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7 Questions with Poet Danny Karl Fleming. Writer of the Halloween Themed poem ALL HALLOW`S EVE

Danny Karl Fleming is the poetry writer of ALL HALLOW`S EVE. Watch the reading here performed by Val Cole:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

Halloween (scary)

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

To email me at bsmath2000@yahoo.com

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

5 years

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

Carl Sandburg

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Publicity and possibility of agents
Show message history
movie scripts, articles

7) What is your passion in life?

Chess

TV Screenplay Festival/Contest Review: Submitting your TV PILOT

Today we like to talk about our TV PILOT Contest. Whenever we perform a TV PILOT at our festival, it tends to always be the actors favorite thing to do. It’s a set up to future possibilities, plots, and character developments, and actors seem to relish taking on roles like this – where it’s not ending and the future is unknown.

Writing a really strong Television Pilot is one of the toughest things to do because you need to engage the audience right from the start, but also make sure you leave room for future plots and situations to occur.

WATCH recent TV PILOT readings performed at our festival:

As of this writing, we just performed an excellent TV SITCOM PILOT that should be up and online in a few days.

If you’re interested in submitting your TV PILOT to the festival, the next deadline is in 2 days: Friday October 31st. You can go here and submit:
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

You will receive full feedback on your script, plus hopefully have it performed at our festival using professional actors.

You can read testimonials and interviews on the MovieBytes website from past people who have submitted:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?ContestNumber=2339&tab=tab2

Or read testimonials from the WILDsound site:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/wildsound_tv_screenplay_contest_festival_review.html

Here’s some recent comments from recent submitters:

That you immensely for these invaluable notes, WILDsound. Looking forward to submitting “Perfect Match” again in the future.
– Jeremy Ferdman
Perfect Match, TV PILOT

Thank you for the feedback. Grammar is always something that I struggle with, and thank you for the pointers on focusing on the visual rather than the reader detail.
– Nathan Cary
Inside The Pipe, TV PILOT

Thank you so much! Great feedback, so valuable!!
– Anne Eston
Health Care, TV PILOT

Oh wow. Not only did I enjoy and appreciate your feedback, it meant a great great deal to me – it’s been a while since anyone has taken the time to look at my work in such a detailed way and I find it deeply encouraging. Thank you!
– Dan Heching
Girls, TV Spec

Novel and Short Story Readings. Writing Festival Review

In early 2014, the WILDsound Writing Festival transitioned to performing novel and short story readings using professional actors in Toronto.

So far, we have performed at least one winner every single month. And next year we plan on performing at least 2 a month, including transcripts from full novels.

Take a look and listen:

This month we also added our new feature where we are now turning short stories and novels into movies! Our first novel turned movie was completed 5 days ago and already it has garnered over 1100 hits:

There is a deadline approaching for Short Story and Novel Festivals. Garner FULL FEEDBACK on your story and get it performed at our festival:

SHORT STORY Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/short_story_contest.html

1st CHAPTER and NOVEL Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Also, you can read recent writers submission reactions on the feedback on their work:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/wildsound_novel_contest_festival_review.html

Recent testimonials:

Interesting feedback. I too have come to the same conclusion you have. I will resubmit, rewriting the opening chapter and taking out the narration of the dead man. I was seduced by the idea, but agree he becomes a distraction and a filter.
– Elisabeth Appell
Elements of Betrayal, 1st chapter book

Thank you for the festival and the feedback. This book hit its target. To provide a broad base from which others can continue the story.
– Roland Hughes
John Smith: Last Known Survivor

Thanks for your insightful and highly constructive comments on my novel submission, “Victoria The First”. Clearly, your reader(s) read the manuscript carefully and thoroughly. Your overall assessment of “a great read” has encouraged me to dive back in and tell this story the way I know I can.
– Bill Osinski
Victoria The First: A Novel, Full Novel

Thanks for your thoughtful critique. And how you pin-pointed all of the many grammatical errors in this novel draft. The notebook passages were meant in part to convey that vitally important moral and political distinction (Ariel is something of a marxist for a reason, after all). I am sorry it was not made more clear in the narrative. Again, thanks for reading my novel with such care.
– Christopher Bernard
Voyage to a Phantom City, Full Novel

Hope you enjoy and hope to see you submit.

Thanks
Matthew


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WILDsound Review – March 2014 Film Festival Event

Today we’re going back to the first film festival event of 2014. The first of 10 film festival events for the year.

The THEME of the event was WAITING. Every film showcased at the event was about waiting for something to happen.

Talk about a great selection of films. Take a look at the full details of movies showcased, plus all of their audience feedback videos: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/march_2014_film_festival.html

The audience selected the Brazilian film THE PACKAGE as the best film of the night. Watch the feedback video from the Toronto audience:

The Package is a delicate and sweet love history between two young gay men. One of them is HIV positive. It has a powerful and contemporary message of acceptance and tolerance.

The audience then selected the Norwegian Sci-Fi/Comedy short SPACEWRECKED as the best performances. Watch feedback video:

Spacewrecked could be the most unique and clever film we’ve ever showcased. It’s Curb You Enthusiasm in space!

It was a great start to our year as we’ve showcased some amazing films from all over the world.

Three more events to go in 2014. If you’re in the Toronto area, make sure you attend our upcoming events. Next one is Thursday October 30th at the Carlton Cinemas:
http://www.wildsound.ca/torontofilmfestivals.html

We’ve come a long way with this festival. The idea for a feedback film festival was simple in its nature, but it took a bit to really nail the TONE of the moderation session. At the beginning the talk was very black and white – either someone hated the film or they loved it. A Siskel & Ebert thumps up/thumps down approach. It took me about 2 years to really understand how to direct the conversation. I’ve never been interested in simple judgments as I always thought that everything is somewhere in the middle, especially films. So what we try to do is have a conversation with the audience that is about feeling.

Whenever I’ve made a film my mission was to tell a story with true emotion within the context of the genre, plot, and setting. Whatever the situation is, it needs to have a real feel to it like this is happening. It’s the search of finding out what this all means and why we’re here. And I’m not trying to be wanky or elitist saying someone like that. Sometimes a raunchy comedy has more truth in it than a dark drama.

That’s what I’m trying to do in these audience feedback videos. To try to figure out the truth in the particular film we’re talking about. And because we are showing so many great films at our festival these days, it’s becoming easier to figure that out.

– Matthew Toffolo

Feature Screenplay Contest Festival Review

Today WILDsound Fesival Review is taking a look at the recent feature screenplay winner “SHAPESHIFTERS” by Andrew Fisk. A high concept script about a doctor who suspects that a series of strange murders in Seattle may be the work of Shapeshifters – people who can turn themselves into animals.

This script has a great pace and emotional journey of the main female doctor character, while also giving us a lot of action and cool sequences. Shapeshifters are getting a lot of buzz lately and this is a script a bit ahead of the curve.

Submit your own Feature Script today for full feedback, plus get it performed at the festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch the script reading performed by professional actors:

Read the recent interview writer Andrew Fisk gave on MovieBytes:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?tab=tab4&InterviewID=718&ContestNumber=2100

Here’s a transcript from the interview:

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: The WILDsound Screenplay Festival has an excellent track record of seeings its winners made into real produced films. I’ve been involved with a number of screenwriting contests and besides an announcement of the winners and finalists there doesn’t seem to be any afterlife.

I wrote the first version of “Shapeshifters” several years ago. It was a Finalist in the High Concept Screenplay Competition. The current version has gone through major restructuring/editing and is much better.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Yes, I was very satisfied with WILDsound. They met all their deadlines for returning comments about “Shapeshifters” and other scripts I have entered into their compeitions.

Their comments/notes have been excellent. You really need knowledgeable people to review your work and give you feedback. As John Huston said at the Oscars years ago, “Film is a collaborative medium.” The feedback from WILDsound really opened up my thinking and help me see things I had not see before.

They also completed the most important prize – a table read by professional actors in Toronto. The table read was videotaped and is available on the Internet at: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/shapeshifters.html. They did an excellent job. It is also on YouTube.

CAST LIST from Reading:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton

SARAH – Desiree Beausoleil

MARIUS – Sako Kababji

ANDREAS – Rob Young

WALSH – Gordon Yarley

JACEK – Rob Salerno

KEERA – Victoria Kucher

RONA/ALISHA – Jacqueline Brown
EMMA/NADIA – Mandy May Cheetham

Short Screenplay Festival Review

WILDsound Short Screenplay Festival Review

Robert Ward’s short screenplay reading of his script FINAL JOB. A thriller with a twist with an excellent performance by the actors. Watch NOW. As of this writing it’s been viewed over 1400 times:

Comments from the writer:

“I have entered many contests over the past seven years. I was very impressed with the customer service at Wildsound. I had a question regarding my entry this year and I was contacted back immediately. I like that in a contest. Also, I was given feedback from Wildsound on my script and what I received was extremely helpful and detail oriented and it assisted me greatly in crafting my rewrite. The feedback from Wildsound strengthened my script to the point where it’s placing better in other contests as well.”

Submit your own Short Screenplay to the Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/shortscriptcontest.html

Read Interview with Robert Ward on the MovieBytes website:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?tab=tab4&InterviewID=698&ContestNumber=2100

Transcripts from interview:

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I had read good things about Wildsound in the past. The reading of winning screenplays was very attractive to me because it’s one of the best ways to hear where your script stands with respect to pacing, dialogue, narrative, scenes, the works. I also liked that the contest accepts numerous categories for judging.

After winning, in less than two weeks for that matter, I’m reaping some nice rewards from Wildsound. They are clearly interested in helping winners gain career traction and exposure. The reading of THE FINAL JOB was videotaped and placed on youtube, Facebook, the contest website, and I’ve even seen it on a couple of other offshoot websites. I’m so pleased to see my script with almost 1,100 views already.

Then just yesterday, Matthew Toffolo called me to conduct a podcast interview, something that will also be posted on the Internet.

So, you could say, you get a tremendous bang for the buck at Wildsound. I’m excited to get so much exposure of my work.

I also entered my short in other contests. THE FINAL JOB was a semifinalist at Shriekfest Horror Film Festival and an Official Finalist at Brownfish Short Film Festival NYC.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Without a doubt, I think the administration of the Wildsound contest is one of the best I’ve seen so far in many years of entering contests. Not because I won their contest, which is way too easy and cheesy of an accolade to heave upon them, but because of Wildsound’s conscientious and dutiful actions after I entered.

As any contest participant knows, if you do contests long enough you’ll need to contact a contest with a question concerning your entry, payment, whatever. A lot of contests that I’ve been involved with actually forget this aspect of their contest… timely responses to a participant’s questions. Screenwriters are innately stressful people. Most creative types are. And we want to hear back from a contest ASAP if we have a question. A couple contests I never heard back from if you can believe it. Matthew Toffolo at Wildsound replied to most of my emails within hours if not a few minutes. He’s right up there with the best of them, such as the hardworking Greg Beal at Nicholl.

WHERE TWO ROADS MEET – 1st Chapter Winning Novel Reading by Paula Carlson

WILDsound Book Writing Contest Festival Review:

WHERE TWO ROADS MEET Reading
Written by Paula Carlson

STORY Read By – Becky Shrimpton

SYNOPSIS:

It is the Irish myth of Cuchulain told in modern times during the 1998 Northern Ireland Peace Process through the eyes of three friends.

10 Questions from the April 2014 1st Chapter Novel Winner.

1. What is your NOVEL about?

It is the Irish myth of Cuchulain told in modern times during the 1998 Northern Ireland Peace Process through the eyes of three friends. It was Inspired by a screenplay I had started as an undergrad.

2. Why should your novel by published?

Because someone out there just might like it and that is reason enough for me.

3. How long have you been writing?

Fifteen years

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

Stand By Me

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Edward Burns as a writer / director. Aidan Gillen, David O’Hara.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

About 10 all together over the years.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Writing and going to music festivals. That would be the perfect life.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I try to write every day, even it if isn’t the main story I am working on. I may watch a film or listen to music that puts me into a certain mood for a story.

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

Music, swimming, and running

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

The opportunity to get feedback was what won me over to enter. Other contests may offer prizes, getting real feedback is priceless.

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

Never give up! It took me fifteen years to learn that.

WILDsound Festival Review for the Novel Writing Contest.