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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
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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!

Watch the Winning Screenplay Readings for November 2015

Deadline November 30th to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

CLICK the Links and watch all 13 of the November 2015 Screenplay Winners

FEATURE SCRIPT – Yellow Touch Red, You’re Dead
November 2015 Reading
Written by Lauren Hoekstra

TV SPEC – Bob’s Burgers
November 2015 Reading
Written by Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato

1st Scene SCRIPT – DOG FACE
November 2015 Reading
Written by C.L. Pike

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

FEATURE SCRIPT – BELLE BREZING
November 2015 Reading
Written by Margaret Carlyle Price

BEST SCENE- Gonies
November 2015 Reading
Written by Phil Stokes

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

FAN FICTION – Batman: Patient Zero
November 2015 Reading
Written by Andrew Akler

TV PILOT – Hail Mary
November 2015 Reading
Written by Stan Williamson

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

BEST SCENE – The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio
November 2015 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde

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

1st Scene SCRIPT – AVALON
November 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vaughan

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WILDsound Announces its November 2015 Feature Screenplay Winners

Watch the 2 winning Table Readings performed by professional actors.

#1 – FEATURE SCRIPT – Yellow Touch Red, You’re Dead
November 2015 Reading
Written by Lauren Hoekstra
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/yellow_touch_red_youre_dead.html

Genre: Thriller, Romance, Suspense

SYNOPSIS:

Yellow Touch Red, You’re Dead is the story of an impulsive high-school girl who gets accidentally caught up in a guns-for-drugs deal gone wrong. Trapped with the drug-runners fleeing the cartel, she plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the leader, who’s keeping her till she sleeps with him, no matter the cost.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
BAHRI- Kunal Jaggi
TYLER – Scott Beaudin
KIRA – Aidan Black Allen
DENVER – Brett Kelly
JEFF – Steve Shand

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#2 – FEATURE SCRIPT – BELLE BREZING
November 2015 Reading
Written by Margaret Carlyle Price
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/belle_brezing_feature.html

Genre: Drama, History, Biography

SYNOPSIS:

Somewhere between a paperboy’s first cup of chicory coffee and the memories of the Madam who inspired Belle Watling of Gone With the Wind, there lies a story of sex, secrets and spiritual redemption.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Allison Kampf
YOUNG BELLE – Meggie McKinnon
OLDER BELLE – Susan Wilson
CHILD BELLE – Maya Woloszyn
MABON/BILLY – Hugh Ritchie
MUCCI/SINGERLY – Sean Kaufmann

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

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https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

PAGAN FLAMES – Chapter 1 Courage Under Fire by Vanayssa Somers

Watch the Chapter 1 Reading of COURAGE UNDER FIRE (from PAGAN FLAMES):

Reading performed by actor Geoff Mays

Get to know writer Vanayssa Somers:

1. What is your novel about?

This is the logline I submitted to describe my novel, PAGAN FLAMES.

“Arch-Wizard Faery Prince recruits an under-confident young orphan
girl for training in Shapeshifting, Time Travel, Quantum Mastery, all
to turn her into a super-hero who travels through time, saving lives
and bringing evil to its knees.”

A young orphan girl in 1480’s Majorca is living in a convent. A good
Catholic girl, she is recruited by a Wizard who travels Time looking for
suitable students to mentor into the Bright Arts. She proves a remarkable
student. However, the Spanish Inquisition finds out about her activities.
Soldiers come to drag her before the Grand Inquisitor. Her adventures begin,
leading her to a great leap toward self confidence, mature practice of her
Craft of Wizardry, and heroic actions to save lives from The Burning Times.

2. Why should this novel be read by anyone?

It captures the historic events of the Spanish Inquisition in a personal, up
close way, underlining the courage of those who were unjustly killed and the
heroic acts of a young girl who drew upon every skill her mentor had taught
her to fly to the aid of victims. In those days, as in our own time, the
truth is, we will always need brave heroes and heroines to battle evil on
all its many fronts.

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

This story is but one of millions of stories about heroic acts on behalf of
the underdog in all times and all locations. We love heroes.

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

Okay, I’ll admit it. “You’ve Got Mail.”

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

I wrote it over a period of eight months, and it was edited many times over,
of course, after that.

6. How many stories have you written?

Two novellas and two short stories.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Since I was a child, I have practiced as a psychic, using cards and tea
leaves mostly until my abilities developed further. When I became a Reiki
Master, a gift of Holographic reading arrived unexpectedly during a Reiki
healing. One of the readings channeled through me one day concerned a young
woman in ancient Europe who could shape-shift and move between matter and
energy with ease. The reading was vivid and unforgettable. Bearing in mind,
these movies are channeled to aid the sitter through a particular life event
they need help with. I claim no responsibility for explaining the content of
the movies, so I can’t claim certain knowledge of this ancient girl’s
ability to shape shift…it was given for a modern-day woman’s needs at that
time in her life.

The story gripped my imagination (of course), and for years I thought about
it and slowly a story emerged. One winter I had not a lot to do with the
rainy months, so I sat down and started writing this colorful dream onto
paper. When I submitted it to Solstice Publishing, they accepted it, sending
a contract by return mail. A thrill for me, to say the least.

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

I fell in love with the lead character, a Wizard, and suffered awful
depression for weeks after the book was finally and fully finished. I’d lost
him forever, he was gone. For months I’d become immersed in this story and
almost lost contact with real life, buried in the events of The Burning
Times of 1483 Spain. Melchior, Arch Wizard, Prince of Faeries, honorable and
dedicated to his craft and his Faery people, had cast his spell and then
vanished, as Wizards are prone to do.

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

Animal rights, protection of the wilderness, great trees, flowers, angels
and divine justice. Also I like working out and staying healthy. Also love
romance. Love my friends.

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

An email came into my Inbox one day about the festival, I was puzzled as to
what it was and went to look at the site. It seemed amazing, there was a
chance someone would read a chapter or even my logline out loud. I jump on
any chance for anyone to see my work, of course. The feedback was
encouraging and very kind, so what was the harm in trying?

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

Well, it’s a good idea, if you submit a story and it doesn’t get snatched up
right away, after a few tries, put it up on the free e-book sites and see
how many thousands of downloads and how many five star ratings it gets.
Sometimes an editor might take note of a successful free e-book if it
garners enough attention. I’ve had some successes and some failures of
stories on the free sites, some are loved and some are ignored. But at
least…they get read. And that’s the main thing, right? For most of us.
Also, if you really believe in your book, don’t give up. The sun and moon
and planets all move on in their paths, and every now and then, you get
Jupiter lined up with Venus or something…never give up. Your turn comes
round eventually.

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DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

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