Winning 1st Scene Reading – REARRANGING ROXY, by Bridget Bell McMahon

Winning Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
Written by Bridget Bell McMahon

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
CAL – Peter Mark Raphael
GENE – Jonah Akler-Silliman
T-BONE – Christopher Huron
ROXY – Vanessa Quagliara
MS. BARNES – Kayla Farris

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

A desperate, talented rocker strikes a deal with someone worse than the devil: her sick father, in a last effort attempt to keep her rock star dreams alive.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A woman desperate to keep her rock-star
dreams alive, and the one person standing in the way, her estranged father.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dramedy, with a music-themed
subgenre

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Rearranging Roxy is a
story every family can relate to, passionate people following their hearts
while learning about themselves and each other along the way. Low budget
with female leads, a quirky cast that includes rockers and senior citizens,
and set during the run-up to Christmas, this screenplay has something for
everyone.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Unexpected growth

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

Chinatown. No
matter how many times I watch it, I always discover something “new.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About two years with
tons of rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

“McLeary’s
Mulligan,” I have written four feature screenplays.

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

Wow. I grew up in Woodstock, New York, where music is
practically a religion, I played classical piano for a decade, sang in a
rock band and a choir, and my older son is a musician and deejay. I can’t
pick just one!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

For this
screenplay, time management was tough. In addition to a full-time job, I’m a
married mom to two teens, one with a disability, and I volunteer time to
help women with tax and financial problems. I carve out time every day to
write, read and study the craft, but it’s a challenge.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Live music in
any form, practicing yoga and compassion, and finding the perfect key lime
pie.

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

I want to see more movies made with
amazing leads who happen to be women. This festival is perfect for me. The
feedback I received was thorough, thoughtful and definitely enriched the
script’s depth without trying to “change” it.

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Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning 1st Scene Reading – MONSTER MURDER MYSTERY, by Arran McDermott

Winning Screenplay – MONSTER MURDER MYSTERY
Written by Arran McDermott

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
DRACULA – Peter Mark Raphael
ERNIE – Jonah Akler-Silliman
VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN – Christopher Huron
THE BUTLER – Charles Gordon
LADY MACBETH – Vanessa Quagliara
COUNTESS DRACULA – Kayla Farris

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Mystery

A collection of famous fictional villains (and one lawyer) find themselves trapped in a mysterious house with a killer on the loose.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Monster Murder Mystery is (surprise, surprise) a murder mystery featuring public domain characters such as Dracula, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Frankenstein (the guy, not the monster). These infamous villains are trapped one night in a mysterious house, along with a seemingly average guy who serves as the audience surrogate. They quickly learn there is a killer among them and only those who survive until the morning have a chance to learn the truth about the house and how to escape.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror, mystery, and comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Aside from being a fun mystery featuring popular characters, this screenplay also serves as a commentary on Hollywood’s obsession with reworking existing stories and refusing to let characters stay dead. I also think the interplay between Ernie (a modern day guy) and the other guests who come from various times in history will make for a very amusing short film.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Clue: Monster Edition. Wait, that’s three words. How about Monster Whodunnit?

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

Probably Star Wars. Not sure which episode, though. I grew up with the original trilogy but I’ll watch any of them whenever they come on.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About two years, and an obsessive number of drafts.

How many stories have you written?

46 short stories, 22 screenplays, 2 novels, and a partridge in a pear tree. I’ve had one short screenplay produced and I’m working on getting more to the screen.

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

Smells Like Teen Spirit.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main challenge was finding the right mix of characters that were both familiar to the audience and fit the story. Originally I had more obscure characters like Princess Langwidere from The Wizard of Oz and Herbert West:Reanimator, but early feedback convinced me to change them to more famous villains.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel, cats, my family, collecting movies, and telling bad jokes.

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

My main interest in entering the festival was to have my script read by professional actors, since it will give me a much better idea whether the dialogue is working and if the jokes land. The feedback I received was very useful, especially in tightening up my script. I have a tendency to include every detail possible when I write a story, so it’s always good to hear from a reader if I’m overdoing it.

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Winning 1st Scene Reading – EVEN HERE I EXIST, by Dylan Stump

Winning Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
Written by Dylan Stump

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
ANDRE – Peter Mark Raphael
WILLIAM – Jonah Akler-Silliman
HARRY – Christopher Huron
FRANK – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Horror

Five unstable gangsters descend upon a decaying coastal town with a mission to find a missing woman and kill her abductors. They instead become embroiled in strange and otherworldly occurrences.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s a story dealing with a group of violent men taken out of their element and forced to consider their place in a broader world. I also see it as being about the conflict between the natural and the modern world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

A combination of mobster crime story and folk horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel that this script offers a unique approach to an underutilized genre. Films in the folk horror category, especially American folk horror, aren’t exactly common despite the success of films like “THE WITCH”. So I believe my script offers something of at least some interest.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ethereal / Violent

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

David Cronenberg’s 1986 tragic, romantic, and horrific remake of THE FLY. It takes the basic idea from the original film and creates something entirely new. I’m also a big fan of Steve de Jarnatt’s MIRACLE MILE and Ken Russel’s THE DEVILS. THE FLY wins because I once did a presentation on it and, in order to prepare, I watched the film once a night for a week.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A little under a year. Though the idea for it has been with me for well over that.

How many stories have you written?

I have two other “finished” feature scripts that are in desperate need of rewrites, one finished short, and several unfinished scripts of varying lengths.

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

Probably “As I Sat Sadly By Her Side” by Nick Cave. Though the story of EVEN HERE I EXIST was partly inspired by the songs “King Henry” and “Long Lankin” by Steeleye Span.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The same obstacle I’m facing answering these questions, my overwhelming fear of writing something bad. While writing I had to continuously remind myself that it’s alright if the first draft was terrible because I could always make it less terrible in the next draft.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Literature, mostly horror and Gothic but I try to keep an open mind when looking for something to read. I also enjoy reading up on folklore from all over the world.

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

I was referred to this festival after submitting to a different festival. I was mostly intrigued by the opportunity to hear someone read my work out loud. I knew that this would help me to get a new perspective on this script but also on my overall writing style.

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Winning 1st Scene Reading – WELCOME TO ARCADIA, by Jason Lan

Winning Screenplay – WELCOME TO ARCADIA
Written by Jasan Lan

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
GENERAL SHADE – Peter Mark Raphael
BOY – Jonah Akler-Silliman
KAI – Christopher Huron
DEKKIAN WARLORD – Charles Gordon
KAYLA – Vanessa Quagliara

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Family

A toy maker seeking to restore his family’s name has to find one of the stones of Arcadia to save his city from the powerful witch inclined on its destruction.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A toymaker seeking to restore his family’s name has find one of the stones of Arcadia to save his city from the powerful witch inclined on its destruction.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Adventure / fantasy / sci-fi

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The movie is about family connection, sacrifices for the better good all in the steampunk world contributing to stunning visuals if done properly. The depth of the supporting characters and subplots were carefully designed.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Complex storytelling

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

The Dark Knight

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 9 months from conception of idea to final draft submission

How many stories have you written?

This is my 5th screenplay. Hopefully it will be a selected as a finalist like every single of the previous screenplay I’ve written (in at least one festival / competition)

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

Varies on the mood but generally movie sound tracks generating strong emotions; Hans zimmer, audiomachine, etc. For this particular script I drew mainly from never forget by gothic storm for the hero’s main theme and destiny of the chosen by immediate music.

I do not always find the right music to draw from for my character’s theme however unfinished life by Audiomachine was perfect for the character Master Kai in my script titled Conjurers.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Structuring the final part of the script.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Watching movies, understanding people and their motivation, dissecting the logic of why things happen in life.

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

Feedbacks show a good understanding of the story, meaning care had been taken to read the script properly. All my scripts are multi layered. Feedbacks provided do not always show an understanding of the different story telling layers but WILDsound delivered which makes their feedback worth my time and useful.

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Winning 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE COURIER, by Michael D’Ambrosio

Winning Screenplay – THE COURIER
Written by Michael D’Ambrosio

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
VICTOR – Dan Cristofori
FIONA – Cassandra Guthrie
CHARISSE – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

A (female) black market courier is hunted by a powerful militia commander and his mercenary lover over her true identity. One wants her alive; the other wants her dead.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Marina, a violent courier in the black market with a drug addiction is the last of a royal bloodline. Believing her parents abandoned her as a child, she despises them and anything they represented. When a delivery goes bad, she keeps a valuable data chip that has everyone hunting her – both good and bad. Reluctantly she takes on two friends who help her to overcome her addiction. One becomes her lover; the other becomes a mentor urging her to assume her true title as princess and lead her people. She has no intention of doing so until she learns that her parents were murdered and plots to avenge their deaths. Realizing that her life as a reclusive courier was based on a lie, she accepts her role as princess with a lot of help from her friends.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

sci-fi/thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Lead character Marina is a flawed Lara Croft character with a John Wick attitude. I believe the actions, emotions and plot revolving around Marina make this an exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bad ass

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

Underworld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A little over two years

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written eleven sci-fi/fantasy/horror novels through small presses. I’ve adapted five of them to scripts and one to a TV series. None have been sold yet but are represented.

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

If you could read my mind by Gordon Lightfoot

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I wasn’t sure whether or not Marina should take the throne or go her own way with a new take on life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Space travel. Many of my stories are based on this topic including my new script Space Truckers. I know one day, we’ll inhabit the cosmos.

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

I had faith that, if read, the first scene would hook the reader.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Watch the February 2017 1st Scene Script Winners

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Watch the February 2017 1st Scene Script Winners:

Best Scene from the screenplay FAN SITE Screenplay
Written by Elisha BarnesCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
ASHLEIGH – Petra O’Toole
DANNI – Rachel Salsberg
JOAN – Georgia Grant
MAN – Craig Estrella

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Sexy lesbian Danni Montgomery lives in abstinence with her ex – an ex who still carries a torch. Meanwhile Danni is eyeing up a bisexual movie star and attempts to woo her by building her the hottest fan site on the web. After a series of successes and miscues, my story ends with an unlikely ending.

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Best Scene from the screenplay INT. CAR – NIGHT Screenplay
Written by Martin KeadyCAST LIST:NARRATOR – Julie Sheppard
PATRICK – Hugh Ritchie
YOUNG MAN – David Occhipinti

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Thriller

A middle-aged accountant has to drive home from work because there is a tube strike. When he stops at a traffic light, a young man taps on his windscreen – with a gun – and orders him to let him in.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Deadlines Feb. 28th – Screenplay (Feature, TV) and Novel Writing Festivals

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