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WILDsound Announces its June 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay

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Watch the Winning Feature Screenplay Reading from June 2016. All screenplays performed by professional actors. Get to know the writer.

Feature Screenplay Reading: INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli

 

Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller

Synopsis:

A young man with a tortured past discovers that you really can go home again. To kill.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
AESOP – Alan Shonfield
EDSALL/DW – Allan Michael Brunet
JASON/SEYMOUR – David Strauss
CANDICE – Roselie Williamson

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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June 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay Reading: INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli

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INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli

Genre: Horror

Synopsis:

A young man with a tortured past discovers that you really can go home again. To kill.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
AESOP – Alan Shonfield
EDSALL/DW – Allan Michael Brunet
JASON/SEYMOUR – David Strauss
CANDICE – Roselie Williamson

Get to know writer Paul Corricelli:

1. What is your screenplay about?

INKED IN BLOOD is the story of a tortured, tattooed albino named Aesop Quarrels. Seventeen years after escaping from a living hell, he has returned to exact his revenge on all those who wronged him. One by one he will make them pay. Not only to mend the shattered pieces of his own life, but for his mother’s suffering as well.

Past horrors begin to unfold as he embarks on a twisting trail of carnage that will ultimately lead to Aesop facing the one man responsible for their suffering – his father, and in the process he will uncover a hidden family secret that threatens to tear him apart.

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

Inked In Blood has a memorable cast of characters that keep the story moving. It’s the kind of film that could develop a strong cult following. It also lends itself to a sequel and a continuing franchise.

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

Quirky and dark.

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

The Big Lebowski.

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

I actually wrote this screenplay several years ago, but wasn’t able to generate any interest in it. After letting it sit for a year and a half, I spent about four months rewriting it, and made some major changes. After entering it in a few contests I started placing in the finals of several contests, and then won a few.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have three completed screenplays, and a fourth that I’m currently rewriting. I also have a couple of shorts, and a new screenplay idea that I’m fleshing out.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

While writing random scenes as a writing exercise, It was the image and character of a tattooed Albino seeking revenge for the terrible things done to him in his youth that I first created. I wrote the scene with Aesop and Kim in the diner first, and felt like I had more story to tell with this character.

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

Because the story jumps around the timeline quite a bit, the biggest challenge was to keep the continuity correct. I also made an effort to keep the flashbacks to only those I felt were necessary to the story, since there are so many of them.

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

Photography. I do fine art photography on the side. I am also very interested in directing because of the photography.

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

I heard of the festival through friends and was intrigued by the live performance aspect. I was really thrilled with the feedback I received. I am always open to constructive feedback, and I’m always looking for ways to make my writing better. The feedback I got was extremely helpful and helped me to polish my story.

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

I think it’s important to have people who’s opinion you trust, and contests like this one, read your script and give you feedback. You also have to be open to new ideas and feedback. Don’t fall in love with your writing. You have to be willing to change, or cut things that don’t work. You may not always agree with the feedback you get, but it can often lead to new ideas as you work through it.

(It was feedback from a producer – who didn’t deal with my genre, that inspired me to rewrite Inked In Blood after setting it aside for far too long)

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene Screenplay: QUEST FOR MIHTE LUGH, by Ray Whittinger

Watch the June 2016 Winning Best Scene Fantasy Reading.

QUEST FOR MIHTE LUGH, by Ray Whittinger

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Jack was thought a dreamer and a fool, until he was abducted into the Balor’s wintery kingdom. Through trial and wit he is recognised as the prophesied Fairy King returning to revive the world.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
ORACLE – Allan Michael Brunet
JAMIE – Alan Shonfield
ELLIE – Roselie Williamson
JACK – David Strauss

Get to know writer Ray Whittinger:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A confused fairy changeling born at the winter solstice is abducted with siblings and secretly returned to the fairy world. Then discover they are Lugh, the heir to the Fairy Kingdom, the prophesied Saviour of the Universe. The siblings collide into a magical world of tricks, where monsters contend with angels, good meets evil and the last war to end all wars is in progress. Can the siblings complete their quest in time and find the pearls, before the vestiges of last summer’s light runs out?

“Quest for Mihte Lugh” is an exciting lost fairy story surviving from the Druid bards. As is the oldest fairy tale it reflects a pre-historic view of the world.

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

We are already in negotiations to make “Quest for Mihte Lugh” into a movie. If funding and other elements come together, you may be able to see this film at the cinema in a few years. This is only the beginning; we have two sequels in hand and another book to extend the films life.

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

Epic, fantasy

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

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is among the movies I have seen most times.

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

I started working on this project about six years ago as a Children’s animated TV pilot based on the first book I published in 2008. The pilot stirred a lot of interest from European broadcasters and international co-producers, but I could not get the deal I wanted. Knowing the significance of the brand, three years ago I started writing the film script.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written eight books many of them as series, a short film, five screenplay, and three five-minute plays for BBC local radio.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Nearly twenty years ago, I research material for a book called Naissance about millennial prophecies. I never completed it on time. In the process, I researched Celtic myths and prophecies only to discover I could link together the fragmentary stories into a more complex narrative describing the solar cycle. This became the basis of Mihte Lugh – the real story of the fairy king. It is the base legend for the medieval romances such as Mort De’Arthur and Merlin.

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

Book narratives are very different from screenplays in many ways. Books are about personal emotions and feelings, while films are about the visuality and drama. Mihte Lugh is particularly difficult because it has a specific world setting like Lord of the Rings and J K Rowling’s Harry Potter. Characters and narratives have to be consistent throughout a series.

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

I love studying history, family history and experiencing nature.

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

Wildsound is a great festival to develop and get feedback to further develop screenplays. The interludes between allow one to work on other project and be fresh to optimize one’s script.

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

William Nicholson told me screen writing was about story, but it is also about telling the right story, believing in it and making it happen.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

 

Best Scene Screenplay: AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, by Philip Naiman

Watch the June 2016 Winning Best Scene Comedy Reading.

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, by Philip Naiman

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis:

After being saddled with the care of a niece he has never met a gambler’s life becomes further complicated when he is unable to pay off his kid brother’s bad debt to a Vegas hood.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
CRYSTAL – Roselie Williamson
PUNTER – David Strauss
BOY – Alan Shonfield

Get to know the writer Philip Naiman:

1. What is your screenplay about?

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT is a comedy about a gambler whose apparent carefree world is challenged when he is reluctantly awarded custody of an orphaned niece he has never met while at the same time he tries to bail his kid brother out of a debt to Las Vegas hoods.

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

This is a comedy that relies on situations and character interaction. While the colourful characters are important it is the story that makes this screenplay. It is a story about family responsibility told in a humorous manner that I hope would appeal to a wide audience.

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

Two words kind of over simplifies one’s hard work but if pressed then I would say Luck and Responsibility.

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

I have watched several films over and over in all genres but for a comedy I never get tired of watching Abbott and Costello in THE NAUGHT NINETIES.

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

This screenplay has undergone several reincarnations but I started writing it in 2010 with another title and plot line, left it and came back to it about a year ago to bring it to its current state.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written 5 stories. The others are:
CROSSFIRE – an action drama set in 1992 Canada that was a Wildsound finalist and achieved an Award of Excellence at the 2011 Canadian Film Festival.
DOUBLE SHIFT – about twin hockey players who switch places when the superstar gets injured.
MY GUARDIAN ANGEL – about a father who tries to ensure that his family is taken care of – after he is fatally struck by lightning.
ANTHONY’S GIFT – (co-writer) about a recently invalid uncle who looks for divine intervention to give a most special gift to his nephew and best friend on his wedding day.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I enjoy comedy’s that take humorous looks at serious situations – good stories with good characters. I also enjoy horseracing. What would happen if a gambler’s world was forced to change?

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

The major obstacle was to create a screenplay where there were essentially two stories going on at the same time with one central character.

