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October 2014 Feature Script Winner. WILDsound Feature Screenplay Festival Review

Kyle Jenkins from MovieBytes. On the WILDsound Writing Festival:

I’ve had a great experience with the WILDsound screenplay contest. The feedback for my screenplay arrived right on time. It was thorough, insightful and very helpful in guiding me during the revision process. The table read of my screenplay was recently posted to YouTube and to the WILDsound website and, by all accounts, it was a wonderful experience!

Read the full interview from Kyle Jenkins winning the festival contest:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?tab=tab4&InterviewID=735&ContestNumber=2100

WATCH the entire screenplay reading of Kyle’s winning “THE FIX FACTORY” script performed by professional actors. In two weeks it has already garnered over 1100 views on YouTube:

The Fix Factory is a Horror/Thriller FOUND FOOTAGE Screenplay.

SYNOPSIS:

“After an all-night bender, alcoholic, wannabe family man Lawrence Tijman wakes up in the hospital sporting a mysterious bite mark and a sudden resolution to start his life all over again. During Lawrence’s journey to kick the bottle and become a responsible adult, he’s confronted by an orphaned child, a girlfriend who’s had enough and a guilt-ridden stranger determined to teach Lawrence how to live with his newly discovered thirst for blood, which proves to be far worse than his thirst for booze.”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Stecyk
LAWRENCE – Dan Cristofori
WILLIAM – Jason Martorino
BRENDA – Silvina Andrea D’Alessandro
STEVE ALLEN – Neil Bennett
ALEX – Gabriel Darku
WENDY – Cindy Landerman

At least 5 winners a month. Submit your own feature script to the festival. Next deadline is Oct. 31st:
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Hope you enjoy
– Matthew Toffolo

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Turning Novels/Short Stories into movies – Watch the First Film Diamond and the Fosters Part 1

I am so proud to announce the revealing of our new enterprise. We are turning novels and short stories into movies. We just completed our first film:

Diamond’s Family Tree – Children’s Story written by Michael David Weis

WATCH NOW – In just a week it has already garnered over 1400 views:

www.diamondandthefosters.com

BUY NOW on Amazon – The entire poetic novel of this amazing story.

Written by Michael David Weis

Illustration by Matthew Avant

Narration by Becky Shrimpton

Editing and Visual Design by Yujin Song

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

This will be the beginning of a long series of amazing stories turned into movies. I am filled with excitement, nerves, insecurity, confidence, and determination all rolled up to one giant ball that is stuck in my gut. Hope you enjoy.

Interested in turning your Story into a Movie. CLICK HERE and find out how:
http://www.wildsound.ca/audio_video_book.html

TV SPEC Screenplays – WILDsound Writing Festival Review

Spec screenplays are a great way for writers to showcase their writing abilities. When seeking agent representation, it’s one of the better ways to show that you can write for a series, and therefore get hired for a series. If you understand the plotting, characters, and the overall theme of a TV series that’s on the air, then you can get hired for a particular show that fits the genre you wrote the spec for.

In the last year we’ve performed original screenplays of the following TV shows:

– Mad Men
– Mary Tyler Moore
– 2 Broke Girls
– New Girl
– Mom
– Hannibal
– Parenthood
– South Park
– Archer

And this weekend we’re set to perform spec script readings for Modern Family and Rick & Morty

The WILDsound festival is a cool way for the writer to see their TV spec come to life. Otherwise, they are just writing it for agents and producers to read. Plus, the actors who perform the scripts LOVE doing these readings. Playing Don Draper, Hannibal Lecter, Cartman, Jess and all is so much fun!

In 2015, we plan on showcasing at least 30 spec screenplays at our festival. Submit today.

Watch past readings from these TV shows here:

Or, you can watch them individually here:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

Submit your own TV SPEC Screenplay for FEEDBACK and performance here:
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Thanks
Matthew Toffolo

Novel and Short Story Readings. Writing Festival Review

In early 2014, the WILDsound Writing Festival transitioned to performing novel and short story readings using professional actors in Toronto.

So far, we have performed at least one winner every single month. And next year we plan on performing at least 2 a month, including transcripts from full novels.

Take a look and listen:

This month we also added our new feature where we are now turning short stories and novels into movies! Our first novel turned movie was completed 5 days ago and already it has garnered over 1100 hits:

There is a deadline approaching for Short Story and Novel Festivals. Garner FULL FEEDBACK on your story and get it performed at our festival:

SHORT STORY Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/short_story_contest.html

1st CHAPTER and NOVEL Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Also, you can read recent writers submission reactions on the feedback on their work:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/wildsound_novel_contest_festival_review.html

Recent testimonials:

Interesting feedback. I too have come to the same conclusion you have. I will resubmit, rewriting the opening chapter and taking out the narration of the dead man. I was seduced by the idea, but agree he becomes a distraction and a filter.
– Elisabeth Appell
Elements of Betrayal, 1st chapter book

Thank you for the festival and the feedback. This book hit its target. To provide a broad base from which others can continue the story.
– Roland Hughes
John Smith: Last Known Survivor

Thanks for your insightful and highly constructive comments on my novel submission, “Victoria The First”. Clearly, your reader(s) read the manuscript carefully and thoroughly. Your overall assessment of “a great read” has encouraged me to dive back in and tell this story the way I know I can.
– Bill Osinski
Victoria The First: A Novel, Full Novel

Thanks for your thoughtful critique. And how you pin-pointed all of the many grammatical errors in this novel draft. The notebook passages were meant in part to convey that vitally important moral and political distinction (Ariel is something of a marxist for a reason, after all). I am sorry it was not made more clear in the narrative. Again, thanks for reading my novel with such care.
– Christopher Bernard
Voyage to a Phantom City, Full Novel

Hope you enjoy and hope to see you submit.

Thanks
Matthew


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WILDsound Review – March 2014 Film Festival Event

Today we’re going back to the first film festival event of 2014. The first of 10 film festival events for the year.

The THEME of the event was WAITING. Every film showcased at the event was about waiting for something to happen.

Talk about a great selection of films. Take a look at the full details of movies showcased, plus all of their audience feedback videos: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/march_2014_film_festival.html

The audience selected the Brazilian film THE PACKAGE as the best film of the night. Watch the feedback video from the Toronto audience:

The Package is a delicate and sweet love history between two young gay men. One of them is HIV positive. It has a powerful and contemporary message of acceptance and tolerance.

The audience then selected the Norwegian Sci-Fi/Comedy short SPACEWRECKED as the best performances. Watch feedback video:

Spacewrecked could be the most unique and clever film we’ve ever showcased. It’s Curb You Enthusiasm in space!

It was a great start to our year as we’ve showcased some amazing films from all over the world.

Three more events to go in 2014. If you’re in the Toronto area, make sure you attend our upcoming events. Next one is Thursday October 30th at the Carlton Cinemas:
http://www.wildsound.ca/torontofilmfestivals.html

We’ve come a long way with this festival. The idea for a feedback film festival was simple in its nature, but it took a bit to really nail the TONE of the moderation session. At the beginning the talk was very black and white – either someone hated the film or they loved it. A Siskel & Ebert thumps up/thumps down approach. It took me about 2 years to really understand how to direct the conversation. I’ve never been interested in simple judgments as I always thought that everything is somewhere in the middle, especially films. So what we try to do is have a conversation with the audience that is about feeling.

Whenever I’ve made a film my mission was to tell a story with true emotion within the context of the genre, plot, and setting. Whatever the situation is, it needs to have a real feel to it like this is happening. It’s the search of finding out what this all means and why we’re here. And I’m not trying to be wanky or elitist saying someone like that. Sometimes a raunchy comedy has more truth in it than a dark drama.

That’s what I’m trying to do in these audience feedback videos. To try to figure out the truth in the particular film we’re talking about. And because we are showing so many great films at our festival these days, it’s becoming easier to figure that out.

– Matthew Toffolo