Best Scene Reading of TURN THE TABLES, by Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin

Winning Screenplay – TURN THE TABLES
Written by Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
EMCEE – Peter Mark Raphael
CARL – Jonah Akler-Silliman
JOE – Christopher Huron
HENRY – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Music, turntables, big hair, brawls, girls, and revenge are just a few words to describe this story of Generation X. Turn the Tables is the bare-knuckle yet hilarious flashback tale of love lost, again and again, like the scratches on a 12″ vinyl record.


Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

High school mobile DJ’s Travis and Carl set their sights on the DJ World Championship, while heartache, complicated home lives, and a rival DJ crew are all hell-bent on their destruction.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Coming of Age

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Music is enjoyed by nearly everyone in the world. Nearly all your memories from your life have a soundtrack of the era attached to them. This film would show the background on how that soundtrack is delivered while keeping non DJ enthusiasts entertained.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Generation X.

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

Aliens (1986)/Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Part time, off and on for several years.

How many stories have you written?

Six. (Not just screenplays)

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

ACDC-Back in Black
Van Halen – Unchained

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Receiving feedback and making changes to the script. It is constantly under construction. With co-writers, many times it is a struggle to come to a consensus on how a scene will play out. Many hours went into these brainstorming sessions.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Camping. Shooting guns.

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

The feedback that we received was very insightful and it let us know that we still had a lot of work to do.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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Winning TV PILOT Reading – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE, by Irwin Greenstein

Winning Screenplay – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
Written by Irwin Greenstein

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
NEAL – Peter Mark Raphael
ALLEN – Jonah Akler-Silliman
JACK – Christopher Huron
CAROLYN – Vanessa Quagliara
HENRY – Charles Gordon
SHEILA Kayla Farris

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama, LGBT

A moody, intense drama about the Beat Generation of writers during their time in San Francisco. Focusing on Allen Ginsberg, this pilot tells the story of their tragically entwined lives as they struggle with the responsibility and tediumof a “normal” life and try to recapture their identity.

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

Their fierce appetites for sex, drugs and freedom of expression push Beat icons Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady to defy taboos of repressive 1950s America and ignite the anti-establishment insurgence that still makes headlines today.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Commercially, “When the World was Square” presents the flip-side of Mad Men — the unrefined and raw sexuality and hipster fashions that have been largely ignored. Creatively, it presents and birth of America’s gay rights movement and pivot point toward the individual freedoms of expression we now enjoy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sexy and addictive.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Black Sails

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 2 years.

How many stories have you written?

In terms of fiction, I’ve written my fair share of unproduced screenplays and unpublished novels — combined I would say about 10. But I’m a professional writer and I write non-fiction every day that’s available to me, so my output is very high.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Facing the challenge of integrating the research and history of the Beats into a compelling, structured narrative. You want to remain true to the original souls but at the same time portray their lives in a commercial and prescribed format.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sports cars. It’s an expensive habit. Right now I have an old Porsche. Don’t ask about the repair bills. But drop the top on a beautiful day here in South Georgia and the experience is all worth it.

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

I would say it’s the dream of every aspiring screenwriter to see their work performed by people passionate about their craft, and short of a full-blown production a table read is really inspiring. The feedback was great. I took it all to heart and a few weeks laters ended up with a much-improved version.

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

In retrospect, I would urge you all to stay in medical school. Short of that, strive for originality because even if you find yourself eventually drifting into commercial trends at least you would have started in place that’s true to yourself.


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Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

WILDsound Performer: FRANCES TOWNEND

ACTOR FRANCES TOWNEND

Height: 5’4

Hair: Auburn/Red

Eyes: Green

ACTORPerformed on the Feature Script – RUM HOUSE
January 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Sieve
ACTORFeature Script – FIX FACTORY
October 2014 Reading
Written by Kyle Jenkins

 

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – FEATURE: FLEET WEEK: EVANESCENCE
December 2014 Reading
Written by David Redstone
SCREENPLAYFIRST SCENE: TEDDY
December 2014 Reading
Written by Alvin Easter
ACTORBEST SCENE: VOX
December 2014 Reading
Written by Kevin Barnes

 

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT: GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE
December 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Sieve
SCREENPLAYSELECTED SCENES: TO DIE IN TENNESSEE
December 2014 Reading
Written by Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen
SCREENPLAY1st CHAPTER: WE ARE AMONG THE MONSTERS
December 2014 Reading
Written by Jonathan Flieger

 

ACTOR1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller
ACTOR1st Scene – SPARKS
February 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel
ACTORNOVEL READING – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by Alan Hostetter

 

ACTORTV PILOT – ERASER
February 2015 Reading
Written by Kim Godfrey
ACTORTV SPEC – CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
February 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Melara
ACTORTV SPEC – VEEP
February 2015 Reading
Written by Emily Cirillo

 

ACTOR1st. SCENE SCRIPT – Mercy
October 2015 Reading
Written by George Lewis
ACTOR1st. SCENE SCRIPT – The Arv
October 2015 Reading
Written by Joshua Collins
ACTORBest Scene SCRIPT – Comic Cons
October 2015 Reading
Written by Peter Harmon and Larry Postel

 

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – Death Don’t Us Part
October 2015 Reading
Written by Olaf Baumann
ACTORBest Scene SCRIPT – Capstone Lost & Found
October 2015 Reading
Written by Pamela Green
ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Symposium
October 2015 Reading
Written by Tom Grady

 

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

March 2016 Feature Screenplay Winners

Watch the 2 winning feature screenplay table readings from the festival in March 2016. 

Feature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
Written by Fredric Maffe

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was. One sizzling night on the town with babe-magnet Henry, and Nick flutters about him like a moth to flame. Enter Bunny! Smart and gorgeous, she’s an African-American filmmaker intent on making a documentary about Nick’s deceased dad, a little-known novelist of a bygone day. But when Bunny and Nick strike up a flame of their own, a jealous Henry looking on — there’s death to pay! Now Henry has not one but two moths to play with, to seduce, to cause to breathlessly hurl themselves against the deathly white heat of him. One delicate-winged little moth will break the cycle and fly away. One won’t.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
NICK – John Marcucci
HENRY – Jonathan Robbins
SYLVIA/BARBIE – Annie MacKay
BUNNY – Nikita Ivy Boston

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

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Drama, Family

Entails the life of Everett House as he grows up in a poor, Christian home in a Midwest city following the Great Depression, portraying his passion for playing the steel guitar just as his invalid father had, and then, beginning at age 17, portraying Everett’s years in a mental asylum. While in the institution, Everett undergoes shock treatment and other psychiatric practices popular to that era. But through it all, Everett finds God to be his stable source of strength, hope, and deliverance, and he is left with a divine promise concerning his future that his testimony will one day be used to warn mankind of the mark in the forehead.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
EVERETT – Ryan Anning
MABEL – Alicia Ryan
VARIOUS – Steve Rizzo
VARIOUS – Suchiththa DeSilva
VARIOUS – Nadia Gigi Inara

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Feature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME by Fredric Maffei

March 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay.

Watch MOTHS TO FLAME Feature Screenplay:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
NICK – John Marcucci
HENRY – Jonathan Robbins
SYLVIA/BARBIE – Annie MacKay
BUNNY – Nikita Ivy Boston

Get to know writer Fredric Maffei

1. What is your screenplay about?

Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was. One sizzling night on the town with babe-magnet Henry, and Nick flutters about him like a moth to flame. Enter Bunny! Smart and gorgeous, she’s an African-American filmmaker intent on making a documentary about Nick’s deceased dad, a little-known novelist of a bygone day. But when Bunny and Nick strike up a flame of their own, a jealous Henry looking on — there’s death to pay! Now Henry has not one but two moths to play with, to seduce, to cause to breathlessly hurl themselves against the deathly white heat of him. One delicate-winged little moth will break the cycle and fly away. One won’t.

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

For one, it contains one of the more memorable villains you’ll ever meet. Further, the book version won Kirkus Indie’s best thriller award in the year it was entered, Kirkus calling it “A gripping thriller with as many twists and turns as a cross-country road trip.”

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

Disturbing, devastating

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

Unforgiven

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

No end to the tweaks. I tweaked more when I was younger. As an older and matured writer, it takes me less than a month to complete a polished script.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve ten novels up on Amazon and have written twice that many screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My wife planted the seed, I supplied roots, leaves, and all the rest.

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

My wife, mostly.

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

Music, deeply so. A retired musician, I tend toward jazz and classical.

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

An honor having my screenplay read aloud, invaluable the experience as a writer. The initial feedback was good, albeit a subjective thing always.

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

Your own natural voice is the best one for you, however long it takes to discover it. Guard against others drowning it out in you

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

WILDsound Performer Feb. 28th Event: Frances Townend

Actor will be performing at the February 28 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival


frances_townendFrances Townend

Height: 5’9

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

Watch previous screenplay readings Frances performed at the festival.

 

 

ACTORPerformed on the Feature Script – RUM HOUSE
January 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Sieve

ACTORFeature Script – FIX FACTORY
October 2014 Reading
Written by Kyle Jenkins

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – FEATURE: FLEET WEEK: EVANESCENCE
December 2014 Reading
Written by David Redstone

SCREENPLAYFIRST SCENE: TEDDY
December 2014 Reading
Written by Alvin Easter

ACTORBEST SCENE: VOX
December 2014 Reading
Written by Kevin Barnes

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT: GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE
December 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Sieve

SCREENPLAYSELECTED SCENES: TO DIE IN TENNESSEE
December 2014 Reading
Written by Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen

SCREENPLAY1st CHAPTER: WE ARE AMONG THE MONSTERS
December 2014 Reading
Written by Jonathan Flieger

ACTOR1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller

ACTOR1st Scene – SPARKS
February 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel

ACTORNOVEL READING – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by Alan Hostetter

ACTORTV PILOT – ERASER
February 2015 Reading
Written by Kim Godfrey

ACTORTV SPEC – CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
February 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Melara

ACTORTV SPEC – VEEP
February 2015 Reading
Written by Emily Cirillo

ACTOR1st. SCENE SCRIPT – Mercy
October 2015 Reading
Written by George Lewis

ACTOR1st. SCENE SCRIPT – The Arv
October 2015 Reading
Written by Joshua Collins

ACTORBest Scene SCRIPT – Comic Cons
October 2015 Reading
Written by Peter Harmon and Larry Postel

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – Death Don’t Us Part
October 2015 Reading
Written by Olaf Baumann

ACTORBest Scene SCRIPT – Capstone Lost & Found
October 2015 Reading
Written by Pamela Green

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Symposium
October 2015 Reading
Written by Tom Grady

Poetry Movie Day – POEM #3: Watch “The Little Book of Mystic Poetry”

Today we’re showing our Top 10 of the best of Poetry we’ve turned into a movie from the festival.

Watch Poetry turned into a movie. Turn your own poem into a movie today. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Watch THE LITTLE BOOK OF MYSTIC POETRY by Veer Kumar Singh

Follow the poet on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SRider777

Get to know the poet:
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2014/12/14/watch-poetry-turned-into-a-movie-the-little-book-of-mystic-poetry-by-veer-kumar-singh/

Narration by Frances Townend

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Edited by Yujin Song