Interview with Screenwriter Janet Caulfield (THE SOCIAL POLICE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Janet Caulfield: This Sci-Fi pilot Streamer is about an FBI agent named Logan who patrols the social network twenty years in the future. The story centers around the trials and tribulations of his encounters with criminals and law enforcement of the social network. The Sci-fi part of the story is predicated on how the agents use advanced weapons, holographic computers and most importantly Artificial Intelligence. It’s a whirlwind action packed thriller set in New York and Washington DC .

There are subtle sub themes throughout the screenplay, like the friendships and relationships that develop between the characters. For example, the
buddy bond between the FBI agent Logan and the Bitcoin Mining CEO. There’s also a romance that develops between Logan and Chloe, an agent
he meets in the research center that he takes under his wing.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi / Thriller

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

The Social Police should be made into a movie because I think it would appeal to Trekkies and streamers like The Expanse and Jack Ryan.
I think it would draw millennials because there are many scenes between the Social Police agents, and younger entrepreneurs such as the
Bitcoin Mining CEO where they learn to respect each other and their different life experiences. There’s a lot of action, twists and
turns in the plot that would keep an audience interested.

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

Riveting / Provocative

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

Contact. I used to be hooked on Hitchcock films like Rear Window and North by Northwest, but lately I’ve been intrigued with the late great Carl Sagan’s
vision of how the science community, politicians and society would react to pure research discoveries. I keep finding new messages each time I watch it.

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

A little over a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written about a dozen screenplays.This new Streamer though has preoccupied a lot of my time. I still have 6 more episodes to write.

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

Secret World by Peter Gabriel.

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

None. This is fun for me.

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

Music.

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

My experiences have all been very positive. Great feedback and response to my
submissions.

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

Outstanding. I think what influenced me to enter the festival is the creativity and professionalism of the actors and posts by Wildsound and the LA FilmFreeway festival. I’ve been following Wildsound, Matthew since I first started writing and have always enjoyed the posts.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Logline: Twenty years from now, an FBI agent patrols the social media. This pilot Streamer has it all. It’s a Sci-Fi buddy thriller genre mix with a dash of comedy. Perfect for a series that could run on any of the streamers Netfix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Showtime, Apple, even Disney, just take out the cussing.

Imagine the world twenty years from now? How will we the (US) police the Social Network? Will it be part of the FBI? CIA? Find out how I see it…in this 10 part series..

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Logan: Geoff Mays
Clarice: Hannah Ehman
Android/Celile: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jerome/Mario: Steve Rizzo

Interview with Screenwriter Kevin Goss (TOTAH)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kevin Goss: The screenplay is about Dennis Cleveland, the author of a popular gay book series, who returns to his hometown on the edge of the Navajo Nation when his grandmother passes away suddenly. A break-in at his grandmother’s house starts Dennis on a suspenseful search for a turquoise ankle bracelet that may tie into his parent’s death when Dennis was a child. Three people–a gorgeous cop who was his teenage crush, a delivery driver who moonlights as a drag queen, and a Native American woman who runs a local museum—attract Dennis’s attention and may have clues that he needs to solve the mystery of his past.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense, thriller, mystery, romance.

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

In the words of some of TOTAH’s reviewers: “Already one of the best specs out there.” “This is truly a very well-developed crime thriller with an added layer of culture and mystery to it.”

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

Six toes.

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

GREASE (We had it on VHS when I was a kid, and teenage girls would watch it again and again while babysitting me). As an adult, it is probably a tie between BIG EDEN and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

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

I worked on this screenplay for a little more than a year. I am currently making it into a novel.

7. How many stories have you written?

Four. TOTAH is my first feature-length film screenplay. I also wrote DR. WANKER’S SHORT ADVENTURES, a six-episode series on YouTube; IN THE GUTTER, a short film that has been produced and selected by film festivals in Arizona, Kansas, and Massachusetts (USA) as of August, 2020; and a short screenplay called SHUTTLED.

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

“These Are Days” by 10,000 Maniacs.

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

Challenges in trying to write a film that can be produced on a low budget yet still have an engaging story and interesting visuals; two hospitalizations due to complications of Crohn’s disease.

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

Acting–I’m involved with my local community theater and feel very fortunate to have been cast in movies, web series, and television commercials. I’m also passionate about the environment, and do what I can to reduce my negative impact on the ecosystem and support worthy, larger-scale sustainability efforts.

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

Film Freeway makes it easy to submit projects for consideration, and to keep track of my different projects’ status.

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

This is the first screenplay I’ve submitted to festivals. The feedback is valuable, because I can combine it with feedback I get from other festivals to determine the commonalities among those who read it. If one person has certain feedback that nobody else does, I may take it with a grain of salt. But when multiple people say the same thing, then what they’re saying probably deserves greater attention.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

Dennis Cleveland, the author of a popular gay book series, returns to his hometown of Farmington, New Mexico, when his grandmother passes away suddenly. A break-in at his grandmother’s house starts Dennis on a search for a turquoise ankle bracelet that may tie into his parent’s death when Dennis was a child.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Dennis: Geoff Mays
Lindsey: Kyana Teresa

Interview with Screenwriter Justin Ho (INSTRUCTIONS FOR YESTERDAY)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Justin Ho: After the death of her father, 12 year old Allyson is gifted with mysterious map pieces. With the help of her friend Kyle they both find and dig up buried components for a time machine.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Coming of age

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

I always thought of it as a childhood adventure movie from the 80s but brought into the present day. The wonder, mysteries, and curiosity I once experienced when I was a child has sadly mostly diminished. I recall being inspired by films like ET and Close Encounters Of The Third kind, which had that childlike spark of wonder. ET especially, being able to connect with the characters my age. It’s hard to make a similar childhood adventure film that takes place today, especially when it seems kids spend less and less time outside. I wanted to recapture that magic of wonder and curiosity I had as a child, and find a way to bring that into the 21st century by combining both the world of the past and the present. I’m hoping this film could be that inspiration to help someone who’s dealing with loss, to wonder about things, explore, and hopefully inspire.

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

Love Hope

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

This is a hard one… I’ll put 3… Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Children Of Men, Titanic

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

Around 1.5 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I never really kept count, quite a lot. Narrowing it down to just screenplays, since high school probably around 12

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

It switches every now and then, grew up listening to Classic Rock and movie scores, my favorite composer is James Horner. In college I started listening to Indie Folk/Pop and constantly listened to Ingrid Michaelson. Post College to now (after getting Spotify) I’ve been obsessing over Irish Folk music haha. But if I had to choose one specific song that means a lot to me… I guess it would be “Men Of Snow” by Ingrid Michelson.

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

Every script I’ve written prior to this one I kept budget in mind. For me personally it is very difficult for me to write something if I know I don’t have the money or resources to actually film it. I just don’t have any motivation to pursue a story if I know I won’t be able to make it. It’s forced me to always think practically and realistically when I write, but has always held me back with how far to take a narrative, or what genre I wrote in. The hardest part for this screenplay was forcing myself not to think of the practicalities as much, to write big set pieces, and let go of my fear of it never being made. Truth be told this film may never be made and that realization is hard for me to handle. It’s hard for me to see a point in continuing to write a script thinking of that. But I had to push through and just toss the bottle into the ocean hoping it catches some current to land on someone’s shore. And maybe, just maybe…

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

Filmmaking in general, more specifically directing, although sadly my self deprecation and unease with my confidence often pushes me down to wonder if i should even consider myself a “director”. I have made two features and dozens of shorts, garnering awards at various festivals. But it’s still hard for me to see much of a future in continuing… that being said filmmaking is the only thing that I have… it’s hard for me to see through the fog, as I slowly push my train forward, and the tracks underneath are twisted and mangled, but at least I’m on a track… at least if I stay on these tracks I won’t be lost… it’s the broken tracks and not knowing what lies beyond the fog that pushes me toward fear. And traveling alone through it all doesn’t necessarily make it very easy. I’ve always used filmmaking and writing as a means to fill in the empty void of loneliness in my chest… it’s always been there to help… granted these past two years it’s been getting harder and harder… but it’s keeping me moving forward.

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

FilmFreeway is great. It’s simple, the only issue I’ve had is feeling guilty after submitting to festivals because of how much of a gamble it is haha. But that’s just my personal issues that I find hard to get over.

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

Knowing there’s no way I’d be able to make this film on my own with the money and resources I have, I figured I might as well submit to some screenplay competitions/festivals, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve wasted my time writing it. Also a friend of mine who read this script suggested I submit it around. To be honest I’ve only submitted to two, another one and this one. And I’m so greatful to have been recognized, it really means a lot. It’s been very hard for me emotionally lately, and this has been the oxygen that helps keep the slowly dying embers still burning.

