WILDsound Performer: DAVID OCCHIPINTI

ACTOR DAVID OCCHIPINTI

Height: 5’7

Hair: Salt & Brown

Eyes: Brown

ACTORFeature Script- ORIGINS
April 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Panek & Guershon Moreno
ACTORShort Script- WRITER’S DUEL
April 2015 Reading
Written by Ellery VanDooyeweert
ACTORTV PILOT – Hail Mary
November 2015 Reading
Written by Stan Williamson
ACTOR1st Scene: LITTLE PROFESSOR
April 2015 Reading
Written by Monte Light & Cooper Holmes
ACTOR1st Scene: GOOD NIGHT, CRONKITE
April 2015 Reading
Written by Rita Doyle Roberts

 

ACTORFeature Script LUDLOW
August 2013 Reading
Written by Bradd Hopkins
ACTORTV SPEC – MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW
October 2013 Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel
ACTORFeature Script – RUM HOUSE
January 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Sieve

 

ACTORTV SPEC – 2 BROKE GIRLS
October 2013 Reading
Written by Greg Wayne
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – MEN OF COLOR
October 2013 Reading
Written by Mike Kirby
SCREENPLAY1st Scene Script: THE MANTLE
August 2015 Reading
by Frank Edward Kelly

 

SCREENPLAY10pg. Stageplay: THE TEA PARTY
August 2015 Reading
by Gregory Cole
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – HOW IT STARTS
July 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vassie
ACTORTV PILOT – RUST
July 2015 Reading
Written by Cody Carson

 

ACTORTV SPEC – ORPHAN BLACK
July 2015 Reading
Written by Jacqueline Bircher
ACTORBEST SCENE – No Hope For Gomez
November 2015 Reading
Written by Graham Parke
ACTORBEST SCENE – The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio
November 2015 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde

 

ACTORTV SPEC – Silicon Valley
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jennifer McAuliffe
ACTORTV PILOT – Max Cobra
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brad Heisler
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Ascent
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brough Hansen

 

ACTORFeature Screenplay – MISPRINTS
April 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston
ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj
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
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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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Go to http://www.wildsound.ca and submit your screenplay to the festival today. Full Feedback on all entries. Get your script performed by professional actors at the festival.
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene Screenplay – EPIPHANY, by Despina Moraitou

Watch the July 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay

EPIPHANY, by Despina Moraitou

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
NUMBER 2 – Dan Cristofori
CASSANDRA – Viktoria Napolenova
ALEXANDROS – Michael Gaty
MEGAS – Mark Boutros
ORESTIS – David Occhipinti
CASSIE – Kiran Friesen
RITA – Judy Thrush

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Thriller

Based on the Greek Christmas myth of the Kalikantzari

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Epiphany is a screenplay based on the Greek myth of the Christmas Kalikantzari, a story grandmothers tell their grandchildren all over Greece during the holidays.

The myth is pretty simple.

Greek legend has it that, all year long, the Kalikantzari, impish demons of the
underworld, saw the Tree of Life that holds the earth on its trunk aiming to end our
world. On Christmas, thinking the Tree is cut, they travel up to earth to celebrate,
unleashing their greed and havoc. Twelve days later, on the Epiphany, they’re sucked back into their underworld to find the Tree has regrown! Cursed and chained for all eternity to an unreachable goal, they start to saw again, until next Christmas.

And so it’s been for a thousand years….

Except, in my story, this year the Kalikantzari may succeed, after all. So… When they kidnap a young girl in Crete under a nefarious plan to end the world, her mother goes on a frantic search against time to find her, only to discover that she was their intended target and, on her actions, rests the fate of the world.

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

It would be the perfect fantasy adventure for the whole family on Christmas. It is a story about a world we have never seen before in the movies. Although there are plenty of films about Greek mythology, there are none featuring the Kalikantzari.

These B-class demons of the Greek underworld are not to be underestimated. As a collective, they can destroy the earth — a social allegory, if I may, about how collective stupidity can destroy our world. They are also mischievous, gullible and kid-like but endearing even in their evilness, so audiences will love them.
No guns, no explosions, no crazy car races here. Instead, it is a story that takes place in forests, bottomless lakes and gorges, full of magical creatures, gorgons and winged horses, love potions and doomed lovers, all while the world hangs from a thread. It is a fairy tale and we all love those.

Unlike most movies these days where the hero is always a male, this movie features a female hero, the mother, a strong character who is accomplished, capable and
courageous. She can find her girl like any father could, she is a formidable opponent to the whole collective. And the villain king, well, he is evil and mean but also lovesick.

How can you not feel for him?

At the end, in the ultimate fight between good vs bad and just when sacrifice is
inevitable, we realize that the only true poison to evil is love. I can’t think of a better
message by a movie for the holiday season. Or, any season for that matter.

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

Epic Fantasy.

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

The Titanic. Every time it comes on tv, I drop everything and watch it, again and again. I love James Cameron.

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

Two and a half years.

6. How many stories have you written?

Two other screenplays. One three-act theater play. And one 10 minute play. And lots and lots of short stories that I work and rework and rework.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A bet.

Sitting at a Greek taverna in Athens one afternoon, a friend and I were talking about the collapse of the Greek economy. That night I saw a documentary on Greek folklore myths, featuring the Kalikantzari. I remembered I used to tell the story to my kids and suddenly, it all materialized in front of me. I envisioned the whole fantasy world, Pegasus and the Minotaur, adventure and romance and mischievous Kalikantzari causing havoc and so… The next morning, I told my friend that I wanted to write this story and shoot it in Greece. That would be good for the economy, no? She said, everybody wants to help but nobody does anything. I said, I’ll take the first step, I’ll write the story. She said, doubtful. Let’s bet, I said. I’ll do it in two years.… I lost the bet, it took me two and a half. But I wrote it.

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

When you write a spec script, it means you are not getting paid. Yet. So, the family
doesn’t realize that when I say, “I’m working,” it means, I am actually working. They
think it’s a hobby. But it’s not. I’m now training the family to understand that.

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Another obstacle was cutting the screenplay down. My first draft finished at 298 pages. I cut it down to 170, then to 150, 120 and finally to 114. I killed characters, crossed out locations, discarded story lines, it was a bloodbath. But at the end, I felt exhilarated.

Also, although I hold two M.A. degrees, neither one of them is in Writing. So I had to
home school myself in the art of screenwriting. Many times, I would put the screenplay down just so I can read everything I could about scene, action and dialogue in books, blogs and online classes. Then, I would go back and continue writing the story. That’s why it took me two and half years to write it. The next screenplay went way faster.

Then, of course, there are the psychological obstacles, self-doubt being the king. But I love writing and writer is what I want to be when I grow up. So, I ignore them and keep writing. What else can I do? Not writing is not an alternative.

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

Martial arts, tango and an occasional ride on my motorcycle, a Laverda 650 Ghost
Strike. But I spend an inordinate amount of time following the politics of the land.

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

I entered the festival when I fist started to write the screenplay, sending in my first ten pages and got some great feedback. This time I entered because I really want to hear professional actors read what I wrote. Not out of vanity, but because I crave to see if I make sense, at least to myself.

I found the feedback very helpful and made changes to implement them. The reader
definitely read my script carefully and the comments were right on target.

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

Single-space after a period. On a 120-page script, it’ll save you a couple of pages.

But all kidding aside (actually, I’m not kidding), my advice to other writers is to read as many scripts as possible. And to seek feedback. I found them invaluable.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene Screenplay – DUE SOUTH by Evan R Schullery

Watch the July 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Reading.

DUE SOUTH by Evan R  Schullery

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy

A plump baby goose who can’t fly is left behind in Canada while his family migrates south.

CAST LIST:

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

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

A plump Canadian gosling who can’t fly is abandoned by his family when they migrate south, so he decides to undertake the journey on webbed foot with two furry companions.

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

This story explores the theme of what makes a family a family. I think many people can relate to the idea that blood does not always make someone family and that things like loyalty, friendship, and working together for a common purpose can. It’s also an underdog story that I hope people will find inspiring because Gus, the main character, is able to accomplish a lot despite his limitations.

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

Family Fun

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

Hmmm, probably Rocky IV because it’s always on TV and I can’t not watch it or I’ll feel un-American.

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

Off and on for several years. I wrote the first draft in about 10 days, but it is currently drastically different. I still plan on re-working it to make as strong as it can be.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written several other screenplays and am constantly outlining other ideas until one takes off.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I forget how I came up with the concept, but I was intrigued by the initial thought of a baby goose being left behind and having to make the trip on foot. I thought the idea lent itself to an animated feature. Once I determined the ending, I was excited to finish it. It was my first time writing animated characters, so it was enjoyable to come up with jokes and zany antics that you can’t pull off with human characters.

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

Pacing was a challenge for this screenplay because it was a balance between showing enough time passing and land being covered without boring the reader. The initial problem with the first draft was a lack of conflict with the family’s storyline, so I had to remedy that as well.

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

I am passionate about current events, learning new things, spending time with friends, and music.

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

I thought it would be a great opportunity to have my work read. I am appreciative of what this contest does and grateful for the feedback. It thought the feedback was spot-on.

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

The best advice for a writer is the kind you teach yourself as you persevere and get things finished.

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

Best Scene Screenplay – ELAN VITAL, TV PILOT by Maroun Rached

Watch the July 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Reading. 

ELAN VITAL, TV PILOT by Maroun Rached

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi

Synopsis: The world in the 2050’s is split into democratic regimes and Elohite theocracies, states run by the clergy of a new extremist faith. Elohite specially trained agents infiltrate the US and commit terrorist attacks using paranormal powers. A team of local paranormals is recruited to stop them.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
NATHAN – Dan Cristofori
AIDEN – Mark Boutros
FRANK – David Occhipinti
BILL – Michael Gaty

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

People with paranormal powers (mostly telekinetic) recruited by the government to find and stop terrorists possessing the same powers.

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

Into a series actually 🙂 It could be lots of fun, in the same style as “Heroes”, “Alphas” or the “Tomorrow People”

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

Counter-terrorism, Telekinesis

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

Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”

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

Around 6 months

6. How many stories have you written?

4

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The pleasure of writing Sci-Fi stories

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

Imperfections, plot holes, contradictions in some characters’ behavior…

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

Architecture, Music, and Arts in general

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

I entered it in many competitions; this one was very well rated on MovieBytes. My feelings on my initial feedback (which was a rejection) was disappointment at first; but then, I took into consideration all the points of the constructive criticism it contained, and the story improved drastically.

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

Yes. Write every day, even if just 2 pages: you’ll finish 60 pages in one month. Then re-write and re-edit…

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

WILDsound Performer: DAVID OCCHIPINTI. April 3/2016 Writing Festival

Actor DAVID OCCHIPINTI will be performed at the writing festival on April 3 2016.

See the highlights of the April 3rd festival

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DAVID OCCHIPINTI

Height: 5’7

Hair: Salt & Brown

Eyes: Brown

Recent screenplays the actor has performed in:

ACTORFeature Script- ORIGINS
April 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Panek & Guershon Moreno

ACTORShort Script- WRITER’S DUEL
April 2015 Reading
Written by Ellery VanDooyeweert

ACTORTV PILOT – Hail Mary
November 2015 Reading
Written by Stan Williamson

ACTOR1st Scene: LITTLE PROFESSOR
April 2015 Reading
Written by Monte Light & Cooper Holmes

ACTOR1st Scene: GOOD NIGHT, CRONKITE
April 2015 Reading
Written by Rita Doyle Roberts

ACTORFeature Script LUDLOW
August 2013 Reading
Written by Bradd Hopkins

ACTOR TV SPEC – MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW
October 2013 Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel

ACTOR Feature Script – RUM HOUSE
January 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Sieve

ACTOR TV SPEC – 2 BROKE GIRLS
October 2013 Reading
Written by Greg Wayne

ACTOR SHORT SCRIPT – MEN OF COLOR
October 2013 Reading
Written by Mike Kirby

SCREENPLAY1st Scene Script: THE MANTLE
August 2015 Reading
by Frank Edward Kelly

SCREENPLAY10pg. Stageplay: THE TEA PARTY
August 2015 Reading
by Gregory Cole

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – HOW IT STARTS
July 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vassie

ACTORTV PILOT – RUST
July 2015 Reading
Written by Cody Carson

ACTORTV SPEC – ORPHAN BLACK
July 2015 Reading
Written by Jacqueline Bircher

ACTORBEST SCENE – No Hope For Gomez
November 2015 Reading
Written by Graham Parke

ACTORBEST SCENE – The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio
November 2015 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde

ACTORTV SPEC – Silicon Valley
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jennifer McAuliffe

ACTORTV PILOT – Max Cobra
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brad Heisler

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Ascent
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brough Hansen