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Laura Kyswaty – January 21, 2018 ACTOR

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Winning ANIMATION Feature Screenplay – STORM DRAGON, by Joey Curtis and Danny Klein

Watch the Winning SEPTEMBER 2017 Feature screenplay.

An outcast dragonfly unites a crew of misfit swamp critters to save the life of a boy trapped in a hurricane.

Genre: Animation, Family, Drama, Adventure

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
B-Fly/Luther: Cameron LeRoy
Skylar: Rachel Rain Packota
Tatsu: Cory Bertrand
Pondhawk: Jim Canale
Aura: Regan Brown

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning 1st Scene of SERAPHINA, by Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri

 

 A beautiful, kindly Irish woman – bestowed a special gift at birth – comes to the aid of a 1950’s New England family-in-crisis unaware she is being hunted by a revenge-seeking, depression-era zealot.

Genre: Family, Thriller, Drama

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
The Doctor: Brandon Knox
The Vicar: Rob Notman
Joshua: Luke Robinson
The Midwife: Julie McCarthy
Seraphina: Lindsay Rolland Mills

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

SERAPHINA is about a heartwarming, beautiful Irish woman who was graced at birth with a special gift from God.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I firmly believe that SERAPHINA would tug at the heartstrings of people around the world. This is the story of a wonderful, kind woman whose only mission in life is helping people in need, and finally has the chance to see her lifelong dream come to fruition…to have a loving family of her own. Without a single reservation, this movie would appeal to broad audiences of all ages.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Heartwarming – Moving.

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

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Over 13-years.

How many stories have you written?

I am the published author of 7 novels, and have developed well over 20 screenplays.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Since I Don’t Have You by the “Skyliners”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The most difficult and frustrating obstacle for me was ensuring the Irish dialogue and brogue were spot on. In July of 2017, I retained a wonderful Irish author from the old country to read and edit the Irish dialogue. She ensured that even though Seraphina was born and raised in Ireland, as the years passed by in America, her beautiful Irish brogue would oh-so-gently soften…but just a wee bit, dontcha know!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies!

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Filmfreeway is an outstanding platform for screenwriters to showcase their work.

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

The feedback was outstanding! I was filled with exhilaration and could not wait to tell my wife! But WILDsound has touched me this way before. I’ve entered the WILDsound festival numerous times over the years. I once received feedback for one of my scripts where the individual who wrote the feedback overwhelmed me with positive motivation and the desire to continue with my writing. The following is what he/she wrote about my protagonist, Jamerson Banks, in my script, MEADOW FALLS…

Hands down, Jamerson Banks is one of the most enjoyable characters ever created for the page and silver screen. He is irascible, ornery, quick-witted – and deeply wounded, by his own actions in the metaphysical sense, by the actions of others in the quite literal physical sense. His story is so detailed, his flaws so specific – we can’t wait to hear what happens next, even when he’s at his worst.

Thank you, WILDsound!!!

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its September 2015 Winners

Watch the Winning Readings for the 1st Scene and Short Screenplay Winners

Script #1 – 1st Scene Reading of HOW TO HOLD IS ALL IN
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gwen Goodkin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/how_to_hold_it_all_in.html

SYNOPSIS:

How to Hold it All in is about a guy who’s lost the loves of his life.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
LYLE – Gabriel Darku
MARV – Ben Hur
CHIC-JINX – Chris Reid-Geisler

Script #2 – 1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE
September 2015 Reading
Written by Gary Makin
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/facsimile.html

SYNOPSIS:

In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
WOMAN – Laura Kyswaty
MORALES – Ben Hur
ORTIZ/DRIVER – Gabriel Darku
TAXI DRIVER – Chris Reid-Geisler
EVERS – Holly Sarchfield

Script #3 – SHORT SCRIPT – PTSD
September 2015 Reading
Written by Paul Myerberg
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/ptsd.html

SYNOPSIS:

A PTSD soldier, living on the streets, finds his anonymity shattered when he saves a woman from assault.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sara Price
MAX CARNEY – Sako Kababji
NEPTUNE – Elizabeth Owens Scidmore
KATRINA – Kelly Daly
GANGBANGER – Adam Martignetti
COUNSELOR – Nick Baillie
POLICEMAN – Dan Cristofori

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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

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

1st Scene Reading of FACSIMILE, by Gary Makin

Watch the 1st Scene Reading of FACSMILE:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
WOMAN – Laura Kyswaty
MORALES – Ben Hur
ORTIZ/DRIVER – Gabriel Darku
TAXI DRIVER – Chris Reid-Geisler
EVERS – Holly Sarchfield

Get to know writer Gary Makin:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s set in a future where people rely on technology too much, but everything is hackable. A future with no privacy – not even inside your own mind. A future where corporations rule, and in this case, play God.

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

It’s a very visual, suspenseful story with strong action scenes and some cool ideas. You’d definitely get a good trailer out of it.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

In a future Los Angeles, a homicide detective’s investigation into the attempted murder of a young woman becomes the ultimate case of identity theft when a powerful corporation is implicated.

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

Probably Raiders of the Lost Ark – I watched it every Sunday morning as a kid for several months. Blade Runner is my favourite film though.

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

I wrote an earlier version in 2002 – it had a different plot, but some of the same ideas; such as 3D printed cars and guns, which have since come true. I wrote notes on this version in 2006, an outline in 2008, and a first draft in 2010.

6. How many stories have you written?

I started writing spec scripts for TV; five of those, plus three screenplays more recently.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Minority Report was coming out, and I wanted to write something similar. Something neo-noir in the science fiction genre.

Plus, getting an agent or winning contests with teleplays for existing TV shows was probably going to be harder.

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

Procrastination and perfectionism – a killer combination. Some personal issues also got in the way.

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

Movies, science and technology, geopolitics, cups of tea.

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

I actually entered just for the feedback – I didn’t expect to win. The feedback was all positive, so I was obviously pleased.

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

Watch movies, read movies, read about writing movies.

Treat it like a 9 to 5 (if you can), enter contests (it’s probably the best way in if you don’t know anyone in the industry), take classes (some are free), and get feedback (coverage if you can afford it).

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Deadline: 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 past 1st Scene Festival readings: