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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

    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?


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.

– 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:

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.

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