Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.
Written by Matt Kasper
About a man seeking forgiveness during his final minutes on earth, for the one action he has ever felt regret for.
Get to know the winning writer:
What is your screenplay about?
My screenplay is about a man seeking forgiveness during his final minutes on earth, for the one action he has ever felt regret for.
What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?
This short falls into the drama category.
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
I think this screenplay should be made into a movie because even at one page the emotions felt are so rich. While writing this short, I was coming up with some of the backstory in my head, to help me make the characters and events real. After I finished, Henry’s story was still ping ponging around in my mind, so I actually started to write a script.
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
This is a very tough question, my most watched movie would probably be Forrest Gump, it is just one of those movies you can turn off if you see that it is on.
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I found out about this contest rather late so I was only able to work on it for about a week before having to send it in to meet the deadline. Just after entering a few months ago, I did start writing a complete screenplay based on this last scene. I have finished about fifty pages.
How many stories have you written?
I have written a few stories here and there since I was a kid, but recently I finished writing a graphic novel. This is the only thing I have written that I would consider a full complete adult story.
What motivated you to write this screenplay?
If you are asking what motivated me to write this screenplay and send it in, the answer would be, I was excited to be able to see how my writing stacked up, and I was just interested in getting some professional feedback so that I could improve my skill. If you are asking what motivated me to write this particular story the answer is far less easy to explain. To be honest, my friend sent me this link and for the first day or so I spent my time thinking about what story could I tell in about a minute. While driving home from work, the image of an electric chair and the last moments of a mans life came into my head, it took the rest of the week to flesh the rest out.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
By far the toughest thing about this challenge was to try and tell a cohesive story while including all the emotions, dialog, and stage directions on just one page.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I am really passionate about music, and looking back I guess I could say that the music I was listening to while writing this (Johnny Cash) sort of helped motivate me to come up with the tone of this piece.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
The two biggest tips I can give that helped me are to just write, write, write. It is not all going to be very good, or even good at all, but the more you write the more comfortable you become. My second tip is to read a lot. It always helps me feel more creative before starting a new project.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne