1st Scene STAGE PLAY Reading of THE LEOPARD AND THE CALF. by Joe Pugh

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Jerry O’Malley died in Hospice, but now he’s trapped in a locked lobby room with a stopped clock and his worst nightmare- his childhood bully Doug Hansen, who probably died getting stabbed while out jogging. Turns out they can’t leave this room until they make peace with each other. Which will be hard to do, since these two people have a long and horrible history.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jerry: Dan Cristofori
Doug: Connor Lyon

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your play about?

It is about an honest and heartfelt (post-mortem) conversation between a high school bully and his victim many decades later.

What genres does your play fall under?

That’s a toughie – it is a short play, certainly. It should not take more than a half hour to act out. I would call it a relationship drama with a touch of comedy woven in.

Why should this play be made into a stage play?

This play is about real men grappling with real men’s issues. I have written it in the hopes that past and present victims as well as past and present bullies may learn something and experience some healing catharsis.

How would you describe this play in two words?

Healing encounter.

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

Jesus of Nazareth

How long have you been working on this play?

It has been percolating in my head for several years. I probably started writing it about two years ago and completed it a year and a half later with help from WILDsound editing.

How many stories have you written?

About ten or so…mostly very short. Some of them are also about inner healing; a few have religious themes.

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

Avalon’s Testify to Love

What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

Trying to overcome my negative emotions when I worked to express the bully’s memories and teenage point of view.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

People mostly: my boyfriend, my kids and the members of my support group. Also the outdoors and my efforts to support environmental causes.

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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 – 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

Winning SHORT Screenplay – MILKSHAKE, by Max Thackara

Winning Screenplay – MILKSHAKE
Written by Max Thackara

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
TEDDY – Dan Cristofori
WAITRESS – Cassandra Guthrie
ALICE – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama

A young couple have an awkward meet in a 50s diner.

 
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It is a short script about a relationship between two young lovers, very much a cliché!

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romance

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This short script I believe would make an excellent and very emphatic short film for its use of music and soft tone.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bitter sweet.

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

Probably ‘Step Brothers’

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote this short script over a few days after having the idea/setting in mind for a while.

How many stories have you written?

As I haven’t been writing for long I am working on a number of scripts ideas at the moment, but have also written probably 3 or 4 short stories I’m proud of.

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

Starman (David Bowie)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I was unsure of the ending and how I wanted the story to unfold, but I have since changed it rather a lot with an ending I now feel is much more appropriate.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I was unsure of the ending and how I wanted the story to unfold, but I have since changed it rather a lot with an ending I now feel is much more appropriate.

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

I entered the festival as I believed this was one of my best short scripts. The feedback was brilliant and influenced me in the rewrite I completed recently. I was thrilled to be selected as obviously a lot of this is subjective, also it hopefully confirmed that my writing isn’t as awful as it was 6 months ago!

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning SHORT Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE, by Della Greenawalt

Winning Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
Written by Della Greenawalt

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
DORIS – Cassandra Guthrie
GHOST – Dan Cristofori
DIRECTOR – Jane Hailes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Feisty elderly Senior Doris is being taken into a nursing home, and boy is she not happy about it! But once settled in for the night, a ghostly figure awakens her, speaking to her from her bedroom Mirror, demanding to her that it is “time to go”.

 


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Doris is a hundred year old fighter who tries to stay out of a care facility for elders as well as outsmarting the Grim Reaper who has appeared yet again to take her from among the living. She beats the Reaper, but not the care center – yet.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Supernatural, Fantasy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

100 year old Doris is so popular with everyone who has read this script, and she could carry a movie with all her adventures. It would be in the vein of Fried Green Tomatoes. She is tough and funny.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bittersweet and funny.

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

The Princess Bride. It always makes me laugh.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it in a day, spent a week tweaking it with the workshop members’ input. (I am a member of 5150, the Academy of Film Writing’s invitation only workshop run by Nicholls Fellow and working screenwriter Max Adams.)

How many stories have you written?

4 Screenplays (features) in various states of rewrite, half a dozen shorts, one comedy essay (that won my college’s humor contest) and a few more that got published (also during college) and some gathering dust in a drawer.

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

There are so many. “What a Wonderful Life” by Louie Armstrong is high up on that list.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None. It was a class assignment at the Academy of Film Writing and was so popular that I developed it into a short script. Once Doris was fleshed out, her story wrote itself!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I volunteer at an animal shelter walking dogs and bringing some home to give them a break from those concrete cages, posting photos to help get them adopted.

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

The feedback was fabulous! As for entering the contest, some of my peers in workshop had entered in the past, winning and getting read by actors. They enjoyed the experience and encouraged me to enter.

 

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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WILDsound Performer: DAN CRISTOFORI

Actor who has performed at the writing festival. Watch the winning readings they acted in.

ACTOR DAN CRISTOFORI

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Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

ACTORTV SPEC – JESSIE “We Don’t Have a Clooney”
April 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri
ACTORBest Scene – LEGACY
April 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
ACTORTV SPEC – COUGAR TIME “Jammin Me”
April 2015 Reading
Written by Felicity Flesher
SCREENPLAYFEATURE SCRIPT – SHOOTING STAR
September 2014 Reading
Written by Richard Harrison
ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – FIX FACTORY
October 2014 Reading
Written by Kyle Jenkins

 

ACTORTV SPEC SCRIPT – FAMILY GUY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Dan Chan
ACTORTV SPEC SCRIPT – IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
June 2015 Reading
Written by Keith Black
ACTORTV PILOT SCRIPT – SEX THERAPY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Michelle J Brezinski
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – WALK WITH THE DEVIL
June 2015 Reading
Written by Alison C. Hall
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – ENGINEEMBRYO
June 2015 Reading
Written by Jon Sturgess
ACTORBEST SCENE SCRIPT – HELTER SHELTER
June 2015 Reading
Written by Yancey Derringer Banks
ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – 66 West
October 2015 Reading
Written by Christopher Willis
ACTORSTAGE PLAY – Scary Scary Night
October 2015 Reading
Written by E. Michael Lunsford
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – PTSD
September 2015 Reading
Written by Paul Myerberg
ACTORFeature Screenplay – CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin
ACTOR1st Scene -PURGATORY
January 2016 Reading
Written by Alex A. Kecskes
ACTOR1st Scene -GUNNISON
January 2016 Reading
Written by Daniel Duane
ACTORShort Screenplay – US NAVY CINE-KODAK
January 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
ACTORShort Screenplay – THE NEW NEIGHBORS
January 2016 Reading
Written by Filippo Santaniello
ACTORFan Fiction Feature Screenplay – STAR WARS Episode I: THE REDEMPTION OF SKYWALKER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brian O’Flaherty
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – POWER (Green Lantern)
May 2016 Reading
Written by Hisonni Johnson
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – POWER (Green Lantern)
May 2016 Reading
Written by Hisonni Johnson
ACTORShort Screenplay – CARRION
May 2016 Reading
Written by Karen Palmer
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER
July 2016 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SENIOR PRANK
July 2016 Reading
Written by Shiv Sudhakar
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – NINE SCARS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Kelly Crawford
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – CATCH!
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Nield
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
July 2016 Reading
Written by Evan Schullery

WILDsound Announces its 1st Scene Screenplay Winners for July 2016

Watch the 3 winning 1st Scene Screenplay for July 2016.

1st SCENE Screenplay – SENIOR PRANK
July 2016 Reading
Written by Shiv Sudhakar

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

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A group of cunning high school seniors must outwit their principal in order to pull off the ultimate senior class prank.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
AL – Dan Cristofori
CARL – David Occhipinti
FRAN – Viktoria Napolenova
ALFRED – Michael Gaty
GUS – Mark Boutros


1st SCENE Screenplay – NINE SCARS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Kelly Crawford

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

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

A teen romance thriller that takes place in a world in which everyone has nine lives. In this world of nine lives, an aspiring football player must risk all of his lives to rescue his girlfriend from the ruthless leader of a gambling syndicate who’s trying to fix the college football championship game.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KEITH – Dan Cristofori
PRINCIPAL – David Occhipinti
ROBBIE – Michael Gaty
MATT – Mark Boutros
JAMIE – Viktoria Napolenova

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1st SCENE Screenplay – CATCH!
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Nield

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

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Could David really defeat Goliath?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ACTON – Dan Cristofori
OLD MAN – David Occhipinti
JIM – Michael Gaty
TOM – Mark Boutros
ELLEN – Judy Thrush

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feature Screenplay: The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio by Marc Lalonde

Watch the July 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay Reading. 

The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio by Marc Lalonde

Genre: Farce (Screwball Comedy)

Synopsis: A former nun, a pornographer, a brain surgeon and a quadriplegic must band together in a common cause with a wannabe serial killer who really, really, really, REALLY likes his brother to foil an international conspiracy to take over the world.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAN – Michael Gaty
NATASHA – Kiran Friesen
BORIS – David Occhipinti
MISS WINDIG – Judy Thrush
TALL LANKY GUY – Dan Cristofori
CLERK – Mark Boutros
ROYLA – Sean Ballantyne
CAROL – Viktoria Napolenova

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Nothing. It’s a Swiss watch: sophisticated movements meshing in an intricate mechanism.

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

Actors would enjoy making it and audiences would enjoy watching it.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Uproariously unpredictable.

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

I’m not one of those people who watches a movie over and over and over again. If I’ve watched a movie over a half-dozen times, it’s taken me decades to do so. Among them (in alphabetical order): Babette’s Feast; Eating Raoul; North By Northwest; Seven Samurai; and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. An eclectic list, to say the least.

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

I wrote it between October, 2013 and April, 2014 and I’ve been tinkering with it ever since.

6. How many stories have you written?

I wrote a number of stories years ago, but they went nowhere, so, I hunkered down and became a translator.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to see whether or not I could. And I was bored witless with translation. But now I’m kind of back to being OK with it. It pays the bills.

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

This screenplay isn’t finished and I doubt it ever will be. I’ll always find something that needs fixing.

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

Passions are something you have when you’re young. At this point in my life, I’m just relieved to wake up in the morning.

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

The WILDsound Festival is Canadian, I’m Canadian and as such I figured the WILDsound Festival would be a great launch pad for a screenplay with a title like The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio. The initial feedback made me tighten the screenplay. As a result, I pared it down to 97 fearsomely efficient pages. Lean and mean is good.

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

Read. Read. Read.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson