1st Scene Festival Testimonial – September 21 2018

I wanted to enter my script into festivals that offered a feedback option because I felt I was in a good place, but I felt it still needed polishing. I certainly didn’t expect to not only be selected but be a winning Screenplay either! The feedback I received was very helpful and I am applying the notes I was given to my newer drafts. I am very happy I submitted to this festival and I will do so again with any new scripts/screenplays in the future.

We also accept online submissions through Film Freeway. Click on the link BELOW to submit online through this middle-man resource website.

Watch Screenplay Reading: 

A mysterious outlaw called the “Wolf of the West” has been wreaking havoc upon settlers in the budding frontier. David Kessler, an aspiring paranormal scientist believes the Wolf is supernatural and journeys out West to prove it and to document any other strange phenomena he sees. Along the way he joins forces with Winnona Argento, a young woman who is more than she seems and Federal Marshal Travis Crabtree, a hardened but honorable lawman. Together they travel the West and face against myths, legends, and monsters as well as outlaws and bandits while at the same time learning to find the balance between pacifism and survival in this harsh terrain and time period.

CAST LIST:

Ticket Man:  Geoff Mays
Father: 
 Russell Batcher
Narrator: 
Kat Smiley
Sybil: 
Tiffany Davidson
Tobias: 
Bryan Kling
Mother: 
Katelyn Vanier

Watch the July 2018 1st Scene Script Winners

 

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: UNTIL THE DAY by Craig Andrews

ACTORWinning THRILLER 1st Scene Script: MARCO POLO by Jeff Heckler

ACTORWinning FEMALE 1st Scene Script: AMERICAN PRINCESS by Jenny Kleiman

ACTORWinning SCI-FI 1st Scene Script: POLE by Robert Dodrill

ACTORWinning DRAMA 1st Scene Script: TAKE THE SHOT by Jim Norman

ACTORWinning HORROR 1st Scene Script: WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO by Sean Elwood

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: REMEMBERING LIZ by Joan Beilstein

ACTORWinning 1st Scene Script: EDEN by Jean Barker

ACTORWinning THRILLER 1st Scene Script: FIELDS OF BLOOD by Michael Meade

ACTORWinning FANTASY 1st Scene Script: FORGET ME NOTS by John Dummer

 

We also accept online submissions through Film Freeway. Click on the link BELOW to submit online through this middle-man resource website.

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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

Watch the June 2018 1st Scene Script Winners

ACTORHALFWAY TO MARS – 1st Scene LGBT Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Fabian Martin

ACTORPIANO LESSONS – 1st Scene LGBT Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Nevada McPherson

ACTORCROSSSING THE COWHOUSE – 1st Scene LGBT Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by David Lykes Keenan

ACTORUNBALANCED LIFE – 1st Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Kristy Leigh Lussier

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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

ROMANCE 1st Scene Script – SOMETHING LIKE FATE, by Matt Huntington

 

Genre: Drama, Romance

A brainy teen turns to horoscopes and psychics to predict her future after surviving a car crash. But nothing could prepare her for finding and falling in love with her soul mate – who just happens to be her best friend’s boyfriend.

CAST LIST:

Old Man: Charles Gordon
Father: Sean C. Dwyer
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Erin: Andrea Meister
Lani: Kerrie Lamb

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Something Like Fate is about friendship, loyalty and trusting yourself. The main character, Lani, finds herself in a love triangle with her best friend and is confused about what to do and whom to be loyal to.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It would fall under the Young Adult category. It is based on a YA novel of the same name by Susane Colasanti.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The story has a very positive message for teen girls. It is a realistic, contemporary teen drama, with authentic characters, conflicts and a very satisfying (yet not trite) conclusion.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Empower Yourself

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

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years.

How many stories have you written?

I have written 5 screenplays. One of which was named as a finalist in a screenplay contest in October 2017.

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

Back in Black by AC/DC.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I wrote the screenplay and sent it to production companies and even got two meetings in NYC and LA. They had notes for me to change the story in certain ways that altered the story fundamentally. I found ways to address the essence of their comments without changing the core of the characters or the faithfulness to the novel it is based on.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love watching documentaries, especially about nature or science breakthroughs.

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

I find it very easy to submit via FilmFreeway. I’ve done about 4 submissions and would recommend it to any screenwriter.

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

I felt it was important to get more feedback on this latest version of the script. I agreed with the feedback I received and plan to address it and resubmit.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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

Sept. 2016 Winner: VOODOO LOVE by Frederick Julius

Watch the September 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.

VOODOO LOVE
Written by Frederick Julius

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime

A black-hearted vixen lures an ambitious hustler into her mansion as he seeks out a forbidden love. When merciless thugs come to rob and kill, it’ll cost him his fortune to save her lost soul.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
TUCKA – Kaleb Alexander
DAMIEN – Randy Baumer
MR. KING – Steve Mitchell
EL TORRO – John Fray
ASIA – Heather Dicke
CASSANDRA – Norma Dawn Dunphy

 

 

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Watch the July 2016 1st Scene Script Winners

Submit your First Scene to the Festival: http://firstscenescreenplay.com

Watch the July 2016 1st Scene Script Winners:

SENIOR PRANK by Shiv Sudhakar

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A group of cunning high school seniors must outwit their principal in order to pull off the ultimate senior class prank.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
AL – Dan Cristofori
CARL – David Occhipinti
FRAN – Viktoria Napolenova
ALFRED – Michael Gaty
GUS – Mark Boutros

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NINE SCARS by Kelly Crawford

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

A teen romance thriller that takes place in a world in which everyone has nine lives. In this world of nine lives, an aspiring football player must risk all of his lives to rescue his girlfriend from the ruthless leader of a gambling syndicate who’s trying to fix the college football championship game.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KEITH – Dan Cristofori
PRINCIPAL – David Occhipinti
ROBBIE – Michael Gaty
MATT – Mark Boutros
JAMIE – Viktoria Napolenova

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CATCH! by Jerry Nield

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Synopsis: Could David really defeat Goliath?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ACTON – Dan Cristofori
OLD MAN – David Occhipinti
JIM – Michael Gaty
TOM – Mark Boutros
ELLEN – Judy Thrush

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson