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Deadline Feb. 5th – First Scene Screenplay Festival

FIRST SCENE SCREENPLAY CONTEST

New Years Special Deadline February 5th. Submit and get your first 10 pages performed!

Go to: http://firstscenescreenplay.com/ and submit

Watch over 50 1st Scene Screenplay Festival Winners:

FULL FEEDBACK on your screenplay from our committee of Professional Screenwriters, Production Heads and Script Consultants.

Are you just starting off your screenplay and want immediate feedback on your first scenes/first moments of your script?

Send your first scene (or first moments – 10pg. limit) and get feedback. Winners (at least 40 a year) get their first scene read at the MONTHLY WILDsound Screenplay Festival (see video on right for example of what you’ll get when you win).

Great way to promote your script!

Submissions take 3-5 weeks for evaluation. Looking for screenplays

Go to: http://firstscenescreenplay.com/ and submit

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WILDsound Names January 2016 1st Scene Winners

Watch the 2 winning 1st scene screenplay readings performed by professional actors.

Submit your First Scene Screenplay to the Festival: http://firstscenescreenplay.com/

#1 – GUNNISON, by Daniel Duane
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/gunnison.html

Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Supernatural

SYNOPSIS:

A sniper who hunts an Air Force colonel for humiliating her on a botched cover up discovers he’s masterminding one himself when a man hunt for two gunman leads to the capture of an extraterrestrial pilot being held prisoner.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
MYERS – Katelyn Vanier
HENDRICKS – Dan Cristofori
DOCTOR – Lorne Hiro
MULLIN – Geoff Mays
MOTHER – Holly Sarchfield

#2 – PURGATORY, by Alex A. Kecskes
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/purgatory.html

Genres: Crime, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS:

Two small time ex-cons run into two angels on probation who must save their souls or be dammed forever.

CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
DAVE – Geoff Mays
JEFF – Dan Cristofori

January 3 2016: Writing Festival Details

The writing festival will be presenting 2 1st Scene Screenplays, 2 Short Screenplays, and a Feature Screenplay at the upcoming January 3 2016 event.

Here are the details of the winning scripts we’ll be performing:

#1 – CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE – Feature Script Reading
by Howard Fridkin

Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime

SYNOPSIS:

For the ultimate revenge, an internationally renowned mystery writer uses his latest novel as a blueprint to steal the Eiffel Tower.

#2 – PURGATORY – 1st Scene Reading
by Alex A. Kecskes

Genres: Crime, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS:

Two small time ex-cons run into two angels on probation who must save their souls or be dammed forever.

#3 – GUNNISON – 1st Scene Reading
by Daniel Duane

Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Supernatural

SYNOPSIS:

A sniper who hunts an Air Force colonel for humiliating her on a botched cover up discovers he’s masterminding one himself when a man hunt for two gunman leads to the capture of an extraterrestrial pilot being held prisoner.

#4 – US NAVY CINE-KODAK – Short Screenplay Reading
by Stephen M. Hunt

Genres: War, Thriller, Drama

SYNOPSIS:

France, 1941; an American undercover war correspondent is overwhelmed by an old woman’s unique and unbelievable response to local, Nazi atrocities.

#5 – THE NEW NEIGHBORS – Short Screenplay Reading
by L. Filippo Santaniello

Genres: Horror, Thriller

SYNOPSIS:

Three friends are screening and selecting short films for a low budget horror film festival when the babysitter from the floor below rings the bell. Something bad has happened and she needs help.

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Deadlines to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch recent Writing Festival Videos. At least 15 winning videos a month: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com

1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its December 2015 Scene Script Winners

Watch the winning readings performed by professional actors.

1st Scene SCRIPT – GIVE ME A REASON
Written by Theresa Drew
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/give_me_a_reason.html

Genre: Comedy

SYNOPSIS:

Give Me a Reason is a dark comedy about two of the funniest subjects: suicide and cancer.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Matthew Di Leo
ANDY- Kerrie Lamb
JEANMARIE – Val Cole
DR. TREMMEL – Leo Choy
REAGAN – Minh Le
PATIENT – Angelica Alejandro

1st Scene SCRIPT – TETON RECKONING
Written by Debi Yazbeck
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/teton_reckoning.html

Genre: Western, Adventure

SYNOPSIS:

Teton Reckoning is about this crazy determined girl who hates being in pretentious Ft Worth society and longs for a life in pioneer territory – her dream: California. Of course, she ends up in Idaho… and then she’s kidnapped and fighting to survive in the treacherous Tetons and stuck between two men battling it out to the death for the mineral rights to a gold mine.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MADELEINE – Kerrie Lamb
GEORGE – Matthew Di Leo
LEE – Anthony Yu
TURNER – Minh Le
BOSS – Leo Choy
SISSY – Angelica Alejandro

1st Scene SCRIPT – LOVELESS
Written by Chris Courtney Martin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/loveless.html

SYNOPSIS:

An adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but at it’s core, it’s about emotional growth and maturity. It’s about emotional bravery and daring to allow yourself to care for others, despite the dangers of it.

Genre: Drama

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ANDY- Kerrie Lamb

1st Scene Reading of TETON RECKONING by Debi Yazbeck (plus interview)

Watch the December 2016 Winning First Scene Screenplay Table Reading.

Watch TETON RECKONING: 

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MADELEINE – Kerrie Lamb
GEORGE – Matthew Di Leo
LEE – Anthony Yu
TURNER – Minh Le
BOSS – Leo Choy
SISSY – Angelica Alejandro

Get to know writer Debi Yazbeck:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Teton Reckoning is about this crazy determined girl who hates being in pretentious Ft Worth society and longs for a life in pioneer territory – her dream: California. Of course, she ends up in Idaho… and then she’s kidnapped and fighting to survive in the treacherous Tetons and stuck between two men battling it out to the death for the mineral rights to a gold mine. Whoever holds the mineral rights on July 3, 1890 when Idaho gains its statehood takes home the prize – gold mine and Madeleine. But they best beware of Madeleine – she has plans of her own and the moxie to make them happen.

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

Westerns never really go out of style. And westerns with strong female protagonists are hardly ever made – especially in any recent years. It’s smart, full of action and great characters – with a side story of romance.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Madeleine’s Western

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

Lonesome Dove

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Off and on for three years.

6. How many stories have you written?

At least a dozen.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love Idaho. I love sweeping vistas of mountains. I love horses. I admire women who make their mark – especially when they learn and grow and save others around them.

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

The middle act practically wrote itself – nonstop action, trickery, shootouts with enough character development to make it heartfelt. The climax grew and expanded a couple times to accompany Madeleine’s growth in my mind. The first thirty pages took longer for me to get right. But as I felt Madeleine come alive and live up to who I believe her to be… the first act sprang off the page. Madeleine is my hero.

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

Reading, family, creating atmospheres in my home and in my writing.

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

I really like the idea of readings. This will be the first I’ve had done on any of my works.

Once I rewrote the first act of Teton Reckoning, I couldn’t wait to see if it could receive some recognition – and it did!
I’m so excited. This is incredible verification that my instincts were correct.

I think the feedback is excellent and I tried to accommodate the suggestions without taking anything away from what I originally submitted to receive the win. I really like the encouragement and the willingness by the reader to share where I can make it even better. Y’all rock.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Love your characters – good and bad. Make them multi-dimensional if they are a main character. Live their world within their personality… Stories come alive.

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script performed at the festival. Full feedback

http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

– Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!

Submit your 1st Scene or Short Screenplay via FilmFreeway

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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.

WILDsound Festival Reviews – Today’s Testimonials from the web

Bringing you today’s WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Testmonials:

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Thank you for the feedback I appreciate it and I will resubmit
– Kevin Lunn, Feature Screenplay

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Thank you for your honesty and insights! I truly appreciate your feedback, which I believe will help make me a better writer and guide me to direct my next film.
– Joy Mahaffey, Short Film

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I want to thank you for your feedback on my screenplay. The feedback gave me real direction on how to perfect this piece. I look forward to resubmitting in the near future. Thank you for this great experience.
– Anthonio Vole, 1st Scene Screenplay

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Great way to get your story out: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Deadlines to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch recent Writing Festival Videos. At least 15 winning videos a month: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com