FAN FICTION 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Star Trek: Quicksilver. by Mary Blakney

With one Alpha-Quadrant city after another disappearing, Captain Nado and her team of lifelong enemies must find and neutralize a temporal weapon before a megalomaniac cult leader erases them from history.

CAST LIST:

Sleepy Man – 1 – Steve Saet
Shraga (f 20s) – 6 – Ella A
Narration – David Occhipinti
Nado (f 40s) – 12 – Carrie Schiffler
Lobi (f 30s) – 7 – Barbara Bergeron
Tahmid (m 40s) – 2 – Michael Ruhs

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

TV SPEC Screenplay Reading of THE OFFICE, by Vanessa Shealy

When Holly’s brother comes home from the military, Michael proves his statesmanship.

From Season 7.

CAST LIST:

Erin: Jessica Bowmer
Andy: Diego O’Brien
Dwight: Russell Batcher
Narrator: Elizabeth Morriss
Michael: Allan Brunet
Jim/Gabe: Justin Martins
Pam: Victoria Urquhart
Kelly: Michelle Urbano

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

FAN FICTION Best Scene Reading of HOUSE OF LIVING NIGHTMARES by Michael Meade

CAST LIST:

Alex (f) – 6 – Sydney Addison-Rudat
Luke – 6 – Russell Batcher
Narration – Pip Dwyer
Kevin (20s) – 14 – Alex Clay
Brandon – 9 – Luke Robinson
Emily – 2 – Vanessa Burns

You can also submit via FilmFreeway:

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

FAN FICTION Short: FALLEN: A STAR WARS STORY, by by George Deihl Jr.

 

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the events of the Phantom Menace and the start of the Clone Wars – a valuable lesson of integrity, love and the Force.

CAST LIST:

Qui Gane: Rachel Rain Packota
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Bixel: <a href="Allan Cooke
Jac Pale: Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Fallen – a Star Wars story is about Bixel, an exJedi who’s left the order to start a family on a distant planet. An unexpected visitor arrives and disrupts the peaceful life he’s struggled to create.

At it’s heart it’s about understanding that character and integrity, not uniforms and dogma are what make a hero.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Fantasy and Science Fiction, and of course Star Wars, which should be a genre in and of itself.

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

I believe it would start a dialogue about patience, caring and the people we call heroes in our society.

I think Star Wars has always been very progressive in its themes. Even the prequels were filled with subversive plot lines and thought provoking ideas – it was the story of a corrupt government working with a corporation to create an endless profitable war. The original trilogy was about fighting against the establishment. And just recently THE LAST JEDI’s true villain was toxic masculinity.

FALLEN continues with these themes. It is allegory of the over-reach of the Police, which is unfortunately happening around the world and in our country. Jac Pale believes himself faultless and is emboldened by his status a Jedi. Like a police officer who believes his uniform should illicit veneration, he is incapable of seeing the situation with Bixel and his daughter correctly. He then attacks and punishes instead of guiding, protecting and giving aid.

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

Exciting and heartbreaking.

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

ehhhh – it’s probably STAR WARS. But I promise I am into way more than that.

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

The story and themes were with me for sometime. I wrote and edited it in about two weeks.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written a feature film, THE JOURNAL OF 2ND LT. ISAAC BANGS. It’s a action / horror movie that takes place in Manhattan during the American Revolution. I’m working on a few shorts. THE ALGORITHM takes a science fiction bent on the dangers of following religious dogma blindly. The others, ISSUES vol 1 and ISSUES vol 2 – are about a psychiatrist whose clients are superheroes. Vol. 1, like FALLEN, is about how integrity of character makes a hero – not fancy costumes and powers. Vol. 2 is a sweet love story of two superheroes struggling with social issues and the hazards of secret identities. ISSUES has a great deal of comic book art that I have drawn myself, under the nom de plume – BIXEL BOONE.

I have also got another Star Wars short, about smugglers figuring out the political climate of the galaxy after the first DEATH STAR has been destroyed.

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

Currently – YOUR LOVE by THE OUTFIELD. Music is always a big part of my artistic endeavors. YOUR LOVE is having an influence on ISSUES vol 2. It was DUEL OF THE FATES from THE PHANTOM MENACE soundtrack for FALLEN.

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

“Showing not telling” – writing behavior. It is something that, being a new writer, I’m currently struggling. I’ve a treasure trove of ideas and I’m just learning to turn them into screenplays.

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

I am also an actor and an artist. I have been an actor in NYC for many years. Some years ago I was diagnosed with leukemia, which set me back a few years in my career. Fortunately, I am 100% back and have beaten it soundly. After returning to show-business, I realized I wanted to explore new ways to tell the stories running around in my head.

I am also a senior dog adoption advocate. And My wife and I have a 12 year old poodle named Vanilla Bean.

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

Great – I love it. I’ve got all the deadlines stashed away so I can submit all the screenplays I am working on for next year’s festivals.

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

I wanted to find a way to do something more with these Star Wars Shorts than just show my friends. So…honestly – I googled “fan fiction screenplay festivals”.

The initial feedback was amazing! it was so helpful and much more detailed than I expected. It taught me things about myself a writer that I don’t think I could have discovered elsewhere.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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 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 TV PILOT – THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR, by Richard Mueller

Winning Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
Written by Richard Mueller

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
LUCY – Olivia Jon
CONNOR/MARTY – Daniel Chung
DELLA – Tea Nguyen
GREGG – David Occhipinti
NASH – John Fray
SUNSHINE – Georgia Grant
TARA – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Romance

A reboot of the 1960s TV show (and 1945 movie) based on the R.A. Dick novel. A young widow and her two teenage children discover that the seaside house they have moved into is haunted. .

 Get to know the writer:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

A single mom and her kids struggle with a failing career, adjusting to small town life and romantic entanglements with a sea captain who’s been dead for a hundred years.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Because it’s an entrancing world, filled with lovable, beguiling people.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Spooky Romance

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

Gilmore Girls and Burn Notice

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About five months from start to submission in Fan Fiction Festival.

How many stories have you written?

Four competed scripts, one half of a novel and 7.4 bizillion ideas.

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

OMG. Just one? Okay then: Ruth Brown – Cabbage Head

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Getting past my own ideas of what it was “OK” to write and allowing myself to wantonly follow my inspiration. I’m glad I did it too, because now I am writing more, better and with increased enjoyment.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My passion is for storytelling. I’m a professional artist and designer with experience in a wide variety of media and I’ve found that regardless of whether I am creating an ad campaign, an interior design, a virtual world or writing a narrative, it is story that is the structure everything else hangs on. And that is something I just can’t get enough of.

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

I have no writing group and needed an outside eye. I got exactly what I’d hoped for in the feedback, it was perfectly professional, spot on and taught me things that influenced my subsequent project and made me better as a writer.

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

Follow your inspiration fearlessly and remember there is always more than one reward to creative expression.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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