Winning Short Story – The Ferry Man by Jax Logan

Performed by Amaka Umeh

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A serial killer.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

horror

How would you describe this story in two words?

Grim Reaper

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Lord of the Rings

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

Sting / So lonely

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I like a lot of the Ken Follett books

What motivated you to write this story?

I was working on a film script with the same theme and thought it would make a great one pager.

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

Taylor Swift (yes, I am shallow) and there would have to be desert.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My kids (most of the time)

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I saw a promotional email from FilmFreeway

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

Before you jump in to something, understand what you’re jumping in to.

Novel Transcript: ORIGINS OF EVE by Kimberly Davis

Performed by Amaka Umeh

What is your novel about?

Killing Eve is a drama about a young girl’s dysfunctional beginnings that leads her into the foster system and how circumstances leads her into a life and degradation and murder.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

The genre would be Drama.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Heartbreaking yet empowering.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Matrix(will always love this movie, everytime I see it I get another perspective about it.)

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

I have many different songs that I love, depending on my mood I may be in the mood to hear Prince’s “Starfish and coffee”, or I may be in the mood for Lalah Hathaway’s “I’m coming back”, or Erykah Badu’s “Green Eyes”. ITs all about what day it is and which Kim we are dealing with.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

What motivated you to write this story?

HBO used to have a show that focused on prostitution throughout the U.S. and one episode focused on a woman who became a pimp. I wanted to develop that story. However, as I started to write my story it evolved into something else while still discussing the lives of women on the streets.

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

My brother, he passed away at the age of 21 from a seizure, I just want to make sure he was ok and make sure he knows I love him.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my family, providing a wonderful life for my daughter is my first priority.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I wanted to see my work go from the page to something visually stimulating. We are visual people, so instead of explaining what my book is about, you can see what the possibilities are for this story.

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

Stay focused, I have been distracted for many years, this story should have been completed years ago. For a time, I forgot this was a goal for me. Even now, I go through periods where I am blocked and I get overwhelmed with other responsibilities and my writing takes a back seat. However, we must come back to our love. I have so many stories that need to be told, but they will never see the light of day, UNLESS I WRITE!

March 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the March 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORSHORT Story – THE ATTACK
March 2017 Reading
Written by Mark Renshaw

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – THE ASSIGNMENT
March 2017 Reading
Written by George Ivanov Nenchev

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – RYAN GORDON
March 2017 Reading
Written by Art Blum

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – BRIAR EARTH
March 2017 Reading
Written by Paul Tapp

ACTORMARCH 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Val Cole

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story – A Far Distant Wind by L S Kleinschmidt

Performed by Val Cole

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A Far Distant Wind tells the story of an everyday person living her life who becomes trapped in an international crisis and learns the importance of living everyday.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Dramatic Memoir –

How would you describe this story in two words?

Tragic realities

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I have a LONG list, but definitely one is Schindler’s List. Another is Forest Gump, and of course any movie with Sidney Poitier, Fred Astaire or directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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

It’s not actually a song – I love Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. A favorite song is Moon River.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Again, there are many, and my favorite changes regularly, probably too regularly, but Grapes of Wrath is one of the best.

What motivated you to write this story?

A news story and my deep passion for telling stories, understanding history, and New York City

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

Again, I have a long list, but Pope John Paul and Jacqueline Kennedy would be definite choices. Their courage during terrible times and their dedication to history, country, and human freedom impressed me greatly. As a writer and lover of movies and screenwriting, I would have loved to meet Robert Osborne on TCM.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Improving literacy skills ( writing + reading as without both, a free society is lost); human rights and advocacy also can help everyday persons live happier meaningful lives.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

A recent connection I made on LinkedIn told me about the festival. I’ve been writing in multiple genres for years, and I particularly love the power and emotion of oral dramatic performance. So, I submitted the story.

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

Ideas are everywhere around you, but it is the constant gathering and personal consideration of them that makes you a writer. Being in the right place at the right time is luck, but when that stroke of luck appears, you need the talent and the experience to discover the story only you can tell. Then you have to know how to tell it right. I believe good writing is all about scene, and you learn scene and how scene delivers character, theme, and story by watching tons of movies. I do that all the time.

 

 


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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Short Story Reading of THE ATTACK by Mark Renshaw

Performed by Val Cole

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

It’s about a guy experiencing a severe panic attack. From his perspective, he views these incidents more like battles, as if he’s being assailed by an invisible force. Using this viewpoint helps him to focus through the pain and fight back.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Grief, recovery.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I’m a sucker for the original Star Wars trilogy.

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

My favourite song changes as time goes by. One of the ones I keep going back to though is Dream On by Aerosmith.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

One of the few books I’ve read numerous times is Legend by David Gemmell.

What motivated you to write this story?

At the time, I was trying to cope with the loss of my mother and I was experiencing anxiety and panic attacks for the first time in my life. Writing this was quite cathartic.

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

Isaac Asimov. He’s my literary hero.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love turning my work into produced films. I’ve produced two of my own stories so far and I’m in post-production of a third. It’s amazing to see what I’ve written given life on the screen.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I entered a Doctor Who TV script into the Fanfiction Festival a couple of years ago, and it won a table read. It was wonderful to see the script performed by real actors so I decided to try something similar with one of my short stories.


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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Novel Transcript: The Assignment by Georgi Ivanov Nenchev

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

This is about how a simple man, a doctor, not heroic at all, brutally forced by all around him, turns into a real avenger and bringer of justice.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Action-Nemesis.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Strength and Honor.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Kozure Okami – Lone wolf and the Cub. And Hawaii 5-0.

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

“Links 2-3-4” of Rammstein.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“Dune” of Frank Herbert.

What motivated you to write this story?

My work in Emergency, meetings with Death and some series of History channel.

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

Maybe I would like to have a dinner with Buddha and Jesus.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Martial arts and my work as anesthetist.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I would like as many people as possible to read this book and to see it filmed by
good director.

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

Write! Don`t stop trying anything!

 


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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Novel Reading of Briar Earth (Chapter 59 – Balcony Diplomacy) by Paul Tapp

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Reluctance, tradition and coincidence. They bring together as princess and escort, an opiniative ‘silly girl’ and a ‘handsome captain’, who fails his diplomatic mission to keep her silent on contentious matters at her fox-hunting debut. A puppy hound and a missing fox-cub confound the biggest fox-meet of the year and bring an end to the cruel tradition.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Historic fantasy/Historic romance.

How would you describe this story in two words?

World’s collide.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

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

Summer Wine

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Woman In White (Wilkie Collins)

What motivated you to write this story?

As a kid I watched my grandpa and his dogs race rabbits to their
burrows. He’d dig them out, apologise as they squealed in fear, wring their necks. It was his living. So too for many over the centuries, is the tradition of fox-hunting. It was a cathartic journey to understand the fear of the fox … and the concomitant respect between the hunted and the hunter when a beagle puppy discovers a fox-cub hiding in a manor stable.

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

Angelina Jolie. Just sit and sip coffee all night would be great.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

International polemics in a complex, selfish world that will destroy everything we love.Family documentaries.Investigative journalism.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Nice to hear someone read something I have written. To see if they ‘get’ the nuance in a chapter without the perspective of the full novel.

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

Don’t pitch to an audience. Write to appease something within.
Re-write until all paragraphs say ‘yes’. Writing is a private journey to somewhere. Collect fellow travellers along the way.


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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or FEATURE Script
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