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WILDsound Announces its Feature Screenplay Winners for September 2015

Watch readings of the two feature screenplay winners for September 2015.

Script #1 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legacy_feature_script.html

Genres: Supernatural, Thriller, Action

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Script #2 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_three_play.html

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS:

Oliver, a neurotic who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake. This revelation backfires when Oliver discovers Silvia and Blake are in madly in love. As a final act of desperation, Oliver magically switches bodies with Silvia days before her wedding to Blake.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
OLIVER – Gabriel Darku
SILVIA – Holly Sarchfield
BLAKE – Chris Reid-Geisler
MAGGIE – Allison Kampf
MARCO – Ben Hur
JOSEPHINE/PARKER – Angelica Alejandro

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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

Feature Screenplay Reading of THREE PLAY, by John-Arthur Ingram

Watch the Feature Script Performance Reading of THREE PLAY:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
OLIVER – Gabriel Darku
SILVIA – Holly Sarchfield
BLAKE – Chris Reid-Geisler
MAGGIE – Allison Kampf
MARCO – Ben Hur
JOSEPHINE/PARKER – Angelica Alejandro

Get to know writer John-Arthur Ingram:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s a romantic comedy about being loved for who you really are.

Logline: Oliver, a neurotic who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake. This revelation backfires when Oliver discovers Silvia and Blake are in madly in love. As a final act of desperation, Oliver magically switches bodies with Silvia days before her wedding to Blake.

(My Best Friend’s Wedding meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Oliver is planning to come out to Blake and Silvia at a production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in a city park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What he doesn’t realize is that Blake and Silvia have been sleeping together. This becomes evident when he catches them having sex backstage. After all the secrets spill out over a confrontation, Oliver moves to LA and cuts them out of his life.

One year later, Blake and Silvia are getting married Tulsa. Blake wants Oliver there for a chance to reconcile their friendship before the wedding day. Silvia doesn’t. It takes a guilt trip from Oliver’s mother to persuade him to come back to Tulsa. Under Blake’s insistence, Oliver and Silvia attempt to resolve their friendship. This is done over pot brownies and wine at a theater production in the SAME city park as before. Oliver confesses his long time crush on Blake and desire to be Silvia. She confesses guilt about the past and cold feet about the future. And with a wish, Oliver and Silvia switch bodies.

Now, it’s two days before the wedding and the duo scramble to keep the switch a secret while looking for a way to fix their problems.

First things first. The rules: Oliver cannot sleep with Blake. Silvia cannot out Oliver to his mom, Josephine.

Meanwhile, Josephine is refusing the advances of a handsome suitor. She’s struggling to move on with her life after divorce; believing her husband is coming back. .
From a trip to the gun club, indoor soccer bachelor party, and hotel after party, Oliver and Silvia navigate the bachelor/bachelorette party in their new bodies. However, things gets crazy when, Marco, an old college friend, comes out to Oliver as Silvia and announces his love for Oliver. Blake questions his sexuality when Silvia as Oliver tries to seduce him. Everything unravels at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding forcing Oliver and Silvia to confront a decision about the future.
Ultimately, Oliver has to take ownership of his sexual identity and forgive Silvia by letting go of Blake. Silvia has to overcome her guilt and cold feet. Both have to stop being selfish. But will they switch back?

In the course of three days, we get a body swapping comedy that explores the theme: Being you is a constant you can never escape.

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

Because I want to see these diverse group of characters represented in a story like this. Because this damn script won’t leave alone. Because I’m afraid of seeing too much of myself in this story. Because this script was one of the most fun I had writing and it helped shape my artistic goals.

3. How would describe this story in one sentence?

It’s a cautionary tale about stealing your ex’s body to bang your best friend.

4. What movie have I seen the most in my life?

Let’s just say the original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones are a given. With that in mind, it’s tie between The Rocketeer and Home Alone.

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

3 years. 3 complete rewrites. 6 revised drafts.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

— 4 original TV pilots
— 3 TV specs
— 3 co-written feature specs
— 2 writer for hire feature scripts
— 1 solo feature specs so far…Three Play!

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

John, your problem is you feel like you need to actually be a woman to get the men you want. Stop using your anatomy as an excuse for not meeting guys. Own your identity. The men will come…in that way. —From a patient friend

This prompted my story premise: What if a 6’5 gay male became a short straight woman—better yet, his ex-girlfriend? Would that cure the insecurity? What would that teach him? I wrote this screenplay to find out. That was three years ago.

I took a little nostalgia from living in Tulsa, a little unresolved ex-girlfriend issues, a high school crush on one of my guy best friends, and mixed them in a body swapping rom-com blender.

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

A) The body swap. Where and how to do it. The earliest drafts of the story had a very different mythology about the swap that led me off a cliff. There was a transgender fairy, a dance sequence, and an alternate reality. I lost myself.

B) Their names. How to label them in the script after the swap. Nobody who read the script could agree on what to label Oliver and Silvia when they swapped. I read the scripts for Face Off and The Change Up. Neither changed the names and I thought made it easier on the eyes to read in the text. So I kept the names consistent which leads to…

C) Making sure Oliver and Silvia had distinct voices and attitudes that could be followed/identified in dialogue during the switch.

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

English Football. I’ve been a Liverpool FC fan since I was nine years old! YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE.

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

This is the 5th or 6th time I’ve submitted a script to WILDsound over the past few years. But this is the first time I’ve actually broken through to the next round and will have something read. Haha. So thank you for that.

I think it’s the timely and respectful feedback that has influenced me to enter the festival. For a reasonable price, I can get insightful feedback and a chance to have it read aloud. And it’s a chance you get monthly, which is cool.

Feelings on the initial feedback: relief.

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

“Never tell me the odds.” Seriously, they’re frightening in this industry.

Just write the movie you want to see the best way you can. Over and over and over til you’re dead… then write some more. Writing is the only thing we have control of.

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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

Interview with John-Arthur Ingram, Winning 1st Scene Screenplay (Three Play)

This is the 5th or 6th time I’ve submitted a script to WILDsound over the past few years. But this is the first time I’ve actually broken through to the next round and will have something read. Haha. So thank you for that. I think it’s the timely and respectful feedback that has influenced me to enter the festival. For a reasonable price, I can get insightful feedback and a chance to have it read aloud. And it’s a chance you get monthly, which is cool.

– John Arthur-Ingram, on why he submits to the WILDsound Festival

Watch the 1st Scene Screenplay reading of THREE PLAY:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sedina Fiati
Oliver – Jarrid Terrell
Blake – Robert Notman
Silvia – Erynn Brook

Matthew Toffolo interviews John-Arthur Ingram:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

John-Arthur: It’s a romantic comedy about being loved for who you really are.

Logline: Oliver, a neurotic who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake. This revelation backfires when Oliver discovers Silvia and Blake are in madly in love. As a final act of desperation, Oliver magically switches bodies with Silvia days before her wedding to Blake.
(My Best Friend’s Wedding meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Oliver is planning to come out to Blake and Silvia at a production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in a city park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What he doesn’t realize is that Blake and Silvia have been sleeping together. This becomes evident when he catches them having sex backstage. After all the secrets spill out over a confrontation, Oliver moves to LA and cuts them out of his life.

One year later, Blake and Silvia are getting married Tulsa. Blake wants Oliver there for a chance to reconcile their friendship before the wedding day. Silvia doesn’t. It takes a guilt trip from Oliver’s mother to persuade him to come back to Tulsa. Under Blake’s insistence, Oliver and Silvia attempt to resolve their friendship. This is done over pot brownies and wine at a theater production in the SAME city park as before. Oliver confesses his long time crush on Blake and desire to be Silvia. She confesses guilt about the past and cold feet about the future. And with a wish, Oliver and Silvia switch bodies.

Now, it’s two days before the wedding and the duo scramble to keep the switch a secret while looking for a way to fix their problems. First things first. The rules: Oliver cannot sleep with Blake. Silvia cannot out Oliver to his mom, Josephine. Meanwhile, Josephine is refusing the advances of a handsome suitor. She’s struggling to move on with her life after divorce; believing her husband is coming back. .

From a trip to the gun club, indoor soccer bachelor party, and hotel after party, Oliver and Silvia navigate the bachelor/bachelorette party in their new bodies. However, things gets crazy when, Marco, an old college friend, comes out to Oliver as Silvia and announces his love for Oliver. Blake questions his sexuality when Silvia as Oliver tries to seduce him. Everything unravels at the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding forcing Oliver and Silvia to confront a decision about the future.

Ultimately, Oliver has to take ownership of his sexual identity and forgive Silvia by letting go of Blake. Silvia has to overcome her guilt and cold feet. Both have to stop being selfish. But will they switch back?

In the course of three days, we get a body swapping comedy that explores the theme: Being you is a constant you should never escape.

Matthew: Why should this script be made into a movie?

John-Arthur: Because I want to see these diverse group of characters represented in a story like this. Because this damn script won’t leave alone. Because I’m afraid of seeing too much of myself in this story. Because this script was one of the most fun I had writing and it helped shape my artistic goals.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

John-Arthur: Since I started keeping a journal in 4th or 5th grade. Then writing dark and romantic lyrical poetry; mostly poor attempts at imitating Frost, Shelley, Keats, Browning, Swinburne, and Wilde. I didn’t discover screenwriting until about 6 years ago; 2009.

Matthew: What movie have I seen the most in my life?

John-Arthur: Let’s just say the original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones are a given. With that in mind, it’s tie between The Rocketeer and Home Alone. Hahaha.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

John-Arthur: I’m assuming you mean strictly in the film/tv industry? Off the top of my head: Alan Ball, Beau Willimon, Brad Pitt and Leo Dicaprio (don’t judge me!), Shonda Rimes, Ben Affleck (director), Steve Mcqueen, Ryan Murphy, Adrian Lyne, Jenji Kohan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Treem, John Logan. Jason Katims.

