STAGE PLAY Best Scene of IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, by Christopher Hemmens

 

Genre: Comedy

“In The Middle Of Nowhere is a farcical family comedy about Kate; a 30-something, newly-cosmopolitan university lecturer who travels home to see her parents, Penny and Bill, in their new house on the weekend of her father’s 60th birthday. It isn’t long before she’s butting heads with her fiercely right-wing father while her mother tries to keep the peace. Things take a turn for the surreal, however, when a strange man called Fish, who claims to have been exiled from a cult in the woods, barges in on their breakfast and refuses to leave.”

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Kate: Kelci Stephenson
Penny: Penelope Park
Fish: Nick Wicht
Bill: Charles Gordon
Sidlebrand: Todd Thomas Dark

Get to know the writer:

What is your stage play about?

The play is about a daughter coming home for the first time in a long time for her Dad’s 60th birthday. Unfortunately, her politics and her father’s come to loggerheads almost immediately and her mother is left to mediate. The arrival of Fish, a stranger who claims to have grown up in a cult in the nearby woods and who believes he will die if spends too long outside, forces the family members to find out how similar and how different they really are.

What genres does your play fall under?

It’s an eccentric comedy.

Why should this play be produced?

The play’s central themes deal with what it means to accept something is true – something that has become increasingly relevant in recent years. The first part was written before recent political events so the second part will be written with those events in mind.

How would you describe this play in two words?

Surreal, Surprising

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

Adaptation (2002) or The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

How long have you been working on this play?

I worked on this play for about 4 years while I also worked on my PhD. Soon I will begin drafting a second part to this play to make it full-length.

How many stories have you written?

Ten. Six of them are just short pieces.

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

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of George Ezra so probably Blame It All On Me.

What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

This was my first try at writing a piece of this length so I made a lot of mistakes. I ended up writing the whole thing all the way through three times! Submitting the play for feedback taught me a lot about writing drama, character, but especially about how language is used in drama. Figuring out how to make the story make sense while also including all the beats I wanted to include was an enjoyable puzzle to solve but it didn’t come without a lot of headaches! It’s still not perfect but I’m very happy with where the final piece is at.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m very passionate about performing. I’ve been doing amateur theatre for 8 years and been chairman for 2. Doing this helped me understand what plays looked like and inspired me to write my own. It also gave me a platform to present my own work and an audience who helped me develop my work. I’m also passionate about philosophy and I find that writing plays is a great way to write about philosophical ideas like truth and reality in a fun and entertaining way that I find extremely satisfying.

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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 STAGE PLAY Reading of VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW, by Bree Katz

Genre: History, Comedy

Tired of sixteenth-century gender relations, Kate from The Taming of the Shrew recruits Lady Macbeth, the Wife of Bath, Frankenstein’s Monster, and other canonical characters to drive literature into the 21st century.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Kate: Carina Cojeen
Petruchio: Peter Nelson
Shylock: Kris Hagen
Dr. Frankenstein: Mike Ruderman
Wife of Bath: Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your play about?

The Vengeance of the Shrew is about classic literary characters – including The Taming of the Shrew’s Kate, The Merchant of Venice’s Shylock, Lady Macbeth, the Wife of Bath, and Frankenstein’s Monster – who are tired of their canonical lot and decide to shake up the established order.

What genres does your play fall under?

Vengeance is a farcical comedy.

Why should this play be made into a show?

In addition to being thigh-slappingly hilarious (in my admittedly biased opinion!), my play tackles the question of how to fit beloved literary figures and the settings they inhabit and make them relevant to the 21st century – and it’s told through their perspective.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Modern Shakespeare!

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

I watched the original Star Wars trilogy so many times, my mother had to re-record them due to fears of me wearing out the VHS tapes they were on.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started working on this play ten years ago.

How many stories have you written?

I have lost track of how many stories I’ve typed out – I’ve written first drafts of several novels, screenplays, and television pilots, and I’ve polished the ones I kept coming back to re-read (after all, if I want to read it again, someone else will want to read it the first time!).

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

Bruce Springsteen’s “Backstreets.” Born to Run was the first album I remember listening to in full as a child, and that song as well as “Jungleland” amaze me with their composition and the raw power of their lyrics every time.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I was in school for most of the time I was writing it, and I have a very limited ability to multitask. I completed it in fits and starts.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am an avid skier in the winter and a climber of 14,000-foot mountains in the summer. I have summitted 22 fourteeners: 21 in Colorado plus California’s Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the U.S. south of Alaska.

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

I’d gotten a notification that my play’s logline had been selected to receive special attention for the submission. The feedback I received was thoughtful and informative.

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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

Best Scene Screenplay Reading of WAITING TO CRUMBLE by John Ott

Watch the November 2016 winning best scene screenplay.

Best Scene from WAITING TO CRUMBLE Screenplay

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Andrea Lawrence
IRENE – Val Cole
BOBBY – Vince Jerad
STU – Peter-Mark Raphael
VICTORIA – Cassandra Guthrie
ROB – Matthew Lawrence

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

Separated from his wife Barbara in the nursing home in which they live, Stuart White befriends Rob Jefferies, a new resident. Soon their friendship turns into more and Stu and Rob become romantically involved.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about two elderly men who live in a nursing home and who fall in love with each other. One is a widower, and the other’s wife has dementia. Their families have very mixed reactions to the love affair. It’s also about issues of aging and how that affects love and sex.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Probably comedy, but it has dramatic elements. I suppose it could also be called a drama with comedic elements. Is there a category called a funny drama?

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a timely issue. With the LGBT movement and people feeling a freedom to be themselves at any age, situations like this will become more commonplace. A significant part of the story is how the families react to what the men are doing. Regardless of how a person feels about this issue, most of us have a family member or friend who is part of the LGBT community, whether or not we know it.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Entertainingly thought-provoking. (Is that two?)

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

Interesting question. Growing up, it would have been “Gone With the Wind,” as that was my parents’ favorite film. Back then it was still being released theatrically from time to time, and our family always went to see it. And I still enjoy watching the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which remains touching, but not sappy, no matter how many times you watch it. I have a weakness for old classics. With no overt sex or violence, there had to be a good script, good direction, and good acting to keep an audience’s attention. My children, like most children, watched the same movies over and over when they were young. I thought my son would never tire of “Nightmare Before Christmas.” For the girls, it was “Twister,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “Watcher in the Woods.” Those four films were constantly playing at our house. Remember, those were their choices, not mine.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I probably worked on it for over a year, but I’d put it away for long periods of time. I have a bad habit of starting something, but not finishing. For some reason, I felt a need to finish this one.

How many stories have you written?

Does that mean finished? I have several other finished screenplays, maybe three, but this is the first one I’ve entered in a contest. I began writing short stories as a child and wrote a short play in middle school. I have a book that was completed years ago. I recently dug it up and began editing and rewriting. I also have another collection of writings I hope to one day put in book form. And I have a number of projects, including a couple of plays, that were begun but remain unfinished.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I felt it was a timely and important topic to address. In another generation situations like this will not be uncommon. This isn’t just a gay story, it’s also about aging, which is universal if we live long enough. But so much has changed since I wrote the screenplay. Gay marriage was not yet legal, and I was totally unaware of the Netflix television series, “Grace and Frankie” with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The first time I saw that show, which was long after my screenplay was finished, I thought “They stole my idea!” Actually, it’s different in many ways because the focus in the TV show is the wives and the divorces and how the women are coping with the loss of their marriages. The situation is totally different in my screenplay, where the focus is on the men. The only real similarity is that two older men fall in love. How many love stories have been made into films during the past 100 years? This is just one more.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I work full-time, I’m married, and my children, while young adults, still need time and attention. We live in the country and have animals, so finding time and motivation is always an obstacle for me.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I act in local community theatre productions, which I do about once a year. Theatre, even community theatre, takes a lot of time, and my work schedule generally won’t allow more than one production a year. I also enjoy spending time with family and trying to keep up with everything around the farm.

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

If you feel called to write, then just write. Don’t worry about having that perfect topic. Don’t worry about having that perfect character or perfect storyline. There’s a theory of writing called free writing, You sit down and begin writing, even if you have absolutely nothing to say. You just write, one word after another, one sentence after another. Before long, you’ll find a story. Or maybe a story will find you.

I tend to write from a character point of view, but I like it best when my ending pops into my head early on. I may not know the route my character will take to arrive at that ending, but I like knowing the final destination. This motivates me and give me a sense of purpose. I don’t always write this way, as sometimes I have no idea of the ending until we get there. For me, once I have created the character, then he or she will simply live, and all I have to do is write down what’s happening.

I don’t do it, but my personal goal is to become more disciplined and to write something everyday. My son, who also writes, encourages me to do this, to write a paragraph (or equivalent) every day. I absolutely agree with this, but I just don’t do it. I guess I should make this another New Year’s resolution that I won’t keep, like going to the gym and eating Brussels sprouts.

My advice for writers can be summed up in three words: write, write, write.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Best Scene from PARADISE AT MAIN AND ELM Screenplay by Barry Brennessel

 

Genre: Drama

Adrian Stockwell and Ezra Cherevin both battle the fallout from their broken families. The written word becomes their therapy, their escape. With this shared passion, they learn to navigate a sea of challenges.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
EZRA – Hugh Ritchie
HARTWICKE – Percy Alexander Harris
ADRIAN – Benjamin Camenzuli
DR. DURSCHLAG – Paul Whitaker
STUDENT – Cass Van Wyck
WAITRESS – SECOND WOMAN WOMAN – Jane Smythe

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Two college students damaged by their upbringing develop a relationship through a shared passion for literature, and help each other navigate a sea of challenges.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The story is one of hope and survival, and it explores not only physical abuse, but verbal as well, and the lasting effects. And, wow, these characters. The tales they have to tell….

How would you describe this script in two words?

Grit. Solace.

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

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, which might be tied with Fargo, with Cocteau’s Orphee close behind.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 6 months.

How many stories have you written?

Approximately a dozen screenplays, 4 novels, and 3 short story collections. And a few radio ads. 🙂

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It actually grew from a short story I wrote in college about a woman whose life begins to unravel when her safeguards vanish.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Since I adapted this from my novel, it was tough to figure out how to stay true to the book but make sure the story was told cinematically, as opposed to an hours-long “filmed novel”

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel, gardening, history, languages, and chocolate.

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

Read, read, read, and write daily.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Today’s Writing Festival Deadlines: Screenplays (TV, Feature, 1st Scene), Novels and Poems

DEADLINE: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
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– Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!

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DEADLINE TODAY: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival.
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Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
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Deadline: SUBMIT your NOVEL (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted)
And we’ll make it into a MOVIE
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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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Deadline: TV PILOT/SPEC Script Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
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Deadline: FREE POETRY Festival – Get poem made into a MOVIE and seen by 1000s. Three options to submit:
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WATCH this month’s poetry readings performed by professional actors:
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Interview with Eddie Upnick, Best Scene Screenplay Winner (Lonely Heroes)

WILDsound intrigued me, and I took that next step. The company can be a great asset to writers and actors.

– Eddie Upnick, on what influenced him to submit to the WILDsound Festival

Watch the Best Scene of LONELY HEARTS:

SYNOPSIS: Lonely Heroes is a complex storyline of the CIA’s top field agent. He has to stop Putin from a monstrous plot to crash world stock markets.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sedina Fiati
Roger – Steve Rizzo
Victoria – Erynn Brook
Mickey – Peter Nelson
Ian – Roman Spera
Jake – Jarrid Terrell

Matthew Toffolo interviews Eddie Upnick:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

Eddie: Lonely Heroes is a complex storyline of the CIA’s top field agent. He has to stop Putin from a monstrous plot to crash world stock markets; later he must stop Iran’s nuclear program just before it goes live; and then he and an Israeli agent must prevent an alien attack on Earth.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

Eddie: The action packed sequences lend itself to film, so obviously, I think it would make a great film or ongoing television series.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Eddie: I have been writing since the 1970’s.

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

Eddie: Dr. Strangelove.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Eddie: Jason Bateman would be a great lead character for Lonely Heroes.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Eddie: I have written dozens of screenplays though the years, some of which were ghost written.

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

Eddie: In five years, I’d like to be where I am now, alive and well. Perhaps with another screen credit or two.

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

Eddie: Yes. I write via lined note pad in the late evening, and then type up the pages the following day.

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

Eddie: Sports. I am a competitive person who enjoys any sport with a ball in it

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

Eddie: My advice to anyone in a creative field with no clear path to success. NEVER GIVE UP. Keep grinding. My old college baseball coach used to say to the team; “A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.” That expression has always stayed with me.

Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed at festival using professional actors

Deadline: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed at festival using professional actors:

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– Submit your best scene from your screenplay or TV Show. CLICK the link above and submit.

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– A great way to get your words out there, obtain the Agent you’re looking for or just get your story seen by more people. Your Scene Video will be seen by 100,000s of people when it’s read online using a top professional actors. It’s a rush you’ll never experience in your life seeing it come to life that way.

– Please email us at info@wildsound.ca if you have any questions. What we’ll do is either post your best scene on our YouTube channel and get you 1000s of hits (guaranteed within 30 days when it’s posted), or we can post it on your own present or newly created channel. Bottomline, we will help promote your video and script and make sure it’s seen by the right people.

– Scenes can be from anywhere from 1 to 10 pages in length. Pick the best one from your script and/or the scene that you want to tease the audience/agents/producers with.

NEW: All submissions to this contest also get a FREE LOGINE listing on this site. Go to the LOGLINE submission page and submit your logline information.
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