Winning TV PILOT Reading of FAMILY SECRETS, by Allison Osborne

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Abigail Sullivan thinks she’s successfully run from her mob past, until the FBI catches up to her and gives her an ultimatum. Help them catch the rest of her criminal family or go to jail for the rest of her life.

Cast List:

Alvarez: Gary Graham
Ryker: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Brad: John Fray
Abigail: Kelci Stephenson

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

Family Secrets is about a girl growing up in the mob and deciding to escape and leave that life behind. She starts a new life that is quickly interrupted by the FBI. They give her an ultimatum: help the FBI hunt down amd catch her criminal family, or get thrown in jail.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I feel like my screenplay involves a different take on the classic mob genre, with relatable characters and exciting action scenes.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Intriguing. Exciting.

4. What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

24 and Justified.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this script for about 6 months.

6. How many stories have you written?

Over a dozen different short stories, novels, and scripts

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

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

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

This screenplay is actually from one of my novels. The challenge was taking a novel and making it visual and for the screen.

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

Animals and vet care.

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

This festival seemed very good and the feedback i have recieved has been very constructive!

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

I really like FilmFreeway. Its great having all my submissions in one place.

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

Just keep writing. It sounds silly, but if you want to be a writer, you have to write. Also, dont be afraid to be criticized.

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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

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MYSTERY 1st Scene Script – THE PLAYLISTS, by Michael Kotsiros

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Suspense

A married couple are separately lured to a remote location by a gifted but troubled composer, who uses music to reveal his hidden agenda.

CAST LIST:

Kelly: Andrea Meister
Mary: Ida Jagaric
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rachel: Kerrie Lamb
Joel: Sean C. Dwyer
Chubby Courier: Jarod Terrell

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

THE PLAYLISTS is about a married couple who are separately lured to a remote cottage by Lewis, a troubled but gifted musician. Lewis has links to the couple from his past and wants closure for wrongs that occurred. Lewis has serious psychological problems and has befriended three muses, two of which help him produce music. The dark muse, Archibald, has influenced Lewis to devise this evil plan, whilst Clara, the good muse, tries to influence him to surrender his sinister plan.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

THE PLAYLISTS is primarily a psychological thriller but can also be defined as a mystery drama.

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

THE PLAYLISTS is unique in nature and though it doesn’t have the typical twist found in most thrillers, it is raw and real in nature. I have shared the script with several friends and all have said that they were deeply engaged and couldn’t wait to see how things pan out.

Also, from a production point of view, it wouldn’t be very expensive to produce and I can definitely see it generating some great profits at the box office.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Musically insane

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

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve had the idea in my mind for over ten years. I outlined the plot about three years ago and finished the script last year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Three

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

You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive

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

The dilemma of ending the script with a twist or going with my original thoughts. Whilst I enjoy a good twist I think that many thrillers are over saturated with THE twist. As a viewer, I find myself trying to work out what the twist is going to be, rather than watching the story unfold. In the end I went with an ending that is sort of predictable but also isn’t. Most viewers will be waiting for a twist and the ending doesn’t deliver this and the prospect of catching viewers off guard appealed to me.

However, I do have a twist in my back pocket should I revise the script.

I have sent my script to several screenwriting services and most have suggested that a twist is required.

Whilst I humbly accept all feedback, I’m going with what makes me feel comfortable at this stage but am definitely open to revising the script.

Also, time was another issue. I have a demanding corporate role, so finding the time to have the right headspace to write was definitely challenging.

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

Fitness and health. I am becoming more healthy each year and am enjoying rewarding my body with health food and a solid workout plan. I feel happier and healthier as I age and love the confidence and control this gives me.

It’s amazing how good we can feel when we reward our bodies. I’m all about being happy, so whilst I do enjoy a bit of pizza here and there, the shadier side of food has mostly lost its glitter for me.

I also love music, hence the link to my screenplay THE PLAYLISTS. Since a young child, I immediately conjure up a story when listening to music; and sometimes I’m even the star J

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

My experience with FilmFreeway platform has been a positive one. Everything is detailed and clear to follow. I also really like that you can conveniently see the history and outcome of festivals entered.

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

I entered my screenplay to about five festivals. THE PLAYLISTS was shortlisted in three of the five competitions and made the quarter finals for each. I was pleased with the result since this has been my first submission of a screenplay.

The feedback I received from L.A. Festival was really helpful (and I have taken this on board should I go down the path of developing a new ending). I also have to say that the tone of the feedback was quite constructive and down-to-earth. Some of the other feedback I’ve received has been quite blunt, one in practically told me to give up my story as it wasn’t good enough for the big screen.

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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

HORROR 1st Scene Script Reading of Red Light, by Dempsey Tillman and Ted Dewberry

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

A slacker husband (with a child on the way) gets a rude awakening when aliens invade his home and target his family.

CAST LIST: 
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Miriam: Carly Tisdall
Aaron: Christopher Huron
Cork: David Occhipinti
Bluetooth: Alicia Ryan

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Our screenplay RED LIGHT is about a slacker husband with a child on the way who has to save his family from aliens that invade his home and target his family.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

RED LIGHT is a Horror film.

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

RED LIGHT should be made into a movie because unlike any other alien abduction film ,this story is based on an actual video recorded by a man who was abducted by aliens in this bedroom in 2012. His video is real and we purchased the rights and developed the story with him.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Page turner!

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

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

We’ve been working on this screenplay for three years.

6. How many stories have you written?

Between Ted and I, we’ve written 40+ screenplays and three novels.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Meeting the abductee and learning about the forces behind Ufo and Aliens Conspiracies fueled our desire to craft this script.

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

We like to get a lot of coverage and get as many eyes on the material as we are developing it. At the end of the day… that can drive any writer crazy but we used it to our advantage to see gage how are audience felt about the choices that were made in the screenplay. Finished movies do it all the time with audience testing. It gets every thing on its best footing before goes to market.

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

Ted and I are both filmmakers. We like to director as well. It’s something we both do with other projects that we develop separately and together.

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

We loved the feedback. Hearing a reader tell us the story we’ve written gives us great insight toward making changes if and when we do so. The chance to hear our screenplay read out load drew us into entering the contest.

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

We enter all of our projects through FilmFreeway. They have streamlined the process and it makes it easy for us to find festivals that work for us.

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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

 

 

1pg SHORT Script of I GOT YOU BABE, by Roland Zistler

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Milligan: Scott Beaudin
Greenwood: Anthony Tran

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

It`s about a woman being raped and abused, but turns out to be a police officer working on a case against a serial rapist misusing his power.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime/Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

To give rape vistims hope and strengths and show rapists we`ll get them.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Shock relief

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

Pulp fiction

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One day

How many stories have you written?

Dozens

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

Imagine – Lennon

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

One page is short!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My kids

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

Easy to submit, had to work out the difference between posting a film and a screenplay. Great and indispensible tool!

 

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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

Winning Feature Screenplay Reading of THE NOWHERE MAN, by Edward Ocean and Michael Sgueglia

Genre: Drama, Fantasy,

Struggling talent agent, Harry Durst unintentionally saves his idol’s life and changes his forever.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Rachel Rain Packota
Harry: Julian Ford
Mary: Stephanie Haines
Julia: Vanessa Burns
John Lennon: Jason Gray
Stevens: Isaiah Kolundzic
Yoko: Olivia Jon

Get to know the writers: 
1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of a depressed New York talent agent who inexplicability finds himself back in 1980 just in time to save John Lennon and his own marriage.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy/Dramady

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

Michael – It has all the good stuff; music, comedy and a Beatles reunion.

Ed – It also has everyones favorite ….time travel.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

What if?

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

Michael – I’ve seen tons of movies many times. So choosing only one would be impossible.

Ed- “Battlefield Earth”

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

We wrote it 9 years ago and have been tweaking it ever since.

7. How many stories have you written?

Two feature length scripts with treatments for 8 more.

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

Both – Anything Beatles!

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

The decision to use the Beatles instead of a fictitious band because of the licensing expense.

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

Ed – Being a former professional musician it would be music.

Michael – I’m also a singer-songwriter/producer.

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

 More user friendly than the other big submission site. Also the Paypal option was a plus.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

It had the qualifications we were looking for.

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Honest and helpful. 
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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

1pg SHORT Screenplay – FALLING, by Bernhard Riedhammer

Genre: Romance, Drama

When you fall, it’s always good to have a family to pick you up.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Matt: Nick Wicht
Heather: Kelci Stephenson

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about losing, coping, and hoping… and finally stop falling.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The tragedy of losing loved ones is something everybody can relate to, but instead of solely driving home a dramatic message, the story is interwoven with romantic and humorous moments, which provides a heart-warming touch.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sad & Hopeful

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

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

4 Days

How many stories have you written?

About 30

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

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns n’ Roses.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Neuroscience

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

Best thing ever!

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

The festival had a lot of positive reviews.

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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

Winning 1st Scene Screenplay of LURE, by Clark Moriarty

Genre: Horror, Thriller

When a group of Instasnap addicted Crazy Rich Kids ignore warnings not to go to the haunted Gomen island, fun soon turns to horror when an deadly augmented reality game forces them to #PlayOrDie. We like to think of it as Super Rich Kids of Instagram meets The Hunger Games.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Xavier de Guzman
Sofia: Carina Cojeen
Lily: Angelica Alejandro
Archie: Anthony Yu
Slick: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer:
 
What is your screenplay about?

When a group of InstaSnap addicted Crazy Rich Kids ignore warnings not to go to the haunted Gomen Island, fun soon turns to horror when an activated augmented reality game forces them to #PlayOrDie

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think an audience would find it thrilling, scary and an entertaining night out/in, plus with all the tech stuff I think it’s really ‘now’ and is perfect for its natural audience.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Creepy horror.

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

Silence of the Lambs

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Since January this year.

How many stories have you written?

5 feature screenplays, 1 TV pilot, three novels, 1 stage-play.

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

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac – or pretty much most other songs by Fleetwood Mac.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time poverty – I was supposed to be finishing my second novel…

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animal Welfare/Rescue, particularly dogs.

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

I think it’s a brilliant tool. So useful to see so many amazing film competitions/festivals you probably wouldn’t hear about otherwise.

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

I thought it would be absolutely brilliant to hear audience feedback. It’s so key to hear this and often you don’t hear it until the very end of the filming process (when it’s too late to change it!). The initial feedback we received from the festival readers was very encouraging.

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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