Best Scene Reading of ALL OF THEIR COLORS, by Leonidas Vyzas Asimakopoulos

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Winning Screenplay – ALL OF THEIR COLORS
Written by Leonidas Vyzas-Asimakopoulos

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
THE WOMAN – Ali Chappell
MARK – Rob Notman
METALHEAD – Michael Pearson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

A struggling and anxious artist is pleasantly surprised when one of his sketches of a beautiful woman comes to life, only for him to see. But things get complicated when she starts seeking the ability to become a real human being in the world. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS pairs up with STRANGER THAN FICTION in this existential tragicomedy.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

An aspiring artist unavoidably hates his lonely life and miserable career, until one of his sketches, that of a beautiful woman resembling his mother, comes to life, only for him to see. But things take unexpected turns as she starts fancying the idea of being a real human being out into the world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

There’s no specific genre I would categorize it. I would certainly cross some genres out. It’s not horror, although it does contain some horrific dream imagery about the characters’ relationship fears. It’s not comedy, although there are some darkly absurd interactions of Mark (the protagonist) with a chorus of everyday people. Lastly, it might be a drama, but not a sheer one; not everything sources from conflict, the heroes’ tragedies come from their mere changes of heart.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s the only medium available out there to transcend its essential meaning. Mark speaking to the audience, the dreams and close-ups, the montage successions between two irrelevant moments, messing with the soundscape… everything is inserted in there to serve the story, and can only be present in a movie, not in a book, not in a graphic novel. The same plot could exist in a story for these mediums too, but it would have to take a completely different approach, and even conclusion.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bright grey.

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

That would be Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill (12 times each ‘Volume’). It’s a movie coming from the auteur’s heart, even its downfalls seem to be an artistic triumph, because they come directly from mr. Tarantino’s intentions.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A lifetime, then two years and a half, and then two months.

How many stories have you written?

Three, with each one seeming like it comes from a different person (maybe that’s the truth too).

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

Nantes by Beirut. Saying the same lyrics in a different context to convey changing feelings is just a form of ingenious simplicity that I’ve never encountered before (or after).

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Procrastination (our century’s plague), growing up, moving out, surviving in a new environment, trying to finish college, working, eating, sleeping.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I must stress out that I really love writing, in any possible form, be it dramatical (theater plays, screenplays, books) or for a newspaper. Other than that I really love criminal law, which I’m also studying, reading (another form of writing, too, I guess), hiking, and taking very, very long trips in completely different places.

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

I found it on FilmFreeway and upon reading the description I honestly felt like my submission budget would be well spent. And what a great decision that was! Not only was the feedback insightful, it also felt like coming from someone who actually grasped both the soul and bones of the story, with all its humane mistakes and draft missteps. I felt like receiving feedback from a great friend, who also bears deep knowledge of the screenwriting world.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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BEST SCENE Screenplay – ESCAPE TO PLANET B346, by Thomas Thorpe

Winning Screenplay – ESCAPE TO PLANET B346
Written by Thomas Thorpe

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
WILLIAM – Dan Cristofori
SIMONE – Jane Hailes
COE – Sean Ballantynea>

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama, LGBT

Attempting the precise flyby of a black hole, untrained survivors of a lethal virus arrive in an uncharted region of our galaxy searching for refuge, but encounter an ancient race intent on eliminating outsiders.

What is your screenplay about?

A transport ship carrying settlers to a distant planet heads towards a black hole. A virus contracted in the Centauri System has wiped out the crew and most of the passengers. Two survivors attempt to navigate the ship, but miss the planned flyby trajectory and end up in an uncharted part of the galaxy. Finally arriving at a habitable planet, William and Elizabeth land in separate escape pods far apart.

William tracks his missing wife, but discovers glucose processing plant run by Coel, one of a few remaining overseers left by an ancient race.William is drugged and wakes up next to the owner’s dead body. Accused of the killing, William is held hostage by the notorious overseer, Afon and learns that his wife may have been taken to the capital city Ronna to participate in a blood transfusion purported to save Domed, young leader of the planet’s native race and who has contracted a similar virus.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci fy, adventure, thriller, suspense

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Truely unique story, with the subtext of finding one’s place in the universe and making the choice between health, wealth or happiness.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Life prevails

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

Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years, adapting from my novel which was written ten years ago.

How many stories have you written?

Eight published novels, four feature screenplays

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

Star Wars theme

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Adapting novel to the visual medium.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Astronomy, space exploration, golf, movies

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

Hearing the reading, receiving excellent feedback.


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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

BEST Scene Screenplay of HYPOTHERMIA by Jax Lemon

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Winning Screenplay – HYPOTHERMIA
Written by Jax Lemon

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – John Fray
COLBY – Andrea Meister
BUZZ – Gabriel Cameron

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller

The blizzard of the decades strikes the East Coast. A beautiful girl found raped and beaten on a remote campus. Can a burned out campus cop find the killer and save the remaining students?


Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The blizzard of the decades strikes the East Coast. A beautiful girl found raped and beaten on a remote campus. Can a burned out campus cop find the killer and save the remaining students?

What genres does your screenplay under?

Mystery / Thriller

How would you describe this script in two words?

Gothic Mystery

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Hypothermia combines the haunting atmosphere of a Gothic campus with a claustrophobic ‘closed room’ feel of a group of students trapped on campus during a winter storm providing a great settings for a murder mystery with many twists and turns.

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

Pulp Fiction

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year

How many stories have you written?

Four screenplays and one novel.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I enjoy writing and wanted to give the audience something exciting to watch. I realize I’m no Shakespeare but I think I can write pop sugar – something thrilling, capturing and entertaining. That’s what is fun for me and I would be even more thrilled if one of my scripts would make it to the big screen some day.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The first version of the script started off as a mystery and then changed into a thriller. A lot of editors hated the genre flip in the middle of the plot. I needed some time to process the criticism and then decided to rewrite the script as a mystery.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love watching movies – of course. Action, thrillers, mysteries, and horror.

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

I usually submit to a number of festivals to get feedback and tips on how to improve my scripts. The WildSound Festival feedback was certainly constructive and I will see which parts I can apply to the script.

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

WILDsound Announces its January 2017 BEST SCENE Screenplay Winners

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ACTORBEST Scene – KIDICIDE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Karam

ACTORBEST Scene – THE UNCONQUERABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jonathan Fear

ACTORBEST Scene – THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sean Francis Ellis

ACTORBEST Scene – THE ROSY HUE OF THE DYING DAY
January 2017 Reading
Written by Lauren Hoekstra

ACTORBEST Scene – NO MORE GOODYBES
January 2017 Reading
Written by Rebekah R. Ganiere

ACTORBEST Scene – SANDWICH
January 2017 Reading
Written by Deborah Klika

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HORROR BEST SCENE Reading of OBEDIENCE by Michael Potts

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Best Scene from the screenplay OBEDIENCE Screenplay
Written by Michael Potts

CAST LIST:

ELMA – Val Cole
SHELDON – David Straus
GINNY – Catherine D’Angelo
NARRATOR – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Fantasy

When Ginny and her best friend Susie investigate the strange barn Ginny has on her property they see a vision of a man hanging himself, getting his eyes trampled out by goats and then being seen by a young boy (Ginny’s preacher father Sheldon).


What is your screenplay about?

Ginny Sprigg, a sixteen-year old girl from Tennessee, fights for her life against her fundamentalist preacher father, Sheldon. Satan shape-shifts to mimic Jesus and convinces Sheldon to kill Ginny to save her soul—and kill anyone else who interferes. Ginny must find the strength to save her mother, boyfriend, and best friend by killing her own father and facing Satan alone.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Horror, supernatural thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has a unique monster—Satan appearing to be Jesus Christ. It has a high-concept theme: the harm that toxic religion does to people. It can also be made on a limited budget, with few scene changes and only a few special effects.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fundamentalist horror

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

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Seven years

How many stories have you written?

Two published short stories; three published novels

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Once in Bible class when I was in high school a man told us in ominous tones that if we did not share Christ with others, we would go to hell. He became addicted to prescription drugs, became convinced he was Jesus, and eventually committed suicide, leaving behind a wife and daughter. I wanted to place characters somewhat like him and his daughter in a horror setting.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had to figure out whether Ginny or Sheldon was the main character. In the end, I believed Ginny’s struggle to save herself and her friends from her father was the core of the plot.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Philosophy (I’m a philosophy professor), chess, vegetable gardening, canning, walking in the country

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

I wanted to expose my screenplay to potential interested parties and improve it if it needed revision. The initial feedback was not wholly consistent with the latest feedback, but that’s fine—different reviewers have different perspectives—and the screenplay is stronger as a result.

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

Do not give up. Strive to improve. Get a thick skin—you must be able to stand criticism and learn from it. Write what you enjoy writing.

*****

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Best Scene Reading of The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day by Lauren Hoekstra

Best Scene from the screenplay THE ROSY HUE OF THE DYING Screenplay
Written by Lauren Hoekstra

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
KIRA – Kelly Daly
BAHRI – John Fray
DENVER – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Romance

Story of an impulsive high-school girl who gets accidentally caught up in a guns-for-drugs deal gone wrong. Trapped with the drug-runners fleeing the cartel, she plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the leader, who’s keeping her till she sleeps with him, no matter the cost.


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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Best Scene Screenplay of BAD PRESS, by Adam Santa Maria

Best Scene from the screenplay BAD PRESS Screenplay
Written by Adam Santa Maria

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Robert Notman
ALLEN – Hugh Ritchie
MELANY – Victoria Kucher
MANNY – David Occhipinti
JOYCE – Olivia Jon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama

After being sacked by Melany, the mother of one of his ‘golden goose’ clients, publicist Allen Kentwood conspires to get revenge and his client back under control. Despite warnings from his PA Joyce, Allen employs a shady Mexican named Manny to plant drugs on Melany, and in doing so enable an opportunity for Allen to rescue her and win back favour.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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