1pg SHORT SCREENPLAY – BOOM, by Dimitri Devyatkin

Winning Screenplay – BOOM
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Andrea Meister
HIKER – Gabriel Cameron
VOICE – Brian Carleton

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A hiker suffers a terrible fall and tries to reason with God.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Life, death, reason, religion, belief.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Mind-bursting, philosophical, poetic entertainment, comedy

How would you describe this script in two words?

A “few matters” to clear up!

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay is exactly designed to be a 1 page film. It can give two actors a chance to perform really deep roles, requiring passion and vibrant meaning. It is built like a Japanese Haiku. Please invite two truly passionate actors to perform the roles!

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

Modern Times, Day at the Races

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

All my life

How many stories have you written?

30+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

experiences in my own life – seeing life and death, realizing how fragile our existence is.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Film making, media projects, peace and justice on Earth.

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

This is now the 4th play I’ve submitted. I have yet to hear any feedback and would deeply appreciate hearing from any of you! Plus or minus, good or bad. Anything! Please send comments or critique. I will happily call or communicate with you more with my feedback as well/ if you like!

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1pg SHORT SCREENPLAY – LATE NIGHT, by Deepa Dharmaraj

Winning Screenplay – LATE NIGHT
Written by Deepa Dharmaraj
CAST LIST:

JESSY – Andrea Meister
NARRATOR – Cynthia Crofoot

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller

In a late night, a lady walks alone in lonely street. She turns and sees as she feels someone is following her. At that time, suddenly a guy comes and stands in front of her. The guy is affected by autism .His hands are flapping, head is rolling. As soon as she sees the guy, she screams and runs from that place. She sees a taxi and she goes in that taxi. At last she realizes the taxi driver is psycho killer.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

In a late night, a lady walks alone in lonely street and when she sees autism affected guy, she screams and runs from that place and gets caught to a psycho killer.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Thriller

How would you describe this script in two words?

Thriller twist

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is related to women safety.

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

X-MEN

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One day.

How many stories have you written?

20 stories, three long screenplays

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Being a woman, I want to make a screenplay related to women safety and being a doctor, I included an autism affected character.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

film direction, dance

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

I could see many writers are getting chance to prove their talents through LA Feedback film festival! This influenced me to enter this festival! I felt really very happy when I received good feedback!

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
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SHORT SCREENPLAY – Pfff by Dimitri Devyatkin

Watch the January 2017 1pg. Short Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay PFFF Screenplay
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
PATIENT – Nick Wicht
DOCTOR – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A doctor tries to help in a difficult case.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A patient with a difficult problem comes to a doctor. The doctor is able to help the patient, but when he presents the bill, the patient is furious and refuses the doctor’s cure.

What genres does your screenplay under?

comedy, dirty jokes

How would you describe this script in two words?

gas attack

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

pure fun, slapstick humor

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

Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin), A Day at the Races (Marx Brothers)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two days

How many stories have you written?

2 long screenplays, 15 shorts

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

to make a play that is so funny that the actors can hardly hold their laughter. In grade school, I was the crack up king. I could make the whole class crack up with laughter.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

none

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

history, politics, culture, art, movies

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

A fun script, look forward to hear any feedback. Please send feedback, comments, advice, critique. —

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

Keep trying. Don’t give up.

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson


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Winning Short Screenplay – The Pine Cone by Dimitri Devyatkin

THE PINE CONE
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

LU – Laura Kyswaty
TRAVELR – Peter Nelson
FEY – Meghan Allen
NARRATOR – Dan Cristofori

SYNOPSIS:

Fantasy, Comedy, Drama

Story about kindness and true generosity. A truly kind person is not looking for compensation.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay is about kindness and true generosity. A truly kind person is not looking for compensation.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Fairy tale, humor, mini-drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Teaches a simple lesson painlessly

How would you describe this script in two words?

Kindness prevails

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

Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times, the Marx Brothers, Night at the Opera, and “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?

Heard the story as a child from my father, always remembered it; wrote it in 1 day.

How many stories have you written?

25+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A Japanese fairy tale

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

none

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Making films and video documentaries and video art programs, writing articles and comments, studying history, politics, cultural studies, art, music, cinema. Speak Russian, French and some German, mother tongue English, New York dialect.

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

You have to take risks all the time. The greater the risk you can sustain, the greater will be the reward. If you can conceive it, it can exist.

