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Screenplay Movie: CATCH!, by Jerry Nield

Synopsis: Could David really defeat Goliath?

A historical madcap comedy drama depicting family values, romance, morals, religion, gambling, corruption and revenge.

Written by Jerry Nield
Produced by Matthew Toffolo
Visual Design and Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Voice Over Performers:

Matt Barnes
Val Cole
Geoff Mays
Danielle Nicole
Manny Pacheco
Steve Rizzo

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Screenplay MOVIE: PINK LAVA, by Sharon Powers

Visual Design by Kimberly Villarruel

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Logline: Follow spirited and charismatic 13 year-old surfer girl Saylor as her FOMO fuels her crafty schemes to explore beaches and situations outside her self-perceived confines of living on an old houseboat, going to school and working in her mom’s surf shop.

SAYLOR RYAN – Esther Teebo

RACHEL “PRISHA” SMITH – Val Cole

MELANIE RYAN – Danielle Nicole

NARRATOR – Matt Barnes

In order to surf Saylor’s favorite surf break for an epic swell, Saylor devises a plan (lie) to ditch school telling her counselor she needs to leave to help with her mom’s surf club. He wants her to be more involved in activities so happily lets her go. After a series of mishaps, she doesn’t make it to her favorite spot, she ends up surfing the only place she did NOT want to surf at. This is the following scene where she is caught in her lie.

WILDsound Performer: DANIELLE NICOLE

ACTOR DANIELLE NICOLE

Height: 5’3

Hair: Auburn/Red

Eyes: Green

ACTORSTAGEPLAY – THE NIGHT WATCHMAN
September 2013 Reading
Written by E. Thomalen
ACTORTV SPEC – MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW
October 2013 Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel
ACTORTV SPEC – 2 BROKE GIRLS
October 2013 Reading
Written by Greg Wayne
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – MEN OF COLOR
October 2013 Reading
Written by Mike Kirby
ACTORBEST SCENE READING – I’M STILL HERE
January 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

 

ACTOR1st SCENE READING – DEATH GRIP
January 2015 Reading
Written by Tracy Sherwood
ACTORSHORT SCREENPLAY – A PARTICULAR DAY
January 2015 Reading
Written by Roberto Lezzi
ACTORSTAGE PLAY READING – VEILS OF JUSTICE
January 2015 Reading
Written by Chris Payne

 

ACTORBest SCENE READING of MORPH TV Pilot
July 2015 Reading
Written by Christine Davis
ACTOR10pg. STAGE PLAY – HELEN REDDY WOULD BE ASHAMED
June 2015 Reading
Written by Katie Grotzinger
ACTOR10pg. STAGE PLAY – GARBED IN FLESH
June 2015 Reading
Written by Arthur Holden

 

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – THE PAPER ROUTE
July 2015 Reading
Written by Danny M. Howell
ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – SOMBRA
July 2015 Reading
Written by Claire Wasmund
ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – YONKHEER
July 2015 Reading
Written by Wendy Jane Henson

 

ACTORFeature Screenplay – CATCH THE DEVIL
April 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Blinder
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – LE CHAT NOIR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Paula Sewell
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – MATSQUI MASSACRE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Mark Curtis Dunn & Pamela C. Royal

 

ACTORShort Screenplay Screenplay – WALL IN THE GARDEN
April 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos

Feature Screenplay Reading – Catch the Devil by Martin Blinder

Watch the April 2016 winning feature screenplay.

CATCH THE DEVIL by Martin Blinder:

Genre: History, War, Adventure, Drama

Synopsis: A Civil War true adventure tale of three Union soldiers, the first winners of a Congressional Medal of Honor, whose audacity and bravery trumped the superior lethal technology of the Confederate South in their daring raid into the heart of Dixie.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Danielle Nicole
EVERETT – Geoff Mays
MABEL – Scott McCulloch
VARIOUS – Hugh Ritchie

Get to know writer Martin Blinder:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Martin Blinder: A true story about how, during the American Civil War, three daring Union soldiers, a suicidal fatalist, a reckless gambler and a morose obsessive-compulsive sneak into the Confederate South well behind enemy lines and there commit many successful acts of sabotage, all the while eluding almost an entire pursuing Confederate Army, and at war’s end are awarded this nation’s first Congressional Medals of Honor for bravery, one of them, posthumously.

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

MB: So many of the action films that come to the multiplex consist of fictional and unreal characters or comic book figures who are faced with apocalyptic forces of evil. They all seem the same to me – unconvincing, loud, and ultimately boring. By contrast, Catch the Devil is the largely true story of real men who bravely place themselves in situations of real peril and who, despite conflicts between them and in their inner selves, ultimately prevail. You will care about all the people in this story on both sides of this epic fight. A motion picture is an excellent medium with which to tell this highly visual tale.

MT: How would you describe this script in two words?

MB: Character driven.

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

MB: I often cannot find the time to see the new movies as they come out (and I am including those wonderful television series), let alone find the time to again see a movie already viewed but I think I’ve seen Casablanca and Gungadin more than once.

MT: How long have you been working on this screenplay?

MB: That remains to be seen. Still working on it.

MT: How many stories have you written?

MB: Probably a dozen.

MT: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

MB: Real and attractive characters have a real, highly visual adventure that incidentally perfectly fits the Hollywood formula for a compelling film.

MT: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

MB: Telling a complex story involving a half dozen fully developed characters in less than 200 pages.

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

MB: Unfortunately, too many things. Seems I have a short attention span.

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

MB: Unlike a book or article a screenplay has no life unless it’s performed.

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

MB: 1. Read your script aloud twice, first just the dialogue, then just the descriptions.

2. Look at every page without reading a word. There should be lots of wide space. If you see big chunks of words you’ve got some cutting to do.

3. However succinct your writing, there isn’t a paragraph in your script that would not profit from losing a sentence, and not a sentence that would not profit by dropping at least one word. I have posted on my writing desk some advice given back in medical school by my old professor of surgery:

“If in doubt, cut it out.”

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene Reading – Matsqui Massacre by Mark Curtis Dunn & Pamela C Royal

Watch the April 2016 Best Scene Screenplay Winner

Matsqui Massacre by Mark Curtis Dunn & Pamela C  Royal

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
TIM – Hugh Ritchie
DOLLY – Danielle Nicole
JARROD – Scott McCulloch

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis: When a beautiful woman celebrates her 40th birthday on Halloween with a masquerade of country music artists and celebrities, the evening turns into a night of terror after two lunatic hired killers go on a rampage of lust and murder.

Get to know writer Mark Curtis Dunn:

What is your feature screenplay about?

How excessive desires can lead to catastrophic consequences.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is an entertaining reminder of how we can let our better natures lead us wrong.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Excessive desires.

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

A Christmas Carol.

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

My partner, Pamela, has worked on it longer than I. I have worked on it for seven months.

How many stories have you written?

Dozens. I’ve lost count.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I met my writing partner through social media. She mentioned she had a script with her original music intact. She sent it to me and we got it going.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Email problems, for one. Getting all the pages with which to put together the final draft. Polishing the format, characters, structure, and the prosody. Still finding typos.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family. Music. Fine painting. Sculpture. The human condition and how it can be improved.

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

Success is one thing. If it happens, that’s an advantage. Appreciating what one’s got, developing a sensibility from one’s art, that can’t be taken away.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – The Wall in the Garden by Thorsten Loos

April 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

Watch The Wall in the Garden, Short Screenplay:

Genre: Drama

Synopsis: Larry barely survived a traumatic experience, his psychiatrist pulls out all the stops to cure his PTSD – with questionable ‘success’.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
HELEN – Danielle Nicole
HAROLD – Scott McCulloch
ROY – Hugh Ritchie

Get to know writer Thorsten Loos:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Thorsten Loos: The Wall In The Garden covers a sensitive topic, people in coma. What do they still feel, can they still perceive what is happening around them? Where do they go while they are not here? A better place maybe, at least from their perspective? And would they want us to bring them back? Or let them go forever?

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

TL: I believe it is a touching story with a main protagonist we can easily feel for, mixed with some kind of mystery elements. A mix I’d like to watch and hopefully I’m not the only one.

MT: How would you describe this script in two words?

TL: Compassion and happiness

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

TL: There are so many great movies I keep rewatching again and again. Probably the one I’ve seen most often is Terminator 2 – Judgement Day.

MT: How long have you been working on this screenplay?

TL: About two weeks, including rewriting.

MT: How many stories have you written?

TL: Since I started to write in english language about two years ago, about twenty I think. Mostly TV pilots and a hand full shorts. Also got a half finished feature I’m picking up again every now and then.

MT: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

TL: I often wonder ‘how did this come to my mind’ when I pick up an older script and read through it again. I can’t say for sure, ideas often come spontaneously.

MT: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

TL: It was a balancing act between not going into too much detail and not getting the point across.

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

TL: I’m a freelancing software developer and I enjoy that as well. I think it’s another form of creative work, much like screenwriting or creating stories in general.

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

TL: I entered some of my work before and Wildsound has never disappointed me. The feedback is always very helpful and absolutely worth the fees involved.

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

TL: There are so many free resources online which can help you to improve. Don’t be afraid of learning something new every day, read a lot of scripts, join a community of other writers you can exchange reviews with and every new script is a new chance.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

1st Scene Reading: SOMBRA by Claire Wasmund (plus interview)

Watch the 1st Scene Script Reading of SOMBRA:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jason J. Thomas
Reagan – Maya Woloszyn
Whisper – Brett J. Kelly
Mira – Holly Sarchfield
Mrs. Solis – Danielle Nicole

Get to know writer Claire Wasmund:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Sombra follows a young woman named Genesis who, after a series of setbacks, wants to get her life back on track. When she needs money for school, she takes the night shift in an Alzheimer’s ward at a nursing home, only to discover that her estranged grandmother is one of the residents. When residents begin dying, Genesis must find a way to get her grandmother out.

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

Sombra is a terrifying story with a protagonist who is haunted on multiple levels; she’s haunted by her upbringing, she’s haunted by business mistakes, she’s haunted by debt collectors, she’s haunted by an ex boyfriend, so it’s more than just a “creature” tale. It’s a story of failures, and desired redemption. It’s also written for a diverse cast with female leads.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I remember writing and creating stories (that I often forced my younger brothers and friends to perform) since age five or six. For a little while I got sidetracked because I was told it wasn’t a realistic way to make a living, but I’m so pleased to have returned to it.

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

I was a preteen when “Titanic” came out… so there is your answer and explanation all in one. Since then I think I’ve tried to even out the numbers with “Rocky” and “When Harry Met Sally”.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

There are so many great actors out there. I love fearless artists like Claire Danes and Colin Farrell. I think the cast of “The 100” is a great ensemble. Young actresses like Aimee Carrero and Allison Scagliotti.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written two webseries, a television pilot, an animated feature, another horror film, and a dramedy. I have other stories sitting around in various stages of completion.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

After I moved to Los Angeles to go to school, the big US crash of 2008 happened. I had trouble finding a job writing or in film, so I took a job working with Alzheimer’s patients. During a night shift at the Alzheimer’s ward I realized how alone I was, and how much I had forgotten what my original purpose of being in Los Angeles was- and then I thought about all of the people I was caring for who had forgotten similar things. I thought about the horrors of the disease itself and having who you are stripped away from you. The experience always stuck with me, and years later I decided to make it into a screenplay.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Usually I get an idea or a theme and think on it, I free write, I talk out loud and irritate my boyfriend for a month or so. Then I put all the main plot points down along with my opening image. I’ll think on those for a bit longer, then usually do what I call a vomit draft, where I just try to write the full script as quickly as possible so I can “see” my idea. I take a week or two off from the vomit draft, and then try to come back with fresh eyes to see what scenes are on the right track. I gut a lot of scenes, but usually they inspire and make me rework something much better.

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

I love directing, and I enjoy working in reality TV.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Your support of artists. I always see you guys posting and encouraging people. You do more than just “sit in judgement” of films and scripts, you offer much appreciated feedback.

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

I think most people don’t know how much time and thought actually goes into writing and they can be pretty dismissive towards the profession. For people who don’t grow up around entertainment things like placing in a festival, getting something optioned, getting an article published, etc don’t mean much unless it’s a “best seller” or a “blockbuster”. Not everyone is going to understand your victories, and some people might unintentionally tarnish them, but try to forgive them. The more you hold on to snubs, the less likely you are to share your work. Always stay your own greatest ally.

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