Interview with Screenwriter Anthony DeFoe (SUPERCUT)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Anthony DeFoe: Supercut is about a relationship falling apart. It’s told from the perspective of one of the partners as he get’s ready for a major life event he flashes back on the highs and lows of his relationship for the euphoric first moments of falling in love to the bitter conclusion of not being able to hold on to it forever. The title is sort of a double entendre as the script it a giant super cut of some of the relationships most important moments but also sets up the climactic ending.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Romance

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

I don’t see a lot of LGBTQ movies that show a gay relationship presented as just any other relationship. While it’s obvious in the movie that it’s gay relationship in the fact that it’s two men. The word is never used and the issues they face are issues any couple (gay or straight) can face.

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

Romantic, emotional

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

Hmm that’s a toss up between Mean Girls and Cruel Intentions

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

I wrote the first pass in a week but have been changing and editing things for several months.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written two pilots – (one of which I got produced) and several episodes of that series.

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

Like A Prayer by Madonna is probably my all time favorite song.it brings back great memories of being a kid. I’ve also been listening Reputation album by Taylor swift constantly for almost two years now. That album resonated.

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

The hardest part was writing the ending and conveying the metaphor that I want the audience to think about.

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

Music – I don’t make my own music but I love finding new songs and listening to the lyrics. The more personal a song is to the artist more into it am.

LGBTQ Film – I volunteer and am involved in the Queer Film festival here in Vancouver. I love seeing our stories up on the screen, even if we don’t relate to all of them it’s just awesome hearing form different voices.

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

It’s been good! It’s very user friendly to use and keeps you informed on upcoming festivals

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

I had been looking for a Canadian LGBTQ screenplay festival to enter and I liked the reviews I saw on it.

The feedback was good, my first round they were unclear about the ending which was something I was worried about so it was good to get that feedback and then work on the ending a bit more.

 

 

 

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Nick a man in his late twenties reflects on his relationship with his partner as he get’s ready for an event. The script uses flashbacks to tell the story of relationship that starts with a beautiful beginning but heads towards a bitter ending.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – CASSANDRA GUTHRIE
Nick – JUSTIN DESOUZA
Drew – DANIEL JONES

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Interview with Screenwriter Josh Brushett (PERSEVERANCE)

PERSEVERANCE was the May 2019 WILDsound Feature Screenplay Winner.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Josh Brushett: The screenplay is about a young bride to be, in the prime of her life, with everything to live for until her life is unexpectedly cut short. Struggling to deal with the circumstances of her death and the discovery of an afterlife, Sarah Murphy, returned to earth in spirit form embarks upon a supernatural quest for revenge against the man who killed her.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Supernatural drama.

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

Because at the heart of it there’s a story of love and loss, loss of self and love at the same time. And there’s the idea that it could happen to anyone.

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

University project.

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

Probably one of my childhood favourites, either Jumanji or The Parent Trap (remake).

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

I spent almost two years whilst studying Scriptwriting For Film & TV at Bournemouth University on this script and it was my final major project.

7. How many stories have you written?

Not half as many as I’d like yet. Plenty in development. Choosing to focus on the LGBT side of things right now as it’s something personal to me and I always wanted to write a compelling indie rom com.

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

I can never decide my one favourite song because I go through phases where something becomes deeply personal to me. Probably “It Happens” by Busted.

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

Course pressure in my final year of university (nothing compared to the world of work but still), my own anxieties about whether it could possibly be good enough and whether I’d actually done the story justice and ended it at the right place.

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

Reading, watching films and TV box sets. Reading books at home, or listening to audiobooks whilst driving or walking. Basically stories, more than anything I love to be lost in fiction and be immersed in escapism in whatever form. I’m a sucker for a Netflix original series and I think the writers are incredibly talented and am always left wanting more.

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

My feelings were that the script still needs work, I have doubts like any human about my ability. It’s hard not to constantly compare yourself with other writers and it can be very daunting. I took the positives on board and tried to take a step back and look at the negatives and make a plan of how to address them. I entered the festival because I wanted to see if the story was something that would translate on screen and to see if anyone could connect with it.

 

 

 
Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

CAST LIST:

Mother: Sylvie Normandeau
Chris: Brodie Nichols
Narration: Danielle Nicole
Sarah: Tiera Watts
Sylvia: Rebecca Whitby
Robber: David Rowan

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Interview with Screenwriter Samuel Zehr (MY FAVORITE PERVERT)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Samuel Zehr: It is about a guy struggling to sexually satisfy his wife/ keep his marriage alive.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy. Rom-com. Dark comedy

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

This screenplay would make a great movie because it shows the honest/ugly, funny and dirty side of a realistic relationship.

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

Absurd. Crass.

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

The Sandlot

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

I wrote this screenplay in 48 hrs.

7. How many stories have you written?

Hundreds.

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

My current favorite song is “brain” by the Action

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

Staying awake.

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

Acting, comedy , playing music – and just being in a constant state of creation

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

Fine.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Logline: When the spark has faded in a 20 year marriage; an intuitively sexual husband tries to convince his not-so-carnal minded wife to go to a sex-con.

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Romantic-Comedy, Dark-Comedy, Offbeat-Comedy.

CAST LIST:

Narration – Steve Saet
Jim (40s) – 21 – Michael Ruhs
Janet (40s) – 21 – Barbara Bergeron

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Interview with Screenwriter Justin Lifflander (THE PLOWSHARE PARADOX)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Justin Lifflander: My screenplay is about how the end of the Cold War changed the lives of players on both sides.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romance, Drama

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

It tells an important and little known true story about how Americans and Russians worked together to reduce the risk of nuclear war, and got to know each other in the process.

