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Writing Festival Deadlines for Today (Feature & TV Screenplays, Novel, Poetry)

Deadline April 30th: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/winning_screenplays.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

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Deadline April 30th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

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Deadline April 30th: VIDEO PITCH FESTIVAL – Submit your LOGLINE/STORY PITCH and we’ll make it into a movie:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/video_pitch_festival.html

DEADLINE April 30th: 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

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Deadline April 30th: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it 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 past 1st Scene Festival readings:

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DEADLINE April 30th: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html

Deadline April 30th: SUBMIT your NOVEL (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted)
And we’ll make it into a MOVIE
http://www.wildsound.ca/audio_video_book.html

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Deadline April 30th for FREE POETRY Festival – Get your poem made into a MOVIE and seen by 1000s. Three options to submit:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

WATCH this month’s poetry readings performed by professional actors:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/april_2015_poetry_readings.html

Deadline TODAY: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL

Deadline TODAY: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL

Get your script performed at the festival. Full feedback on all entries:

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 Recent Winning Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/1st_scene_readings.html

1st Chapter – DISTURBED
March 2015 Reading
Written by Suzanne Wilson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/disturbed.html

1st Scene – THE SINGING TREE
March 2015 Reading
Written by Marilyn Pesola & Peter Moss
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_singing_tree.html

1st Scene – THE UMPIRE HAS NO BALLS
March 2015 Reading
Written by Debbie Bolsky
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_umpire_has_no_balls.html

1st Scene SCRIPT – LEGRAND
February 2015 Reading
Written by Angelina Carkic
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/1st_scene_readings.html

Interview with Debbie Bolsky, Winning 1st Scene Script Writer (The Umpire Has No Balls)

    Watch the Winning 1st Scene Screenplay Reading of “The Umpire Has No Balls”

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Val Cole
    Jessie – Melinda Michael
    Dutch – John Goodrich
    Catcher – Lucas James
    Ken Griffrey Jr./Sr. – Andrew Tite

Matthew Toffolo interviews Debbie Bolsky:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

Debbie: It’s the story of Jessie Stiles as she starts her journey through the umpire ranks to achieve her one goal in life – becoming a major league baseball umpire. But there’s one little problem – no woman’s ever broken through the stainless-steel ceiling of the MLB.

This dramedy with scatterings of romance follows Jessie as she fights her way toward achieving her goal – she is a woman who, not always successfully, tries to balance her life with her dreams. Interspersed throughout the script are interviews with real people involved in the game of baseball.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

Debbie: It’s a good story that I think people will enjoy and it’s got some very strong roles especially for women.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Debbie: I’ve been writing since I was a kid but screenplays and stage plays pretty consistently for the past 15 years.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Debbie: The Philadelphia Story and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Debbie: There are just too many to list and it would also depend upon the project.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Debbie: I have over 10 screenplays and stage plays at different stages and that doesn’t count the ones I tossed in a drawer never to see the light of day again.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Debbie: I have no set routine. I’m the most undisciplined person in the world so when I start working on something I have to give myself a deadline. Then I’ll take many walks through the park and on the beach and think and talk to myself and make a lot of notes. When I have a handle on it I’ll pull out my laptop at home or in the library and start writing because after all, I have a deadline to meet.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Debbie: Writing, baseball, friends and politics.

Matthew: That’s funny. Those probably would be my answers to that question too!

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Debbie: I read about WILDsound in an email so I looked at their website, watched a couple of the readings then decided to submit to them.

Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Debbie: It would be presumptuous of me to give anyone advice so all I’ll say is so long as you enjoy it, keep writing, and rewriting, and rewriting, and rewriting…

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Fet it performed at the festival, and get 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 past 1st Scene Festival readings:

Interview with John-Arthur Ingram, Winning 1st Scene Screenplay (Three Play)

This is the 5th or 6th time I’ve submitted a script to WILDsound over the past few years. But this is the first time I’ve actually broken through to the next round and will have something read. Haha. So thank you for that. I think it’s the timely and respectful feedback that has influenced me to enter the festival. For a reasonable price, I can get insightful feedback and a chance to have it read aloud. And it’s a chance you get monthly, which is cool.

– John Arthur-Ingram, on why he submits to the WILDsound Festival

Watch the 1st Scene Screenplay reading of THREE PLAY:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sedina Fiati
Oliver – Jarrid Terrell
Blake – Robert Notman
Silvia – Erynn Brook

Matthew Toffolo interviews John-Arthur Ingram:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

John-Arthur: It’s a romantic comedy about being loved for who you really are.

Logline: Oliver, a neurotic who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake. This revelation backfires when Oliver discovers Silvia and Blake are in madly in love. As a final act of desperation, Oliver magically switches bodies with Silvia days before her wedding to Blake.
(My Best Friend’s Wedding meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Oliver is planning to come out to Blake and Silvia at a production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in a city park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What he doesn’t realize is that Blake and Silvia have been sleeping together. This becomes evident when he catches them having sex backstage. After all the secrets spill out over a confrontation, Oliver moves to LA and cuts them out of his life.

One year later, Blake and Silvia are getting married Tulsa. Blake wants Oliver there for a chance to reconcile their friendship before the wedding day. Silvia doesn’t. It takes a guilt trip from Oliver’s mother to persuade him to come back to Tulsa. Under Blake’s insistence, Oliver and Silvia attempt to resolve their friendship. This is done over pot brownies and wine at a theater production in the SAME city park as before. Oliver confesses his long time crush on Blake and desire to be Silvia. She confesses guilt about the past and cold feet about the future. And with a wish, Oliver and Silvia switch bodies.

Now, it’s two days before the wedding and the duo scramble to keep the switch a secret while looking for a way to fix their problems. First things first. The rules: Oliver cannot sleep with Blake. Silvia cannot out Oliver to his mom, Josephine. Meanwhile, Josephine is refusing the advances of a handsome suitor. She’s struggling to move on with her life after divorce; believing her husband is coming back. .

From a trip to the gun club, indoor soccer bachelor party, and hotel after party, Oliver and Silvia navigate the bachelor/bachelorette party in their new bodies. However, things gets crazy when, Marco, an old college friend, comes out to Oliver as Silvia and announces his love for Oliver. Blake questions his sexuality when Silvia as Oliver tries to seduce him. Everything unravels at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding forcing Oliver and Silvia to confront a decision about the future.

Ultimately, Oliver has to take ownership of his sexual identity and forgive Silvia by letting go of Blake. Silvia has to overcome her guilt and cold feet. Both have to stop being selfish. But will they switch back?

In the course of three days, we get a body swapping comedy that explores the theme: Being you is a constant you should never escape.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

John-Arthur: Because I want to see these diverse group of characters represented in a story like this. Because this damn script won’t leave alone. Because I’m afraid of seeing too much of myself in this story. Because this script was one of the most fun I had writing and it helped shape my artistic goals.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

John-Arthur: Since I started keeping a journal in 4th or 5th grade. Then writing dark and romantic lyrical poetry; mostly poor attempts at imitating Frost, Shelley, Keats, Browning, Swinburne, and Wilde. I didn’t discover screenwriting until about 6 years ago; 2009.

Matthew: What movie have I seen the most in my life?

John-Arthur: Let’s just say the original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones are a given. With that in mind, it’s tie between The Rocketeer and Home Alone. Hahaha.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

John-Arthur: I’m assuming you mean strictly in the film/tv industry? Off the top of my head: Alan Ball, Beau Willimon, Brad Pitt and Leo Dicaprio (don’t judge me!), Shonda Rimes, Ben Affleck (director), Steve Mcqueen, Ryan Murphy, Adrian Lyne, Jenji Kohan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Treem, John Logan. Jason Katims.

If I could work with any artists of the past: Langston Hughes and Oscar Wilde.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

John-Arthur: — 4 original TV pilots
— 3 TV specs
— 3 co-written feature specs
— 2 writer for hire feature scripts
— 1 solo feature specs so far…Three Play!

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

John-Arthur: I would like to be in a reliable and trustworthy relationship with at least 2 indie production companies who enjoy supporting and collaborating with me in producing the types of stories I want to tell. And you know? Make a comfortable living from it all.

Matthew: Describe your process, do you have a set routine, method for writing?

John-Arthur: I fight to have at least 3 or 4 hours a day to just write or daydream of writing. Haha. I would call my method of writing, Anxious Curiosity. I’m fascinated by the fringes of the human psyche and the anatomy of the human condition. So I always begin with questions (including theme) then frame them in a narrative structure. I like to spend months just creating the main characters by writing their backstories/biographies; how they arrived at the place where the story begins. Then move forward.

I believe in the freedom of the first draft. Write it for yourself; however you want. I don’t believe I have to know my theme or everything about my story in the first couple of drafts. I just need to know where on the map I want to begin and where I want to end; not necessarily down to the house, but just what county/province I want arrive at. I’ll find the house when I get to the 4th or 5th draft…or I just rewrite the whole damn thing!

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are passionate about?

John-Arthur: English Football. I’ve been a Liverpool FC fan since I was nine years old! YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE.

Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

John-Arthur: “Never tell me the odds.” Seriously, they’re frightening in this industry.

Just write the movie you want to see the best way you can. Over and over and over til you’re dead. Writing is the only thing we have control of.

Submit your First Scene Screenplay by Feb. 5th. Watch past winning readings

Get your script performed (at least 40 winners) by professional actors:

Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events. Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!

http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

Watch Winning 1st Scene Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/1st_scene_readings.html

Interview with Tracy Sherwood, 1st Scene Script Winner for DEATH GRIP

The prize of having your script performed by professional actors was a huge incentive to enter the festival competition. That kind of presentation makes for a wonderful calling card to give industry pros. But it was the reputation and reviews for WILDsound that sealed the deal for me.

– Writer Tracy Sherwood on the WILDsound Experience

    WATCH the 1st Scene Reading of DEATH GRIP
    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
    Ben – Jim Canale
    Sammy – Rob Salerno
    Kat – Ida Jagaric
    Jackie – Danielle Nicole
    Shayna – Alissa DeGrazia

Interview with Tracy Sherwood:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“Death Grip” is the story of Kat Hartley, a female war hero home from Iraq returning to her life as a soccer mom while struggling with PTSD.

“Death Grip” will be published as an e-novel in early 2015.

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

More female soldiers are coming home to the expectation of resuming their roles as mothers and caretakers. Yet, not much attention has been paid to their specific needs or pressures once off the battlefield and in their backyards.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I have been writing stories since learning how to print in the first grade. But my breakout fiction was in fifth grade with “Ragtop the Clumsy Dog.” I got an A+ for that one. Hopefully, my writing’s improved in the years since because my handwriting certainly hasn’t.

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

It is probably a tie between “Gone With The Wind;” “Chinatown;” “The Graduate;” and “Network.” I’ll throw “Something’s Gotta Give” in there for good measure because it’s such a fun movie. However, I lose track after the 20-something viewing because when a film is truly layered it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen it. The 100th time feels like the first–you always find some new element that surprises and delights.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

There are so many talented artists that I would be thrilled to be invited to the dance by just about any one of them. In particular, I would like to work with Kathryn Bigelow.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have written five feature film scripts, four short film scripts and about a dozen short stories/essays.

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

Directing.

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

My process is not having a process. However, a cup of PG Tips tea (2 bags) and the page is my oyster.

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

My faith and my family.

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

No matter how many reasons there are to not write today, it only takes one word plunked into your story to keep it going until tomorrow. Eventually these words will line up like a powerful army against excuses to fade out until you actually reach Fade Out.

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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:

The art of writing the first moments of your script – The First Scene screenplay contest

One of our more popular and exciting contests is our First Scene Screenplay Contest. As of this writing, we have already showcased 23 performances of first scene scripts in 2014 and have 2 more set to be read in November. In 2015, we plan on showcasing at least 3 first scene script readings a month.

Watch the recent and past readings performed by an amazing talent of professional actors:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/1st_scene_readings.html

We’ve been fortunate to showcase opening moments in many different genres: From Comedy to Drama to Sci-Fi to Thriller and everything else in between.

Submit your own 1st Scene Script today and get it performed. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.
http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

In the first 10 pages the writer needs to let the reader know in general terms what the story is about, and what is at stake. Plus, set the tone of what world and genre the writer has created, while also introducing the main characters. All the while you need to engage and entertain the reader.

The contest was created because this is an industry where agents/producers and their team are so busy and are reading so many scripts that if you do not grab them right away then they will put down the script and move onto another one. So you have to capture their attention when you’re writing on spec.

Here are some recent testimonials from submitted works to the contest:

I’m thrilled that my script has made it to this stage. I found it was very cool hearing it being read out loud with a cast of characters. I know where the script is supposed to go and hearing it on the video I can see it happening. I want to thank you and your team for all the work you put in to getting my script to this point. I really appreciate it.
Barb Markusa
The Other Side, 1st Scene Script

Thank you for the feedback on my screenplay. I am most appreciative of your comments. I am happy that I sent only the first 10 pages of my screenplay. Now I will carefully read over what I need to work on, and continue to improve on the rest of it as I proceed.
June Fleming
The Children of the Fire, 1st Scene Script

I really enjoyed the video, and think everyone did an awesome job! Thank you all so much! You guys are great!!
Justuce Heninger
Of Their Own Accord, 1st Scene Script

Thanks a lot for the feedback. I will make sure I solidify the script with the suggestions given before resending it.
Stephen Uyi
Soul Cops, 1st Scene Script