Short Story Movie: Flatulent Fred, by Bill Lawrence

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by Bill Lawrence

Narration by Becky Shrimpton

Editor & Visual Design by Carey Daiter

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

What is your short story about?

Supernatural vengeance against a corporate bully

What genres would you say this story is in?

Horror, business, computers

How would you describe this story in two words?

Supernatural vengeance

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

High Plains Drifter (That’s for real and I never thought about it until you asked that question. I like the spooky coincidence considering my last answer)

What is your favorite song?

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

Thunder Road (Springsteen)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

August 1914 by Solzhenitsyn. It’s been a long time since I read it though.

What motivated you to write this story?

Niece and nephew wanted a ghost story with a hint of childish humor.

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

Jesus. Of course, I have it every Sunday so no big deal.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Freedom

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

An email

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

Not until I have success.

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Chapter 1 Novel Reading: UNMASKED by R. Saint Claire

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My novel is essentially a family drama about estranged, middle-aged people still trapped in the damaging social dynamic of their family of origin. There is literally no escape.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Definitely horror.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Twisted psychodrama.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Valley of the Dolls.

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

This is somewhat embarrassing, but probably Yes Starship Trooper.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

What motivated you to write this story?

It started as a personal challenge to write a screenplay at a summer camp setting, which I did. From there I developed it into a novel.

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

William Shakespeare, which would be very weird.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m also a filmmaker. I’m passionate about creativity in general.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

It sounded like a unique opportunity.

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

Write characters you really love (or love to hate) because you will be living with them for a long time.

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Novel Transcript: Digby’s Diary, by E D Bird One

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

A pack of various breeds of dogs set out on a mission to protect two young boys from certain danger, only to find that there is another child who must be rescued from the hands of villains.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Adventure

How would you describe this story in two words?

Exciting adventure

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Marley and Me

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

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Watchers, by Deane Koontz

What motivated you to write this story?

My standard French poodle, Digby

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

My dad

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I believe it is a wonderful story about dogs and children, and should be seen as well as read.

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

Keep writing!

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story : DAY OF WHY by Stephen Karnaghan

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

DAY OF WHY by Stephen Karnaghan

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Weekends for a lot of people are lonely. They may not speak to anyone for two days. So what happens when someone speaks to a lonely person?

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

Social.

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

Personality change

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

The film that I watch often is Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance with a score by Philip Glass.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

I had written this story several years ago and was not happy with it. When I became interested in only expressing the theme I was able to get rid of all the redundancy.

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

Murphy by Samuel Beckett

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to express how loneliness is one of the most difficult problems to overcome.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Philip Glass

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

I am passionate about composing music, music that is beyond entertainment, but music that people use emotionally.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

Literature in the 21st Century does not need the description and atmospheric words as writing from the past. People now are more visual, we are bombarded with visual stimulus all day. I am trying to write for those that add in the visuals if they are necessary.

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

Be yourself.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: ALL LIVES MATTER! by Ruth Andrews Garnes

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

ALL LIVES MATTER! by Ruth Andrews Garnes

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

This piece is about the times we are living in and the senseless loss of lives. There’ve been lost of cops and citizens lives. This piece was a part of a piece I wrote called “Dr. King’s Dream” I added to it after the killings in Dallas but the original piece remains as was written in my poetry collection called “The Cry of our Children.”

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

I would say this piece was written as a tragic historical event.

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

Heart felt.

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

Pretty Woman.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

This was originally written in 2015, at the point when 24 black men had been shot by police. I added to it after the Dallas incident. I felt that needed to be noted. It was as unjust for those to lose their lives because of their profession, in the same manner that it is unjust to be shot or be labelled a thug because of skin color or size or some arbitrary reason.

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

My favorite novel is Francine Rivers: Redeeming Love.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

.I believe that expressive words lingers and get heard, and being a mother of two sons, any who were killed could have been mine. I wanted to give tribute to these because no matter who they were and their mothers are their lives mattered.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner with Oprah Winfrey.

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

My family and the theatre.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

.It was an opportunity to show case my writings.

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

Writing is a very competitive field but persistence is the key to success in most endeavors.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: A Dangerous Occupation by Randall Krzak

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Reading Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

A Dangerous Occupation by Randall Krzak

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Olivia, the leader of a drug cartel, tries to juggle a normal family life with
the ugly realities of her enterprise. Someone invades her home, with
shots fired and then–silence.

