Interview with Screenwriter Tayler Carter (FLUIDITY)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Tayler Carter: This screenplay is set in a society where children are free to explore their gender, but must choose one of the extreme binaries upon their 13th birthday, and live in that extreme binary for the rest of their lives. Our story follows Sam Conley, whose 13th birthday is only weeks away, and they have no idea which gender to choose. In fact, they increasingly wonder: ‘Why can I just be myself?’

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science-fiction, Drama, Coming-of-Age

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

This is the type of story I needed going into my teenage years. With so little non-binary representation in media, I am attempting to aid in that growth, whether the screenplay is produced or unproduced.

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

non-conforming (Is this one word or two?)

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

Probably Stand By Me, with other 80s/90s coming-of-age films such as The Goonies and The Sandlot coming closely behind.

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

Fluidity’s story inception was around October 2017.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve been making up stories since I could talk, but I began my screenwriting education and career during my college years.

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

At the moment, it is Primavera by Ludovico Einaudi.

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

I initially wrote Fluidity as a short screenplay (20 pages) for school, but quickly realized that the story was much larger that 20 minutes could provide. So it was reimagined as a limited run television series. I am still working the story, and am unsure if it will stay as a 30-minute per episode series or a 60-minute per episode series.

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

I really love animation and graphic novels, particularly aimed at children, and am very passionate about LGBTQ+ representation in children’s media. I also enjoy drawing and illustration, but need to practice that more often.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Film Freeway has been a great platform for me to enter my screenplays into competitions. I had not known much about screenwriting competitions before a year ago, and Film Freeway has been very fluid introduction to the world of festivals.

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

I was searching for LGBTQ+ themed festivals to enter Fluidity in, given its content and themes. The LGBT Toronto Film Festival has been wonderful with their feedback and correspondence, and I am very grateful to be involved!

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Synopsis:

This high-concept speculative fiction piece takes place in a world where children are raised gender-neutral until they are 13, when they are required to choose their gender. While gender neutral behaviour (example playing with all kinds of toys, sports, etc) is acceptable in childhood, 13 represents a right of passage into proto-adulthood, and gender becomes clearly divided.

CAST LIST:

Allison – 4 – Vanessa Burns
Rita (40s) – 3 – Pip Dwyer
Narration – Russell Batcher
Sam (m)- 12 – Alex Clay
Jackson (f) – 12 – Sydney Addison-Rudat
Nathan – 2 – Luke Robinson

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Interview with Screenwriter Eileen Wilson (THE CLICHE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Eileen Wilson: The old cliché of the lover hiding in the wardrobe. Dave and Sara are having marriage problems, he suspects her of infidelity while she is hurt and betrayed by him ignoring her

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy.

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

It is currently optioned!

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

Short and sassy.

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

A fight to the death between ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘Die Hard’

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

It was an afternoon.

7. How many stories have you written?

About eight features and ten shorts. I’m currently knee deep in sit-com.

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

Boys of Summer by Don Henley is one.

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

The cat attacking the laptop cable.

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

Equality.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s been super and winning laurels from Berlin, to L.A and Tokyo is a real ego boost when as a writer, you always think you’re rubbish.

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

I wanted to hear how my script read and it made me realize how important it is to run it through and cast it well.

 
Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

CAST LIST:

Denzel (40s) – 1 – ADRIAN CARLOS CARTER
Narration – KYANA TERESA
Sara (40s) – 5 – PAOLA SCATTOLON
Dave (40s) – 4 – PETER NELSON

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Interview with Filmmaker Kaue Nunes Melo (MAXWELL’S DEMON)

MAXWELL’S DEMON was the winner BEST FILM at the December 2018 Female FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Kaue Nunes Melo: I read an article about a girl that suffered from hipersexuality that discovered that she was abused by her father when she was young, but suppressed that memory growing up. The article was about the long lasting effects of child molestation and was an interesting subject, as a lot of the people that was molested as child became sexual predators themselves. That was a spark for me. Tell a story about people making the same mistakes as their parents.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

about 6/7 months.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Shockiling depressing!

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Money! The whole movie was self financed. In order to get good actors and a good crew i had to have a second job for 6 months to pay the short film.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was nervous that my original message could’t be transmitted properly. Turns out, a lot of people got it.

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6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

I answer that in the question 01

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Not one.. several. From the usual suspects: Tarantino, Spielberg, Scorcese, Coppola, Pta, Kubrick, Linch, Fincher, Coeh brothers, Wes Anderson, Nolan. etc

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

Is probably the best platform for submission. Is easy to use and very intuitive

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Not sure, I listen several song, depending on the mood. I like film scores when Im writing my short films.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Yes. Working in a couple projects that i would love to produce in the upcoming year.

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Interview with Screenwriter Zach Paul Brown (CAIROS)

 
Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Zach Paul Brown: Cairos focuses on physicist Lee, and the solitary life she leads after the death of her wife. When a rogue planet brushes past the solar system, Lee somehow comes face to face with the woman she thought she would never see again, but must also deal with the emotions, questions, and doubts that resurface along with her past love.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi Drama

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

I think Cairos should be made into a movie because I feel like people still aren’t seeing the diversity that the genre of Sci-Fi can support. It’s such an epic genre with so many opportunities and avenue for questions and discussion and I think our piece goes down a few of the roads in a new, more diverse fashion. At the same time though our piece isn’t too heady. We take the large and go small with it, focusing on two people and their relationship, something that is palatable and an easy entry point for anyone.

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

Dreamy and Bittersweet

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

I think I’ve watched Chicago, the Rob Marshall version, close to twenty times, which is weird because I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of musicals. I think it has to do with how naughty every character is in their own way. And before that film I hadn’t really seen any story like that. I just love it!

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

I started Cairos over the Spring, back in May I believe. I’m new at this and trying to build my portfolio and I had never written anything in the genre before. I’m still retooling and rewriting it so about 8 months or so now.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 3 shorts, 3 features, 2 pilots, and a webseries. I’m working on an additional 3 features at the moment as well. I like to stay busy!

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

Midnight City by M83.

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

Getting the scientific terms out in a way that wasn’t trying to be too astute. I realized eventually though that since the science in the story apart from a few facts is completely made up and that I didn’t have to sweat it to much I just had to write the relationship. I’m cutting back on the jargon even more in the rewrite I’m doing now too. I love a good slash and burn!

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

Apart from writing I love painting. I never go in with a plan though, it’s just pure relaxation for me. Hiking and nutrition are very important to me as well. So is going out on the town. I was really introverted for a long time and I didn’t realize how important social interaction was and how much I needed and enjoyed it. So I definitely try to get a tequila in with friends once or twice every few weeks.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Film Freeway was so simple to use. The interface, the set up of it all is wonderful. I had no idea there were so many film festivals all over the world and the fact that they are connected to all of them is really astounding. It’s my new favorite tool and I can’t wait to use it more as I continue to beef up my portfolio.

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

 
You guys were actually the first festival that I ever submitted too. I’ve been writing for about two years now and I only recently got to a point where I felt comfortable sending out my stuff for feedback. I wanted to send it to a festival that also catered to LGBT content as well because I love specificity and I believe that if it’s an LGBT story it deserves to be seen and critiqued by that audience. The feedback has been great as well. The taped reading was so great! So incredibly helpful to hear things out loud!
 

Watch the Winning Screenplay Reading: 

During a rare celestial event, two women reunite.

CAST LIST:

Woman 1 – 1 – PAOLA SCATTOLON
Student (f) – 3 – KATELYN VARAD
Narration – PETER NELSONI
Lee (F, 29 black) – KYANA TERESA
Zach (20s Caucasian) – NICK DOLAN

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Interview with Filmmaker Lina Schmeink (Löffel)

Löffel was the winner of BEST MUSIC at the Female Director’s December 2018 Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Lina Schmeink: It was my grandma who spent her last ten years in an old people´s home. It was dirty and the nurses had no time for the residents. That wa formative for me. So I tought: what if old people just break the rules, break out and just do what they like – no matter how old they are or hor realistic it is to win.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

– I had the idea for the script in summer 2014. It was a long long time to shoot, edit and finish it. I had to reedit LÖFFEL many times because everytime I tought it would be finished now I had a new idea.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

– donkey adventure

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

– Shooting with the donkey was a challenge. We shot the last scene – when the two guys ans Löffel walk down that path – 2 kilometers away from the barn where the donkeys lived. We had two donkeys who were inseparable. So we had to take them both to our set. We wanted to shoot while sunrise and the donkeys didn´t want to walk onto our trailer. So we walked the 2 kilometers trough Belium in the dark with the donkeys who didn´t want to walk. And when we arrived at the set and the sun position was perfect the donkeys didn´t move anymore. It took half an hour for the donkeys to move again and the sunrise was over when we shot. So the whole preparation was in vain.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

– I was so touched, moved, happy and grateful that people I had no chance to talk to completely understood the movie and could laugh and cry while watching it.

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6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

– As I already wrote it was the situation my grandmy lived in and it was also my father who always wanted to have donkeys at home.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

– Life of Brian

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

– It´s a great platform. Gives a good overview, many informations and makes the submissions very easy. I will use it again.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

– James – Getting away with it

10. What is next for you? A new film?

– Yes, in 2018 i wrote my first long term script and I´m gonna shoot it in 2019.

Interview with Screenwriter James Zeankowski (MIND FORCE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

James Zeankowski: Detective Robby Banks, in possession of a supernatural gift of self hypnotic telepathy, uses said gift to find missing persons and their captors.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Supernatural Crime Drama for Television

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

Two elements that the public enjoys: The Supernatural and crime suspense.

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

Truly mesmerizing.

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

There are so many to name. I have very eclectic tastes in this regard. All kinds of genres.

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

A few months. Altogether, I have spent nearly 5 years writing scripts.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve completed a total of 4, including Mind Force. One story I had to chuck because of too many rewrites and never getting any traction going on it.

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

Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You? by Stevie Nicks. My musical muse and metaphorical fairy godmother.

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

With all of my scripts, writing them has been the easy part. Getting them marketed correctly and breaking out to get any of them green lit by Hollywood is the biggest obstacle. Trying to find ways to get through the red tape.

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

All things sports, entertainment, and politics/current affairs. I’m a journalism student by trade, so I tend to be a bit of a news junkie. If it’s trending, I’m usually one of the first to know about it.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?

This is my first time with it, and I’m hoping it helps in getting me discovered.

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

I am a tad constructively critical of those doing the reading. However, I’m not a picky individual, so we’ll see if it leads to more.
 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Detective Robby Banks uses his self hypnotic telepathy powers to find missing persons and their captors.

CAST LIST:

Chief Mackenzie – 5 – PETER NELSON
Cop – 3 – KYANA TERESA
Narration – PAOLA SCATTOLON
Robby – 22 – NICK DOLAN
Marty – 21 – ADRIAN CARLOS CARTER

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