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Watch Best Scene Reading of UNLIKELY ANGELS by Anne Nemes

Watch the Reading of UNLIKELY ANGELS by Anne Nemes:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Charles Gordon
PETE – Rob Salerno
MIKE – Jerald Bezener
MARGOT – Julie Burris

Get to know writer Anne Nemes:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Its a story of a corrupt cop who has his life upended when he meets a strong and independent woman – and finds himself haunted by the ghost of the young man he killed.

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

It is a fun and moving play. The combination of elements should have something that appeals to everyone, and possibly make people consider their own lives.

3. This best scene has a lot going for it. It’s funny. It’s sexy. It’s supernatural! How would you describe this script in one sentence?

It is an emotional roller coaster ride as the lives of a bitter middle-aged man, a hardened teenage street punk, and a five-foot tall lady Taekwondo instructor entwine on the streets of Brooklyn .

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

I am an avid movie fan. My favorites involve the imagination, whether sci fi, supernatural or fantasy.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I actually wrote the script twenty-two years ago. Then I got involved in college, then tech school and a new career so I didn’t really have the time to work on it further. I am recently retired now, and decided it was time to finish it.

6. How many stories have you written?

Mostly compositions and research papers in college.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My life. Mike is actually a combination of my husband and I. Me in that I spent a good part of my life trying to be what everyone else wanted me to be and it nearly ended me. My husband, in that he was raised in the old world ways. Gabrielle, the five-foot tall Taekwondo instructor is me, except for the street fights and dead husband. Most of what she says and does is me speaking from experience. I hoped that if I could get my message in a movie, maybe it could help others.

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

I haven’t had any formal training in script writing, so turning my story into a professional level screenplay was my greatest challenge.

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

Pretty much anything creative or inventive.

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

Write from your heart.

Watch Feature Script Reading of PONTIFF NO RETURN by Eric Boyd

Watch the October Winning Feature Screenplay Winner.

PONTIFF OF NO RETURN by Eric Boyd:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Misha Harding
THE POPE – Charles Gordon
MASSIMO/HOLMES – Jerald Bezener
ATWATER/DA LA CRUZ – Rob Salerno
MARY – Katelyn Cooper
PRESIDENT UTLEY – Julie Burris

Get to know writer Eric Boyd:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The Pope, a former soldier, goes on the run, to thwart the American President’s evil plan to stoke a holy war in the Middle East; and gets some help along the way from a bad-ass Virgin Mary.

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

I just think people would enjoy it.

3. This story has a lot going for it. It’s a satire, with a religious nod with a lot of Pope-ACTION! How did you come up with this brilliant and crazy story?

I was watching an episode of the Simpsons where during a soccer-riot a statue of the Virgin Mary comes to life and starts kung-fu fighting all the hooligans and just fell in love with the idea of an action-hero Virgin Mary.

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

Star Wars, because… you know, Star Wars.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started brainstorming it last summer. In December I thought I had everything and convinced myself it wasn’t the stupidest idea ever. I then banged out the first draft right before Christmas, and I’ve just been tinkering with it ever since.

6. How many stories have you written?

This is my 14th screenplay and I’ve since written another. I’ve been writing on and off since I was in college. I’ve only written screenplays and feel like I’m more dedicated to it now than ever.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I just had this really fun idea that I couldn’t stop thinking about and the more I thought about it the more I fell in love with it. The only way I could get it out of my brain was by putting it on paper.

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

At first, I was pretty hesitant to write this because I thought the premise was too “out there”. It really forced me to think about what was happening and why it was happening until I could present it in a way to the audience that was believable instead of asking them to just believe. Ultimately, I think the story benefited from those obstacles rather than the idea being so good that it just writes itself.

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

Star Wars because…you know, Star Wars.

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

It was recommended to me by another writer who had lots of good things to say about it and after entering two screenplays, I have to say I agree. The feedback was great. The reviewer told me what they thought worked and didn’t work and even offered some suggestions to fix the stuff that didn’t work. I’m definitely entering my new screenplay as soon as I finish my next rewrite.

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

Since I’ve never attempted to dispense generic writing advice before, I decided to google “how to write a screenplay”. As I was going through the results, I realized what I was doing was stupid and felt like an idiot, so I decided to google “how to write a good screenplay” and I felt much better. I guess the moral of the story is if you set out to write a screenplay, your first priority should be to make it good.

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Watch Feature Screenplay Reading of BROWNIE AND FRAN by Arthur S Brown & Rory Leahy

Watch Performance Reading of BROWNIE AND FRAN:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jason Martorino
BROWNIE – Scott Beaudin
FRAN – Meghan Allen
TRAVERS/DAVID – Cole Reid
SHAYGETZ/HOWIE/LOU – Peter Nelson
KAPLAN/BERTHA/PAULINE – Julie Burris
ZELLY – Andrei Preda

Get to know writer Arthur S. Brown:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Brooklyn, NY 1948. The cold war is heating up, and mob entrenchment is at its peak. The U.S. is running a victory lap. Returning veterans want their share of the pie, and they’re willing to strike for it. Two young idealists meet, fall in love, and set out to save the world – while not getting corrupted doing it. These lovers are my parents, and most of the story is true.

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

It reveals a time and place where so many conflicting forces were in play, and it was unclear which would prevail. It’s a tale with great historic scope and modern relevance. Worker’s and civil rights vs the rise of the modern corporation. Organized crime’s entrenchment in trade unionism. Themes still at play in the body politic – and two starry-eyed people skipping gleefully across the mine field.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Do you believe in past lives?

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

Favorite film hands down is Wizard of Oz. It delights on so many levels. It has wisdom (the hero you seek is within), adventure, existential struggle (“home” vs “out there.”), and of course music.

By the way, the spoken moral of the film is of course, “.. there’s no place like home.” I submit that the true moral is “somewhere over the rainbow” – leave home and seek adventure. I say that because we know that a day or so after the film ends, Dorothy is sure is hell not staying in Kansas.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

So many – Actors: Christoph Waltz, Steve Carell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson… Directors: Tarentino, Woody Allen, Linklater, Alejandro Inarritu, Joel Coen…

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’m the author of “Vegetarian Dining in NYC”, and “Everything I need to know, I learned from Cartoons!” I occasionally work as an actor and standup comedian. As a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engels musical theatre workshop (which gave us “Little shop of horrors”, “Avenue Q”, and many others), I developed and produced a number of exciting projects, a couple of which are approaching completion (can’t be specific at this moment).

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Jack Kerouac commented in an interview (and I paraphrase), that “no man can write a book about his father.” I took up the challenge. He also said, “Write in recollection and amazement for yourself.” I have. I believe my story is extremely relevant.

Has class warfare ended? Are working people still struggling against CEOs for a fair wage and basic rights? Do idealists still fall in love and try to save the world?

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

I find Final Draft enormously helpful. I like to develop an outline – what’s the story about? I write quickly. And when I’m
ready, I get eyes on it.

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

Standup comedy, growing tomatoes, as much sex as my wife will allow me, and bike riding.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? Did the
initial feedback you received from the festival help your
screenplay?

I’m very grateful for the feedback from WILDsound. It was specific and on point. It helped me immensely.

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

Get an office job with a monitor facing the wall. Write – and
write quickly. Kill your darlings. Put your ego aside and let the characters tell their stories through you. Write some more. Keep writing.

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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