Winning FAN FICTION Screenplay: WELCOME TO CRYSTAL LAKE (Friday the 13th), by Mike Meade

Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller

When corrupt developers come to Crystal Lake with plans to build a new lakeside resort they run into one unexpected problem, Jason Voorhees.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole

Frank: Kris Hagen
Elias: Peter Nelson
Sean: Nick Wicht
Tom: Mike Ruderman
Marta: Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Welcome to Crystal Lake is about a group of corrupt developers that come to town with plans to build a new lakeside resort, but when they take things too far by trying to force Elias Voorhees off of his property, his son Jason violently intervenes.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I’d say it falls firmly into the slasher sub-genre of horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think this screenplay should be made into a movie because the Friday the 13th fans (including myself) are dying for the next film to be made, but we want it done right. To me, that means creating a story that is new and fresh, while keeping the same tone and feel of the original films. I think Welcome to Crystal Lake succeeds in doing that and also has the potential to be expanded into an even better feature film.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Classic Jason.

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

That’s a hard one, but if I had to say which Friday the 13th movie I’ve seen the most times it would have to be Part 6, followed closely by Parts 4, 5, and 7.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had the original idea almost two years ago, but didn’t actually write it until recently. By that time the story was so clear in my head it didn’t take long to finish once I got started.

How many stories have you written?

I couldn’t say for sure since I’ve been writing since I was a kid. But as far as screenplays go, I’ve written six shorts (including one I co-wrote) and am working on my third feature right now.

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

Fade to Black by Metallica. It never gets old no matter how many times I listen to it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Just finding the time to actually write it since I was already working on other projects.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’ve been into martial arts since I was about ten years old, so that’s probably the biggest thing. I also like taking my Jeep up into mountains while my hound dog rides shotgun and going camping.

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

I’ve had a great experience with FilmFreeway. Before I started submitting my stuff through them, I’d have to email each individual contest or festival, attach whatever file I needed, didn’t have my payment info saved, etc… Basically, it was a big hassle. With FilmFreeway it really just takes a few clicks and I’m done, plus it makes it super easy to keep track of all my submissions in one place. +

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

I really wanted to write a Friday the 13th script, but was afraid it might never be seen or read by anybody, especially since I couldn’t sell the finished product. But then when I discovered this festival I thought I’d go ahead and give it a shot and I’m glad I did. When I received the initial feedback I was mainly impressed with how in depth it was. They had obviously taken the time to really read it and understand what I was going for.

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay – ROCKETEERS, by Gil Saint

Watch the August 2017 Winning FAN FICTION Screenplay.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Family.

Based on the 1991 movie “The Rocketeer”. The grandson of a high-flying hero will do anything to live up to his grandfather’s legacy, including battling a new global threat. The odds may be against him, but he’s got a secret weapon: a prototype jetpack that’s destined to make him a legend.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Charlie: Nick Wicht
Lex: Julia Baldwin
Valentina: Alicia Payne
Tour Guide: Beck Lloyd
Bodyguard: David Occhipinti
Air Traffic Guy: Michael Lake

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

In the spirit of something like TRON: Legacy or Jurassic World, ROCKETEERS is a modern day “legacy-quel” that pays tribute to its source material, but takes the mythos in an exciting new direction. It’s a passing-of-the-torch from the jazzy 30’s world depicted in the original 1991 Rocketeer movie… to what the golden age hero might look like in today’s high-tech universe. My story follows Charlie Secord, a thief with a good heart who will do anything to protect his grandfather’s heroic legacy — that of Cliff Secord, the original Rocketeer. Yes, the jetpack doesn’t fall far from the tree, as we see Charlie forced into taking up the mantle of becoming the Rocketeer when a frightening new global threat emerges with designs on ruling the skies. Charlie may be in over his head, but he won’t have to battle evil alone… hence the title, ROCKETEERS. The ‘s’ -the pluralization of that word- is meaningful in more ways than one.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Hopefully, like its blockbuster predecessor, it’s a Family Action/Adventure.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Of all of Disney’s live action fare from the 80’s and 90’s, I firmly believe The Rocketeer is the most deserving of a sequel. Aside from the fact that I believe he’d feel right at home in the superhero movie landscape –especially with the homegrown, All-American Steve Rogers defending the multiplex for the MCU; a square-jawed Cliff Secord type– I think the universe of The Rocketeer is ripe for re-discovery and exploration. The original movie is a classic, no doubt, but it’s really a comedic look at the classic hero’s origin story. We’ve seen him learn to fly and juggle his secret identity with his masked one, with kind of a wink and a smile. But we’ve also seen that now in countless other superhero movies. What excites me is the possibility of seeing this “aw shucks” hero through the lens of a modern day action film; seeing him go up against other high-flying villains that are, perhaps, villains better suited for a Liam Neeson actioner, and not a family film. How does that affect the tone of The Rocketeer when, yes, we believe he could be in real mortal danger? And yes, we’ve seen him in the golden age of zeppelins and biplanes. Now let’s see him survive high-stakes threats in an age of drones and stealth military tech wonders and power-mad dictators. And, what they could achieve with the modest optical FX of the 90s was great, but how cool would it be to see The Rocketeer in an ILM-style action sequence with updated VFX?? I get a big, goofy grin on my face just thinking about how cool it would all look. Look out, Iron Man! This Rocketeer would straight up OWN aerial action sequences.

How would you describe this script in two words?

As you can probably tell, brevity is not my strong suit. Two words…. aw jeez… how about: ROCKETEER. INSANITY.

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

I’m an action and sci-fi nut, but funny enough, the movie I’ve probably watched the most is ED WOOD. I love watching movies about making movies, and I also am something of a Tim Burton apologist. I used to be a Tim Burton defender, now I’m an apologist. It’s not easy these days for us Burton fans. Well, before Alice and all that, he made what might be the best movie about making a movie ever made… ED WOOD. It’s Depp in his prime before he started annoying people. It’s touching, uplifting, humanizing… and it’s honestly the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. I’d put it above Spinal Tap for best comedy movie, no joke. The late, great Martin Landau powers the movie with an all-timer performance as Bela Lugosi. That accent. Every line out of his mouth is a quotable gem. And when I’m feeling down, or creatively empty, the movie inspires me. It reminds me of everything I love about movies and the creative process in general. It teaches me to rise above the odds, to shake off the hate and second thoughts. It makes me want to create. Plus, it’s got gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and an awesomely gothy score. Runner-up is PUMPKINHEAD.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve honestly been toying with this story for 26 years. Ever since I saw the first Rocketeer in the theaters back in ’91, I was imagining a sequel. I kept holding out hope that Disney would make one, but they never did. I scribbled little notes here and there, I’d put it down, I’d pick it up, and back down again. It was only recently, in the last year, that I sat down and made myself streamline the ideas and turn it into a screenplay. Once I got writing, I cranked it out over a couple of weekends; full days of writing – mornings for new stuff, afternoons for rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

Several. I don’t have an exact number thanks to all the false starts, but it’s I’m sure it’s up there. I have stories I keep going back to, and I have inklings of ideas for things all the time. Let’s guesstimate that it’s between five real stories and about a zillion fragments of others.

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

Man, this is tough. It’s not my favorite, but you know what song I listen to A LOT? “Epic” by Faith No More. When those drums kick in, it gets me so pumped up, I feel like steam shoots out of my ears like a real life Looney Tune, and I bounce around the city all day after I hear it. I feel like I could run through a wall, or take on the world, or at least mosh a bit and not be self-conscious about it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I’m my own worst enemy. My biggest obstacle is my stupid mind. My first instinct is to second guess everything I put on the page. “Is it good enough?” “Will people think this is cool?” “Does this make sense?” I have to fight those demons back every page, and remind myself that I’m writing for me. No one else. Yes, it’s good to know your audience and all that, but you have to please yourself first and foremost. If you yourself like it, chances are others like you will enjoy it too. Once I get over that little voice, the scenes geyser out. Movie magic happens.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals – especially, my cat. I’ll keep his identity a secret, but his nickname is Boo Man. He’s freakin’ adorable. I also am an avid movie watcher. I am passionate about seeing film and discussing it; I average 1 to 2 trips to the theater a week. I like to see everything on THE BIGGEST SCREEN POSSIBLE. Big releases, indies, classics. Specialty screenings are my favorite. I recently saw a 35mm print of the original Robocop on the big screen and it was a transcendent experience. The audience was cheering and hollering at every classic scene, it was like an interactive Robocop rock concert. “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!” APPLAUSE. “Your move, creep!” DOUBLE APPLAUSE. I also pretend I’m interested in cooking, but I think I’m more interested in eating.

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

So far, so good. They’ve made submitting easy, and I’m extremely grateful for that.

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

Fan Fiction Festival seemed liked the premier fest for fan-driven stories, so it felt like an organic choice. I wanted the script to find an audience of like-minded creators and fans that not only celebrate the properties they love, but create within those worlds as well. I’m happy your fest exists, honestly; it seems like fan fiction stuff is hard to get out there, so thank you for doing the good work. In terms of feedback, I’m always gobsmacked anytime anyone likes anything I do, so I was flattered by my reader’s kind remarks and warm reaction to the script. I also thought he was gentleman, and phrased his constructive criticism in a very polite manner. If you’re reading this now, Mystery Reader Man, thank you for that.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning June 2017 FAN FICTION Screenplay – DOCTOR WHO “The Kingdom of the Mara” by Paul Hewitt

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

The Doctor accidentally picks up Shona and the two investigate a red comet that lands on Earth. The Doctor discovers the Mara are back, and must use their technology against them to defeat them once more.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
The Doctor: Brian Carleton
Shona: Konstantina Mantelos
Solomon: Anthony Botelho
Vladislav: Jack Comerford
Mila: Andrea Meister
Enok: Jordy Kieto

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay about DOCTOR WHO about?

The Doctor and Shona (last seen in the episode “Last Christmas”), find themselves in Bohemia during the Dark Ages. A tyrant, Lord Ivan, hoards a peculiar red crystal with telepathic powers called the Crimson. Wearing jewels made of Crimson, Lord Ivan and his followers collectively conjure a serpentine gestalt being from the darkest recesses of their minds: The Mara.

Possessed by The Mara, Lord Ivan quickly conquers all before him. He besieges the largest castle (and only cathedral) in the rival kingdom of Vladislav. The Doctor knows that walls, warriors and weapons are no match for the insidious, seductive spell of The Mara.

The Doctor and Shona rouse King Vladislav and his people to fight The Mara through very unconventional means – particularly for The Doctor. The world’s future truly rests on a hope and a prayer.

Why does this screenplay fit into the context of the show?

It’s a traditional good versus evil story with the odd bits of comedy and horror that you’d expect from Dr. Who. I wrote it for the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi – who I think is fabulous – a throwback to the 70’s Doctors, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

This story is very much in the mold of classic Doctor Who. You have a historic setting that is disrupted by the presence of a perfidious alien – oh, and then there’s The Mara and a mysterious red crystal. Seriously though, The Mara was one of my favourite Who monsters from the 80’s and I am surprised it has not reappeared on TV (yet). The companion Tegan’s experience with the “evil dream snake” is what made her my favourite during the Peter Davison years.

We all know The Doctor’s companion is a surrogate for the audience and a great companion makes for a great Who story. I chose a character from a recent Christmas special – Shona McCullough (played wonderfully by actor Faye Marsay)– because I immediately saw in her the potential for a long term TARDIS traveller.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Faith Wins

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Doctor Who
(also Game of Thrones, Mad Men…)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Six months (Off and On). So maybe 6 weeks’ worth of an actual research and writing (and rewriting).

How many stories have you written?

Two Features (Housesitting, Guttersnipe)
One Documentary (All About Me)
One Short (co-wrote) (Saved From The Grave)

Next up is my own TV series and this TV spec script was an excellent exercise in writing for this genre.

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

In My Life (The Beatles)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time was my biggest obstacle… finding the time.

The second challenge was how to portray The Mara. It is obviously not my own creation, so I wanted to do justice to the original Mara stories with my version.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting, films, politics, history, rugby and beer (not necessarily in that order)

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

I had my first feature screenplay analyzed not once, but twice. I was impressed by the depth and value of the criticism. So I did not hesitate to submit my Doctor Who script for analysis and I am pleasantly surprised in the end to have it recognized here. Thank you.

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

It’s an old cliché but true: Write what you know. That’s why I picked Doctor Who for my first TV screenplay.

Be prepared to take a lot of criticism along the way. Your story (and your skills) will benefit from it.

Procrastination is thine worst enemy.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Fan Fiction Feature Screenplay – MARVEL ZOMBIES, by Christopher J. Valin

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Winning Screenplay – ALL OF THEIR COLORS
Written by Wendy Appelbaum

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
NICK FURY – Peter Nelson
IRON MAN – Rob Notman
HULK/DR.REED – Michael Pearson
THUNDERBALL – Twaine Ward
KELLY RIDGE – Penelope Park
MINDY – Ali Chappell

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Action

In an alternate Marvel Universe, the world’s superheroes are infected by a virus brought by a powerful being from another dimension. Can the undead former heroes be stopped before they devour the entire world?

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Marvel Zombies is based on several Marvel comic book series that take place in an alternate universe where most of the Marvel superheroes and villains have been infected with a virus that makes them undead and hungry for human brains.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would say it’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi plus horror, and if you count superhero films as a genre, it obviously falls into that category also. Believe it or not, there’s some humor in there as well.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Marvel movies and TV series are among the hottest properties around, and so are zombie shows such as The Walking Dead. Add in the fact that there’s a trend to make ‘R’ versions of their properties, such as Deadpool and Logan, and I think there’s an undeniable recipe for success.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Nightmare Scenario

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

The original Star Wars (A New Hope), with Blade Runner as a close second.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I originally wrote it two years ago, then put it aside for a long time. I recently spent a few weeks on a rewrite.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written around twenty screenplays, TV pilots and specs, two novels, a history book, and had quite a few short stories published in science fiction anthologies.

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

That is an extremely difficult question, and the answer changes over time. Right now, I’d say “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel is something I’ve listened to and enjoyed a lot.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I wanted to make this screenplay work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also base it fairly closely on the comic books. That meant I had to replace some of the characters who were important in the comic story, such as Magneto, with characters that Disney/Marvel owns the film rights to. Originally I left Spider-Man out, but now that he’s part of the MCU, I added him in the latest draft. I also had to figure out how to write the script without making the zombies the main characters, so I chose a few ordinary people who were in the first Marvel Zombies story in (Fantastic Four Unlimited), and made it mostly from their POV.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a social studies teacher, and I love history and government. I also love music, movies, drawing, and video games.

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

A friend of mine won a few months ago with his How I Met Your Mother script, and that’s when I first heard about it. I immediately decided to enter this script after I read the rules. And the feedback was fantastic. Critical where it needed to be, but not negative at all. I really appreciated it.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Fan Fiction Best Scene -Therese by Heidi Scott (Sequel to the 2015 movie Carol)

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Best Scene from the screenplay THERESE (Sequel to 2015 Film CAROL) Screenplay
Written by Heidi Scott

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku
CAROL – Kiran Friesen
Kelly Daly

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance

The story takes place 5 years later in 1958, when their relationship has had time to ripen and gain complexity within the homophobic era. They have to be closeted, so their public and professional lives are discontinuous with who they are with each other. This causes high stakes, tension, and great potential for drama and character development.

What is your screenplay about?

THERESE is a sequel to the film and book Carol, which came out in 2015. The film ends with such raw possibility, and yet so many challenges for Carol and Therese, that the idea of extending it wouldn’t leave me alone.

I take up their story 5 years later in 1958, when their relationship has had time to ripen and gain complexity within the homophobic era. They have to be closeted, so their public and professional lives are discontinuous with who they are with each other. This causes high stakes, tension, and great potential for drama and character development.

I also wanted to explore a power reversal between the characters. In Carol, the Carol character is more dominant, powerful, elusive. But the end of the film hints at Therese gaining agency, and Carol’s love in effect making her suppliant to the younger woman. So THERESE is the arc of Therese as the more powerful, elusive figure, and Carol studying her. It echoes the subjectivity of Highsmith’s book, but in reverse.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama, romance, period piece.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Just watch Carol, witness the mobs of critical and public adorers of the film, and ask yourself if the final scene in the Oak Room is enough for us. We need more. The allure of the ’50s aesthetic, which I update to mid-century modern through Carol’s work in furniture and Therese’s love of jazz music, creates a visual and aural world perfect for film. The chemistry between the leads is dripping electric. Of course, we’re talking about two of the world’s most in-demand actresses (Mara and Blanchett), a supporting actress who just won an Emmy (Paulson), and a celebrated director (Haynes), so it’s all high-profile, high-stakes, and potentially high-reward. But the world, including and beyond the LGBT community, wants to see this story evolve.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Love Trumps.

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

I’m not embarrassed: The move Clue (1985), starring Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, etc. So excellently funny and ridiculous no matter how many times. I saw it 3 times in the theater when it came out (I was 6), and since then … maybe another 144 times.
Second most: Carol. Twice in theater, since then, maybe 5 more times, with different combos of family and friends. Both 1950s movies!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I drafted it this summer (May), revised (July), again in fall (October).

How many stories have you written?

Four screenplays: THERESE, a Jane Austen adaptation called DARCY’S DAYS, a Darwin biopic called THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE, and an original sci-fi script called LANDFILL. I’m trained as an academic (lit prof), so I’ve also published a book and a lot of articles, like academics do, and assorted poems.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Sheer excitement and love for the characters and source material. I also wanted to recover some of the character dynamics, high tension, and subjectivity in Patricia Highsmith’s book that weren’t much represented in the film Carol. I had to make sure that I was doing everything I could do as an individual human to make this story continue. So, mission accomplished. Does the world care? Yet to be determined. It’s really hard to get any attention from producers as an outsider in an exclusive and competitive business.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Staying true to their love for each other without wallowing in lovey-dovey. I want it to be edgy and exciting. But I didn’t want either woman to degrade into bitchiness. That’s a hard balance to strike. Fortunately, their world presents challenges that make their character arcs believable, and their joys and griefs complementary.

Oh, and having a new baby. I mostly wrote during her naps and late at night.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My kids (ages 3 and 0) and wife, teaching literature, nature, travel, film. The human experience. Musing about environmental futures. I live in DC, so we’re at the epicenter of this ornery cultural climate.

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

Zora Neale Hurston said something like: “there is no agony like holding an untold story inside you.” I agree. Let it out, let it breathe. Revise. Up the ante. It’ll make you a more complete person, more empathetic. We need all the empathy we can get in this strange world of 2016.


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September 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

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Fan Fiction: VIGILANTE: The Origins of Casey Jones (TMNT) by Justin Prince

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

After an injury put a halt to his plans of playing hockey in the NHL, Casey Jones doesn’t believe life can get much worse. He soon finds out just how wrong he is. Faced with a tragedy Jones takes justice into his own hands, becoming a hockey mask wearing vigilante. (Based on the character from Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
CASEY – Randy Baumer
BOSS – Dan Cristofori
HUN – Steve Mitchell
CRISTO – John Fray
VAN – Kaleb Alexander
APRIL – Norma Dawn Dunphy

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay works as a retelling of the origin story of Casey Jones, the hockey masked vigilante of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s fame. The story reveals who Casey is as a person and what events push him to take on his crime-fighting persona.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would describe it as a graphic action/superhero film.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Casey Jones is one of the most popular characters from the TMNT universe outside of the four turtles themselves. This script really just gives you an idea of who Casey Jones is, the hardships that shaped him and how he develops into the vigilante that goes on to become one of the turtle’s most trusted allies.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gritty & fun.

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

I’m not sure; there are a lot of movies I revisit, including the original 1990s live action TMNT film. But, the film I’ve probably watched the most in my life is probably “Raging Bull.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been a TMNT fan my entire life but as I got older I began to identify more with Casey Jones than I did the turtles themselves. So I’ve been conceptualizing the script for a long time I’d say. But, it wasn’t until after the most recent TMNT film was released that I began to really sit down and outline the story. The TMNT of the comics are actually really dark and gritty with Casey Jones being one of its darkest and most gritty characters. I really wanted my script to reflect the comic universe more so than any of the film incarnations of the TMNT have.

How many stories have you written?

Oh, I could never put a number on it. I’ve been writing stories since I was a little kid. I’ve always enjoyed storytelling and have told stories in almost every format you can tell one in. As far as scripts go this is my fifth short script. I’m also currently working on the screenplay a feature length film.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I just really wanted to tell a story within the TMNT universe but tell it in a way that reflected the comics more so than the cartoons. The original TMNT comics are really quite a contrast from the other forms of TMNT media; they also started as a parody of the superhero genre. I wanted to bring the grittiness of the comics to life in a script and I also wanted to have that element of parody. So here that element comes with Casey’s obsession with action films and his penchant for quoting them in battle.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The biggest obstacle was writing the action sequences. I haven’t ever really written any significant action sequences for a screenplay before and this one has several of them. So figuring out how to write them in a way that conveyed what I envisioned along with the pacing I had in mind was really something I had to experiment with to figure out.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m really passionate about all aspects of film. Lately, I’ve really began to delve into editing and learning the way that editors tell a story or alter how a story is told.

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

My biggest tip is embracing the rewriting process. So many people like to write, but they don’t like to rewrite. You have to learn to love rewriting, especially if you’re going to choose to write screenplays.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

August 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

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THE MASK OF LEIA
by Ian Wilson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Following the Battle of Endor and the defeat of the Empire, Leia secretly struggles with her own ongoing internal battle with the Force.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
LEIA – Laura Darby
EMPEROR – Stephen Flett
HAN SOLO – David Straus
ACKBAR – Rais Muoi

Get to know the winner writer: 

1. What is your fan fiction screenplay about?

The Mask of Leia is a thought-provoking drama that explores the hidden psyche of Princess Leia. It aims to prompt the viewer into thinking about the trauma that Leia has undergone through the Star Wars story and what her internal struggles from dealing with all that suffering might be.

By all rights, Leia should be a total basket-case or at least have severe PTSD but she has managed to mask these personal struggles from everyone around her, including Han Solo. The script also explores the potential of her being Force-sensitive and keeping this hidden, perhaps for political reasons.

How does this screenplay fix into the context of the Star Wars universe?

The story takes place just after the Battle of Endor (Star Wars: Episode VI -The Return of the Jedi) and the defeat of the Empire.

Leia and Admiral Ackbar lead the Rebel forces to the planet Coruscant to secure the New Republic. It is during this journey that we see Leia secretly struggle with her trauma and her ongoing internal battle with the Force.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hidden backstory.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

I’m a Dr. Who fan. I have been since I was about five years old. I
love watching the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, because I went to school with him and we were in the same theatre company together as teens in Glasgow, Scotland. He used to play Dr. Who in the school playground and he was a natural at it then. I was not surprised that he got the role as Doctor Who.

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

The story was sketched out over a couple of days between film
director, David Connellan, and myself. It then took me about three weeks to achieve the final draft.

6. How many stories have you written?

In terms of screenplays, I have written five stories – two features and three shorts. I am currently, writing my third feature, which is a thriller/horror.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I have always been a Star Wars fan from the very first time I saw that iconic Star Wars roll-up. So, when my friend and director, David Connellan, asked me to write a screenplay for a Star Wars short I jumped at the chance. Writing the roll-up to this story was fun.

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

The goal was to come up with a five-minute screenplay – about five pages. Trying to capture the whole of Leia’s trauma into just five minutes was very difficult. My initial draft was close to twelve pages and the final draft was around eight pages. Cutting out some great scenes and dialogue was tortuous. Sadly, cutting it down further for a five-minute film meant a lot of sacrifices in the overall story, including the iconic roll-up.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel. In my view, travel has been my greatest teacher. It has
allowed me to experience and understand people and cultures across so many countries. Travel has helped me realize that while we are all members of the same small planet and there are also more ways to live than just the one we have been born into.

Travel is experiential and visual and for me that helps me in my
screenwriting, which is very much about creating a visual experience.

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

The Fan Fiction Festival is a well renowned festival and platform for fan fiction and fan films. Entering the Festival was a “must-do” for me. In the Fan Fiction Festival, I love how engaged fans can be in developing their own derivatives of the original stories. It’s a form of organic creation that deserves more credit.

The feedback I received from the festival was very useful in tightening the story. I certainly appreciated this. The only advice I didn’t feel comfortable with was to develop more character for Han Solo. I felt that would have detracted from Leia’s story.

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

I like to start with “what if” questions to get a story going. The concept of The Mask of Leia is a good example. What if Leia has PTSD and is being internally pulled by the dark and light side of the Force? Think about that question and you have all sorts of ideas for a story.

Write with passion and don’t be afraid to go with your gut when writing a story. If you let others get involved and question your story concept early in the process it will most likely upset your creativity and your story will turn out half-assed. Of course, listen to feedback once you’ve completed that first and subsequent drafts as feedback will help refine and improve the story.

Finally, I’d say that make sure that you develop engaging characters.

Such characters are distinct, likeable (or loathsome) and have a strong motivation. Ultimately, these characters do not ride along with the flow of the story, rather they create the direction of the story.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson