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

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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

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

Winning SHORT Screenplay – BREAKDOWN, by J. Logan Alexander

 

Liz and Alec are en route to a wedding when they turn the corner and hit the runaway bride with their car.

Genre: Comedy, Romance

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Liz: Lindsay Rolland Mills
Alec: Brandon Knox
Cop: Luke Robinson
Bride: Premika Leo

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Liz and Alec are en route to a wedding for Alec’s boss and arguing about their own relationship woes when they collide with the runaway Bride. Battle lines are drawn when Liz and Alec oppose each other about what to do: Liz is determined to help her, but Alec insists on leaving immediately for fear of losing his job. Things get complicated after the Bride disappears into the woods and an inquisitive Cop arrives on the scene—further dividing Liz and Alec—and forcing them in a predicament: tell the truth and face the consequences, or lie to escape scot-free.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dark Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Well, it is a movie now. Breakdown is my MFA thesis film. We are currently in post-production.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Anti-romantic Comedy.

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

Boogie Nights or Fight Club.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Roughly 10 months.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count. My previous film, Wrung, follows a bull-rider and his dead beat dad. It’s available on my website, http://www.jloganalexander.com.

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

This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Film school bureaucracy, minimal budget, record breaking low temperatures in Massachusetts (48 degrees in June), gale force winds, and a steady three days of rain.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Directing. There is nothing I love more than seeing a crew of artists working together to achieve something. I love working with actors. My job is to just get actors in front of a camera.

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

The platform is fantastic. Very intuitive.

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

I like to get unbiased feedback from festivals after I write a few drafts of whatever I’m working on. Getting rejections from other film fests galvanizes you–makes you want to try harder, be better.

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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 Reading of BROTHERS MCSHANE, by Holt Boggs

 

Two dumber-than-dirt lawmen enlist the help of a ‘weird Indian fella’, to help them track down their outlaw twin brothers and save them from hands of the deadly Molcajete Brothers.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Adventure

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Sam Elliot: Brandon Knox
Ma: Julie McCarthy

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Donny and Dickey McShane are two dumber-than-dirt lawmen who find out that their long lost twin brothers are actually the notorious Shifty Silver City Gang. They enlist the help of a “weird Indian fells” as they embark on a journey to find their siblings and save them from the hands of the deadly Molcajete Brothers before it’s too late.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy/ Western

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Brothers McShane is a hybrid throw back to many of the great physical comedies (comedians) like, Blazing Saddles, Don Knotts, Buster Keaton and the like, not seen in modern cinema. Those elements mixed with a more modern action-packed feel, use of meta humor and modern references, while narrowly bordering a family friendly tone, I feel offers an interesting, heart-felt story to a much wider audience than your typical action/comedy. Basically, it’s an action-packed comedy that adults will want to see, but with enough potty humor and content safe enough to take their kids to. You can’t lose with fart jokes.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fu**ing hilarious.

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

The Big Lebowski

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years.

How many stories have you written?

Eight

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

Probably the score to Leon – The Professional or anything from Eminem.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Really, it was finding the tone I wanted. Originally, I was dealing with a production company that was pressuring me to write a family film. Hungry to get a film made, I caved and it had a totally different feel. Paco was originally a twelve year-old boy with a dog and much of the humor was dumbed down, but I just didn’t feel it, so I went back and wrote the film I wanted to see. No dog and now Paco is a little person with an attitude.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m an actor by trade, but I love motorcycles and my kids. Not in that order necessarily, but it depends on the day.

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

Great and it’s super easy.

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

I had heard a lot of great things about the fest from other writers, and while I didn’t agree with all of the feedback, I felt that most of it was spot on. I could tell that time was taken by the reader and not just submission money. That equates to money well spent.

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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