Video Pitch for the Feature Screenplay OUTLAW TRAIL by Derek Stephen McPhail

Watch Video Pitch for the Feature Screenplay OUTLAW TRAIL:

Get to know the writer Derek Stephen McPhail:

1) What is the theme of your story?

as many writers are, consciously or unconsciously, inspired by the mythic hero’s journey, as I am a mixed-blood person, (Ojibwa/Haida/Scots/Norwegian/French/Basque); I chose to develop two characters, who are really the same character, who become challenged to embark on a hero’s journey, that reflect different communities: one an urban imperialist materialist culture and the other a rural tribal spiritual culture.

2) Why do people need to know about your story?

the global cultural conflicts between these cultures is currently putting human survival at risk, possibly in our lifetime.

3) How long have you been writing stories?

since I was a teenager, my story-telling found an outlet in songwriting; which, I pursued for approximately fifty years. it is only since I went back to Ryerson to study film, that I began to focus on short stories and screenplays.

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

as, I left home after high school and distanced myself from my family for many years, you could say I lived a version of the parable of the “prodigal son”.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

after spending a year hitch-hiking through the Andes, with my now deceased wife, I’m particularly impressed with a number of Hispanic artists: Juan Jose Campanella – writer/director, Gonzalo Gutierrez – production designer, Anderson Debernardi – designer and Robert Rodriguez – writer/director/etc.

6) How many stories have you written?

have written two feature film scripts. however, since I finished my latest draft of “Outlaw Trail”, I’m now focusing on a re-write of my first screenplay, a supernatural time-travel thriller, “Dreaming Together”. then, I will begin my first draft of my third script from an existing outline, I’m calling, “Farby & Nearaway”, a love story set in Peru.

7) Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

in five years, I would like to be in Peru, shooting my third script.

8) Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

my writing process, that first evolved with my songwriting, is slightly schizophrenic; as, part takes place in my dream state and part in my waking state. the outline begins in a dream. as my scripts have all taken years to evolve, I then spend months doing massive literary and internet research on the location and period. as I begin to visualize specific scenes in my dreams, I wake myself up and type it into my computer. after the spine of the story’s scenic progression and the characters evolve, I begin endless re-writes, defining the scenic description and appropriate dialogue as elegantly, as possible.

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

after spending much of my childhood overwhelmed by autism, as I become empowered to define my personal territory, I devoted myself to developing the numerous skill sets required to perform as a singer/guitarist, actor and martial artist. when I found the love of my life, I focused more on being a husband/parent/provider and worked primarily as a carpentry contractor building housing, film & theatre sets and staging. as my son and daughter are now both grown up, on their own and have made me a grandpa three times over; I consider them the creative projects I’m most proud of. as I am once again living alone, I am focused on acting and writing.

10) What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

WILDsound Festival was a local outfit.

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

advice for those interested in becoming writers, hmmm:
– the most important tool is to spend the rest of your life keeping journals; so, you embrace the habit of writing down your random useful thoughts on a daily basis.
– learn to take care of yourself, by going into serious training: regular exercise, get a handle on any substance abuse, be modest in your consumption of sugar and wheat products, don’t eat after 9:00 pm, (which, will help you get a decent sleep); and, practice regular meditation.
– being creative is the same as being spiritual. this is the same as maintaining your bond with nature and your ancestors. as all species are your genetic and spiritual relations, your bond with nature and your ancestors is really the same thing. you, then, don’t have to have parents who are status natives to recognize that, we are all part of one human race.

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Video Pitch for LOVE AND LET DIE, Feature Script by Stephanie Sharp

Get to know writer Stephanie Sharp:

1) What makes your story unique and also engaging?

After his arrogance leads to a DUI accident in which his wife and four others lose their lives, Daniel is visited by an angel who sends him back through time to his high school days for a second chance at life and in doing so, gives Daniel the opportunity to save Nicole’s life via an ultimate sacrifice. This ‘divine’ offer is due mainly in part to Nicole’s repeated prayer requests for Daniel and the uplifting of his heavy heart. Can Daniel change things, or is his “redo” destined to end the same as his first? Daniel’s decision becomes evident through the redemption and heart-breaking sacrifice he portrays in the story and the decision he makes to save Nicole’s life. This premise of the story basically highlights the strong points in the script outlining the concept of this inspirational, faith-based, fantasy film.

**The official ‘Movie Script Video Pitch’ as well as top-rated script reviews can be accessed via the following website at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX2cmlo-IeE&feature=youtu.be&hd=1as well as a table read (via professional actors) of the infamous ‘drunk-driving scene’ (that ultimately takes Nicole’s life) via the following website at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_kEHUytLzA. The actual script itself can be accessed viahttp://www.screenwritershowcase.com/scripts/s724.pdf for a full review as well as a view of the promotional movie poster at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1639089772983164&l=b6a708a7e4.

2) Why does the world need to know about your story?

Given the films currently being released by Hollywood, there is a strong need for more uplifting and inspirational films that speak to the heart. There is a generally broad audience for this particular genre so when a script that truly speaks to the heart presents itself, it would be wise for people to take notice. There is also a message within the depth of the story that addresses bullying and it’s affect on our family, friends and society as a whole. We should never pass up the opportunity to have our lives touched and our spirits heightened, be it through visuals, literates or our own lives.
Official Script Reviews:

“This is one of the better single-location scripts I’ve seen, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually got made somewhere down the road.” — Lynne Pembroke Professional Screenplay Coverage (Coverscript.com)
“I think this story is an excellent idea. I particularly liked ‘Love and Let Die’ as a recurring theme. The idea of emotional sacrifice for others is very profound and important for everyone to learn, especially the young. I would love to see this play.”

— The Talentville Town Council

“This was a great story of sacrifice and redemption.” — **** Jonathan McCorvey (Screenwriter)

“The possible making of a strong film.” — LS (Critique Section of Writer’s Literary Services)
“A good marketable story line.” — Sam Sherman (Script Editor)

“A script that is fittingly concise, ensuring that it is a fast read with a great surprising (yet unexpected ending) and that explores big thems meant for movies with fascinating ‘what if’ questions.” — 2014 Sunscreen Film Festival Coverage

3) What type of music do you see in your story if it was made into a movie?

Due to the reference of a specific time period, much of the related music will be inspired from that time-frame as well as inspirational genres that seem to relate to specific emotions portrayed in the film. I have a couple of song preferences (ie suggestions) whose lyrics had inspired a couple of scenes and that fit nicely within the emotional realm of the story as well as deliver those sub-textual elements that the script and dialogue together cannot. However, based on producer/director’s personal and professional preference, additional songs may provide even more of an emotional impact with overall promotional aspect of storyline. Please let me know if you are interested and I would be more than happy to provide those specific suggestions (song choices) for your review.

4) What film have you seen the most in your life?

I am a sucker for 80’s suburbia type movies, such as Goonies (for example). I have seen Goonies several dozen times and refer to it as one of my all-time favorites.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

Ironically, I see more of a potential need for new up-and-coming artists, actors, etc. who are trying to make their stand in the world of entertainment and I stand firm in the possibility of giving these individuals a chance to stake their claim in this world of uncertainty as they are given a chance to play out roles of endearment, love and positivity.

6) Other than writing and movies, what else are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about vintage black and white stock photography. I have personally designed a website (via an on-line store) called ‘Memories and Beyond (Vintage Stock Photography) which can be accessed via the net at http://memoriesandbeyond.com/.

7) Do you have a set writing routine?

I make it a habit to use each evening, after returning home from a full-time administrative position, to write at least 1-2 hours prior to bedtime.

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Video Pitch for GRACE, Feature Script by Doris B. Gill

Get to know writer Doris B. Gill:

1) What makes your story unique and also engaging?

This is a story of a Mother’s love and devotion.

2) Why does the world need to know about your story?

Inspiring, even today about not giving up.

3) What type of music do you see in your story if it was made into a movie?

Music true to the era.

4) What film have you seen the most in your life?

Some Like It Hot.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

A female like Jennifer Morrison and a male such as Christian Bale.

6) Other than writing and movies, what else are you passionate about?

Astrology, politics, swimming, gardening and reading great books like The Secret Of The Power, Pillars of The Earth and The Gift Of Rain.

7) Do you have a set writing routine?

I write when I can, with no set schedule. I love doing research which usually gives me ideas. I write when my characters talk to me or I hear snippets of conversation that I can reword. I’m always rewriting my scripts and find it exciting when I can say less and tell more.

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Feature Screenplay VIDEO PITCH for MOTHER & SON, by David Serra

Title: MOTHER & SON

Written by: David Serra

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Apocalyptic, Survivor, Drama

LOGLINE: A mother and her autistic son are stuck in a bunker in a post-apocalyptic world after it was overrun by huge sea monsters. Things intensify when an injured woman soldier arrives.

This touches base with how far a mother would go to protect her child no matter what the odds whether it’s a mysterious soldier or a huge monster.

VIDEO PITCH for ELENA, Screenplay based on novel of same name by Duncan Lloyd

Written by: Danek Kaus, produced writer, based on novel of same name by Duncan Lloyd

Genre: Horror

Type: Feature Screenplay

LOGLINE: Teddy is a lonely and sexually obsessed teenager. One night the lovely Elena walks out from his bedroom closet and his dreams come true; but he soon learns that you must be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.

Feature Script Video PITCH: Typhoid Mary, by Dolores Rogers

Title: TYPHOID MARY

Written by: Dolores Rogers

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Historical Fiction

Logline: In 1907, an Irish immigrant cook was deemed the first healthy carrier of typhoid in America. This is a sympathetic view of Mary Mallon, who was quarantined on a remote island for 26 years. She never believed she had typhoid.

WGA registration # 1668510

Feature Script Video PITCH: GO LONG, by James O. White

Title: GO LONG

Written by: James O. White

Type: FEATURE SCRIPT

Genre: Comedy

Logline: An arrogant, self-centered football player, looking to play the hero role, changes a play in the huddle that knocks his team out of Super Bowl contention. He becomes a pariah and no team will hire him. His father, on borrowed time, wins the Power Ball jackpot and hatches a audacious plan to give his son one last shot at redemption.