Winning 1st Scene of SERAPHINA, by Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri

 

 A beautiful, kindly Irish woman – bestowed a special gift at birth – comes to the aid of a 1950’s New England family-in-crisis unaware she is being hunted by a revenge-seeking, depression-era zealot.

Genre: Family, Thriller, Drama

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
The Doctor: Brandon Knox
The Vicar: Rob Notman
Joshua: Luke Robinson
The Midwife: Julie McCarthy
Seraphina: Lindsay Rolland Mills

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

SERAPHINA is about a heartwarming, beautiful Irish woman who was graced at birth with a special gift from God.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I firmly believe that SERAPHINA would tug at the heartstrings of people around the world. This is the story of a wonderful, kind woman whose only mission in life is helping people in need, and finally has the chance to see her lifelong dream come to fruition…to have a loving family of her own. Without a single reservation, this movie would appeal to broad audiences of all ages.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Heartwarming – Moving.

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

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Over 13-years.

How many stories have you written?

I am the published author of 7 novels, and have developed well over 20 screenplays.

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

Since I Don’t Have You by the “Skyliners”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The most difficult and frustrating obstacle for me was ensuring the Irish dialogue and brogue were spot on. In July of 2017, I retained a wonderful Irish author from the old country to read and edit the Irish dialogue. She ensured that even though Seraphina was born and raised in Ireland, as the years passed by in America, her beautiful Irish brogue would oh-so-gently soften…but just a wee bit, dontcha know!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies!

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

Filmfreeway is an outstanding platform for screenwriters to showcase their work.

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

The feedback was outstanding! I was filled with exhilaration and could not wait to tell my wife! But WILDsound has touched me this way before. I’ve entered the WILDsound festival numerous times over the years. I once received feedback for one of my scripts where the individual who wrote the feedback overwhelmed me with positive motivation and the desire to continue with my writing. The following is what he/she wrote about my protagonist, Jamerson Banks, in my script, MEADOW FALLS…

Hands down, Jamerson Banks is one of the most enjoyable characters ever created for the page and silver screen. He is irascible, ornery, quick-witted – and deeply wounded, by his own actions in the metaphysical sense, by the actions of others in the quite literal physical sense. His story is so detailed, his flaws so specific – we can’t wait to hear what happens next, even when he’s at his worst.

Thank you, WILDsound!!!

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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WATCH Mid-Year 1st SCENE SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning 1st SCENE Screenplay winners for the first half of 2017:

 

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GOOD INTENTIONS
June 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GRAVITY’S PULL
June 2017 Reading
by Robert Sivigny

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – AVES
May 2017 Reading
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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – ROUND TRIP
May 2017 Reading
by Sherwin Allen

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – TRISKEL
May 2017 Reading
by Brian K. Palmer
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SANDSTORM
April 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – PAST PRESENCE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Kevin Mongelli
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SPARKS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Jon Freda

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE DEBT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Michelle Patkowski
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – WELCOME TO ARCADIA
March 2017 Reading
Written by Jason Lan

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
March 2017 Reading
Written by Dylan Stump

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Bridget Bell McMahon

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MONSTER MURDER MYSTERY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Arran McDermott

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE COURIER
March 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Dambrosio

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – BROKEN FRAME
February 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Boncella
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EKKO
February 2017 Reading
Written by Johnny Walker

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – FAN SITE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Elisha Barnes
ACTOR1st SCENE Script – OCD
January 2017 Reading
Written by Quyen Tran

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – INT. CAR – NIGHT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Martin Keady

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Dylan Stump – March 2017 1st SCENE Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
Written by Dylan StumpCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
ANDRE – Peter Mark Raphael
WILLIAM – Jonah Akler-Silliman
HARRY – Christopher Huron
FRANK – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Horror

Five unstable gangsters descend upon a decaying coastal town with a mission to find a missing woman and kill her abductors. They instead become embroiled in strange and otherworldly occurrences.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s a story dealing with a group of violent men taken out of their element and forced to consider their place in a broader world. I also see it as being about the conflict between the natural and the modern world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

A combination of mobster crime story and folk horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel that this script offers a unique approach to an underutilized genre. Films in the folk horror category, especially American folk horror, aren’t exactly common despite the success of films like “THE WITCH”. So I believe my script offers something of at least some interest.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ethereal / Violent

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

David Cronenberg’s 1986 tragic, romantic, and horrific remake of THE FLY. It takes the basic idea from the original film and creates something entirely new. I’m also a big fan of Steve de Jarnatt’s MIRACLE MILE and Ken Russel’s THE DEVILS. THE FLY wins because I once did a presentation on it and, in order to prepare, I watched the film once a night for a week.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A little under a year. Though the idea for it has been with me for well over that.

How many stories have you written?

I have two other “finished” feature scripts that are in desperate need of rewrites, one finished short, and several unfinished scripts of varying lengths.

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

Probably “As I Sat Sadly By Her Side” by Nick Cave. Though the story of EVEN HERE I EXIST was partly inspired by the songs “King Henry” and “Long Lankin” by Steeleye Span.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The same obstacle I’m facing answering these questions, my overwhelming fear of writing something bad. While writing I had to continuously remind myself that it’s alright if the first draft was terrible because I could always make it less terrible in the next draft.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Literature, mostly horror and Gothic but I try to keep an open mind when looking for something to read. I also enjoy reading up on folklore from all over the world.

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

I was referred to this festival after submitting to a different festival. I was mostly intrigued by the opportunity to hear someone read my work out loud. I knew that this would help me to get a new perspective on this script but also on my overall writing style.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Johnny Walker – February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch the winning February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay.

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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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Stephen Boncella – February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Watch the winning February 2017 1st Scene Screenplay.

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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FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Jerry Kokich – November 2016 FAN FICTION Screenplay Winner

 

Watch the Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay for November 2016.

CAST LIST:NARRATOR – Mallory Palmer
SKIPPER – Peter Nelson
GILLIGAN – Hugh Ritchie
GINGER – Kheon Clarke
MR. HOWELL – Julian Ford
MARY ANN – Angelica Alejandro
LOVEY – Kelci Stephenson 

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A reinvention of the popular series with the same castaways (reinvented) who end up having to fight off Zombies during the night on the far away island.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your fan fiction screenplay about?

“Gilligan’s Island of The Dead” is a reboot of the classic TV comedy, with everything turned on its head… and zombies!

Why does this modern day twist of the iconic TV show work?

With updated characters, including Gilligan and The Skipper as a gay couple, and the Howells as the Madoffs hiding from the Feds, the series also capitalizes on the current zombie craze.

How would you describe this TV show in 2 words?

Zombie Survival

What TV show have you seen the most times in your life?

The Avengers from the 1960’s!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took about three months to write.

How many stories have you written?

Well over fifty.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Funny story, that. NBC had decided to do a reboot of the TV comedy, The Munsters. They spent millions on the pilot, including building the full size Munsters house. Halfway through the filming of the pilot, they realized it was going to be such a total disaster, they pulled the plug on the series before they had even finished shooting. I was joking with some friends about it on Facebook, and said. “We should do a reboot of Gilligan’s Island with zombies!” I stopped dead. I thought, hey, that’s not a bad idea. I actually detest when old shows are redone and changed, and I’m not a zombie fan, but I decided to put everything I don’t like into this. Of course, it wins a contest!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

. I really didn’t face any obstacles writing it. I knew the old series very well. I read some books on the making of the series, including one by series creator, Sherwood Schwartz, and watched a documentary produced by Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann. I did try to market the script, but the Schwartz estate and CBS have the rights, so that was a dead end.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I was a professional ballet dancer with The Joffrey Ballet for eight years, and I now teach in LA. I’m very passionate about my students and their development as dancers.

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

I submitted a first scene to you guys that won, and the feedback was wonderful, so I decided to enter this full script. I recommend your contests to all my writer friends. The feedback on this project was fantastic. Of course, I loved the praise. The suggestions and criticisms were extremely precise and helpful. What I really appreciated was that you got what I was trying to do. I wanted to take the original series in a completely different direction, but one that made sense in relation to the original characters.

Any advice for other writers?

A much smarter man than I said, 95% of writing is re-writing, so start writing. Don’t sit around thinking about writing, just write. Then write some more. Then enter a Wildsound contest! Also, never assume a woman is pregnant.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Watch the October 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplays

CRIME CYCLE
Written by Donald R. Brown

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Horror

A seemingly all-American family regularly rent out their guest home as a game to satisfy their urge to kill, but when their most recent tenants arrive they have a new set of plans in store for the sadistic bunch.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
MADELINE – Katelyn Varadi
ABIGAIL – Julie C. Sheppard
NATHANIEL – Gabriel Darku
JOSEPH – Rikki Wright
NEWS ANCHOR – Sandy Kellerman

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NIGHT WIND TO BAHIA
Written by Thomas Thorpe

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Night wind to Bahia is a thriller about an ailing, penniless nobleman searchng for his wife when he uncovers a blood transfusion plot to kill Brazil’s eight-year old prince, Dom Pedro II. Having secured a vial of Cholera immunizing blood, he must choose either to save his own life, obtain reward for reviving the future leader or rescue his wife from the conspirators.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson