Prologue Reading: VERONICA’S PAPERS by ANTHONY COLIN WRIGHT

Performed by Val Cole.

February 2017 Winning Novel Reading.

Get to know the writer:

 What is your novel about?

A group of almost-strangers is brought together for a week-long cruise, as an experiment orchestrated by Gerald Clayton and his mistress Veronica. A trained hypnotherapist, Veronica hypnotises former friends and lovers of Gerald into not recognising him as they board a cruise ship with him and must try and find out the connection between them. Religious belief is also a theme of the book

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Literary Fiction, Mystery.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Intriguing writing.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Shakespeare in Love.

How long have you been working on this story?

Twenty years, but with other writing at the same time.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

What motivated you to write this story?

My own experience of hypnosis.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Meryl Streep.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Languages (I speak a number), Theatre, Birds, Basic Astronomy and Understanding of the Universe, Belief (non-traditional) in God.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

A wish for it to be better known.

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

Never give up.

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Novel Transcript of Mei Meng: The Lost Panda by Andrew Fisk

Performed by Val Cole

 
What is your novel about?

This novel is about an adventurous young Panda named Mei Meng. She travels with her parents deep into the mountains of China to escape the destruction of her habitat by human beings. When she is swept away by a raging river, she meets all sorts of fantastic animals on the journey home. Some of them want to help her. Some do not. Surprisingly, her best allies are the human children she meets along the way.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

It is definitely a fantasy. It is a children’s book, aimed at the middle-grade audience. It is one hundred twenty two pages without any illustrations. It defies classification as most children’s books are not that long.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Child explorer. If this story was on Disney Family Channel it would be something like “Panda Meets World.” Mei Meng leaves her little corner of the mountain where she lives, and becomes a world explorer. At the end of the book she even has a telescope so she can keep track of her human friends.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It is a tie between “Forrest Gump” and “American Graffiti.” The Forrest Gump character exemplifies the triumph of the simple man, the pure at heart.

American Graffiti has a great story line and a cast of a dozen or more actors who went on to have outstanding careers.

An example of why I like this movie: when Harrison Ford (aka Bob Falfa) drives into town in his jalopy to challenge Paul Le Mat to a race, his license plate is THX 1138. Why is that important? This is the title of the first George Lucas feature film, a science fiction classic. I probably saw “American Graffiti” ten times before I picked up on this.

How long have you been working on this story?

It took me a few months to write. I did a lot of research on interesting Mandarin names for the characters. For example, Mei Meng’s good friend is a funny snow leopard named Chun Bao, which means Silly Leopard. A scary Siberian tiger is named Di Zheng, which means earthquake. He is so huge that every step he takes shakes the earth.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I’ll nominate two books. One is “The Magic Barrel” by Bernard Malamud (although it is a collection of short stories that won the National Book Award in the nineteen fifties) and “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.

What motivated you to write this story?

I felt like writing something lyrical, fantasy-world that would go deep into mythology and have a totally sympathetic main character. It was also meant as a “welcome to the world” present for my daughter. This is not “Kung Fu Panda” by any means. It moves at a slower pace and is more emotional and mystical than slapstick. It also emphasizes the importance of the family, both panda and human.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Leonardo Da Vinci. I would ask him, “How did you accomplish all the things you did in so many different areas?” Unlike Da Vinci, I write my ideas down in spiral notebooks, instead of an ornate leather bound Codex (which Bill Gates paid millions of dollars for). Maybe that’s the secret.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being outdoors. Hiking in the hills, kayaking, white water rafting, paddle boarding. I am a fan of American college football and find the games more exciting than the usual NFL product.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I wanted to hear different voices speak the lines of dialogue and the narration. I also hope to attract some interest for the book. At the very least I would like to find an illustrator. I would like to have the illustrations done in the style of traditional Chinese paintings. All the different animals and natural environments would allow an artist to create many interesting canvasses. If I were to engage in a little “exponential thinking” I would like to:

Have the book translated and published in China.
Have the book made into a movie for the Chinese market.

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

Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime. Sometimes your subconscious pulls together elements from events in your own life and combines them with elements from literature and mythology. There is a flash of lightning in your head and suddenly you know what your project is about. This has been my experience.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

SIMULATION (Ch. ILIAD) – Novel Transcript by Ami Blackwelder

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

It is about a future where a quantum computer controls the cities. One girl, Masha, decides to resist the computer’s control.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

YA SyFy Dystopian

How would you describe this story in two words?

Thought-Provoking

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gosh, Pride and Prejudice

How long have you been working on this story?

For a few months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I love a few. Divergent, Hunger Games, Star Wars

What motivated you to write this story?

Our future

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Einstein

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Science, Nature, Animals, Reading, Teaching, Traveling

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I would love a professional reading of the first pages to get readers interested

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

Do what you love.

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

2015 Novel Winning Readings (42 Total)

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the 2015 Winning Novel Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL READING – Large is the Smallest We Got
December 2015 Reading
Written by Jed Hamilton
ACTORCHAPTER 1 Reading – Tempest Makers
December 2015 Reading
Written by K.L. McKinley
ACTORCHAPTER 1 Reading – Liquid Diamond
December 2015 Reading
Written by Sebastien Blue
ACTORCHAPTER 1 Reading – Bader Field
December 2015 Reading
Written by Carl David
ACTORChapter 3 NOVEL – Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps
November 2015 Reading
Written by Colin Guest
ACTORTranscript NOVEL – A Life Singular
November 2015 Reading
Written by Lorraine Pestell
ACTORChapter 21 NOVEL – One Hot Summer
November 2015 Reading
Written by Ian Barker
ACTORBEST SCENE – The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio
November 2015 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde
ACTORChapter 1 NOVEL – Please Hold
November 2015 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu
ACTORChapter 7 NOVEL – From the Sky
November 2015 Reading
Written by J E Nicassio
ACTORNOVEL Chapter 2 – Junction Part 2
October 2015 Reading
Written by Cody Schlegel
ACTORNOVEL Chapter 4 – Large is the Smallest We’ve Got
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jed Hamilton
ACTORNOVEL Chapter 1 – Emma the Nerd at the End of the World
October 2015 Reading
Written by Cathy Herberg
ACTORNOVEL Chapter 1 – Silent Hearer
October 2015 Reading
Written by Marcia Shury
ACTORNOVEL Chapter 5 – The Origin of F.O.R.C.E.
October 2015 Reading
Written by Sam B Miller II
ACTORNOVEL Chapter 40 – You Can Run
October 2015 Reading
Written by Greg Smith
SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: APRIL SNOW
September 2015 Reading
by Lynn Stewart
SCREENPLAYNovel Transcript: NORTH HALL
September 2015 Reading
by Julian Lev
SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: SHIELD OF THE PALIDINE
September 2015 Reading
by Barbara T. Cerny
SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: COURAGE UNDER FIRE
September 2015 Reading
by Vanayssa Somers
SCREENPLAYNovel Transcript: DRACONUM
September 2015 Reading
by Sebastian Halford
SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: WHAT IF ITS ALL BEEN A LIE
August 2015 Reading
by Nancy Arant Williams
SCREENPLAYChapter 3 Novel: WINGS OF HOPE
August 2015 Reading
by Hillary Hoffman
SCREENPLAYChapter 1 Novel: TO FLY AGAIN
August 2015 Reading
by Rachelle Hasnas
SCREENPLAYChapter 2 Novel: EDGE: EAST WIND IN PARADISE
August 2015 Reading
by Carl Jackson
ACTORWatch NOVEL turned into a MOVIE
Chapter 1 – AHBC
Written by Albert Russo
ACTORChapter 1 NOVEL Reading: DIARIES OF KARMA
July 2015 Reading
Written by Bam
ACTORChapter 2 NOVEL Reading: CORR SYL THE TERRIBLE
July 2015 Reading
Written by Garry Rogers
ACTORChapter 4 NOVEL Reading: TURNSTILES
July 2015 Reading
Written by Andrea McKenzie Raine
ACTORChapter 1 NOVEL Reading: RED STORM
July 2015 Reading
Written by Thom Tate
SCREENPLAYChapter 13 Novel: FORTY DAYS AND NINE MONTHS
June 2015 Reading
Written by James Jeffrey Paul
SCREENPLAYChapter 6 Novel: STAY AWHILE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Anthony Vecchiarello
SCREENPLAYChapter 7 Novel: SURVIVAL YEAR
June 2015 Reading
Written by Jennifer Shearer French
ACTOR1st Chapter: THE SZGANY CHRONICLES
May 2015 Reading
Written by David John Roberts III
ACTOR1st Chapter: CONCEPTION OF A DIALYSIS
May 2015 Reading
Written by Fayton Hollington
SCREENPLAY1st Chapter: LOOKING INTO THE SUN
April 2015 Reading
Written by Todd Tavolazzi
SCREENPLAY1st Chapter: THE DECISION
April 2015 Reading
Written by C.P. Munro
ACTORNovel Transcript – NOT TO TALK ABOUT UNTIL NOW
March 2015 Reading
Written by Kirsten Marie Wohlgemuth
ACTOR1st Chapter – DISTURBED
March 2015 Reading
Written by Suzanne Wilson
ACTORNOVEL READING – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by Alan Hostetter
ACTORNOVEL READING – SERENITY
January 2015 Reading
Written by Tom Beakley
ACTORIN THE CLEFT Chapter 10 Novel Reading
January 2015 Reading
Written by Dana L. Goodman