If I could work with any artists of the past: Langston Hughes and Oscar Wilde.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

John-Arthur: — 4 original TV pilots
— 3 TV specs
— 3 co-written feature specs
— 2 writer for hire feature scripts
— 1 solo feature specs so far…Three Play!

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

John-Arthur: I would like to be in a reliable and trustworthy relationship with at least 2 indie production companies who enjoy supporting and collaborating with me in producing the types of stories I want to tell. And you know? Make a comfortable living from it all.

Matthew: Describe your process, do you have a set routine, method for writing?

John-Arthur: I fight to have at least 3 or 4 hours a day to just write or daydream of writing. Haha. I would call my method of writing, Anxious Curiosity. I’m fascinated by the fringes of the human psyche and the anatomy of the human condition. So I always begin with questions (including theme) then frame them in a narrative structure. I like to spend months just creating the main characters by writing their backstories/biographies; how they arrived at the place where the story begins. Then move forward.

I believe in the freedom of the first draft. Write it for yourself; however you want. I don’t believe I have to know my theme or everything about my story in the first couple of drafts. I just need to know where on the map I want to begin and where I want to end; not necessarily down to the house, but just what county/province I want arrive at. I’ll find the house when I get to the 4th or 5th draft…or I just rewrite the whole damn thing!

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are passionate about?

John-Arthur: English Football. I’ve been a Liverpool FC fan since I was nine years old! YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE.

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

John-Arthur: “Never tell me the odds.” Seriously, they’re frightening in this industry.

Just write the movie you want to see the best way you can. Over and over and over til you’re dead. Writing is the only thing we have control of.

Read Poems from March 2015 Poets:

Watch Poetry Readings from March 2015.
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/march_2015_poetry_readings.html

Read this month’s submitted poetry:

The Cost of Innocence by Julie Paschall
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_cost_of_innocence_by_julie_paschall.html

Zephyrean Nightfall by Elise Pehrson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/zephyrean_nightfall_by_elise_pehrson.html

!SOFRITO! Garlic, Onions And Green Peppers By Amarilys Gacio Rassler
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sofrito_by_amarilys_gacio_rassler.html

Canto IV. The Garden of Dolores by John-Arthur Ingram
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/canto_iv_the_garden_of_dolores_by_john-arthur_ingram.html

Man’s Wish by Keegan Eller
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mans_wish_by_keegan_eller.html

Siamese by Jade Willow
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/siamese_by_jade_willow.html

Song of the Shattered by Elise Pehrson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/song_of_the_shattered_by_elise_pehrson.html

The Upside Down by Michelle Chapa
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_upside_down_by_michelle_chapa.html

MISFIT MANIFESTO by Anne Korhonen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/misfit_manifesto_by_anne_korhonen.html

I Love You by B.T. Kager
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/i_love_you_by_bt_kager.html

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Deadline for POETRY Festival – Get your poem made into a MOVIE and seen by 1000s. Three options to submit:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

WATCH this month’s poetry readings performed by professional actors:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/march_2015_poetry_readings.html

Today’s Pitches and Loglines for Feature Screenplays

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

Do you have a logline pitch? Send it in for FREE to the Logline Festival. Any type or genre: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Read today’s piches:

Title: THE ELIMINATION CODE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_elimination_code_by_rajiv_haque.html

Written by: Rajiv Haque

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Sci-Fi

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Title: TANGLED UP IN GEEN
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tangled_up_in_geen_by_linda_miriam_aziz-zadeh.html

Written by: Linda Miriam Aziz-Zadeh

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Drama

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Title: WITH MONSTERS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/with_monsters_by_rob_herzog.html

Written by: Rob Herzog

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Horror

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Title: HEAVY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/heavy_by_william_fifer.html

Written by: William Fifer

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Drama, Comedy

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Title: SUCH AS BEING
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/such_as_being_by_john_streb_and_matthew_russ.html

Written by: John Streb and Matthew Russ

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Comedy

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Title: ADIKEIN
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/adikein_by_deborah_lee.html

Written by: Deborah Lee

Type: Feature Script

Genre: HISTORICAL DRAMA

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Title: ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/roll_over_beethoven_by_gene_ec_ayres.html

Written by: Gene (E.C) Ayres

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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Title: THREE PLAY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/three_play_by_john-arthur_ingram.html

Written by: John-Arthur Ingram

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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Title: THE ALIEN TOURIST
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_alien_tourist_by_dennis_goldberg.html

Written by: Dennis Goldberg

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Family

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Title: The Treatment
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_treatment_by_michael_l_selby.html

Written by: Michael L. Selby

Type: Feature Script

Genre: Drama

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Deadline: SUBMIT your FEATURE Screenplay to the Writing Festival. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

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

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/winning_screenplays.html

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