Winning Feature Screenplay Reading: TRANSFERENCE, by Mark C. Spera

H.C.A.T. (Human Consciousness Attribute Transfer) is about to change the world, but both the technology and its creator Dr. Robert Courtney are in danger. The Government wants to exploit it and one very powerful individual must destroy it. Unknowingly breaching the divide between the natural and super natural, Dr. Courtney with the help of a small rebel group, must now fight to save his technology, his life and the future of all mankind.

CAST LIST:

Dwight: Erik Hicks
Agent Tibideaux: Charles Gordon
Taka: Wildred Lee
Narrator: Elizabeth Morriss
Court: Gene Abella
Rachel/Lily: Tiffany Elefano
O’Mally: Tim McCarthy

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

LA Festival Best Scene: BELLES OF THE DAY, by Jayne DAlessandro Cox

 Logline: Although dead, he still survives in the hearts of the women who loved him. (Synopsis: Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson flashback to Jefferson’s early years and his journey to manhood, during his final days confined to his alcove bed, giving the audience a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the personal life and events that shaped his illustrious life.)

CAST LIST:

Helper Slav: Peter Nelson
Wormley: Kaleb Alexander
Narrator: Elizabeth Morriss
Eston: Peter Mark Rapheal
Sally Hemmings: Jen Daniels

 

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: DRAGONSTEEL, by Sam Tracton

After breaking a sacred law in an attempt to protect his sister from the monsters that killed their mother, Cedric Armor must master a mystical shield in order to stop a war from breaking out.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Shala: Hartley O. Gyamfi
Kylar: Sheldon Graham

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: Two Parts: THE DISC, by Dewayne Hill

Part 1:

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Bishop: Ron Boyd
Priest Jacob: Peter Nelson

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Part 2:


CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Priest Jacob: Peter Nelson
Agent Hudson: Lyndsay Clarkson

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: EMERGENCY PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE-EPS Pilot, by Holly Scarabosio

Psychiatric nurse Helena moves from Milwaukee to San Francisco to take a new job — accompanied by her fiancé Jake. They plan to start a new life together — she as a psychiatric nurse at a prominent EPS—Emergency Psychiatric Services; he as a computer tech and would-be writer. Plans don’t always work out.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Bill Poulin

Gaytan: Peter Nelson
Helena: Lyndsay Clarkson
Samantha: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jackie: Victoria Murdoch

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: GLASS ANGEL, by Lea Ann Vandygriff

A prominent family in Ireland is torn apart by a deadly accident. Sir Andrew turns away from his crippled daughter, Calina, because he cannot bare the sight of her. He slips into a depression and turns to alcohol for comfort. Sir Andrew’s estranged sister for help. Lady Amelia not backing down from her brother’s fury gives him an ultimatum.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Sir. Andrew: David Jackson
Edward: Ron Boyd
Mildred: Victoria Murdoch
Anna: Lyndsay Clarkson

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning TV Spec Screenplay: Rick and Morty – What Have You Learnt Morty? by Javier Torregrosa

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Morty struggles to study for his exam, Rick decides to help Morty to learn by showing him first hand. Meanwhile Jerry starts a new job that doesn’t turn out as expected.

CAST LIST:

Mortar: Pearl Ho
Beth: Julie C. Sheppard
Jerry: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Rick: Peter Nelson
Morty: John Leung
Summer: Katelyn Vanier

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Screenplay – TREED by Sally Spitzli

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TREED by Sally Spitzli

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

This is a black & white silent comedy short with subtitles.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
VOICE OVER – Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A woman uses a child to con a guy at Christmas.

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

It’s a funny little black & white “short” that an audience would enjoy.

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

Universal appeal.

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

“The Wizard of Oz”

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

I worked on the 1-page script a total of 5 minutes, but the story goes back decades. When I was a divorced parent of a little girl, times were tough and we couldn’t afford the $50 Christmas tree we saw on a lot. My daughter was only 8 years old, but had a sophisticated sense of humor. When I told the salesman I only had $10 to spend, he told me he was sorry but they didn’t have any trees for that price. As he walked away, my daughter tugged at my coat and said, “Mommy, does that mean we can’t have Christmas?” Her timing was perfect and her delivery was Oscar-worthy. The man turned around, looked at her angelic face and said, “Of course, you’re going to have Christmas, Honey.” He took my 10 bucks, nailed the tree to a stand, tied it to the top of my beaten up old VW, and tearfully waved to us as we drove off. On the way home, my little girl said she thought that would be a good movie like those “old ones on TV.”

6. How many stories have you written?

I used to be a travel writer, radio/TV/print commercial copywriter. Presently, I have a TV movie screenplay ready for purchase and I have almost completed a novel. The screenplay is a sweet story that deals with families and Alzheimer’s. The novel is raw and deals with spousal abuse, infidelity and murder.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It looked like fun and I already had the story in mind.

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

Trying to fit it on one page.

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

My family, (including the dog) home, charities.

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

If something touches you, chances are it will touch other people, as well. Write it down.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

Short Screenplay – MATERNAL FEAR by Stephen Milek

Watch the July 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay 

MATERNAL FEAR by Stephen Milek

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
PAM – Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know writer Stephen Milek:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is a psychological thriller based on events that happened to a friend of mine. She was heading to bed and looked at a baby monitor to check on her son and saw a white orbs circling around her son. Not wanting to wake her son up she googled what to do and found an incantation to say to send evil spirits away.

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

A relationship that lives in the aftermath of an abortion is
The fear a parent has for their children is universal. When something unknown threatens an innocent child even non parents feel a sense of dread. I believe a film like this could tap into those universal fears.

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

Mother’s fear

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

As a kid I probably watched The Goonies the most and still revisit it as an adult and still ranks as one of my favorite movies.

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

When I found out about the 1 page screenplay challenge I tried to come up with a good story that could be told in a short time. Since I only found out about the challenge shortly before the deadline it was a pretty short time that I was working on it.

6. How many stories have you written?
Around 10

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I liked the challenge and love to get feedback to strength my writing skills. The story comes from wanting to tell a complete story in 1 page.

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

The one page limit posed the biggest obstacle especially with the end. In my first draft there were more characters and bigger ending. But a lot of editing had to be done to get the one page ending but still try to keep the intensity of the script.

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

Movies in general. I write for a blog and help run The Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival.

Besides that I work in a hospital as a pharmacist.

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

I still feel like I am learning so not sure what advice I could pass on.

The biggest part of learning to write is seeking meaningful feedback. I always appreciate tips on how to make my writing better. I also try to read other screenplays to get a feel of how the pros do it.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Short Screenplay – PRO-PETE by Julie Merrick

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PRO-PETE by Julie Merrick

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
ALYSSA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
ANNE – Mandy May Cheetham

Get to know the winning writer Julie Merrick:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Pro-Pete is about a man and a woman who love each other. Leave each other. Hate each other. Nearly die while separated – and then, in the end, forgive each other fully completel

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

A relationship that lives in the aftermath of an abortion is
evocative. The story does not take sides or suggest right or wrong, but instead explores human emotion, with themes of perseverance and forgiveness.

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

Unfeigned, responsive.

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

To Kill a Mocking Bird.

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

Not long (a few months), although I had the idea for a while.

6. How many stories have you written?

Many stories, but I have about 6 complete screenplays written.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I like stories that have a core narrative of hope, but that are not afraid to include elements of dark emotion. I don’t think many people dare to write a story that includes abortion (because of it’s controversy and extremes).

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

I faced the normal obstacles – writer’s block, writer’s doubt,
writer’s despair, writer’s mania. Finishing a story that satisfies yourself is very difficult (I think for all but the most confident of writers).

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

I find playing music difficult, but fun. I also like Super Mario games.

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

Enjoy the process and keep learning.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne