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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1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its September 2015 Winners

Watch the Winning Readings for the 1st Scene and Short Screenplay Winners

Script #1 – 1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IS ALL IN
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gwen Goodkin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/how_to_hold_it_all_in.html

SYNOPSIS:

How to Hold it All in is about a guy who’s lost the loves of his life.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
LYLE – Gabriel Darku
MARV – Ben Hur
CHIC-JINX – Chris Reid-Geisler

Script #2 – 1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gary Makin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/facsimile.html

SYNOPSIS:

In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
WOMAN – Laura Kyswaty
MORALES – Ben Hur
ORTIZ/DRIVER – Gabriel Darku
TAXI DRIVER – Chris Reid-Geisler
EVERS – Holly Sarchfield

Script #3 – SHORT SCRIPT – PTSD
September 2015 Reading
Written by Paul Myerberg
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/ptsd.html

SYNOPSIS:

A PTSD soldier, living on the streets, finds his anonymity shattered when he saves a woman from assault.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sara Price
MAX CARNEY – Sako Kababji
NEPTUNE – Elizabeth Owens Scidmore
KATRINA – Kelly Daly
GANGBANGER – Adam Martignetti
COUNSELOR – Nick Baillie
POLICEMAN – Dan Cristofori

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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

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

Feature Screenplay Reading of THREE PLAY, by John-Arthur Ingram

Watch the Feature Script Performance Reading of THREE PLAY:

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

Get to know writer John-Arthur Ingram:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s a romantic comedy about being loved for who you really are.

Logline: 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.

(My Best Friend’s Wedding meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Oliver is planning to come out to Blake and Silvia at a production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in a city park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What he doesn’t realize is that Blake and Silvia have been sleeping together. This becomes evident when he catches them having sex backstage. After all the secrets spill out over a confrontation, Oliver moves to LA and cuts them out of his life.

One year later, Blake and Silvia are getting married Tulsa. Blake wants Oliver there for a chance to reconcile their friendship before the wedding day. Silvia doesn’t. It takes a guilt trip from Oliver’s mother to persuade him to come back to Tulsa. Under Blake’s insistence, Oliver and Silvia attempt to resolve their friendship. This is done over pot brownies and wine at a theater production in the SAME city park as before. Oliver confesses his long time crush on Blake and desire to be Silvia. She confesses guilt about the past and cold feet about the future. And with a wish, Oliver and Silvia switch bodies.

Now, it’s two days before the wedding and the duo scramble to keep the switch a secret while looking for a way to fix their problems.

First things first. The rules: Oliver cannot sleep with Blake. Silvia cannot out Oliver to his mom, Josephine.

Meanwhile, Josephine is refusing the advances of a handsome suitor. She’s struggling to move on with her life after divorce; believing her husband is coming back. .
From a trip to the gun club, indoor soccer bachelor party, and hotel after party, Oliver and Silvia navigate the bachelor/bachelorette party in their new bodies. However, things gets crazy when, Marco, an old college friend, comes out to Oliver as Silvia and announces his love for Oliver. Blake questions his sexuality when Silvia as Oliver tries to seduce him. Everything unravels at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding forcing Oliver and Silvia to confront a decision about the future.
Ultimately, Oliver has to take ownership of his sexual identity and forgive Silvia by letting go of Blake. Silvia has to overcome her guilt and cold feet. Both have to stop being selfish. But will they switch back?

In the course of three days, we get a body swapping comedy that explores the theme: Being you is a constant you can never escape.

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

Because I want to see these diverse group of characters represented in a story like this. Because this damn script won’t leave alone. Because I’m afraid of seeing too much of myself in this story. Because this script was one of the most fun I had writing and it helped shape my artistic goals.

3. How would describe this story in one sentence?

It’s a cautionary tale about stealing your ex’s body to bang your best friend.

4. What movie have I seen the most in my life?

Let’s just say the original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones are a given. With that in mind, it’s tie between The Rocketeer and Home Alone.

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

3 years. 3 complete rewrites. 6 revised drafts.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

— 4 original TV pilots
— 3 TV specs
— 3 co-written feature specs
— 2 writer for hire feature scripts
— 1 solo feature specs so far…Three Play!

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

John, your problem is you feel like you need to actually be a woman to get the men you want. Stop using your anatomy as an excuse for not meeting guys. Own your identity. The men will come…in that way. —From a patient friend

This prompted my story premise: What if a 6’5 gay male became a short straight woman—better yet, his ex-girlfriend? Would that cure the insecurity? What would that teach him? I wrote this screenplay to find out. That was three years ago.

I took a little nostalgia from living in Tulsa, a little unresolved ex-girlfriend issues, a high school crush on one of my guy best friends, and mixed them in a body swapping rom-com blender.

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

A) The body swap. Where and how to do it. The earliest drafts of the story had a very different mythology about the swap that led me off a cliff. There was a transgender fairy, a dance sequence, and an alternate reality. I lost myself.

B) Their names. How to label them in the script after the swap. Nobody who read the script could agree on what to label Oliver and Silvia when they swapped. I read the scripts for Face Off and The Change Up. Neither changed the names and I thought made it easier on the eyes to read in the text. So I kept the names consistent which leads to…

C) Making sure Oliver and Silvia had distinct voices and attitudes that could be followed/identified in dialogue during the switch.

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

English Football. I’ve been a Liverpool FC fan since I was nine years old! YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE.

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

This is the 5th or 6th time I’ve submitted a script to WILDsound over the past few years. But this is the first time I’ve actually broken through to the next round and will have something read. Haha. So thank you for that.

I think it’s the timely and respectful feedback that has influenced me to enter the festival. For a reasonable price, I can get insightful feedback and a chance to have it read aloud. And it’s a chance you get monthly, which is cool.

Feelings on the initial feedback: relief.

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

“Never tell me the odds.” Seriously, they’re frightening in this industry.

Just write the movie you want to see the best way you can. Over and over and over til you’re dead… then write some more. Writing is the only thing we have control of.

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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

1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE, by Gary Makin

Watch the 1st Scene Reading of FACSMILE:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
WOMAN – Laura Kyswaty
MORALES – Ben Hur
ORTIZ/DRIVER – Gabriel Darku
TAXI DRIVER – Chris Reid-Geisler
EVERS – Holly Sarchfield

Get to know writer Gary Makin:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s set in a future where people rely on technology too much, but everything is hackable. A future with no privacy – not even inside your own mind. A future where corporations rule, and in this case, play God.

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

It’s a very visual, suspenseful story with strong action scenes and some cool ideas. You’d definitely get a good trailer out of it.

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

In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated.

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

Probably Raiders of the Lost Ark – I watched it every Sunday morning as a kid for several months. Blade Runner is my favourite film though.

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

I wrote an earlier version in 2002 – it had a different plot, but some of the same ideas; such as 3D printed cars and guns, which have since come true. I wrote notes on this version in 2006, an outline in 2008, and a first draft in 2010.

6. How many stories have you written?

I started writing spec scripts for TV; five of those, plus three screenplays more recently.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Minority Report was coming out, and I wanted to write something similar. Something neo-noir in the science fiction genre.

Plus, getting an agent or winning contests with teleplays for existing TV shows was probably going to be harder.

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

Procrastination and perfectionism – a killer combination. Some personal issues also got in the way.

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

Movies, science and technology, geopolitics, cups of tea.

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

I actually entered just for the feedback – I didn’t expect to win. The feedback was all positive, so I was obviously pleased.

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

Watch movies, read movies, read about writing movies.

Treat it like a 9 to 5 (if you can), enter contests (it’s probably the best way in if you don’t know anyone in the industry), take classes (some are free), and get feedback (coverage if you can afford it).

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Deadline: 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:

1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IT ALL IN, by Gwen Goodkin

Watch the 1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IT ALL IN:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
LYLE – Gabriel Darku
MARV – Ben Hur
CHIC-JINX – Chris Reid-Geisler

Get to know writer Gwen Goodkin:

1. What is your screenplay about?

How to Hold it All in is about a guy who’s lost the loves of his life.

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

It has a solid plot and suspense. Pathos, but also commercial appeal.

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

A WWII veteran attends his ex best friend’s funeral and reflects on what drove them apart.

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

The Wizard of Oz.

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

I started it right before I had a baby last November. I’ve just picked it up again after a break, so in terms of actual time spent writing? Not very long. But I’ve been working on the short story, on and off, since 2005. It’s evolved a lot over time.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve had 6 stories published (http://gwengoodkin.com/stories-essays/), but I’ve written a lot more than that. “How to Hold it All in” was published in July by Atticus Review as part of their Tales from the VFW series. https://flipboard.com/@atticusbooks/tales-from-the-vfw-18j7efg0y

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was beginning to think the short story wouldn’t be published and, one way or the other, I was going to get this story out to an audience.

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

Another screenplay elbowed its way in while I was writing this one. That was actually good – to take a break and come back. I can see the holes I need to patch now.

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

Women’s rights. There’s other stuff, but with three young kids at home, most of my spare energy goes into them. I know that sounds lame, but it’s the truth.

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

I entered the contest because I liked the idea of getting feedback on the initial scenes to see if I was on the right track, especially because the short story and the screenplay open with different scenes. The feedback helped me realize there was an area of the script I had neglected that I needed to focus on.

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

Do your stories justice. Fight for them. Be the best writer you can possibly be. Push yourself beyond what you’re capable of. When you do, you will surprise yourself. And isn’t that part of the magic of writing? The moments of surprise.

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Deadline: 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:

Best Scene Reading of AMONG US, by Renana Hancock

Watch the Best Scene Reading of AMONG US:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Allison Kampf
EDDIE – Ben Hur
MERAZURE – Angelica Alejandro
VEE – Holly Sarchfield

Get to know writer Renana Hancock:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Among Us is a tale of elves, living disguised as humans. These
long-lived elves have varying supernatural abilities, depending
on their elemental affinity (Water, Air, etc). The Light elves
use them to help people, the Dark elves, to gain power. And
sometimes, one of us humans finds out about the secret lives of
elves.

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

Wonder, laughter, suspense, tragedy and sacrifice; Among Us
shows us our world through different eyes. Struggling to fit in,
to make wise choices, to love and to live, elves bring a very
human experience to the screen.

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

In short: Disguised as humans, gifted elves, some good, some
evil; live, battle and love among us.

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

My love of fantasy stems in part from my favourite movie, The
Princess Bride, which I have enjoyed countless times and can
recite joyously word for word when watching it.

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

I’ve been working on Among Us for at least eight years. I have
ten other screenplays, but none as close to my passion for
fantasy, character and comedy as Among Us. I’ve felt for a long
time that people would love a story based around elven lore and
finally began creating a world where it was true.

6. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

As a single, working mom, time and energy are often in short
supply, but my love of storytelling and this particular story
wouldn’t let me stop trying to improve Among Us. I want to bring
others the joy I feel when I’m inside the story.

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

My other passions include dancing, reading, painting, animals,
children, the environment and watching sci fi and fantasy.

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

I was excited to enter the Wildsound contest because it included
feedback and I like being able to support any film related
industry based here in Canada. The feedback from Wildsound has
helped me to improve my screenplay, whilst remaining kind in
pointing out the flaws. It’s hard to objective about your own
work, and having a fresh perspective is vital to perfecting
one’s story.

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

I recommend to any aspiring writers that if they
have a story they’re burning to share, that they write it, and
rewrite it, until it’s produced. Because maybe the reason you
burn so much to tell the story, is that the rest of us need to
hear it.

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DEADLINE: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submit_your_favorite_scene.html

WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_readings.html