2016 Family Screenplays

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Watch the best of Family Screenplays from2016. CLICK and watch the winning readings: 

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – DOORLOCKER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Tony DiSibio & BL Cooper
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE THREE LODGERS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Bayo Baker
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TINK
December 2016 Reading
Written by Edward Ybarra
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – CLOSURE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – CHILDREN OF CHAOS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Kara Dueck
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
November 2016 Reading
Written by Even R. Schullery
ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – PLACE TO BE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Natalia Maslin
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE BURIED MOON AND HER DAUGHTER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rena Dunsworth
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – REACH FOR THE SKY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eric Carlson
ACTORBEST Scene Screenplay – FAMILY OF SPIES
November 2016 Reading
Written by Susan Lambert Hatem
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – PARADISE AT MAIN AND ELM
October 2016 Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Cate Carson

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – 3 FAMILIES
September 2016 Reading
Written by J.D. Poland

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
July 2016 Reading
Written by Evan Schullery

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE BLUE DRESS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dave Riese

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE FACTS OF LIFE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Beadnell

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jennifer Renner

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WILD MAGIC
June 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Nichols

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – SEED OF THE WOMAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gary R. Billings
ACTORShort Screenplay – CARRION
May 2016 Reading
Written by Karen Palmer

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MARRIAGE EQUALITY
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jamie Pierce

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

ACTORFeature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL
March 2016 Reading
Written by Pamela Green and Everett House Sr.

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – SCREAMING MY HEART OUT
March 2016 Reading
Written by Janyce Lapore

ACTORFeature Screenplay – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
February 2016 Reading
Written by L.R. Whittinger
ACTORFan Fiction – DOCTOR WHO “The Time Cuckoo”
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Gilbank & Paul Renhard
ACTORFeature Screenplay – FOUR FOR THE BORDER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Toby Roberts
ACTORTV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Short Screenplay – THE BLUE DRESS by Dave Riese

Watch the July 2016 Winning Family Short Screenplay.

THE BLUE DRESS by Dave Riese

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
REBECCA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
EDITH – Mandy May Cheetham
MICHAEL – Devin Upham
WALLACE – Neil Bennett

Get to know the winning writer Dave Riese:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Rebecca, 12 years old, learns that her Uncle Wallace, a cattle baron from Texas, is coming to visit. Rebecca doesn’t like her uncle and her only hope is that he will bring her a birthstone ring like the one he bought for her cousin the year before. After dinner, Uncle Wallace gives Rebecca her gift: a blue dress once owned by his wife Vera who has remained in Texas. When Rebecca’s mother asks her to try on the dress, Rebecca, bitterly disappointed, runs to her room in tears.

Rebecca soon suspects that her father and Uncle Wallace have reached an agreement that she won’t like. When her suspicions become true, Rebecca finds a way to exact a fitting revenge in return for the adults’ betrayal.

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

With the classic theme of a child against adults, this film can be enjoyed by preteens to eighty year olds. The central character of the child is not the usual heroine. The childish perspective of Rebecca contrasts with the reality facing the adults. The number of characters is limited to five; most of the action takes place in a house, its porch, and front yard. A street sidewalk is the only other location. The short story takes place just after WWII in Montreal, but this time frame can be pushed up 10-20 years, if necessary; the location can be moved to the US. A new car from the period is the main object that much reflect the period.

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

Outwitting adults.

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

It’s hard to say. It’s a toss-up between Psycho, Citizen Kane, Wizard of Oz, and North by Northwest. All the while I’m watching, I’m telling myself, “You’ve seen this hundred times. You know every scene and most of the dialogue. Go do something else.” But I can’t tear myself away.

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

I’ve been working on this screenplay off and on for six months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written about 20 stories and a novel, published last year, called Echo from Mount Royal

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to try my hand at writing a screenplay. My short story called The Blue Dress seemed to offer a good combination of dialogue and conflict. I was also intrigued by the young girl who struggles against the adults. Her perspective offered the opportunity to combine humor with sympathy. Her relationship with her mother vs her father undergoes a reversal that provides a satisfying conclusion.

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

Adapting a short story taught me how to externalize the interior thoughts of the characters. For example, the friend, Jackie, was created to help us understand, more clearly, the motivations of Rebecca. Several scenes of backstory in the prose work was dropped for time reasons and to make the plot line more streamlined. The criticism I received from the judge at the festival pertained to the length of time before the uncle arrives at Rebecca’s home. His arrival propels the plot into Act Two and must come sooner. Act One of the screenplay was shortened by 25% in the next revision.

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

My wife and I enjoy travelling throughout the world. I enjoy gardening and spending time with our grandchildren. Reading is the center of my life.

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

I joined FilmFreeway and began searching for festivals that accepted short screenplays. I chose this festival because I got a down-to-earth vibe from the website. I expect that hearing the screenplay will help me hear what dialogue works and what doesn’t. Also the judge’s criticism was exactly what had to be changed.

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

Join a critique group where you have the opportunity to workshop your script. Revise the script over and over to tighten the dialogue. Try to find place where a single word or sentence or action defines a character. Watch lots of films and study screenplays to see how professionals solve the problems we all face.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Watch Family Short Script: FIVE DAYS IN CALCUTTA

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Watch the Winning Family Screenplay Reading
FIVE DAYS IN CALCUTTA
by Fred Perry

SYNOPSIS:

A ridiculously botched suicide attempt reunites two brothers who are polar opposites.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
BERNIE – Brett Kelly
SID – Steve Shand
WOMAN’S VOICE – Aidan Black Allen

 

Watch Family Short Screenplay Reading: BOOMERANG THE GREAT

Deadline October 10th for Family Film and Writing Festival
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Watch BOOMERANG THE GREAT by Ana R. Dominick

SYNOPSIS:

A lonely 9-year-old American girl embarks on a primal voyage across the Pacific Ocean to find her long-gone mama in Australia.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
BOOMERANG – Michelle Alexander
ROXY/WOMAN – Marsha Mason
NATHAN/DRIVER – Geoff Mays
SKATER/PASSENGER – Rob Notman

Watch HATE QUILT, Winning Family Short Screenplay

HATE QUILT, by William A. Neary
Reading of the short screenplay

SYNOPSIS:

“Hate Quilt” is about two quirky sisters struggling for happiness as their opposite attitudes collide: the optimist and the pessimist.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marta Legrady
RACHEL – Natalie Gallard
MANDY – Megan Leach
OFFICER BOB – Dan Goldberg
KEN – Rob Stone