ANIMATION 1st Scene Script Reading of THE PAPER PRINCESS, by Stephanie Barnes

 

Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy

When a courageous princess is transformed into paper, she goes on an epic journey to save her home from an evil sorcerer, learning that true strength comes from within.

CAST LIST:

King Jasper: Tim Paul McCarthy
Aeren: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Tania: Alicia Payne
Paige: Lara Amersey
Chancellor: Rais Moui

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The Paper Princess is about a courageous, young princess called Paige who goes on a journey to save her home, after a cruel sorcerer transforms her into paper. Accompanied by her two friends, a grouchy hermit and a brave sprout, Paige learns that her paper doesn’t have to be a curse, it can be a source of power.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Animation, Fantasy and Adventure.

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

It’s a fun, epic adventure which embodies several positive themes: a princess who doesn’t need a prince to break her curse – she breaks it herself; change is always possible, as a person and in society; and, true strength comes from within.

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

Paper wins!

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

Moulin Rouge

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

About one year.

7. How many stories have you written?

At least twenty (three film scripts, a collection of dark fairy tale short stories, other short stories and one book).

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Daryl Hall & John Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I faced quite a few obstacles writing The Paper Princess. The main male protagonist Aeren went through many changes during the early drafts. Because of his complex character, some readers found it hard to relate to him. In the end, I decided to completely redraft the character and I’m really happy with the end result. When I finished the script, I fell into a bad habit of redrafting and editing the first ten minutes of the script again and again because I felt it wasn’t right. Eventually I realised I was just being overly pedantic and had to take a step back.

Finding time to write while balancing my home and work life was very difficult too.

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

I love reading, especially fantasy, and visiting new places. I gained a lot of inspiration for The Paper Princess when I went travelling in Japan.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It was really easy and had no problems.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I entered the festival because I’m eager to get more feedback on my script and improve its chances of being made one day. The feedback I received was really thorough and gave me some really good things to think about. My only concern about my feedback was there were some points that conflicted with other feedback I’d received in the past, leaving me feeling unsure on how to move forward. But, overall, I’d recommend this festival for anyone looking for industry feedback.

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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

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ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay – MAIRE’S JOURNEY, by Keith Famie

 

Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

The journey follows Maire, a 23-year-old cancer patient, as she battles a rare heart cancer. Maire faces end of life issues and questions about where we go when we die. She befriends a blind carpenter who crafts her a small 3 ft wooden sail boat for her remains to go on a extraordinary journey in hope she will reach the ocean.

CAST LIST:

George: Shawn Devlin
Narrator: Olivia Jon
Maire: Rachel Rain Packota
Monika: Lesley Ballantyne

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Maire’s Journey is a journey of a young ladies fight with a rare cancer and the journey she takes us all on as she’s facing her end of life . Along the way she befriends a blind carpenter and small bird named Fern who eventually travels with her remains that are sealed in a small sail boat built by George the carpenter. Along the way we learn about life thorough the many people that encounter Maire , each of these new friends are touched by Maire’s desire to reach the ocean . We witness as these people from all walks of life choose to help Maire reach the ocean.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Hmm I guess adventure / drama

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

We are confident this story will resinate with anyone who has been touched by cancer in someway or those who have lost a love one thorough cancer.

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

Inspirational Journey

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

Hmm tough one , I guess my go to feel good movie for a variety of reasons would have to be the first Indian Jones , If I had to choose another one it would be Silver Lining

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

Maire and I were close friends , she is real, George the carpenter is real. This screenplay is based off the real life documentary I had produced Maire’s Journey http://mairesjourney.com/

So I’ve been on this journey with Maire for five years.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have been producing documentary films for many years now, almost all of them air on PBS.

This is the first completed script I have written for an animated film. If interested in what we are working on now http://www.v-prod.com

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

In My Life , the Beetles

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I guess for me was the emotional side of telling Maire’s story through an animated character. Since Maire really lived and did go on this journey I was always trying to decide how if any of the life characters Maire came in contact with should be part of the animated story verses new charecters I created. For me what was always most important is that the story would offer a sense of hope about the ability for humanity to care about a small pink sail boat with a young girls ashes in it trying to reach the ocean. Would anyone care? If So Why?

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

I love doing what I do as a story teller / documentary producer. The film we are working on now will for sure touch so many people.

Those on the Front Lines of Alzheimer’s & Dementia “ http://ontodaysfrontlines.com/alzheimers/ So for me at my age I guess I am just passionate about life and friends I make on my journey of life. Our time here on this planet is far shorter than anyone really understands until its too late.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I did not know what to expect, this has been an absolute wonderful experience , the team offered me wonderful insight into my story that I feel has helped Maire tell her story .

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

We were searching festivals where a screenplay of this nature could fit. FilmFreeway brought us to the festival. As I mentioned above I very much appreciated the very detailed feedback

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

October 2017 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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by Michelle B. Assor

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning ANIMATION 1st Scene Screenplay – WEBBED by Robert Drusetta

Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

After their Golden Orb queen is captured, a merry band of spiders must journey across foreign lands to rescue her. She is only member of the spider kingdom that can save them from extinction.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole

Avery: Peter Mark Raphael
Aran: Ryan Yusep
Ronson: Allan Michael Brunet
Nephilia: Angelica Alejandro

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Webbed is about a merry band of spiders, who set out to rescue one of their own, captured by a ruthless arachnologist before she could tell her colony of a vast new land she has found, that would solve their overcrowding problem. Things immediately get complicated when a wimpy spider of the colony tags long with the “Arachnid Alliance”, desperate to prove his worth.

The Alliance use their amazing skills to battle predators, the elements and the arachnologist himself. But in the end, their own rescue, and survival of their colony, all depends on our wimpy spider.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family and adventure

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Webbed is a feel-good story with commercial potential on a global scale. The story is a cinematic adventure that combines classic themes, including finding a new home, a bullying victim finding his strength, as well as addressing human issues such as ethnic diversity, overcrowding, and habitat loss. It educates in a fun, positive way and is wonderfully cinematic, with each colorful battle and escape perfect for the big screen.

A Hot100 selection in the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition 2017, it has been independently, professionally assessed as “wonderfully imaginative and will be entertaining to kids and their adults…And seriously, not enough can be said about how this script makes spiders charming.”

How would you describe this script in two words?

Charming Fun

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

I think it would have to be “Wall-E”.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The idea germinated in my back garden about a year ago as I watched a spider spin an intricate, 3-D (yes, 3-D!) web.

How many stories have you written?

This is my fifth completed feature spec script. I am currently polishing (do we ever stop?) my Capital Screenplay Competition 2017 Family Genre Winner “One More Sleep”, whilst working on a new, single location comedy.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

After watching the Garden Orb spider finish its 3-D web, out of curiosity, I researched what spiders could do. The more I read, the more I thought ‘there’s fantastic material here for a great story’, using their attributes of urtication, ballooning, web design and whirling.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Trying to do my full-time job when creative inspiration strikes – they never seem to be mutually exclusive!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love music, travelling and cross country walking. I find it very therapeutic and nourishment for creative inspiration.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

After weeks of getting professional assessments from the toughest market (US), and then revising, I wanted to target a genre specific festival. I always welcome feedback; and in this instance it was encouraging, insightful and honest. This only makes a story better.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox