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WATCH Mid-Year 1st SCENE SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning 1st SCENE Screenplay winners for the first half of 2017:

 

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GOOD INTENTIONS
June 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

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

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – AVES
May 2017 Reading
by
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – ROUND TRIP
May 2017 Reading
by Sherwin Allen

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – TRISKEL
May 2017 Reading
by Brian K. Palmer
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SANDSTORM
April 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – PAST PRESENCE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Kevin Mongelli
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SPARKS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Jon Freda

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE DEBT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Michelle Patkowski
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – WELCOME TO ARCADIA
March 2017 Reading
Written by Jason Lan

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
March 2017 Reading
Written by Dylan Stump

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Bridget Bell McMahon

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MONSTER MURDER MYSTERY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Arran McDermott

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE COURIER
March 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Dambrosio

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – BROKEN FRAME
February 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Boncella
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EKKO
February 2017 Reading
Written by Johnny Walker

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – FAN SITE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Elisha Barnes
ACTOR1st SCENE Script – OCD
January 2017 Reading
Written by Quyen Tran

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – INT. CAR – NIGHT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Martin Keady

Festival Deadlines

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival

Deadline September 5th – FIRST SCENE SCREENPLAY CONTEST

Deadline TODAY: 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:

Testimonials from people who submitted their 1st scene screenplay to the festival:

A great experience! This was the first contest I ever entered and I picked the right one! The feedback was wonderfully helpful and spot on, the administrator was responsive, and I was thrilled with the table read of my winning scene. What a rush to see my writing come to life! I’d recommend this contest for new and seasoned writers.
– Megan Bickel

The communication, organisation and feedback these guys offer are fantastic and scriptwriters of all disciplines and experience should be jumping at the service WILDsound provide. The best thing about it is they are as enthusiastic as you about your work. Thank you to everyone involved with WILDsound.
– Grant Reid

WILDsound has been a treasured consultant in every way. Their time and expertise are amazing and so supportive for our writing excellence and success. I’m forever grateful and will submit every future screenplay I write. Thank you!
– Elan Carlson

One of the biggest positives with this competition, besides how well things are run, is the feedback I received. The notes were so good that I was able to completely rewrite the screenplay and make it much stronger. The feedback also allowed me to strengthen the novel version of the screenplay that I’m currently writing.
– Robert Ward

February 2015 First Scene Screenplay Winners (4). Watch performance readings

The communication, organisation and feedback these guys offer are fantastic and scriptwriters of all disciplines and experience should be jumping at the service WILDsound provide. The best thing about it is they are as enthusiastic as you about your work. Thank you to everyone involved with WILDsound.

– Grant Reid, on the WILDsound 1st Scene Screenplay Festival Experience.

WILDsound has named their 1st Scene Festival Winners for February. Watch the readings performed by professional actors:

1st Scene – SPARKS
February 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sparks.html

1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_curse_of_sam_hain.html

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

1st Scene – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by J. Alan Hostetter
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hellcat_1st_scene.html

Readings performed by professional actors.

Deadline Feb. 28th: 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:

From MovieBytes: 1st Scene Screenplay Festival Names January Winners

The best thing for a writer is to get feedback- not just to be told ‘that was good’ but honest and constructive feedback. That’s what WILDsound offers. It was a good experience having individuals from overseas have a different perspective on my work.

– Writer Grant Reid, from his MovieBytes Interview

Read Grant’s Entire Inteview from MovieBytes:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?tab=tab4&InterviewID=756&ContestNumber=2924

From MovieBytes:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?StoryID=4875&ContestNumber=2924&tab=tab3

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:

Watch the 3 winning first scene readings from the January 2015 1st Scene Writing Festival:

MY LAST DUCHESS
Written by Grant Reid
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/my_last_duchess.html

SYNOPSIS:
When recently single Thomas moves next door and strikes a friendship with Catherine, Alexander spirals into a dark paranoia. With his sanity at stake Alexander is on the brink of losing everything.

DIETRICH DANZIG
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dietrich_danzig.html

SYNOPSIS:
A 95-year-old Pink Triangle survivor recalls his romance with a Nazi Officer’s son in 1935 that led to his interment at Dachau.

DEATH GRIP
Written by Tracy Sherwood
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/death_grip.html

SYNOPSIS:
A female war hero home from Iraq struggles with PTSD while trying to resume her life as a soccer mom. But the married soldier hides an even darker secret…she witnessed the death of her lover overseas who also happens to be the husband of her now widowed sister.

Interview with Grant Reid, Winning 1st Scene Screenplay Writer for MY LAST DUCHESS

WILDsound have a fantastic record for getting writers noticed and have an enormous community that’s still growing. It seemed like far too good an opportunity to miss.

– Grant Reid on why he submitted (and won!) to the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)

    WATCH the 1st Scene Reading of MY LAST DUCHESS performed by professional actors:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Q Wilson
Catherine – Alissa DeGrazia
Thomas – Jacob Klick
Alexander – Rob Young
Duke – Todd Dulmage

SYNOPSIS:

When recently single Thomas moves next door and strikes a friendship with Catherine, Alexander spirals into a dark paranoia. With his sanity at stake Alexander is on the brink of losing everything.

Interview with Grant Reid:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

‘My Last Duchess’ focuses on the fallible transformation that happens in humans when jealousy turns their love for someone into possession. It centralises on a paranoid husband (Alexander) who believes his recently available neighbour (Thomas) is stealing his wife (Catherine)– and that she is letting him do so. Alexander spirals into a dark abyss of assumptions and foregone conclusions.

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

Why shouldn’t it? Nine out of ten people will admit to being paranoid about a relationship once in their lives, maybe because they think they love the person. Think Gone Girl, Headhunters, Blue Valentine… Great stories about relationships. ‘My Last Duchess’ is more personal, and it has a fantastic twist.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing stories consistently as a hobby for about two and a half years, having been introduced to scriptwriting at university. However I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember! Not all of them were true, but screened drama never reflects truth. There’s just something satisfying about telling a story to someone and having them listen and experience the story themselves.

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

Dumb And Dumber. It’s an absolute classic of a comedy. Closely following is Forrest Gump, Drive and anything made by Stanley Kubrick.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhaal are the leading men of the new generation, and I think they’d be any writer/director/producer’s dream pairing. I had Garrett Hedlund in mind for the role of Thomas here with Bennett Miller to direct.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have two computers and lots of USB drives filled with scripts and story ideas. I have even more notebooks and scrap paper…

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

Accepting an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay isn’t likely to happen in five years. I’d love to have had a serial commissioned for a second season, whether that be on TV or on-demand streaming outlets.

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

I like to write my key scenes– where the audience are going to feel most gripped. After that I can plot my build-up. I write mostly at night when I can’t sleep, or when I have a long period of uninterrupted time. Then I go back and rewrite about 85% of it! Everything’s carefully planned, I just know the first draft is never as good as the second.

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

My main hobby at the moment is digital photography, as I see it as the primitive steps into filmmaking. I’ve always been a gamer as well, playing pretty every Final Fantasy game that’s ever been released. That’s probably where my affection for story-telling began. I’m also very much a family man. They will always come first.

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

Don’t waste a single line of script. If you can condense 3-4 lines of text into a sentence do it everywhere you can. And keep re-reading and re-writing. Network with as many people as you can as well. They don’t have to be industry professionals, as long as you can say, “I have this idea for a script, what do you think?”, they’re a useful contact.

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Deadline: SUBMIT your FEATURE Screenplay to the Writing Festival. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

– Get FULL FEEDBACK on your script. Winners get their script performed by professional actors at the Writing Festival!

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

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

DEADLINE TODAY: Submit your FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) to the SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL for only $10!

DEADLINE TODAY: Submit your FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) to the SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL for only $10!

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 past 1st scene winning readings:

FIRST SCENE: TEDDY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/teddy.html
December 2014 Reading
Written by Alvin Easter

FIRST SCENE – WAYFARERS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/wayfarers.html
November 2014 Reading
Written by Arnon Z. Shorr

FIRST SCENE – WHERE SERPENTS LIE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/where_serpents_lie.html
November 2014 Reading
Written by Tom Pavlock

1st SCENE SCRIPT READING – PROMISES
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/promises.html
October 2014 Reading
Written by Lee Forgang

1ST SCENE SCRIPT – CAHOOTS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/cahoots.html
September 2014 Reading
Written by Elan Carlson

1ST SCENE SCRIPT – MOTHER AND SON
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mother_and_son.html
September 2014 Reading
Written by David Serra

1ST SCENE SCRIPT – NIGHTDOVES
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/nightdoves.html
September 2014 Reading
Written by Matthew J. Lloyd

Q&A with Writer Tom Pavlock. 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

Feedback, and a chance to have a scene read by actors is what motivated me to submit to WILDsound. I enjoyed watching the reading of my script. It was very interesting to hear words spoken by actors that I had written.

– Writer Tom Pavlock

WHERE SERPENTS LIE is a Mystery/Thriller with a lot of twists and turns. It will keep you guessing. Watch the 1st scene reading performed in November 2014 now:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
FRANCES/LAUREN – Michelle Alexander
CARYN – Marsha Mason
CHET/JOHNNY – Geoff Mays
ART (TERRY) – Rob Notman
LOUIS/MARLON – Sean Ballantyne

WILDsound’s Matthew Toffolo chatted with Tom about this process and writing:

1. Matthew Toffolo: What’s your screenplay about?

Tom: “Where Serpents Lie” is about a Detective, Terry Naughton, who heads a crime unit known as CAY, Crimes Against Youth. Having lost a child himself, he dedicated his career to helping other children in harms way. “Serpents” is about a criminal called Horridus, who has been abducting children, dressing them as Angels, and letting them go, unharmed. The only clue he leaves is a piece of snakeskin tucked into the fabric of the Angels gowns. Terry believes that the actions of the Horridus will escalate, eventually leading to the children being harmed, or worse, killed.

At the beginning of the investigations, Terry is accused of actions, with evidence that seems 100% irrefutable, that puts him in a position to confront a dark past, as well as putting his career on the line. He is suspended, but continues to work the Horridus case behind the scenes while trying to find out who is framing him with these accusations.

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

Tom: First and foremost, it’s a good and interesting story. Terry is character, that has many layers, is likeable, but he still has these traits that don’t convince you 100% that he’s innocent of what he’s been accused of.

MT: What influenced you to write this screenplay?

Tom: I had read the book, as T. Jefferson Parker is a “friend of a friend” of my Wife, and it was sitting on her bookshelf. I then had a chance to meet Jeff at a barbeque, told him of my interest in writing screenplays, and asked him about this book. He was still in possession of the Rights, and at this point, being one of his older books, it probably wasn’t going to be sold to anyone. As an exercise in adaptation, I decided to adapt the book. The book is still on my shelf, only littered with hundreds of post-its marking pages, and noting sections to use or not use, in the script.

There’s a great twist that wraps up your first 10 pages and it immediately grabs your audience into knowing hat’s going to happen next. Can you give us a little tease on what’s going to happen in the upcoming pages?

Terry is drawn into another abduction case, and while at an event for the department, is confronted with evidence that appears to implicate Terry in a compromising situation with a minor. He is furious, removed from active cases, and while continuing to work with his unit behind the scenes, investigates who is framing him, and why.

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

Tom: I own 662 DVD’s and counting, so I like a wide variety of films. That being said, I can watch films like Se7en, All The Presidents Men. Chinatown, LA Confidential, films that involve characters who don’t necessarily get along with each other, but end up coming together to solve the crime, problem, whatever it may be. I like films that have a lot of characters with shades of gray. That being said, I’m always up for smart action films with characters like Bond, Bourne and McClane.

MT: What artists would you love to work with?

Tom: On the directing side, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, and it may sound cliché since he’s only done a few films, but Ben Affleck has a pretty impressive resume. Actors that I love that can elevate the material….Denzel Washington, Kevin Costner, George Clooney, Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, pretty stock answers, but they’re some of my favorites, and then names that aren’t always at the forefront of peoples minds, Guy Pearce and Mark Strong are couple that come to mind.

MT: What are you passionate about in life?

Tom: Writing, Baseball, Family, and to some degree, Politics……. not necessarily in that order J

MT: Do you have a set routine when writing? Any advice you like to give to other writers?

Tom: I don’t have a set routine, as I own a business with my Wife, which takes up a lot of time, so I have to find time to write. I do find myself constantly thinking about whatever idea I want to write about, and then when I get the chance, I get a lot of information down at one time. I don’t think there is any one way to write. Write when you can, as much as you can, and when you’re finished, go back and read it. Don’t try and rewrite as you go, because you will start to feel like you are never going to finish. I do outline, but I have a tendency to stray from it because a lot of times, a new idea or direction will form, which takes me in a completely new direction that I hadn’t thought of when I was doing the initial outline.

– Enjoy!