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Rise of the Machines, Twitter Short Story by Mark Turley

Watch the 140 Character Short Story:  Rise of the Machines

Get to know writer Mark Turley:

1) What is your very short story about?

Technophobia, I suppose its a little parody of I-Robot or Terminator or something like that.

2) What motivated you to write this story and submit it to the festival?

I am actually quite disconcerted by Twitter and texting and the way it is remoulding language into something sub-literate, so was intrigued by the idea of trying to write a story in a Tweet. There was something redemptive about it.

3) What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I love films and watch them constantly. Very hard to pick but perhaps the one I’ve seen the most would be ‘Enter the Dragon’. Bruce Lee was a physical genius and stuff from the 70s has a great feel. Cool soundtrack too.

4) How many scripts and stories have you written?

Many, many stories. I’m actually working on a script at the moment. Its about boxing.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

Paolo Sorrentino, he’s a fucking genius.

6) What is your passion in life?

Cheesy, but my kids. My older daughter’s quirky and my 3 year old, well she’s a fucking genius, too. And I do actually mean that. Childhood is genius.

7) Any tips for other writers who want to write a 140 character short story?

Start at the beginning, push through the middle then finish at the end. Its always the same.

 

 

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Submit your own Twitter Short Story for FREE to the Festival:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/140_characters.html

Performer: Becky Shrimpton

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

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Remembering, Twitter Short Story by Shire Lyon

Watch the 140 Character Short Story: REMEMBERING

Get to know writer Shire Lyon:

1) What is your very short story about?

It’s about the first time you kiss someone, when it’s sort of unexpected, unsolicited…when you just feel like you really connect with someone and you don’t even know why

2) What motivated you to write this story and submit it to the festival?

I love writing, so I always enjoy submitting work. I was especially fascinated by this contest because you have such a small amount of words to convey a deep experience.

3) What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I always love to watch movies more than once if I enjoy them. I’ve probably seen Gone With The Wind more times than any other movie. I love it’s romanticism and I also love the Victorian era. I was always in love with closing my eyes and picturing I was a rich Southern belle who went to balls and stuff like that.

4) How many scripts and stories have you written?

I’m not really sure. I’ve only written one or two scripts, but I’ve written a lot of stories and poetry. I started writing when I was about 11, and I haven’t stopped.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

There are lots of artists I would love to work with for many reasons. The list is probably far to long for here but I’ll list a few: Seth MacFarlane, Sir Patrick Stewart, Amanda Tapping and Jenna Coleman.

6) What is your passion in life?

My passion in life is to make people feel strong emotions and explore their imagination. I know that sounds rather cliched, but I love writing because you can give such a gift to someone. You can make them laugh, cry, experience so many things and a good piece of writing can stick with someone for the rest of their life. I also love video, photography and art for the very same reason. I usually write, but I do like to dabble in other art forms that convey the same type of thing.

7) Any tips for other writers who want to write a 140 character short story?

Make it personal. If you can feel it, then you can give that experience to someone else. A story doesn’t have to be pages long to make someone understand an emotion.

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Submit your own Twitter Short Story for FREE to the Festival:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/140_characters.html

Performer: Becky Shrimpton

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

The Argument, Twitter Short Story by Paula Roscoe

Watch the 140 Character Short Story: The Argument

1) What is your very short story about?

My main genre for writing is anything supernatural, so it seemed fitting for that to be my subject. I visualised a man having an argument with his girlfriend, the twist is – she is dead!

2) What motivated you to write this story and submit it to the festival?

I cannot remember how I found out about this competition, but I thought writing a scene in 140 characters was a real challenge and I was up for that.

3) What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I watch a lot of movies. I am a real film buff and watched them again and again. My favourite film ever and one I have watched so many times I cannot count, is ‘Somewhere in Time’ with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve, it is true supernatural love story. I even had the music play as I walked down the aisle, I love everything about it.

4) How many scripts and stories have you written?

I have written three award-winning novels so far, ‘Echoes’ ‘Freya’s Child’ and ‘Adventures of Faerie folk’. I am currently editing two more and working on ‘Echoes’ screenplay. Many years ago I wrote historical articles for a Welsh magazine. I have also had two short stories published in two Anthologies.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

I would love to work with the talented artist, Amanda Clark, for my faerie stories, but we’ll see. If I ever got ‘Echoes’ on the screen, I hope to work with many talented artists who know their stuff better than me!

6) What is your passion in life?

Writing is too obvious isn’t it, but it’s true! If I cannot write, it’s like asking me not to breathe. I have so many stories floating around in my head, it would be carnage if I stopped!

7) Any tips for other writers who want to write a 140 character short story?

Have a go – nothing to lose and it helps with your writing skills.

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Submit your own Twitter Short Story for FREE to the Festival:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/140_characters.html

Performer: Becky Shrimpton

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

January 17 2016 Writing Festival Details

The writing festival will be presenting the best of TV Screenplays:  2 Original TV Pilot Screenplays, 1 TV Spec Screenplay, and a Best Scene TV Pilot Screenplay at the upcoming January 3 2016 event.

Here are the details of the winning scripts we’ll be performing:

#1 – TV Pilot – LACIE BIDWELL, by Jameel Khan 

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery

SYNOPSIS:

Twelve years after her father created the zombie virus that killed thousands in downtown Indianapolis, Lacie Bidwell is in college and still feeling the effects of the family name. She tries to move on an live a relatively normal life. But when a mys

#2 – TV Pilot – LIFE IN THE LAST LANE, by Debi Calabro

Genre: Sports, Comedy

SYNOPSIS: 

A character-based comedy that explores the fascinating and high stakes world of horse racing, the people that the track draws in and the inevitable conflicts that ensue from the giant personalities who are addicted to living life in the fast lane.

#3 – TV Spec of the TV Show (Netflix) UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT “Kimmy Gets Addicted” by Jen Turriff

Genre: Comedy

SYNOPSIS: 

Kimmy quickly becomes addicted to an iPad game. As she discovers she unknowingly made in-app purchases, she has to find a creative way to pay her debts. Meanwhile, Titus battles his own obsession and Jacqu

#4 – TV Best Scene -Absynthia by Seregon O’Dassey

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

SYNOPSIS:

An attack on a mercenary airship, while on a seemingly innocent cargo run sends the lives of the Captain and her crew into their not so innocent pasts. Will the events that unfold destroy the future for everyone that the government had carefully and deliberately planned?

 

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson