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John Marcucci – Actor for June 6, 2018 Screenplay Festival

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March 2016 Feature Screenplay Winners

Watch the 2 winning feature screenplay table readings from the festival in March 2016. 

Feature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
Written by Fredric Maffe

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was. One sizzling night on the town with babe-magnet Henry, and Nick flutters about him like a moth to flame. Enter Bunny! Smart and gorgeous, she’s an African-American filmmaker intent on making a documentary about Nick’s deceased dad, a little-known novelist of a bygone day. But when Bunny and Nick strike up a flame of their own, a jealous Henry looking on — there’s death to pay! Now Henry has not one but two moths to play with, to seduce, to cause to breathlessly hurl themselves against the deathly white heat of him. One delicate-winged little moth will break the cycle and fly away. One won’t.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
NICK – John Marcucci
HENRY – Jonathan Robbins
SYLVIA/BARBIE – Annie MacKay
BUNNY – Nikita Ivy Boston

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Feature Screenplay – GATES OF HELL
March 2016 Reading
Written by Pamela Green and Everett House Sr.

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Drama, Family

Entails the life of Everett House as he grows up in a poor, Christian home in a Midwest city following the Great Depression, portraying his passion for playing the steel guitar just as his invalid father had, and then, beginning at age 17, portraying Everett’s years in a mental asylum. While in the institution, Everett undergoes shock treatment and other psychiatric practices popular to that era. But through it all, Everett finds God to be his stable source of strength, hope, and deliverance, and he is left with a divine promise concerning his future that his testimony will one day be used to warn mankind of the mark in the forehead.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
EVERETT – Ryan Anning
MABEL – Alicia Ryan
VARIOUS – Steve Rizzo
VARIOUS – Suchiththa DeSilva
VARIOUS – Nadia Gigi Inara

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Feature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME by Fredric Maffei

March 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay.

Watch MOTHS TO FLAME Feature Screenplay:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
NICK – John Marcucci
HENRY – Jonathan Robbins
SYLVIA/BARBIE – Annie MacKay
BUNNY – Nikita Ivy Boston

Get to know writer Fredric Maffei

1. What is your screenplay about?

Days from receiving his inheritance, young Nick hops in his truck and is California bound. Starved for a mentor/hero in his life, Nick hooks up with as canny a secret predator as ever was. One sizzling night on the town with babe-magnet Henry, and Nick flutters about him like a moth to flame. Enter Bunny! Smart and gorgeous, she’s an African-American filmmaker intent on making a documentary about Nick’s deceased dad, a little-known novelist of a bygone day. But when Bunny and Nick strike up a flame of their own, a jealous Henry looking on — there’s death to pay! Now Henry has not one but two moths to play with, to seduce, to cause to breathlessly hurl themselves against the deathly white heat of him. One delicate-winged little moth will break the cycle and fly away. One won’t.

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

For one, it contains one of the more memorable villains you’ll ever meet. Further, the book version won Kirkus Indie’s best thriller award in the year it was entered, Kirkus calling it “A gripping thriller with as many twists and turns as a cross-country road trip.”

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Disturbing, devastating

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

Unforgiven

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

No end to the tweaks. I tweaked more when I was younger. As an older and matured writer, it takes me less than a month to complete a polished script.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve ten novels up on Amazon and have written twice that many screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My wife planted the seed, I supplied roots, leaves, and all the rest.

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

My wife, mostly.

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

Music, deeply so. A retired musician, I tend toward jazz and classical.

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

An honor having my screenplay read aloud, invaluable the experience as a writer. The initial feedback was good, albeit a subjective thing always.

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

Your own natural voice is the best one for you, however long it takes to discover it. Guard against others drowning it out in you

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

WILDsound Performer Feb. 28th Event: John Marcucci

Actor will be performing at the February 28 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival

john_marcucciJohn Marcucci

Height: 6’1

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

This will be the first time the actor will be performing at the festival.

WILDsound TV Screenplay Festival Announces May 2015 Winners

The WILDSOUND TV Screenplay Festival has announced its May, 2015 Winners. Watch the 3 Winning Screenplay performance readings from the monthly screenplay festival:

Script #1: TV PILOT: REDEEMING GRACE
May 2015 Reading
Written by WL Gorman
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/redeeming_grace.html

SYNOPSIS:
A fractured and unstable near-future Canada where danger is ever-present and anarchy is just a breath away. In the centre of this cauldron is an ex-military gun-for-hire who seeks redemption from both his country and his father. With the odds stacked against him, will he be able to achieve it?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
STEVEN – Mark Sparks
WOLF/PADDY – Rob Salerno
YOUNG – John Marcucci
ALEXIS – Jillian Cameron
FLINT/FAUSTIN – Peter Bent
CAROLINE – Erynn Brook
SHEPPERD – Sean Ballantyne
MARTY – Graciela Martinez
JULIE – Leah Doz

Script #2: TV SPEC: NEW GIRL “Career Day”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Melissa K. Willis
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/new_girl.html

SYNOPSIS:
“Career Day”, an on speculation of the Fox sitcom New Girl, finds Jess in charge of the school’s Career Day activities in which she must deliver or possibly lose her job.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
JESS – Erynn Brook
SCHMIDT – Rob Salerno
NICK/BANKS – John Marcucci
CECE – Leah Doz
WINSTON – Peter Bent
COACH – Mark Sparks
STUDENT 1 – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
STUDENT 2 – Jillian Cameron

Script #3: TV SPEC: GIRLS “Camping”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Yolanda R. Easiley
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/girls.html

SYNOPSIS:
Conflicts occur when Jessa and Marnie go to pick up Hannah at the airport. Ray and Shoshanna run into a troubled taxi driver, as Adam connects with a hooker.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
HANNAH – Jillian Cameron
MARNIE – Erynn Brook
JESSA – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
SHOSHANNA/THERESA – Leah Doz
ADAM – John Marcucci
TOM – Peter Bent
RAY – Rob Salerno

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Deadline: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

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

1st Scene Screenplay Reading of MYA’S TRUTH, by Thomas L Ferguson (plus interview)

    Watch the 1st Scene Reading of MYA’S TRUTH:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Val Cole
    MYA – Leah Doz
    MONA – Erynn Brook
    CANDACE – Graciela Martinez
    JASMINE – Jillian Cameron
    ROBERT – John Marcucci
    WALTER – Rob Salerno

Get to know writer Thomas L. Ferguson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about self doubt and how people use obstacles in
their life to protect themselves from success. In Mya’s Truth, Mya
uses her relationships with men, particularly her father, to keep her
from stepping up to the plate to achieve her goals. She must learn
to define her own destiny, instead of letting others define it for her.

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

Overall, I believe it is a universal story about love. Not just romantic
love, but more important, the love one has for him or her self. There
is also a sub plot about family and how they can make us or break
us. I don’t know a single person who can’t relate to family influence
when it comes to life decisions. On top of all of that internal
struggle, there is plenty of external conflict. Secrets,lies, and
betrayal… everything you want in an indie drama.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing on and off for about twelve years… been serious
about five. 4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
The Color Purple. I watched that film dozens of times with my
family growing up. I live three thousand miles away from them now,
so I throw it on when I’m feeling homesick. I have to mention a very
close second…Albert Brooks’ The Muse. The movie is about a
writer trying to get his mojo back after “passing his prime”. When I
feel I need a boost of writer energy… I throw that one on.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I’m a big horror movie fan so working with Wes Craven would be a
dream. He is one of the fathers of modern day horror to me. I also
enjoy Christopher Nolan. He challenges me and I like a good
challenge from time to time. And lets just say it… Spielberg. Who
wouldn’t want to work with him. He’s a had a couple hits, I think.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written four features on my own. I’m juggling my next two right
now… a big budget horror script and a comedy. I’ve co-written
two… one of them being produced in 2012.

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

I love my current job in sports broadcasting, but I’m tired of writing
on the side. My ideal life in five years would include me writing full
time. I dream of the day when I can write all day and get paid for
doing what I love.  

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

I’m not a militant writer who does only one thing and that’s how it
is. I usually come up with my beginning and ending scenes, then fill
in the plot points in between. I write them down, then pray for the
best. Most of the time, I end where I thought I would, but it is so
refreshing when I end up in a totally different place. That is why I
love being a writer, especially writing on spec. You go on a journey…
just like a member of an audience. When I’m writing with a partner
or writing for someone, I’m more disciplined. I’d hate to let
someone down when they are depending on me.

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

I love movies, so I spend so much of my time at the local
multiplex… when i’m not at work, of course. Although I love the big
budget films, my passion truly lies with independent films. I spend a
lot of time doing research at Film Independent. I love reading old
scripts and learning about filmmaking in general. Outside of movies,
I love to dance, in fact, it’s my main source of exercise. I’ve always
dreamed of being a backup dancer for someone like Usher or Janet
Jackson… it can happen!

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I’ve always doubted my work. That’s what artists do. Just like the
main character in my story, I’m my own worst critic. One day, I decided to get a professional opinion of this story. Being a former reader for a producer and a script competition, I know that wowing
a reader in the first few pages is crucial. I wanted to see how this
story works in the first few pages. There aren’t many competitions
out there that focus on just the beginnings of a screenplay. I thought
this would be a great opportunity to find out from professionals if my
story is on the right track. I’m so grateful it was well received.

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

Stay focused. Stay busy. Don’t let negative comments defeat you.
Believe in your abilities and don’t beat yourself up when things don’t
turn out the way you envisioned. We are artists. We are truth tellers.
Know your truth and stick to it!