Watch the Winning First Scene Screenplay Readings from January to July 2015 (submit your own 10pgs by July 5th)

Deadline July 5th: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback
http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

– Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!

Watch the 20 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay Readings from June to July 2015

1st Scene SCRIPT – SOMBRA
July 2015 Reading
Written by Claire Wasmund
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sombra.html

1st Scene SCRIPT – YONKHEER
July 2015 Reading
Written by Wendy Jane Henson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/yonkheer.html

1st Scene SCRIPT – MEMOIRS OF A DOCKET
June 2015 Reading
Written by Damien Michael Aulsberry
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/memoirs_of_a_docket.html

1st Scene SCRIPT – IT CAME UPON A MID-NIGHTMARE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Gregory Lane
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/it_came_upon_a_mid-nightmare.html

1st Scene SCRIPT – ETERNITY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Kevin Bibo
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/eternity.html

1st Scene: LITTLE PROFESSOR
May 2015 Reading
Written by Monte Light & Cooper Holmes
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/little_professor.html

1st Scene: BELLE BREZING
May 2015 Reading
Written by Margaret Swim
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/belle_brezing.html

1st Scene: GOOD NIGHT, CRONKITE
May 2015 Reading
Written by Rita Doyle Roberts
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/good_night_cronkite.html

1st Scene: MYA’S TRUTH
May 2015 Reading
Written by Thomas L. Ferguson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/myas_truth.html

1st Scene – STILL IN THE GAME
April 2015 Reading
Written by George R. Flowers
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/still_in_the_game.html

1st Scene – FLAT PENNIES
April 2015 Reading
Written by Robert Ward
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/flat_pennies.html

1st Scene – THE SINGING TREE
March 2015 Reading
Written by Marilyn Pesola & Peter Moss
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_singing_tree.html

1st Scene – THE UMPIRE HAS NO BALLS
March 2015 Reading
Written by Debbie Bolsky
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_umpire_has_no_balls.html

1st Scene SCRIPT – LEGRAND
February 2015 Reading
Written by Angelina Carkic
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legrand.html

1st Scene SCRIPT – HELLCAT
February 2015 Reading
Written by J. Alan Hostetter
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hellcat_1st_scene.html

1st Scene – SPARKS
February 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sparks.html

1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_curse_of_sam_hain.html

1st SCENE READING – DEATH GRIP
January 2015 Reading
Written by Tracy Sherwood
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/death_grip.html

FIRST SCENE: MY LAST DUCHESS
January 2015 Reading
Written by Grant Reid
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/my_last_duchess.html

FIRST SCENE: DIETRICH DANZIG
January 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dietrich_danzig.html

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Interview with Screenplay Winner John Pisano-Thomsen, (Climactic Scene: Dietrich Danzig)

Although a fictitious character set against a historical background, Dietrich Danzig is the last known living survivor of the Pink Triangles arrested for homosexuality during the reign of the Third Reich.Through a 2011 interview with Dr. Theodrik Bitten of the United States Holocaust Museum, Dietrich, at the age of 95, takes us back to his young life as a successful ballet dancer in 1935. Coping with life under the Nazi re-enforcement of immorality law Paragraph 175 (a law that makes homosexuality illegal and punishable), Dietrich pursues an impossible romance with a resurfaced, childhood friend named Karsten. Charming, yet conflicted, Karsten is controlled by his stepfather, a Lt. Colonel in the Nazi SS who has forced his stepson to become a Nazi officer through extortion. Eventually, Dietrich’s pursuit to keep this love affair going leads to his tragic interment to Dachau Concentration Camp. However, through a synchronicity of lucky circumstance, smarts, and unforeseen assistance, Dietrich eventually finds his escape from Germany.

– John Pisano-Thomsen, on his screenplay Dietrich Danzig

    Watch the Climactic Scene of Dietrich Danzig:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Andrew Farr
    Dietrich – Andy Bridge
    Karsten – Geoff Mays
    Bitten – Ryan Fisher
    Sabine – Holly Sarchfield

Matthew Toffolo interviews writer John Pisano-Thomsen:

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

John: The screenplay’s messages of courage, perseverance and being true to yourself in the face of unjust adversity ring true to this day — especially in the 21st Century where roughly 80 countries still legally oppress, punish and even kill their own people for being queer (or for knowing someone who is queer). Life has a clearer meaning when you are true to yourself.

Matthew: If you can go for dinner with one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?

John: Sophia Loren. I’ve just read her autobiography and I have always been fascinated by her journey. I would love to speak with regarding the old days of Hollywood and her perspective on Life. Plus, since she is Italian and Italians love their food, I would imagine we would have a very animated conversation that would touch on what we were eating as well. I think it would be a truly memorable evening.

Matthew: What was your favorite television show as a kid?

John: Bewitched. I always wanted to have magic powers.

Matthew: Who was your hero growing up?

John: Walt Disney. His boundless vision and endless creativity inspired me to want to be and do so many things. He also proved that dreams and reality can be the same.

Matthew: Where in the world would you like to travel to that you haven’t been yet?

John: Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Canary Islands, Malta, Switzerland, Southern France

Matthew: What’s been the best year of your life?

John: 1998. I broke out of a toxic, co-dependent relationship, went into therapy, discovered who I was, learned what I SHOULD be, stopped worrying about finding the “right relationship” and learned to focus on myself. Then, before the year ended and without being preoccupied on romance, I met my husband and we’ve been together almost 17 years.

Matthew: Besides your writing talent, what else are you good at?

John: I’m somewhat good at cartooning and designing. I can sing, give presentations, and pretty much act my way out of paper bag, I can cook and bake. I am an excellent travel planner. I love everything New Age. I’m a pretty damn good mediator when things between two people get heated. And I’m also quite good at reading people and predicting their personality when meeting them for the first time.

Matthew: Do you have a favorite possession?

John: I have a note card mailed to me from lyricist Fred Ebb (embossed with his name) thanking me for my generosity. And he simply signed it. “Fred”. I had the great fortune of meeting him in person after the opening night of the revival of Chicago. His kindness and attentiveness prompted me to send to his home little houseplant, thanking him for his time. And in return, he responded with this beautiful notecard saying, “I truly believe that the most talented people are the most generous.”

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

John: A friend who works for Corus Entertainment recommended it to me.

Matthew: What has been the best compliment you have ever received?

John: The best compliment I ever received was when I had the opportunity to interview Victoria Clark at Joe Allen’s for a fan-based Broadway organization in New York City. This was during her run in Titanic the Musical long before she won her Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for The Light in the Piazza. After the interview, she wanted to chat and know something about me and I told her of my theatre and writing ambitions. I remember her looking me with her bright blues and saying to me, “I see a greatness in you. I really do. Don’t give up.”

WILDsound Festival January 2015 Summary: 49 video performances. 3 movies made

WILDsound began 2015 with a bang! Overall, 49 story videos were completed using the top acting talent in North America today. Plus, we made 3 short films: One adapted from a novel and two poems.

To submit your story or script to the festival and be showcased for future events, go to http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch the performance videos now:

FEATURE SCRIPT: THE FIREWORKS STAND
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_fireworks_stand.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by David M. Hyde

NOVEL READING – SERENITY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/serenity.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Tom Beakley

SHORT STORY – SHEPHERD’S HAVEN
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/shepherds_haven.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Joan Walters

IN THE CLEFT Chapter 10
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/in_the_cleft_chapter_10.html
January 2015 Novel Reading
Written by Dana L. Goodman

FIRST SCENE: MY LAST DUCHESS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/my_last_duchess.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Grant Reid

FIRST SCENE: DIETRICH DANZIG
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dietrich_danzig.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen

1st SCENE READING – DEATH GRIP
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/death_grip.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Tracy Sherwood

SHORT SCREENPLAY – THE PARTICULAR DAY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/a_particular_day.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Roberto Lezzi

BEST SCENE READING – I’M STILL HERE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/im_still_here.html
January 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

JANUARY 2015 Poetry Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/january_2015_poetry_readings.html
30 Poems
Performed by Alissa DeGrazia

WATCH VIDEO LOGLINE PITCHES
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/watch_video_logline_pitches.html
8 Pitches
Daily stories turned into movies.

Watch the movies:

SANDROS NOTEBOOK Part 3
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sandros_notebook_part_3.html
Novel turned into Movie
Written by Alberto Russo

POETRY MOVIE: A SILICIAN CURSE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/coming_to_syracuse_part_2.html
Part 2: Coming to Syracuse by Rollan McCleary

POETRY MOVIE: TOURISTS AND VISITORS TO SIRACUSA
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/coming_to_syracuse_part_3.html
Part 3: Coming to Syracuse by Rollan McCleary

From MovieBytes: 1st Scene Screenplay Festival Names January Winners

The best thing for a writer is to get feedback- not just to be told ‘that was good’ but honest and constructive feedback. That’s what WILDsound offers. It was a good experience having individuals from overseas have a different perspective on my work.