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

Touching and insightful.

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

Monty Python and The Holy Grail

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

About seven years.

7. How many stories have you written?

One memoir (in English and Russian) and a half dozen short stories.

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

Talking Heads: Naïve Melody

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

Finding blocks of undisturbed time to focus.

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

Humanitarian clowning.

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

I think it’s a great platform for budding screen writers to seek out feedback and professional attention.

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

I liked the title of the festival, since my story is also a romance. The feedback I received was slightly useful. There were one or two bits of specific advice, but the rest seemed general and fawning, not terribly useful for helping me to improve my work.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

When the arms race suddenly ended…

The Plowshare Paradox is the true story of two men whose lives are turned upside down at the end of the Cold War. Decorated hero Vladimir Sadovnikov spent his life proudly building nuclear weapons to defend his beloved country, his Party, his workers and his family. He disintegrates, both physically and emotionally, as the world he thought he knew and the system he believed in dissolve around him.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Carina Cojeen
Vladimir: Caleb Jaques
Defense Minister: Sean Ballantyne

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Interview with Screenwriters Hank Biro & Kai Biro (Must Escape from the Slaughtercity)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Hank Biro & Kai Biro: This screenplay is about a future where the majority of people are vegan, and the government are satanists who think the murder of animals and the people they govern is a necessity.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The genre is sci-fi/horror.

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

This script should be made into a movie because of its positive vegan message. Our hope is for many people to see the film and consider switching to a vegan lifestyle. It has been proven that the consumption of animals is directly linked to 14 out of 15 of the leading causes of death around the world, and also is the leading cause of global warming.

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

Evil agriculture.

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

Donnie Darko and Fight Club.

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

One year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Five screenplays.

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

My favourite songs currently are: Immaterial by Sophie, Infatuation by Sophie, The Bends by Earl Sweatshirt, and 151 Rum by J.I.D.

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

Obstacles we faced would be thinking of new and entertaining action and dialogue for certain scenes among the second half of the script.

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

I am also passionate about watching movies and TV, and hanging out with my friends and family.

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

It is very useful and easy to operate.

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

This is our second submission to this festival, and we consider the feedback we received very helpful.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

When almost everyone on Earth becomes vegan, the government begins forcing people to use animal products again. Many are imprisoned and turned to plastic, and some go on living for centuries hoping to achieve retribution.

CAST LIST:

Melina – 1 – OLIVIA BARRETT
Tamika – 1 – ETHEL ABRAY
NARRATION – DANIEL JONES
Braydon – 3 – TED POWERS
Jaimie – 4 – CASSANDRA GUTHRIE
Walker – 4 – JUSTIN DESOUZA

Interview with Screenwriter James C. Peters (Soccer Babe)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

James C. Peters: Soccer Babe, inspired by a true story, chronicles the towering desire of a woman to overcome her childhood handicap and become a world-class soccer player. Plus she battles prejudice, injury, disease and homelessness to get what she wants.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s a sports drama with a romantic story thread.

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

Soccer Babe is a monumental story of the human spirit, in which a woman faces more challenges than most people–men included–could endure. A torn meniscus, a serious disease that almost kills her, and a California wildfire that destroys her home.

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

Wonder woman!

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

It’s Complicated, Fargo, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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

Actually it only took a couple of months. After my sister-in-law told me about her real-life ordeal–and she persists today in her 70s, playing on three soccer teams and coaching another! It’s my first sports drama, but it’s more about the amazing character than the sport itself.

7. How many stories have you written?

About a dozen feature screenplays and half a dozen shorts.

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

Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely”

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

An agent in Phoenix told me no one would be interested in a story about an old woman playing soccer! Tell that to Meryl Streep!

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

The need to embrace people of all hues and let them know they matter.

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

It’s very simple and efficient — an excellent conduit for submitting screenplays to competitions, film festivals, etc.

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

I first entered the festival in 2015 with my Chinese aviation history screenplay, Fei Ji (Flying Machine, in Mandarin), which won the competition prize of a professional table read. It was wonderfully done, with excellent actors, and it was over 2.5 hours long! As for my feelings, it was thrilling. Later I received an option offer for the script. As I’ve told WildSound Festival director Matthew Toffolo, the Festival provides not only opportunities for screenwriters but also for young actors to perform at table reads and also act in short films. I’m truly grateful for the Wildsound Festival and the opportunities it offers.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

CAST LIST:

Rhonda – 2 – ETHEL ABRAY
NARRATION – DANIEL JONES
Resnor – 12 – TED POWERS
Jessica – 8 – OLIVIA BARRETT

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Interview with Screenwriter David Sabbath (Dancing in the White Room)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

David Sabbath: The endless possibilities, positive & negative, of AI.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller. SciFi.

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

It’s fresh & a fun ride.

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

Thought provoking.

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

Many

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

I wrote this during a month of rain in Portland.

7. How many stories have you written?

A dozen.

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

Many.

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

None.

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

I’m a commercial director. I also directed the feature God Don’t make the Laws.

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

Easy

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

It’s a very nice festival

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

First you use machines; then you wear machines; then you… A message splattered on the subway walls fifty years ago and now, today, the battle cry of the anti-techno revolution.

CAST LIST:

Michael – Malcolm Allcorn
Male #2 – Brogan Caulfield
Narration – Bree Ali
Bromm – Ted Power
Female – Katelyn Varadi
Announcer – Danielle Nicole

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