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

January 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

ACTORSHORT Story – THE MISCREANT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish

ACTORSHORT Story – THE PAPERBOY
January 2017 Reading
Written by George G. Moore

ACTORSHORT Story – MURDER IS A BREEZE
January 2017 Reading
Written by M Maureen Skahan

ACTORSHORT Story – MARIONETTE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson

ACTORSHORT Story – SHADOWS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly J. Kratz

ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE IN BUTZBACH
January 2017 Reading
Written by D.K. Christi

ACTORSHORT Story – TELL ME TO GO
January 2017 Reading
Written by Thomas Cannon

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DEADLY SERIOUS
January 2017 Reading
Written by A.J. Thibault

ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FOOTSTOOL INCIDENT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DAWN OF CHRYSALIS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sam B. Miller II

ACTOR2016 CONTEST Poetry Readings
Watch the finalists.

 

 

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Chapter 1 Novel Reading of DEADLY SERIOUS by A J Thibault

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Deadly Serious is a dark comedy thriller set in Los Angeles about a stand-up comic whose search for the truth leads to his downfall. When Jonny Goodis exceeds the limits of free speech, he draws fire from his audience, his enemies and his peers. Hunted and tormented, he must deliver the performance of his life if he ever hopes to survive.

Why should this novel be read by people?

It is a look inside the mind of a tormented aspiring comic who has trouble differentiating between going over-the-top and discovering that the terror inside of him, although comedic, can be very very real. I wanted to play with the complex interplay between action and psychological thriller, much as happens in a Thomas Pynchon novel.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Comedy thriller

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this story?

It was about 1.5 years for the first draft.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I liked Robert Ludlum a lot and the Bourne Identity.

What motivated you to write this story?

I lived in Los Angeles at the time and attended many different and famous comedy clubs. I saw many comedians who had a very dark side to them and a few would explore it through politics and personal attack and this prompted me to think about what would happen if they were misunderstood and went over-the-top. The death of John Belushi and others prompted me to think about why comedians are so self-destructive.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Henri Rousseau.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, kids, politics and future exponential technologies.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

I am excited to have the opportunity top get the word out and I’ve never entered a festival before.

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

Writing is like thinking. If you believe in your thoughts, keep on writing.

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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 – 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
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
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!

Winning Short Story:Sequoia Seeds by Mattheus Carpenter

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It’s about how the tiny seeds in the cones of the majestic Sequoia trees are analogous to the fact that even the smallest ideas I have can blossom into magnificent discoveries, ideas, accomplishments, acts of kindness, etc.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Memoir, Personal Narrative.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Ideas matter (no matter how small)

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Sun Valley Serenade

How long have you been working on this story?

1 year, on and off. I tweak it from time to time.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Wrinkle in Time

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to inspire people, as well as myself, to keep dreaming up ideas

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Leonardo da Vinci or the sculptor David Smith

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Jazz music, making films, traveling the globe

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

I loved the idea that someone might perform my story. I wanted to see how the actors interpreted it.

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

Just keep the ideas flowing – never stop and never be shy to share your work.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Story: A CHRISTMAS REUNION by Joy Lin

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

The twin brother of a man comes home for Christmas after disappearing for 5 years and stirs up all sorts of emotions.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Unexpected and intriguing.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Shawshank Redemption.

How long have you been working on this story?

It was written in 30 min in Chinese 2 years ago and it took me about an hour to translate into English for this festival.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Fight Club.

What motivated you to write this story?

I saw these adorable twin boys at a diner and wondered what would happen if they both grew up to be heartthrobs.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Kevin Smith.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a stand-up comedian!

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

I feel like an 1-page short story is like a photograph. If it’s done well, the readers would get a glimpse of a world and leave wanting to know more.

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

If you enjoyed the writing process, you’ve succeeded.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne