SCI-FI TV 1st Scene Reading of Jubilation by Meghan Fitzmartin

After an unfortunate incident, depressed 16-year-old Amanda Gerhardt’s concerned parents move the entire family to Florida, desperately hoping that “the most magical town in the world” will get Amanda’s life back on track. But little does she realize that it’s not just marketing. The town truly is magic.

CAST LIST:

Eliot:  Geoff Mays

Amanda:  Elizabeth Morriss
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Linda: Katelyn Vanier
Martin: Ted Powers
Beau: Jolly Amoako

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of The Venus Syndrome by Lynn Vincentnathan

A soldier from the future travels back in time to stop the American president from unleashing runaway warming.

CAST LIST:

Joe – Geoff Mays
Chev – Justin Hay
Narration – Katelyn Varadi
Rick – Omar Aufi
Leyland – Shawn Devlin

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning 1st Scene Screenplay: APHELION by Karl van Allen

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Following a tragic death in the family physicist Hank Keating and his research partner open a gateway to another reality, promising a second chance and unleashing a malicious alien sentience in the space between spaces, threatening to destroy everything they’ve ever known.

CAST LIST:

Diana: Katelyn Vanier
Hank: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Michael: John Leung
Claire: Pearl Ho

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning Sci-Fi Short Screenplay: ALGORITHM by by George Deihl Jr.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Designated to save her home planet, a woman must make a choice between devotion to her humanity and the glorification of The Algorithm.

CAST LIST:

The Algorithm: Peter Nelson
Male: John Leung
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Female: Pearl Ho
Ship’s Computer: Katelyn Vanier
Him: Twain Ward

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

FANTASY Best Scene Script Reading of IN PRIMORDIAL SILENCE, by Irene Leonardou

Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery

Logline: A Quantum physicist and an archaeological team discover a prehistoric text concerning with Human’s evolutionary abilities but they accept attack by a mysterious force. Running away they pass in an alternative reality where acquire the ability to re-Create the World.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Julie C. Sheppard
Nassim – Vanessa Quagliara
Douglass – Trevor Marlatt
Daphne – Katelyn Vanier
Virgil – Peter Nelson
Pascal – Fiona Mongillo

Get to know the writer:

  1. What is your screenplay about?
  2. The “In Primordial Silence” is about a quantum physicist and an archaeological team that discover a prehistoric text concerning with Human’s evolutionary abilities but they accept attack by a mysterious force. Running away they meet an intergalactic girl and they pass in an alternative world where acquire the ability to recreate our Reality.

    What genres does your screenplay fall under?

    Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Adventure

    Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

    Because it has to convey an important global message to all people, regardless of nationality or religion – and this is why it needs a really brave producer!

     How would you describe this script in two words?

    Humanity’s Evolution

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

    “The Lord of the Rings” (all of them!)

     How long have you been working on this screenplay?

    3 – 4 years

      How many stories have you written?

    I don’t remember… many!

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

    “The Blue Café” (Chris Rea)

     What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

    Wasn’t exactly obstacles – I.P.S. is the adaptation of my book titled “The Secret of the Gods”. Well, turned it into screenplay new ideas were constantly popping up and so I had to tie them all together from the begging again and again.

    A general obstacle of mine is the language because English isn’t my first language.

      Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

    To researching about the Unknown in metaphysical level. And reading as well.

     

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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 Script Reading of THE ERRANT’S WAR, by Philip Tice

 

Genre: War/Historical Fantasy

Logline: In “The Errant’s War”, Jack Cohen recounts the horror, growth, and love he experienced while serving as the assistant to British war magician Byron Gladdock during the First World War.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Katelyn Vanier
Gladdock – Peter Nelson
Young Jack – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

In an alternate history of the First World War in which the last of the mystic arts still exists and are used as weapons, a young Jack Cohen must learn to control his own magic abilities while navigating the trenches of Europe alongside his mentor, the British Army’s High Paladin, Byron Gladdock.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a mix of war film and science fiction, with some great blockbuster action moments thrown in for good measure!

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe that it should be made into a film because it is not only a great fit for mass audience appeal (high action and opportunity for great SFX), but also because it tells a unique story, centered around engaging human characters, touching on themes of love, fatherhood, and acceptance in the face of hate.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ambitious, Exhilarating

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

Laurence of Arabia!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This was my first big push to write a feature film script. The first draft took me over a year, and I spent the next two years after workshopping and tweaking. But, there is definitely still more to improve with the right input.

How many stories have you written?

I currently have four finished feature screenplays under my belt (with one currently in the works), as well as two television pilot scripts, a musical, and a collection of short film scripts! At this time, the only scripts of mine that I have produced have been short films, with my most recent hitting the festival circuit earlier this fall.

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

A tough one! I love Johnny Cash, but, as a native of New Jersey, there’s no beating “Jungleland” by the one and only Bruce Springsteen.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I went went through half a dozen very different concepts before settling on the version of the script that you see today. My biggest issue came from trying to decide what to include from the First World War, since it was such an expansive conflict and time period! A lot of extra scenes had to be shaved away for length purposes; even Harry Houdini was supposed to appear in the film at one point, but he was cut due to timing concerns.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music and performance, theater, and the outdoors. I am an Eagle Scout, so the environment and the community are very important parts of my life.

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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

Feature Screenplay – LUCIDAE by Jacqueline Marett

Watch the September 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay

LUCIDAE
Written by Jacqueline Marett

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
IMOGEN – Lauren Toffan
AZE-URE – Katelyn Vanier
SAM/WILSON – Mandy Magnan
NAVE-URE – Devin Upham
GERARD – Scott Beaudin
VARIOUS – Neil Kulin

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

LUCIDAE is an epic action packed romp about supernatural contact with another world. There are no space ships or robots – this is a sci-fi story that has more to do with ancient unified beliefs in Astral travel, dream walking and out of body experiences – what limits could space and time have in this kind of contact?

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
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Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is truly original. It is also not simply entertaining – it has many thought provoking elements.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ground breaking.

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

Blade Runner

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

3 years

How many stories have you written?

6

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A deep dissatisfaction with the limited imagination of sci-fi so far generally, with very few notable exceptions. But also the knowledge that this was a totally new approach that has the potential to impact heavily on a huge international audience hungry for something different.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Mainly time and financial – you have to pay your bills. Writing a screenplay on spec does not pay. So you are forced to balance it with a job that pays – this slows down progress and can be frustrating.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Loved ones. The wood where I live. Big issues like diminishing resources in an over human populated world, injustice. Cake 😉

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

Find an original story. Grow your sense of empathy to understand truly natural dialogue, use characters you know/witness and adapt/enhance them. Use small details to crystallise them. Don’t agonise and rewrite the same scenes over and over and get bogged down. Move on, get it all down, take a break then go back and do an entire polish. Lots of others but hell I am on a very steep learning curve myself…

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballatyne