Feature Film Video Pitch: Soul Drift, by Michael Vincent

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

A young guy looking for more out of life and discovering who he is and those around him that matter, in the backdrop of racing and competition.

Why should people know this story?

I believe in story telling we share our common interests and find either ourselves or someone we know and thats a cool affirmation to our humanity.

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

youth passion

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Star Wars

How long have you been working on this story?

Over a year

How many stories have you written?

21 so far but not saying they are all great, yet.

What motivated you to write this story?

I meet a 17 year old kid drift racer and even thou he did not have a lot on money he scrapped the cash together to go race, I could see my youth in his passion.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, friends and family.

Feature Film Video Pitch: Victims, by Don Thomas

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What is your story about?

A crime novelist and serial killer who is struggling with thoughts of retiring from his murderous lifestyle stumbles into a terrifying turn of events connected to his violent past.

The story is about how evil is the snake that eternally devours itself. True evil does not fear good, it fears its own eventual consumption and annihilation by the greater evil that its actions spawn.

Why should people know this story?

It isn’t so much vampires, zombies, or hostile aliens that truly terrify us so much as the very real and tangible horror that possibly exists right down the street from where you live or outside your very window on any given day. This is why so many classic horror movies have their origin in the true life story of Ed Gein.

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

I can describe it using only one word. VICTIMS

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V. It’s a motivational thing. Even the name of my comic book company is partially derived from the film. Red King Press. The Red King is the passionate king fully capable of rallying his allies using only words even in the very midst of the most undeniable despair.

How long have you been working on this story?

The heart of the story was originally a horror short story I wrote in the early 90’s. It is something I kept coming back to. Kept refining and rewriting.

How many stories have you written?

A lot. I have written a number of short stories, novels, comics, and screenplays.

What motivated you to write this story?

At first, it was a challenge. After reading several horror-themed short stories I had written, a friend suggested the inclusions of elements of erotica. The frank depiction of sexual themes. Not one to shy away from a challenge, I came up with the first draft. But even then there was something within the story that I found much more interesting. True unadulterated horror without the need for anything that wasn’t already available within the constraints of the real world.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My daughter, movies, swimming all day until all you can do is lie exhausted on the beach. Life is for the living and there are plenty of things to be passionate about.

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

The sky is blue, water is wet, and writers write. The secret to becoming good at writing is to write, write, write, rewrite, write, rewrite, rewrite, write, write, get feedback from a reputable source, write some more, rewrite, write, and write some more. There are no shortcuts and not a single day goes by where there isn’t something you can learn that can lead to becoming a better writer.

Feature Film Video Pitch: Space Truckers, by Michael D’Ambrosio

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What is your story about?

In a futuristic time, a mercenary, Mike Colby, is paid by his ex-wife and CEO of a galactic shipping corporation, Gemini, to deliver a treaty to militant aliens in their sector. Having a history with the aliens, Mike, takes on the job to find out how they got into this sector. When he meets with the alien general, he notices an odd device attached to their control panel that projects an image of all the space stations in that sector. When the alien general rejects the treaty (no surprise) Mike uses a series of flash and incendiary grenades to escape WITH the module. He escapes in his beat up shuttle and pursued by alien fighters. His ex-wife refuses to provide backup for him and leaves him to die. One of her female captains, Tisch, rescues Mike against her orders escalating an existing feud between the two. Making matters worse, Mike is smitten by the captain and determined to win her over. Upon their return to headquarters, Mike is drawn into the feud between them. In addition, the aliens threaten to destroy the shipping corporation if they don’t return the module. Mike hopes to maintain peace between them but Tisch believes Gemini is responsible for her father’s death and Gemini, who hoped to rekindle her relationship with Mike, is jealous over his interest in Tisch.

Why should people know this story?

It has a little bit of everything – spies, aliens, comedy, dysfunctional romance, horror, a sidekick, and a character for everyone.

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

Can’t Win.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Independence Day – Centropolis Pictures

How long have you been working on this story?

Over a year.

How many stories have you written?

Eleven novels (published), two short stories (published), six screenplays (none sold yet) and one TV series (13 episodes, also not sold yet).

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted something different that people could relate to. While the plot is simple for lead character Mike Colby (exterminate the aliens before they exterminate us), his ex-wife and the girl he courts complicate everything.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love futuristic movies which exploit complicated human issues

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

You need perseverence and the ability to objectively evaluate your story. Is it really marketable or just something you feel strongly about? Can I make others feel the passion of the story or do I hope that they’ll just like the characters? Is there a significant character arc in my characters to make this filmworthy and can it be done with a reasonable budget? These are things you need to consider before writing a story.

Feature Film Video Pitch: Turn the Tables, by Herschel Medlin & Dale Baker

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What is your story about?

Turn the Tables by Herschel Medlin and Dale Baker. 1991: High school mobile DJ’s Travis and Carl set their sights on the DJ World Championship, while heartache, complicated home lives, and a rival DJ crew are all hell-bent on their destruction.

Why should people know this story?

This story can relate to everyone. It is about friendship, heartache, and overcoming obstacles while trying to find your way in the world. It is also fun and a different kind of story that can be thought of a musical using the era’s greatest dance hits.

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

Generation X.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Aliens (1986).

How long have you been working on this story?

Off and on for a couple of years.

How many stories have you written?

At least six.

What motivated you to write this story?

The co-author Dale Baker and I ran a mobile DJ business in high school and we used many real life events from that time to tell our story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Camping, guns, and spending time with family.

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

Keep writing. Listen to all the feedback you receive and at some point, you will have a story that you will be proud of.

Feature Film Video Pitch: Blackbird, by George Sweet

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Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

The story is wrought on the grounds of a devilish murder plan, involving hate and revenge and a family fortune. Twists abound through the narrative, the denouement being revealed in one flash of action and which is clever enough to elude most all educated viewers. Scenes of sex and violence are used in the appropriate context to the plot and characters’ aims and not added in gratuitously.

Why should people know this story?

People should know this story because I believe it to be a good gripping entertainment.

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

Story in two words: Extreme Terror

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Most movies seen – too long a list to include the full works, but a selection of my top favourites would be: It Happened One Night, The Maltese Falcon, Murder My Sweet,

Singing in the Rain, Rear Window, Shane, Rififi, Crimes and Misdemeanors, One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest, Pulp Fiction.

How long have you been working on this story?

I have worked on the screenplay, on and off, for about a year.

How many stories have you written?

I have had published, for money, about eight short stories. I have written two full-length screenplays, one of which gained a gold award. In addition I have written two short screenplays and one very short screenplay, which also gained an award.

What motivated you to write this story?

Motivation? Hard to define. I am a committed writer and can’t add much more.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Other passions – politics, history, psychology, fiction in general and particularly crime fiction.

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

Don’t think I would be qualified to offer advice.