FAMILY Feature Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT by Byron Anderson

Winning Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
Written by Byron Anderson

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
BALTHASAR – David Straus
GASPAR – Devin Upham
MELCHOIR – Mark Sparks
VARIOUS – John Marcucci

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Adventure, Religion, Action

Captivated by an extraordinary star, three Persian warrior priests journey along the Silk Road battling evil and struggle with their faith until they are transformed by God on their way to Bethlehem.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Captivated by an extraordinary star, three warrior priests journey through Persia battling evil and struggling with their faith until they are transformed by God on their way to Bethlehem.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, Adventure, Christmas, Faith-based, Family Friendly, Spiritual

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Quest for Light – Adventure of the Magi is a Christian-themed action adventure which appeals to a broad demographic. Christian viewers will appreciate the Bible-based story which holds true to Christian theology. The fast-paced-action story and it’s historically accurate depiction of the First Century Silk Road appeals to the broader audience. The story provides a fresh perspective on the Biblical account of the nativity and the significance of the Persian priests who abandoned their kingdoms on a quest for a foreign god.

Intrigued by the mystery and theological significance of the Magi, I based the story on Scripture and historical accounts of the era, including the events and circumstances surrounding Christ’s birth. The significance of God’s star and the role of the Magi are brought into focus in the Christmas miracle of God coming to live among men, as a baby born to a virgin.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Christmas Adventure

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

Raiders of the Lost Ark

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Five Years

How many stories have you written?

Two, this screenplay and the novel by the same title

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Beatles, Back in the USSR

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Learning the mechanics if a screenplay

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sports

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

The Family theme of the festival got my attention and the feedback was instructive and encouraging

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February 2017 FAMILY Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORNOVEL Transcript – MEI MENG: THE LOST PANDA
February 2017 Reading
Written by Andrew Fisk

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – I SPY WITH MY LITTLE FLY
February 2017 Reading
Written by Adam Luff
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – WORMHOLE 276
February 2017 Reading
Written by Veronica R. Tabares

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TWO GEESE AND A LADY GIRAFFE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Chanda Walker
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – 5 THINGS NOT TO FEED YOUR BABY
February 2017 Reading
Written by Todd A. Jackson

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EKKO
February 2017 Reading
Written by Johnny Walker
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – BROKEN FRAME
February 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Boncella

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Joe Laudati

 

 

 

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FAMILY BEST SCENE Screenplay – WORMHOLE 276, by Veronica R Tabares

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Winning Screenplay – WORMHOLE 276
Written by Veronica R. Tabares
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
MARVI – Talia Price
JACOT – Casey Estey
TANK – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic space city, two teenagers travel through a wormhole to find themselves in a strange ancient land; planet earth in the 21st century.

What is your screenplay about?

In a futuristic space city, two teenagers travel through a wormhole to retrieve a box of dangerous inventions that could destroy humankind. They find themselves in a strange ancient land; planet earth in the 21st century.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction and Family

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

We need more movies that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Movies with excitement, comedy, drama, and heart. Movies that don’t keep parents on edge, ready cover the eyes and muffle the ears of their children.

Besides, there really aren’t enough movies that portray the grand relationship, the one between grandparents and grandchildren. And even fewer with grandparents who are vibrant, active, successful scientists ready to take on the world.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Grand Journey

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

It’s a tie between Return to Me and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I know they’re very different from each other, but which one I want to see depends on my mood.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year and a half. I’d work on it, switch to another project, and come back to it again. It came together a bit faster than I expected. I think it wanted to be written, so it didn’t throw any temper tantrums.

How many stories have you written?

More than I can count. I’ve been doing it a while.
So, I’ll focus on the stories that became books or scripts.
My ninth book will be out this summer (six novels and three picture books) and I have two additional picture books waiting to be illustrated.
Add to that six screenplays and four shorts, and the total is twenty-one.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I adore science fiction and will write it whenever given the opportunity.
I found a short I’d written for a class, read it, and realized it had potential to become a feature. I flipped the focus, expanded the story, and had a lot of fun with the characters. It was a blast!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Life always manages to throw a few obstacles in the way of writing, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, I need to live life to write about it. Each obstacle I encounter is fodder for future stories.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, family, and more family! Oh, and archaeology. And computer stuff.

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

I could write until my fingers came to life and danced off the keyboard by themselves, but what good would that do? All those words on the page are just that, words, until they’re proven able to communicate a story.

Which means a stranger must read my screenplay and understand it. I chose to enter the festival because I enjoy writing material that is appropriate for families. It’s a good fit.

The feedback was excellent! I really appreciate the comments and hope to work them into the script soon.

How has your Network ISA experience been like?

Fantastic! It’s great to have so many resources in one place.

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FAMILY Feature Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS, by Joe Laudati

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Winning Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS
Written by Joe Laudati

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
FAELA – Cynthia Crofoot
KATIE – Victoria Urquhart
ELSIE – Andrea Meister
MCBRIDE – Brian Carleton
SCUFF – Peter Mark Raphael
SEAN – Gabriel Cameron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Family

‘One prank too many. That’s all it takes to get Faela, a mischievous pixy, nearly banished from the Faerie Realm. Whether tantalizing goblins, enchanting flowers, or enraging an entire Irish town with her magical mayhem, Faela can test the mettle of even the most patient fairy. Her friend Scuff warned her not to taunt the ‘big-folk’. But what does a ‘gnome’ know?

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What is your screenplay about?

One prank too many. That’s all it takes to get Faela, a mischievous pixy, nearly banished from the Faerie Kingdom. Whether tantalizing goblins, enchanting flowers, or enraging an entire Irish town with her magical mayhem, Faela can test the mettle of even the most patient fairy. Her friend Scuff warned her not to taunt the ‘big-folk’. (But what does a gnome know?)

Hauled before the High Court, King Auberon gives Faela a final chance to redeem herself: become a ‘house fairy’ to the home of a widower blacksmith, and restore ‘courage and joy’ to his little daughter Elsie. Of course, no one knows that Elsie has the ‘gifted sight’, the ability to see fairies. Not even Scuff, now sent as the king’s spy, whom Faela magically merges with the family dog!

But Faela longs to experience love as a human. Attracted to the former-beau of Elsie’s stern older sister Katie, she ‘pixylates’ the girl’s body to dance with him at a summer fair. Chaos ensues, as the personalities of girl and pixy collide.

Will Faela’s romantic distractions lead her astray?

And then there’s the Pooka, a sinister shape-shifting goblin who will spare no wickedness to see Faela’s mission fail. For the Pooka has claim over any banished pixy, and he has his heart set on Faela as his bride.

What genres does your screenplay under?

This is a whimsical fantasy-comedy, intended for children aged 8 to 80.

How would you describe this script in two words?

With all due respect to Disney’s ‘Tinkerbell’, it’s time we had a new fairy on the scene. Fairies are iconic creatures, as popular as dragons, vampires, and werewolves. Yet, apart from Tink, there have been almost no movies made about these elemental forces of Nature. I can name maybe two where a fairy served as the main character, and not simply as a
Peter Pan sidekick, or window-dressing for a Willow, or Labyrinth. Where’s the sylph-love? Fairies are everywhere in our culture, in books, artwork, toys, dolls, lingerie, New Age crystal and candle shops, Halloween costumes, greeting cards, even religions and paranormal science. (check out Theosophy and Wiccanism). A lot of poltergeist activity is actually attributed to mischievous nature-spirits. Fairies are like angels, but sexier. They can be perverse, unfettered by codes of ethics, and free as the wind. Faela is that character!

Faela is Taylor Swift, Tina Fey, and a bumblebee, put in a blender and poured over ice. She’s the ‘anti-Tinkerbell’, the ‘bad-girl with a heart of gold’, filled with spunk and an irreverent wit. Outcast, she cradles a lonely heart behind a pirate smile. ‘Pixylations’ is the story of her redemption, where she learns responsibility, and become a hero, while preserving that mischievous-spark that makes her the bane of her peers.

Though originally conceived as a fully animated film, this would work equally well as a live-action / CGI combo. With renewed interest in fairy tale projects, and the popularity of films like Maleficent, and Frozen, I think it’s time ‘Pixylations’ took wing. It has the potential to become a hugely successful family film. The sky’s the limit on this one, and fairies can fly.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Magical romp.

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

The original 1933 King Kong. I was only three years old, the first time I saw the film, and the movie totally captured my imagination. It also sparked an interest in stop-motion animation, the special-effects technique used in the film, that led to a successful career as animator, sculptor, and writer.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About twenty-five years, give or take, for both the screenplay and the novel. Pixies don’t like to sit on a shelf for very long. They flutter before your thoughts until you give them your full attention.

How many stories have you written?

I am a published author of four books, including the horror novels ‘Ten Thousand Demons’, and ‘In Darkness It Dwells’, as well as the novelization of ‘Pixylations’, which is available now on Amazon. I have also written five screenplays, numerous short stories, magazine articles, and a chronicle of my sculpting work in ‘Pushing Clay: 22 Years of Garage Kit Sculpture’.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

To be ‘pixy-led’, according to the old definition, is to be enchanted and led astray by a fairy. There is no better way to describe my experience with ‘Pixylations’. When the idea first came to me, I was well involved with writing a demon novel, and a screenplay about dragons. Then suddenly, whoosh, my imagination was swept away by this impish little siren with insect wings. I come from a background of animation, and realized there had never been a decent fairy movie. It became a pet project. Despite suffering numerous attempts at production and publication, I kept returning to it, tweaking it with new details, and deepening the character values. It seems Faela will not let me rest until her story is told. When will this ‘spell’ be broken? Perhaps when the Blu-Ray comes out, and my shelf is filled with Faela novels.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I find there is a certain discrimination against the subject of fairies. Finding someone to read your work is always a challenge, especially if you’re a guy writing about a pixy. People turn their noses up at any fairy that isn’t Tinkerbell. It seems Neverland is the sole proprietor of fairy stories, but that’s like saying you can’t tell a good vampire tale unless it involves Dracula.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My first love is for dinosaurs, and fantasy creatures. King Kong, and the films of Ray Harryhausen, helped launch my career as a stop-motion animator, and writer. For decades, I have made my living as a sculptor for the toy and model kit industries, creating the master patterns for many statues, action figures, and collectibles. I also have a strong interest in mythology, comparative religions, paranormal phenomenon, and metaphysics. You can check out my sculpting work and other projects at http://www.joelaudati.com.

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

They say ‘if at first you don’t succeed, enter a screenplay contest’. I have labored for years to see my screenplays achieve some level of success. Winning the ‘Festival for Family’ competition has not only validated my faith in my writing ability, it has improved it. I am very grateful for the insightful critique I received from the staff. They provided the best evaluation I ever received, and the suggestions were enormously useful in refining both the screenplay, and the novel. Plus, to finally hear my dialogue spoken aloud by seasoned professionals is a thrill. I highly recommend it.


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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

2016 CAT Stories

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ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze


festival posterTIME SMASH, 2min., USA, Animation/Sci-Fi
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ACTORShort Story Reading – MAMA’S PURFECT DAY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Marra

ACTORShort Story Reading – THE WOMAN IN PARIS WHO WALKED HER CAT
April 2016 Reading
Written by Joe Kilgore

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – LE CHAT NOIR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Paula Sewell


festival posterMARIE MADELEINE
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22min, France, Crime/Drama

SCREENPLAYShort Story: PERNOD
August 2015 Reading
by Lionel Walfish


festival posterVALOR CAT
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2015
Animation/Comic Book, 7min, USA

2016 Family Novels and Short Stories

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ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A CHANCE FOR LIFE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald
ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS REUNION
November 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORNOVEL Prologue – THE ACE OF KINGS
August 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Levinson

ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell

ACTORSHORT STORY – DESPITE DEMENTIA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Bennett Cox

ACTORShort Story Reading – CULT FAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Lee Ronhovde

ACTORShort Story Reading – DESTINY OF JOY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Eastham
ACTORShort Story Reading – MAMA’S PURFECT DAY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Marra

ACTORShort Story Reading – TEARS FOR MY BABY SISTER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Jody T. Morse

ACTORShort Story Reading – TOGETHER AND SEPARATE
May 2016 Reading
Written by Herb Schultz

ACTORShort Story Reading – MR “NAUGHTY” BECOMES MR “NICE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald

ACTORShort Story Reading – THROWING KIDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Erik Linthorst

ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – TJ’S LAST SUMMER IN CAPE COD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Garfield Whyte

ACTORShort Story Reading – AFTERNOON CABARET
May 2016 Reading
Written by Grey Hall

ACTORShort Story Reading – COUNT WILLIAM
April 2016 Reading
Written by Tegon Maus

ACTORNovel Chapter 1 Reading – EXOTIQA
April 2016 Reading
Written by M. Black

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE MAGIC PILLOW
March 2016 Reading
Written by K.J. Kratz

ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – INTO THE SHADOWS
March 2016 Reading
Written by Marie Jones

ACTORWatch Novel Made into Movie: AAHBC
Written by Albert Lewis
ACTORChapter 7 Reading – THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Marie J.S. Phillips

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

2016 Family Short Films

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festival posterBIRTH WEAVING LIFE, 6min., Japan, Animation/Documentary
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festival posterI AM DYSLEXIC, 6min. Norway, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterGRANDMA: A TRUE STORY, 5min, UK, Animation/Family
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festival posterPHANTOM CITY, 6min, Canada, Animation/Crime
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festival posterTHE GRAVEYARD SHIFT, 2min, USA, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterCACOPHONY, 2min, USA, Animation/Drama
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festival posterSISTERS, 4min, USA, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterAFRO CRAB, 4min, Taiwan, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
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WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy

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festival posterTHE GRENADE, 4min., Brazil, Experimental/Music
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festival posterTHERE WAS A PLACE, 14min. Spain, Drama
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FALLING STARS, 25min, Germany, Drama/Mystery

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festival poster
LATE, 5min, Canada, Drama

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festival posterSTUTTER, 13min., USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterCOLOR, 6min, USA, Experimental/Student
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festival posterTHERE WAS A PLACE, 14min. Spain, Drama
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WHAT’S WEARING MUMMY, 15min, UK, Family/Comedy

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festival posterBACK TO THE FUTURE?, 10min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi
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September 2016 Film Festival


festival posterTHE CHAMPION, 17min, USA, Documentary
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September 2016 Film Festival


festival posterAWESOME BEETLE’S COLORS, 3min, Latvia, Animation/Musical
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festival poster
INSIDE, 3min., Belguim, Animation/Comedy

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festival poster5476 Miles, 4min, UK, Animation/Music Video
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festival posterSPARROW DUET, 4min, USA, Animation/Experimental
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festival posterA SMALL VOICE, 2min, UK, Animation/Drama
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festival posterBOTTOMLESS, 2min, USA, Animation/Biography
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festival posterSEA OF INK, 3min, USA, Animation/Drama
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festival poster1916, 4min, UK, Animation/Drama
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festival posterTIME SMASH, 2min., USA, Animation/Sci-Fi
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JAILBREAK, 1min., USA, Animation/Crime

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festival posterLUCY, 16min, Greece, Family/Drama
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festival posterGHOSTBOY, 9min., UK, Animation/Comedy
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festival poster101 CUPCAKES, 13min, Australia, Family/Drama
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ACTORSILENCE, 3min, Russia, Romance/Drama
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORI LIKE YOU, 2min, Italy, Drama/Romance
Short Film from July 2016 Film Festival

ACTORJACK IS PRETTY, 26min, USA, Fantasy/Family
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festival poster1Minute Nature
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4min, Netherlands, Documentary/Animation


festival posterFROG
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17min, USA, Family/Drama


festival posterACE
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6min, UK, Family/Kids


festival posterFISH
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10min, USA, Family/Drama


festival posterCHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR
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13min, USA, Horror/Family