Family Best Scene Reading – NO MORE GOODBYES, by Rebekah R Ganiere

January 2017 Winning FAMILY Best Scene Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay NO MORE GOODBYES Screenplay
Written by Rebekah Ganiere

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Victoria Kucher
TRISTAN – Hugh Ritchie
BETTY – Julie Sheppard
STAN – David Occhipinti
SHERIFF – Robert Notman
ER NURSE – Olivia Jon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Drama

When two foster brothers lose their carer they find themselves in danger of being separated. They go on the run, finding new family along the way.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

After the death of his foster mother, sixteen-year-old Mark goes on the run- fulfilling his promise to keep him and his eight-year-old foster brother, Tristan, together. But when their car dies in a small town, Mark finds that hiding out and caring for a young child with PTSD isn’t as easy as he thought.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family Film, Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It helps us to look at what it takes to consider someone family. With the country divided in so many ways right now this movie shows that people of any age, race, or religion can come together to form a family. And the sacrifices that family makes for each other.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Brotherly sacrifice

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

Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I’ve been a nerd for a very long time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Honestly, not long. I wrote it in one week last July. But I am a very quick writer. This was my first screenplay. I’ve edited it half a dozen times since then, but that’s about all. I’ve been a published author for three years and so when an idea hits me I bang it out quick.

How many stories have you written?

Stories? Man, I have no idea. I currently have 18 novels published. And sixty plus ideas still waiting to be written. I have four screenplays and a pilot I’ve written in the last six months. And several unfinished works as well.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My son. He is eight and he’s an actor and I have wanted to write something that would really showcase his funny, quirky, loving personality. And he has a friend who is also an actor who is sixteen. So I thought, realistically where would an eight year old and a sixteen year old meet and become best friends?

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making sure if felt real and authentic. I wanted this to be a story that people could watch and see themselves in, or someone they know and relate to it with characters we cried with and rooted for. That takes some doing.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a homeschooling mom of 4 beautiful kids. Three daughters and a son. I spend a lot of time driving them around to auditions and dance classes and other classes. We as a family love Comic Cons. We go to about seven a year and cosplay. So sewing and prop making and crafting take a lot of my time as well.

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

I loved the title. Festival for Family. I felt that was exactly the kind of audience I wanted to appeal to. The initial feedback I have gotten is awesome. Some of the notes were ones I had already been thinking about myself and so they just confirmed the changes I already wanted to make.

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

Write what you are passionate about not what you think the market wants. The market is always changing and if you try to write to what you think people want to see by the time you are done, the market will have changed. But if you write what you are passionate about and what you love, at the end of the day, even if no one sees it, you will love what you did. And that’s the most important thing of all.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Watch Winning Family Short Screenplay: THE FACTS OF LIFE by Chris Beadnell

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THE FACTS OF LIFE
Written by Chris Beadnell
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Comedy

A parent’s nightmare, the dreaded ‘birds and bees’ chat. This loving father steps up to the plate to answer the questions from his inquisitive daughter. He is nervous as he awkwardly navigates his way through an explanation. But, humorously, the circumstance changes at the end.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
TINA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
TREVOR – Robert Notman

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Today’s Family Screenplay Reading: MODERN FAMILY TV Spec

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MODERN FAMILY TV SPEC
Written by Debi Calabro
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SYNOPSIS:

This episode it about the ups and the downs of parenthood but ultimately it’s all good in the end.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
GLORIA – Jane Hailes
CLAIRE – Jane Smythe
PHIL/MITCHELL – Kari-Michael Helava
CAMERON/LUKE/MANNY – Robert Notman
LILY – Antosia Fiedur
JAY – Sean Ballantyne

Feature Script Table Reading: A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Eddie Yaroch

Watch the Family Feature Screenplay Winner for December 2015.

A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Eddie Yaroch:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jane Hailes
SCROOGE – Sean Ballantyne
BELLE – Jane Smythe
STEPHEN – Kari-Michael Helava
VARIOUS MALE – Robert Notman
VARIOUS FEMALE – Antosia Fiedur

Get to know writer Eddie Yaroch:

1. What is your screenplay about?

— “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!