The feedback was fantastic, I helped resuscitate me, and pushed my sinking ship further giving me hope to reopen the script and make some changes. It also warmed my heart knowing someone appreciated my script, it made me feel worth something, despite the insignificance I so often find myself drowning in. Thank you again so much for brightening up my day.
 

Watch Screenplay Reading: 

After the death of her father, 12 year old Allyson is gifted with mysterious map pieces. With the help of her friend Kyle they both find and dig up buried components for a time machine.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Kyle: Steve Rizzo
Allyson: Hannah Ehman

Interview with Screenwriter Sina Sultani (BEACON)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Sina Sultani: Beacon follows two women who must fight to retain their memories against a kidnapper desperate to harvest them.

It’s a psychological thriller about gender identity and mental illness framed in a unique setting using a non-linear narrative. Co-created and inspired by Maxi Garcia, a prominent member of the Trans community in Vancouver, our hope is to challenge and inform our audience while showing that a minority, female-led story can be heart-pounding, poetic and deeply personal.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Beacon is a psychological thriller with a non-linear structure both narratively and physically. Our goal was to introduce allegorical imagery and hyper-realistic settings to discuss our characters’ personal challenges. Drawing in tone from films such as The Lighthouse and The Witch, we wanted to paint a world that was stark yet heartbreakingly beautiful.

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

Films involving gender-diverse, female-minority characters are few and far between, let alone projects merging multiple genres. Even though we’re marketing Beacon as a psychological thriller, it’s a deeply personal metaphor discussing a character’s journey through sexual identification and an immigrant upbringing. We believe in the importance of this project because we believe in the expansion of the conversation. Our goal is to show that conventional genres can be elevated based on diverse casting and subject matter.

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

Starkly enigmatic.

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

That’s a difficult question to answer but I’m leaning towards David Fincher’s Se7en. The complexities of the narrative, characters, and mix of drama with sardonic doses of humour demonstrates a depth of realism that I hope to achieve within my own projects. For example, the throwaway line from Kevin Spacey to Morgan Freeman’s character, “I know you,” opens a slew of questions that never get resolved. Moments like those are beautiful and surprising given how much emphasis is placed on informing/catering to the audience. Also, that ending… what more can you say?

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

Concept to first version took 1 month with additional refinements ongoing. However, if I were to quantify everything together, I would say 1½ months have been spent developing and editing the script to-date. At the time, Beacon was the quickest feature I’d written but I successfully challenged myself to complete another project within a week. That expediency is not restricted to the mechanics of turning out pages but includes the creativity involved in navigating narrative roadblocks.

7. How many stories have you written?

That’s difficult to quantify and depends on your definition of a story. If we stick to screenplays, inclusive of shorts, features and pilots, I would say approximately 15 over 7 years. However, in the past year alone I’ve been focusing exclusively on features/pilots and since September 2019 I’ve pushed out 6 scripts, with a 7th on the horizon. In saying that, I was working/re-working on one project for an entire year (2018-2019), which I was never happy with. It was a hard to pill to swallow, especially given how much time I’d invested, but going through the motions was critical in helping me develop my concepting and writing process. It showed me, like any other craft, just how important it is to continue to write and hone your skills.

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

There’s no one song, but I’d say Dr. Dre’s 2001 is an album that I constantly return to. You can feel the upswing of those songs and how it captured a time and an energy that’s been difficult to replicate. However, while writing, I lean towards film or video game soundtracks that are contextualize to the narrative I’m assembling. I find it helps to mentally place me in the required environment and facilitates the creative process.

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

The biggest challenge was finding the character’s voices, which still needs improvement. Post-Beacon I began to incorporate a new way of writing dialogue which makes the process easier and gives the characters more… character. That’s one aspect of the script that keeps me up at night.

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

As with every indie filmmaker who’s short on time and money, I’ve written, directed, produced, edited, shot and composited nearly all of my past short films. The entire process has been eye-opening and the exposure to so many different disciplines really helped to inform my understanding of the overall process while introducing me to different aspects that I never knew I’d enjoy. For example, I’ve discovered a great love of sound design. The act of layering multiple sources to create new and dynamic audio is just as exciting as developing a new concept. I also enjoy videogames and experiencing the marriage of narrative with gameplay and camera selection, which has been deeply informative and highly influential.

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

This is the first year I’ve ever used Coverfly and its experience/interface reminds me of Filmfreeway. That’s a huge compliment given that both platforms are crucial in connecting filmmakers to festivals/competitions. However, I’ve experienced a few issues with respect to multiple submissions and discount codes. It’s a combination of Coverfly’s checkout interface and most festivals offering single-use codes. That might be a separate conversation, however, the costs add up after submitting 3+ scripts across 5+ festivals. In saying that, it’d be ideal if those codes were either mutli-use or if the competitions themselves offered bulk-submissions discounts.

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

As a Canadian I always want to support fellow creatives/festivals. It’s important to bolstering our artistic community through direct investment/interaction. Additionally, the cost-to-feedback ratio was well-positioned as many festivals providing feedback can be prohibitively expensive, especially when accounting for multiple submissions. The added benefit of earning a scene-specific table read simply added to the overall experience.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

After awakening in an abandoned shelter, two women must fight to retain their memories against a kidnapper desperate to harvest them.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
ZAKARIA (F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Interview with Screenwriter Kevin Mongelli (NAILS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kevin Mongelli: Jonathan has had a troubled life but has attempted to turn things around. One final decision could change everything.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama

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

Unique story on how a singular decision could make all the difference in one’s life

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

Wrong choice

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

Gattaca

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

Two months

7. How many stories have you written?

About a dozen

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

The Firebird Suite by Stravinsky

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

Struggled over the right content to tell this story

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

I am professional musician and a member of The Recording Academy (Grammys)

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

User friendly

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

It’s a challenge to write an entire story in one page and I like a challenge. Nice feedback

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
MOTHER/EX-WIFE/WOMAN (F): Val Cole – 5
MALE FRIEND/THERAPIST (M): Allan Michael Brunet – 8
JONATHAN (M): Geoff Mays – 8

Interview with Screenwriter Johnny Cruz (REPAIR THE CARROWS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Johnny Cruz: It’s about a father who has to re-enter the world and round up his
estranged children, so they can see their mother before she passes.
But what it’s really “about” is the different arguments and perspectives
around keeping families together. Some families are worth keeping
together and some are better off disbanded, and I tried to give
both kinds of families an argument in each of the characters in
the script. The protagonist, Walker, is the one who has to take these
arguments into account and, in the end, make the final verdict
as to whether his family is better off disbanded or together. Obviously,
that verdict can only be reached as a consequence of whether he can
change or not. Ultimately, he decides they are fortunate enough to
have a family worth keeping together.

2.) What genres does your screenplay fall under?

In its simplest description, it’s a Drama. But I think it could also fall under
Dramedy and Adventure.

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

I’d argue it should be made into a movie because there are themes that
I think it would resonate with a lot of people, and help them figure out
what to do with their own family if they’re in a complicated situation.
At least in my experience, some of the things said in this script are
things that have gone unspoken between family members, and I think
they’d be helpful if spoken. The script also highlights the generational divide
between parents and children. Ever since the second half of the 19th Century,
every generation has left the world in a better state than it was when they found it, not without creating some new problems along the way, of course.
Yet, put simply, the Young always think that the Old have screwed everything up,
and it’s up to the Young to fix it. And the Old think they’ve done a lot to make the world better, but the Young are going to screw it all up. Both the Young and the Old are right and wrong. And I think this script shines some light on that, which would help soothe generational conflict among families.

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

Bittersweet. I know that’s one word but it’s basically two, haha.

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

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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

I’ve been writing it on and off with three other scripts since August 2019, so
almost a year. This is the second feature script I’ve written.

7.) How many stories have you written?

I started writing in January 2019, and I’ve written 5 Feature Scripts, 3 of which are still in early drafts, I’ve written 7 Short scripts, 4 of which I’ve filmed and put up on Youtube. My channel is JohnnyCruz1998. (Am I allowed to plug my shorts?) Anyway, so I guess 12 different stories in total.

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

Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are-A Changin” and “Mr. Tambourine Man”
Most songs I listen to are ones I hear in movies. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a favorite too.

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

How to make the script feel urgent because of the ticking clock surrounding Colleen, but also have it take it’s time and not feel rushed.

