BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS

BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS

The "best scene" take from features and TV pilots of winning screenplays.

BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS
  • BLACK Screenplay Festival Best Scene: BLIND JUSTICE, by Ramona L. Taylor

    In 1912, successful Black Virginia lawyer George Washington Fields takes the case of Virgie Christian, a Black girl accused of murdering her white boss.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Steve Rizzo
    Sallie: Val Cole
    George: Sean Ballantyne
    Junnie: Geoff Mays

  • CRIME/MYSTERY Festival Best Scene: The Fourth Night, by Mike Briock

    Genuine film noir crime thriller set in 1940. Los Angeles poses grave danger for New York Private Detective Steven Hawk who arrives in Los Angeles to find his client murdered. Steven is quickly pulled into a deadly and tangled web of blistering sexual tension, deceit, double-crosses, embezzlement...

  • LGBTQ+ Fest: WHAT ARE BEST FRIENDS FOR?, by Kristine Spindler Denton (interview)

    A woman who thinks she's left her past behind discovers her ex-best friend has left her a child she never knew about from a man who once was her whole world. No one can change your life quite like a best friend.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Emma: Val Cole
    Terra: Hannah Ehman

    Get to know...

  • ENVIRONMENTAL Festival Best Scene: GEMINI WORLD, by Matthew W. Kelcourse

    The climate apocalypse and extinction of mankind is about to erupt when a NASA pilot, recalled to lead her crew and precious cargo to an exoplanet 4,000 light years away, must defeat a vengeful enemy that hijacks her ship to be the first colonists on the new world.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Steve ...

  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival Best Scene Read: THE DRAGON KEY, by Lyn Pinezich

    Three mismatched strangers - a shy teenage girl, a wary huntress, and a vain royal accused of treason - must learn to trust each other in order to rescue an exiled dragon king and stop a war that threatens their world.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Geoff Mays
    Nestor: Sean Ballantyne
    Darius: Steve Ri...

  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi Festival 1st Scene Read: THE WARMTH OF THE SUN, by Philip Fenlon

    When an alien being arrives on Earth, a scientist must discover its true intensions.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Hannah Ehman
    George: Sean Ballantyne
    Woman: Val Cole

  • Fan Fiction: DOCTOR WHO "The Prodigal Heist", by Jessie S. Hymowitz (interview)

    In this episode of Doctor Who, The Doctor and her friends are caught in the middle of a museum heist, but the perpetrator is a familiar face to the Thirteenth Doctor. But who is she?

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Shawn Devlin
    Jen: Val Cole
    Ryan Sinclair: Geoff Mays
    Yasmin Khan/: Allison Kampf

    Get t...

  • ASIAN Festival Best Scene: TARAKI, by Robert Salter

    An Air Force Pararescue commando battles an organized crime syndicate who killed his sister and is hunting his niece. Taraki Gil, a deadly hand-to-hand fighter trained at a very young age by a Filipino martial artist, is recalled from combat duty in Syria to return to Las Vegas by a Red Cross mes...

  • Action Best Scene: PATHFINDER DOWN, by Thomas Anthony Brannagan (interview)

    She’s an emotionally damaged agent with a dilemma. Find a downed airman behind enemy lines, then decide whether to become his saviour or his assassin.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Val Cole
    Paisley: Geoff Mays
    Madelaine: Hannah Ehman

    Get to know the writer:

    1. What is your screenplay about?
    P...

  • LGBTQ+ Festival Best Scene: BARNABY AND BELLA, by Georgina Boeheim

    Lonely curmudgeon Gerald has his life turned upside down with the unexpected arrival of his five-year-old orphaned grandson Barnaby following the death of his estranged daughter. But Barnaby, who likes to wear dresses and be called Bella, challenges all of Gerald's bigoted limitations to an extre...

  • Winning TV Spec Screenplay: NIGHT COURT "Abby vs The Lawbot" , by Corey Taft

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Val Cole
    Abby: Hannah Ehman
    Dan: Steve Rizzo
    Proseuction-Bot: Sean Ballantyne
    Defense Bot: Andy Camp

    Get to know the writer:

    1. What is your screenplay about?

    It's a spec script of Night Court on NBC. The episode that I wrote is about Judge Abby Stone, a sympatheti...

  • SCI-FI/FANTASY Best Scene: SAND - Part I "Burial", by Rhyess Nash (interview)

    Summary: After Nefret goes missing, it puts Mazim's place in the war in doubt, but despite his family's safety, he won't leave without Nefret, which leads him to face horrifying consequences.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Val Cole
    Mezut: Steve Rizzo
    Layla: Hannah Ehman

    Get to know the writer:

    1. Wh...

  • GREEN RUSH, by Matt Gallagher script reading - Crime/Mystery Festival winner

    Out of work actors in LA plan a robbery of a marijuana dispensary in the middle of Covid lockdown.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Val Cole
    Corey: Steve Rizzo
    Blake: Shawn Devlin
    Patty: Julie Sheppard

    Get to know the writer:

    1. What is your screenplay about?
    The plot is a heist of a dispensary dur...

  • BEST Scene Reading: The Walking Wounded, by Andrew Cahill-Lloyd

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
    Donna: Hannah Ehman
    Dawn: Julie Sheppard
    Noah/Monty: Geoff Mays
    Levi/Ian: Steve Rizzo

  • BEST Scene Reading: The Hollow Earth, by Kenneth James

    In the late 19th century, a young scientist embarks on an epic journey to a hidden, fabled land -- and to the darkest recesses of his own psyche.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Hannah Ehman
    Palmer: Geoff Mays
    Sheppard: Steve Rizzo
    Reed/Taylor: Sean Ballantyne
    Bradshaw: Andy Camp

  • LGBTQ+ Festival Scene: THE PLANT THIEF, by Norm Fassbender, Katherine Holowach

    Summary: Bellus and Invictus are royal siblings, Bellus the more inquisitive and caring and Invictus the rebellious and conniving sibling. Their mother has been missing, which their father forbids questions about, and she begins to explore whether her mother’s theft of a flower–a Draco Lily–could...

  • LA LGBTQ+ Festival Best Scene: BEGIN THE BEGUINE, by R.A. Modro (interview)

    Two families from different eras, one White and one Black, are inextricably linked by a violent family legacy and a historic home that holds a haunting secret. The story unfolds across two timelines, intricately weaving their lives together through violence, love, acceptance, and the discovery of...

  • HORROR Festival Best Scene: STAG NIGHT, by Wenzler Powers (interview)

    When Ian reluctantly plans a bachelor party for his awful college friends, confronting his past demons transforms into a desperate bid for survival when a group on their party bus has a very different definition of raising hell.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
    Alex: Hannah Ehman
    Ian: Geof...

  • COMEDY Festival Best Scene: Moonwalking, by Jillian Smart

    When her parents demand rent money, Annie gives her dream of becoming a Michael Jackson Impersonator one last go, putting the threads of her personal relationships at risks as she hip-thrusts all the way to the top.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
    Frank: Steve Rizzo
    Annie: Hannah Ehman
    Ma...

  • COMEDY Festival Best Scene: IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD SCRIPT, by Dale A Brandenburg

    It's a story about a guy trying to write a movie script.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Julie Sheppard
    Pepe: Sean Ballantyne
    Margarita: Hannah Ehman

  • SCENE: Game of Thrones "The Rains of Castamere", by Anthony Hyatt (interview)

    The iconic GAME OF THRONES ‘Red Wedding’ episode in the style of PARKS AND RECREATION:
While a recently divorced wedding planner attempts to engineer the perfect day, a self-conscious groom tries desperately to discover who he is marrying, all while the realm’s most famous conflict mediator striv...

  • COMEDY Festival Best Scene: The One Hit Wonder, by Bob Dawson

    When his one and only hit song from the 80s unexpectedly becomes a viral hit on social media, a washed up rock and roller finds his family life turned upside down.

    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
    Abby: Hannah Ehman
    Grace: Julie Sheppard
    Erin: Allison Kampf

  • TV Festival PITCH Reading: DREAM STATE, by Helena Giersz, Christina Giersz

    A young woman stumbling through the New York fashion world finds solace in her dreams and the relationships she cultivates within them, but when her dreams manifest in her real life she must contend with the discrepancies between flawed humanity and her subconscious perfection.

    CAST LIST:

    Narr...

  • SCI-FI/FANTASY Festival Script: The Founders' Plot, by Frank Victoria

    Wealthy man is bored with life, and even gambling doesn't give him an adrenaline rush. He plays poker with the devil for his soul.

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    CAST LIST:

    Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
    Mike: Steve Rizzo
    Colonel: Geoff Mays
    Josephine: Val Cole