Jason Lan – March 2017 1st SCENE Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – WELCOME TO ARCADIA
Written by Jasan LanCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
GENERAL SHADE – Peter Mark Raphael
BOY – Jonah Akler-Silliman
KAI – Christopher Huron
DEKKIAN WARLORD – Charles Gordon
KAYLA – Vanessa Quagliara

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Family

A toy maker seeking to restore his family’s name has to find one of the stones of Arcadia to save his city from the powerful witch inclined on its destruction.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A toymaker seeking to restore his family’s name has find one of the stones of Arcadia to save his city from the powerful witch inclined on its destruction.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Adventure / fantasy / sci-fi

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The movie is about family connection, sacrifices for the better good all in the steampunk world contributing to stunning visuals if done properly. The depth of the supporting characters and subplots were carefully designed.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Complex storytelling

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

The Dark Knight

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 9 months from conception of idea to final draft submission

How many stories have you written?

This is my 5th screenplay. Hopefully it will be a selected as a finalist like every single of the previous screenplay I’ve written (in at least one festival / competition)

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

Varies on the mood but generally movie sound tracks generating strong emotions; Hans zimmer, audiomachine, etc. For this particular script I drew mainly from never forget by gothic storm for the hero’s main theme and destiny of the chosen by immediate music.

I do not always find the right music to draw from for my character’s theme however unfinished life by Audiomachine was perfect for the character Master Kai in my script titled Conjurers.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Structuring the final part of the script.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Watching movies, understanding people and their motivation, dissecting the logic of why things happen in life.

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

Feedbacks show a good understanding of the story, meaning care had been taken to read the script properly. All my scripts are multi layered. Feedbacks provided do not always show an understanding of the different story telling layers but WILDsound delivered which makes their feedback worth my time and useful.

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Bridget Bell McMahon – March 2017 1st SCENE Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
Written by Bridget Bell McMahonCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
CAL – Peter Mark Raphael
GENE – Jonah Akler-Silliman
T-BONE – Christopher Huron
ROXY – Vanessa Quagliara
MS. BARNES – Kayla Farris

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

A desperate, talented rocker strikes a deal with someone worse than the devil: her sick father, in a last effort attempt to keep her rock star dreams alive.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A woman desperate to keep her rock-star
dreams alive, and the one person standing in the way, her estranged father.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dramedy, with a music-themed
subgenre

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Rearranging Roxy is a
story every family can relate to, passionate people following their hearts
while learning about themselves and each other along the way. Low budget
with female leads, a quirky cast that includes rockers and senior citizens,
and set during the run-up to Christmas, this screenplay has something for
everyone.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Unexpected growth

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

Chinatown. No
matter how many times I watch it, I always discover something “new.”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About two years with
tons of rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

“McLeary’s
Mulligan,” I have written four feature screenplays.

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

Wow. I grew up in Woodstock, New York, where music is
practically a religion, I played classical piano for a decade, sang in a
rock band and a choir, and my older son is a musician and deejay. I can’t
pick just one!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

For this
screenplay, time management was tough. In addition to a full-time job, I’m a
married mom to two teens, one with a disability, and I volunteer time to
help women with tax and financial problems. I carve out time every day to
write, read and study the craft, but it’s a challenge.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Live music in
any form, practicing yoga and compassion, and finding the perfect key lime
pie.

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

I want to see more movies made with
amazing leads who happen to be women. This festival is perfect for me. The
feedback I received was thorough, thoughtful and definitely enriched the
script’s depth without trying to “change” it.

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Johnny Walker – February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

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Winning Screenplay – EKKO
Written by Johnny WalkerCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
CJ – Peter Mark Raphael
DEBUSSEY- Gabriel Cameron
COPPER – Brian Carleton
FEMALE FAN – Andrea Meister
RADINE – Victoria Urquhart

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Thriller

A soundman experiences supernatural visions that link to a past he’s tried to forget.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A fantasy adventure that inadvertently restores one mans faith in family.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Paranormal, music, sci-fi, adventure.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Wicked fun.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It revolves around music, the universal language of all humans. The magic of sound has been a source of gatherings for centuries, and this story focuses on the similarities of those who make sound, both positive and negative, from Renaissance days to present.

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

The Fifth Element.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Three years.

How many stories have you written?

Ouch. Two drawers of a large file cabinet. How many is that?

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The desire to bring this story to life.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Switching from writing novels to creating blueprints was tough. Still is. I’ve also learned you have to make time for classes, seminars, reading, etc., because they do nothing but help.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Creative people and their projects, this awesome Earth, and anything animal related.

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

I entered it FOR the feedback, to get constructive criticism from people I respect. I found the feedback to be supportive and respectfully blunt, and there’s nothing more beneficial than feedback from professionals, good, bad, or indifferent. Any and all associated with ISA seem to love what they do. That’s pretty cool.

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Stephen Boncella – February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

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Winning Screenplay – BROKEN FRAME
Written by Stephen BoncellaCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
SLEAZY MAN – Peter Mark Raphael
MIKE – Gabriel Cameron
SHERIFF BROWN – Brian Carleton
EMMA – Victoria Urquhart

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Family

Facing life on the streets, a returning Vietnam veteran must undertake his most difficult challenge; reconcile with estranged drug-addicted sister and stop her from selling the family farm out from under him.


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

On the surface it may seem like a simple “Save the farm” story, but underneath it’s a gritty tale about redemption and second chances. It may take place in the Seventies but there are elements that today’s audiences will identify with.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gritty, emotional.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

In this day and age of fx driven tent poles, it’s important to have stories that are tactile and character driven. I’m not saying that this is the next ‘ROOM’ or ‘MOONLIGHT’ but I feel my screenplay has a good story with engaging characters that audiences would relate to. And besides, who doesn’t like the Seventies.

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

I can’t really say I’ve watched one particular movie more than another. I’m a sucker for the classics like ‘CASABLANCA’ and ‘FROM HERE TO ETERNITY’. I love westerns. I’m also a big Jennifer Lawrence fan and I have seen all of her movies. Last year I had the good fortune to have seen ‘ROOM’ and I was blown away by it.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’m still working on this screenplay and it will be a long time before I’m able to say I’m finished with it.

How many stories have you written?

I published a few poems and a short story years ago. I have also written two other screenplays before this, though I’ve never submitted them anywhere.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The short answer is a Lynyrd Skynryd song (no it isn’t ‘SWEET HOME ALABAMA’ or ‘FREEBIRD’) My sister had gotten me a mixed cassette of their songs for my birthday and on it was ‘COMING HOME’ When I heard it the first thing that popped into my head was the opening scene you see in ‘BROKEN FRAME’. After listening to it about twenty times I had the general outline of the story.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I could write a screenplay about the challenges that I faced writing ‘BROKEN FRAME’. Apart from the usual problems that plague any writer (writers block, procrastination, distraction, self doubt, indecision, ect) perhaps the greatest tragedy that I faced was accidently erasing my entire screenplay. That was a dark moment. Fortunately I was able to retrieve an older file, so I only lost one month of work instead of four years of my life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy woodworking as well as the outdoors. I also enjoy history and science and I will watch any documentary that I can find.

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

I found this contest via a Google search. This is one of only two contests of this type anywhere. Festivals such as this are great because it gives writers, who may not be finished with their screenplays a chance to showcase their work before completion. And the feedback that Wildsound gives is top-notch. I appreciate the time and the effort it takes to evaluate each and every screenplay.

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Quyen Tran – January 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

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Best Scene from the screenplay OCD Screenplay
Written by Quyen TranCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julie Sheppard
VIKTOR – Hugh Ritchie
DR. NAVID – Robert Notman
GWEN – Olivia Jon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance

Two university lovers have an intense argument.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

OCD (working title) is about a young woman who begins to have dark obsessions after an HIV scare.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, Dark-Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The script is currently 231 pages so it could be either a TV mini-series or film series. OCD should be made because it’s
an untold story relevant to the Millennial age.

How would you describe this script in two words?

“Digital Loneliness”

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

It’s a tie between The Santa Clause or Deathproof.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Almost a year now.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written several short stories but this is my first full-length story.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Something happened to me a year ago that left me in a state of devastation and I began writing this. It was the only thing that
made me feel better.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

A major obstacle was finding a quiet place to write. I live in a loud household. It’s hard to write when there is some annoying
noise going on. I’m still trying to find a quiet, private place. Mostly, I write at night when everyone is asleep. Headphones,
earplugs, and music/atmospheric sound help.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m currently reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, which I had put off for years because it looked so long and boring.
But I’m so glad I started, because so far, it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever read.

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

I had also just rewritten the first scene so it was kind of a sign for me. Also, I found a coupon code on Facebook.

The feedback was paramount to my script’s consistent progress. It really encouraged me as a new writer, because it’s rare to get encouragement when people think you’re in your room all the time doing nothing, and you’re actually writing.

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Elisha Barnes – January 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Best Scene from the screenplay FAN SITE Screenplay
Written by Elisha BarnesCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
ASHLEIGH – Petra O’Toole
DANNI – Rachel Salsberg
JOAN – Georgia Grant
MAN – Craig Estrella

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Sexy lesbian Danni Montgomery lives in abstinence with her ex – an ex who still carries a torch. Meanwhile Danni is eyeing up a bisexual movie star and attempts to woo her by bulding her the hottest fan site on the web. After a series of successes and miscues, my story ends with an unlikely ending.


Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Sexy lesbian Danni Montgomery lives in abstinence with her ex – an ex who still carries a torch. Meanwhile Danni is eyeing up a bisexual movie star and attempts to woo her by bulding her the hottest fan site on the web. After a series of successes and miscues, my story ends with an unlikely ending.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Rom-Com and dramedy

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

For one thing there is a dearth of movies about lesbians who aren’t criminals, psychos or prisoners. The women in my story lead everyday lives; never has a mainstream production company released a lesbian Rom-Com and the time is right for such a picture.

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

Funny & Sexy

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

A tie between Wizard of Oz and Spinal Tap

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

Off-and-on two years

6. How many stories have you written?

Five screenplays (and am in the note-taking stage for my 6th), 14 short stories, two novels and one one-act stage play.
My screenplays are currently for sale on Amazon.com in case anyone is curious how they turned out. Just go to Amazon.com and put “Elisha Barnes” in the search field and up popd three.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Well, this is kind of embarrassing to admit but I once had a supercrush on a movie star and I thought if I built her a gee-whiz fan site she would contact me. She didn’t.

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

The feedback I received literally tore it apart and this is the 10th rewrite of the script.

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

Going to the movies, Netflix, flea markets and garage sales and my two dogs, Pumpkin and Teak.

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

I had such a positive experience with my first entry – She’s Driving Me CRazy (also for sale) – that I had to try again. I’ve been thrilled with the feedback even though I don’t agree with all of it, but that’s normal.

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Martin Keady – January 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

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Best Scene from the screenplay INT. CAR – NIGHT Screenplay
Written by Martin KeadyCAST LIST:NARRATOR – Julie Sheppard
PATRICK – Hugh Ritchie
YOUNG MAN – David Occhipinti

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Thriller

A middle-aged accountant has to drive home from work because there is a tube strike. When he stops at a traffic light, a young man taps on his windscreen – with a gun – and orders him to let him in.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The enforced meeting of absolute opposites, as a middle-aged accountant is carjacked by a crazed, gun-wielding drug addict.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller and road movie.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because (I hope!) it takes the viewer on the same mad, uncontrollable journey that the hero (the middle-aged accountant) is taken on.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Carjacking vérité.

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

Withnail & I.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I must confess that this is one of the quickest scripts I have ever written – about a week, including a few all-nighters (fittingly, for a film about a carjacking that lasts a whole night).

How many stories have you written?

About 10 feature-length screenplays, including The Shakespeare Plays, a biopic of Shakespeare (http://theshakespeareplays.com/); about 20 to 30 short films; and about a further 10 stage plays and radio plays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was originally commissioned to adapt a novel about a carjacking that was so utterly unbelievable, implausible and plain atrocious that I just couldn’t do it. Instead, I was inspired to write an original screenplay about a REAL carjacking, which happened to a friend of mine and was utterly terrifying. She survived – just – and I thought that if I could take an audience on that journey I would have a great movie script.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Like all writers, a shortage of time. I was working during the day at the time, which is why I had to write it at night, which, of course, is the best time to write: no phone calls (or tweets, emails, etc.); no interruptions of any kind; and in addition your brain is naturally attuned to being halfway between sleep and waking, which is probably the best place to be as a writer.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Shakespeare (hence the Shakespeare biopic); sport (especially football and tennis, which I write about for LastWordOnSports.com); and (writing about and thus fighting in my own small way) injustice!

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

After years (indeed, decades) of hiding my light under a bushel, as it were, I am finally determined to get my writing “out there” – whatever the response (good or bad, but hopefully not indifferent). The most useful part of the feedback was a comment about the title, “INT. CAR. NIGHT.”, saying that it did not really “fit” the story, as it was “too meta”. I understand and appreciate that, which is why, having thought about it, I would now switch the title back to one of the original two titles I had – either just “CARJACK” or “HIT THE NORTH”, a title borrowed from a great Fall song and utterly fitting for this story.

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