Winning Feature Screenplay – THE LAST PRISON by Richard Geiwitz

Watch the Winning AUGUST 2017 Screenplay. 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy,

Judith, known as the “Mother Creator” by her robots, faces a takeover when the robots feel they are not being treated fairly.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Judith: Mandy May Cheetham
R-14: Angelica Alejandro
Reeve: Ryan Yusep
Alain: Peter Mark Raphael
Joshua: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The story follows Judith, a robotics genius who designed and programmed robots to mine a moon of Saturn, which is uninhabitable to man. The bots are designed to think independently and problem-solve. There are three series: administrative, worker and repair. The workers begin to resent their assigned role. They want more input into running the colony. The administrators disagree, citing their assigned programs. There’s a worker’s strike, exports stop and Judith is sent to face her creations, wondering if they are now smarter than she.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The main genre is Sci-Fi, but social and political as well.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

 This screenplay should be made into a movie because it will be an entertaining drama set in another world, while also being thought-provoking. It looks into the future of man versus machine, creator versus creation, but also takes a look at society today.

How would you describe this script in two words?

 Frighteningly possible.

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

 “Network,” the most visionary film of all time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

 It was written in the mid-eighties. If I recall correctly, it took about 6-8 months. My inability to land an agent put it on the shelf for a long time. I converted it into a novella, but didn’t sell it. I recently turned it back into a screenplay, updating certain technical aspects and reworking dialogue. Maybe the third time is the charm.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written ten feature screenplays, three short scripts and two treatments. So, far, they’ve won or placed in 71 contests. There are a few other scripts from the past I might update along with new projects in the works.

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

 “Pride” – U2

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

 Technical issues. Computers, programs and robotics were different in the 1980s when this was first written. Researching the recent rewrite was fascinating. Also, creating the future as envisioned today. Of course, this is a more social issue story than scientific. So putting the Bible and Plato’s Republic into outer space was interesting.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love Asian culture, philosophy and architecture. I’m fascinated by the Feng Shui design of ancient cities in China and Japan. I love watching movies and TV series from around the world, stories you can’t find in Hollywood.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s easy to use and actually fun, like shopping on Amazon. There are a lot of festivals to choose from. It’s easy to search for festivals and the many filters save a lot of time.

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

I’ve always liked the feedback. It really points out what needs another look. Other scripts I’ve entered haven’t won, so I was completely shocked when this one did. I had to read the email a couple extra times before I believed it.

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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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WILDSOUND PERFORMER: ALLAN MICHAEL BRUNET

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

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ACTOR ALLAN MICHAEL BRUNET

Height: 5’11

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

ACTORTV SPEC – JESSIE “We Don’t Have a Clooney”
April 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri
ACTORBest Scene – LEGACY
April 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
ACTORTV SPEC – COUGAR TIME “Jammin Me”
April 2015 Reading
Written by Felicity Flesher
ACTORTV PILOT – FAUST
April 2015 Reading
Written by Niel Thompson
ACTOR1st Scene – FLAT PENNIES
April 2015 Reading
Written by Robert Ward

 

ACTORTV SPEC SCRIPT – FAMILY GUY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Dan Chan
ACTORTV SPEC SCRIPT – IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
June 2015 Reading
Written by Keith Black
ACTORTV PILOT SCRIPT – SEX THERAPY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Michelle J Brezinski
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – WALK WITH THE DEVIL
June 2015 Reading
Written by Alison C. Hall
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – ENGINEEMBRYO
June 2015 Reading
Written by Jon Sturgess
ACTORBEST SCENE SCRIPT – HELTER SHELTER
June 2015 Reading
Written by Yancey Derringer Banks
ACTOR1st Scene – STILL IN THE GAME
April 2015 Reading
Written by George R. Flowers
ACTORTV SPEC – Bob’s Burgers
November 2015 Reading
Written by Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato
ACTORBEST SCENE – Comic Cons
December 2015 Reading
Written by Peter Harmon & Larry Postel
ACTORBEST SCENE – Seeking Will Ferrell
December 2015 Reading
Written by Rob Ingalls
ACTORBEST SCENE – On Three
December 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vassie
ACTORTV PILOT – Vincent Locke: Villain-At-Law
December 2015 Reading
Written by Christiaan Alexander Kutlik
ACTORTV SPEC – The Americans
December 2015 Reading
Written by Addison A.A. Bhuyan
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INKED IN BLOOD
June 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Corricelli
ACTORShort Screenplay – DEATHS LADY LOVE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – SEED OF THE WOMAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gary R. Billings
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – QUEST FOR MIHTE LUGH
June 2016 Reading
Written by Ray Whittinger
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – THE MESSIAH PROJECT
June 2016 Reading
Written by David E. Baugnon

WILDsound Announces its June 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay

Submit your Feature Screenplay to the Festival Today: http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

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

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

Watch the June 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay

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

 

Watch 1st Scene Winning Script Reading STILL IN THE GAME (with interview)

And I have been very pleased with the feedback from WILDsound; in fact, it inspired a reworking of the entire screenplay. And I think it is much stronger as a result.

– Writer George Flowers

    Watch STILL IN THE GAME by George Flowers:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
    Barkley – Allan Michael Brunet
    Mel – Dan Fox
    Hooker – Pip Dwyer
    Kelly – Dan Cristofori
    Prostitute – Christina Aceto
    Karen – Krista Morin

Matthew Toffolo interviews George Flowers:

What is your screenplay about?

In short, STILL IN THE GAME is about two American men – one a 75-year-old comic, and the other a 78-year-old salesman – who reject the notion that retirement means that life’s productive period is over. Baseball great Yogi Berra’s famous quote: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” captures their spirit well, as they strive to milk every last drop of fun and adventure out of their remaining years (months, weeks, days).

Why should this script be made into a movie?

It’s hard to find a comedy today that is not laced with sexual and other profanities. I tried to lace this screenplay with comedy, and spice it with a slightly racy subtext (Barkley’s desire to have sexual relations with young women) and some occasional risqué moments. [By the way, he never has sex with young women (he’s a dreamer, which is why the script opens with a dream sequence]; later in the film, he has an opportunity to have a sexual tryst with a young woman, and he rejects her, later explaining to a friend: “I’ve had milk older than she is.”]

How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing articles on show business, travel and food, as well as news stories and commercials for broadcast, for many years. I’ve been writing screenplays for about five years. In 1977, I wrote a manuscript for a novel; it was never published, although at one point it was being considered for an “ABC Movie of the Week.”

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

“Blazing Saddles.” Easily a dozen times over the years. But I gravitate to most anything Mel Brooks as often as possible.

What artists would you love to work with?

To work with, period! –

Jack Nicholson: An extraordinary talent who milks every drop out of every line, and always manages to steal the scene.

Morgan Freeman: He brings depth to his performances that I rarely see from today’s young crop of actors. He’s a class act, who never overacts, is smooth, and is always absolutely believable.

Sean Penn: I believe that Penn is what James Dean would have become, had he lived – a gifted, emotionally explosive presence in Hollywood – on-screen, as a writer, and as a director. He has matured wonderfully since the ‘80s.

Meryl Streep: She is versatile and just amazingly in-touch with the characters she plays – that is, she becomes so genuinely the person she is playing that she appears just to be living her life, and we are bystanders.

Anthony Hopkins: He is a magnificent actor, skilled in his craft in much the same way that Brando and Olivier were.

To work with in the role of Barkley –

I would love to have worked with Walter Matthau; in fact, the Barkley character was created as an homage or sorts to him. Matthau was a superb actor, who moved effortlessly between dramatic and comedic roles, although I feel his comedic work was his best. Others who could have played him are Leslie Nielsen and Jack Klugman. Elliot Gould could possibly play him today. I could easily see Jerry Stiller playing Barkley, too, although he’s too old for the part.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Screenplays: Six (STILL IN THE GAME is my first). Stories (articles and news stories, mostly): Thousands (I’ve written about a thousand articles in the last 25 years; news stories: countless (I’m a broadcast journalist); commercials, many hundreds over the years for radio and television.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

In my 30s again (I’m 68).

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I come up with a screenplay idea, and write about it (stream of consciousness) for a while, just to see where it goes. If it feels like a promising beginning – if the concept feels good, and the characters feel rich, I then write what I feel will be the last few scenes (on the belief that I have to know where I’m going in order to get there); the ending isn’t cast in stone – it may change, but at least I can plot a course and travel it.

Regarding character development, I have a lengthy interview process, where I interview myself as each major character. I need to know their life experiences: where they came from, what their parents did, what influenced them (positively and negatively). I write a sort of bible on each character. In a screenplay, we meet every character mid-life, and where they came from determines how and where they go forward.

I don’t have a set writing routine; the creative process respects no rules. When the juices are flowing, the fingers must be typing, and keep typing until the flow ends.

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

Eliminating injustice, doing away with racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and xenophobia, and counteracting climate change before it’s too late. (In other words, I want to be Miss America.) But they’re all true. I majored in psychology in college, and one of my professor’s used the term “generativity” to mean leaving the world a better place for those who follow. That is what I am passionate about!

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? Did you enjoy the feedback you received?

I read the festival’s information on Film Freeway, and it sounded intriguing – and manageable: just the screenplay’s first ten pages; we’re not analyzing character development, arcs and plot resolutions – just the first few pages to see if viewers would get hooked. Nice!

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

There’s a story I tell when I speak with young writers; I’m not certain that it’s true, but its message certainly is. Allegedly, Earnest Hemmingway was scheduled to speak before an assembly of aspiring writers at a major university. Hundreds of students sat in the auditorium with pencils in-hand, waiting for the great Hemmingway to share his secrets for writing the great American novel. The author is said to have walked onto the stage, taken his place at the lectern, and paused for more than a few moments, just looking out at those assembled. When he spoke, he was short and to the point. He reportedly said: “So … you all want to be writers, eh? Then what the hell are you doing here? Why aren’t you home writing?” – and then he walked off the stage. There’s no substitute for exercising your creative muscles. Use them, or lose them. And best of luck to all of us.

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Watch COUGAR TOWN TV Spec Screenplay Winner (plus Interview)

One of the biggest reasons I entered WILDsound was the feedback aspect. Not a lot of contests offer that. What I heard back about my script was spot on and I was able to process the comments to come back with a stronger script.

– Screenwriter Felicity Flesher

    Watch COUGAR TOWN “Jammin Me” TV Screenplay by Felicity Flesher:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
    Jules – Pip Dwyer
    Ellie – Krista Morin
    Grayson – Dan Cristofori
    Andy – Allan Michael Brunet
    Bobby – Dan Fox
    Travis – Ryan Anning
    Laurie – Christina Aceto

Matthew Toffolo interviews Felicity Flesher:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“Jammin’ Me” is a Cougar Town spec script. In this episode, Jules and the Cul de Sac Crew’s world implodes when there is a wine drought.

2. Why does this script fit into the context of the show?

A wine drought is just about the worst possible thing that could happen to Jules and the Crew. And thus, one of the most hilarious. They have to scramble and take action to preserve their livelihood while breaking apart at the seams.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

For almost all of my life, my favorite movies have been the Indiana Jones trilogy. Growing up, I thought this meant that I should be an archaeologist and I started building my life around that career path. However, sometime in high school, I started getting into filmmaking and I realized that the career that really attracted me was that of the people that made Indiana Jones, not the character himself. Ever since, I’ve been dedicated to writing stories.

4. What TV shows did you watch when you were a kid?

I was a weird kid with weird parents, so the shows that interested me were a lot of the older British ones like Are You Being Served?, Allo, Allo, Sherlock Holmes, etc. While I want to be a good ‘Murican, I’m still drawn to a lot of shows from across the pond like QI and The IT Crowd probably because it’s a sensibility and humor that I was exposed to as I was developing my own voice.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

One of my favorite artists is Ray McKinnon, who won the Oscar for his short film “The Accountant” and who now gives us Rectify. I love his take on the South and I think it’s a perspective that has been missing for a long time. I also love a lot of the more stylized film directors like Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright, the Coen Brothers and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and how they are able to use their visuals in interesting ways to support great stories. In the comedy world, there are far too many artists that I’d kill to work with, so I won’t bore you with a list.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

This Cougar Town script is actually the first television script I ever wrote. It began as an assignment for a college class and the experience and feedback spurred me to continue hacking away in TV.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

In 5 years, the dream would be to work on a writing staff with cool people writing stuff that moves us and makes us laugh. My first job in Hollywood was as a PA on The Odd Couple where I was able to see a writing staff that worked hard, but clearly enjoyed each other’s presence and cracking jokes with their friends all day. I hope that one day I can be a part of a similar community.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

About that writing routine… I need to work on getting one of those.

My process often begins with a set of notes I keep that range anywhere from a full plot to a character name that inspires me to a funny phrase I heard one day. Sometimes it’s those smallest details that are peculiar enough to warrant a full script for me.

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

There is life beyond a video screen???

But actually, I enjoy playing tennis and still hold a great deal of passion for my alma mater, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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

Dear Writers — you people enjoy reading advice, but maybe ignore people like me for a while, stop procrastinating, and just start telling your own stories.

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