Video Pitch: Ghost In The Porcelain, by Melissa R. Mendelson (NOVEL)

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your story about?
We always look at porcelain dolls with either admiration or apprehension, and sometimes, we let our minds wander as to what might lie beneath the porcelain.  One family will discover that answer, and in doing so, they may release an ancient evil, something so dark that it might consume them all.  And unfortunately, this may be only the beginning.
2. Why should people know this story?

The Twilight Zone used to captivate us with its bizarre and frightening stories, stories that still haunt us today, and stories that still make us crave to be both thrilled and chilled with ideas and things as simple as a porcelain doll.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story 
in two words?

Hauntingly Frightening

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

I have seen many movies since I was a child, and I have many favorites.  And one my favorites is Cat’s Eye especially the third story.  The cat knew the little girl was in danger, and she knew it too.  But nobody believed her, and who would think that a stray cat was the girl’s only chance for survival?  Still, the monster remained, hidden deep within the walls and waiting to steal her breath away.

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

I started working on this story back in October of 2017.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written numerous short stories, and recently,  a lot of my Horror short stories have been published by Sirens Call Publications.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Back in 2015, I wrote the novella, Porcelain, and I’ve always played with the idea of making it into a series.  But in many ways, Porcelain failed, so I am taking the story back to the beginning when the porcelain doll first arrives in town and with the horror and heartbreak that is left in its wake.

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

Photography

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

Even if a story fails, don’t give up on it.  Try to write a spin-off or prequel and see where it takes you.

Video Pitch: Blue Light, by Andrew Fisk (TV PILOT)

Get to know the writer: 

  1. What is your story about?

The main character, Michael Wenders, has had visions of a comet made of blue light coming to Earth since he was twelve years old. He also had visions of the “monster” it would bring with it. He knew his life would be intertwined with its arrival and he became a scientist to prepare for its coming. When the comet finally arrives, his obsession takes over his life and nearly ends it.

  1. Why should people know this story?

The team of biological researchers that Michael belongs to recover the winged alien from a lake in Northern California. They are diverse to say the least: a religious fanatic who has conversations with his computer, an empath, a Holocaust survivor, a Russian defector and a scientist who escaped a childhood of poverty and abuse.

 

Michael’s obsession with the alien leads him to inject himself with its DNA. He slowly becomes the alien and Michael almost disappears. His transformation from human to alien is amazing to watch. The universe has somehow selected him to help the alien accomplish its mission. But is the alien benign or evil?

  1. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words? 

Lost love. (Found again.) Okay that’s actually four words but two of them are in parentheses.

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

Blade Runner. Followed closely by Forrest Gump and American Graffiti. I realize there are very few similarities between these movies.

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

A number of months. It only seems like forever. This story started out as a feature film but I realized there was too much material for two hours of screen time. So I restructured it as a twelve episode limited series and included more backstory on the main characters (including the alien).

  1. How many stories have you written?

I have written six feature length screenplays, a dozen short films, and two TV series.

It only seems like forever.

  1. What motivated you to write this story?

I am intrigued by the story of someone whose obsession is so intense that they are willing to risk their life (and suffer a horrible death) to follow it through. Michael is so controlled and emotionally isolated yet the alien he wants to emulate  is willing to fly across the universe looking for his lost love. Even if it takes thousands of years.

I also enjoyed writing about the alien’s home world and their civilization. There are flashbacks in the story that could provide some great visuals.

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

College football, the outdoors, ocean kayaking. I have been on several weeklong kayaking trips in the Canadian Pacific and it is the best vacation imaginable.

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

The well-known saying is that “Writers write.” But to that you can add “Successful writers read.” Whether you write novels, non-fiction, advertising copy or whatever, reading makes you a better writer. It can be any kind of material…history books, magazines, science fiction, trashy novels. Your brain needs to make friends with the written word.

Short Film Pitch: LIKE STARTING OVER, Director Rick Brandt

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The story of former Pro Wrestler Aaron Reese who is forced to retire from fighting after a serious injury and moves back to his home town as a single dad and a school teacher and now the fight for life really begins its a story of love and faith.

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Short Film Pitch: THE DATE, Director Khashayar Abyar

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Director Biography

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Khashayar Abyar is an Iranian filmmaker based in Bushehr in Iran.
he is student in Azad university of Bushehr . He has been making short films since Elementary school from now .

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Short Film Pitch: MASQUAGE, Director Arshia Zeinali

Photo 2017 08 06 14 48 43Masquage is a short film about 3 generation of a family that hide a fact from each other. Each generation hide this fact in a special way, even their reaction against this secrecy is completely different with each other

Director Biography

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Arshia Zeinali
30 years old , from Iran
Cinema and Theater , Playwriter , Shortfilmswriter , Theater and Cinema director
Soore Art University’s student / And my course is Theater directing
Directing 7 Play , Play in 10 Play And 3 Play as Writer
Play in many Shortfilm and movi more than 20 times
Director of 4 Shortfilm by the name of (Good , Bad , Ugly) / (A Beatiful mind ) / ( Masquage ) / ( From Left To Right ) / (Hypnotism ) / ( At First Sight )

Cinematic activities.((short films ))
1: descent/ Director Saeed Moterased/ Actor Arshia Zeinali. 2: Love chain/Director Saeed Moterased/Assistant director Arshia Zeinali.
3: One day at the camp/ Director Shahriar Pour Seyedian Actor Arshia Zeinali.
4: Soleyman territory/Director Shahriar Bahrani. Actor Arshia Zeinali.
5: Buried alive/Director Shahriar Pour Seyedian/ Actor Arshia Zeinali.
6: Cold land/Director Shahriar Pour Seyedian./ Actor Arshia Zeinali/ Sound recordist Arshia Zeinali.
7: zero point./ Director Mohsen Razi./ Actor Arshia Zeinali. 8: Shaman. / Director Rahim Toofan. / Actor Arshia Zeinali. 9: Hanging./ Director Ali Forhani/ Actor Arshia Zeinali. 10: A bottle of milk./ Director Amir reza Amjadi./Actor Arshia Zeinali.
11: Hole/Director Meysam Davoodi/ Actor Arshia Zeinali. 12: Gift/ Director Saeed Moterased/ Actor Arshia Zeinali . 13: The Era/Director Kimia Khosravi/ Actor Arshia Zeinali. 14: good bad Ugly/Director Arshia Zeinali.
15: A beautiful mind/ Director Arshia Zeinali.
16: who./ Director Pouria Parto/ Actor Arshia Zeinali. 17: masquerade/ Director Arshia Zeinali . 18:From left to right/ Director Arshia Zeinali. 19: Hypnosis/ Director Arshia Zeinali.
20: Glance/ Director Arshia Zeinali.
21: Alternation. / Director Ali Forhani / Actor Arshia Zeinali. 22: Forgotten./ Director Ali Barari/ Actor Arshia Zeinali. 23: Mother/Director Hashem Tohidi/Actor Arshia Zeinali. 24: Forbidden hunting/ Director Hasan Mohajer / Actor Arshia Zeinali.
25: Deadlock/ Director Hamid reza Hamzehpour/Actor Arshia Zeinali.

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