Winning Short Screenplay – I Can Catch A Bullet by Reynaldo A Garza

Best Scene from the screenplay I CAN CATCH A BULLET Screenplay
Written by Reynaldo A Garza

CAST LIST:

HOMLESS MAN – Peter Nelson
NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
PASSENGER – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Two brothers on a road trip.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Two brothers in a roadtrip.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy (dark)

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Its funny and new.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bullet catch

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

Mad max

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 17 minutes.

How many stories have you written?

Over 200

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Finding the free time

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The idea was there

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

Dont stop writing

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Audience Feedback: HEAD SPACE, 5min, Drama/Thriller

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  MOVIE POSTERHEAD SPACE, 5min, Drama/Thriller
Directed by Emma Huibregtse

A single mother concerned with her son’s inability to cope, sees the tables turn when faced with danger.

Director’s Statement: After numerous scripts of mine were returned by USC faculty members claiming the concepts were “too big” for the scope of our class projects – we had only $1,500 and 5 weeks to make a film from casting to final sound mix! – I knew I had to keep my story simple. In a last minute panic the night before our scripts were due I came up with the concept for Head Space, resorting to the affordable unique location of under the kitchen table as my primary setting.

With my strong interest in cinematography I was inspired by the unique shot compositions and angles offered by a child’s limited perspective in an unusual space. I have no idea how this story came out of me, but I’m glad it did. As my first major production it was an honor to collaborate with our dedicated cast and crew. As a trumpet player music has always played a vital role in my films and the opportunity to work with composer Steve Gaboury to develop the score was incredible. Recording with our live jazz band brought our visuals to an entirely new level. It was a pleasure to work along side such creative professionals. We hope you enjoy the film!

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Audience Feedback: ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?, 3min., Comedy/Romance

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ORANGE YOU GONNA DANCE WITH ME?, 3min., Comedy/Romance
Directed by Mary Gerretsen

A quirky love story between George, Alma and some oranges.

Film Type:Short, Student

Runtime:3 minutes 23 seconds

Completion Date:January 1, 2016

Production Budget:200 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

George Martin – Key Cast

Mary Proteau – Key Cast

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Audience Feedback: WHEN STRANGERS TOUCH YOUR HAIR, 7min., Drama

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  MOVIE POSTERWHEN STRANGERS TOUCH YOUR HAIR, 7min., Drama
Directed by Anisha Adusumilli & Samantha Neyland

She fits everywhere but nowhere at the same time.

Introduction

When Strangers Touch Your Hair is a fresh new perspective on interracial dating. Based on true events, this film tells the story of SAM, a 21-year-old who, with a Caucasian mother and African-American father, is the product of an interracial relationship. With a little bit of romance and a whole lot of reality, this is a glimpse at dating when you’re biracial.

Synopsis

Sam and Daniel are a young new couple still getting to know each other. Sam is mixed: black and white and Daniel is white. The two are so wrapped up in each other that neither of them gives any thought to why it might not work. However, once Sam’s friends point out the obvious racial difference between her and her new

guy, it’s all she can think about. Feeling torn and confused Sam ultimately tells Daniel her concern. While his initial reaction is very reassuring, Sam soon learns that one conversation will not solve her problem.

Filmmaker Statement

This film is based very closely on real life experiences. When I grew up the black kids always told me I was white and the white kids always told me I was black. As a kid this was very unsettling. I always felt like I had to pick a side and I hated it because to me that meant picking a parent to love more. Making this film was my way of talking about the insecurities that I’ve always lived with but only recently chose to acknowledge. To me, being biracial comes with its own struggle that is almost never talked about. I made this film because for once I want to talk about it. I think we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress as a society but the fight for equality and acceptance is far from over.

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FEEDBACK LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL – Highlights from the Wednesday December 7, 2016 event.

The LOS ANGELES DECEMBER 7 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival was indeed a success. Our first venture to the West Coast had its internal conflicts, but all that mattered was the final product – showcasing the best of short films to a large audience and then doing our trademark audience feedback talk.

The theme of the festival was “Misguided Mentors”.

This was a special festival because it was a showcase of the best of United States short films from the last year.

NOTE: In over 150 festival events, this was the first time ever that we showcased all films only from the United States.

I stated in my opening to the Los Angeles crowd that this was a festival that was programmed by two Canadians (myself, and Kierston Drier). Our goal on the first night was to show films that are about how we, “the outsider looking from above”, see the United States today. We feel that we succeeded by showcasing 6 distinct short from the USA from every corner of the nation in the genres of Drama, Comedy, Documentary, History, Western, and Musical.

The Los Angeles audience was terrific. I could tell right away that this was a different crowd than our usual Toronto audience. These were people who respected the craft of independent filmmaking and every single comment was respectful to the filmmakers and the film itself. Perhaps the first festival I ever moderated that did not have one judgemental comment about any of the films.

I so appreciated this night and all of the work my Los Angeles crew of camera operators and volunteers put into it. This will be a festival that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. The gamble of going to Los Angeles paid off and the reason for its success was the filmmakers and the amazing audience. As a former California Governor once said: “I’ll be back!”

– Matthew Toffolo

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: ATOMIC COUPLE!

Best Performances: THE LOT

Best Cinematography: A FEW RUBBER BANDS MORE

Best Music: The music from ATOMIC COUPLE!

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festival posterTHE LOT, 15min., USA, Drama
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festival posterA FEW RUBBER BANDS MORE, 5min., USA, Comedy/Western
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festival posterATOMIC COUPLE!, 15min., USA, Comedy/History
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festival posterMUD SLINGERS, 7min., USA, Documentary
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festival posterTWO GIRLS, ONE CUP: A STORY OF CHRISTMAS, 5min., USA, Comedy
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festival posterA SENSE OF SOUND, 25min., USA, Drama
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Winning Short Screenplay – Bureaucracy by Sharmini Kumar

BUREAUCRACY
Written by Sharmini Kumar

CAST LIST:

CLERK – Dan Cristofori
NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
YOUNG WOMAN – Kelly Daly

SYNOPSIS:

Comedy, Horror, Fantasy

A screenplay about bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape. And also vampires.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape. And also vampires.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Comedy, horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think it would be a lot of fun for cast, crew and audience. There’s a lot of potential for both suspense and comedy and playing with the timing to get both of those things.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Terrifyingly relatable.

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

Bend it Like Beckham. It was the first time I had seen an English-language film with a person of colour as the protagonist.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had had the idea for awhile, but it was only a couple of days once I put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard).

How many stories have you written?

I don’t know – a lot. I’ve been writing since I was about eight. But I think my stories have improved a little since the one about the princess who owned sapphires, rubies and emeralds. (She divorced her husband and ran the country.)

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

We can all relate to dealing with unnecessary bureaucracy. I wanted the situation to be as heightened as possible and to explore the boundary between comedy and horror/suspense.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

One page is a very short screenplay! I often tend to write a lot of dialogue but that wouldn’t work here. I needed to be as efficient as possible with the storytelling.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about film, theatre and books and the intersections between them. I’m passionate about wanting to see a more just world. And I’m passionate about the difference between ‘less’ and ‘fewer’.

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

The only way I know how to write is to put my backside in a seat and write. Then stand up and pace while I’m thinking. Then return to the seat and keep writing. Good luck.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Short Screenplay – WHAT’S IN A NAME by Ted Stanley

WHAT’S IN A NAME
Written by Ted Stanley

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Comedy

A script about a couple jumping to conclusions.

CAST LIST:

JOHN – Peter Mark Raphael
JANE – Katelyn Varadi
NARRATOR – Julian Ford

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Jumping to conclusions.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

Romantic Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has a small cast and simple setting.
It allows imagery as well as dialogue to tell the story and develop character.
The twist at he end would encourage a second viewing.
Its written to accommodate characters with any combination of gender or race

How would you describe this script in two words?

Witty, deceptive.

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

Midnight Cowboy

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 days for first draft. 5 days to review and refine.

How many stories have you written?

10+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The challenge of establishing character and telling a story on one page of screenplay. and the chance of having it performed

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding ways, within the confines on one page of script, to developed character, explore relationships, and tell a story that would engage intrigue and entertain through both dialogue and visual images.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading

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

Study the craft to develop the skills you need to channel and display your creativity.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson