Category Archives: First Scene Screenplay Festival

Deadline March 5th: FIRST SCENE SCREENPLAY CONTEST

The communication, organization and feedback these guys offer are fantastic and scriptwriters of all disciplines and experience should be jumping at the service WILDsound provides. The best thing about it is they are as enthusiastic as you about your work. Thank you to everyone involved with WILDsound.
– Grant Reid, 1st Scene Submission

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?

SUBMIT your 1st Scene Screenplay Today

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 from all over the world.

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 from all over the world.

Watch Recent 1st Scene Screenplay Winners

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

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

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 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!

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!

From MovieBytes: 1st Scene Screenplay Festival Names January Winners

The best thing for a writer is to get feedback- not just to be told ‘that was good’ but honest and constructive feedback. That’s what WILDsound offers. It was a good experience having individuals from overseas have a different perspective on my work.

– Writer Grant Reid, from his MovieBytes Interview

Read Grant’s Entire Inteview from MovieBytes:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?tab=tab4&InterviewID=756&ContestNumber=2924

From MovieBytes:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?StoryID=4875&ContestNumber=2924&tab=tab3

FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.
http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

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

WATCH past 1st Scene Festival readings:

Watch the 3 winning first scene readings from the January 2015 1st Scene Writing Festival:

MY LAST DUCHESS
Written by Grant Reid
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/my_last_duchess.html

SYNOPSIS:
When recently single Thomas moves next door and strikes a friendship with Catherine, Alexander spirals into a dark paranoia. With his sanity at stake Alexander is on the brink of losing everything.

DIETRICH DANZIG
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dietrich_danzig.html

SYNOPSIS:
A 95-year-old Pink Triangle survivor recalls his romance with a Nazi Officer’s son in 1935 that led to his interment at Dachau.

DEATH GRIP
Written by Tracy Sherwood
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/death_grip.html

SYNOPSIS:
A female war hero home from Iraq struggles with PTSD while trying to resume her life as a soccer mom. But the married soldier hides an even darker secret…she witnessed the death of her lover overseas who also happens to be the husband of her now widowed sister.