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Watch the Feature Screenplay Winning Performance Readings for 2015 (so far…)

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Watch the Winning Feature Screenplays for 2015 (so far…)

June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood


After a car accident nearly kills him, a young man begins to experience strange occurrences around his home, leaving him to believe that his near-death experience has opened the door between the living and the dead. As he attempts to uncover the truth, he discovers that his sanity might be at stake.

Feature Script: ORIGINS
May 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Panek & Guershon Moreno


A small group of civilans and scientist flee their homeworld after an alien invasion, and take refuge on Earth.

Feature Script: GOD’S WILL
May 2015 Reading
Written by Jamison P. Derfler


“God’s Will” tells the story of Ian, a man who has the woman he loves cruelly murdered in front of him, so he makes a pact with Lucifer to get revenge — only to discover that God has sent helpers of his own to correct his path.

Feature Script: THE THIRD BOMB
April 2015 Reading
Written by Phillip Parker


“The Third Bomb” is a WWII adventure in which a top US pilot crash lands in Japanese territory and must stop an ambitious Japanese commander from capturing his secret cargo – the third atomic bomb.

Feature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli


Besa is the story of a loyal Italian father, forced to defend his son who has inadvertently sparked a New York mob war between Sicilian and Albanian crime families.

February 2015 Reading
Written by Verlynn Kneifl & Laurie Larsen


William Clark recalls the perilous Lewis & Clark Expedition and its aftermath, casting a startling new perspective on the impetuous life and mysterious death of fellow explorer Meriwether Lewis.

January 2015 Reading
Written by David M. Hyde


When lawyer Tom Johnson drives his car into a local firework stand, which is owned by former preacher Marvin Temple. This sets up a chain of events that bring people to faith and understanding of what life is all about. .

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Feature Script Performance: I’M STILL HERE, by Sean Elwood (plus interview)

Watch the Feature Screenplay Reading of I’M STILL HERE:


NARRATOR – Sean Kaufman
RYAN – Andrew Farr
KAYLA – Antosia Fiedur
MICHELLE – Susan Wilson
DR. ROSENBERG – Julian Ford

Matthew Toffolo interviews winning writer Sean Elwood:

Matthew: What has been your experience going through the WILDsound Festival rounds. From your original submission to the final product of your full feature screenplay reading?

Sean: My experience (working with WILDsound) has been a great one. The festival’s crew has been extremely helpful with their critique toward my screenplay to help make it better and easier to read, and the comments they left will remain with me as I venture on to new screenplays and stories. The readings of my script have allowed me to see the story and the characters come to life—something every screenwriter wants to see, I’m sure.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Sean: What motivated me to write this screenplay are stories and movies that focus on the same subject matter as seen in I’m Still Here, and wanting to bring something new the table. The idea alone intrigued me enough to really brainstorm about it and add a new twist and vision to it, something that audiences haven’t really seen in a movie. I was also motivated by the visuals in my head when thinking of the scenes as I progressed through the script, and how challenging it was to put it onto paper. I needed it to make sense, while it didn’t make sense—if that makes sense.

Matthew: Without giving away too much of your story, what would you call the place your main character is situated in your screenplay?

Sean: About 95% of I’m Still Here takes place within Ryan’s home—his safe haven. It’s the place that he is most familiar with, yet he can’t shake off the feeling that something about it seems off after he has had his near-death experience. He is stuck in between fear and confusion, as well as determination as he attempts to solve the mystery that surrounds this sudden haunting of his home, or the subtle surrealism that is brought along with it.

Matthew: Have you had previous life experiences with known people who have been in a coma?

Sean: I have not personally known anyone who has been in a coma before, but I have heard and read plenty of stories of people who have either been in a coma, or have known someone who has. Most of the stories have the patients recalling experiencing small, minute things, like remembering what nurses, doctors, or relatives have talked about while having conversations around the patient, and having surreal dreams that almost make sense, but just not quite.

Matthew: How would you describe your main character in one sentence?

Sean: Ryan is a determined, yet sensitive, young gentleman who won’t go down without a fight, even if it breaks him, physically or mentally.

Matthew: This script is written for a low budget/cost movie, but with high potential for box office interest? Was this done on purpose or was this just how the story turned out?

Sean: That is correct, and it was done both on purpose and it was just how the story turned out. I typically enjoy writing screenplays that lean more toward lower budget productions. I feel that the more limited the budget is, the more creative both the writer and the director have to be in order to produce the right atmosphere and storytelling. It has high potential for box office interest because the story is one that will keep you guessing until the end, a story that tests your sanity just as much as it does the characters’, a story that, even after it is over, will keep you thinking and asking questions.

Matthew: What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

Sean: I actually never really watched too much TV when I was a child. I played outside more than anything, but when I did, my imagination went wild, and I didn’t necessarily need TV to entertain me. However, I did watch some shows, such as “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and “Goosebumps,” as well as your typical Saturday morning cartoons and nature documentaries. Nothing that inspired me to write the stories that I write in today’s time, but shows that inspired me to write nonetheless.

Matthew: If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Sean: Mary Roach. She is an author of non-fiction books on science topics, such as cadavers, ghosts, sex, the digestive system, and astronauts. She is one of the most entertaining non-fiction writers I’ve read where she puts explanations in layman’s terms so that she can include jokes and witty remarks to help make the reader not only understand the subject matter, but laugh at it as well. I have a feeling that she would make one hell of a dinner date.

Matthew: Do you believe in ghosts?

Sean: I would love to believe in them, but out of some of the strange and scary experiences I’ve had before, none have been paranormal enough to where I could consider it ghostly, so I stand in between as a believer and non-believer. However, I find life more exciting to believe that they do exist, and that those bumps in the night are not of the house settling or a tree branch scraping the window, but of something more sinister. It is the “want to believe that they exist” that allows me to love horror and be inspired to write thrilling stories of the supernatural, the scary, and the unknown.

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Interview with Sean Elwood, Winner Best Scene Screenplay January 2015

When I read that each script would get feedback on how to make it better, as well as the winning script getting a full reading at their event using actors really piqued my interest. It’s always great to get constructive criticism on something you’re very serious about, no matter what it is, and WILDsound definitely delivered on their critique toward my script. The other perk of entering the festival—having your script performed—seemed interesting to me as well, as I’ve never heard of that approach coming from a screenplay festival.

– Sean Elwood on the WILDsound Experience

    WATCH BEST SCENE from “I’M STILL HERE” by Sean Elwood


    NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
    Ryan – Vince Jerad
    Kayla – Alissa DeGrazia
    Receptionist – Danielle Nicole

Interview with Sean Elwood:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“I’m Still Here” is a dark, psychological thriller that focuses on Ryan Stovall, a young man who is involved in a car accident that nearly kills him. After he’s discharged from the hospital, he begins to experience strange occurrences throughout his home that lead him to believe that his near-death experience has opened the door between the living and the dead. As he attempts to investigate the paranormal activity, he soon begins to realize that his very own sanity may be at stake, and that it’s not just the dead that he needs to worry about.

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

“I’m Still Here” is a fresh take on the psychological thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end of the story, and even by then it will continue to leave you thinking. It contains subtle horror elements that don’t include jump scares or frightening images, which today’s horror seems to solely rely on, but rather elements that affect the human psyche and make you question your sanity. Financially speaking, “I’m Still Here” can accommodate any budget, as it features two main and three minor roles, and technically includes only four small locations. There is no need for any CGI or extravagant special effects, but instead a director who possesses knowledge in holding suspense and delivering thrills.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I have been writing stories since elementary school, starting off as shorts that involved my friends and I escaping from evil ghosts and monsters, and developing into screenplays, both shorts and features, by late middle school up until now.

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

Gosh, that’s a hard one. I tend to watch movies I like over and over again, but I would probably say the movie I’ve seen the most in my life would be the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, which I find to be an obscure movie I would watch frequently. It made a pretty big impact on my life since it was one of the first films that helped jumpstart the early 2000s zombie craze (plus I was only 14 when it came out, and I had a very obsessive personality at the time). It’s the movie that made me become obsessed with zombies, which I wrote a lot of stories and scripts about. Anything and everything about me was zombie.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Steven Spielberg, George Romero, Danny Boyle, Mike Cahill, Neil Marshall, Alfonso Cuarón

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Too many to count! I would say I’ve written at least 40-50 screenplays, both shorts and features, ranging from horror to thriller to drama and comedy. I’m definitely a horror guy, though.

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

I’m actually currently studying for a degree in mortuary science so I hope to see myself working in a mortuary in 5 years. I love screenwriting though, and I would even like to open a screenwriting class one day to anyone who is interested in the field. Plus, working around dead bodies in a morgue will give me some great ideas for my next horror script.

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

Lots and lots of brainstorming. Brainstorming in the shower, brainstorming on the toilet, brainstorming at work, brainstorming everywhere! If I come up with an idea, even for a scene in a script, I write it down somewhere. But as far as routines go, I tend to write down a lot of ideas for a script and flesh out the story around them, fitting those ideas into scenes that are most appropriate for the story. It’s not traditional in anyway, but it’s what helps me write a script, and if it works, it works. I also consult my friends and get their opinions on my stories. I figure that the best opinion is from the general audience. I like to go for what they want, not what Hollywood wants.

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

I’m passionate about photography, the outdoors, and the universe. I’d love to be able to go to space one day, and I hope that we put more effort into space exploration, because it’s actually really awesome if you sit down and put in the time to read about it.

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

This will sound really cliché, which I try to avoid, but what the hell: don’t give up. You will get turned down. You will have people not like your script. You will have major writer’s block. But don’t let any of that get in the way if you have a passion for screenwriting. Take any criticism and use it to your advantage. That’s how I learned and it’s definitely made me a better writer.

Today’s Feature Screenplay Loglines and Pitches

Read today’s feature script pitches from writers from all over the world. Some of these stories coming to a theater near you.

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Read today’s piches:


Written by: Jennifer J.A. Diambrini-Palazzi

Genre: Sci-Fi

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Title: The Singing Tree

Written by: Marilyn Pesola & Peter Moss

Genre: Drama

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Title: Beneath the Basque Beret

Written by: Nicolas Ardanaz

Genre: Drama/History/Action

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Title: Who’s Your Daddy

Written by: Richard Rosenblum

Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical

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Title: Skellem

Written by: N. Robin J Board

Genre: Action Adventure

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Written by: Darryl Greer

Genre: Crime.

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Title: I’m Still Here

Written by: Sean Elwood

Genre: Thriller

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Title: God’s Glass

Written by: Sameer Ketkar

Genre: Drama

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Title: Brownie & Fran

Written by: Arthur S. Brown and Rory Leahy

Genre: Drama, Romance, Political

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Written by: Michael Pallotta

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

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Title: The Contractor

Written by: Berdine LaVoy and Mark McQuown

Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime/Drama, Thriller, Biography

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Title: Allegiances

Written by: Manon Simard

Genre: Epic/Romantic/Drama

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Title: Spirit Guide

Written by: Fathiyah Al-Alawi

Genre: Coming-Of-Age Drama

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