Best Scene from DEATH SURPRISES THE EXECUTIONER Stage Play by E. Thomalen

Watch the August 2016 Winning Stage Play Reading. 

DEATH SURPRISES THE EXECUTIONER Stage Play by E. Thomalen

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: History, Drama, War

The play opens and closes with scenes from the gulag where two prisoners discuss the relationship of leaders to followers. The central story of the play is about the rise and unexpected fall of Lavrenti P. Beria, the Soviet Minister of the Interior and State Security as well as master of the gulag system.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
VASILY – Kris Hagen
ALEXI – Geoff Mays

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your stage play about?

Death Surprises the Executioner takes place in the former Soviet Union during the purges of the 1930’s to the death of Stalin in 1953. It is a play that examines the relationship of leaders to the people in revolutionary times such as we now see in the Middle East and North Africa. It opens with an allegorical story told to a fellow inmate by a petty former aristocrat and teacher, now in a gulag, that frames the events that follow.

2. Why should this play be produced?

Revolutionary societies are always with us and we have a poor understanding of them. Such societies end up under the leadership of the Robespierres and Stalins and the people who carry out their orders.

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

Terrifyingly enlightening

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

Doctor Zhivago, On the Beach

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

10 years, but also all my life

6. How many stories have you written?

15-20

7. What motivated you to write this play?

Though the topic has long been on my mind and was a major theme of the 20th century, it became focused upon again as we watched the revolutions unfold in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. As Hegel has said what we learn about history is that nobody learns anything from history.

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

My struggles with the play was to pull together a lot of material and to be aa true to that material as I could be. The risk was to include too much and lose control of the narrative.

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

I love the theater because of the freedom it gives the audience to imagine and reflect. I also love poetry, ballet, classical music and art.

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

Never give up, listen to yourself.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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WILDsound Performer March 13th Event: Holly Sarchfield

Actor will be performing at the March 13 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival

holly_sarchfield_small.jpgHeight: 5’8

Hair: Blond

Eyes: Blue

 

Watch the screenplays the actor has performed in the past at the festival:

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE BABYSITTER
July 2014 Reading
Written by Sean Hood

ACTORFeature Script – RUM HOUSE
January 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Sieve

ACTOR SHORT SCRIPT – LOVING, DYING, OR BEING KILLED
July 2014 Reading
Written by Danish Renzu

ACTORWINNING 1st SCENE SCREENPLAYS
July 2014 Reading
5 winning scripts.

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – THE PROMISE IN A BUBBLE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Rachel Reaugh

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – TO DIE IN TENNESSEE
February 2015 Reading
Written by Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by J. Alan Hostetter

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

ACTORClimactic Scene – DIETRICH DANZIG
February 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – LEGRAND
February 2015 Reading
Written by Angelina Carkic

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

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

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

ACTORBest SCENE READING of MORPH TV Pilot
July 2015 Reading
Written by Christine Davis

ACTOR10pg. STAGE PLAY – HELEN REDDY WOULD BE ASHAMED
June 2015 Reading
Written by Katie Grotzinger

ACTOR10pg. STAGE PLAY – GARBED IN FLESH
June 2015 Reading
Written by Arthur Holden

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – THE PAPER ROUTE
July 2015 Reading
Written by Danny M. Howell

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – SOMBRA
July 2015 Reading
Written by Claire Wasmund

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – YONKHEER
July 2015 Reading
Written by Wendy Jane Henson

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

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

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Ascent
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brough Hansen

ACTORBest Scene Reading of AMONG US
September 2015 Reading
Written by Renana Hancock

ACTORBest Scene Reading of CHILDREN WANT WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT IT
September 2015 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reese

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram

ACTORBest Scene Reading of FEI JI
September 2015 Reading
Written by James C. Peters

ACTOR1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gary Makin

ACTOR1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IS ALL IN
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gwen Goodkin

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

ACTOR1st Scene -PURGATORY
January 2016 Reading
Written by Alex A. Kecskes

ACTOR1st Scene -GUNNISON
January 2016 Reading
Written by Daniel Duane

ACTORShort Screenplay – US NAVY CINE-KODAK
January 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt

ACTORShort Screenplay – THE NEW NEIGHBORS
January 2016 Reading
Written by Filippo Santaniello

WILDsound Announces its January 2016 Short Screenplay Winners

Watch the 2 Short Screenplay Winners for January 2016.

US NAVY CINE-KODAK
Written by Stephen M. Hunt

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: War, Thriller, Drama

France, 1941; an American undercover war correspondent is overwhelmed by an old woman’s unique and unbelievable response to local, Nazi atrocities.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
DUBIN – Dan Cristofori
TESSIER/BREUGEL – Geoff Mays
WOMAN – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know writer Stephen M. Hunt  

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THE NEW NEIGHBORS
Written by L. Filippo Santaniello

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Three friends are screening and selecting short films for a low budget horror film festival when the babysitter from the floor below rings the bell. Something bad has happened and she needs help.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
VIVIAN – Katelyn Vanier
ZACH – Dan Cristofori
ASHLEY – Holly Sarchfield
ALEX – Geoff Mays
ASIAN BOY – Lorne Hiro

Get to know writer Filippo Santaniello  

Watch the January 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner

CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE
Written by Howard Fridkin

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime

For the ultimate revenge, an internationally renowned mystery writer uses his latest novel as a blueprint to steal the Eiffel Tower.
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
MONIER – Lorne Hiro
LAMADOUR – Peter Nelson
MANDRELL – Dan Cristofori
WORCHEV/FELICE – Geoff Mays
LORRAINE – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know writer Howard Fridkin:

1. What is your screenplay about?

For the ultimate revenge, an eccentric Parisian crime novelist financially persuades the world’s greatest detective, scientist and architect into helping him execute the greatest heist of all-time: stealing the Eiffel Tower.

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

It brings back to the cinema a more mature high action/adventure thriller in the tradition of such eventful classics as “The Guns of Navarone,” Where Eagles Dare,” “The Towering Inferno” and Goldfinger,” which were all box office giants. With nothing but Marvel and DC comic book movies flooding the theatres, I thought this would be something challengingly fresh to excite audiences with…in other words, “Mission Impossible meets “Ocean’s eleven.”

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

Unprecedented concept.

4. You are the first writer to have ever had three feature screenplays read at our festival. Two of them high concept scripts that the actors LOVED performing. You can’t possibly have more feature screenplays completed….do you?

Unless I’m retiring, there’s always another in the pipeline.

5. What makes this screenplay and your previous script (The Last Adventure of Shay Blaze) stand out from the pack is your ability to mix genres. Crime Extraordinaire can be categorized as a “Crime meets Mystery meets Adventure meets Action, with a little bit of Romance mixed in!” Is mixing so many genres into one completed story a calculated decision in prep?

To help make my mark, I tend to take big risks with extravagant concepts and that usually means fusing different genres together, which I always love experimenting with. But the real trick is to ground them in some basis of reality so your audience will trust you to win them over with an exciting, new approach to your story and not something that eventually turns incredulous.

6. You make it very convincing that the Eiffel Tower could be stolen in your screenplay. Can it really happen? (AKA – Is your engineering and math realistic in the script, or did you make it all up?)

No. I really had to do my homework on this one. I researched ad nauseam all the mechanics of the operation in order to keep things credible. However, for the sake of pure entertainment, some suspension of disbelief is camouflaged by reality based information.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

As a kid, I was always infatuated with two historical landmarks: the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China. One of my favorite films is the original“The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. For some reason its title inspired me to come up with a plot about taking something big, so since I was preoccupied with the Tower, it seemed like a logical choice to marry the two ideas together and see what happens with it in a screenplay. And who knows…maybe one day the Great Wall will be a sequel.

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

The most demanding challenge, of course, was creating convincing characters that would eliminate the reader’s skepticism that an operation of this magnitude could actually be accomplished, and not to drop the ball in its execution; otherwise, the script would have just been a house of cards.

9. The hero/anti-hero/smartest guy in the room in your story is a writer himself. A man who figures out all the pieces of the complicated puzzle to make this ultimate caper happen. Do you really think the great & successful crime writers have the ability to use their past research in prepping their stories, plus their imagination to pull off something like stealing the Eiffel Tower?

Well, you just can’t go around every day stealing any national monument you want and get away with it. You must become an expert on the subject you’re writing about to be taken seriously. Anything is possible so long as you’re willing to do the homework and back up your imaginative ideas with a set of logical rules to abide by.

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

I’ve been extraordinarily lucky with WILDsound’s feedback over the years. It helped me achieve three table reads, which are so important to improve on what I thought was my final draft. You can drive yourself nuts reading your material over and over again, trying to reach perfection. But until you actually hear the dialogue and scene descriptions being read by other voices, sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. These table reads have helped me catch overlooked errors that I never saw with my own two eyes on the pages.

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

Giving someone advice is like telling them how to dress. Everyone has their own style (voice) and wardrobe (scripts). Rather than giving advice, I’ll take my own: “I write every screenplay as if it were my last, so it has to be the best.

Best Scene Reading of THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER IMBROGLIO by Marc Lalonde

Watch THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER IMBROGLIO Best Scene:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
MISS WINDIG – Christina Santos
MAN – Geoff Mays
CLERK – Jarrid Terrell
MR. BLATT – David Occhipinti

Get to know writer Marc Lalonde:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Nothing. It’s a Swiss watch: sophisticated movements interlocking in an intricate mechanism.

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

Actors would enjoy making it, audiences would enjoy watching it.

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

Uproariously unpredictable .

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

Seven Samurai.

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

Three years.

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 back to being OK with it.

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. When you get older, you’re just relieved to wake up in the morning.

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

The WILDsound Festival is Canadian. I’m Canadian. The script is Canadian and doesn’t hide its Canadianness. I figured the WILDsound Festival would be a great launch pad for The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio. As for the initial feedback, it made me tighten the script which became five pages shorter as a result. 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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DEADLINE: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submit_your_favorite_scene.html

WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:
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Watch Best Scene Reading of NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ by Graham Parke

Watch NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ Best Scene:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – David Occhipinti
GOMEZ – Geoff Mays
LARGE GUY – Jarrid Terrell
SUSIE – Christina Santos
BLONDE – Holly Sarchfield
TEACHER – Lorry Ayers

Get to know writer Graham Parke:

1. What is your screenplay about?

No Hope for Gomez! is the story of a guy who’s convinced life is verifiably harder on him than it is on others. When he falls for an assistant in a mysterious drug trial, he teams up with a misguided YouTube dating guru to reel in The One, but soon the trial’s side-effects have him questioning his increasingly strange experiences, and the dating guru turns out to be very different from what he made himself out to be.

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

I think it would make a great series as there is a wealth of quirky/zany material to be mined with these characters battling life, bad luck, and relationships in their own, off-beat ways. The series is based on my three award winning independent novels.

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

Off-beat, endearing.

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

N/A

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

This particular project started out as a novel, which won a few indie awards (including a Kirkus best of Indie listing) a couple of years ago, then turned into a pilot episode.

6. How many stories have you written?

Too many to count. But if you want a number, let’s just say… erm… seventy-four-and-a-half.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The idea of turning No Hope for Gomez! into a TV show has been on my mind for a while. When a draft pilot started winning screenwriting competitions, I thought I might be on to something…

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

None.

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

Apart from writing I’m passionate about re-writing, getting feedback, more re-writing, and, I guess, polishing.

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

As writers we want high quality feedback and we want it now. Wildsound runs all year round and gives professional feedback, that’s hard to beat in my opinion.

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

Yes. Other writers should maybe quit and find something that pays way better. It would certainly make my life easier. It’s not a rule, of course, just a suggestion.

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DEADLINE: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submit_your_favorite_scene.html

WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_readings.html

Watch TV PILOT Reading of HAIL MARY by Stan Williamson

Watch HAIL MARY, TV Pilot Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Christina Santos
MARY SPARKS- Holly Sarchfield
JASON SPARKS – Jarrid Terrell
STEVEN CAMPBELL – Geoff Mays
JUDGE/PERKINS – David Occhipinti
VICKY/HANNA – Lorry Ayers

Get to know writer Stan Williamson:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

Named by her father after a football pass with little chance of success, a quick-witted former pro beach volleyball player takes on the exclusive boys club of professional sports by becoming a sports agent/attorney.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV Show?

The similarity of the world of Hail Mary to that of The Good Wife suggests that it could capture the same enduring popularity. The sports agency with its sexy young players replaces the law firm with its stuffy older clients. Instead of solid and reliable, Hail Mary is current, it’s hot, and it delivers the excitement that only sports can bring. But, in Hail Mary, we’re not just talking about football. We’re talking about every major sport on earth. Baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer, you name it. The opportunity for cameo appearances by sports stars is as unlimited as the number of stories there are to tell. Where will the sports stories come from? Just turn on the news. There’s an episode born every day.

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

Two words? Hail Mary. In Mary’s line of work, every shot at success is a long shot. You either win big or you crash and burn.

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

It’s a tie. The Graduate and Chinatown.

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

I wrote the three storylines separately, then I mixed them together. Two months to stir and one to bake.

6. How many stories have you written?

More than ten feature screenplays. One produced. One Pilot. One novel. One song.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This is an exciting time for television. I had to give it a try.

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

Rewriting is always the hardest part.

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

I like music, movies, books. I like to run. But all roads lead back to the keyboard.

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

I liked the idea of hearing it performed in voices other than the ones in my head. The feedback was both positive and constructive. It was reassuring to know that I was on the right path.

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

Stop making excuses. Write every day.