Interview with Hans Grossman (WAITING)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

The band Copperhead are good friends of mine, and they actually approached me about doing a music video for Telus’ Storyhive Music Video Edition. This is a grant program out here in Western Canada sponsored by Telus. We won the initial round to receive the $10,000 to make the video, and then we won the second round where out of 15 videos from Alberta we took the top prize. I love Copperhead, they are great people, and an absolutely fantastic band, so I jumped on the opportunity immediately.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

The timeline from finding out that we received the funding to having to deliver the final product was about a month and a half so that’s how much time we had to make it.

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Interview with Writer/Actor Catherine Haun (MRS MURPHY’S CONFESSION)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

MRS MURPHY’S CONFESSION was the winner of BEST MUSIC at the August 2018 Female Film Festival in Toronto.

http://www.mrsmurphysconfession.com
Facebook: @playfulshortfilm.com

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

I became obsessed. That’s the best way to describe it. Totally off the
rails. I just thought I would die if I didn’t make this film.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you
to make this short?

Two years.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Awkward Journey

OMG I just thought of something so inappropriate! Painful discharge
is what popped into my head. Never mind… go with awkward journey.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

My own ignorance of how to make a film—in particular the technical
aspects. Post production was an especially challenging time. Once
the excitement of production is…

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Interview with Screenwriter M. V. Montgomery (PUNKER AND PROPHET)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

M. V. Montgomery: Two young women with different backgrounds and talents. Ginny is a gifted singer; Selah is a spiritual leader in-the-making. Both have struggles to overcome: Ginny is a victim of domestic abuse, Selah the victim of a public hate crime. Fortunately, both are there to support each other.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, LGBTQ, musical, spiritual.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It speaks directly to a generation just coming of age in Trump’s America, a protest generation that can directly connect to Ginny’s music and be inspired by Selah’s example.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Punker & Prophet. Peace & Resistance. In three words: Peace, Love, & Anarchy.

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

Citizen Kane.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About…

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Interview with TV PILOT Screenplay Winner Josephine A. Perry (MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER)

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Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Josephine A. Perry: The title of my pilot for my TV series has been changed to SHATTERED. Shattered is more accurate regarding its overarching theme: how one family, generation after generation, tries unsuccessfully to leave its destructive past behind by pretending it never existed. It incorporates a variety of themes in the pilot; some are only hinted at initially but then looked into fully in later episodes: for example, miscegenation, that ugly term used by racist lawmakers to stop people from integrating the races in the US. Or the uniquely American version of narcissism that Americans tend to believe makes them “the greatest nation on earth” as well as the ongoing abuse of women by men of power. It also introduces us to a woman whose life work will be to explore the abuse and pain of young women and young men in…

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Interview with Actors Stephen Tracey & Erica Anderson (PREY)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

PREY played to rave reviews at the August 2018 Female Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Taking a quote from the director, Vivien Endicott- Douglas, who says it best:

“As women, we are predominantly conditioned to believe that we must sacrifice our own happiness and comfort for the sake of staying in a relationship. The relationship is paramount. It takes a great deal of will to be able to free ourselves from this reality and shift the paradigm. Prey is the beginning of one woman’s journey to come home to herself. We were inspired to document that first step, the realization that she cannot have the full life she wants, be the whole person that she knows she is capable of being if she is in attachment with either of the men she’s between.”

We wanted to show that moment of discovery, and…

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Interview with Filmmaker Shetu Modi (THE PITS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Shetu Modi: Honestly, I noticed my sweat smelled like Indian food whenever I ate a lot of it and I connected that to some of my childhood and university experiences. The story is not autobiographical but some of the details are.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

I wrote the script in a day or two, I think in 2015 – though it went through many edits after that. We started planning the shoot in the summer of 2016, shot it in November 2016 and it was done by May 2017.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

This is hard! Lighthearted and sincere, I guess?

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

For some reason finding an affordable…

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Interview with Screenwriter Troy Harvey Graham (SHE DREAMS OF PLASTIC TIARAS)

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Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Troy Harvey Graham: In short – it’s about two naïve parents wanting plastic surgery for their baby daughter to set her up for a future as a supermodel. It’s designed to mock the impossible beauty standards in society and the irrational demands by individuals to create their idea of ‘perfect’.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy (hopefully).

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

I hope it would make people smile or laugh… or think. Mind you, thinking isn’t one of my strong points so I don’t see why I should expect anyone else to do it either.

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

Supermodel toddler.

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

Jaws.

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

A couple of months.

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