Interview with Winning Feature Screenplay Writer George M. Johnson (PEACE PLEDGE)

Watch the August 2017 Winning Feature Screenplay at the WILDsound Corporate Festival.  Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about? George M. Johnson: A disillusioned First World War veteran, challenged by a reckless Anglican priest, reluctantly fights for peace against fascists in 1930s Britain, losing both friends and family but gaining a second chance in love.… Continue reading Interview with Winning Feature Screenplay Writer George M. Johnson (PEACE PLEDGE)

Interview with director/writer Kurt Voelker (The Whole New Everything)

It was an honor to chat with the talented writer/director who is  having a busy 2017. He co-wrote the upcoming animated feature “Rock Dog” (Voiced by Luke Wilson, JK Simmons, Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black), and later this year his feature film “The Whole New Everything” will be playing at a cinema near you. A film… Continue reading Interview with director/writer Kurt Voelker (The Whole New Everything)

Interview with Screenwriter Maria Nation (A Street Cat Named Bob, Salem Witch Trials)

It was an honor to chat with the very talented screenwriter Maria Nation. For any new or up and coming screenwriter, this interview is a must read as she gives a lot of insight on her profession and what it takes to succeed in Hollywood. Enjoy! Matthew Toffolo: Tell us about “A Street Cat Named… Continue reading Interview with Screenwriter Maria Nation (A Street Cat Named Bob, Salem Witch Trials)

Interview with Screenwriter Ryan Katzer (JACK IS PRETTY)

Ryan Katzer’s written short film “JACK IS PRETTY” was the winner of Best Film at the July 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival.  Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Ryan Katzer: None of us had made a film. Jarek had the equipment. I had the script. Why not? We had to start somewhere with Indy film, and… Continue reading Interview with Screenwriter Ryan Katzer (JACK IS PRETTY)

Interview with Screenwriter Simon Kelton (Eddie the Eagle)

First, go online and find as many great screenplays to the movies you have loved and read them carefully. They are often even better than the movie itself. Read classics, read genre, read Oscar winning scripts and the very latest releases. If you then discover you love reading them and feel both a burning desire to give it a go as well as a deep-seated belief that you have visions in your mind that you must share with the world then give it a try. Do not be falsely attracted by any perceived glamour or a quick and easy road to riches. There is no industry in the world more competitive, more confusing, more seductive, and more full of brilliant talent that has yet to find its moment in the sun. Be wary, be strong, be realistic, and then be bold.

Tips to write the best LOGLINES and SYNOPSIS for your story/screenplay

Here is a template LOGLINE you can use – just fill in the blanks:

(TITLE) is a (GENRE) about a (DESCRIPTION OF HERO), who after (INCITING EVENT), wants to (OUTER GOAL) by (PLAN OF ACTION). This becomes increasingly difficult because (OBSTACLES AND COMPLICATIONS)

How to Write a Screenplay. Tips for everyone

HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY FILMMAKING NOTES SCREENPLAY WRITING When writing a SCREENPLAY, it’s all about CHARACTER, PLOT, and THEME – the three cornerstones to telling a great story. Below is Part One of NOTES you need to think about when writing a script. Whether you’re a seasoned script writer or just a beginner, these… Continue reading How to Write a Screenplay. Tips for everyone

Writing PLOT for your Story and Screenplay

PLOT WRITING FILMMAKING NOTES How to Write a Screenplay? PART 3 – PLOT Screenwriting For most writers, PLOT is the most interesting part of screenplay writing, and why they begin to write to write the script in the first place. They have a good idea for a story, and they want to write it. PLOT… Continue reading Writing PLOT for your Story and Screenplay