– Writer Grant Reid, from his MovieBytes Interview

Read Grant’s Entire Inteview from MovieBytes:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?tab=tab4&InterviewID=756&ContestNumber=2924

From MovieBytes:
http://www.moviebytes.com/ContestDetail.cfm?StoryID=4875&ContestNumber=2924&tab=tab3

FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.
http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

– Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!

WATCH past 1st Scene Festival readings:

Watch the 3 winning first scene readings from the January 2015 1st Scene Writing Festival:

MY LAST DUCHESS
Written by Grant Reid
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/my_last_duchess.html

SYNOPSIS:
When recently single Thomas moves next door and strikes a friendship with Catherine, Alexander spirals into a dark paranoia. With his sanity at stake Alexander is on the brink of losing everything.

DIETRICH DANZIG
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dietrich_danzig.html

SYNOPSIS:
A 95-year-old Pink Triangle survivor recalls his romance with a Nazi Officer’s son in 1935 that led to his interment at Dachau.

DEATH GRIP
Written by Tracy Sherwood
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/death_grip.html

SYNOPSIS:
A female war hero home from Iraq struggles with PTSD while trying to resume her life as a soccer mom. But the married soldier hides an even darker secret…she witnessed the death of her lover overseas who also happens to be the husband of her now widowed sister.

Watch January Writing Festival Winners

WATCH RECENT WINNING WRITING and FILM FESTIVAL VIDEOS

Full Feedback on all entries. Get your script, novel, short story, or poem performed by professional actors. At least 10 performances and movies made a month! Email us at info@wildsound.ca for any questions or inquiries about the festival.

Go to http://www.wildsound.ca and submit your story today.

FEATURE SCRIPT: THE FIREWORKS STAND
January 2015 Reading
Written by David M. Hyde
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_fireworks_stand.html

SHEPHERD’S HAVEN
January 2015 Short Story Reading
Written by Joan Walters
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/shepherds_haven.html

JANUARY 2015 Poetry Readings
12 Poems
Performed by Alissa DeGrazia
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/january_2015_poetry_readings.html

NOVEL READING – SERENITY
January 2015 Reading
Written by Tom Bleakley
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/serenity.html

POETRY MOVIE: TOURISTS AND VISITORS TO SIRACUSA
Part 3: Coming to Syracuse by Rollan McCleary
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/coming_to_syracuse_part_3.html

BEST SCENE READING – I’M STILL HERE
January 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/im_still_here.html

1st SCENE READING – DEATH GRIP
January 2015 Reading
Written by Tracy Sherwood
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/death_grip.html

SHORT SCREENPLAY – THE PARTICULAR DAY
January 2015 Reading
Written by Roberto Lezzi
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/a_particular_day.html

POETRY MOVIE: A SILICIAN CURSE
Part 2: Coming to Syracuse by Rollan McCleary
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/coming_to_syracuse_part_2.html

FIRST SCENE: MY LAST DUCHESS
January 2015 Reading
Written by Grant Reid
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/my_last_duchess.html

FIRST SCENE: DIETRICH DANZIG
January 2015 Reading
Written by John Pisano-Thomsen
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dietrich_danzig.html

IN THE CLEFT Chapter 10
January 2015 Novel Reading
Written by Dana L. Goodman
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/in_the_cleft_chapter_10.html

WATCH Winning Writing Festival Videos:

Interview with John Pisano-Thomsen, Winning 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

    WATCH the 1st Scene Reading of “Dietrich Danzig” performed by professional actors:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Q Wilson
Dr. Bitten – Todd Dulmage
Ziggy – Barry Minshull
Zaki – Rob Young
Pearce – Jacob Klick
Emma – Alissa DeGrazia

SYNOPSIS:

A 95-year-old Pink Triangle survivor recalls his romance with a Nazi Officer’s son in 1935 that led to his interment at Dachau.