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – The Sand and Water of Styx by Peer Ynt

THE SAND AND WATER OF STYX
Written by Peer Ynt

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
MIRROR- Peter Nelson

SYNOPSIS:

Mystery, Horror

An evil magic mirror and hypnosis.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

About few things that probably won’t be spotted at first glance, so to speak. My guess is that on the surface you’d see an evil magic mirror and hypnosis. But if you’d watch it again, more things would reveal themselves. Depends on how deep you’d want to dig and how experienced you are as the human soul expert.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Mystery and horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

One reason would be that it can be done with a ridiculously low budget. Another reason would be the predominant use of reverse angle which, I think, is the “icing” on this “cake” without which the cake wouldn’t be half as good.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Eerie mystery.

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

It’s got to be one of the Alien franchise films. Likely Aliens. I watch the whole franchise once a year.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One night and one day. Originally it was a draft for a longer story, written in my mother’s tongue which isn’t English. I rewrote and translated it in one day specifically for this contest.

How many stories have you written?

None that’s published. I’ve never sent anything like that for publishing.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

As for the original writing; they say eyes are the mirror to the soul. I wanted to take that old truth and explore it further and deeper. And as it usually happens, I ended up with something a little different from the original idea. As for the translation and making it into a screenplay; I thought the reading would make a nice birthday gift. (I really like making gifts for special people.) It turned out to be a Christmas gift instead. I hope they like it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None really. I had some struggle while fitting everything into one page which meant that some time had to be spent editing, making decisions about what to delete and what’s staying.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, photography, cinema, journalism, digital art.

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

Be daring, break rules and be in love with your story.
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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – A Little Bit of Heaven by Stephanie Thompson

A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN
Written by Stephanie Thompson

CAST LIST:

ALLEN – Dan Cristofori
NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Crime, Drama

A struggling, single father who decides a life of crime is the only way to save his ill daughter.

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a struggling, single father who decides a life of crime is the only way to save his ill daughter.

What genres does your screenplay under?

My screenplay fits under the genres of Drama and Crime

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay should be a movie to showcase just how far a parent is willing to go to provide for their child.

How would you describe this script in two words?

The two words to best describe my script are intense and passionate.

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

Out of all of the movies in the world, I’ve watched The Wizard of Oz the most.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this screenplay for 2 days.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 7 screenplays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

What motivated me to write this screenplay was the challenge of condensing a story into 1-page.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

When I heard about the contest, the deadline was within a week. My obstacle was coming up with a story-line that could fit into 1-page.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about creating music and different mediums of art.

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

My advice to other writers would be to avoid procrastination. No one can tell your story better than you.

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – Collapse by David Sweet

COLLAPSE
Written by David Sweet

CAST LIST:

BILL – Peter Nelson
CORTNEY – Laura Daly
NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Horror

A wife married unhappily to a strictly controlling man, who is presented with a startling opportunity to change things – if she is able to take the extreme step to bring this about.

What is your screenplay about?

I would say that it primarily concerns a conflict of emotions – a wife married unhappily to a strictly controlling man, who is presented with a startling opportunity to change things – if she is able to take the extreme step to bring this about.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Suspense, crime/mystery, maybe even horror, depending upon how wide a definition is employed.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Assuming a market for a piece of this length – probably no longer than 20 minutes max , possibly as a tag-on to some major work – I would contend that it ticks all the boxes of character interest, dialogue, conflict, exciting scene change, mystery – and with only one set and two characters involved, plus some newsreel footage, it would be relatively cheap to make.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Human nature.

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

The full list would be very long, so I will shorten it to 10: It Happened One Night, The Maltese Falcon, Laura, Strangers on a Train, Singin in the Rain, Rififi, Rear Window, One-Eyed Jacks, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Pulp Fiction (bonus item The Graduate).

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

If you count its short story antecedent, in hours I would guess between 30 and 40.

How many stories have you written?

If you mean short and flash stories, there would be too many to count, but have managed to get 8 published, winning two competitions and coming second in another.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I am always pretty much motivated, so I would guess that it came down the idea for the story plus the challenge of shaping it into a good 1pg script.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This biggest obstacle – and I would guess that I am not alone in this – was in reducing the plot and dialogue to such a short compass, particularly as to what to leave out.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Films, politics, psychology ( well sort of – was formerly a psychologist, or at least designated myself as such), history, fiction, and particularly crime fiction – and of course the opposite sex.

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

No, don’t think so – I wouldn’t presume; all writers have to find their own way, wouldn’t you say?

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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