FANTASY Best Scene Reading of AMERICAN INDIAN UPRISING by Allen Cody

Winning Screenplay – AMERICAN INDIAN UPRISING
Written by Allen Cody

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
PRESCOTT – Allan Brunet
LOOKOUT – Mandip Brar
SHAKESPEARE – Sean Ballantyne
NEIL – Zane O’Connor

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Western, Adventure, Horror

A band of long–dead American Indians warriors and their war ponies rise from massacre sites to reclaim the bones of their brothers stolen by archeologists and return them to their rightful graves.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A ragged band of long-dead American Indians warriors and their war ponies rise from massacre sites into the present day to reclaim the bones of their brothers stolen by archeologists and return them to their rightful graves.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action/adventure/fantasy/si-fi/surreal/horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This story has domestic and international appeal to those who desire to watch a visual action-packed ballad about American Indians. This is also a movie for those who seek a moving story about overcoming hardship. The underdog American Indians for once win the ultimate battle and regain cultural pride.

With recent interest in Native American culture on the rise, there has been no movie, since “Dancing With Wolves” (a financial box office domestic and intertnational success) that has so eloquently captured their spirit and their struggle.

The story gives much deserved respect to Native Americans (and all Indiginous People) who have had their land stolen, their graves desecrated, their human rights violated, their families masacred, their language and culture denied for over 500 years.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Righting wrongs

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

I have a lot of favorite movies: Shawshank Redemption. Die Hard. Lethal Weapon. Handcock. Natural Born Killers.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have lived, sweated and worked with Dakota, Lakota and Navajo tribes for many years and gathered bits and pieces that grew into this story. The Lakota say “If it is in your heart, it is in your blood.” Native Americans are in my heart and in my blood.

How many stories have you written?

Twelve screenplays, one sale, one work for hire, two options, two books written and illustrated (McGraw Hill), many magazine features, many short stories, fiction, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction.

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

“Turn me on” by Nora Jones. And all of Bob Dylan.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Ensuring the story did justice to the true plight of the American Indian experience, while telling it in an entertaining, fun, fast-moving, visually-impactful way.

My challenge was to tell the story from the American Indian perspective. Therefore, I had to break molds to tell it fully and accurately. The true hero of the story is the Army of American Indians in their battle to regain ancestral pride.

Ultimately, the story became an hybrid of action, adventure, fantasy, horror and sci-fi.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sailing, the Ocean and the blue blue Sky.

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

A fantasy Si-Fi Festival… Fantasy Si-fi almost exactly describes the genre of American Indian Uprising.

Thank you for the feedback. Many good points.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Sci-Fi Winning Short Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER, by Christopher Michaels

Winning Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER
Written by Christopher Michaels

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
JASON – Jason Martorino
WADE – Brogan Caulfield
BLONDE – Kelci Stephenson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery

The Volunteer is about a man, who witnesses the beginning of the end for man kind.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The Volunteer is about a man, who witnesses the beginning of the end for man kind. After he is grown up and lives underground with a totalitarianism rule he decides that his group needs to fight back, so he heads up to the surface for the first time not knowing what he will find, to help him fight.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction/Action/Adventure/Mystery.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay not only introduces elements that have been seen before, but a brand new world of mystery, and the unknown. It forces audiences to wonder what is going to happen next. It also pulls audiences in within the first 5 minutes.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Frozen Unknown.

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

There are actually two that I’ve seen the most throughout my life. 12 Monkeys and Back to the Future. Both stories involve mystery, ask question and are trying to prevent a dangerous life changing event. Both use humor, and fear of what lies out there to hook the audience in.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This particular screenplay was written on a rainy day. I was sitting down to watch 12 monkeys again when it hit me about a frozen tundra.

How many stories have you written?

Right now I have written 2 pilots, 3 short screenplays, and I am working on a third pilot.

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

I have a few songs that I really love.

U2 – Beautiful Day
Train – All American Girl
Imagine Dragon – Radioactive.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This was the first time I wrote a short without having anything really planned out. I just sat down and started to write the script. Part of it came to me because of the experience of going on a cruise line (in the very first part of the script). The other parts of the script came to me from my own experiences of camping. I would always run into the most interesting creatures when I camped in Wisconsin. Plus being out in the wilderness you never know what you are going to run into. Part of it also came from playing video games and the experiences of the creatures.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a big movie lover… I get out with my friends on $5.00 Tuesday to see lots of movies. On the side I partially run a meetup group called the Cineaphiles, music lover, bookworms. We go to movies a lot, especially with summer coming up. The next one up is Alien: Covenant looking very forward to this one.

Video Games is another thing, that I love to do. My younger brother is graduating with a degree in video game programming and I love to play them. The most recent one being Zelda: Breath of the wild. It also helps fuel my imagination.

The outdoors. Being in Chicago when the weather is nice I try to get outside as much as I can, it helps me think, and just enjoy and clear my mind. Plus the weather fascinates me. It can be sunny here one minute and literally as I was writing this it clouded up. It’s now sunny again.

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

I had been entering other scripts in this festival in the past. I love getting the feedback plus you guys have always been wonderful. You are well known and I look forward to see what comes of this.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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SCI-FI/FANTASY Winning Short Screenplay – BRAD, ACTUALLY, by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn

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Winning Screenplay – BRAD, ACTUALLY
Written by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ICHABOD – Peter Nelson
METRIC – Rob Notman
BRAD – Michael Pearson
LORD ZEPHYRON – Twaine Ward
VEGA/CONSTANCE – Penelope Park
CHRISTINE – Ali Chappell

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Comedy, Action

The continuing adventures of Brad Callahan, the greatest hero in the universe, and of his sister, who doesn’t believe him.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Brad Callahan is the greatest hero in the universe, that’s plain to see. Or is it? It depends on who you ask. And you may be asking the wrong question.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

In terms of setting, it’s cartoonish action; in terms of tone, it’s blatantly ridiculous comedy. In terms of theme, it’s a farce, because it never answers its central question: who is Brad, actually?

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s cagey without being pretentious. There’s lots of narrative clockwork churning beneath the surface, but you can ignore (or miss) all that and still enjoy the superficial action/comedy candy coating.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Unreliable narrators.

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

Monsters, Inc. We have eleven-year old me to thank for that.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

From start to finish, about four months. I still tweak it from time to time; an artist’s work is never done.

How many stories have you written?

Lots, but this was my first screenplay. I’ve since written a “sequel” Brad, Actually script, and I’m currently working on a third.

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

 According to my spinning wheel of random selections: “Roundabout” by Yes.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding the right voice. A screenplay is a lot different from a novel, a book report, or a campfire story. I struggled more with the “action” paragraphs than I did with the dialogue, which I’m told is unusual.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Video games, cooking, philosophy, and everything associated with Halloween.

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

The story you read on paper is not the story I see in my head. The great Alfred Hitchcock was eternally frustrated by the fact that, even though he wrote his own scripts and shot his own camera, the finished film was never what he envisioned in his mind. But if he had just given up, what a waste it would’ve been!

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Read the best of NEW Interviews with Directors

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

  NEWS Interviews:

Interview with Adrian Buitenhui (I Am Heath Ledger) – A chat with the director of the successful documentary on the legendary actor.

Interview with Paul Verhoeven (promoting Golden Globe winning film “ELLE”) – A chat with the legendary director who gave a very candid interview on his process and favorite films.

Interview with Pauline Mabille (RIGHT HERE OF OVER THERE) – Award winning short film director who is a filmmaker on the rise.

Interview with Nick Ledonne (HANGING) – A animation/documentary on the filmmaker’s experience attempting suicide. Must see film and must read interview.

Interview with Christian J. Harris (THE LONG GOODBYE) – About the experiences making the documentary about Alheimer’s disease.

Interview with Ashton Avila (HAVE A LITTLE FAITH) – On making the anti-religious comedy.

Interview with Paige K. Boudreau (NOSTOMANIA) – On making an experimental film.

 

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Interview with director Frank Aron Gårdsø (O)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Frank Aron Gårdsø’s short film O was the winner of BEST FILM at the October 2016 Horror/Thriller Film Festival.

It was a pleasure to interview him about his film and what’s next:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Frank Aron Gårdsø: I wanted to see if I was capable of making a scary film in broad daylight that did not have any monster, killer, villain or beast to scare you.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

FAG: I would say that the process moved rather fast. I think we were talking about it in the middle of summer, and we were out filming by the beginning of autumn of the same year. So from when we started to think about making the movie until we had a finish product it took us half…

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Interview with director Lior Sperando (PEOPLE OF NOWHERE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

PEOPLE OF NOWHERE,  directed by Lior Sperando, was the winner of Best FILM at the July 2016 Under 5min. FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was one of the most popular films that has ever played at the festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Lior Sperando: I have heard and read different opinions about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way in to the EU.

But Seeing the people behind the headlines with my own eyes, and feeling their deep struggle, broke my heart.

I wanted to show what I saw in the Greek island.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

LS: The shootings took about a week and the post another month.
So 5 weeks all together

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

LS:…

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Interview with filmmaker Tingting Liu (BEING)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

I chatted with Chinese animation filmmaker Tingting Liu about her short film BEING. It created a lot of reactions when it played at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in August.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of BEING:

Interview with Tingting Liu:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Tingting: About 12 years ago I watched a film called lost in Translation, I didn’t get its deep meaning at that time. But once I started my life in America, I remember that movie time to time. It is nice to be strong and independent. But sometimes it could be very hard to understand other people. It is even more difficult to read ourselves through other people. At first I thought it was just for international people. But now I feel it is for everyone, who has a lonely self hiding very deep inside. I am trying to show this…

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