Interview with Filmmaker Aram Atkinson (FIREFLIES)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

FIREFLIES played at the August Under 5 Minute Short Film Festival in Toronto to rave reviews.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Aram Atkinson: I actually made this film for two specific reasons, firstly that I was just about to go freelance and wanted to kickstart with a narrative based passion project, and secondly for Rode Reel, the online film competition. I had just quit my full-time videographer job at the RNLI in the pursuit of moving forward with my goal to writing and directing narrative work, and I knew if I didn’t make Fireflies I would build up a fear of making any of my original work. Much to my surprise Fireflies has been exceptionally well received, winning Best Drama at Rode Reel, making the shortlist for Best film and picking up a load of other nominations here and there. I put it down mostly to…

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Interview with Filmmaker Randy Kerr (BROTHERS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

BROTHERS was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the August Under 5 Minute Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Randy Kerr: While my background has been in landscape / travel still photography, I’ve been shifting more into nature documentary film work since it touches on my love of music and story as well. Any time I can embed myself in a story with people pursuing their passion, I’m always eager to capture the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of what they do. As I got to know Tim Burke (narrator, co-producer), I suspected a compelling story might come from spending time with him.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

Nine months, though we let it simmer at times for much of that.

3. How would you describe your short film in two…

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Interview with Filmmaker Evi Stamatiou (KALTRINA)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

KALTRINA played to rave reviews at the August 2018 Crime/Drama Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Evi Stamatiou: Two personal life-changing experiences from years ago. The first personal experience is that I worked as a nurse for three years in oncology and psychiatry, two areas that constantly challenge medical ethics. Moreover, I love nurses and they deserve more representation in drama. Consequently, I wanted to create a main character that is a nurse and bring the profession to the centre of attention. The second personal experience that motivated me to create this film, is that I had a car accident and my boyfriend, who was the driver, died. His parents donated his organs, including the heart. Accordingly, my focus turned to the ethics of organ transplantation, scientific developments on cell memory and organ trade. I owe the emotional and metaphysical grounding of the…

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Interview with Filmmaker Harrison Lane (THE GHOULIES)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

THE GHOULIES was the winner of BEST FILM at the August 2018 STUDENT & YOUNG FILMMAKERS FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Harrison Lane: What inspired me to make this film was the relationship i had with my own older brother, the film actually went through multiple different iterations, all of them centred around the relationship between two siblings and the neglect they once experienced being patched. At one point it was even a full fledged horror film with a polar opposite style and story. But decided i wanted to go into a more realistic and simple direction. I was motivated to make something entertaining that a lot of people could take something from and reflect with.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It was for uni so we were assessed…

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Interview with Screenwriter Kris Bauske (THE BOOK WRITER)

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Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kris Bauske: The script is the story of a divorced woman who knows she can write a terrific book for a musical, but no one will give her a chance until an old friend arranges for her to work with platinum 80’s rock star Larry Limpet. The only problem is that Larry is a chauvinist and is determined to be rid of the woman. She refuses to be dumped, and they go head to head while creating a hit musical until Larry realizes he’s been a terrible ass and maybe he even likes this feisty book writer. Through conflict and difficulty they both grow and realize life isn’t over because you’re over 50, and they might even have one last chance at love.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy
Romance
Romantic Comedy

3. Why should this screenplay be made into…

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Interview with Screenwriter Gustavo Freitas (OPERATION BROTHER SAM)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

OPERATION BROTHER SAM was the winner of BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY at the August 2018 Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Gustavo Freitas:During the Cold War an Intelligence Officer, haunted by the death of his wife, must stop a US Ambassador who plans to fraud the Brazilian elections. This script is based on true historical events.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is an action / spy thriller.

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

Usually Cold War movies focus on the European setting, but there were so many interesting stories happening in Latin America in the same time period. This is a part of the History that must be told.

Few people still remember that during the sixties and the seventies the U.S. Government supported dictatorships all over South America in order to stop the Communist threat. I wanted to tell…

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Interview with Screenwriter Adam Lapallo (THE CRIMSON LEGACY)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Adam Lapallo: The Crimson Legacy is an original screenplay about a private investigator with a dark past who hunts a serial kidnapper across Richmond, Virginia. His search takes him to the infamous Church Hill Tunnel collapse of 1925, the urban legend of the Richmond Vampire, and the secrets of his own family’s bloody history.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror/Mystery

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

The Crimson Legacy is based on real history. The Church Hill Tunnel, one of the longest railway tunnels in the country, collapsed in 1925 and killed several workmen. The tunnel remains untouched to this day and is a well-known story in the Richmond area. Workmen on the tunnel reported seeing a pale, jagged figure covered in blood fleeing the wreckage of the tunnel, which sprung the popular urban legend of…

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Interview with Screenwriter Suzanne Lutas (INSIDE THE WORLD OF ZOE SANDER)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Suzanne Lutas: It’s about a kid who becomes a trendy designer overnight. She must then learn to navigate through the cut-throat world of fashion with only the help of her working-class single mom, and her imaginary friend, a talking magazine cut-out of her favorite supermodel.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

A 30-minute comedy TV series aimed at a female audience: young girls and their mothers.

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

It’s time that little girls see a side of the fashion business that embraces creativity and individuality while bringing the fun, escapism and wish-fulfillment that they love so much. The message is not to become a part of the façade, but to be yourself. And also, to tell mothers to never underestimate their baby girl’s dreams.

4. How would you describe this script in two…

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Interview with Screenwriter Stephen Bodossian (COUNTRY ROADS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

-A lazy father takes his four-year-old daughter to rural North Jersey to meet her favorite movie character, Bambi, in hopes of proving to her that he is a fun dad and to gain a parenting win over his ex-wife. He soon learns that finding Bambi is much more difficult than anticipated.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

-Comedy/Dark Comedy.

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

-I think it should be made into a movie because it’s entertaining and funny.

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

-Funny and Dark.

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

-GoodFellas.

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

-On and off for about six months.

7. How many stories have you written?

-4.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or…

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Interview with Screenwriter Jessie Garcia (THE PROFESSOR)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Jesse Garcia: My story centers on a lonely, middle-aged professor at a small college in Iowa. The professor falls for one of his students, but when the chair of the psychology department appears to be murdered, the professor’s world begins to unravel.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller/suspense

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

I love movies with unexpected twists that leave the audience thinking back on various clues and scenes. I feel that “The Professor” offers just that. There’s nothing more fun than a movie that gets your heart beating and your brain churning at the same time, then leaves you with a show-stopping end so that you can’t wait to dissect it with a friend.

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

Unexpected turns

5. What movie have you seen the…

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