Interview with Screenwriter Justin Lamar Petty (The Immortal King Jesus)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Justin Lamar Petty: My screenplay is about The Lord Jesus Christ and the sacrifice God made for humanity in order for us all to be able to choose eternal life through his son the mediator between God and man Jesus Christ.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

My screenplay falls under the drama category.

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

My screenplay should be made into a movie because it explores the idea of the lord Jesus Christ being portrayed by a Black Man something that has NEVER been done BEFORE.

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

I’d describe my script in 2 words as ” Very OMINIPOTENT”

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

What movie have i seen the most times in my life “The Godfather trilogy by Martin Scorsese.

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

I’ve been working on this screenplay 1 year.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written hundreds of stories film tv and playwrights.

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

My favorite song is ” I ain’t hard 2 find” by 2pac Shakur

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

The only obstacles i faced during writing my screenplay is just finding the time i own a business too.

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

I am also passionate about recording music for the record/ music publishing company i own Intangible Entertainment LLC / Southside Lima Landlord publishing ( BMI publisher)

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

My experience with film freeway has been great they create a great submission platform for indie screenwriters to make contacts ams network within Hollywood and with indie film makers they’re wonderful i actively use my profile.

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

I was influenced to enter the festival after i won best tv pilot/ script writer of the month in October 2018 i knew i had something special. My feelings on the feedback i received were positive i feel blessed to be apart of this opportunity.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

CAST LIST :

Eve – 2 – Brittany Clough
Mary – 3 – Anne McMaster
NARRATION – Jen Daniels
Jesus – 4 – Hugh Ritchie
Satan – 7 – Ron Boyd
Adam – 2 – Rhys Harrison

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

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Interview with Screenwriter Paul Weidknecht (Paying the Night Differential)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Paul Weidknecht: The story is about two New York mobsters who have to deal with the ghost of an associate they’ve ‘taken care of’ who keeps showing up for work at a no-show job they created.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

A paranormal, dramedy.

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

Because everyone wants to know how the mob would handle a construction working ghost!

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

Creepily, funny.

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

It’s a toss-up between Braveheart and A Christmas Carol (1951 version with Alastair Sim).

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

The screenplay is based on a flash fiction piece by the same title (currently in the anthology, Untethered: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales of the Paranormal, by the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC.). From idea to finished product, it probably took me a few hours to write.

7. How many stories have you written?

Dozens and dozens.

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

Photograph by Def Leppard (I’m a product of the ’80s, when the hair was loud and the music was louder).

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

Trying to make the two characters who are similar–as they have comparable backgrounds–not speak identically.

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

Anything to do with the outdoors, especially fly-fishing. Time in the woods, on a stream casting a fly to a trout, is always therapeutic. I also enjoy reaching out and helping people with needs; there is a great satisfaction in seeing people being blessed.

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

It has been very convenient, with everything right in front of you to keep track of projects and submissions. Organizing one’s work for submission is a necessary part of writing, but first and foremost, writers need to write.


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

The Festival’s commitment to short scripts and film was attractive, and at less than five minutes screen time, short scripts actually have a chance at being produced. Paying the Night Differential was one of several short scripts in this time range I had on hand that I thought might fit. The feedback was insightful and motivating.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Two New York gangsters find the no-show job they’ve created gives new meaning to the term ‘ghost worker’,

CAST LIST:

Narration – Danielle Nicole
Pasquale – Ted Power
Johnny – Brogan Caulfield

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Interview with Screenwriter Renee Rubio (VIVA!!)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Renee Rubio: Freedom

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action / Adventure, Drama, Dramedy

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

The vision is a television series to send a message of awareness in an entertaining way.

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

Rollercoaster Ride

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

Braveheart, Gladiator and Everafter

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

Three Years

7. How many stories have you written?

Ten to Fifteen at least

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

Panama by Van Halen, Iris by The GooGoo Dolls, Dark Horse by Katie Perry

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

My husband’s debilitating stroke and my computer’s constant overheating. I’ve learn to type very fast 😉

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

Roses and Skin Care

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

I love it! Sending my work out there is so exciting. And to be able to appreciate the thoughts and artful expressions from others is fun!

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

It seemed like a festival that VIVA!! would be well received. The feedback was so spot- on and much needed. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.
I thank you all again and again cause you’re awesome!

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A young, ambitious woman takes on the world of human trafficking to find her friend. Fearless and focused she infiltrates a global menagerie of evil. Her crusade against slavery becomes a fight for her own freedom and her life.

CAST LIST:

Dixie – JESSICA BOWMER
NARRATION – STEPHEN SANDQUIST
Jack – SARAH-HAZEN BASK
Gladys – JULIE SHEPPARD

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Interview with Screenwriter Grace Nguyen (MESSS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Grace Nguyen: Ultimatus is about a powerful, elemental weapon that splits into different weapons; each with one element, after its wielder passed away. One teenage girl goes on a fetch quest of one of those weapons, after it was stolen, with an unlikely partner. Together, the pair overcomes tribulations whether it be the girl’s traumatic past or her partner seeking retribution.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, Adventure, Medieval-fantasy.

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

It would mean the world to me to have “Ultimatus” become a movie. Because bringing my screenplay(s) to life has been a huge dream of mine ever since I took screenwriting seriously a couple years ago. At the time I’m writing this, I haven’t come close to that yet. But I’m hoping to achieve that with this screenplay. After all, compared to the other screenplays I’ve written, this one, I feel like I’ve really put all my heart and soul in to.

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

Hakuoki inspired.

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

I don’t usually watch the same movie multiple times. It varies, but most movies are watch are animated. Though, occasionally, there will be a small number of movies I have a “phase” about. Last one being Disney Pixar’s “Coco.”

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

I started on this screenplay about Christmas 2017. So more than 2 years at this point.

7. How many stories have you written?

At the time I’ve taken screenwriting seriously, I’ve written about 3 screenplays at the very least. I’ve written 2 others but those are incomplete.

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

Similar to question 5, my song choices also varies. Though I mostly listen to the Japanese kinds (whether it be JRock or JPop)

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

My mind not being able to focus on writing this for very long. I would work on it for about 30 seconds or so, then do something else. In addition to that, I’ve been going back to change some parts numerous times. There’s also been days when I wasn’t working on this screenplay either.

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

I’m passionate about anime (Japanese animation) since I was a child. It has helped get through the rough patches in my life; from keeping my spirits up to making me temporarily forget I had any friends. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without anime. Speaking of which, back on question 4, I stated “Ultimatus” is Hakuoki inspired. Hakuoki is another anime; and the only one that I’ve been in love with for more than 6 years. Therefore, I want to emphasize that onto “Ultimatus.”

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

Despite me not having been on FilmFreeway for very long at the moment, I found it to be very trustworthy. I also hope to enter more of my screenplays through here.

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

Ever since I took screenwriting seriously, I decided I want to bring my screenplay to life. Problem was, I wasn’t sure the right pathway to achieve that. So I’ve been exploring many options. One such options was one of my connections in Linkedin sent me a link to the storypitches site. I gave that a shot and it’s been going well so far.

My feelings on the feedback I received for “Messs” were well received. Since I believe I garnered more screenwriting experience when working on “Ultimatus,” of course, I’ve put more what I’ve learned into that more than any other.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Logline: “Messs” is a action, supernatural in which Anika Takano gets more than what she bargained for despite being a “Messs,” a rare type of exorcist who can’t see demons during a certain time-range of day.

Genre: Action, Animated, Supernatural

CAST LIST:

Masaki – SARAH-HAZEN BASK
Demon Takeshi – STEPHEN SANDQUIST
NARRATION – KAT SMILEY
Anika – JESSICA BOWMER
Sayuri – JULIE SHEPPARD
Daisuke – STEVE SWITZMAN

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Interview with Screenwriter Nehemiah Russell (ODE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Nehemiah Russell: My screenplay involves a small town ambushed by music loving humanoids. A sleepless curious boy named Vite wanders around his home and ends up wandering to the right place at the wrong time.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror/Thriller/Drama

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

Moviegoers demand a new kind of horror. Movies like Get Out inspired me to be more adventurous in the way I execute horror, and with all the reboots and live action movies coming out, people want and need new and authentic stories.

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

Silent dread

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

The Lord of the Rings. Easily.

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

1-2 months

7. How many stories have you written?

23 stories

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

After Dark by Asian Kung-Fu Generation

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

There was a lot I wanted to write, but had to narrow down for such short screenplay.

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

Music and Art. I make my own comics and I perform with various orchestras in the area.

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

It’s been great. The site is easy to use and the directions are straightforward.