Excerpt from – Zombie Turkeys by Andy Zach

Performed by Michelle Alexander

Author’s Website: http://zombieturkeys.com/

Watch Transcript Reading:

Get to know the author:

What is your novel about?

Zombie Turkeys that can’t be killed and the bloggers that pursue the story.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Comic urban fantasy

How would you describe this story in two words?

Turkey Terror

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It’s a Wonderful Life

How long have you been working on this story?

Eleven months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

What motivated you to write this story?

We were eating turkey for supper and said, “What would happen if this turkey came back to life?”

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Escher

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Christianity

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I love audio books and I love dramatic readings. I think my book’s humor is very suitable for a dramatic performance.

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

Get started and persist in writing.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Excerpt from – Guarding Shakespeare by Quintin Peterson

Performance by Michelle Alexander

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Watch Transcript Reading:

Get to know the author:

What is your novel about?

Guarding Shakespeare is a noir mystery thriller set against the backdrop of the world renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, which contains the world’s largest collection of First Folios and Shakespeareana. Long-time security guard Lt. Norman Blalock, who is being forced into retirement, has been tasked by a wealthy businessman and his lovely emissary to steal a priceless artifact hidden within the institution’s underground bank vault that will not be missed and become a wealthy man, with no one the wiser.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Noir mystery thriller.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Heist job.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca.

How long have you been working on this story?

This published novella took me a year to write.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

What motivated you to write this story?

I was inspired to write Guarding Shakespeare by working at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Jacob Lawrence.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Working on my artwork, film study, and playing Chess.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I’ve done a lot of book readings and was curious to hear someone else read my work.

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

Aspiring fiction authors should first pick the genre they are most interested in, read a lot of work in that genre, and write a lot. Enter contests in that genre and surf the Net for anthologies in that genre seeking submissions.
 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Excerpt from – Husbands May Come and Go But Friends are Forever by Judith Marshall

Performed by Michelle Alexander

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Watch Transcript Reading:

Get to know the author:

What is your novel about?

The story takes place in Northern California in the spring of 2000, when the dot-com boom was at its peak. Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a successful executive in her late fifties and a divorced mother of two. Emotionally armored and living alone, she wants only to maintain the status quo: her long-term significant other, her job, and her trusted friends – five feisty women whose high school friendship has carried them through multiple marriages, dramatic divorces, and maddening menopause. Yet in a matter of days, the three anchors that have kept her moored are ripped away.

The group of lifelong pals gathers at Lake Tahoe to attend to the funeral arrangements of their beloved friend, and tries to unravel the mystery of her death. Through their shared tragedy, Liz learns how disappointment and grief can bloom into healing and hope.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Women’s fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Humorous and sad

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

An Affair to Remember (the original)

How long have you been working on this story?

12 years (it was published in 2009 and was optioned for the big screen in 2010)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Other Side of Midnight” by Sidney Sheldon

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to write about how enduring friendships expand our compassion and lend meaning to our lives.

What artist would you love to have dinner with? v

Dorothy Parker – would love to sit with her at the Algonquin Roundtable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Theater and movies

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I love my eccentric characters and wanted to hear them speak.

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

Keep learning your craft. Attend every workshop, lecture or conference you can and keep writing, even if you think it’s crap!

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
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SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!