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Winning FAMILY Short Screenplay – GIRL IN THE PAINTING by Scott Williamson

Genre: Family, Fantasy

A curious young girl is shocked to find a tormented soul trapped in her grandmother’s favourite painting, but she soon discovers there are even more sinister plans afoot.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Kate: Andrea Meister
Beryl: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Witch: Konstantina Mantelos
Caretaker: Anthony Botelho

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A curious young girl is shocked to find a tormented soul trapped in her grandmother’s favourite painting, but she soon discovers there are even more sinister plans afoot.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family. Fantasy. Gothic undertones.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think kids will fall in love with the story, and Kate in particular. My kids did. It’s packed with gothic fantasy, mystery and a strong young female protagonist. I’d love to see it on the big screen one day.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bloody awesome.

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

I’m an avid movie-goer and have seen lots over the years. If I had to choose my most frequently watched movie I couldn’t go past Top Gun. Hey, who didn’t want to be a jet fighter pilot going Mach 10 with their hair on fire?

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It literally poured onto the page. I think I wrote it in a morning. The editing, however, took a little longer; about a week or so.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve now pumped out four short film scripts, all of which have won awards over the last 6 months. I’ve got another six or seven scripts being developed, including a feature film and tv pilot.

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

That’s a hard one to answer. I love Guns ‘n Roses, Queen, Robbie Williams. Very eclectic. Sympathy for the Devil has seen a bit of air time lately.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writing and working full-time is never easy but this script just flowed. I guess you know it’s going to be okay when you don’t have to think too much about writing it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love my kids, my Triumph Speed Triple (motorcycle), and building my financial technology business. Writing is definitely my passion however. Hey, maybe one day I’ll be writing for full time.

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

I signed up to FilmFreeway at the beginning of the year but have been pretty selective about entering film festivals. There aren’t too many that focus on family films which is a shame, so when I saw the Festival for Family I jumped at the opportunity. The feedback was tremendous. It prompted me to re write the ending to make it more satisfying and I’m so glad I did. My script sparkled after the changes.

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

FAMILY Feature Film of the Day: AUDIBLE, by Gregg Napoli

PITCH:

ACTORTitle: Audible

Written by: Gregg Napoli

Type: Feature Film

Genre: Family, Sports

Logline: The Grandson of an Ohio Football coaching Legend. A young boy loses his family to tragedy and has his love and passion for football as his guiding light. Overcoming obstacles throughout his early life he finds comfort in football. Ultimately his passion transcends him to greatness in spite of all that is stacked against him.

Interested in this logline, please email us at info@wildsound.ca and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

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FAMILY TV Show of the Day: MINIGOLF CHASE, by Emir Zukic

Title: MINIGOLF CHASE

Written by: Emir Zukic

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Family

Logline: A game of putting skills and trivia knowledge consist of 7 levels that contestant has to pass in order to win a main prize. Every missed putt require assigned trivia question to be answered in order to pass the level, or stop playing and keep the winnings.

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logline

FAMILY Movie Scene of the Day: Family Values – from THE BIRDCAGE (1996)

After discovering that Val’s (Dan Futterman) family isn’t as normal as he thought, Senator Keeley (Gene Hackman) tries to leave the party.

CREDITS:
TM & © MGM (1996)
Cast: Hank Azaria, Dan Futterman, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Robin Williams, Calista Flockhart, Dianne Wiest
Director: Mike Nichols

MEGAN LEAVEY – What the critics have to say about the film!

megan_leavey78% of the critics like the film.

“Megan Leavey” isn’t a big, or particularly surprising picture; it sketches out a simple story and then, reliably delivers.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If you’re looking for a good cry, Megan Leavey gets the job done, I suppose. But it’s a bit like a wet kiss from a puppy.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The film – the feature directorial debut for Gabriela Cowperthwaite, whose orcas-in-peril documentary, Blackfish, struck a nerve – treats the handler/dog relationship with respect, not cheap sensationalism.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

With a female-directed, female-driven film this small, criticizing it feels like beating a baby seal. While well intentioned, the human-and-dog interest story lacks narrative drive and star Kate Mara is a limp noodle.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The emotion in Megan Leavey is not forced. It flows, up and down the leash, just like it’s supposed to.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

“Megan Leavey” works because it takes Leavey seriously as a character, and it studies her journey through her life and through the Marines before Rex is even a factor in the story.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

May 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Family Film or Screenplay to the Festival: http://festivalforfamily.com

 

ACTORFAMILY BEST Scene – MY GUARDIAN ANGEL
May 2017 Reading
by Philip Naiman
ACTORACTION BEST Scene – A SECRET JOURNEY
May 2017 Reading
by Gary A. Piazza
festival posterSEEDS, 12min, UK, Thriller/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORFANTASY BEST Scene – BRAD ACTUALLY
May 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: DIGBY’S DIARY
May 2017 Reading
by E.D. Bird
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: THE SCENT OF MY SON: IN GOD WE TRUST
May 2017 Reading
by Adrienne Miranda

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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