WILDsound Names May 2015 Short Screenplay Contest Winners

Two winners for this month. Watch the winning short screenplays performed by professional actors.

Script #1: HONOR AMONG THIEVES, by Nat & Digs Palazzo
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/honor_among_thieves.html

SYNOPSIS:
Three men pull off a complicated robbery, but when they all decide to double-cross each other; the stakes are raised resulting in a dangerous end.

CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Billy Ray – Ryan Anning
Anton – Peter Nelson
Larry – Derek Chan
Guy – Peter Bent
Rich Woman – Michelle Lecky

Script #2: WRITER’S DUEL, by Ellery VanDooyeweert
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/writers_duel.html

SYNOPSIS:
A short script is all about the magic we can create when working in the movies. We can make things appear and disappear, literally make characters do and say stuff and have fun with it!

CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – David Occhipinti
WRITER #1 – Steve Rizzo
ADDISON PALMER – Holly Sarchfield
MIKE DEXTER – Craig Estrella
WRITER #2 – Sean Ballantyne
WRITER #3 – Angelica Alejandro

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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

– Get FULL FEEDBACK on your script. Winners get their script performed by professional actors at the Writing Festival!

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Short Screenplay: HONOR AMONG THIEVES by Nat & Digs Palazzo (plus interview)

Most of all, it was the uniqueness of having the winning script performed.
– Nat Palazzo, on why he sunmitted to WILDsound

    Watch the Short Screenplay HONOR AMONG THIEVES:

Cast List:

Narrator – Sean Ballantyne
Billy Ray – Ryan Anning
Anton – Peter Nelson
Larry – Derek Chan
Guy – Peter Bent
Rich Woman – Michelle Lecky

Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Nat Digs Palazzo:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The idea came from taking the term, “Honor Among Thieves” and make it ironic. I explicitly wanted to show that there wasn’t any honor. But I wanted to make it humorous as well and not be so serious about it. And from that point, the story just snowballed as their plans of dishonor became more and more elaborate, and somewhat absurd as well.

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

I think the easiest answer to that is because it’s a genre piece, so from a selling point of view, one could simply say, “it’s a heist movie.” And people can immediately identify with what kind of film they will expect to see.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I remember writing stories since I was in school. It is something that I have always latched on to. As kids, we all have a certain amount of imagination that we lose ourselves in. So I guess, as a writer, you never let go of that.

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

That’s a tough one, as I rarely see the same film more than once, though on occasion I tend to revisit a film years after I’ve first seen it as to refresh my experience of it. But in all honesty, I have no clear winner.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Probably all of them.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have genuinely lost count. I’m the type of writer who has bashed out so many half-written and incomplete scripts that most of them are just forgotten in time. Out of all of those, I would count about at least five that I would say I’m at least half proud of.

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

Quite simply, in Hollywood.

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

I am chaotic. I have no known M.O. If i try to be too organised my work tends to come out flat and uninspiring. And this could go on for days and weeks, and I get so mad and frustrated with myself that I just go into “angry writing”, and that’s when I feel my best work comes out. And what I mean by “angry writing” is that I just launch straight into the script and figure it out from there. It’s a bit of a backwards process; write the script first then start working out the story afterwards.

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

I have an interest in military history, and the history of warfare.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Most of all, it was the uniqueness of having the winning script performed.

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

There’s so much that can be said about this. And I don’t feel too qualified to say too much, but from my own experience, one has to discover that unknown factor about oneself. Then it’s a matter of nurturing it. I think it’s important to know the craft and to understand what makes a script work. I’m a believer in education, so learn as much as you can about writing.

Then practice, practice, practice. And be brave enough to know you will encounter many failures and no-one is going to love your work off the bat. That’s the hardest thing; developing the tenacity and the belief that you can be better. I hope that helps.

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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

– Get FULL FEEDBACK on your script. Winners get their script performed by professional actors at the Writing Festival!