SHORT Screenplay Reading – EVERYONE HAS THEIR DEMONS, by Dustin Prince

Watch the August 2017 Winning Short Screenplay.

Genre: Thriller, Comedy

The willpower of a recovering alcoholic is put to the test when he takes shelter from the apocalypse in a sports bar.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
John: Nick Wicht
Luke: David Occhipinti
Pop Star: Michael Lake
Business Woman: Alicia Payne

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

One man’s struggle to stay sober against all odds.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy/sci-fi

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

All characters has a strong presence.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Risk/Reward

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

The Punisher

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two days to write and one to revise.

How many stories have you written?

Nine.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Arctic Monkeys- when the sun goes down

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding the proper ending.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sometimes passionate with my wife….if I’m lucky.

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

To receive proper and helpful feedback that we actually put to good use. Thank you!

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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Best Scene from 3 FAMILIES Screenplay Written by J.D. Poland

Watch the Winning September 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from 3 FAMILIES Screenplay
Written by J.D. Poland

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romantic Comedy

At its heart, it’s about unselfish love along with the challenges of cultivating integrity and bravery, given internal limitations and external pressures.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
FIONA – Alicia Payne
VIRGINIA – Katelyn Varadi
PAUL – Peter Mark Raphael
THOMAS- Nick Hendrick Wicht
VINCENT – Kheon Clarke

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

At its heart, it’s about unselfish love along with the challenges of cultivating integrity and bravery, given internal limitations and external pressures.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s a screwball romantic comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s fun for all ages. While it has universal appeal, it has particular appeal to a large, but under-served demographic: Asians. And it portrays strong, intelligent women.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fast-moving romp. Is that 3 words?

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

When I was 8, I talked my parents into letting me see Star Wars 8 times. I slipped a few Star Wars references into the B-story.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The idea came to me about a year ago. I spent 6 months letting it rattle around in my head, 3 weeks creating an outline, and 3 weeks in Kathmandu, Nepal, writing the first draft. It’s the second screenplay I’ve written in Kathmandu.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve got 4 features and 4 shorts under my belt.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A funny thought and time on my hands.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writing in Kathmandu has its obstacles, but that’s part of the reason why I like to write there. Because of power-rationing, there’s only electricity for a few hours a day. So I can write while there’s power and while I have battery left. And WIFI is unreliable at the budget guesthouses I prefer. But those limitations impose a discipline and urgency that I struggle to maintain in a more developed country. Probably my greatest obstacle was maintaining my sense of humor in the face of the destruction caused by the earthquake…and no tandoori thanks to India holding up gas shipments. Nepal without tandoori is like sex without orgasm.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Business analysis and Buddhism – basically anything beginning with a B.

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

Good advice? Let’s see. Always begin with the end in mind. Make sure there’s a point to your story (and you know what that is). Outlining is super helpful. And when you’re finally ready to hammer out the first draft, try to create an environment/routine that encourages discipline and a sense of urgency.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

 

 

WILDSOUND PERFORMER: ALICIA PAYNE

Watch the readings performed by the actor at the weekly writing festival.

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ALICIA PAYNE, Actor Page

ACTOR ALICIA PAYNE

Height: 5’7

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

ACTOR1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller
ACTOR1st Scene – SPARKS
February 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel
ACTORTV PILOT – ERASER
February 2015 Reading
Written by Kim Godfrey
ACTORTV SPEC – CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
February 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Melara
ACTORTV SPEC – VEEP
February 2015 Reading
Written by Emily Cirillo
ACTORFeaure Script – HOPE IS NOT A BLACK & WHITE RAINBOW
March 2014 Reading
Written by Harold L. Brown
ACTORStage Play Reading – BEYOND THE GLASS
March 2016 Reading
Written by Francis DiClemente
ACTORFan Fiction Screenplay – MAGNUM P.I.
March 2016 Reading
Written by Lew Ritter
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin
ACTORShort Screenplay – LEROY’S DREAM
March 2016 Reading
Written by Diarra McCormick

Full Stage Play Reading – BEYOND THE GLASS by Francis DiClemente

Watch the Spring 2016 Winning Stage Play Reading.

BEYOND THE GLASS Stage Play Table Reading:

SYNOPSIS:

Beyond the Glass is a two-act dramatization of Edward Hopper’s painting Nighthawks. It is a conceptual, philosophical work driven by one of the diner’s customers, Ray, who wrestles with an existence he abhors but cannot alter.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ED – Ucal Shillingford
CAROL – Alicia Payne
RAY – Kari-Michael Helava
JAMES – Rob Notman

Get to know writer Francis DiClemente:

1. What is your stage play about?

The play is about a man—the lead character Ray—who rails against an existence he despises. Locked inside the diner, Ray strives to find an exit; but he fails and he must come to terms with his fate.

2. Why should this play be produced?

I think that’s a question someone else will need to decide, if the work is worthy of production. The story interests me because I think people can relate to Ray’s struggle. Who hasn’t felt stuck in a life situation before, e.g. a low-income job, a failing relationship, etc.?

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

Locked-in.

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

It’s a Wonderful Life

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

The kernel of the idea formed in the late 1990s. I started one version and then shelved it around 2006. I put the project on the back burner and picked it up again a couple of years ago. It took me about a year to write the updated draft (since I work full-time as a video producer and write in my off hours), and then a few more months to do multiple revisions.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written many poems, essays, stories and a few screenplays and stage plays.

7. What motivated you to write this play?

Initially, Hopper’s image drew me in—the four figures suspended in the warm yellow light of an urban diner at night. I love the time period, the 1940s, and the painting seemed like it could have been a scene from a film noir movie. Many people also see the work as a metaphor for urban loneliness. The more I looked at the painting, though, I felt drawn to the figure seated next to the woman. This figure—the character Ray in the play—seemed filled with angst and I wondered what was going on with him. Much has been made about the fact that Hopper never painted a door to the diner. So I started exploring the idea, “What if they can never leave?” And the fixed, locked location and limited characters made the story seem well suited for the stage.

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

My first draft in the early 2000s did not work at all because I tried to make it so Ray could leave the diner. So I thought about what would happen to him in the outside world, where he would go, how he would survive, etc. He ended up coming out of the painting in the Art Institute of Chicago and then roaming the streets of the city. It seemed artificial and forced to me. When I picked up the play again a couple of years ago, I decided that he would never get out of the diner. That was my breakthrough because from that point on, Ray kept trying to get out but all of his attempts failed. I think it made the drama more simple and direct.

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

Sports, especially hockey (go Rangers), movies, music, art, news, etc.

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

I entered the festival because I had worked on the play for a long time and I wanted to get some feedback, to see if the story made sense to anyone else and what areas would need improvement. The feedback was helpful, and I worked to streamline the text. I still see the play as being in development and a work in progress.

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

I don’t really feel qualified to give advice. But the only thing I would say is write the story you want to write—the project you feel most passionate about—even if other people tell you it won’t work. Also, when you’re in the first draft stage, resist the urge to self-edit. Let it all come out in the first draft and then make sense and order out of the piece when you revise it.

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Biography:

Francis DiClemente lives in Syracuse, New York, where he works as a video producer. He writes in his spare time and is the author of three poetry chapbooks. His blog can be found at francisdiclemente.wordpress.com and he’s on Twitter @FranDiClem.

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

Short Screenplay Reading – LEROY’S DREAM by Diarra McCormick

March 2016 Winning Short Screenplay

Watch LEROY’S DREAM Table Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
LEROY – Ucal Shillingford
DARYL – Rob Notman
SONYA – Alicia Payne

Get to know writer Diarra McCormick:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a disgruntled hardworking father struggling to communicate with his combative alcoholic wife who must find the strength to pursue his true passion of becoming a world renowned painter.

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

This screenplay should be made into a film because this story needs to be told. It’s universal and inspirational. Everyone has a dream that they would like to come into fruition, whatever that dream may be. This story not only displays the harsh realities and struggle to get there, but also the satisfaction of making progress. It also continues to shed light on the struggles of living in New Orleans.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Triumphant struggle

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

Friday

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this screenplay for a month.

6. How many stories have you written?

20+

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

New Orleans has a lot of talented visual artists who are stuck working two and three low-paying jobs just to pay the exceptionally high rent that has skyrocketed since Hurricane Katrina. These artists motivated me to shed light on this situation from their perspective and the fact that some communities still haven’t been rebuilt.

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

I was very indecisive about the ending, until I realized that simpler was better.

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

Acting, dancing, modeling, and inspiring others.

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

What influenced me to enter the festival was my desire to take a chance on myself and share my story with others. What better way to do it than to enter a festival? I’m glad I did because I have a chance to be heard. My feelings on the initial feedback was that it was a good interpretation of the summary of my story.

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

Don’t be afraid to take a chance on yourself. Rejection is the worst feeling ever, no matter what it is you’re pursuing in life. For writers, it’s important for people to see it and get feedback, so submit your work to festivals. Festivals can become expensive, so make sure you share your writing with different people from all walks of life who don’t mind reading it. You’ll be glad you did.

 

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

WILDsound Performer March 6th Event: ALICIA PAYNE

Actor will be performing at the March 6 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival

alicia_payne.jpgALICIA PAYNE

Height: 5’7

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Watch the screenplays the actor has performed in the past at the festival:

ACTOR1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller

ACTOR1st Scene – SPARKS
February 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel

ACTORTV PILOT – ERASER
February 2015 Reading
Written by Kim Godfrey

ACTORTV SPEC – CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
February 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Melara

ACTORTV SPEC – VEEP
February 2015 Reading
Written by Emily Cirillo

ACTORFeaure Script – HOPE IS NOT A BLACK & WHITE RAINBOW
March 2014 Reading
Written by Harold L. Brown

WILDsound Performer: ALICIA PAYNE

See the 100s of actors who performed at the Writing Festival in 2015:http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/wildsound_performers.html

ALICIA PAYNE: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/alicia_payne.html

Height: 5’7

Hair: Black

Eyes: Brown

Alicia acted on the TV Festival night in February 2015, acting in an original TV Pilot and a spec for the shows “Veep” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

CLICK the links and watch Alicia perform in the screenplays:

ACTOR1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller

ACTOR1st Scene – SPARKSFebruary 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel

ACTORTV SPEC – VEEP
February 2015 Reading
Written by Emily Cirillo

ACTORTV SPEC – CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
February 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Melara

ACTORTV PILOT – ERASER
February 2015 Reading
Written by Kim Godfrey

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