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

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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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WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:
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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback
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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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Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
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READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
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Deadline: TV PILOT/SPEC Script Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
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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:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

WATCH this month’s poetry readings performed by professional actors:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/august_2015_poetry_readings.html

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.

    Watch the recent best scene presentations from the festival:

– 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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Best Scene Reading: DRUNK DRIVING SCENE from the script High School Redemption

Every writer has to market his/her own work and it helps to try different avenues in an effort to get his/her work out there.

– Writer Stephanie Sharp on the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)

    Watch the Best Scene from the script High School Redemption:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
    DANIEL – LUCAS JAMES
    NICOLE – SHAILENE GARNETT
    JOHN – ANDREW FARR
    DET. PATTERSON – ROB STONE
    EMT – DAN CRISTOFORI
    APRIL – ANJELICA ALEJANDRO

Q&A with the Writer Stephanie Sharp:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Stephanie Sharp: ‘High School Redemption’ (WGA Registered)

After his arrogance leads to a DUI accident in which his wife and four others lose their lives, Daniel is visited by an angel who sends him back through time to his high school days for a second chance at life and in doing so, gives Daniel the opportunity to save Nicole’s life via an ultimate sacrifice. This ‘divine’ offer is due mainly in part to Nicole’s repeated prayer requests for Daniel and the uplifting of his heavy heart. Can Daniel change things, or is his “redo” destined to end the same as his first? Daniel’s decision becomes evident through the redemption and heart-breaking sacrifice he portrays in the story and the decision he makes to save Nicole’s life. This premise of the story basically highlights the strong points in the script outlining the concept of this inspirational, faith-based, fantasy film.

**The official ‘Movie Script Video Pitch’ as well as top-rated script reviews can be accessed via the following website at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX2cmlo-IeE&feature=youtu.be&hd=1 as well as a table read (via professional actors) of the infamous ‘drunk-driving scene’ (that ultimately takes Nicole’s life) via the following website at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_kEHUytLzA. The actual script itself can be accessed via http://www.screenwritershowcase.com/scripts/s724.pdf for a full review as well as a view of the promotional movie poster at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1639089772983164&l=b6a708a7e4.

Official Logline:
In exchange for a devastating sacrifice, an abusive alcoholic (killing his wife in a drunk-driving accident) receives a divine offer to relive his high school days in order to bring her back.

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

SS: Given the films currently being released by Hollywood, there is a strong need for more uplifting and inspirational films that speak to the heart. There is a generally broad audience for this particular genre so when a script that truly speaks to the heart presents itself, it would be wise for people to take notice. There is also a message within the depth of the story that addresses bullying and it’s affect on our family, friends and society as a whole. We should never pass up the opportunity to have our lives touched and our spirits heightened, be it through visuals, literates or our own lives.

Official Script Reviews:
“This is one of the better single-location scripts I’ve seen, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually got made somewhere down the road.” — Lynne Pembroke Professional Screenplay Coverage (Coverscript.com)
“I think this story is an excellent idea. I particularly liked ‘Love and Let Die’ as a recurring theme. The idea of emotional sacrifice for others is very profound and important for everyone to learn, especially the young. I would love to see this play.”
— The Talentville Town Council
“This was a great story of sacrifice and redemption.” — **** Jonathan McCorvey (Screenwriter)
“The possible making of a strong film.” — LS (Critique Section of Writer’s Literary Services)
“A good marketable story line.” — Sam Sherman (Script Editor)
“A script that is fittingly concise, ensuring that it is a fast read with a great surprising (yet unexpected ending) and that explores big thems meant for movies with fascinating ‘what if’ questions.” — 2014 Sunscreen Film Festival Coverage

MT: How long have you been writing stories?

SS: I have been writing stories for pretty much as long as I can remember. I currently have several manuscripts that have publishing options available as well as a total of 3 additional full-feature scripts and one short.

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

SS: I am a sucker for 80’s suburbia type movies, such as Goonies (for example). I have seen Goonies several dozen times and refer to it as one of my all-time favorites.

MT: What artists would you love to work with?

SS: Ironically, I see more of a potential need for new up-and-coming artists, actors, etc. who are trying to make their stand in the world of entertainment and I stand firm in the possibility of giving these individuals a chance to stake their claim in this world of uncertainty as they are given a chance to play out roles of endearment, love and positivity.

MT: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

SS: I have written a total of 4 full-feature scripts and one short.

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

SS: I would love to have at least one of my scripts (particularly this one, ‘High School Redemption’) optioned/produced and be under management with an agent to further along the success of my additional literary works of art.

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

SS: I make it a habit to use each evening, after returning home from a full-time administrative position, to write at least 1-2 hours prior to bedtime.

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

SS: I am very passionate about vintage black and white stock photography. I have personally designed a website (via an on-line store) called ‘Memories and Beyond (Vintage Stock Photography) which can be accessed via the net at http://memoriesandbeyond.com/.

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

SS: Never give up. I think that making it in Hollywood is a possibility. I don’t believe that there are a line of soldiers protecting the boundaries of the entertainment industry, allowing only those well-known names to enter. Everyone is always looking for a good, well-written story to capture the heart of the audience. My belief is that if you have a great story that needs (and should) be told, as soon as that right agent or producer takes the time to review the full script, that eagle might very well fly.