Interview with John Pisano-Thomsen:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

John Pisano-Thomsen: Although a fictitious character set against a historical background, Dietrich Danzig is the last known living survivor of the Pink Triangles arrested for homosexuality during the reign of the Third Reich.Through a 2011 interview with Dr. Theodrik Bitten of the United States Holocaust Museum, Dietrich, at the age of 95, takes us back to his young life as a successful ballet dancer in 1935. Coping with life under the Nazi re-enforcement of immorality law Paragraph 175 (a law that makes homosexuality illegal and punishable), Dietrich pursues an impossible romance with a resurfaced, childhood friend named Karsten. Charming, yet conflicted, Karsten is controlled by his stepfather, a Lt. Colonel in the Nazi SS who has forced his stepson to become a Nazi officer through extortion. Eventually, Dietrich’s pursuit to keep this love affair going leads to his tragic interment to Dachau Concentration Camp. However, through a synchronicity of lucky circumstance, smarts, and unforeseen assistance, Dietrich eventually finds his escape from Germany.

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

John: This script should be made into a movie for two reasons (both interrelated):

1) The screenplay’s messages of courage, perseverance and being true to yourself in the face of unjust adversity ring true to this day — especially in the 21st Century where roughly 80 countries still legally oppress, punish and even kill their own people for being queer (or for knowing someone who is queer).

2) It is important to remind the younger and future gay generations who have (or will have) LGBTQ liberties of the pain and suffering endured by those courageous LGBTQ of the past, to never forget their sacrifices, and to not assume that all freedoms are permanent. We must always be aware of injustice and the role that government plays in protecting or persecuting others for their differences.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

John: On and off for 25 years. I have a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Utah (1989). Most of my writing has been short stories, librettos (books and lyrics for musicals), poetry and plays.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Equally: Defending Your Life or Victor/Victoria

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

John: Actors: Sir Ian McKellen, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon, Josh Hutcherson, Ralph Fiennes, Joseph Fiennes, Sean Penn, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Harvey Fierstein, Nathan Lane, Allan Cumming, Ben Schnetzer.

Actresses: Emma Thompson, Anne Hathaway, Toni Collette, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Julia Roberts, Angela Lansbury, Sally Field, Kathy Bates, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Portman, Whoopi Goldberg, Sandra Bullock, Hillary Swank, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Imelda Staunton, Dame Maggie Smith.
Composers: Maury Yeston, Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, Stephen Flaherty, Marc Shaiman
Directors: Gus Van Sant, Sam Mendes, Baz Luhrman, Rob Marshall, Ang Lee, Stephen Fry, Todd Haynes, Joel Schumacher, John Cameron Mitchell, Craig Zadan, Brian Percival, Spielberg, Zemeckis, Tom Ford, Bill Condon, Jonathan Demme, Gary Marshall, Susan Stroman.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

John: Three short stories, two plays, two librettos, one screenplay and various prose/poetry.

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

John: To have at least 1 play/musical produced on Broadway and/or 1 screenplay produced as a major motion picture. From there, I hope it will lead to a successful writing career for both mediums.

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

John: I always keep a notebook by my bed. I get the best ideas when I awake and before I go to bed and I write them down.

I avoid writing at home or near friends and family; their energies are distracting. However, I cannot write where it is completely quiet. I prefer to write in various cafés where I can be surrounded by white noise and anonymous energies. Since I have a full-time job and a family to take care of, the majority of my writing time is during the weekend, however, I “push” to get at least two weekday evenings to write when I can.

I get close supporters to read my first drafts and provide creative criticism (with the understanding it is a first draft). This way I can obtain raw, first hand feedback and understand if it is worth undertaking or to take in another direction. A good response to the initial context and themes is a good sign to keep going.

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

John: Spirituality and humanity, food, live theatre, opera, music (classical, jazz and world), most HBO and Showtime series, Project Runway,

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

John: A friend who works for Corus Entertainment recommended it to me.

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

John:

1) There is no perfect way to construct and deliver a first draft. Just dump out what’s in your brain. Reconstruction and re-calibration can follow later. Stories are never written. They are always re-written — and usually right down to the final wire.

2) Have confidence in what you write — don’t worry. Avoid the inner critic in your head at every chance you can get (this is advice from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way.

3) Lastly, write what YOU want to see and what compels YOU. Don’t worry about what you think producers, directors, agents or the audience wants to see. It will be more authentic and will contain your passion. There will always be those that don’t connect to you material or your message.

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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