Action/Adventure Festival – August 27 2018

The ease of use of the website I think was a major influence. And I thought the reviews were fair and honest.

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

Genre: Action, Adventure

A battlefield medic and her Marine unit in Afghanistan investigate a missing patrol to discover a legendary wild man may be responsible.

CAST LIST:

Jose: Scott Beaudin
Franco: Nick Wicht
Narrator: John Fray
Cierra: Val Cole
Maya: Kierston Drier

Action/Adventure Festival – August 25 2018

The chance to hear actors read the word on the page is so helpful to refine dialogue. I also love feedback. So I read all the feedback and apply where I think it is appropriate.
A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

Genre: Action, History

In an intertwining story based on true events, three very different men desperately save as many babies from war-torn Vietnam as they can.

CAST LIST:

Daly: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Jenkins: Bryan Kling
Ambassador: Ted Powers

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Action/Adventure Festival – August 22 2018

Gustavo Freitas (OPERATION BROTHER SAM)

Being able to have professional actors reading your script is a wonderful experience. It’s invaluable. Feedback was good, but it can’t be compared with a table-read. First, it was very satisfying to see all these characters come to life. Second, to be able to hear an actor performing your material is an incredible tool to sharpening the dialogue. I would recommend every single writer to do at least one table-read of their scripts.

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Genre: Action, Political Thriller

During the Cold War, an intelligence officer, haunted by the death of his wife, must confront a corrupt politician who plans to start a military dictatorship in Brazil.

CAST LIST:

Thomas: Charles Gordon
Camilla: Amber Copeland
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Mark: Kevin P. Gabel
Colton: Neil Bennett
Garrett: Ryan Singh

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ACTION Feature Screenplay: OPERATION BROTHER SAM by Gustavo Freitas

Genre: Action, Political Thriller

During the Cold War, an intelligence officer, haunted by the death of his wife, must confront a corrupt politician who plans to start a military dictatorship in Brazil.

CAST LIST:

Thomas: Charles Gordon
Camilla: Amber Copeland
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Mark: Kevin P. Gabel
Colton: Neil Bennett
Garrett: Ryan Singh

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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

ACTION Best Scene: OPERATION BABYLIFT, by John McCarney

Genre: Action, History

In an intertwining story based on true events, three very different men desperately save as many babies from war-torn Vietnam as they can.

CAST LIST:

Daly: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Kat Smiley
Jenkins: Bryan Kling
Ambassador: Ted Powers

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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

Action/Adventure Festival – August 19 2018

I am always very grateful to hear feedback from anyone willing to offer it, especially from people who don’t have a personal stake in it or me. As a young filmmaker, I always want to improve and get better, and I find that the honesty of critique to be the ultimate took in achieving that goal.

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:

Interview with Screenwriter Fabian Martin (HALFWAY TO MARS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

1. What is your screenplay about?

Fabian Martin: My screenplay is about “Lucy”, a transgender, whose ambitions to complete her transition leads her into a “hellhole” which she fights to crawl out of.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The genre my screenplay falls under would be LGBT and Thriller.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Although LGBT films are on the rise, there are very few LGBT films that feature Latino characters. Last year’s academy-award-winning foreign film, “A Fantastic Woman” illustrates the fact that there is a thirst for such stories.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

How about a hyphenated word: self-preservation.

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

Wow, that’s a tough one. However, I’d have to say whenever “Shawshank Redemption” or “Seven” is on television I will sit and watch them…

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Interview with Winning Screenwriter Jim Norman (TAKE THE SHOT)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

July 2018 Winning Drama 1st Scene Screenplay.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Jim Norman: A BLACK, FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL STAR SEES HER DREAMS OF AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP FADE WHEN HER FATHER’S CORPORATE PROMOTION MAKES HER FAMILY MOVE FROM HOUSTON TO A SMALL NORTH DAKOTA TOWN WITH A HORRIBLE BASKETBALL TEAM.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

COMING OF AGE FAMILY DRAMA

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

IT DEALS WITH A NUMBER OF ISSUES THAT FACE TODAY’S TEENAGERS AND YOUNG ADULTS: RACE, SEXUAL PREFERENCE, BULLYING AND FRIENDSHIPS. IT PORTRAYS THE CHALLENGES EVEN A SUCCESSFUL BLACK FAMILY MUST COPE WITH.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

PERSONAL STRUGGLES

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

THE GODFATHER I & II

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

FROM LOGLINE TO…

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Interview with Winning Screenwriter Robert Dodrill (POLE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

 July 2018 Winning Sci-Fi 1st Scene Screenplay Winner.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Robert Dodrill: A large part of the story is about discovering something that at first seems magical, but then realizing there is a darker side to everything, that sometimes beauty is only on the surface. Sort of like becoming an adult and seeing the truth about the “man behind the curtain.” There’s also a bit of trying to answer the question of if your intentions are good, but the road to get there is immoral, what does that say about you?

Premise: While studying Remote caves in northern Greenland, a team of polar scientists stumble upon the entrance to the fabled, and seemingly long abandoned “North Pole Village.” Inside they discover remnants of advanced technology, evidence of a terrible tragedy, and the gram realization that the Pole was sealed off for a reason.

2. What…

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