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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.

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Watch the winning AUGUST 2015 STORIES from the Writing Festival

Watch winning stories and movies showcased at the Writing and Film Festival in from AUGUST of 2015: Short, Feature, TV Screenplays. Short Stories. Novels. Stage Plays. Poems. Stories from festival made into movies.

Feature SCRIPT – THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE
Written by Howard Fridkin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_last_adventures_of_shay_blaze.html

Short Screenplay Reading of THE DEAD END
Written by Piotr Jamroz
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_dead_end.html

TV SPEC Reading of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Written by Chris Agnew
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/curb_your_enthusiasm_chris_agnew.html

TV PILOT Reading of HAUNTED HEART
Written by Robert Herold
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/haunted_heart.html

TV PILOT SCRIPT – WASHED UP
Written by Leila Ben-Abdallah
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/washed_up.html

1st Scene Script: THE MANTLE
by Frank Edward Kelly
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_mantle.html

Chapter 1 Novel: WHAT IF ITS ALL BEEN A LIE
by Nancy Arant Williams
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/01/what-if-its-all-been-a-lie-chapter-1-reading-by-nancy-arant-williams/

1st Scene Script: THE TEST
by Loris Simon Salum
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_test.html

10pg. Stageplay: THE TEA PARTY
by Gregory Cole
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_tea_party.html

1st Scene Script: REDNECK CHRISTMAS
by JC Mercer Jr.
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/redneck_christmas.html

Short Story: PERNOD
by Lionel Walfish
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/31/pernod-short-story-reading-by-lionel-walfish/

Chapter 3 Novel: WINGS OF HOPE
by Hillary Hoffman
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/30/wings-of-hope-chapter-3-performance-reading-by-hillary-hoffman/

Chapter 1 Novel: TO FLY AGAIN
by Rachelle Hasnas
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/02/to-fly-again-part-1-reading-by-rachelle-hasnas/

Chapter 2 Novel: EDGE: EAST WIND IN PARADISE
by Carl Jackson
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/02/edge-east-wind-in-paradise-chapter-2-by-carl-jackson/

Best Scene Reading of GATES OF HELL
Written by Pamela Green
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_gates_of_hell.html

WATCH AUGUST 2015 Poetry Readings
Poems performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/august_2015_poetry_readings.html

August 2015 Twitter Short Stories
See the 10 winners
Read the August 2015 TWITTER Short Story Winners – 10 Stories!

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Deadlines August 31st: Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch recent Writing Festival Videos. At least 15 winning videos a month: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com

WILDsound Announces its August Feature and Short Screenplay Winners

Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch the winning August 2015 Feature and Short Script Winners performed by professional actors.

Feature SCRIPT – THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE
August 2015 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_last_adventures_of_shay_blaze.html

Genre: Sci-Fi, Western, Fantasy, Family

SYNOPSIS:

It’s 1874. A UFO lands in the outskirts of the peaceful town of Sea Meadow City. The lives of everyone are now threatened by a vastly intelligent 10-year-old boy from another world. His mission is to hunt down and kill his fugitive father, an important scientist, who defected from their planet with the means of annihilating their entire tyrannical civilization.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Reetu Bambrah
BEN – Matthew Lawrence
RUFUS – Cameron LeRoy
HUXTON/WELDING – Julian Ford
VISITOR – Vince Jerad
SHIELA – Victoria Murdoch

Short Screenplay Reading of THE DEAD END
August 2015 Reading
Written by Piotr Jamroz
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_dead_end.html

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Prison

SYNOPSIS:

An imprisoned man is determined to escape to be with the woman he loves.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
DOCTOR – Charles Gordon
FEMALE – Maya Woloszyn

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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 Feature Screenplay Reading: THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE by Howard Fridkin ( plus interview)

Watch THE LAST ADVENTURE OF SHAY BLAZE

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Reetu Bambrah
BEN – Matthew Lawrence
RUFUS – Cameron LeRoy
HUXTON/WELDING – Julian Ford
VISITOR – Vince Jerad
SHIELA – Victoria Murdoch

Get to know writer Howard Fridkin:

1. What is your feature film screenplay about?

It’s 1874. A UFO lands in the outskirts of the peaceful town of Sea Meadow City. The lives of everyone are now threatened by a vastly intelligent 10-year-old boy from another world. His mission is to hunt down and kill his fugitive father, an important scientist, who defected from their planet with the means of annihilating their entire tyrannical civilization. The boy’s father teams up with a mysterious gunfighter in a last-ditch effort to rescue the town from the adolescent enemy, then return to his home planet to prevent any future genocidal attacks on Sea Meadow.

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

It’s a fresh twist on a variety of combined genres that doesn’t sacrifice logic for incredulous story telling in an adventure not seen before.

3. This story has a lot going for it. It’s part Family, part Western, part Sci-Fi, part Drama, part Action, part Comedy, part Fantasy. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

“SHANE” meets “INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS”

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

“The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”

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

Unfortunately, you never stop tweaking until its sale. But the first few crucial drafts took a solid year to perfect.

6. How many stories have you written?

10 screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love westerns! And I love science fiction! I always wanted to write a classic John Ford-style adventure with heart, heroics, sacrifice, redemption and a showdown. And I always wanted to write a classic 50’s-style sci-fi thriller where mankind faces extinction.

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

Achieving credibility in the characters after weaving together a western folklore tale into a terrifying sci-fi twist.

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

If it’s not movie related…it doesn’t hold my interest. I own my own film rating consulting company (www.filmratingadvisors.com) which I founded after my tour of duty on the MPAA ratings board. I’m also a renowned film memorabilia and classic toy collector.

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

WildSound feedback is always on target and helps me decide on what to cut, improve, develop and streamline.

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

SUBJECTIVITY!! So long as the script isn’t schlock, there is a set of eyes waiting to discover your work. Remember, Hollywood is like Alice in Wonderland, “up is down and down is up.” Keep writing. Your script is the football and you’re the quarterback…you have to make the touchdown no matter how many times they try to tackle you.

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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

Submit your HORROR Screenplay (SAVE) and get it performed at the festival

HORROR Screenplay Festival – Deadline July 20th. SAVE $10 – FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed at festival
http://www.wildsound.ca/horrorcontest.html

Watch past HORROR Stories performed at the Festival:

Watch Previous HORROR Screenplay Winners:

SHORT SCRIPT – THE FINAL JOB
December 2013 Reading
Written by Robert Ward
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_final_job.html

THE DEVIL’S LARCENY – Feature Script
May 2014 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_devils_larceny.html

FEATURE SCRIPT READING – THE FIX FACTORY
October 2014 Reading
Written by Kyle Jenkins
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fix_factory.html

SHORT SCRIPT – WALK WITH THE DEVIL
June 2015 Reading
Written by Alison C. Hall
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/walk_with_the_devil.html

Today’s Feature Film Pitches

Read today’s feature screenplay loglines. Future films coming to a cinema near you.

Submit your Logline for FREE Today. Any type. Any genre: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Title: What’s Up Chuck?
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/whats_up_chuck_by_john_rachel.html
Written by: John Rachel
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Drama, Musical, Thriller

Title: SARAH’S HEART
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sarahs_heart_by_ed_gordon.html
Written by: E. D. Gordon
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Drama/Romance/Religion

Title: Falling In Love
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/falling_in_love_by_stephen_bradlee.html
Written by: Stephen Bradlee
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Drama

Title: CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/crime_extraordinaire_by_howard_fridkin.html
Written by: Howard Fridkin
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime

Title: Slave Children
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/slave_children_by_michael_faunce-brown.html
Written by: Michael Faunce-Brown
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Title: Ultio Vagabond Trilogy
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/ultio_vagabond_by_eddie_franke.html
Written by: Eddie Franke
Type: Feature Screenplay – 3 Part
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Title: The Island of Madness
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_island_of_madness_by_thomas_simpson.html
Written by: Thomas Simpson
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Found footage, Horror

Title: Uber Goober
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/uber_goober_by_chris_gross.html
Written by: Chris Gross
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Comedy

Title: THE AMAZONS’ STORY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_amazons_story_by_juan_carlos_abeti.html
Written by: Juan Carlos Abeti
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Action, Adventure

Title: Angels’ Realm
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/angels_realm_by_johnson_onijingin.html
Written by: Johnson Onijingin
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure

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Deadline April 30th: 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/winning_screenplays.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

Feature Screenplay Winning Readings 2014

WILDsound is a screenwriter’s treasure! They take enormous time to provide the most expert, detailed feedback, even allowing my choice to incorporate all the Committee’s ideas or stay with my draft. With caring support, they’ve honored each deadline and every award they promised, and I’m forever grateful for their industry professional’s right-on insightful niggles to enhance my story. Matthew Toffolo and WILDsound provide everything a screenwriter needs to find the way to a story’s successful completion. I’m forever grateful!

– Writing Elan Carlson on the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)

What a diverse and interesting year for the feature scripts we performed in 2014. In total, we had 8 readings of entire screenplays performed by professional actors. And in 2015, WILDsound will perform at least 15 feature screenplay readings.

    Watch the FEATURE SCREENPLAY Readings from the WILDsound Writing Festival

Here are the 2014 Feature Script Winners:

FLEET WEEK: EVANESCENCE
December 2014 Reading
Written by David Redstone

CAHOOTS
November 2014 Reading
Written by Elan Carlson

THE FIX FACTORY
October 2014 Reading
Written by Kyle Jenkins

SHOOTING STAR
September 2014 Reading
Written by Richard Harrison

SHAPESHIFTERS
June 2014 Reading
Written by Andrew Fisk

THE DEVIL’S LARCENY
May 2014 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

HOPE IS NOT A BLACK & WHITE RAINBOW
March 2014 Reading
Written by Harold L. Brown

RUM HOUSE
January 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Sieve

Watch all the feature scripts performed at the festival:

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

Submit your own feature script to the festival and get it performed. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries:

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