Interview with Screenwriter Kathryn L. Scurry (TEXAS SHIELDS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kathryn L. Scurry: Texas Shields is a show about four women deputies following in their fathers footsteps as they lay down the law and keep the town safe.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action / Drama

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

The series details the struggle of four women deputies in front and behind the badge.

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

Bad Ass.

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

Friday

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

The process took about a day with one rewrite.

7. How many stories have you written?

Over 50 screenplays.

8. What is your favorite song?

Newspaper by Mz.Dyzihre

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

None. Writing comes naturally to me.

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

Music. I’m also a recording artist.
http://www.soundcloud.com/Mz-Dyzihre

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

A lot of notability and success winning a lot of awards and official selections for various projects.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

I wanted to try my hand at writing since I can also write lyrics, poems and short stories.

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Loved it and appreciate it.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

When four woman deputies follow in their father’s footsteps, They will stop at nothing to catch the bad guys and a few women on the way. But beware, They may be women but they have an insatiable appetite for justice.

CAST LIST:

Sheriff Bennett – 8 – Brian Carleton
Charlotte – 18 – Sarah Bedford
NARRATION – Russell Batcher
Morgan – 25 – Bree Ali
Grace – 19 – Stephanie Herrera
Harriet – 12 – Sarah Bedford

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Interview with Screenwriter Peter Lloyd (STREET LAW)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Peter Lloyd: It’s Episode 1 of Street Law, a TV series set in a multi-ethnic law
practice in Singapore.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Crime/drama.

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

We think the series should be commissioned because a fast-paced,
English-language law firm drama has never been done before in Asia.

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

Gritty, realistic.

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

Probably ‘Southern Comfort’.

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

A year on creating and plotting the TV series and writing the Episode
1 screenplay.

7. How many stories have you written?

Many.

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

‘Broke My Neck’ by Echo and the Bunnymen.

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

Time – and ensuring many of the series-long plot issues raised in
Episode 1 continue throughout the series to the finale.

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

Music. Travel.

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

Brilliant. Very easy to use.

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

We liked the festival. The initial feedback on the screenplay was
constructive and excellent.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Street Law is a fast-paced, multi-ethnic English-language law firm drama, wrapped in a murder mystery.

CAST LIST:

Mike – Alex Clay
Narration – Pip Dwyer
Ricky – Russell Batcher
Christina – Vanessa Burns

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

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Producer: Matthew

Interview with Screenwriter Michael Zielinski (CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT)

CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT was a October 2018 Romance Screenplay Winner.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Michael Zielinski: My romantic screenplay CHRISTMAS PAST AND PRESENT centers on three couples at Christmastime encountering connection obstacles, the most compelling pairing a body-shaming victim with her one-time bully.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romance.

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

The search for love is universal and my screenplay is heartwarming in demonstrating that serious potholes in that journey, like past scars, disparity in professions and ambition, can be overcome — especially with some help from the magic of Christmas.

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

Feel good.

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

Heaven Can Wait by Warren Beatty.

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

Eight months

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written this screenplay, written two published novels, and written two full-length plays and six one-act plays (all produced at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in New York City). I also am a newspaper columnist.

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

Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers.

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

I usually write comedies and this script was meant to be more romance than romantic comedy — an adjustment for me.

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

Sports.

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

Extremely positive and educational. FilmFreeway gives me access and exposure to industry professionals I otherwise would not have. And the feedback has been quite helpful. FilmFreeway is a portal to the possibility of opportunity.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
The feedback was my primary motivation. And the feedback has been exceptionally helpful in pointing out issues of exposition and story/structure context in my screenplay.

 

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

FilmFreeway exclusive Festival:

CHAD MORGAN and WHITNEY PAXTON see each other at the ski lodge at Christmastime for the first time since high school 15 years ago. He was the star quarterback, she was overweight and had a hopeless crush on him. He body shamed her at a Christmas dance their senior year, an incident that transformed both their lives.

CAST LIST:

Narration – Vanessa Burns
Whitney – Sydney Addison-Rudat
Chad – Alex Clay

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Interview with Filmmaker Erik Bloomquist (SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS)

SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS was the winner of BEST FILM at the October Horror FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Erik Bloomquist: My brother Carson and I grew up watching ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, which really woke up and shaped our sensibilities as filmmakers and horror enthusiasts. We wanted to go back to basics — something warm and nostalgic and spooky.

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

Just over three months. It was a super quick one!

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

Campfire rollercoaster.

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

We shot the whole thing with a skeleton crew in just two very fast overnights.

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

Heartwarming. Truly. We’ve been very fortunate to play all over the world with this movie to very enthusiastic audiences. But to hear such positive, organic feedback from a group of people when I wasn’t even in the room is extremely special. I just sent the link to the whole cast. I’m still smiling.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

The campground where we filmed triggered a distinct mood and aesthetic for both me and Carson. The movie just sort of spilled out of us from there.

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

Probably SCREAM or TITANIC. Pretty much the same movie.

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

Super user friendly. Great customer services. Awesome interface.

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

Between Toto and now Weezer’s cover, probably “Africa”. It’s a bop, dude.

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

We’re currently in the middle of a pretty intense USA tour with my debut feature LONG LOST. We’ve been getting some amazing responses and award recognition (including Grand Jury Prize at Laughlin Film Festival, Best Feature/Audience Choice & Director to Watch at Eastern Oregon Film Festival, and a nomination for Best Debut Director at Twin Cities Film Fest). It’s a dark domestic thriller that we shot right after SCFTW. Check us out at Facebook.com/LongLostMovie.
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Interview with Writer Pat Jourdan (DECEMBER)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your story about?

Pat Jourdan : The story is about the secret lives of holiday towns once summer visitors have left.

What genre?

It is in a plain literary genre.

Describe it in two words

Season’s end.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

Great Expectations (David Lean version)

What is your favorite song?

A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum)

Do you have an all-time favourite novel?

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathaniel West

What motivated you to write this story?

Noticing the changes in the last weeks of Sepember.

If you could have dinner with one person,( dead or alive), who would that be?

Emily Bronte

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am an artist, usually painting in oils

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Testing if it worked in another medium, and through the voice of someone else.

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

Get a big (real book, with pages) dictionary and read it, discover more words. Read as many books as possible. Books you don’t like are just as valuable, as they are teaching you what works and what does not. Always have biro & paper or other means to jot something down as it occurs to you -writing is not some ‘grand’ occupation at a desk!

 

Synopsis: A café closes for the winter and the waitress re-invents herself.

Performed by Esther Thibault

Interview with Nia Markos (ELEMENTS: BOOK ONE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your novel about?

Nia Markos: My novel is about a young woman whose life gets thrown into turmoil by events out of her control. It involves a prophesy, a quest and finding her inner strength.

Along the way, she also has to deal with matters of the heart. Throw in mythology, magic, faeries, demons and shadows, and danger from all sides stand in the way of her accomplishing her task.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

This novel is a young adult urban fantasy, paranormal quest story.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Magical awakening.

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

Independence Day. I still stop to watch it whenever I catch it on television.

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

It’s so hard to pick just one song. If I had to pick one on the spot, I would say Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I’ve always wanted to write, but I never found the time. This story, though, wanted to be written. When I sat down this time, the words just seemed to flow.
I found my motivation in my main character. Alexa sparked something in me. I never looked back once I started telling her story.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Ernest Hemingway. What a fun night that would be.

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

Music, science fiction movies. I’m learning the guitar. Most of all my family, living life to its fullest.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

The thrill of seeing my words come to life.

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

I’ll pass on what other authors have told me. Read. Read a lot. Not just a genre you like, but vary it to see the nuances of other ones. Each genre has its own way of storytelling.

Take what you read and build your own voice.

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Performed by Esther Thibault

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