Short Screenplay: PRIME SUSPECT by Adam Dwyer

PRIME SUSPECT
Written by Adam Dwyer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Crime

After a family is reported missing, an unlikely suspect turns up.

CAST LIST:

STRAPP – Rikki Wright
JONES – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about two cops investigating the disappearance of a family of three.

What genres does your screenplay under?

The screenplay falls under mystery/suspense with shades of horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think my script should be made into a movie because at a running time of about one minute (sans credits), in addition to being a frightening story, it would be a favourite among film festival programmers and it would especially play well on the web.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Impending. Doom.

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

The Shining. I see something new in it every time, too.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

An hour or two. It’s only a page.

How many stories have you written?

I have written dozens of stories in various formats. In addition to screenwriting — feature-length and short scripts — I have written short stories and novellas.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I kept hearing about these one-minute horror movies online, so I thought I would try to challenge myself write a story to fit that time restriction.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I didn’t face many obstacles in finishing this script since from the story beginning to end is only one page. But, that page started blank, and all writers know that in itself is probably the biggest obstacle.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading. I guess that goes hand-in-hand. Books and films are the non-living things I love the most. Cooking would be next on the list.

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

Patience with progression. But, you must progress. Constantly. Write everyday. Even if it is just one line. Don’t put it off until tomorrow when you think you have the time to write a whole page. Write that line today because if you put it off now you may put it off again tomorrow. Those lines add up. Then when you finally do have the time to write you will realize that you are much further along with your project than you thought. If your writing feels like it going too slow, don’t get frustrated. Remember, every writer does it the same way: one word at a time.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Short Screenplay – THE FALL, by Alix Kruntorad

THE FALL
Written by Alix Kruntorad

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Thriller

A bustling New York City morning, interrupted by a suicide.

CAST LIST:

WOMAN – Cass Van Wyck
WOMAN 2 – Jane Smythe
NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

This screenplay is about a normal, bustling, city morning, shaken by death.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Thriller!

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay should be turned into a movie because there is so much potential with it, specifically mental health awareness.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Surprise twist!

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

Oh my gosh! I have no idea. I love movies, and have seen thousands. I don’t know which ones
I’ve seen the most.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I only worked on this screenplay for a few hours, but it’s based off of an idea that I’ve been working on for years.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been writing films since elementary school. I don’t know how many times I forced my mom to chase me around the house with a video camera. I’ve written two shorts, a feature, a reality tv show, poems, and am working on four more feature films.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’m a very big advocate of mental health awareness, so I love writing things that can help others.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This screenplay only took a short time to finish; however, the feature film that I based this short on, has been difficult to finish due to other projects getting in the way, and writers block!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to act, model, and direct.

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

Keep writing! Collaboration is a wonderful way to meet new people and gain new ideas. Definitely keep writing.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – MONKEY MODEL, by Barry Brennessel

MONKEY MODEL

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

A women faces a very difficult decision on life or death.

CAST LIST:

MARCO – Hugh Ritchie
SHEILA – Jane Smythe
NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Doomed relationships.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It might possibly make people feel better about their lives. And since it’s so short, there would probably be no admission fee!

How would you describe this script in two words?

Choices. Consequences.

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

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, probably tied with Fargo, and Cocteau’s Orphee close behind.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took about a week.

How many stories have you written?

Approximately a dozen screenplays, 4 novels, and 3 short story collection. And a few radio ads. 🙂

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I loved the challenge of telling a story in one page.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was tough to make a cohesive story in so short a format.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel, gardening, history, language, and chocolate.

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

Don’t be afraid to experiment.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – Freedom by Scot Walker

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

FREEDOM
Written by Scot Walker

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Satire

What is the meaning of the 2nd Amendment? How much “freedom” doe sit imply? Is there no limit to the “freedom” to own arms, even when those arms include missile launchers, automatic weapons, poison gas and atomic weapons? But more importantly, why must the Supreme Court decide such issues? Is there no common sense in the number, amount and type of arms Americans should be allowed to buy?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
GUY – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

What is the meaning of the 2nd Amendment? How much “freedom” doe sit imply? Is there no limit to the “freedom” to own arms, even when those arms include missile launchers, automatic weapons, poison gas and atomic weapons? But more importantly, why must the Supreme Court decide such issues? Is there no common sense in the number, amount and type of arms Americans should be allowed to buy?

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Satire.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

A film can be distributed to far many more viewers. This is a message that I feel very compassionate about. It’s time Americans begin to have a real dialogue about the effects of owning weapons and even if we need to own them.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ironic satire.

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

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (with my all time favorite actor: Ingrid Bergman).

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It’s a very short play so the actual composition took an hour or so, however, it is a concept (and controlling arms) that has been brewing inside my soul for many decades.

How many stories have you written?

Including plays and novels and shorts stories over the course of the past 55 years, probably hundreds. You can google me Scot Walker author (one “t” in Scot; I was too poor to afford the second “t”.) or checking out my novels, poetry and short stories at Smashword or write to me at century21theatre@yahoo.com for more information.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The arrogance of the NRA.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Saving the planet, international travel, tutoring,

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Take nothing personally. And never stop writing.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – IF I DIE by Jean Nicole Rivers

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

IF I DIE
Written by Jean Nicole Rivers

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller

If I Die is about a young woman named Jaime that browses a garage sale and discovers something sinister. It’s about perception versus reality and deep betrayal.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
JAIME – Katelyn Varadi
LANA – Alicia Payne
MAN – Peter Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

If I Die is about a young woman named Jaime that browses a garage sale and discovers something sinister. It’s about perception versus reality and deep betrayal.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I call it horror/thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it is the epitome of horror. There are a number of horror movies out there that while they have blood and killing and monsters are just not scary. They follow an old formula that starts with masked man with weapon and after a while that boogieman fails to move us like he did before. If I Die gets under your skin because it is revealed that the very person that should be protecting you, the one who is the closest, is the one who may thrust the knife. If you’re not safe in the suburban home of your mother and father, are you safe anywhere?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Deadly secrets.

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

Nightmare on Elm Street, of course.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

From idea to final, it took a couple of days to write.

How many stories have you written?

Two novels, one short story and seven flash fiction stories.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to write something terrifying and what’s more frightening than your mother?

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I’m extremely busy so finding time is usually my number one obstacle.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading and making films.

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

Not my words, but my favorite writing quote, “Writers write.”

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – GLORIOUS by Brent Beath

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

GLORIOUS
Written by Brent Beath

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Dark Comedy

A tragi-comedy about a man seeking spiritual enlightenment in all the wrong places.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
NERVOUS MAN – Peter Mark Raphael
YOUNG GUY – Donald Molnar

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A tragi-comedy about a man seeking spiritual enlightenment in all the wrong places.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dark comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a quirky comedy that has fun with some profound questions.

How would you describe this script in two words?

tragically uplifting

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

Breathless

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

9 months

How many stories have you written?

10+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Motivated by an odd dream I had and wrote down immediately

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Procrastination!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Politics, Rallycross racing

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

Keep writing, especially when it’s bad (get’s you through to the good stuff)

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – JULIE & ROM by Behzad Sedghi

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

JULIE & ROM
Written by Behzad Sedghi

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, action.

It is about giving it all to be with the one you love.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
JULIE – Alicia Payne
ROM – Khoen Clarke

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It is about giving it all to be with the one you love.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

Comedy, action.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because in an explosive flash, it captures the crazy things we do for love and we can all identify with it.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Explosively dynamic.

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

Betty Blue.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A day. (including coming up with the story)

How many stories have you written?

Screenplays? 6 my own and 4 co-written

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

To run in your contest.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

To keep it at one page, if you want to call it an obstacle. But it really just made it more interesting.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Directing.

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

Imagine the scene before you sign off on it.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne