SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: THE CUT, by Christopher Kerr

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Two young men must find their passage through the canals of post-apocalyptic London, to peace and freedom, in the “promised land” beyond: Bristol.

CAST LIST:

Junior: Allan Michael Brunet
Alex: Salma Dharsee
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Spencer: Hugh Ritchie
Jessica: Courtney Keir
Toovey: Zazu Oke

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Two young men have to find passage through the canals of post-apocalyptic London, to peace and freedom in the “promised land” beyond – Bristol.

Ostensibly a coming of age tale, in the guise of a zombie, road-trip, buddy-movie, canal tour; a genre much under-represented in mainstream cinema to date.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi / black comedy – somewhat akin to A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975) in tone.

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

Though an engaging story on its own merit – balancing hubris and heart as it does – this script was always penned, in part, as a love-letter to the hidden beauty of London. It’s a landscape and pace one has to see on-screen to truly appreciate. To this end, the screenplay has wonderful cinematic potential in the hands of a suitably talented / adventurous crew.

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

Subversive Indie.

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

When I was a kid, my Dad used to get a half-day off work on Wednesdays. This meant that once I’d finished school, and walked the dog, we’d sometimes have time for a movie together before Mum got in. We must have watched OUTLAND (1981) countless times, then; simultaneously enjoying it for everything it does right in its Sci-fi adaptation of the Western, whilst lambasting the science myths it perpetuates, and Sean’s typical post-MARNIE performance. Perhaps having a mouthful of scenery, still, explains away the accent, Sean? Anyway, it is an absolute gem of a film and well worth checking out.

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

I deliberately set out to pen an indie-budget Feature – one I could potentially even self-finance somewhere down the road a bit! – and gave myself a month to achieve it. Researched. Plotted. Written. Edited: 4 weeks.

7. How many stories have you written?

Depends on *your* definition of a story! I like to make every e-mail typed, anecdote told, Tweet sent, or Facebook comment posted, a story in its own right. Well, maybe not Twitter – that forum is, really, more just the local crazy person shouting into the void, isn’t it?

Discounting those particular narratives – as well as some ghost-writing I’ve done, and script-consultation work? – I have something in the order of a dozen stories I consider ‘complete’; with another 3 or 4 on my development slate at the moment. The dozen range from original Feature, to TV pilot (plus series outline), to Short Film, One-Act Play, and even some Spec TV episodes.

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

Checking against Spotify, and that seems to think “Revolution” by The Score. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a splendid track and all, but I fear this statistic may be somewhat skewed. (I wrote a Rick & Morty spec recently which referenced that track in a musical montage… so it’s been looping away on repeat in the background.)

Always query statistics!

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

Portraying the mechanics of canal travel necessary for the final Act to work in an economical way, as well as capturing the essence of specific key geographic locations en-route, for a reader who may (or may not) be familiar with some aspects already – all the while avoiding heavy exposition – was a bit of a challenge. Not so sure I entirely achieved it, in fact!

Written with a practical Indie budget in mind, I was also very conscious of ‘bang-for-the-buck’. This led to a couple of potential sub-plots being dropped (though they remain viable as a tie-in, sequel, or in a higher-budget redraft).

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

I remain fascinated by, and occasionally even active in, aviation; with a particular passion for rotary-wing aircraft in the experimental classes.

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

I’m a big fan of FilmFreeway, and use it – rather than my own website these days – as my primary online folio host. Super-easy to find interesting festivals / competitions through it, and submitting projects into those is as simple as a couple of clicks. I’ve recommended the platform not only to fellow writers, but also some Directors and festival organisers I know.

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

Sci-fi, innit? Though I’m versed working in other genres, sci-fi is where my own original works tend to naturally gravitate. Via FilmFreeway it was easy to find the Fantasy Sci-Fi Festival, and submit my project. Ultimately, I was hoping to rally a bit of PR, some industry recognition, maybe even an extra award under my belt for the CV; it all helps when it comes to selling a spec, landing a commission, or a foot-in-the-door for a staff gig.

With regard to feedback as a service, I feel in general it can be something of a double-edged sword. Primarily, of course, feedback is a subjective thing: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Furthermore, it’s very easy for feedback to deflect unique, experimental, or even subversive projects back into just routine, formulaic, fare. With this in mind, I didn’t order any additional feedback, and only took the default offered. Happily, I can report that what I did receive was fair, professional – even somewhat encouraging. Thanks for that!

 

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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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FANTASY Best Scene Script Reading of REVAMPED MODELS, by Joseph Killeen

 

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Logline: A naive girl, eager to enter the elite fashion industry, discovers a dark and cutthroat world. Surrounded by evil, blood-sucking colleagues and the literal boss from hell, will she sell her soul to get ahead?

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Sean Ballantyne
Bouncer – Peter Nelson
Julianna – Vanessa Quagliara
Charly Rose – Katelyn Vanier
Server – Trevor Marlatt
Virginia – Julie C. Sheppard

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

Revamped Models is about several girls who get in over their heads working for a ruthless boss from hell at an elite fashion magazine where selling your soul and killing the competition is all part of the job.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror, Satire, Suspense

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

While some people may feel that vampire movies are trite at this point, this screenplay puts a glamorous spin on the genre like no one has ever seen.

Revamped Models has an original, intriguing, and fun idea as it introduces vampires into the youth-obsessed world of today’s modeling industry. The story has a really unique character in Angelica Eve, the head of Rogue whose empire consists of ageless vampire models and youth-enhancing beauty products. The idea definitely gives this script a really unique hook. Revamped Models also has an unconventional ending…

Even though it’s a vampire/horror satire, there’s true heart here (apart from the ones that are ripped out) and that’s definitely appreciated in a story where human nature’s authenticity could easily be brushed aside.

This supernatural satire concept mixed with timeless workplace themes has widespread appeal, film franchise or television series potential and inherent merchandising capabilities such as dolls, fashion and beauty products.

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

Bloody Fun

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

Jawbreaker

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

I’ve been working on this screenplay since 2012.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written approximately 25 complete short stories and 7 completed screenplays.

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

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

It can be challenging knowing what edits to make when rewriting and knowing for sure when the screenplay is finished but Revamped Models has been written, rewritten and rewritten to the point where its details are polished and its content is precisely structured.

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

I love drawing and painting and I am in the process of building a pop up shop/art gallery to travel with in order to display and sell artwork.

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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

July 2017 SCI-FI/FANTASY Stories, Screenplay, and Short Films

Submit your Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay & Film to the Festival: http://fantasyscififestival.com

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – A DAY IN CONNECTED LIFE
July 2017 Reading
by Michael E. Lucas
ACTORFANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE FLUTE OF PEACE
July 2017 Reading
by Gunel Asgarova

festival posterA SPACE GOD APPEARS, 10min, USA, Experimental
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festival posterSTRANGE BEASTS, 5min, UK, Experimental
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festival posterECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
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festival posterA MONSTER CALLED CHARLES, 15min, UK, Fantasy/Drama
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festival posterSUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller
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festival posterREAL ARTISTS, 12min, USA, Fantasy/Drama
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festival posterTYSVAER WARS – A STAR WARS STORY, 4min, Norway, Comedy/Action
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festival posterSTAR WARS: TRIALS, 5min, USA, Action/Adventure
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festival posterPLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER, 27min, France, Fantasy/Romance
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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

Audience FEEDBACK: STAR WARS: TRIALS, 5min, USA, Action/Adventure

STAR WARS: TRIALS, 5min, USA, Action/Adventure
Directed by Jeremy Garcia

Rowan awakes in the dark depths of a cave with nothing but her lightsaber. As she navigates the dark environment she learns she may not be alone.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

Director BIO: Jeremy Garcia

Short Film Playing at the July 27, 2017 FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

Get to know the short film STAR WARS: TRIALS

Director Biography

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Jeremy Garcia moved to Augusta GA after earning his Bachelors Degree in Digital Film and Video production in 2011. Through college and into today Jeremy has had the opportunity to work on feature films, shorts, documentaries and music videos. He has experience is just about every crew position that a film set has to offer and has had the opportunity to write and direct several of his own shorts and music videos.

Director Statement

Every artistic medium is interesting and has the potential to tell a story. To evoke an emotion. In the most basic terms “to feel”. I consider myself very lucky to work within a medium (film) that can bring nearly every other medium together with the possibility to create that “symphony of emotion”. The placement of the camera, the subtlety of that sound effect or musical hit, or the range and expressions of an actor. One film can change the course of someones life. It did for me. If I can inspire others or just one person to realize or confirm their passion then I can say that I’m pretty happy.

Director BIO: Richard Paris Wilson

Short Film Playing at the July 27, 2017 FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

Short Filmmaker of A MONSTER CALLED CHARLES

Director Biography

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Richard Paris Wilson is a music video and commercial director, having directed Zara Larsson and MNEK’s smash hit ‘Never Forget You’, as well as videos for the likes of Button Eyes and Toploader. ‘A Monster Called Charles’ is his first foray into the world of short films.

Director Statement

What makes this project particularly unique, is how it combined the talents of professional filmmakers – the DOP, the Gaffer, etc – with a mixture of 14,15 and 16 year old students from the Citizenship Media Group (a charity in South London set up to work with aspiring young filmmakers), who acted as the First AD, Second AD, Camera Assistant and more.

The process of making this film was a real collaborative and learning experience for all involved. Funded in part by the Big Lottery Fund, the film was developed off the back of months of workshops with young people in South London as part of the Citizenship Media Group (‘CMG’), and saw many of those young people become part of the production crew.

Not only was this a great learning experience for everybody – both the professionals and the students – but I firmly believe we managed to make a really terrific film out of it too; one which I am tremendously proud of.

We hope you enjoy what we managed to make.

Rich and the crew

Get to know the short film: ECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Playing at the July 27, 2017 FANTASY FEEDBACK Film Festival

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When an illegal alien lands his spacecraft on Earth, the assassin known as Kn1ght powers up to hunt the reptile down.

Benjamin Allen
Director
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Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 29, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color