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1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its October 2015 Winners

Watch the winning First Scene Scripts performed by professional actors:

#1 – 1st. SCENE SCRIPT – Mercy
Written by George Lewis

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

SYNOPSIS:

Mercy is a story that looks into the past and the future through the experiences of a man who wants to end racism and in doing so he becomes instrumental in electing the first African American President of the United States.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Kiran Friesen
PRESIDENT/JEROME – Bubba
MAX ROBERTS – Peter Nelson
TREY – Sean Ballantyne
ROSE – Fran Townend

#2 – 1st. SCENE SCRIPT – The Arv
Written by Joshua Collins

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

SYNOPSIS:

A film is about a lethal obsession and how it can alter a persons perception of their world. As well as a very uncovered subject matter(in film)–aero-technology.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
ALAYAS – Sean Ballantyne
MARK/MARDALE – Peter Nelson
VOICE OVER – Becky Shrimpton
Steven – Bubba

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script performed at the festival. Full feedback

http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

– Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!

WATCH past 1st Scene Festival readings:

Watch Short Screenplay Reading of SYMPOSIUM, by Tom Grady

Watch SYMPOSIUM, Short Script Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
WOMAN – Fran Townend
SERVICE MAN – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Tom Grady:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“Symposium” is about a very lonely woman who enlists a serviceman to make sense of the sudden appearance of a large appliance in her living room.

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

This script has made many people laugh, and laugh hard only to have the wind taken out of them by the ending. I got very excited indulging myself in the word play of the woman, just being silly and absurd. I also wanted to make this very cinematic and draw attention to our new normal, our selfie society, that we only feel secure when we feel we’re in control of our image—and this is of course a folly. In this regard, I think the film has something to say that people can relate to. Thematically, I think the universal desire to connect over pain that defies words makes us humble, and we need to remember those who have fallen as tough as those feelings may be.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

Actually, I’m going to plagiarize from the wonderful WILDsound feedback, “When an eccentric woman notices something strange in her apartment, she calls for a service man, resulting in an enlightening and emotional conversation.”

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

For sheer cinematic storytelling brio, I always go back to Tommy.

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

I adapted this from a play written many years ago. The recent adaptation to a screenplay came quite fast. Two days. I’m mindful of how plays can be adapted poorly. You often see an awkwardly inserted car chase to “open up” the action; alternatively, the film throws up its hands and just reproduces the staging—not cinema. I knew that the Woman wanted to connect with the outside world, so I crafted the selfie stick as a means to quell her shakes as she attempted to memorialize her grief. The movie within a movie element as well as the appliance making its entrance halfway through were my cinematic flourishes.

6. How many stories have you written?

So many, lost count.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

9/11. Specifically, I wanted to show how grief is an insider’s game. You can recognize others who carry the weight of it, and it feels good to nod to each other.

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

None to speak of. As an academic, I lead a pretty privileged writing life.

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

A little mosey down Bond Street, a little sniff around Gucci, sidle up to Ralph Lauren, pass through Browns and on to Quags for a light lunch.

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

I like the idea that you were going to get substantial feedback. I must say, I felt quite flushed with pride reading the comments. Writing can be a lonely life, and especially in screenwriting, there’s no readily available audience to share your work, so reading the response that gave such care to the specifics of my intent was quite a bolster to my resolve to keep on going.

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

I don’t know that I have any sage wisdom here, but I’d say tell the truth. Tell the truth that is most risky. Get outside and play with others. Volunteer for a theater or any arts organization.

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DEADLINE: SHORT Screenplay Contest Festival SAVE $10 – FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed at festival (winner every month)
http://www.wildsound.ca/shortscriptcontest.html

Watch Recent Winning Short Screenplay Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/short_script_readings.html

Read Recent Testimonials about the Short Screenplay Festival:
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Watch Feature Screenplay Reading of DEATH DON’T US PART, by Olaf Baumann

Watch DEATH DON’T US PART, Feature Script Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
CHARLEY – Bubba
EMMA – Jane Smythe
DINA – Kiran Friesen
ROSCOE/NAPOLEAN – Peter Nelson
HELEN – Becky Shrimpton
STEVE – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Olaf Baumann:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It is about the quest for true love and the intricacies of being dead.

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

People deserve a good laugh. Times are hard enough.

3. This story has a lot going for it. It’s part Fantasy, part Comedy, part Musical, part Drama, part Romance. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

This barrage of “part genres” makes my head spin. Bottom line: It’s funny.

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

To Be or Not To Be, 1942; written by Melchior Lengyel, Edwin Justus; directed by Ernst Lubitsch. This comedy is ground zero for the genre.

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

I wrote the first word in 2012. Then it was a sleeping beauty for some time until I finished it (for now) in the spring of 2015.

6. How many stories have you written?

Lost count on the ideas and stories; 5 plays (2 produced); 8 screenplays. (all comedies)

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I would like people to face their ghosts and laugh.

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

There are a couple of first drafts on my shelf that all vie for attention. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which dream to wreck first.

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

God loves ALL people. If your pastor, (rabbi, imam, etc.) tells you otherwise, find another church.

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

The prize. A table read is much more exciting than yet another copy of final draft.
The reviewer called my writing brilliant, and I didn’t have to bribe or blackmail him/her. That felt nice.

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

If you’re not having fun it’s not worth it.

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Deadline: 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/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

Watch 1st Scene Reading of MERCY, by George Lewis

Watch MERCY, 1st Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Kiran Friesen
PRESIDENT/JEROME – Bubba
MAX ROBERTS – Peter Nelson
TREY – Sean Ballantyne
ROSE – Fran Townend

Get to know writer George Lewis:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Mercy is a story that looks into the past and the future through the experiences of a man who wants to end racism and in doing so he becomes instrumental in electing the first African American President of the United States.

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

Mercy is a story, a lesson from our history that brings us closer to the enduring values inherent in our shared humanity. Mercy reminds us that although we have engaged in and witnessed acts of unspeakable inhumanity in the past, we are not beyond redemption. The powerful stories of these characters transcends the past and lifts their lives to a level that redeems them and others from the of racism and gives us hope.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

Mercy is a story about Jerome White colloquially known as the Black Time Traveller who goes back and forth in history where he searches for the Imperial Wizard of KKK with support from friends Rose and Trey who protect him in the present during his forays into the past. Bringing him close to death, history intersects with the rise of a young black Senator and the modern day Wizard who are both headed towards the highest office in the land. The Black Time Traveller will play an incredible role in determining who gets elected.

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

The Fifth Element

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

I first started writing Mercy under another title in 2008 and as it went through many iterations of the years. As the story changed, so did the title until I arrived at this story and the title Mercy.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written a dozen stories and two feature length screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Originally, the story came from experiencing the aftermath of my younger brother’s death from racism and Jim Crow laws that denied him medical care that could have possibly saved his life. The screenplay started out to be about that part of my life but evolved to include much more.

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

There were many. First, there was a steep learning curve and although I wanted to tell this story, I had resistance to sharing it through a lens that was powerful, but not necessarily entirely from my personal story. I had to surrender myself to the story that wanted to be written, still drawing from my experiences in unexpected ways. Another obstacle was my own self-doubt and insecurity on so many levels (“who am I to be writing this?” to fear that “hostile forces would find a way to defeat my efforts”). Medical problems arose like Congestive Heart Failure, Sarcoidosis an autoimmune disorder, and Depression. My fiancé left me, my dreams seemed to collapse around me and I moved in with one of my children, thinking…I’m done! I give up! There’s no chance! Lord come take me now.

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

I’m passionate about politics, mental health, films, story telling, the arts like Ballet, symphony and travel.

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

I loved the sense of openness and the feedback was simply first rate. I felt like I improved each time I resubmitted my project. The criticism was always right on point and made suggestions I could immediately put to use in making the story stronger.

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

Just don’t give up! And, pray! There will be challenges and obstacles but this is all part of the process since the writing process evolves over an extended period of time, setbacks and advances should be expected. I learned was a combination of patience and “how to handle the highs and lows” that would determine my success.

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script performed at the festival. Full feedback

http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

Watch 1st Scene Reading of THE ARV, by Joshua Collins

Watch THE ARV 1st Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
ALAYAS – Sean Ballantyne
MARK/MARDALE – Peter Nelson
VOICE OVER – Becky Shrimpton
Steven – Bubba

Get to know the writer Joshua Collins:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In short, the film is about a lethal obsession and how it can alter a persons perception of their world. As well as a very uncovered subject matter(in film)–aero-technology.

But overall, the experience might leave (hopefully) wondering/discussing idea’s that have never crossed their minds regarding aero-technology and energy sources.

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

Considering the state of our world’s condition and the struggle we find ourselves trying to right a very evident problem, the film is a different look at what is more than possible (via-solutions). It also gives light to the ‘why’ on more than one occasion, but utilizing a fun and impacting format to do so. Rather than a documentary this film could speak with people of all ages by way of classic film-making.

The film could open up doors for many conversations that just aren’t happening, and that’s sad.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

The ARV can only be experienced and yet hard to believe its happening.

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

There isn’t just one, there’s never just one:

Tarkovsky’s STALKER
Michael Haneke’s THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
KUBRIKS 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

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

Research took well over a year, but the writing took about two months.

6. How many stories have you written?

A lot. A lot, a lot.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was blown away that the sci-fi/drama genre was lacking in anything that dealt with a real human problem–sustainable energy source.

Also that many films that ever dealt with anything extra-terrestrial based were far too cliché and over-done. This film, THE ARV, finally gives a real life look at the reality of such a complex subject matter.

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

Having to learn quantum physics on an elementary level to create the real dialogue the story contains. One cannot simply make it up or just learn ‘key phrases’. A lot of scientists would go see this film and the last thing I’d want is to be laughed at. So, having to learn the principles of General relativity, Newton’s Laws of Motion etc…

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

Directing, directing, acting, music, life, Buddhism. And directing.

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

I was drawn to the festival based on its format. Hearing your screenplay read aloud by actors for the first time is a big plus.

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

Humans need stories to understand ourselves but at the same time to relinquish control of their perception’s. A writers job is to be responsible for what we give to them (the audience)…and in hopes that their perception is somewhat or altogether altered.

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script performed at the festival. Full feedback

http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html