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

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1pg Short Script – SAFE WORD by Darren Coyle

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

SAFE WORD
Written by Darren Coyle

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Romance

‘SAFE WORD’ is about two people having an ill-fated affair.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
MAN – Khoen Clarke
WOMAN – Katelyn Varadi

 

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

‘SAFE WORD’ is about two people having an ill-fated affair.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think given the parameter of a 1-page screenplay, it touches on a few different plot points in a limited amount of time and has a funny premise and ending

How would you describe this script in two words?

short & sweet

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

“A Few Good Men”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

a few days

How many stories have you written?

many – too many to count

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I thought it was a good challenge to write a 1-page screenplay and try to give it a beginning, a middle and an ending. I think I did that.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

well, the 1-page limitation was certainly an obstacle. Also, in order for something to be funny in a short amount of time is challenging too. You only have a small amount of time to establish the world of the movie as well as the characters.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

filmmaking in general. I direct and produce.

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

just keep writing. a bunch of it will not be good, but that’s how you get better.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – SAMMY’S PARROT by Dimitri Devyatkin

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

SAMMY’S PARROT
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Sammy’s Parrot is about a very dirty-mouthed parrot, whose proclivity to use swear words becomes a huge liability when Sammy gets married. Sammy avoids telling his fiance about the foul-mouthed bird until it is too late and a difficult circumstance ensues.


CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
SAMMY – Donald Molnar
PARROT – Nick Hendrick Wicht
BELINDA – Katelyn Varadi

 

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

Sammy’s Parrot is about a very dirty-mouthed parrot, whose proclivity to use swear words becomes a huge liability when Sammy gets married. Sammy avoids telling his fiancé about the foul-mouthed bird until it is too late and a difficult circumstance ensues.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

Comedy, with psychological and social commentary.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Entertaining, has a story, but also has a message – Laugh, but still have something to say after the play is over.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fowl-mouthed parrot

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

“It’s Raining in Brighton Beach” a classic comedy directed by Leonid Gaidai.
Dimitri was Line Producer. Named “One of 100 best Russian films 1992-2013” à Interview (with English translation) AFISHA magazine. Dec. 2013 about making this film. http://mag.afisha.ru/stories/100-glavnyh-russkih-filmov/

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

How many stories have you written?

10 +

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

a Russian joke

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making the Russian humor work in an American context

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Making movies – feature films, documentaries, television and video art , social political issues

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

Follow your dream. Never give up. Try not to sell out.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – WHAT IT FEELS LIKE by Travis Calvert

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
Written by Travis Calvert

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, LGBT

About gender relations, sexual identity, and rape culture.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
GRANT – Nick Hendrick Wicht
WORKER – Khoen Clarke
WORKER 2 – Peter Mark Raphael
ANNA – Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about gender relations, sexual identity, and rape culture.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

This would fall under the drama/LGBT genres.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Two words: rape culture

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

The movie I have watched the most time in my life would be either Pulp Fiction or Clockwork Orange.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this one page screenplay for approximately 2 weeks.

How many stories have you written?

Thus far I’ve written 10 shorts, 2 feature length scripts, and am just completing co-writing a 3rd feature.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was motivated to write this script after a trip to NYC, wherein I experienced an internal revelation of sorts reflecting on an article I’d read on the Huffington Post entitled “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Rape Culture.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main obstacle I encountered to finishing this screenplay was a reluctance to share my vulnerability, but then I remembered the power of vulnerability.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I am also very passionate about directing films and writing/playing/watching live music.

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

To other writers I would say, don’t quit… keep going but make sure to get good feedback and always be looking to improve.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne