WILDsound Announces its Feature Screenplay Winners for September 2015

Watch readings of the two feature screenplay winners for September 2015.

Script #1 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legacy_feature_script.html

Genres: Supernatural, Thriller, Action

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Script #2 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_three_play.html

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS:

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.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
OLIVER – Gabriel Darku
SILVIA – Holly Sarchfield
BLAKE – Chris Reid-Geisler
MAGGIE – Allison Kampf
MARCO – Ben Hur
JOSEPHINE/PARKER – Angelica Alejandro

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Deadline: 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/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

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Winning Feature Script Reading: LEGACY by Marc W Johnson

Watch the Feature Screenplay Performance Reading of LEGACY:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Get to know writer Marc W. Johnson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

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

Because in my humble opinion, there hasn’t been a decent werewolf movie that ties the Grimm Fairytale of Red Riding Hood to the present day, and who doesn’t want to see an action packed werewolf movie with swords, guns and gore.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

Buffy meets Dog Soldiers.

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

That’s kind of a toss-up between Halloween (’78) Halloween II (’81), and Aliens. I love how the two Halloweens blend together, you can’t really watch one without the other, and Aliens, well, you got aliens, space marines, and firepower, what’s not to love.

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

Well, all screenplays, even “finished” ones are works in progress but, I have been working, and reworking this screenplay for about 3 years.

6. How many stories have you written?

To date, I have written two feature screenplays and three short screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to write an action packed werewolf movie with heart.

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

While working on this screenplay I attend college full time.

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

Meat and peanut M&M’s: honestly though, family and friends.

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

I had heard rumors the feedback was genuine, and it did NOT disappoint. It helped me get to what you are about to watch and enjoy! Thanks for that WILDsound!

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

Well, there are probably more experienced writers out there than I am at the moment and, as my granddad used to say “Free advice is worth what you pay for it.” However, at this point in my own journey, all I can be comfortable saying is – Always be open to feedback, and sleep on it before accepting it as gospel, or totally dismissing it. This is the only way you will become skilled as to whether those giving it know what they are doing.

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Deadline: 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/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

StagePlay Reading – GLUTTONY AND LUST ARE FRIENDS by Matthew Weaver

Watch the StagePlay Reading of GLUTTONY AND LUST ARE FRIENDS:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
GLUTTONY – Steve Rizzo
LUST – Alissa DeGrazia
HANNAH/CHARITY – Erynn Brook
PRIDE/SLOTH – Neil Kulin
TONY/WRATH – Ryan Anning
ENVY/GREED – Pip Dwyer

Get to know writer Matthew Weaver:

1. What is your stageplay about?

Two deadly sins, Lust and Gluttony, are bored with their daily routine. So they decide to mix things up by switching places, which means a sudden glut of erotic bakeries and a Japanese sumo wrestler being named the equivalent of People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Creatively restored by the switch, Lust and Gluttony talk the other sins into following suit, which throws the world out of balance and attracts the attentions of the virtues. Who are nobody’s idea of a picnic.

2. Why should this play be produced?

It probably shouldn’t – it’s got a very large cast, casts the seven deadly sins as heroes and is deceptively complex even though it’s fairly straightforward. But I think it’s a lot of fun, and it all takes place in a Chinese buffet. And did I mention there’s a Japanese sumo wrestler?

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

Lust and Gluttony find that even having oodles of sex and eating everything you could ever want gets old after a while.

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

Probably a tie between Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze

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

This has been a play I just can’t quite bring myself to give up on. I wrote the first draft in late 2012. I’m delighted to see it selected here for its world premiere.

6. How many stories have you written?

My comedy “Bed Ride” debuted at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., in the summer of 2013. My mystery “Aces are Feverish” will have its world premiere at Masquers in the summer of 2016. My short play “Feminine Care” was performed in Spokane by Ignite! Community Theatre and local community radio in 2012. My short play “The Girl Wore Red Licorice” was performed by Spokane Civic Theatre in the summer of 2014. In 2015, my one-minute plays “I Hope She Likes Me” and “Whispers” were performed as part of Stage Left Theater’s Fast and Furious short-play festival and the short play “Under an Iguana Moon” was written and performed as part of Stage Left’s Left Overs 24-hour play festival. We recently wrapped production on “Taking Care of Charlie,” a short film we will be entering in festivals.

7. What motivated you to write this stageplay?

I often joke that my vice of choice would be women, but since they’re not interested, it’s food. One day, I was thinking, if I could just change vices for a day … and then started thinking about how even though society still craves wealth, power, violence and sex, I bet it gets to be a real grind being Lust or Gluttony day after day. The rest of the play came together alarmingly quickly. I grew up on General Hospital’s quarreling Quartermaine family, so I love stories where families get together and bicker, and that’s really what this is at its heart.

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

I’ve sent it out into the world. I’m just hoping it finds people who take care of it and give it a good home.

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

I am passionate about family, friends, faith and fun. Also art and alliteration.

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

A very respected Spokane actor and director, Michael Weaver (no relation), retweeted about the opportunity on Twitter and I entered later that day. He’s been an online cheerleader as I’ve gone through the process. The feedback would have been helpful even if the play wasn’t selected for the festival. In particular, WILDsound recommended I take another look at the character of Sloth and stretch him beyond my initial concept as just a really sleepy guy. Overall, it was supportive feedback that showed someone else thinks there’s something here worth pursuing. Which is invaluable as a beginning playwright.

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

I write for an agriculture newspaper by day, and try to devote half an hour to creative writing after hours. Some days that half-hour goes by quickly. Other days, 30 minutes can loom. Some days the writing goes smoothly, and others it just plain is terrible. But I tell myself, “Thank heavens that’s over,” and on to the next day.

My brother Steven and I keep track of the Seven Deadly Sins the same way. When I called him during a writing session to figure out what the sins’ virtuous counterparts would be, he paused a moment and muttered, “OK, gluttony was the dead fat guy, the rich attorney was greed …” referencing the Brad Pitt-Morgan Freeman movie Seven. Or Se7en, if you prefer.

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Deadline: #STAGE #PLAY #Festival. Get play performed by #actors. FULL FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsound.ca/play_contest.html

WINNERS get their stageplay read at the Writing Festival.

WATCH the recent WINNING STAGEPLAY Readings –
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/stageplay_readings.html

Interview with Chris Payne, winning playwright (Veils of Justice)

    Watch the Winning Stage Play reading of ‘VEILS OF JUSTICE’ by Chris Payne

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
    Mazen Tomedo – Vince Jerad
    Lynn – Ida Jagaric
    Chris – Rob Salerno
    Doug – Jim Canale
    Gerrie – Danielle Nicole
    Miriam – Alissa DeGrazia

Matthew Toffolo interviews playwright Chris Payne:

Matthew: What is your stage play about?

Chris: A wife finds out that her husband has accused a young Saudi of beating, torturing and raping him, but the Muslim male defendant’s Jewish female’s lawyer shows evidence that indicates innocence – triggering the wife’s journey with her gay brother through fear, betrayals and prejudice in post 9/11 New York City.

Matthew: Why should this play be produced?

Chris: No shoulds… but the play could add value and draw paying audiences in several ways:

– Heighten a sense of connection and compassion between potentially antagonistic groups (Muslims/non-Muslims, Jews-Muslims, Straight-LGBT… an early draft received Honorable Mention from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation’s contest for plays based on actual events that position LCBT life in positive ways, Wives and Husbands when one is hiding LGBT orientation, etc.)

– Strengthen audience commitment to take a stand for justice by witnessing ordinary people caught in extraordinary decisions the force them to choose between fear and trust, loyalty and justice, safety and truth …and to deal with their own sexual prejudices and proclivities in many forms.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Chris: Five years.

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

Chris: African Queen. Close second: The Russians Are Coming.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Chris: Wishful thinking for this play: Maryann Plunkett as the wife. Too many wonderful Jewish actresses to choose for the Defense Lawyer and Prosecutor. Same for the attractive fit 30-something gay brother. Haaz Sleiman as Saudi defendant. Vincent D’Onofrio as the husband. Douglas Hughes Director.

Matthew: How many stories/stage plays have you written?

Chris: Stage Plays: Four full length plays (all in various stages of revision), six one acts. One Novel; One Book of Poems. Several stories.

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

Chris: Working with a theater group, (stage and/or online Internet, maybe even a social justice organization like the Center for Constitutional Rights or Human Rights Watch, but one that incorporates the power of theater to tell stories)…

… anyway, as I was saying before I started musing, in five years, I’d like to be working with a group that creates stage plays that capture stories about ordinary people around the world who have made extraordinary stands for fairness and justice.

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

Chris: I work a day job three days a week and write Fri-Mon, some evenings, sleeping late, seeing friends for lunch or dinner, writing the rest of the time. I used to layout the story, using my own mix of structures from Syd Fields, Robert McKee, Vogel’s version of Campbell’s Myth… but I’ve recently finished Hal Croasmun’s Pro Series and am part way into his Master Class where he synthesizes insights and gives daily assignments that imprint the techniques used by great writers to avoid boring exposition and heighten dramatic focus.

…But before, during and after I focus on structure, I go into a creative trance that follows the characters. Sometimes I haul them back in, sometimes, the characters loosen me up and make sure I change the structure.

Then I have the mortifying readings with talented, generous actors, interview them and willing audience members, then rewrite/revise, start over.

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

Chris: My children. My cat. Lovers. Friends from all around the world in New York City. Connecting with people in struggles for fairness and justice in ways that Archbiship Tutu and his Truth and Reconciliation folks would see as really fair, not partisan. (Everyone thinks their cause is fair and just – even Hitler – so the waters can get muddy. All sides in my play that WildSound is reading believe they are right.)

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Chris: I think a notice in Linked In’s Independent Theater Artists and Producers’ discussion group. I have had three table readings and learned/revised each time. But organized the readings, did a little coaching, had a director for some of the actors in the first reading, and another reading was after placing as Finalist in a contest. I applied to WildSounds because I think I will learn a lot by listening online to a reading where I have nothing to do with selecting or speaking with the actors about the story, characters or my intentions – either it will come through, or it won’t. More fodder for more rewrites!!

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

Chris: Not until I prove I can find a theater willing to produce my work and audiences who feel the time watching my plays – or, for some, interacting with them or discussing them after, was fun and had value for them.

WILDsound Festival January 2015 Summary: 49 video performances. 3 movies made

WILDsound began 2015 with a bang! Overall, 49 story videos were completed using the top acting talent in North America today. Plus, we made 3 short films: One adapted from a novel and two poems.

To submit your story or script to the festival and be showcased for future events, go to http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch the performance videos now:

FEATURE SCRIPT: THE FIREWORKS STAND
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_fireworks_stand.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by David M. Hyde

NOVEL READING – SERENITY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/serenity.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Tom Beakley

SHORT STORY – SHEPHERD’S HAVEN
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/shepherds_haven.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Joan Walters

IN THE CLEFT Chapter 10
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/in_the_cleft_chapter_10.html
January 2015 Novel Reading
Written by Dana L. Goodman

FIRST SCENE: MY LAST DUCHESS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/my_last_duchess.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Grant Reid

FIRST SCENE: DIETRICH DANZIG
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dietrich_danzig.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen

1st SCENE READING – DEATH GRIP
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/death_grip.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Tracy Sherwood

SHORT SCREENPLAY – THE PARTICULAR DAY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/a_particular_day.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Roberto Lezzi

BEST SCENE READING – I’M STILL HERE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/im_still_here.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

JANUARY 2015 Poetry Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/january_2015_poetry_readings.html
30 Poems
Performed by Alissa DeGrazia

WATCH VIDEO LOGLINE PITCHES
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/watch_video_logline_pitches.html
8 Pitches
Daily stories turned into movies.

Watch the movies:

SANDROS NOTEBOOK Part 3
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sandros_notebook_part_3.html
Novel turned into Movie
Written by Alberto Russo

POETRY MOVIE: A SILICIAN CURSE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/coming_to_syracuse_part_2.html
Part 2: Coming to Syracuse by Rollan McCleary

POETRY MOVIE: TOURISTS AND VISITORS TO SIRACUSA
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/coming_to_syracuse_part_3.html
Part 3: Coming to Syracuse by Rollan McCleary

Watch Veils of Justice, Winning Stage Play reading by Chris Payne

Stage Play Reading: VEILS OF JUSTICE
by Chris Payne

    Watch the FULL PLAY Reading NOW:

SYNOPSIS:

Accusations of violent rape and armed robbery by an established older American man against a young gay Saudi. If the accusations false, why? Can a Saudi get a fair trial in NYC after 9/11?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Mazen Tomedo – Vince Jerad
Lynn – Ida Jagaric
Chris – Rob Salerno
Doug – Jim Canale
Gerrie – Danielle Nicole
Miriam – Alissa DeGrazia

Deadline Feb. 10th: SUBMIT your FULL PLAY or 1st ACT PLAY. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events. FULL FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsound.ca/play_contest.html

WINNERS get their stageplay read at the Writing Festival.

WATCH the recent WINNING STAGEPLAY Readings –
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/stageplay_readings.html

Watch the January 2015 Poetry Readings

Watch the January 2015 Poetry Readings

12 Poems
Performed by Alissa DeGrazia

Submit your own POETRY and we’ll perform it or make it into a movie:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Whadya Think Dad?, Poem by Erle Mutz

there’s a hum, by cc lindh

To My Little One, Poem by June Helen Fleming

The Cold Steel Lamp Post

Napalm

May Your Best Perceive Me, Poem by Mr. Kim Lee Seagull

Magical

I Am The Imaginary Tree Of Light

Diet Business

Candy Apple Sisters, by Cheryl McNeil Fisher

Bacon In The Pig Slop, Poetry by Jim Larson

A Night To Remember