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

Writing horror stories has always been fun to me. It’s nice to experiment with different concepts and combine them together. This was my first time submitting a horror screenplay, so I will definitely do even better on the second submission.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

They came from the ground, and they stayed for the music.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Anne McMaster
Little Girl – 1 – Brittany Clough

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

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Interview with Screenwriter Christopher Santos (The Caregiver)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Christopher Santos: A middle-aged gay man, still haunted by the AIDS crisis, moves into a retirement community to care for his elderly mother, but he never expects to fall for an Iraq war vet, who is very much on the down-low.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Drama, LGBTQ

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

I can’t think of any movies that really deal with the generation of gay men who came of age during the AIDS crisis, and one is long overdue. I wanted to write that missing story, one that doesn’t just look back at the trauma of the 80’s and 90’s, but one that also shows its enduring and inescapable emotional after-effects today.

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

Seriously funny.

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

Why The Wizard of Oz, of course.

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

It took me about two years – off and on – to get through the draft I finally submitted.

7. How many stories have you written?

At least twenty or so, in various genres, forms, and stages of completion.

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

I couldn’t pick a single one. There seems to be a song playing in my head constantly – even when I’m meditating – but never the same song on any given day.

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

Getting through the first few drafts of the script wasn’t all that tough. Like the character in the script, I was caring for my elderly mother full-time, which actually afforded me some downtime to write. But no screenplay is finished until it’s up on the screen, so really, the challenge is on-going.

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

Film, photography, music, theater, architecture – all that arty stuff – plus teaching, progressive politics, LGBTQ history, and food.

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

Film Freeway has worked fine for me, efficient and user-friendly.

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

I haven’t entered a screenwriting competition in many, many years – as I’ve been focused mostly on fiction, memoir and TV writing for the last twenty, but I was really passionate about this story, personally invested in it, and curious as to the reception my work might receive from a dedicated LGBTQ forum. I was really pleased with how sharp, fair, sensitive, and well-considered the feedback was. It was genuinely constructive and truly appreciated.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

When his elderly mother requires full-time care, a middle-aged gay man moves into her stodgy New England retirement community and soon becomes obsessed with a troubled Iraq war vet, who is very much on the down-low.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Michael: Peter-Mark Raphael
Jake: Christian Vargas

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Interview with Screenwriter Alex Theo Giannoulis (STASIS*)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Alex Theo Giannoulis: This is an attempt to writing my first horror/mystery script. I hope i have at least approached that. The story is mainly about infidelity and choices in life. Its also about life and how, even the fairyman himself (Jack), can sometimes fall in love with her resulting in giving them all a chance to choose the one to “go” in a weird stance of justice by the taker.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is a horror drama, or at least this is how I want to see it.

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

I take it as another pov of a story about infidelity involving death and the fairyman himself, with a twist-that of an alternative or parallel reality for those that indeed moved forward.

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

Love and death

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

Difficult to remember really. Pulp fiction is a candidate as it is Clockwork Orange. From the horror genre i think classics such as Poltergeist series, Friday the 13th and Rosemarys Baby could make the list.

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

I worked on this in two phases, that is for a couple of months a few years back and then i re-wrote it to a good extend again in about. a month last year. It has been on my mind in between as it is even right now!

7. How many stories have you written?

This is my first serious attempt to write something in order to be made. I have a short script made into a film, that is “Lucy”, a Greek movie filmed in Athens. I have one more Greek short script written, currently awaiting financing from the Greek Film Centre and in 2017 I wrote 2 feature first drafts as commissioned works in English. A couple of short scripts more in English though i wouldnt consider them anything worth mentioning.

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

Must have been a soundtrack or a classical music piece, opera included. This is almost un-andwerable!

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

Other ideas that kept tormenting me whilst writing this. That and the budget!

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

Reading and actually watching films. Travelling as well, philosophy and politics.

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

Quite good indeed i need to say! There a whole discussion of the connection between platforms and festivals and the parallel “industry” that is currently being created but this is neither the time nor the place to discuss this! With great power. Indeed comes great responsibility i guess!

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

My short film Lucy was accepted at Wildsound Festival back in 2016 with quite good feedback and live audience commentary so I’ve known the organisation in general. Looking forward to visiting Canada and attending live at some point…

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Drama

Logline: Jeff, his fiancee Helena and his brother Mark get lost on their way back from a friends wedding As they try to look for help they meet Jack at an eerie roadside motel. But things are not what they seem and Jack explains someone has already been left behind. They must decide who will be the one after Jack forces them to reveal a terrible secret.

CAST LIST:

Elena – 30 – Brittany Clough
Jack – 36 – Ron Boyd
NARRATION – Anne McMaster
Mark – 25 – Rhys Harrison
Jeff – 41 – Hugh Ritchie

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

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