BEST Scene Screenplay of NEVER SPEAK MY NAME, by Jo Ann Allen, Walter G Meyer, Stampp Corbin

Genre: Drama, History

The story of Bayard Rustin a civil rights activist who fought resistance to his participation in the civil rights movement because he was an openly gay man. Bayard triumphs by planning the seminal 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Martin Luther King: Rais Moui
Bayard: Christopher Huron
Randolph: Neil Bennett
Coretta Scott King: Daniella Zappala

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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

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Winning TV PILOT of SIRINGO, by Nathan Ward

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Western, History

A TV series based on the life of the Pinkerton “Cowboy Detective” Charlie Siringo, who spent two decades working undercover across the violent American West, infiltrating gangs including Butch Cassidy’s. The show crosses the Western with undercover crime dramas like Sneaky Pete or The Americans, since the lawman lives as an outlaw.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Siringo: Neil Bennett
Jacky: Brandon Nicoletti
McParland: Christopher Huron
Deputy: Rais Moui
Mamie: Daniella Zappala
Mrs. Burke: Connie Wang

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

The true adventures of the cowboy detective Charlie Siringo, who worked undercover for the Pinkerton Agency all over the Wild West, employing a variety of personas. The job changes the man over time, mirroring the darkening changes that come to the West itself.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I think it would make a wonderful star vehicle for an actor, given not just that it’s a vivid time period, but the person playing Charlie gets to mix it up, since Siringo is mostly acting undercover, and the part keeps changing —this week he’s investigating as a railroad tramp, then he’s infiltrating Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch (which he really did), now he’s posing as a silver miner to find a gang of dynamiting killers. He also did a lot of research in saloons and bordellos, so there’s room for guest cameos.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Undercover Western

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Justified, Columbo, Mad Men, The Office, Patriot

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Three months

How many stories have you written?

Can’t say exactly. Have written three books and a lot of journalism. Some flash fiction as well.

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

Maybe it’s Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Hurt.’

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My biggest challenge was in learning to let go a bit. As a history writer, the actual timeline of events was not negotiable, but the longer I worked the more I saw that the episode may demand its own dramatic timeline, and that it’s ok for something that happened in June to move to the following October, if it works better. That goes against all my training as a history writer, but was a lesson I had to learn for myself. The story is still true: it’s just not an exact transcript of events. The tinkering with timeline is merited if the whole thing works.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, some sports (baseball, boxing, tennis), my wife and kids.

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

As I am primarily a history writer, I was looking at ways past the gatekeepers of this film world I know so little practically about. It seemed to me yours was a format where my debut script might actually be read by kindly insiders who might be generous with their knowledge.

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

I have greatly enjoyed the process so far of just writing a pilot and receiving feedback and (hopefully) improving the script. So you should write one just to do it—no matter what comes of it.

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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

Short Screenplay – STRANGER by Jason Smith

Watch the July 2016 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay 

STRANGER by Jason Smith

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
SARAH – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
STRANGER – Neil Bennett

Get to know the winning writer Jason Smith:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay’s about a young woman who wakes up in the passenger seat of an old man’s car as the stranger drives. Fearing for her safety, she takes the first opportunity to flee. As the stranger pursues and her cries for help fall on deaf ears, she catches a glimpse of her reflection in a shop window and the old woman who looks back reveals the more tragic truth… her dementia is worsening, her husband and even her own reflection are becoming strangers.

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

I believe this screenplay packs a big punch for a one-page script and helps raise awareness and understanding of a tragic health condition that can effect anyone.

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

effectively poignant

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

Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers

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

1 day

6. How many stories have you written?

A handful of short shorts, a 30 page psychological horror and nearing completion of my first feature (a period drama)

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My partner has recently begun work as a carer for dementia sufferers but the main motivation has been seeing my own grandmother’s dementia worsen and the effect that has had on the entire family.

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

No matter how small the idea, it is always difficult to condense it into a 1 page screenplay. To be able to build character, give the story progression and portray an idea in such a small amount of time was a real obstacle.

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

I am an avid cinema-goer, with a passion for film. I thoroughly enjoy studying history and in my spare time I have passion for football (soccer), snooker and pool.

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

Always write about topics that interest you but don’t underestimate the value of writing something in a genre you dislike, the result can be something truly unique. For example, if you dislike horror, try writing a horror which would appeal to you! At best you’ve created a new sub-genre that stands out from the crowd… at worst you’ve added experience and new weapons to your writing armoury. You WILL feel the benefit!

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne