Winning 1st Scene Screenplay – THE BIRTHING FIELD by Robert Thorpe

Watch the Winning August 2017 1st Scene Screenplay:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Jonah: Allan Michael Brunet
Hank: Ryan Yusep

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The story is about two people from opposite ends of the spectrum; ones from money and the other has struggled. They absolutely love each other but that love gets tested when they are both abducted and forced to procreate knowing that their baby will be sold on the black market. This time held captive will test their resolve, their love and their understanding of one another. It is more about them, than the situation they are in.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama and Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because so few “horror” films take the time to focus on the characters. Usually in dark thrillers or horror it is about the killer, and how he will kill next and how shocking that can be. We never really get to know anything about those that are the ones going through the ordeal. I want to make something that people will say that is messed up, but at the same time know, that this happens in real life. Human Trafficking is a billion dollar industry.

How would you describe this script in two words?

In-Tense!

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

Probably Goonies. I grew up on that and it will forever stand the test of time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

After I wrote and directed the short film and won some festivals, I was asked if there is a feature version of this and at that time, there wasn’t. So, I hunkered down and went into it and so, its been about 4 years now that I have been working on it.

How many stories have you written?

That is an odd question, I mean, I have been writing short stories, and poems and lyrics my whole life. So, not sure how many. Screenplays though, I have written 4 and currently on my fifth.

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

Wow, um, there are so many and to me music is mood, so depending on my mood. Gosh! Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi to Proud Mary by CCR. Um, lately I have been on a Rush kick, anything Rush is amazing. Temples of Syrnx is a masterpiece.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The biggest was writing it so that it is a character study and still horror which is what I like to write the most, or very dark dramas/thrillers. Trying not to give into what society/studios wants in horror films now, the high speed, Paranormal, Insidious and Annabelle’s. Those are fun, and all, but they are built for the scare moment. That thing that makes you jump, which is fun, but I want people to walk out of the theater going, that is F’ed up man, but also feel like there is more to life than what we are currently doing. The will to survive through adversity is amazing and the only way you can really get down to that, is writing characters that people can identify with, watch them go through something horrific and come out better people for it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Love travel, during my 14 years in the military I travelled everywhere, even places I didnt really particularly want to go, but I still made the best of it. Since I got out, I continue to travel whenever I can. Trying new foods, and seeing what this amazing world has to offer. It is a shame there is so much violence that doesn’t allow for the freedom of travel everywhere. One day maybe, I have hope.

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

Its ease. Withoutabox required way to much work for a short film or a screenplay. Its good to have all that other works done, like pictures, sketches and a look book, but that should be shown if your script or short film gets some looks by a potential investor or purchaser of your script.

What influenced you to enter the festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? It’s true, the first 10 to 15 pages are the make or break of a script, if it doesn’t grab the reader, by page 20 they are already not interested so, submitting to something like this to see if the opening grabs a reader is so important. I am surprised there are not more festivals that do this. About the feedback, some good notes. All notes are good, even the ones you don’t quite understand, because it is the note behind the note which is, something about a particular area took the reader out of it and you don’t want that. You just have to learn which notes to implement and which ones to really think about. All of them should be looked at. Being so close to your story, outside eyes always see something that you cannot see.

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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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Watch the June 2017 1st Scene Script Winners

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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GOOD INTENTIONS
June 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GRAVITY’S PULL
June 2017 Reading
by Robert Sivigny

 

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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

1st SCENE Script Reading of GRAVITY’S PULL, by Robert Sivigny

Genre: Drama, Crime

An excellent séance fraudster evades police capture by faking his death.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Dr. Johnson: Geoff Mays
Maria: Ariel Brooker
Roy: Hugh Ritchie
Rosemary: Julie Burris
Voice of Dead Child: Pip Dwyer

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

An out of luck carnival medium tries for one last big score on a desperate widow, and discovers his act might not be a con after all.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

A story about the final scam of a carnival con man who claims to be able to speak with the dead: who wouldn’t be intrigued?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gravity’s Pull.

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

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A few years.

How many stories have you written?

50 or so.

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

Moritat (Sonny Rollins)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Always finding the time, and then the distance to read it objectively.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Not much.

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

This script had some success in various contests, but little else. After putting it aside for a year, I decided to try another draft, and wanted to get some feedback on the first scene. I enjoyed your contest, and the feedback was worth the entry fee. The first scene and its aftermath become increasingly central to this story as it unfolds, so it was important for me to see if it worked, as odd visuals are quickly introduced. And the central question of whether you want to spend more time with this character.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1st SCENE Script Reading of GOOD INTENTIONS, by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Despite Tara’s announcement to stave off dating after a nasty breakup, her girlfriend sets up an “accidental” meeting and the two fall in love, but when mishaps and secrets occur and Tara discovers the charade, she must decide whether good intentions trump lies and deception.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Mindy: Pip Dwyer
Tara: Ariel Brooker
Liz: Julie Burris
Logan: Geoff Mays
Austin: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

If you have intentions to do something good for someone, make sure it is truly for the right reason!

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

romantic comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

We get to laugh while learning life lessons about our intentions to help people. We need to listen to their needs.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Funny poignant

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

Rain Man

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year on and off, including rewrites. I also took your feedback very seriously and did another rewrite.

How many stories have you written?

Over a dozen.

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

Time to Say Good-bye

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was more about making sure I had the emotions and messages I wanted to impart in the story than the comedy. This was my first attempt at a romantic comedy, and I actually surprised myself at how funny I could be! Finding the right balance was a challenge.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music.

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

I liked the idea of the first ten pages or first scene. Those initial pages are crucial to setting the tone of the screenplay. The feedback was exceptional. I was surprised at what I had missed and after doing the rewrite, I knew I had a good solid 10 pages. I was very appreciative of that feedback that was so on target!

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Watch the May 2017 1st Scene Script Winners

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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – AVES
May 2017 Reading
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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – ROUND TRIP
May 2017 Reading
by Sherwin Allen

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

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning 1st Scene Reading of TRISKEL, by Brian K. Palmer

Winning Screenplay – TRISKEL
Written by Brian K. Palmer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
VIKTOR – Mandip Brar
PETROVA – Allan Brunet
IVAN VOLKOV – Sean Ballantyne
KATYA – Amanda Quach
BORIS – Zake O’Connor

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

“Triskel” tells the story of young Yekaterina “Katya” Oksana Kozhevnikova, the tanner’s daughter, who leads a simple life in Port Quevla. Much to her dismay, an unexpected event forces her to embark on a fantastic journey of epic proportions, fraught with adventure, drama, and romance.


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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Winning 1st Scene Reading of AVES, by Daniel L Burke

Winning Screenplay – AVES
Written by Daniel L. Burke

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
ALFRED – Mandip Brar
GRAMPS – Allan Brunet
DR. BLACK – Sean Ballantyne
CHRISTINE – Amanda Quach
MARVIN – Zake O’Connor
DR. OHNO – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Mankind fights birds for control of planet Earth in an Apocalyptic battle of Armageddon.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

In the year 1980 residents of an Ohio town are rounded up and executed for the takeover of their land.

Now.

From the deepest part of space, a lost space probe filled with lethal alien radiation returns to earth. The President orders a strike of nuclear missiles.

On vacation, a horrified family watches the missile attack. They stare haplessly as the radiation from the destroyed probe encircles the planet. Filled with anxiety; the family attempts to returns home with the mother and son carrying a deep secret.

The alien radiation encircling the earth transforms the planet’s billions of birds to instruments of death and destruction. They are stronger, and more intelligent, and realize that man must die. Soon the Aves of the world join forces and attack.

In multiple battles, the fleeing family fights the violent birds on their quest to safety. Of the six-member family only two survive, the mother and daughter. The two finally reach their destination; a military bunker sitting deep in the Ohio hillside. In the fortified structure, the mother reveals her plan for world domination with her lover, the President’s leading General. The daughter realizes that she is the only one who can stop the insanity. It’s a fight between daughter, mother, the General and birds for rule of the planet. In the supreme battle inside the bunker, only the daughter survives. The finger of God saves the world as a massive solar flare cleans the atmosphere of the alien radiation.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror, Sci-fi, Drama, Suspense, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Two reasons. The world needs quality entertainment. Second, it opens the door to my world of films.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Surpassing splendor

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

That’s a good question and I really don’t think I can answer it. And that’s because I watch my new movies until I wear out the grooves. Then I don’t watch them for awhile. But if I was on a deserted island with one movie; it would be “West Side Story.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

To be perfectly honest, it only takes me about a month to write the raw draft, another half month for the refined script. The problem isn’t the script but the research. It consumes all the time and can take weeks.

How many stories have you written?

If you include manuscripts I will say about thirty-five. If you want to just want to know about my screenplays including musicals I would say, twenty.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Shooting photography I saw a chorus line of birds sitting on electrical wires and that was it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None really unless you count researching the subject, I wrote “Aves” and “Looking For Love” back to back and they both flowed like water. It took about three and a half months. I missed October, November, December and the first part of January.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography and music. Those are my two main passions after writing. I have photographs on my FaceBook page and Deviant Art. Also, I have pieces of music that I composed on some of the music sites.

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

I had entered your Logline Contest and figured I would give it a shot. Man I was mad because the mistakes were minor but major to the script.


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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne