The art of writing the first moments of your script – The First Scene screenplay contest

One of our more popular and exciting contests is our First Scene Screenplay Contest. As of this writing, we have already showcased 23 performances of first scene scripts in 2014 and have 2 more set to be read in November. In 2015, we plan on showcasing at least 3 first scene script readings a month.

Watch the recent and past readings performed by an amazing talent of professional actors:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/1st_scene_readings.html

We’ve been fortunate to showcase opening moments in many different genres: From Comedy to Drama to Sci-Fi to Thriller and everything else in between.

Submit your own 1st Scene Script today and get it performed. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.
http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

In the first 10 pages the writer needs to let the reader know in general terms what the story is about, and what is at stake. Plus, set the tone of what world and genre the writer has created, while also introducing the main characters. All the while you need to engage and entertain the reader.

The contest was created because this is an industry where agents/producers and their team are so busy and are reading so many scripts that if you do not grab them right away then they will put down the script and move onto another one. So you have to capture their attention when you’re writing on spec.

Here are some recent testimonials from submitted works to the contest:

I’m thrilled that my script has made it to this stage. I found it was very cool hearing it being read out loud with a cast of characters. I know where the script is supposed to go and hearing it on the video I can see it happening. I want to thank you and your team for all the work you put in to getting my script to this point. I really appreciate it.
Barb Markusa
The Other Side, 1st Scene Script

Thank you for the feedback on my screenplay. I am most appreciative of your comments. I am happy that I sent only the first 10 pages of my screenplay. Now I will carefully read over what I need to work on, and continue to improve on the rest of it as I proceed.
June Fleming
The Children of the Fire, 1st Scene Script

I really enjoyed the video, and think everyone did an awesome job! Thank you all so much! You guys are great!!
Justuce Heninger
Of Their Own Accord, 1st Scene Script

Thanks a lot for the feedback. I will make sure I solidify the script with the suggestions given before resending it.
Stephen Uyi
Soul Cops, 1st Scene Script

By WILDsound Festival

Submitters reactions to their feedback on their stories. New testimonials coming each month! Watch this month's winning readings. At least 15 performances a month: www.wildsoundfestival.com Submit your script, story, poem, or film to the festival today: www.wildsound.ca

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