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Winning STUDENT 1st Scene of THE BOXMAN, by Alexander Beale

Watch the September 2017 Winning Screenplay.

Guy is a safe-cracking savant living in Chinatown. Guy has a… thing. He can open any safe, making him highly valuable with the wrong people.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller


Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Stella: Premika Leo
Man Next Door: James Boutcher
Old Woman: Julie McCarthy
Old Man: Luke Robinson
Guy: Brandon Knox

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The BoxMan follows Guy, a safecracking savant living in Chinatown, who decides to leave his life of crime, one he was coerced into as a boy in the first place. However, pressure mounts for Guy as a conniving cop and his mob boss employer and her gang of loyal cronies aren’t willing to just let Guy walk away. He’ll have to run.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The BoxMan is a coming-of-age story like you’ve never seen. It’s an honest one, not shying away from some of the harsh truths of one’s journey into adulthood. What sets this coming-of-age story apart is that it takes the form of a crime thriller and harkens back to the taut, colorful crime thrillers of the ’80s, the films of Walter Hill, Michael Mann, and others.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This is a fresh and honest take on a familiar story. This film is a cool, colorful, and emotional roller coaster ride. This film has the power to relate to and touch audiences all over the world all while enthralling and entertaining them.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Emotional, Intense

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

Probably American Hustle. I can’t stop watching it whenever it’s on TV.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 years.

How many stories have you written?

Three features, countless smaller stories.

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

I’ll say Goodbye Angels, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as it’s the one I envision to play over the last few minutes and lead us into the credits.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Forcing myself to sit down and write it, haha.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?


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

Awesome site, a resource.

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

Seemed to have a lot of bang for its buck.



Producer: Matthew Toffolo

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox


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