Winning Feature Screenplay Reading – INCURABLE, by Jeff York

Winning HORROR Feature Screenplay for January 2017.

INCURABLE
Written by Jeff York
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Hugh Ritchie
JIM – Robert Notman
CATHERINE – Victoria Kucher
SARAH – Olivia Jon
DR. NEUBER – Julie Sheppard
GABRIEL – David Occhipinti

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Romance

Jim has ALS. Feeling he has no hope, he wants to end it all. Then he meets Catherine – who is a Vampire!

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

INCURABLE is about Jim Reed, a man in his early 30’s, with his whole life ahead of him, who is stricken with ALS. He contemplates suicide to avoid the painful death sentence that the disease usually is, but then he meets Catherine Adler, a woman whom he will soon discover is a vampire. They fall for each other and then Jim decides to let Catherine bite him to give eternal life and thwart his ALS forever. Of course, becoming a vampire is not that easy and that’s where the drama ensues. Jim discovers that there’s a whole helluva lot more to his new lease on life, as well as his relationship with Catherine.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Because it deals with vampires it readily falls into the horror category, but it is also a romantic drama as it really examines the relationship that develops between Jim and Catherine. I’d also argue that it has an indie character study feel to it as it is far from the typical violence and gore found in the horror genre. INCURABLE is more head and heart than than blood and guts.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

INCURABLE is a more unique horror tale for the reasons I listed previously, but also because of the unique proposition that enables Jim to accept Catherine’s offer to turn him. Because she’s rich and gets her blood supply from the black market, Jim will not have to kill anyone to sustain his vampirism. I’ve never encountered the idea of murder taken off the table in a vampire tale.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Character-driven horror.

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

“Jaws” is my favorite film of all time, and truly set the template for INCURABLE in that it too was a character-driven piece that had thrills and chills, yes, but it never lost sight of the complex humans in battle with the shark.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took three months to write originally, with a few months of rewrites after that incorporating reader’s notes, friends’ opinions, contest feedback, etc. From there, it did very well in contests, but I’ve always tweaked it along the way. As the saying goes, you’re never really done rewriting until the film is in the can!

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written nine movie screenplays, two TV series pilots and pitches, and a theatrical play. (I also write a movie blog and am a film critic, but those are different stories!)

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love horror but often found myself cheering for the monster to defeat the stupid characters being pursued. It occurred to me that the genre needed more complex storytelling as well as characters. I’ve always been a fan of vampire lore as well, and wondered if one could be a vampire without killing. The idea of a rich vampire who didn’t have to kill for blood, who could buy it on the black market instead, came to me shortly after that.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Editing. Writing isn’t difficult for me, but honing, polishing, editing, really examining every word – that is a lot of work. And it’s a challenging and incredibly detailed kind of intricate surgery as well.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about movies, the arts, cats, animal rights, and politics, those less so these days with Trump’s victory. I worry we’re going into some very dark days ahead.

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

I loved that such an organization felt a similar passion for horror. And that winning entries would be read by actors and filmed for all to see! I’ve always loved table reads. Also, the feedback I received from the festival was terrific. And I rewrote INCURABLE to reflect the terrific suggestions.

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

Be patient. Writing takes time. Connecting with people who can help you with your scripts takes time. Waiting for someone to find the money to greenlight your script will likely take a lot of time. Thus, enjoy being a writer no matter what the outcome, and if you’re lucky to get your work on the big screen remember that’s the icing on the cake, not the whole cake.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson


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Horror/Zombie Feature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH by Alexander Nachaj

Watch the Horror Feature Screenplay Winner for April 2016.

DEAD NORTH by Alexander Nachaj

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Adventure

Synopsis: Survivors battle zombies and rival groups in post-apocalyptic Northern Canada

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
OWEN – Rob Notman
MAG – Christina Santos
PILOT – Kaleb Alexander
CAINE/STEIN – Jarrid Terrell
BARKER/REESE – David Occhipinti

Get to know winning writer Alexander Nachaj

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Alexander Nachaj: Dead North is a story about a group of survivors trying to, well, survive in a soon-to-be frigid zombie apocalypse in Northern Canada. Though I can’t help but think that the apocalyptic setting along with the monsters is largely a backdrop for where a story like this could take place, make sense and help build the tension and stakes. After all, the zombies aren’t the greatest threat in this world; it’s other people and the environment they navigate.

MT: Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

AN: Because I think people will love it. It’s filled with the kinds of things people want to see in movies, especially those big summer blockbusters. It’s got plenty of action and exciting visuals, lots of tension and conflict, and hopefully some characters the viewer can care about and root for. Even though it’s an original story, with a few twists and spins on existing ideas and conventions, it’s not so different that people won’t know how to relate to what’s taking place on the screen. Also, I suppose who doesn’t want their screenplay to become a movie? These kinds of things are meant to be seen, not just read.

MT: How would you describe this script in two words?

AN: Bloody fun.

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

AN: There’s a handful of movies that I seem to re-watch constantly, but the winner for most viewed would have to be the original Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston. The number of times I’ve watched that movie as an adult has probably overtaken the number of times I watched Star Wars as a kid. I’m also only half-ashamed to say I’ve seen Apes’ wonderfully awful sequels (all four of them) almost as many times as the original movie.

MT: How long have you been working on this screenplay?

AN: I had the initial idea for the screenplay a few months before I sat down to write it, probably at the end of summer when that first autumn breeze rolled in through the windows. At the time it was just some ideas for scenes, visuals and possible character dynamics. When I finally sat down to write it, the whole story really just poured through like I had turned on a tap and it wouldn’t stop. I churned out the first draft during a somewhat sleep-deprived 72 hours in order to make the first deadline for this festival, actually.

