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1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its October 2015 Winners

Watch the winning First Scene Scripts performed by professional actors:

#1 – 1st. SCENE SCRIPT – Mercy
Written by George Lewis

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mercy.html

SYNOPSIS:

Mercy is a story that looks into the past and the future through the experiences of a man who wants to end racism and in doing so he becomes instrumental in electing the first African American President of the United States.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Kiran Friesen
PRESIDENT/JEROME – Bubba
MAX ROBERTS – Peter Nelson
TREY – Sean Ballantyne
ROSE – Fran Townend

#2 – 1st. SCENE SCRIPT – The Arv
Written by Joshua Collins

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_arv.html

SYNOPSIS:

A film is about a lethal obsession and how it can alter a persons perception of their world. As well as a very uncovered subject matter(in film)–aero-technology.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
ALAYAS – Sean Ballantyne
MARK/MARDALE – Peter Nelson
VOICE OVER – Becky Shrimpton
Steven – Bubba

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script 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:

Watch Feature Screenplay Reading of DEATH DON’T US PART, by Olaf Baumann

Watch DEATH DON’T US PART, Feature Script Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
CHARLEY – Bubba
EMMA – Jane Smythe
DINA – Kiran Friesen
ROSCOE/NAPOLEAN – Peter Nelson
HELEN – Becky Shrimpton
STEVE – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Olaf Baumann:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It is about the quest for true love and the intricacies of being dead.

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

People deserve a good laugh. Times are hard enough.

3. This story has a lot going for it. It’s part Fantasy, part Comedy, part Musical, part Drama, part Romance. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

This barrage of “part genres” makes my head spin. Bottom line: It’s funny.

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

To Be or Not To Be, 1942; written by Melchior Lengyel, Edwin Justus; directed by Ernst Lubitsch. This comedy is ground zero for the genre.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote the first word in 2012. Then it was a sleeping beauty for some time until I finished it (for now) in the spring of 2015.

6. How many stories have you written?

Lost count on the ideas and stories; 5 plays (2 produced); 8 screenplays. (all comedies)

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I would like people to face their ghosts and laugh.

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

There are a couple of first drafts on my shelf that all vie for attention. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which dream to wreck first.

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

God loves ALL people. If your pastor, (rabbi, imam, etc.) tells you otherwise, find another church.

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

The prize. A table read is much more exciting than yet another copy of final draft.
The reviewer called my writing brilliant, and I didn’t have to bribe or blackmail him/her. That felt nice.

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

If you’re not having fun it’s not worth it.

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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

Watch 1st Scene Reading of MERCY, by George Lewis

Watch MERCY, 1st Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Kiran Friesen
PRESIDENT/JEROME – Bubba
MAX ROBERTS – Peter Nelson
TREY – Sean Ballantyne
ROSE – Fran Townend

Get to know writer George Lewis:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Mercy is a story that looks into the past and the future through the experiences of a man who wants to end racism and in doing so he becomes instrumental in electing the first African American President of the United States.

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

Mercy is a story, a lesson from our history that brings us closer to the enduring values inherent in our shared humanity. Mercy reminds us that although we have engaged in and witnessed acts of unspeakable inhumanity in the past, we are not beyond redemption. The powerful stories of these characters transcends the past and lifts their lives to a level that redeems them and others from the of racism and gives us hope.

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

Mercy is a story about Jerome White colloquially known as the Black Time Traveller who goes back and forth in history where he searches for the Imperial Wizard of KKK with support from friends Rose and Trey who protect him in the present during his forays into the past. Bringing him close to death, history intersects with the rise of a young black Senator and the modern day Wizard who are both headed towards the highest office in the land. The Black Time Traveller will play an incredible role in determining who gets elected.

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

The Fifth Element

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first started writing Mercy under another title in 2008 and as it went through many iterations of the years. As the story changed, so did the title until I arrived at this story and the title Mercy.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written a dozen stories and two feature length screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Originally, the story came from experiencing the aftermath of my younger brother’s death from racism and Jim Crow laws that denied him medical care that could have possibly saved his life. The screenplay started out to be about that part of my life but evolved to include much more.

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

There were many. First, there was a steep learning curve and although I wanted to tell this story, I had resistance to sharing it through a lens that was powerful, but not necessarily entirely from my personal story. I had to surrender myself to the story that wanted to be written, still drawing from my experiences in unexpected ways. Another obstacle was my own self-doubt and insecurity on so many levels (“who am I to be writing this?” to fear that “hostile forces would find a way to defeat my efforts”). Medical problems arose like Congestive Heart Failure, Sarcoidosis an autoimmune disorder, and Depression. My fiancé left me, my dreams seemed to collapse around me and I moved in with one of my children, thinking…I’m done! I give up! There’s no chance! Lord come take me now.

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

I’m passionate about politics, mental health, films, story telling, the arts like Ballet, symphony and travel.

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

I loved the sense of openness and the feedback was simply first rate. I felt like I improved each time I resubmitted my project. The criticism was always right on point and made suggestions I could immediately put to use in making the story stronger.

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

Just don’t give up! And, pray! There will be challenges and obstacles but this is all part of the process since the writing process evolves over an extended period of time, setbacks and advances should be expected. I learned was a combination of patience and “how to handle the highs and lows” that would determine my success.

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script performed at the festival. Full feedback

http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

Watch 1st Scene Reading of THE ARV, by Joshua Collins

Watch THE ARV 1st Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
ALAYAS – Sean Ballantyne
MARK/MARDALE – Peter Nelson
VOICE OVER – Becky Shrimpton
Steven – Bubba

Get to know the writer Joshua Collins:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In short, the film is about a lethal obsession and how it can alter a persons perception of their world. As well as a very uncovered subject matter(in film)–aero-technology.

But overall, the experience might leave (hopefully) wondering/discussing idea’s that have never crossed their minds regarding aero-technology and energy sources.

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

Considering the state of our world’s condition and the struggle we find ourselves trying to right a very evident problem, the film is a different look at what is more than possible (via-solutions). It also gives light to the ‘why’ on more than one occasion, but utilizing a fun and impacting format to do so. Rather than a documentary this film could speak with people of all ages by way of classic film-making.

The film could open up doors for many conversations that just aren’t happening, and that’s sad.

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

The ARV can only be experienced and yet hard to believe its happening.

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

There isn’t just one, there’s never just one:

Tarkovsky’s STALKER
Michael Haneke’s THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
KUBRIKS 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Research took well over a year, but the writing took about two months.

6. How many stories have you written?

A lot. A lot, a lot.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was blown away that the sci-fi/drama genre was lacking in anything that dealt with a real human problem–sustainable energy source.

Also that many films that ever dealt with anything extra-terrestrial based were far too cliché and over-done. This film, THE ARV, finally gives a real life look at the reality of such a complex subject matter.

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

Having to learn quantum physics on an elementary level to create the real dialogue the story contains. One cannot simply make it up or just learn ‘key phrases’. A lot of scientists would go see this film and the last thing I’d want is to be laughed at. So, having to learn the principles of General relativity, Newton’s Laws of Motion etc…

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

Directing, directing, acting, music, life, Buddhism. And directing.

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

I was drawn to the festival based on its format. Hearing your screenplay read aloud by actors for the first time is a big plus.

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

Humans need stories to understand ourselves but at the same time to relinquish control of their perception’s. A writers job is to be responsible for what we give to them (the audience)…and in hopes that their perception is somewhat or altogether altered.

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script performed at the festival. Full feedback

http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

Watch Best Scene Reading of COMIC CONS, by Peter Harmon and Larry Postel

Watch COMIC CONS Best Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jane Smythe
DANNY – Peter Nelson
ZOE – Becky Shrimpton
ALEX – Sean Ballantyne
LANDO – Bubba

Get to know writers Peter Harmon and Larry Postel:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s about two escaped convicts who hide out as cosplayers at a Comic Con and plan a big con to win the cash prize at the Cosplay Competition. But the underlying theme of the story is how these two guys change through this new world they encounter, which is so honest and real – as opposed to their former lives of deception and manipulation as con artists.

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

With the global explosion of cosplay and comic con/conventions, COMIC CONS should have universal appeal — both here and abroad. In addition to COMIC CONS having a high concept (and low budget), it also has strong characters that will engage the audience.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this screenplay in one sentence?

COMIC CONS is a buddy comedy about a pair of con artists on the run who hide out as cosplayers at a Comic Con.

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

Co-writer Larry Postel: Cinema Paradiso. I took an Italian Cinema course in college and loved Italian movies ever since. Cinema Paradiso is one of my favorites and the soundtrack is the best ever.

Co-writer Pete Harmon: Toy Story. It came out when I was the perfect age to really latch onto it and now that I have a son myself it’s one of his favorites.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years.

6. How many stories have you written?

Co-writer Pete Harmon: I can’t even quantify the amount of stories I’ve written as I’ve been writing since I was young. I don’t feel whole if I’m not in the midst of a screenplay or an outline or a novel.

Co-writer Larry Postel: Good answer, Pete. I’ll second that motion.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The love of buddy comedies where cons on the run find a place to hide out and blend in with the scenery — and then end up actually loving the place and the people, which inspires them to change for the better (and also change the lives of those they encounter). With that said, the two movies in particular that inspired this screenplay were HAPPY, TEXAS and WE’RE NO ANGELS.

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

Taking notes from so many people and then doing rewrites to make it the best it can be. Of course, we know that there will always be more rewrites to come and that’s always part of the process. In fact, it’s the most important part of the process.

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

Co-writer Larry Postel: My family, my dogs, reading, music, and travel.

Co-writer Pete Harmon: I’m also passionate about my family, my friends, rap music, 90s era basketball shoes, caffeinated beverages, and discovering movies and books and podcasts that speak to me.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

It’s a great forum for aspiring writers and filmmakers to showcase their work.

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

Co-writer Larry Postel: Many say that you should write what you know. Better yet is to write what you know combined with what you feel.

Co-writer Pete Harmon: If you truly want to be a writer you’ve already been writing
and you make time to write. If writing is something you would like to do then you’re not a writer, and that’s fine, maybe at some point you will be.

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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