WILDsound Performer Mena Massoud gets lead role in Aladdin live action film (as Aladdin)

Congrats to WILDsound Performer Mena Massoud for grabbing the lead role in the live action film of ALADDIN. The film also stars Will Smith as the Genie.

Mena performed in various scripts for the festival, including the lead role in WEECHO.

Watch the screenplay reading here: 

WEECHO – 1st scene script winning reading
Written by Kevin Gebhard
Rye, New York

CLICK HERE and read the entire winning screenplay

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marta Legrady
WEECHO – Mena Massoud
CROTTY – Dan Goldberg
LYNCH – Rob Stone
WOMAN – Natalie Gallard
COP – Jimmy Makris

SYNOPSIS:

Photographer Weecho Marti’s shots of a fiery crash reveal a conspiracy murder he is haunted to avenge for the beautiful victim. In his quest to track down the murderous antagonist, he crosses paths with a spymaster who becomes his mentor. Together they navigate an espionage and smuggling labyrinth to bring Weecho face to face with his archenemy in a death-to-the-loser climax.


10 Questions with the Writer

1. Why should your script be made into a film?

“Weecho” is a compelling espionage thriller designed to appeal to a wide audience, in particular the 18-34 age group. The movie can be shot in one urban area (e.g. New York, Vancouver, L.A.) on a moderate budget. The story concludes with the elements in place for a series. As the young photographer’s spymaster-mentor points out, “Weecho’s camera can take him anywhere.”

2. How long have you been writing screenplays?

Fifteen years. My script “Back to Even” was produced as a feature film starring Lorenzo Lamas.

3. What film have you seen the most in your life?

“Three Days of the Condor”

4. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?

Director Clint Eastwood

5. How many screenplays have you written?

Fourteen.

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

I would like to be playing character roles in screenplays I write.

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

I start my screenplays with an offbeat, underdog character confronted with an inciting incident that drives him through the story, concluding with a double-twist climax that puts him to the test, resolves his conflict, and leaves him a different person.

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

I am passionate about my character acting, and about my wildlife photography and portraiture art.

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

WILDsound’s feedback and one-on-one communication got my work to where I felt it was contest worthy.

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

Keep writing. And re-writing. Watch movies. If appropriate, read the books they were adapted from.

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2017 TWIST Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January to June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

 

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


festival posterWEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
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festival posterINTO THE DARK, 14min, USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

FAN FICTION Screenplay – UNIVERSAL SAINT BATMAN
January 2017 Reading
Written by Nathan Trumbull
ACTOR1st SCENE Script – FAN SITE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Elisha Barnes

 

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

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

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

2017 JEWISH Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January to June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

 

festival posterDEVIL WEARS A SUIT, 20min, Australia, LGBT, Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSAY WHAT!: A GERIATRIC PROPOSAL, USA, 5min, Animation/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORLGBT Feature Screenplay – ARRANGING MIA
June 2017 Reading
by Joanie Fox
ACTORFAMILY FEATURE Screenplay – QUEST FOR LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Byron Anderson

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

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

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

2017 FASHION Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January to June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

festival posterPROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – PIXYLATIONS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Joe Laudati


festival posterINDIGO, 19min, Sweden, Romance/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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

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

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

2017 DANCING Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January to June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

 

festival posterSHAPING SCARS, 7min, UK, LGBT, Dance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterUNBIND, 5min, Australia, Dance/Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

 

 

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

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

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

2017 WAR Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

ACTORACTION BEST Scene Screenplay – CADEBY
June 2017 Reading
by David James Keogh
ACTORWAR SHORT Screenplay – ELEVEN YEARS OF LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Soforic
ACTORFANTASY BEST SCENE Screenplay – ATHENS
March 2017 Reading
Written by M. Lee Brutsche

festival posterRUN FREE, 8min, Romance/War
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE IN BUTZBACH
January 2017 Reading
Written by D.K. Christi
festival posterTHE GENTLEMAN NEXT DOOR, 16min, USA
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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

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

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

2017 SPORTS Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

ACTORANIMATION SHORT Screenplay – BATROOM
June 2017 Reading
by Crafty St. James
festival posterLAST CHANCE, 3min, Hungary, Drama/Sport
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORLGBT TV PILOT – FAUK MY LIFE
May 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes

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

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

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic