Category Archives: winning writers

2015 1st Scene Winners

38 1st Scene Screenplay Winners. Watch the winners month by month:

Submit your 1st scene to the festival for the 2016 season and get your script performed by professional actors: http://firstscenescreenplay.com/

January 2015
January 2015 Winners

February 2015
February 2015 Winners

March 2015
March 2015 Winners

April 2015
April 2015 Winners

May 2015
May 2015 Winners

June 2015
June 2015 Winners

July 2015
July 2015 Winners

August 2015
August 2015 Winners

September 2015
September 2015 Winners

October 2015
October 2015 Winners

November 2015
November 2015 Winners

December 2015
December 2015 Winners

2015 Best Scenes

22 Best Winners for 2015. Winner every single month.

Watch the Winning Best Scene Readings:

Learn more about the 22 winners:

ACTORBEST SCENE – Comic Cons
December 2015 Reading
Written by Peter Harmon & Larry Postel

ACTORBEST SCENE – Seeking Will Ferrell
December 2015 Reading
Written by Rob Ingalls

ACTORBEST SCENE- Coyote and the Dust Devil
November 2015 Reading
Written by Jonah Jones

ACTORBEST SCENE- Gonies
November 2015 Reading
Written by Phil Stokes

ACTORBEST SCENE – No Hope For Gomez
November 2015 Reading
Written by Graham Parke

ACTORBEST SCENE – Unlikely Angels
October 2015 Reading
Written by Anne Nemes

ACTORBest Scene SCRIPT – Symposium
October 2015 Reading
Written by Peter Harmon and Larry Postel

ACTORBest Scene SCRIPT – Capstone Lost & Found
October 2015 Reading
Written by Pamela Green

ACTORBest Scene Reading of FEI JI
September 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

ACTORBest Scene Reading of CHILDREN WANT WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT IT
September 2015 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reese

ACTORBest Scene Reading of AMONG US
September 2015 Reading
Written by Renana Hancock

ACTORBest Scene Reading of GATES OF HELL
August 2015 Reading
Written by Pamela Green

ACTORBest SCENE READING of IT TAKES BALLS Screenplay
July 2015 Reading
Written by Charley Scalies

ACTORBEST SCENE SCRIPT – HELTER SHELTER
June 2015 Reading
Written by Yancey Derringer Banks

ACTORBest SCENE READING of MORPH TV Pilot
July 2015 Reading
Written by Christine Davis

ACTORBest Scene: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Show
May 2015 Reading
Written by Chris Agnew

SCREENPLAYBest Scene: FLEET WEEK: NEATHER RISE
April 2015 Reading
Written by David Redstone

ACTORBest Scene – LEGACY
April 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson

ACTORBEST SCENE – BIONIC (From Bionic Man TV Pilot)
March 2015 Reading
Written by Craig Glatt

ACTORBest Scene – LONELY HEROES
March 2015 Reading
Written by Eddie Upnick

ACTORClimactic Scene – DIETRICH DANZIG
February 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen

ACTORBEST SCENE READING – I’M STILL HERE
January 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

2015 Short Script Winners

18 Short Screenplay Winners for 2015. Winner every single month.

Watch the Winning Screenplay Readings:

Learn more about the 18 winners:

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – On Three
December 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vassie

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Batman: Patient Zero
December 2015 Reading
Written by Andrew Akler

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Five Days in Calcutta
November 2015 Reading
Written by Fred Perry

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – TRUE COLORS
November 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Ascent
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brough Hansen

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Symposium
October 2015 Reading
Written by Tom Grady

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – PTSD
September 2015 Reading
Written by Paul Myerberg

ACTORShort Screenplay Reading of THE DEAD END
August 2015 Reading
Written by Piotr Jamroz

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – HOW IT STARTS
July 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vassie

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – WALK WITH THE DEVIL
June 2015 Reading
Written by Alison C. Hall

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – ENGINEEMBRYO
June 2015 Reading
Written by Jon Sturgess

ACTORShort Script: HONOR AMONG THIEVES
May 2015 Reading
Written by Nat & Digs Palazzo

ACTORShort Script: WRITER’S DUEL
May 2015 Reading
Written by Ellery VanDooyeweert

SCREENPLAYShort Screenplay: GRAVEL HEART
April 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Curtis

SCREENPLAYShort Screenplay: TELL ME NOT TO
April 2015 Reading
Written by Andrew Boyle

ACTORSHORT – BATMAN/SUPERMAN FAN Script
March 2015 Reading
Written by Glenn Magas & Dale Fabrigar

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – THE PROMISE IN A BUBBLE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Rachel Reaugh

ACTORSHORT SCREENPLAY – THE PARTICULAR DAY
January 2015 Reading
Written by Roberto Lezzi

BADER FIELD – Chapter Nine Transcript Novel Reading by Carl David

BUY Novel “Bader Field” Online: http://www.amazon.com/Bader-Field-Carl-David/dp/1933449667

Watch Chapter 9 Reading of the Novel:

Novel transcript reading performed by actor Jason Martorino

Get to know writer Carl David:

1. What is your novel about?

An idyllic American family of the 1960’s who endures the suicide of one of their children and how they struggle on their difficult journey back to life.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Because it will show how people can survive tragedy against all odds when darkness prevails. It will inspire.

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

Inspirational, heartfelt

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

Field Of Dreams

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

Decades, at times it was too painful and I’d need to distance myself from it. But I never gave up; everything in its own time. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I needed to reach out and do something with my darkest days to benefit others. Having lived through such a horrific trauma (my brother’s suicide) I felt this mission path develop that I needed to follow. If I didn’t pursue it, then I would have wasted an opportunity to pay it forward. I knew it would help others who have walked a similar path and as well possibly encourage someone on that edge of desperation to realize that they are not alone, that there is help for them and that they are loved and then choose to live, not die.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Vincent Van Gogh; just to feel his energy. His work was genius and so emotionally charged, you can’t walk away from it with being affected by it.

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

My Family, Art Dealing, Photography, Writing & Playing Music, Flying, Healing, Animals, Vivid sunsets and life in general.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

Thought it a good way to expand the scope of my work. A lost opportunity is just that……

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

Never quit. There will be times when the emotional pressure or resistance is overwhelming. Take a break and then come back to it with a fresh eye,. If what you have to say is important to you, then stay with it regardless of the rejections you encounter. Those who dismiss you are missing an opportunity. There will be someone who will “see” your wok and the potential.

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

Feature Screenplay Reading of FEI JI by James C Peters (plus interview)

FEI JI was the December 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay. 

Watch FEI JI Feature Screenplay Table Reading:

Get to know the writer James C. Peters:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In the early 1900s young Chinese Americans, recruited to learn to fly and take “aeroplanes” to China, faced isolation from their families, jealousy, and danger when they accepted the challenge.

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

It’s a tremendous human interest story of two young men who risked everything, including their lives, to tackle the adventure of a lifetime.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

In the early 1900s a young Chinese American and his friend sacrificed everything and risked their lives to take the first airplane to China.

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

A FEW GOOD MEN, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS…

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

Off and on for over seven years.

6. How many stories have you written?

About ten.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay
?
I read an article about a woman whose grandfather, purportedly, had been the first Chinese pilot in the country. After I contacted her about writing his story, she passed away before I could interview her, but I decided I must write it anyway.

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

Principally, finding out the truth about who were the first pilots in China.

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

Helping people less fortunate than me.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? The WILDsound Festival not only offers avenues for success for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers, but also for young actors and film crew.

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

Master the elements of your craft. Especially, don’t send poorly conceived and crafted work to film producers.

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DEADLINE: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submit_your_favorite_scene.html

WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_readings.html

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!