Short Screenplay – Desperate Crossing by Thomas Thorpe

Watch the August 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay 

Desperate Crossing  by Thomas Thorpe

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Historical Thriller

Three sisters are stranded on the coast of Russia. Separated from their husbands, they encounter escaped convicts from the Siberian Gulag.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
ELIZABETH – Laura Darby
VICTORIA – Victoria Urquhart

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

Three sisters are stranded on the East coast of Russia. Separated from their husbands, they encounter escaped convicts from the Siberian Gulag.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Adventure, mystery, true events, cultural history, thriller, suspense, character building.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Historical thriller

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

Jaws, Star Wars, Hunt for Red October

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Adapted from my novel, Desperate Crossing. 10 years for both

How many stories have you written?

Seven published thrillers of the Darmon mystery series.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Enjoy making history come alive, bringing perspective to today’s audiences, and appreciation for the lives of our ancestors.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Adapting the novel into a visually dramatic format.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

family, history, sports, space exploration (managed Mars Missions for NASA), marketing my novels/screenplays

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

Keep editing

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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