Watch the Winning 1pg. Short Story. Performed by Danielle Nicole
Watch COUNT WILLIAM:
Get to know writer Tegon Maus:
Matthew Toffolo: What is your 1pg Short Story about?
Tegon Maus: Perceptions…. People already have their minds made up about almost everything. You can give them 3 words and they will jump ahead because they think they know where the story is going… I like to make sure they don’t !!
MT: What genres would you say this short story is in?
MT: How would you describe this story in two words?
TM: Pleasantly unexpected
MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
TM: It would be a toss-up between ID4 / Twister or 5th Element I have seen them all at least 9 times !
MT: How long have you been working on this story?
TM: A weekend
MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
TM: Any of the Lensmen Series by E.E. Doc Smith
MT: What motivated you to write this story?
TM: It was a Vampire story contest
MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?
TM: Jackson Pollock… I had read that in 1952 Jackson drank a six-pack of Coors beer and then filled the cans with different color paint… he then hung them with string over a blank canvas… poked a hole in the bottom of each with an ice pick and beat them wildly with a stick while listening to rock and roll ! The result is his now famous painting called Convergence that he sold to the Chicago Museum of Art for $68,000. Now that is a dinner conversation I would like to have !!
MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
TM: I write, paint, sculpt, garden, wood work, and love to take naps !
MT: What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?
Always looking for new readers.
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Only one ! Write whatever you want… not what’s popular. Just what YOU want to read… let everyone else follow you. Not the other way around.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
To save her Henrietta’s life, she is left on an earthling’s doorstep by Geegle one of the most untrustworthy characters in the plot. It so happens she is left on the wrong doorstep. She falls into the hands of the greedy Fritzgrumpy’s and becomes their slave. After Henri discovers she is a foundling and her supposed parents were only interested in being paid for looking after her. Her life turns upside down. Eanie Meanie saves Henri aided by with Geegle. So she can to find her way back to her real place in time and space. However, the Black Cardinal who has taken her rights away wants her dead.
— “The Conjuring” meets “A Christmas Carol” when a modern Scrooge hires professional ghost hunters, one of them his former fiancée, Belle.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
— Charles Dickens wrote his holiday tale as a ghost story and no film adaptation has focused on the paranormal, ghost hunting side of things. EVP’s, night-vision cameras, spirit boxes, plus goblins and a spirit-seeing dog add up to a fun, family night at the movies.
3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?
— Conjuring Ebenezer.
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
— “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney.
5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
— Starting with the source material, research into the paranormal equipment, forming an outline and writing on evenings and weekends, it took about four months.
6. How many stories have you written?
— This is my seventh screenplay, most of them comedies.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
— I love all of the ghost hunting shows and the idea of having Scrooge hire ghost hunters appealed to me. Prior to “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens wrote a short story about a goblin who battled wits with a Scrooge prototype known as the Sexton. Once I saw “The Conjuring,” I knew that I could combine that earlier story with married ghost hunters, using Belle as a romantic conflict.
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
— Besides the day job? (haha) I would say motivation to fill those blank pages. Screenplay contest deadlines helped move the pen along, but believing in my own writing was absolutely a must. I had to shed the fear that someone somewhere wasn’t already writing along the exact same lines.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
— The Washington Redskins, Wizards and Capitals. Theater. Acting. Politics. Traveling. Eerie movies. Bigfoot. UFO’s. Ghosts.
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
— As an actor-writer, I was fascinated by what other actors could do with a reading. It’s really a one-of-a-kind opportunity and a wonderful chance for interested folks to give it a listen. The feedback was not just smoke blowing up the ol’ backside. It was clearly read thoroughly with excellent useful feedback. The enthusiasm found in the feedback makes me think that I have something here. Thanks so much for all you do!
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
— Believe in yourself and write with passion. Love your characters because you have to live with them for months on end. I found that averaging a page an hour worked well for me. I usually aimed for three pages a night, a few more on the weekends. Don’t pressure yourself if blank pages stare at you some nights. The ink will flow eventually. I write longhand first, ideas flowing like blood from brain to hand. Write on!
I’M GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE, I’M GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE by Laura Morton
Reading of the full screenplay
‘I’m Going Somewhere Else’ is set in the opposing worlds of a Southern family farm and New York City. Meg-Peggy, the youngest daughter of the family, secretly collects wrappers and advertisements for junk foods and dreams of seeing the world. When Albert, a fellow farmer, proposes out of the blue, and the family betroths her to him, Meg-Peggy knows she has to do something. On the day of the wedding she runs off, leaving a note that reads: I’m going somewhere else. That somewhere else is New York City. She befriends Duckie, an old, eccentric woman who owns a bodega in Hell’s Kitchen. Under her wing, Meg-Peggy learns to face her fear, take risks, and appreciate the skills she learned on the farm.
NARRATOR – Elizabeth Robbins
MEG-PEGGY – Bryn McAuley
DUCKIE/MOTHER – Susan Q. Wilson
ALBERT – Cody Crain
CHUCK – Jordan Gray
CHAD – Jason Martorino
ELSIE – Sarah DiMuro
IZZY – Kelly Rae Cruise
ELZA – Joanna Haughton
CHARLES – Sean Ballantyne
NOTE: Actors also playing minor roles in the screenplay