MT: How many stories have you written?

AN: While I’ve written a few shorts, this was the first real feature-length screenplay I’ve completed. I’ve spent a lot of my creative time since then keeping track of ideas, scenes and characters that I’d like to incorporate in future, feature-length stories like this one. I’ve also been writing plenty of short horror stories. Since January, I’ve completed four stories and am in the process of adding two more to the list.

MT: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

AN: Definitely the thrill of putting together a complete, standalone story and potentially seeing it come to life. Though I’d be lying if I said having a festival deadline only a few days away didn’t help! Deadlines have a way of motivating me like few things do.

MT: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

AN: Remarkably, not that many. When you have a story in mind, have the time and the motivation, I found that it was pretty easy to get it on paper and finish it. I suppose clearing up my weekends to write and then later edit was the largest challenge. Not everyone wants to keep seeing “busy, writing” every time they text and sometimes other projects have deadlines that can’t wait either. Fortunately, everything lined up perfectly for me.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

AN: It might be an odd thing to hear coming from a guy who just wrote a screenplay that contains flesh-eating monsters, but I’m actually kind of passionate about my vegetarian lifestyle; that is to say, I’m thrilled that I live in a city where I can afford to be a vegetarian and know tons of other people who share my habits. It’s clearly not possible for everyone, so I definitely feel fortunate to live in a place like Montreal where it is.

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

AN: I found out about the festival only a few days before the initial deadline (which turned out to be for the best), so I was really motivated to try and finish something and enter it in time. When I received the feedback on my first draft I was honestly blown away not only by how positive it was, but also how helpful it turned out to be with ironing out the kinks and polishing up my story. Even just the little details and observations the festival reviewers sent me made a huge difference in helping me produce the screenplay it is today.

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

AN: Finish what you start, no matter how unpleasant it might feel at times. Just push through that wall. Also, deadlines really help. If there’s no room for procrastinating, you tend to do it less. Lastly, submit your work to festivals and competitions and have others read it. You’ll never realize how important feedback is until you receive it.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Horror Screenplay of the Day: WALK WITH THE DEVIL by Alison C. Hall

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WALK WITH THE DEVIL
Written by Alison C. Hall
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SYNOPSIS:

Walk with the Devil is a supernatural drama in which a young sex slave must choose between kidnapping a girl for her pimp or suffer his vicious abuse — all the while fully aware of the Devil’s eyes on her, waiting for her fall.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
OFELIA – Victoria Kucher
JULIET – Marsha Mason
RAMONA – Lorry Ayers
DON ANTONIO – Allan Brunet
PINCERS – Dan Cristofori
JULIET – Adam Martignetti
GOON – Geoff Mays

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Watch the Table Read of the Winning Horror Screenplay “LEGACY”

Winner of the best Horror Feature Screenplay at the Writing Festival

Watch LEGACY, by Marc W. Johnson

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

Get to know the writer:
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/31/feature-script-reading-legacy-by-marc-w-johnson/

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

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Best of HORROR Feature Film Loglines and Movie Pitches. Edition 1

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Read the Best of HORROR Feature Film Loglines and Movie Pitches. Edition 1:

Title: Murder on Basketball Deathrow
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/murder_on_basketball_deathrow_by_neal_wilson.html
Written by: Neal Wilson
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror, Thriller

Title: Handful Of Dust
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/handful_of_dust_by_jeffrey_stackhouse_and_richard_a_becker.html
Written by: Jeffrey Stackhouse and Richard A. Becker
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror, War

Title: Love in the Real World of Vampirism
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/love_in_the_real_world_of_vampirism_by_mariah_n_pacheco.html
Written by: Mariah N. Pacheco
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Romantic Horror Drama

Title: The Oracle of Nightmares
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_oracle_of_nightmares_by_anthony_fertino.html
Written by: Anthony Fertino
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Disaster

Title: Unbearable
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/unbearable_by_yoav_grossman.html
Written by: Yoav Grossman
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy

Title: The Hostel X
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_hostel_x_by_raymond_archie_davenport.html
Written by: Raymond Archie Davenport
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Adult/ Horror/ Thriller

Title: SLAM
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/slam_by_john_prescott.html
Written by: John Prescott
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror

Title: Lawn of the Dead
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/lawn_of_the_dead_by_rick_mele.html
Written by: Rick Mele
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Comedy/Horror

Title: DEAD SOUL MUSIC
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dead_soul_music_by_stuart_wright.html
Written by: STUART WRIGHT
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror

Title: In The Flesh
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/in_the_flesh_by_atika_yusuf.html
Written by: Atika Yusuf
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Horror

Title: BAPHOMET
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/baphomet_by_zondra_hughes.html
Written by: Zondra Hughes
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror, Supernatural

Title: TRANSMONTANUS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/transmontanus_by_by_mark_donnell.html
Written by: Mark Donnell
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror

Title: Blood Bullies
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/blood_bullies_by_steven_taylor.html
Written by: Steven Taylor
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror

Title: Werewolf Dawn
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/werewolf_dawn_by_mark_robyn.html
Written by: Mark Robyn
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Thriller

Title: Cheatz
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/cheatz_by_lelia_steed_and_thomas_salmon.html
Written by: Lelia Steed and Thomas Salmon
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Horror, Romcom

Watch the HORROR Feature Screenplay Winning Reading: LEGACY

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Watch the Screenplay Performance Reading of LEGACY:

Written by Marc W. Johnson

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.


CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

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Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
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