SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: M – DEMON KILLER, by Mark Hammond

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A young Asian waitress discovers she is the last in a long line of Demon Killers when a billionaire/sorcerer opens a portal to Hell under City Hall in New York City. Local Native American demons hunt in the tunnels and, even more strangely, powerful Chinese warrior demons are sent to slaughter her before she can stop the invasion from hell. M is a New York City waitress but this may be asking too much.

CAST LIST:

Liana: Marissa Otto
Louise Ricci: Courtney Keir
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Det. DeAngelo: Allan Michael Brunet
Emma: Salma Dharsee

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A young waitress discovers that she is the last in an ancient line of Demon Killers and Hell Gate Closers, as a portal to hell opens under City Hall. Worse, legend holds that this warrior of the Light always dies. M is a New York City waitress, but this may be asking too much.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Urban Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural Action, Female Hero, Asian Martial Arts

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

M’s journey of blood and loss to become a demon killer and fulfill her destiny mirrors every person’s battle to overcome their own fears to fully become everything they can be in the world. Also this story has big international appeal with an Asian heroine and her loyal hell hound, Native American demons and classical Chinese demons, plus settings in New York City and China. The next two stories are completed: M in the Empire of the Dead – set in NYC, China, Paris and its catacombs; M and the Last Hell gate – set in NYC, China and the High Plateau of Tibet.

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

International Franchise

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

Ghost in the Shell, Dir. Mamoru Oshii, writer Shirow Masamune

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

4yrs+ for the script and the 3 ‘M’ books

7. How many stories have you written?

Many. M – Demon Killer is based on the first book of the completed M in the Demon Realm Trilogy avail. Amazon/Kindle. Assorted shorts, pitches, screenplays and stories.

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

RISE by Origa from the Ghost in the Shell series theme. Japanese composer, lyrics in Russian and English, sung by a Russian soprano.

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

Other than life, the city, and my job, it was me. I was afraid about not doing justice to these great characters, particularly M, who showed up to have their amazing story told. I had to overcome my harsh inner critic, let the characters show me and just write it anyway.

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

Family, friends, mythology, religion, the supernatural, action movies like Deadpool, Underworld; early films like Nosferatu, Vampyr and Metropolis; classic Japanese horror movies like Ringu and Ju-on. Korean films such as Old Boy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance; noir detective fiction, cyber-punk fiction, urban fantasy; working out and classical dance. Currently, I’m crazy about Lawrence Kasdan’s script for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Caffeine, sugar and carbs are an abiding passion.

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

FilmFreeway makes submissions effortless.

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

That it’s specifically a Fantasy festival and international in scope. The feedback I received was incredibly thoughtful and clear.
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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: MAGIC MAN, by Norma Hickox

 

Genre: Action, Drama

A musical 2 act play. This futuristic musical takes place in the year 2099 in a town called Grand Beach, Colorado. An engaged couple enter college and the guy meets another girl that he feels a very strong attraction for.

CAST LIST:

Lisan: Salma Dharsee
Sarah: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Hara: Zazu Oke
Jasek: Isaiah Kolundzic
Minister: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Hara, engaged to Minta, meets Lisan, with whom he has had several previous lives. Can he break the bond of previous lifetimes and move on? Who does he marry in the Valentine’s Day 2300 wedding? A musical play with futuristic dress, flashbacks to 1990’s and a robot.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi Romance

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

It brings to people’s attention the fact of reincarnation and shows what life may be like in the future with futuristic costumes and jewelry and hairstyles and also with mock-ups of all the new technology.

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

Lighthearted entertainment

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

Gone with the Wind

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

10 years

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve published over 15 books (Merging Science and Spirituality) plus two stage musicals and I have a storyboard script for The TimeLine of Eternity – The TimeTraveler goes to different TimeSpots to show how spaceships landed on the cooling earth and impregnated the life forms found there. After many experiments to refine the forms, the divine spirits enter these forms to experience earth and we now have humans!

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

“Imagine” by Jon Lennon

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

Time to write the play and the music and still work to support myself.

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

Music

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

It was fine.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? Wanted to see how it stacked up in competition with other plays. I felt the feedback was fair and truthful.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

FANTASY BEST Scene Reading of BIOS, by Michael Clohesy

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

Life as we know it is thrown into question when a disparate group of young creatives attempt to unravel the multi-generational mystery surrounding the reemergence of a reclusive artist, one who aspires to save the world by forever changing the face of the planet.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Olivia Jon
Kita: Jennifer Vallance
Miranda: Lesley Ballantyne

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

BIOS surrounds the life, love and destiny of two people, born lifetimes apart but who share the same consciousness, who must come together and harness their shared potential in order to avert a cataclysmic ecological disaster.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

BIOS is a Sci-fi mystery drama. Kinda like LOST with some elements of Dark thrown in, even though it was conceived well before Dark entered the zeitgeist.

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

The reason BIOS should be made in to TV series is because the themes of Indigenous land rights, the cost of ecological preservation, the role of technology in overcoming adversity and the importance of critical thinking in a world full of ‘fake news’ are all crucial in today’s increasingly interconnected yet myopically corporatised global society.

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

Head. Trip.

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

The movie I’ve seen most in my life is probably Back to the Future Part II. Mainly because the TV channel in Australia that had the rights to it, seemed to play it and Part III every couple of months. Not Part I though weirdly, but I assume that was because it was the turn of the millennium, and implied themes of incestuous behaviour didn’t really fly with the ratings board back then. If only there was a way to go back and change things…

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

I worked on the version of BIOS this scene comes from off and on over the course of 5 months.

7. How many stories have you written?

I recently returned to writing after a break of four years, after I studied it during my post graduate diploma. Since this time last year, as well as BIOS, I have also written a short film ‘Min Min’ surrounding the psychedelic disappearance of a woman on her honeymoon at Uluru in Outback Australia.

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

As a voracious consumer of music that is a crazy hard question, but I’d have to say that Hall & Oates – Out Of Touch, Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody and Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home are definitely all up there, along with instrumental jams like Hans Zimmer – Time and John Murphy – Sunshine (Adagio in G Minor)

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

The biggest obstacle that I faced was time, which I see now is the recurring motif of this Q&A. Working erratic/ long hours freelancing in the Australian TV Industry, then trying to carve out time to ‘be creative’ as well as living a full active life. These are just a few of my many #firstworldwhitemanproblems

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

I’m passionate about active adventure and challenges, be they physical or mental, for if it challenges and pushes you, then anything that happens along the way is progress. That, and understanding the forces behind how the world works, who we are and how things got to be the way they are, in both the internal and cosmic sense… so basically I read a lot of science, anthropology and devour podcasts and travel the world as much as possible.

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

Film Freeway has been real smooth to use. easy to navigate and control my submissions to various competitions and programs. Two shakas up from me.

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

I was influenced to enter the festival primarily because it gave me a chance to get professional feedback on an original story that had been bursting out of my head over the middle of 2017. I was also very intrigued by the prize of having professional actors bring your story to life, which is something I never expected, especially considering this was the second screenplay I developed as a screenwriter, so I’m very grateful for such a cool opportunity.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

FANTASY Best Scene Reading of MEDUSA, by Lisette R. Norton

CAST LIST:

Massey (f) – Victoria Urquhart
Jasper – Hugh Ritchie
NARRATION- Julie C. Sheppard
Zag – Geoff Mays
Max (f) – Lada Darewych

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay is about a group of young antique dealers who stumble upon Medusa’s Tomb and unknowingly unleash hell on earth.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci Fi/Fantasy

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

This screenplay should be made into a movie because it’s a wonderful story written to entertain and capture the audience.

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

Bad Ass

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

Nightmare on Elm Street

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

I worked on this screenplay for 1 year

7. How many stories have you written?

7

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

Sweet Love by Anita Baker

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

I really didn’t face any obstacles finishing this script.

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

Music, Art and Food.

 

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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

 

FANTASY Best Scene Reading of LOD A COMBINED REVENGE by Andy Bethea

 

CAST LIST:

Crowd member – Lada Darewych
Bubba – Hugh Ritchie
NARRATION – Julie C. Sheppard
Lex – Geoff Mays
Braniac – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

How and why Lex Luther formed the Legion of Doom (I know it was Grodd)

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action; Fiction; Adventure; Fantasy

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

Most SH movies are told from the “Hero” side but what makes villains become villains? This film gives a different perspective on the good v/s evil

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

Captivatingly exciting. (you didn’t say they had to make sense together)

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

toss up between the “Bourne Trilogy” and “Batman” films.

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

I completed it several years ago but I think I worked on it a few months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Completed? about 12 / Still working? maybe 10

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

I’m sure it would be something by Micheal Jackson, can’t narrow it down to 1

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

I had to be sure that I wasn’t recreating what I’ve seen in SH movies but still keeping the characters intact. (true fans don’t like change in their heroes)

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

Acting. I have had an opportunity to work on a few films, one is currently in theaters, “Tragedy Girls”, I play Alexandria Shipp’s (new Storm) father. Brianna Hildebrand (Teenage Warhead/Deadpool) is her best friend and Elise Neale (Logan) plays my wife. So it was really cool to work with that many people from XMen films.  

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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

FANTASY Best Scene Reading of THE SWORDBEARER SAGA, by Tim Morell

CAST LIST:

Narration – Victoria Urquhart
Corwin – Sean Ballantyne
Ravenwolf – Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The story is the final chapter in the saga of a warrior’s journey from brutal conqueror to epic hero and of the love that led to his redemption.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s an Adventure/Fantasy

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

Well, you would have to make the other three first so this would film would be the conclusion to a story that I believe offers consistently interesting characters and conflicts in a world that taps into the same market that projects like the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones draws from.

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

I wouldn’t (that’s two words right?)

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

Seen or watched? That’s two different things. Have probably seen Jaws about 10 or 12 times. Have watched Shakespeare in Love and the Apartment at least as often and went to see Wind River three times in three days.

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

This particular script went fairly quickly, but the first chapter of the saga, though I didn’t know that was what it was at the time, was the first script I ever wrote about 8 million years ago.

7. How many stories have you written?

There’s four in this cycle. About four that I was paid to write but have no particular attachment to, about five others of my own that I’m pretty happy with, and a handful of ideas in the drawer that I keep telling myself I will get to some day.

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

Don’t really have one. Maybe something by Sade if I absolutely had to pick

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

My own inertia. The idea came pretty fully formed after a comment that someone made about the previous script in the cycle, The Red Desert. When I added a bit of business to accommodate their notes that led to a line that led to the idea for this script and it came together pretty quickly after that. Then the challenge was just to sit down and do the work.

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

Am I passionate about writing? I don’t know, I have sort of a love/hate relationship with the process. I am passionate about the idea of Love but have proven to be particularly inept at solving its mysteries.

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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

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.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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