Category Archives: First Scene Screenplay Festival

Sean Nash – November 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

GOD’S LITTLE GAGCAST LIST:

RANDY – Hugh Ritchie
DUNCAN – Peter Nelson
DANNY – Kheon Clarke
MANDY – Mallory Palmer
NARRATOR – Kelci Stephenson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Action/Adventure, Thriller, Mystery

Plays from the perspective of a bedridden patient who – in the beginning – is unable to communicate his thoughts to the world.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A rebellious young Carer becomes the keeper of her Patient’s secret, one which could destroy his family, the empire on which their wealth depends, and the government it’s helped control.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Action-adventure, clue-puzzle, political thriller. Romance

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It should be made because it’s a fun (and funny) emotionally-driven, action-adventure that thrills, entertains and satisfies. What more could you want?!

How would you describe this script in two words?

Evocatively provocative.

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

It’s line-ball between Casablanca, The Searchers, and Some Like It Hot.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A couple of years and then some.

How many stories have you written?

15 of my own and 10 with co-creators.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was inspired by feature films Venus and The Sea Inside, as well as by Dennis Potter’s ground-breaking television mini-series The Singing Detective.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Ensuring the characters’ truths trumped my temptation to plot as outrageously as they behaved.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Directing, riding motorcycles and (attempting) being in the Now.

What motivated you to submit to the festival?

Hearing others’ interpretations and delivery of your words is always beneficial. The feedback prompted me to listen to an inner voice offering the same advice … which I’d been trying to ignore!

 

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

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

WILDsound Announces its September 2016 1st Scene Script Winners

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

Watch the September 2016 1st Scene Script Winners:

VOODOO LOVE
Written by Frederick Julius

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime

A black-hearted vixen lures an ambitious hustler into her mansion as he seeks out a forbidden love. When merciless thugs come to rob and kill, it’ll cost him his fortune to save her lost soul.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
TUCKA – Kaleb Alexander
DAMIEN – Randy Baumer
MR. KING – Steve Mitchell
EL TORRO – John Fray
ASIA – Heather Dicke
CASSANDRA – Norma Dawn Dunphy

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OLD BONES
Written by Dermott Hayes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Drama

We lose our soul when we bury the dead without dignity and for the sake of manna. Two brothers are caught in a dilemma of conscience, to lose their jobs or their souls.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
COSTELLO – Steve Mitchell
SEAMUS – Randy Baumer
JOHN – John Fray
VOICE – Dan Cristofori

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CHASING THE WIND
Written by Corean Strong

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller

A high flying, arrogant female homicide cop is assigned a serial killer case that thrusts her into a downward tailspin. She struggles to close the case due too eerie connections she cannot explain.
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
TONY – Dan Cristofori
ALLISON – Norma Dawn Dunphy
WILLIE – Kaleb Alexander
JONATHAN – Steve Mitchell
MOM-DONNA – Heather Dicke

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its Winners for August 2016

#1 – 1st SCENE Screenplay – SENIOR PRANK
August 2016 Reading
Written by Vincent Masson

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/kabul.html

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Thriller, War

Two boys growing up in post-9/11 Afghanistan take different paths. One becomes a soldier, the other a Taliban Fighter

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
FAHRAN – Shelly Antony
KOSHAN – Jonathan Shaboo
HASRA – Mark Sparks
KASTI – Kayla Lakhani

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#2 – 1st SCENE Screenplay – HALFWAY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lukas Hassel

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/halfway.html

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance

Two recovering addicts skip out of rehab to rediscover their sober identities on their own. Determined to, for once, be winners in life, they quickly lose track of where they are going and why.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
RUSSELL – Shelly Antony
MOLLY – Alicia Payne

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

WILDsound Announces its August 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winners (2)

Watch the August 2016 Screenplay Winners.

Submit your screenplay to the festival today:http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Kabul  by Vince Masson

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
FAHRAN – Shelly Antony
KOSHAN – Jonathan Shaboo
HASRA – Mark Sparks
KASTI – Kayla Lakhani

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Halfway  by Lukas Hassel

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
RUSSELL – Shelly Antony
MOLLY – Alicia Payne

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Deadline Aug. 25th – FIRST SCENE SCREENPLAY CONTEST

Deadline August 25th. Submit and get your first 10 pages performed!

Watch over 60 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


Why this is the #1 Screenplay Festival and Contest in the World today!

 

– 0ffers screenwriters at all levels the fantastic opportunity to hear their scripts read aloud using TOP PROFESSIONAL ACTORS and showcased online for 1000s to see.

– This network currently averages over 90,000 unique visitors a day and growing.

– WATCH past and recent script winning readings! CLICK HERE and see what happens when your script wins. Now showcasing x5 more winners than in the past. At least 10 winners a month.

– One of the best places in the world for the writers to sell their script and/or obtain and agent. Over 80% of our winners obtain an agent.

– No matter what happens, you will receive full feedback on your script by our established WILDsound Reading Committee. No other place in the world will you get coverage for the price you pay.

– Even if you’re just looking for feedback on your script, this is the festival for you.

It’s there for all to see. The proof is in the viewership. These videos garner 1000s of views online. Some of the screenplay readings are more popular than actual studio films made!

– Also, all winners get to be a guest on WILDsound’s popular coast to coast radio show and promote your script and your career to the world!


SUBMIT the first scene/first moments (10 pages or less) of your screenplay
You will receive feedback on your script in 3-5 weeks

The RULES are simple:

1. Write your first scene/first moments. Edit the heck out of it.

2. Email your script to 1stscenescreenplay@wildsoundfestival.com in .pdf, .doc, .wpd, .rtf, or .fdr format.

In the body in the email please add your:
– FULL NAME
– CITY AND COUNTRY
– TITLE OF SCRIPT
– TYPE OF SCRIPT (1st scene entry)
– (optional) and a 1-2 line synopsis of your screenplay.

OR if you like to mail us your script with a check, please email us and we’ll make arrangements.

PLEASE ADD YOUR FULL CONTACT INFO (especially email address) on the title page of your script!

3. Pay the $20 submission fee ($15 OFF regular submission) via the button below (credit card or payment account) or include a cheque payable to WILDsound Film Festival. Please put your full contact info (name, email address) on a title page

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We also accept online submissions through Film Freeway. Click on the link BELOW to submit online through this middle-man resource website.

ALL SUBMITTED SCRIPTS GET FULL FEEDBACK – The goal of the WILDsound Film and Screenplay Festival is to help everyone involved grow as an artist, so we will offer feedback to jump start you to your next draft. If you are not fully satisfied with the feedback you receive, we will send it off to new committee members until you are fully satisfied. We understand where new and mid-level writers are coming from and we want to help you as much as we can.

WATCH past and recent script winning readings! CLICK HERE and see what happens when your script wins.

Jerry Nield – July 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

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

Watch Table Reading of the July 2016 Winning First Scene Screenplay.

CATCH! by Jerry Nield

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Synopsis: Could David really defeat Goliath?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ACTON – Dan Cristofori
OLD MAN – David Occhipinti
JIM – Michael Gaty
TOM – Mark Boutros
ELLEN – Judy Thrush

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

Amusingly indulging in the sports and pastimes of England in the Victorian age, the American Wild West and the show business flavour of the era. This is the true story of how an impoverished 10 year old Irish cross-eyed boy escapes the coal mines, saves what’s left of his family and delivers retribution by taking on history’s most brutal and deadly wrestler to become the Heavyweight Catch Wrestling Champion of the World!

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

It’s an amazing story that hits on many points of interest, which a wide audience would enjoy watching.

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

Unbelievable entertainment.

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

I watched Time Bandits many times as a teenager and have recently had the pleasure of watching it again with my wife and son, who’s 11.

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

I started with my first outline after I began researching the family history, 8 years ago.

6. How many stories have you written?

In writing, cutting and polishing, just this one screenplay, I have written countless short stories.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I thought of writing a film script after finding out Tom Connors, the cross-eyed, bow-legged, 5ft 6in and only 145lb wrestler, who managed to become the Heavy-weight Wrestling Champion of the World in 1887, was my great-grandfather.

But I was compelled to write when I discovered that he:

Worked the circus for P T Barnum.

Authored the first mail order wrestling/training instruction book.

Set up the “Tom Connors Athletic and Speciality Entertainment Company” which toured America, travelling from town to town, state to state and coast to coast, challenging any man of any size or weight to a wrestling match, offering $25 to anyone who could last just 15 minutes.

And that the entertainment included Farmer Burns, who before wrestling you, would drop 6 foot into the hangman’s noose and swing from the rope for 3 minutes whilst whistling “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. And the Glenroy brothers, a comedy boxing act whom Thomas Edison filmed in his earliest recordings.

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

Turning a rigid true story into an imaginative drama comedy, often meant running out of ideas and direction. Feedback has been an essential ingredient in keeping me on track.

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

My helpful and supportive family, growing fruit and veg, fishing, travel and local history, especially the local myths and legends that abound where I live in Wales.

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

The chance of having my script performed by professional actors, was an opportunity not to be missed. My initial feedback was to the point and very helpful in highlighting where improvement was needed.

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

Dive into your characters, leave yourself behind and try to be and act like that person, individual and if possible, unique.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson