Novel Transcript Reading: FIRST CONTACT, by James Jackson

BUY Online:
https://www.fantasticfiction.com/j/james-jackson/first-contact.htm

Narrator: Matt Barnes

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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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Short Story Reading of Busking At The Cash Till, by Abass Collier

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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

Short Story Reading: German’s Cat, by David N. Hawkins

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your short story about?

The story is based loosely on a thought experiment, described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935 and it deals with the consequences of procrastination.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Science Fiction

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Twisted fun

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Mad Max

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

House of the Rising Sun

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Dune

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Honestly, it was an impulse. I was thinking of the paradox and had a “What of?” moment.

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

Isaac Newton

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Wood working especially turning bowls on a lathe.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

My wife suggested it.

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

Good enough is a bad standard. Good enough is the sworn enemy of the best you can do.

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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

Short Story Reading: Falling, by K.L. Crighton

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about?

Polished and professional, Leigh, is a powerhouse at work but navigating life isn’t always so easy, especially when she’s around her handsome neighbor, Kevin. A bad day ends with her on the verge of something new.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Falling is at the beginning of the beginning and, like life, has the potential for many twists and turns. At first glance, it appears to be a romance. But as a lover of mysteries, I see potential for a much darker turn.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Anything’s possible

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Princess Bride- it’s filled with romance, adventure and everything in between.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I’m a fan of mysteries. The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen is one of my favorites

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I’ve always love writing. On one of those days where everything can go wrong- this story answers the question of “what else could happen.” But, as with most bad days, there’s usually a silver lining if we look hard enough- a much needed glass of wine or the prospect of a better tomorrow.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love being outdoors- hiking, sitting by a fire or even working in the yard. I’m also a huge animal lover and spend a lot of time with my two horses and energetic yellow lab. And anything that resembles a puzzle motivates me- whether it’s a good mystery book or an organizational strategy project at my day job.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

The short story performance motivated me to conquer the dreaded blank page that every writer faces at the start of something more.

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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

April 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

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by Lionel Walfish

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

SHORT STORY Best Scene Reading of TERROR AT THE STERLING, by Jeff Dawson

 

Genre: Horror

“Terror at the Sterling” is a short horror story based on actual events where the desk clerk is required to perform a simple eviction that plunges him back to the unsolved murders from thirty years ago.

CAST LIST:

Narrator/Mel: Hugh Ritchie
RJ: Nick Baillie
911 Operator: Susan Q. Wilson
Sergeant: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about? Let’s use the blurb for this one:

February 2013. The day started out normal enough for Mel: emails, phone calls, and general business issues. His normal routine was about to be disrupted when the new General Manager, Cheryl, told him and Jimmy to evict the two hookers whose rent was three days past due. Mel shivered at the thought. The last eviction, six months ago, still haunted him. He couldn’t erase the memory of the blood and gore, he and his partner RJ witnessed. What they saw reminded him of story the ole’ timer told him about the unsolved murders of two oil men in 1973.

Join Mel, as he embarks on a simple eviction that plunges him into the horrors and truths of the crimes from 1973.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Horror/Suspense. Some readers have compared it to Stephen King’s “The Shining.”

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Hair-raisingly frightful

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Patton

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

Johnny Rivers, “Dancing in the Moonlight.” It was my high school (RIP 7-20-2009) favorite song back in the day

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Not really.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Lee Shendelman, the night clerk at the Sterling told me about this bizarre event when they were evicting two residents. Short version, he went to the room-card key didn’t work. Desk manager came up-card key didn’t work. Tried a master. Door opened to a tornado strike! Found the guys. Went back to the room. Everything was in place-nothing destroyed. How’s that for a plot line?

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

Erwin Rommel. Next to George Patton, he was an expert tactician. Lucky for us we had George or might all be speaking German.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Model railroading, World War Two and fishing.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Exposure, what else. I submitted it several times before it was picked. Anxious to see how the performers pulled it off.

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

I’ve lost count how many people have told me they have a story and don’t know where to start. It’s simple, stop procrastinating, sit down and start doing it.

12. For more information on other works, please visit my Amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Dawson/e/B0054DRYIO/ref=la_B0054DRYIO_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1518015307&sr=1-2

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox