SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of Xightfall by Julian Blondell

XIGHTFALL is a Futuristic Intelligence Agency that protects the universe from all species. When suspicious events transpire throughout the agency, Eli, a young black Xightfall Officer, takes matters into his own hands to uncover the true intentions of the Xightfall Program.

CAST LIST:

Clarice – Katelyn Varadi
Tito – Geoff Mays
Narration – Salma Dharsee
Eli – Omar Aufi
Tom – Sean Ballantyne

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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

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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

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of Wild Wild Wasteland by Zander James

 

CAST LIST:

Kaiden – Geoff Mays
Darren – Russell Batcher
Narration – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Laura – Katelyn Varadi
Lord Lanceford – 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

SCI-FI TV PILOT Best Scene Reading of Gradient Descent by Justin Fontentot

 

After a failed attempt at suicide, a troubled but brilliant woman battles the intersection between her destiny in the arts and a looming autistic disposition. She turns to transhumanism for the solution, uncovering a spiritual side to technology, but inevitably becomes the world’s most dangerous cyber-terrorist.

Narration – Katelyn Varadi
Camilla – Norma Dawn Dunphy
Claire – Salma Dharsee

 

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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

TV Pilot Screenplay – OLYMPUS RISING by C M Landrus

Watch the September 2016 Winning TV PILOT Screenplay.

OLYMPUS RISING by C M  Landrus

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
ASHER – Nick Hendrick Wicht
WILDHOFF – Sean Ballantyne
MICAH – Kheon Clarke
RYKER – Donald Molnar
DIANA – Alicia Payne
TEGAN – Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

The gods of Mt. Olympus awaken as human teenagers to struggle with the immortal bonds of kinship while reclaiming their rightful places as rulers of humankind.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

As a high concept genre show that employs Greek mythology as a backdrop to tell human stories, Olympus Rising is highly marketable and will have no problems finding an audience. It is also set up to generate many seasons of adventure and potential spinoffs. With a diverse cast that speaks to the modern era, the characters of Olympus Rising will keep audiences hooked with their relatable struggles loosely veiled under a fantasy umbrella.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Trauma-informed fantasy

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

The Twilight Zone (the original)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

As of fall 2016, Olympus Rising will be three years in the works.

How many stories have you written?

I wrote my first short story when I was nine years old. After that I lost count.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

In 2013 I crashed and burn on a major project that I had been preparing for for over six months. Frustrated and depressed, I shut myself away in my little apartment and binged on zinfandel, dark chocolate, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and Heroes. Then I decided to write my own TV pilot where the protagonist was a total loser. I wanted to do something that was fantasy but didn’t want vampires, werewolves, or witches. I decided to use Greek mythology because, even though it’s prevalent in storytelling, I hadn’t seen anything that really used it directly in a while. The line, “Olympus rising” just popped in my head, and I started to develop ideas from that. Within a few days I had an outline, and it took about two or three days to pound out the first draft.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Compared to other writing projects, Olympus Rising, has gone really smoothly. I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted from the beginning and have had tons of great feedback from people I trust. Every time I got feedback, I would take the time to rewrite it and tried to be flexible yet true to the characters and stories I had envisioned, and I didn’t worry about the time it would take me. I just set my own timelines by which I wanted to have this project polished.

One of the issues that kept coming up was making sure my protagonist was strong enough in the pilot to lead the whole show even though it has an ensemble cast, and in the pilot, Asher shares much of the main story with Micah. Plus Asher is supposed to be kind of a loser (by unfair societal standards), and it can be hard to make a loser engaging and strong.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love learning languages and practicing martial arts.

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

I wanted to start submitting my pilot to festivals just to get some initial feedback and see how it played out to give me a better idea of what to do next. I also wanted to start small and work my way up to bigger festivals. Fantasy Sci-fi seemed like a very supportive group that would enjoy reading a fantasy pilot. The feedback was encouraging.

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

I’m not a big fan of advice, especially from other people. Just do what works best for you, and don’t let other people (including me) tell you how it should be done.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballatyne