling
NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Celeste Grey, a mentally-challenged 20-something girl, who has no ability to speak escapes from an institution after being raped by an associate of the institute. By fate, she ends up on a ranch with 50-something RUSS, whose wife had been institutionalized before committing suicide, and his handsome, self-centered adult son (GABE).
Get to know the winning writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
Unspoken is about a young woman who is mentally disabled and she finds her way to a ranch, where a man and his son take her in and care for her and her soon to be unborn child. While they are trying to hang onto their ranch, they come to realize that, while they thought they were helping her, she actually winds up helping them.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
The genre is a drama.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
This movie is very inspiring to a lot of people in this world. This woman who is lost, alone, deaf and is pregnant has no hope in the world. The hope she finds is in two people who would be the most unlikely candidates to take care of her. It goes to show that just because people have disabilities and can’t speak for themselves doesn’t mean that they are voiceless and that they don’t have a heart. They just might be the ones to save you, not the other way around.
3. How would you describe this script in two words?
Dramatic and Uplifting
4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
The Man In The Iron Mask and The American President
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
This film has been completed for several years now, just waiting for the right opportunity.
6. How many stories have you written?
Over the course of 15 years I have written 20 films.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
This story came about in regards to a family member who suffered a tragedy that resulted in her having extreme handicaps after giving birth to her second daughter. She can’t speak, she can’t feed herself or walk, but she is bright and very intelligent. She still has her mind and uses it to communicate to her family by using a letter board. Much like the main character, she suffers deafness and has to be treated much like a child. That is kind of what brought the story to a head.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The only obstacles that I faced while writing this, was the obstacles that I have faced with all of my films. I have been trying my best to get my work publicized and at times I felt like I was in a stalemate and that my films could never make it, but I realized that I was good enough and I knew this was a film that had a great message and it needed to be told, so I finished it. Along with the personal story that comes along with this story, I knew I had to do this, so I gathered all my courage and strength and told myself that this was one that will mean the most.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I was on Twitter and the account for the festival came up and I checked it out and decided to give it a try.
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne