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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

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1st Scene Reading of LOVELESS by Chris Courtney Martin (plus interview)

Watch the December 2016 Winning First Scene Screenplay Table Reading.

Watch LOVELESS:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ANDY- Kerrie Lamb

Get to know writer Chris Courtney Martin

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is 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.

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

Loveless is a dynamic take on a classic, but it deals with themes that are relevant to a modern audience. This version forgoes the corniness and saccharine sentimentality that turns people off from the original and some of the remakes.

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

Honest. Human.

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

Four Brothers.

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

I’ve been developing this idea for about six months now.

6. How many stories have you written?

Goodness– too many to count.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This script comes from a place of grappling with difficult emotions. Sometimes we feel things so intensely that they paralyze us and we wish that we could just turn our feelings off altogether. That’s the headspace I was in when this idea was conceived.

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

Well, it’s not finished– but holding down a full-time job while trying to write isn’t easy.

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

Social advocacy.

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

I’d never seen a contest that took only the first moment of a screenplay. The first moments can make or break a script in any competition, but I like that WILDsound looks at the opening on its own. Positive feedback on an unfinished piece can truly motivate a writer to push through to the end.

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

Write a script that you could marry.

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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!

Interview with First Scene Winner Megan K. Bickel (SPARKS)

I saw so many positive comments about the contests in various places, I couldn’t resist. I was thrilled with the feedback I received! It was very insightful and helped me strengthen my script as a whole.

– Megan K. Bickel, on the WILDsound Experience (Review)

    Watch the 1st Scene Reading SPARKS:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Charlie – Kaleb Alexander
Emma – Alicia Payne
Barista – Jacqueline Brown

Submit your First Scene Screenplay:

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

Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Megan K. Bickel:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

Megan: My screenplay is a romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist. Dr. Emma Spegal stumbles upon a stranger who reactivates the effects of an old laboratory accident, which sends lightning shooting from her hand. She drags him to her lab to find answers, but instead they find secret plots, hidden agendas, and high-voltage reasons to stick together.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

Megan: This script should be made into a movie because it’s charming, funny, and action-packed. These characters and their journey will pull audiences in immediately and hold them until the last spark.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Megan: I’ve been actively honing my writing for about five years, but I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Megan: “The Princess Bride” – I adore everything about that movie.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Megan: I would love to work with Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, or Anne Hathaway. I held them in my mind while I was writing this script.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Megan: This was actually my first screenplay! I’ve started two others in the two months since I finished “Sparks” but they have a long way yet to go.

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Megan: I’d love to have representation and a screenplay contest win or two under my belt.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Megan: I carve out writing time whenever I can, so there is nothing set about my process. I brainstorm while shuttling kids around, I write scenes at baseball games or waiting for dinner to cook, I edit in stolen moments at the library or coffee shop! I guess my only real routine is calming my mind to focus on my writing quickly.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Megan: My family and creative expression. My family is my heart and creativity is my breath. I need them both to survive.

Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Megan: Get feedback whenever you can and listen to it objectively. Nothing will help your writing more than being able to see your words from another perspective.