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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Watch 1st Scene Winner: THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN by Jacob F. Keller

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THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN by Jacob F. Keller

SYNOPSIS:

The long survivor of a crash landing on a distant world becomes the surprising savior to the aborigines facing genocide.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Belenus – Sean Ballantyne
Sam Hain- Neil Kulin
Daughter – Julia Vally
Rider – Kaleb Alexander
Wife – Jacqueline Brown
Man #1 – Charles Gordon
Man #1 – Rob Salerno