1st Scene Screenplay – THE GATE by Della Vance Greenawalt

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Gate is an action/adventure about two boat rental operators who go hunting for their missing boat and get sucked through a magical gate and must find their way out before the predators there eat them.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Brian: Ryan Yusep
Hiram: Peter Mark Raphael
Officer Dees: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Two regular guys get sucked under a sandstone arch that is actually a time gate. They land 150,000 years ago in Pleistocene North America where they must stop the maniac who rented their boat from wiping out our hominid ancestors.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy and Action/Adventure.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is such a fun movie, entertaining and funny, along the lines of Indiana Jones meets Jurassic Park (although it is after the dinosaur extinction when mammals became giants and man first appeared.)

How would you describe this script in two words?

Prehistoric safari!

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

Probably the Princess Bride.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year. Many revisions later…

How many stories have you written?

Lots. More than I can count.

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

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It has changed directions with suggestions from the writers’ workshop I am in, 5150 at The Academy of Film Writing. Peer reviews have been invaluable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I volunteer at an animal shelter rescuing dogs. I have three at home presently.

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

FilmFreeway is such a great way to enter contests, so easy and they let the writer know the status of each entry!

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

I had never heard of a first scenes festival and was immediately interested. I like the idea that you must hook your audience in the first 10 minutes.

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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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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.