WILDsound Announces its FEATURE SCREENPLAY Winners for July 2016

Watch the 2 winning feature screenplay readings performed by professional actors from July 2016.

Feature Script: FIEND
by Jeff York

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

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, History

When famed Jekyll & Hyde author Robert Louis Stevenson turns out himself to be a dangerous split personality, the only one who can save him and London from his fiendish alter ego is a maverick American psychiatrist with daring, unconventional methods.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
PRINCE – Michael Kazarian
STEVENSON/WOLFE – Robert Notman
BURKE – Devin Upham
CLAY/CARTLER – Neil Bennett
ANNE – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
FANNY – Mandy May Cheetham

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Feature Script: THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER
by Marc Lalonde

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

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Farce, Screwball Comedy, Fantasy

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

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Mid Year Review: Watch 11 Winning Feature Screenplays

Deadline to submit your screenplay to the festival:http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch the Winning Feature Screenplay Readings from January to June 2016 from the Writing Festival:

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INKED IN BLOOD
June 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Corricelli

ACTORFeature Screenplay – THE BOO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire

ACTORFan Fiction Feature Screenplay – STAR WARS Episode I: THE REDEMPTION OF SKYWALKER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brian O’Flaherty

ACTORFeature Screenplay – CATCH THE DEVIL
April 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Blinder

ACTORFeature Screenplay – MISPRINTS
April 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston

ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj

Feature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fredric Maffei

Feature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL
March 2016 Reading
Written by Pamela Green and Everett House Sr.

Feature Screenplay – FOUR FOR THE BORDER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Toby Roberts

Feature Screenplay – HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY
February 2016 Reading
Written by L.R. Whittinger

ACTORFeature Screenplay – CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

WILDsound Announces its May 2016 Winning Feature Screenplays

Watch the 2 winning screenplays performed by professional actors at the festival. Each screenplay that gets submitted receives full feedback on their work. 

#1 – Feature Screenplay – THE BOO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Drama

Synopsis: Ronnie is a small-town sheriff in the South who still talks to his dead wife on a daily basis. His estranged sister-in-law, Brooke, is dealing with the sudden loss of her husband while still trying to conquer the mental demons of her past. Healing an old family rift becomes all the more difficult when those demons turn out to not merely be figments of her imagination.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
BROOKE – Kelci Stephenson
RONNIE – Zack Amzallag
OLIVIA/ANGELA – Jennifer Ferris
LUCIEN – Moui Nene
RAYLAND – Sean Ballantyne

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#2 – Feature Screenplay – STAR WARS Episode I: THE REDEMPTION OF SKYWALKER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brian O’Flaherty

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy

Synopsis: Some stories are too important, some stories must be retold. The story of Anakin Skywalker will be molded between the pressure of separate forces vying for his soul, which will determine the fate of the galaxy.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
ANAKIN – Chris Ormrod
SHALI/MARA – Isabella Bontorin
OWEN/VARIOUS – Neil Kulin
ADMIRAL LEOPOLD/VARIOUS – Mark Sparks
OBI-WAN – Dan Cristofori

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Interview with Phillip Parker, Feature Screenplay Winner (The Third Bomb)

While I was writing my script, I used the ‘text to voice’ feature on Final Draft so I could hear what it would sound like to have my story read out loud. The computer voices are pretty bad, but it did help me hone the dialogue. When I discovered the WILDsound Festival, and the chance to get my story read by flesh and blood actors, I was all in! I’m thrilled that I was selected. This will be a great learning tool that will help me polish my script even more. I’m sure I will wonder why I never got some real people together earlier to have a read through of my story. It really is an invaluable way to improve your writing.

– Phillip Parker, on why he submitted to the WILDsound Writing Festival (Review)

    Watch the Full Reading of THE THIRD BOMB:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
    Mark – Jason Martorino
    Harry/Locke – Jason J. Thomas
    Sgt. Mizumi – Derek Chan
    Capt. Tanaka – Scott Dion Brown
    Zack/Ralph – Nathan Kohn
    Lt. Shiro – Ben Hur
    Yunmei – Angelica Alejandro
    Jill – Stephanie Seaton

Interview with screenwriter Phillip Parker:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The third atomic mission has crashed in Japanese territory and the rule-following pilot is ordered to detonate his bomb, but when an ambitious Japanese commander throws him into a prison filled with Allied POWs, he must learn to put humanity before duty if any of them are to escape the island alive.

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

First and foremost, because this story deals with thematic questions that are universal, no matter the time period or culture. On a story level, it is about the good of the many vs. the good of the few, and asks the question – Is the good of the many always the right choice? On a character level, it posits the moral dilemma – What if you, or people you know, are part of the few? In today’s troubled world, filled with ongoing proxy wars, tangled alliances and terrorists who hide amongst civilian populations, these questions are more relevant than ever.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I wrote my first story when I was in 8th grade. I was in love with the Lord of the Rings back then. I liked drawing maps of Middle Earth and writing short stories about wizards and hobbits. My teacher thought I was great, but my interest got side tracked when I discovered girls. Much later, I wrote some travel articles that were published and an honor’s thesis at college that got top marks, but still, I hadn’t found a mentor who could make me see that, hey, I really liked writing and could make a career out of it. Maybe my parents thought it was a path to poverty, so they never encouraged it lol.

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

It’s a toss-up between Casablanca and The Last of the Mohicans

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Michael Mann, Mathew McConaughey, Wolfgang Peterson, Jennifer Lawrence

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Two feature screenplays and the beginnings of a third, one half-hour TV episodic, plus several published travel and marketing articles.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Career-wise? I’d like to have sold a spec or two. Writing on staff for TV show would be great. Just being a writer for hire and paying the bills doing the thing I love most would be a dream come true. It’s a dream I intend to make come true.

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

For the last 7 years I’ve had a full time job at the BBC as a Creative Producer. It’s long and demanding work. To fit in some writing around that, and my lovely girlfriend, I have to sacrifice something, and that something is usually sleep. I get up around 430-5am every day, do an hour or so of power writing, then go to work. In the evenings, I try to sneak in an hour or so, too. On the weekends, I write as much as I can until my girlfriend drags me out of my cave to remind me what the sun looks like. Not surprisingly, I’ve been known to fall asleep, sitting up, with my hands on the keyboard

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

Despite all my hours devoted to writing, I actually love the outdoors. I like adrenaline pumping stuff. It gets the juices flowing and reminds you how precious and fun life can be.

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

There is a saying: “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most won’t, so you can live the rest of your life like most can’t.” The same goes for writers. If you really want to make a career out of it, you have to do it every day, even if that means sacrificing things you love. Just don’t sacrifice love itself J

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Deadline April 15th: 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/winning_screenplays.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

Interview with Michael Miceli, Feature Screenplay Winner (BESA)

WILDsound has a reputation for providing on-the-money professional feedback for each submission. I like to enter every project I do in WILDsound because it is a great barometer for comparing your work to what is hot in the industry.

– Michael Miceli, on the WILDsound experience (review)

    Watch the Winning Feature Script Reading of BESA

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Sedina Fiati
    Gino – Peter Nelson
    Ilir – Roman Spera
    Uke – Jarrid Terrell
    Carmine Jr. – Robert Notman
    Valbona – Erynn Brook
    Valbona – Steve Rizzo

Matthew Toffolo interviews winning writer Michael Miceli:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

Besa is the story of a loyal Italian father, forced to defend his son who has inadvertently sparked a New York mob war between Sicilian and Albanian crime families.

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

Besa is based on the electrifying novel by Louis Romano, who did an incredible job of capturing the criminal world as it exists today. Our version of the mafia is a weak fossil of what has been depicted in films over the past forty years. The real power is in the fresh blood: Albanians and Russians.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

I wrote my first script when I was in second grade. It was for puppet show I put on for my class about a very lucky dog. Before I could write, I used to draw stories, frame by frame, on a piece of paper and then pull the paper past a make shift projector I had made – which was a flashlight aimed through a toilet paper tube, shining onto my bedroom wall. So I guess you could say storytelling and “filmmaking” has been there since the beginning for me.

