Winning Short Screenplay – Diaspora by David Brin

Best Scene from the screenplay DIASPORA Screenplay
Written by David Brin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Dan Cristofori
WOMAN SCIENTIST – Laura Kyswaty
DRIVE – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi

If we ever detect a signal from beyond, scientists think they will be in charge of first contact. But maybe not!


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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 STRUGGLE by Janice Kennedy

THE STRUGGLE
Written by Janice Kennedy

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Dark Comedy

Life and Death meet and it’s all over for Life until Hope enters the picture.

CAST LIST:

VOICE – Rikki Wright
LIFE – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The struggle between Life and Death.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s got a clown in it.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Life / Death

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

“It’s A Wonderful Life”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

All my life.

How many stories have you written?

Many.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was asked to write a one-minute play by my playwrights group in Seattle. I thought I’d challenge myself to writing about the struggle between Life and Death in one page. When I read about the LA FEEDBACK festival of one-page screenplays, I decided to adapt my stage play into a screenplay.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Trying to lay out the struggle between Life and Death in one page.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My husband.

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

Keep writing.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS by Amanda J Bermudez

THE MIDDLING CLASS
Written by Amanda J. Bermudez

Coming Soon…..

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance

Complicit in her own observation of the contemporary middle class, a woman viciously seduces a prosaic housewife whose husband is a hostage overseas.

CAST LIST:

AMAL – Rikki Wright
MARJORIE – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Sandy Kellerman

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The project is basically a short, sexy, unfriendly treatment of the contemporary middle class. In the story, an older woman viciously seduces a prosaic housewife whose husband is being held hostage overseas. Ultimately, the story is about humiliation, self-discovery, and mediocre desperation.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama, romance, dark comedy… the usual.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I’d like to see this work made primarily because it’s a decently original and incisive. Secondarily because it will be incredibly cheap to shoot.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Electrifying boredom.

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

The Sting.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The screenplay was written quickly, but the concept has been brewing for some time.

How many stories have you written?

Not nearly as many as I’d like.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

You meet these people, everywhere but especially in West LA, who are jonesing for the drama. People who would throw reality under the bus for a quick hit of feeling interesting, adorable, whatever. And it’s very human, but it’s also violent. This film is really just a quick flirt with that moment, of choosing the immediate over the real.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The truncated format is a bit limiting, but no major hardships were endured.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Passionate is a strong word, but I’m pretty damn into boxing, late ’90s Chuck Klosterman essays, making music (albeit more often listening), and single malt scotch.

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

If you don’t have something worth writing, don’t. There are enough words in the world. When you write, make it count. Read great writers. And relax your investment in public opinion.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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