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

Besides writing, I also read books and watch a movie a day. I made a list of
the most notable Movie Directors in history, and I go down the list and watch all of a Director’s movies in order, and then I move onto the next Director and do the same. Eventually, I’ll return to a Director and rewatch some of their movies, I have a big binder where I write mini-reviews for each of the Director’s movies and write essays on certain observations I make or things I’ve learned from the Directors. Other than reading, I don’t do much that doesn’t involve movies.

Also, most of the movies I watch, I get for free from the Library. Everyone should use the Library.

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

It’s been really easy and helpful to track a scripts progress, submissions,
announcements, etc. It’s set up great, and I’ve had no problems with it.

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

I saw that selected scripts got a scene from their script read on camera which sounded cool, which I can confirm is cool after watching it, and I wanted to get a sense as to the quality of the script, see what other people thought of it. And the feedback I received was definitely very helpful and encouraging.

 

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

After his wife falls ill, an aging man living in the Alaskan Wilderness has to re-enter the world to round up his estranged children so they can see their mother before she passes.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
FREIGHTHOPPER (M): Shawn Devlin
WALKER (M) Sean Ballantyne

Interview with Screenwriter Alexander Etseyatse (OTIS N THE DOUGH BOYS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Alexander Etseyatse: A full year after COVID – 19 “Coronavirus” hits New York City, a recently fired young mentally unstable Black Chef attempt to reclaim his glory days by starting a catering company with his old friends and winning back his ex-fiancee and daughter after a force stays at a psychiatric clinic.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, with some comedy.

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

Because it’s very timely and needed, a lot of mentally ill people suffer because of a lack of knowledge on how to deal with it.

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

World Bidding

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

Do The Right Thing

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

About 2 years

7. How many stories have you written?

Over 20 stories in the last 20 years.

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

Human Nature by Michael Jackson, it’s a song that takes me back to my youth

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

It’s not finished, it’s 85% done but should be able to finish it up this year.

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

Filmmaking, I love the whole process.

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

It’s pretty good, it’s streamlined everything to make it’s easy as possible.

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

I really wanted to get a live read without me casting it and putting a read together. I wanted to see it in someone else hands. The reception has been very positive.

 

 

 

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A full year after COVID – 19 “Coronavirus” hits New York City, a recently fired young mentally unstable Black Chef attempt to reclaim his glory days by starting a catering company with his old friends and winning back his ex-fiancee and daughter after a force stays at a psychiatric clinic.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
LUIS/TELLER (M): Allan Michael Brunet
OTIS/DERRICK (M): Geoff Mays
NURSE BELLS(F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Interview with Screenwriter M.W. Hogan (DEADWEIGHT)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

M.W. Hogan: Technically, it’s about a narcolepsy specialist doctor finding herself in an awkward position while having an intimate affair with a patient.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

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

It’s a one-page script; ideal for a micro-short comedy. Single location; small cast; low-to-no budget. Like a great, short, variety show skit.

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

Highbrow humor

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

The Wizard of Oz

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

One hour.

7. How many stories have you written?

Well over 100; short stories and screenplays combined.

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

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd

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

To tell a story in one page/one minute, you essentially have to skip the first act and open with the inciting incident that launches the second act. I like it because it teaches parsimonious word selection.

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

Related: reading and watching films. Unrelated: island life adventures.

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

I’d rather not answer because I don’t want to piss off the Coverfly folks.

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

I like short-form film and, therefore, short-form screenwriting, as well. I like that there’s a competition and opportunity to get feedback. To be honest, though, I can’t find any email/record of receiving feedback for “Deadweight”. Nor can I find any competition results (finalists, winners, etc.)

The director of a narcolepsy and sleep disorder clinic finds herself in more than an ethical dilemma when a patient falls asleep atop her during an in-office tryst.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
EILENE: Val Cole –

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Interview with Screenwriter Brendan O’Connell (PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Brendan O’Connell: It is about a woman attempting to get her husband’s murder investigated in an Ireland where the criminal justice system has been privatised.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Black comedy, film noir, crime.

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

Because as a satire on the seemingly unstoppable drive towards privatisation and intelligent deconstruction of the police procedural it will likely enjoy commercial and art house interest.

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

Satisfyingly unsatisfying.

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

Chinatown, Goodfellas or The Ladykillers(the original).

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

On and off about 4 or 5 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Couldn’t tell you. I have 4 short films to my name and an award winning all-ages graphic novel called Death’s New Lease on Life, with a follow-up in the works.

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

What a waste by Ian Dury & the Blockheads.

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

I haven’t it yet but the obstacles so far have been many and varied. It started as a pitch for a web series and I have been playing around with what format it should take ever since. So that’s stalled things a little.

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

Football(soccer).

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

Limited but I’ve had no problems.

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

It was the feedback, from someone with no vested interest or reason to take it easy on me, that initially interested me, especially as I was really just sitting down to have another run at the script at that time. And to that end, I was very happy with the feedback, it even highlighted something I’d missed.

 

 

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

The opening sequence between Helen and the recorded Emergency Operator creates an unsettling feeling of visual dissonance for the audience, particuarly when the “perky muzak” overtakes the heavy breathing and awkward moments of silence.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
EMERGENCY OPERATOR (F): Hannah Ehman
HELEN (F): Val Cole
Recorded Voice and WOMAN (F): Kyana Teresa
EILEEN (F): Alicia Ryan

Interview with Screenwriter Paul Raasch (UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS)

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about the outer and inner workings of a society under the grip of a police state. This specific police state takes the form of a security firm with vast power and influence called Vane Security.

The overall story focuses on three main characters whose stories interweave with each other: Rosemary Banks, Jason Fischer, and Veronica Vane.

Jason is the half-brother of Rosemary and although the two genuinely care for each other (as siblings would), the two live by significantly different lifestyles. Jason is a petty thief who is content with surviving through committing low level crimes throughout Chicago and resides in a duplex with drug dealers. Jason, however, gets a wake up call when he stumbles upon the dead body of high ranking official to Vane Security and is seen as a suspect of the murder.

Rosemary is an up and coming comedian/entertainer who is generally upbeat and likes to joke around with others; however, her jokey facade slowly peels away as unfortunate events happen to her and her loved ones as the series progresses.
Finally, Veronica is the daughter of the Superintendent Deputy of Vane Security’s Midwest headquarters. Veronica is a precocious, independent young woman who grows resentful of her family as she discovers the dark secrets of the firm and starts to long for a more normal life away from the baggage that comes with her family name.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The genre for the series would be a hybrid of a Dystopian Drama with elements of Dark Humor throughout.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe the series should be produced because of its unique take on the Dystopian genre. It focuses on a diverse set of characters that come from many different walks of life that all deal with the reality of living under a police state in different ways. Besides the engaging characters for the audience to identify with, the series has an element of mystery that will keep audiences invested throughout as stakes begin to rise and twisted secrets begin to surface.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sardonic paranoia.

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

The films I’ve seen the most are films by P.T. Anderson, the Coen brothers, and Terry Gilliam. In terms of animation, I have a soft spot of French animated films like “The Triplets of Bellville,” and Studio Ghibli films like “Princess Mononoke,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took me roughly 5 months to write the Pilot script and am currently writing more episodes.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written a handful of stories spanning from prose fiction to screenwriting. While none of my stories have been published or sold (as of yet) I’ve been working on my craft for a number of years and am slowly growing my portfolio of written works.

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

One song I’ve been listening a lot to recently is “The Mercy Seat” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. It is one of the most darkly creative pieces of music I’ve heard with genius songwriting and poetic, schizophrenic lyrics.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Most of the obstacles I’ve faced when writing my script is internal strife regarding my writing abilities as well as constant overthinking and double guessing with plot details and character motivations due to the story’s unique set-up.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I am a music and film aficionado. When I’m not listening to good music or watching a good film, I greatly enjoy playing with my dog and riding my bike outside.

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

This was my first time using Coverfly and I found the service to be smooth and accessible.

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

I submitted to this festival for feedback due to the affordable entry fee and their apparent care in giving well rounded feedback for the scripts submitted to them. I strongly encourage others to submit to this festival as well once they feel that their script is ready.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Set in a future version of North America where all law enforcement is replaced by a single security firm owned by a large family, an aspiring entertainer, and her half-brother, befriend the daughter of a distinguished member of the family. However, the three get tangled up in a conspiracy against the firm when one of the firms’ high ranking members is murdered.


CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Yoldana (F): Hannah Ehman
Veronica (F): Kyana Teresa
Jason/Jason (M) Scott Beaudin
Cashier (M): Bill Poulin