FAMILY Best Scene Script Reading of SERAPHIM RISING, by Andy McGuire

 

Genre: Family, Drama

A street-wise 12 year old name JASON PINCH learns of his newfound responsibilities via MICHAEL, the archangel. Also in the scene is MYLEENA, an ex-soldier who’s fate has become intertwined with Pinch’s.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Vanessa Quagliara
Myleena – Julie C. Sheppard
Pinch – Trevor Marlatt
Michael – Peter Nelson

Get to know the writer: 

  What is your screenplay about?

A young homeless thief accidentally acquires the powers of Heaven when he steals from a rogue angel. He must learn the responsibility of weilding such power while being hunted by the rogue. Fortunately, he has help.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action adventure
Superhero/comic book

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Even with the glut of Marvel and DC films, Seraphim Rising stands out with its theological (but never heavy-handed) overtones. Additionally, the protagonist is a child and to see a child’s idea of what to do with super powers is more interesting than an adult.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Angelic super action

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

Fight Club

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 years

How many stories have you written?

Over 10

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

Not sure. But favorite musical artist is Rise Against, bar none.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Trying not to make it preachy and thus more accessible.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Board games, movies, comics

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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

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WINNING FAMILY FEATURE SCREENPLAY – THE SPIRIT OF COLUMBUS, by Eric W. Carlson

 

(Adventure/Drama; based on a true story.) In 1964, Ohio housewife & amateur pilot Jerrie Mock races professional aviatrix Joan Merriam Smith in a daring attempt to become the first woman to successfully fly solo around the world.

Genre: Family, Drama, History, Adventure

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Jerrie: Penelope Park
Joan: Kelci Stephenson
Russ: Todd Thomas Dark
Williams: Charles Gordon
Sharp: Nick Wicht

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

In 1964, Ohio housewife and amateur pilot Jerrie Mock races professional aviatrix Joan Merriam Smith in a daring attempt to become the first woman to successfully fly solo around the world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

True story/Adventure/Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Jerrie Mock is an inspiration to all women (and others) who wish to achieve something meaningful, despite significant odds against success. (As a trivia note, her small Cessna 180 hangs in the Dulles annex of the Air and Space museum. If you are in the area, go look at it. You will be surprised at how small and fragile her airplane looks. It’s amazing she flew it 23,000 miles in 29 days.)

How would you describe this script in two words?

Courageous women.

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

To Kill a Mockingbird.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I began the research in the summer of 2016. I finished the first draft in February 2017, and immediately started the revisions and editing.

How many stories have you written?

Well over 20 screenplays.

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

I Saw Her Standing There, by the Beatles – the true essence of a rock and roll song with its simple premise and pure raw sound.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I wanted to get this story right to honor Jerrie, so my editing process was long (and is still ongoing). Her story needs to be told.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music (I’m a drummer), history, movies, and traveling.

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

It’s a great submission platform. I’ve entered over a dozen scripts into numerous contests, and never had a problem.

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

The feedback I received was the best from any contest, bar none. I have advised all of the writers in my screenwriting group to enter if they have a script that would fit the tone of your contest. I used the notes I received to do a rewrite, and they really strengthened my script. The fact that you had actors breathe life into my story was the absolute icing on the cake. It’s rare that we writers receive such an honor and opportunity.

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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

October 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTORFAMILY 1st SCENE Screenplay – MY ATARI CHRISTMAS
October 2017 Reading
by Chris Parrish
ACTORADVENTURE 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE MONSTER HUNTERS CODE
October 2017 Reading
by Ryan Brannan

festival posterTHE DARKNESS KEEPER, 18min, Spain, Thriller/Suspense
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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 FAMILY 1st Scene Script – MY ATARI CHRISTMAS, by Chris Parrish

 

Genre: Family, Comedy, Drama

In the spirit of “A Christmas Story,” an unlucky kid from an eccentric family embarks on a disastrous quest to obtain the most coveted present of the 1982 holiday season — an Atari 2600!

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Dad: Dan Cristofori
Mason: Brennan Clost
Radio: Connor Lyon
TV Chorus: Shaun Mazoka
News Reporter: Julie C. Sheppard

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

In the spirit of A CHRISTMAS STORY and CHRISTMAS VACATION, it’s about a kid from a crazy family on a quest to get the most popular and expensive toy of the holiday season — an Atari 2600!

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family Holiday Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because Hollywood hasn’t made a good live action Christmas comedy for the entire family since ELF (nearly fifteen years ago.)

How would you describe this script in two words?

Funny & nostalgic

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

BLADE RUNNER

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Over a year (with lots of starts and stops)

How many stories have you written?

To date, I’ve written about 18 screenplays (at least half of which truly stink)

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

According to my iTunes, ROAR by Katy Perry

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding time to write it with work and going back to school

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’ve always loved to draw

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

Very user friendly

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

Everybody told me it wasn’t commercial enough to get made but my college professor encouraged me to ignore the cynics, get it out in the world and see see if other people want to see a fun live action Christmas movie as much as I do. I LOVED the feedback from the festival. Honest. Thoughtful. Insightful and very constructive.

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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

September 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTORFAMILY 1st Scene Screenplay – FOREVER CHARLEE
September 2017 Reading
by Hank Isaac

festival posterPUSHING, 10min, USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterMY LITTLE BROTHER, 6min, New Zealand, Family/Experimental
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festival posterCHALK, 10min, Family/Adventure
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterPEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterUKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterKARMA, 4min., USA, Animation/Family
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPERFECT TOWN, 4min., Switzerland, Animation/Fantastic
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterONE PER PERSON, 10min., Canada, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterFRUIT, 7min., Germany, Animation/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

festival posterOUR CRAPPY TOWN, 8min, USA, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick

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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 FAMILY 1st Scene of FOREVER CHARLEE, by Hank Isaac

 

A washed up child actress tries to make a comeback by starring in a TV series about a washed up child actress who’s trying to make a comeback.

Genre: Family, Drama

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Charlee: Premika Leo
Kip: James Boutcher
Guard: Luke Robinson

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Forever Charlee is about a 12-year-old actress – a child super-star, actually – who is washed up before she even becomes a teen but is given the chance to play a character in a TV series whose life scarily parallels her own.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Forever Charlee is a half-hour sitcom with dramatic overtones.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel this story speaks to anyone who strives to be “on top” but for one reason or another ends up failing. It’s about all the things we hope to be and the things we hope for our own children.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Diabolically hilarious.

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

A tie between The Time Machine (1960) and The Dish. I watched The Time Machine in the theatre 13 times in a row, over two days, and The Dish, a sweet Australian film, on DVD just about as many.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for about a year. The version you have is pretty much like the original which went down on paper in about six hours. I polished a little after.

How many stories have you written?

Easily over 100.

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

This is hard. Probably Pat Boone’s April Love. Why? It was released during a pretty significant coming-of-age time
for me and still conjures up those feelings whenever I hear it (or whenever I need those feelings).

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None, really. I’m always in a fight with potential producers over my work — they nearly always insist my characters
“should be older.” So the “obstacle” is an internal one for me: I need to follow my instinct and block out everything
else.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Oh my. My family. I’m also a filmmaker. I’m a designer. I sail. I used to fly sailplanes and airplanes. Too many “passions” to list here.

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

I really like FilmFreeway. When I began entering competitions, I used “the other portal” because that’s all there was.

FF has been a real delight and their staff is immensely courteous when providing help. They are also responsive to suggested changes & additions.

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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

August 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – WEBBED
August 2017 Reading
by Robert Drusetta
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – ROCKETEERS
August 2017 Reading
by Gil Saint


festival posterTHE MAN WHO DOESN’T SLEEP, 15min, Canada, Drama
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festival posterMAGIC RADIO, 9min, USA, Family/Comedy
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festival posterWALLY, 24min, USA, LGBT, Documentary
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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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