The Punter /Crystal story line is just as important as the Punter / Garrett story line, with the two stories coming together at the end. In workshops the feedback was quite favourable but in competitions the feedback was more about how the story should focus more on the Punter/Crystal plot line which was not the direction I wanted. So in the end I think I came up with a story that should satisfy competition judges and still be true to the tale that I wanted to tell.

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

I have a number of interests. Apart being in the field of physical rehabilitation for 35 years which I truly enjoy I also enjoy making videos of trips and events. Using photos , video clips and music to make DVD’s about events or vacations that I have been to. I have people ask me to do such projects for them. It’s something I really have a lot of fun with and people seem to enjoy.

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

I enter competitions that offer feedback. This is something that is important to me. This festival not only offers feedback but offers the author the chance to see scenes actually acted out. This is worth the price alone. It is also local which is quite unique. I did well the first time I entered a screenplay and was quite impressed with the process. The feedback is useful and helped me to understand what the industry is looking for.

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

. Since I have not sold anything it is difficult to tell another writer what works and what doesn’t. I would suggest that they try to get as much feedback as possible whether it be through workshops or competitions. If something consistently comes up, good or bad, then work with it. Don’t just take one person’s opinion but if the same critique occurs then at least you know that there may be something worth working on. As to how to get your screenplay into the hands of producers or directors and actually sell your product – I’m still working on that.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene Screenplay: SEED OF WOMAN, by Gary R Billings

Watch the June 2016 winning bible/family best scene reading.

SEED OF WOMAN, by Gary R  Billings

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Bible Drama, Unconventional Love Story, Family

A Bible-drama love story in which Eve, as the “helper”, leads a resistance movement against a world being taken over by evil.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
EVE – Roselie Williamson
ABEL – Alan Shonfield

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Eve is the quintessential mother who obviously thought she would fulfill the promise made by God regarding the virgin Mary. As it turns out she did produce the world’s first true martyr, Abel, so she was a type or shaddow of the virgin Mary. However, Eve is also the woman blamed for bringing sin into the world, so she is quite enigmatic. History tells us copper came into use about this time and Genesis tells us Cain founded the first city so it is not illogical to figure coins may have begun to be used. Moreover, given that Adam was assigned basically to be a farmer after the fall and this is what Cain did, we can add this relationship between the two into the plot. Finally Genesis also tells us of “enmity” between the woman (and her seed) and the serpent. According to New Testament teaching, Cain was “of the wicked one” (the serpent). But this story is also about a clashing of cultures and a very potent marriage relationship (made in the Garden) going awry. Genesis gives the date of Seth’s birth at 130 years after the fall offering us the approximate time of Abel’s martyrdom so a lot can happen in those years.

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

This movie could teach us about love between a man and woman being greatly a matter of humility. There isn’t a lot of room for pride. Also money should be secondary. In the end of the script Adam is rightly using the coins so it isn’t saying that the coins were evil or of the devil. However the movie is against greed and exploitation.

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

Love wins.

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

Two movies stand out as most watched: “The Devil’s Advocate” and an old movie from the seventies, “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” by Franco Zeffirelli.

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

About two or three years ago I began working on this fairly regularly.

6. How many stories have you written?

This will be my first story written.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Many factors play into my motivation for writting this. Maybe I could compare it to Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”. It was an extension of his faith but also something that came from his heart.

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

Many factors play into my motivation for writting this. Maybe I could compare it to Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”. It was an extension of his faith but also something that came from his heart.

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

I enjoy bicycling and the outdoors. My Christian faith is a big part of my life.

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

My initial choice was something practical. This festival makes good sense in the way it is done, e.g. every month. Regarding feedback, the feedback I’ve gotten with Wildsound has been consistent from the beginning. From the beginning I could tell the reader had thoroughly read and examined the script, not just superficially. In another contest I entered, one reader’s comments (and you could tell the difference) were not consistent with another. I haven’t felt that with Wildsound.

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

If you are going to invest in the enormous amount time required to write something really good, make sure it is worth reading and/or viewing. Otherwise don’t do it.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson