Watch 1st Scene Winner: STILL IN THE GAME by George R. Flowers

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STILL IN THE GAME by George R. Flowers

SYNOPSIS:

In a surreal film-noir dream, BARKLEY wanders down a street, in an animal-centric red-light-district. He banters with a prostitute, and then leaves, revealing that he is wearing no trousers.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Barkley – Allan Michael Brunet
Mel – Dan Fox
Hooker – Pip Dwyer
Kelly – Dan Cristofori
Prostitute – Christina Aceto
Karen – Krista Morin

January 2016 1st Scene Winner: GUNNISON by Daniel Duane

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GUNNISON
Written by Daniel Duane

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Supernatural

A sniper who hunts an Air Force colonel for humiliating her on a botched cover up discovers he’s masterminding one himself when a man hunt for two gunman leads to the capture of an extraterrestrial pilot being held prisoner.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
MYERS – Katelyn Vanier
HENDRICKS – Dan Cristofori
DOCTOR – Lorne Hiro
MULLIN – Geoff Mays
MOTHER – Holly Sarchfield

Get to know writer Daniel Duane:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My goal for the next draft is to do a cross between Bonny and Clyde and Avatar. A colonel searching for the cure of a virus that transforms humans into their alien counterparts hunts a pair of gunmen who hold a teenage alien hostage. An alien whose mind might be the key to saving humanity.

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

The themes conveyed within the story are relevant and shouldn’t be ignored. People need to be reminded of the past. I believe in the phrase “History repeats itself” and no matter how much we avoid it, history always catches up. It’s like a broken record.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Almost there.

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

My favorite movie is Schindler’s List. I think it really set the tone for a lot of filmmakers over the past twenty years.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Since 2013 or 2014. I don’t remember!

6. How many stories have you written?

I’m working on my 11th draft.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The current state of our world and politics. I do base my stories on news headlines and feel some social issues that are still prevalent today have been put on the shelf to be disputed later.

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

I’m not accustomed to writing contained stories in which the protagonist overcomes all odds to defeat (or kill) the antagonist, so it was difficult to decide which characters would triumph. Also, I still need to work on my writing style because I think I confused some readers.

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

Photography, health and exercise, graphic design, traveling.

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

The festival was affordable and the feedback I got was tremendously helpful. I’ll use the feedback to refine my writing style in the next draft.

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

Don’t procrastinate and don’t give up.

January 2016 1st Scene Winner: PURGATORY by Alex A. Kecskes

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PURGATORY
Written by Alex A. Kecskes

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Crime, Fantasy

Two small time ex-cons run into two angels on probation who must save their souls or be dammed forever.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
DAVE – Geoff Mays
JEFF – Dan Cristofori

Get to know writer Alex A. Kecskes:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Redemption and second chances

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

It has humor, action, love, sacrifice and redemption—all the things that make a film interesting and watchable.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Heavenly Redemption

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

Pride and Prejudice (directed by Joe Wright)

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About one year.

6. How many stories have you written?

Four. Just submitted STARBOUND, my fourth to Wildsound (hope it does as well).

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to explore the flaws some angels might have and how far they would go to save two souls.

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

Balancing dramatic and comedic elements

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

Travel. Observing people of all ages and cultures.

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

I wanted to see how professional actors would bring it to life. The feedback was good and uncovered a minor point I had overlooked.

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

Trust and continually refine your talent. Observe people of all ages. Listen and watch them as they deal with the ups and downs of life. Talk to old bartenders, big city taxi drivers and policemen. Ask them about the most interesting people they’ve met.