1st Scene Screenplay – CHILDREN OF THE DUST, by John McCarney

 

Genre: Drama

In an intertwining story based on true events, three very different men have a part in saving as many babies from war-torn Vietnam as they can.

CAST LIST:

Corrie: Geoff Mays
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Daly: Shawn Devlin
Jenkins:  Allan Cooke

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The true story of a maverick airline CEO and a Volkswagen driving hippie, who risk their lives to save discarded mixed race orphans in collapsing war torn Vietnam.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action Adventure.

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

To celebrate the human spirit and how ordinary people can change the fate of so many, by doing the right thing at the worst time.

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

Exhilarating and gripping.

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

Braveheart.

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

18 months.

7. How many stories have you written?

One….so far.

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

Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen

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

Initially, my personal, emotional connection to the events and my guilt about being safe while others perished.

Craft wise, learning to enjoy taking notes, evaluating them and then applying them to subsequent drafts where appropriate.

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

Competitive sports and mentoring people about life choices and making everyone have a little better day by making them smile.

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

Absolutely the best. The easiness of entering festivals and ability to update drafts is awesome.

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

The idea of a possible table read of my script was exciting to think about. Also, the proffesional feedback. I believe the note taking process is crucial to getting better. I loved both the positive feedback and other suggestions that were made. Some I already used in the new draft and a few I didn’t. But I feel that feedback should always be embraced and then applied as the writer feels appropriate.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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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