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

FIC002000 FICTION/Action & Adventure
FIC030000 FICTION/Thrillers / Suspense
FIC031010 FICTION/Thrillers / Crime

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

Action-packed (is that one word?( and suspensful

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

Most of the movies I watch are action and adventure.
Probably one I’ve watched the most would be Independence
Day, both in English and a foreign language.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

About two days.

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

No, but I have two all-time favorite authors – Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to see if I could take a draft chapter I had written for
a novel, cut the unnecessary verbiage and still create something with
an impact and tells a story.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Tough one. Any action and adventured writer who has had their
work also turned into a film where they were involved, at least as an
advisor. Would like to learn the intricacies of the process.

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

Doing arts and crafts with my wife, Sylvia, and our pets.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

When I was informed about the contest I thought this would be a good
challenge and help improve my writing abilities.

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

Never stop trying to stretch your boundaries. You never know from where
or when the next inspirational idea will surface.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: One More Last Call by Forrest Simcoe

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One More Last Call  by Forrest Simcoe

Reading Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

My story is about two people coming to terms with the fact that their relationship is over. It starts in the aftermath of the breakup, and so much of their history is hinted at throughout the story. This is their final goodbye to each other; accepting that it’s the end for them not only as lovers, but for their deep friendship as well.

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

Drama, Romance.

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

Love. Acceptance.

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

Oh man, it’s probably a tie between Donnie Darko and A Walk to Remember – two vastly different films, I know, but they have always been two of my top favourites.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

It came to me pretty quick, actually. Once that inspiration hit I had it down in probably an hour.

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

The Catcher In the Rye by JD Salinger. Probably not the most original answer, but it honestly is my favourite. It resonated with me at a very young age.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

There are so many breakup stories that have the characters just hating each other. I wanted to show a different side – the deep friendship and love and respect my two characters have for each other. It doesn’t always have to end in anger.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

It’s a tough call! Again, like the movie question, I’m going to make it a tie between actor Zachary Levi and singer/songwriter Lights. They’re both so good at what they do, but they’re even better human beings. Their passion inspires me, and how genuine and kind they are – they just want to make the world a better place in what ways they can and they care about their fans in a way that is unlike any other I’ve seen.

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

Mental health awareness. I’ve been living with mental illness for more than half of my life and I want to do whatever I can to help get rid of the stigma. A lot of my writing is about my struggles. I grew up with music all around me; I started playing guitar very young and it’s simply a part of who I am. It has saved me time and time again. Lastly, I’m very passionate about film and TV – it’s just such a great escape and when you find something that brings out very real emotions in you, it’s incredible.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

WILDsound has been kind enough to feature two of my poems so far. They were the first to publish me in the online format, and as much as I love poetry, I love writing stories just as much.

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

Find inspiration in the little things, the every day things. Pay attention. Don’t force it.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Story: Held Up by Bree Katz

Watch the May 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Held Up by Bree Katz

Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

Get to know writer Bree Katz:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

“Held Up” is about a woman who realizes how unaffected she’d be at the news of her boyfriend’s death.

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

This story is primarily a work of nonfiction.

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

Happy breakup!

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

I cannot count the number of times I’ve seen the original – nay, the ONLY – Star Wars trilogy. It’s a good thing DVDs were invented when I was still a child, because I was drastically testing the limits of my mom’s VHS tapes. (Cue contractually obligated grumbling about “kids these days and their consarned streaming services; now get off mah lawn!”)

5. How long have you been working on this story?

I wrote this particular version of the story in about two hours shortly before the submission deadline, as I have apparently learned nothing since my undergraduate days. I have, however, needed to make some kind of creative hay out of a night that proved to be a catalyst in dumping my now ex-boyfriend ever since it took place three and a half years ago.

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

There are many contenders, but I compulsively re-read Pale Fire every few months or so and feel newly humbled by Nabokov’s facility for wordplay and characterization every time.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Making this story public was somehow less embarrassing than talking to a therapist about relationship issues that obviously linger three and a half years after I ended the relationship.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Larry David. There would be something comforting in having dinner with a guy who seems to understand flesh-burning levels of awkward the way I do.

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

I am an avid skier and hiker who has bagged twelve 14,000-foot mountains and has several more on my list. I’m also into photography – how else am I going to prove I actually climbed those fourteeners?

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I was between “big” projects. My life was in too much upheaval to get a proper start on the novel I’d outlined. Creative stagnation is no good, either, though, so when I got the email notification about the contest, it was just the inspiration I needed to crank my gears.

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

Don’t worry about how much your first draft is going to suck. Just get the words out there. Editing is a special hell all its own, but once you reach that stage, you’re partway through. If you obsess over making the story perfect before you even sit down to write it, you’ll never get started.

Winning Short Story: This Pond is too Crowded by Stacey R. Janik

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This Pond is too Crowded by Stacey R. Janik

Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

Get to know writer Stacey R. Janik:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

“This Pond’s too Crowded” is about dating in a small community and how all to often your paths cross unintentionally. One must be careful what they say until they know who they are talking to and if you have any mutual friends.

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

Romantic Comedy

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

Small World

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

That’s a tough question because I’m a huge movie buff, I would probably say Love Actually though.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

This story is a work in progress since each date I go on seems to roll into yet another funny story.

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

I really enjoyed and couldn’t put “Where the Heart Is” down. I also enjoyed Billie Letts other novel “The Honk and Holler Opening Soon.”

7. What motivated you to write this story?

When I go on dates that turn out like this one did I walk away laughing and shaking my head. It’s too funny and crazy not to share!

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I choose musical artist Sam Smith. His album The Lonely Hour was such an inspiration for my first novel that has yet to be published. He is so talented and I would love it if he read my book.

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

I have twin daughters that are my passion. I strive to raise them to be caring, productive citizens. I also like to nurture their creativity as much as possible. This past year I started creative artistic pieces using items that we find at the beach.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

My very good friend Eddie encouraged me to enter this contest and I can’t thank him enough for always believing in me. He’s one of my biggest cheerleaders.

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

My advice might sound cliche but write what you know and write from your heart and never let anyone tell you you can’t do something.

Winning Short Story: MY ROAMEO, WHERE ART THOU MY ROAMEO by Michelle Assor

Watch the May 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

MY ROAMEO, WHERE ART THOU MY ROAMEO by Michelle Assor

Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

Get to know writer Michelle Assor:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

My story is about a woman in the midst of a marriage crisis and a pending divorce. While walking her dog one morning, she receives an eerie phone call from a family member who reluctantly discloses that her husband is dead.

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

Drama/Tragedy

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

Senseless tragedy

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

Nightmare before Christmas – Forrest Gump – The Unbearable Lightness of Being

5. How long have you been working on this story?

Approximately two to three hours.

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

The Jungle Book – Passage to India – A Tale of Two Cities.
Many many favorites. Love the classics.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Writer’s real life experience.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

In lieu of the tragic subject matter of my short story, I would like to have dinner with ‘Prince’. I know he has passed away but I believe our souls move on to other realms. We are essentially eternal and I would love to meet him, in whatever form he appears. I admire his creativity, his originality; his eclectic mix of music fused into ‘his own thing’. I think he was a fascinating individual and I would love to learn about his darkest secrets, his visions and his views on life.

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

I am passionate about the state of the world we live in. It is troubling in all respects, economically, politically and socially. I am passionate about education and the future of our children. I think the ever increasing rate of global illiteracy is worrisome. Being literate enables us to work things out in a practical manner without resorting to violence as the only alternative. As far as technology is concerned, I endorse it but at the same time, because of it, we will evolve into different human beings, more robotic in our thinking, without the capacity to use our imaginations to their full human extent. Very sad.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

My passion is writing, no matter what form or length. I am a published author of a YA fantasy novel and am busy writing the sequel. This short story entry was encouraged by a real life event and it will probably prompt me to write a novel about this tragic incident in the future. I want to try all genres, all forms of writing.

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

Writing is a passion, not a past time. If there is nothing else you would rather do, then writing is the right choice for you. If you want to succeed, be tough, be think skinned. It is a challenging, saturated industry, like much else. However, if this is where you believe you belong, your talent will reach an audience, no matter how long it takes. Believe in yourself.