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

I saw “Raiders of the Lost Ark” twice in the theatre when I was 4 years old. The moment that boulder came rolling , I was hooked.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Working or not, I’d love to be in the same room with Steven Spielberg for an hour with the hope that I’d catch whatever he has. E.T., Jaws, and Schindler’s List are three completely different genres and he mastered them all.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have written 13 feature film scripts. Most recently, “Beautiful Me”, a faith-based film being produced by Restoring Truth Media, and “Chimerism”, a medical thriller being produced by Girl On a Rocking Horse Productions. Both are going into production in 2015.

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

On set, anywhere, bringing a script to the screen.

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

Characters first. Once you’ve written everybody’s whole life from birth to the first page of your script, then you’re ready to begin the journey. From there, I don’t try to structure creativity. I write out of order, just tackling any scene as it grows out of my mind. The smoothing out comes in subsequent drafts.

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

I have three little kids that seem to be passionate about everything. So I am passionate about them being passionate about everything.

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

Every writer should always remember the golden rule of screenwriting: simple story, complex characters. If you can do that, you’re more than half way there.

Chatting with Howard Fridkin, WILDsound Feature Screenplay Winner

I truly believe that a table read is the next best thing in seeing my script on the big screen — so I entered my new thriller “The Devil’s Larceny.”

– Howard Fridkin, On what influenced him to enter the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)

Watch the entire feature script reading now:

NOTE: There is a TWIST in the end of this script. So pay attention!

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KATIE – Kirsten Nolan
STEVEN – John Goodrich
PROF. ROTHBINE – Gabriel Dumas
DR. BURMAN – Roman Spera
SARAH – Stephanie Schmid
JUNE – Ida Jagaric
DET. DESMOND – David Schaap

Submit your own Feature Screenplay Today. Holiday Special: SAVE $15 off regular submission:
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch past winning feature script readings performed at the WILDsound Featival:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

WILDsound’s Matthew Toffolo sat with Howard about his screenplay and writing career:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your FEATURE SCRIPT about?

HF: Elements of the scenario have to be curtailed to prevent spoilers and the setup of a twist ending. The story is about two young law students, Steven & Katie, engaged to be married, who are researching the crimes of a dead pedophiliac serial killer for an important law assignment. As they begin delving into the killer’s psyche and the lives of his deceased victims, they begin noticing certain character traits resembling their own and eventually realize the horror that he is the reincarnation of the killer and she is the reincarnation of his last female victim. Katie, in order to survive Steven’s pursuing obsession to kill her, must plan to murder him first — but who’s going to believe her ludicrous story?

MT: Why should your script be made into a film?

HF: This is a highly unique psychological thriller which has never been executed in this type of fashion before. The credible blend of suspense and supernatural events (a la: “Psycho” meets “The Exorcist”) will throw the audience into a new realm of terror and thoroughly surprise them with its complex, yet all accountable twist ending. This makes for a low budget, high concept spec script with enough audience appeal for a commercial success.

MT: How long have you been writing?

HF: Since the 70s, but as a hobby and always for fun. I began taking writing seriously in the 90s and have since been aspiring to earn recognition.

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

HF: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (it’s a religion with me).

MT: What artists would you love to work with?

HF: Clint Eastwood

MT: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

HF: Eight.

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

HF: Love to be earning a living by doing what I love: writing and, eventually, direct.

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

HF: I try to write every day, even it if isn’t the main story I am working on. I may watch a film or listen to music that puts me into a certain mood for a story. Depending on the subject matter I’m writing about, I watch specific films to inspire me but then I make sure I go the extra 100 miles to create a new formula for that respective genre.

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

HF: I’m an incurable movie addict by nature and have been since I saw my first episode of the original TV show “The Outer Limits” at age 4. I’m also a fervent memorabilia and classic toy collector and have been declared by Joe Clokey (son of “Gumby” creator Art Clokey) “the biggest Gumby collector in the world.”

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

HF: I hate to use cliches, but when one really works, you have to go with it. Winston Churchill said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” And getting professional feedback on your screenplay doesn’t hurt either.

MT: Thanks.

– Enjoy!