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Marc Lalonde – July 2016 Feature Script Winner (CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER)

Feature Script: THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER
by Marc Lalonde

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_charlottetown_jackhammer.html

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Farce, Screwball Comedy, Fantasy

A former nun, a pornographer, a brain surgeon and a quadriplegic must band together in a common cause with a wannabe serial killer who really, really, really, REALLY likes his brother to foil an international conspiracy to take over the world.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAN – Michael Gaty
NATASHA – Kiran Friesen
BORIS – David Occhipinti
MISS WINDIG – Judy Thrush
TALL LANKY GUY – Dan Cristofori
CLERK – Mark Boutros
ROYLA – Sean Ballantyne
CAROL – Viktoria Napolenova

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Feature Screenplay: The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio by Marc Lalonde

Watch the July 2016 Winning Feature Screenplay Reading. 

The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio by Marc Lalonde

Genre: Farce (Screwball Comedy)

Synopsis: A former nun, a pornographer, a brain surgeon and a quadriplegic must band together in a common cause with a wannabe serial killer who really, really, really, REALLY likes his brother to foil an international conspiracy to take over the world.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAN – Michael Gaty
NATASHA – Kiran Friesen
BORIS – David Occhipinti
MISS WINDIG – Judy Thrush
TALL LANKY GUY – Dan Cristofori
CLERK – Mark Boutros
ROYLA – Sean Ballantyne
CAROL – Viktoria Napolenova

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Nothing. It’s a Swiss watch: sophisticated movements meshing in an intricate mechanism.

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

Actors would enjoy making it and audiences would enjoy watching it.

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

Uproariously unpredictable.

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

I’m not one of those people who watches a movie over and over and over again. If I’ve watched a movie over a half-dozen times, it’s taken me decades to do so. Among them (in alphabetical order): Babette’s Feast; Eating Raoul; North By Northwest; Seven Samurai; and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. An eclectic list, to say the least.

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

I wrote it between October, 2013 and April, 2014 and I’ve been tinkering with it ever since.

6. How many stories have you written?

I wrote a number of stories years ago, but they went nowhere, so, I hunkered down and became a translator.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to see whether or not I could. And I was bored witless with translation. But now I’m kind of back to being OK with it. It pays the bills.

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

This screenplay isn’t finished and I doubt it ever will be. I’ll always find something that needs fixing.

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

Passions are something you have when you’re young. At this point in my life, I’m just relieved to wake up in the morning.

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

The WILDsound Festival is Canadian, I’m Canadian and as such I figured the WILDsound Festival would be a great launch pad for a screenplay with a title like The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio. The initial feedback made me tighten the screenplay. As a result, I pared it down to 97 fearsomely efficient pages. Lean and mean is good.

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

Read. Read. Read.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch the 4 Best Scene Screenplay Table Readings for November 2015

DEADLINE: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submit_your_favorite_scene.html

Watch the Winning Best Scene Readings for November 2015:

BEST SCENE- Coyote and the Dust Devil
November 2015 Reading
Written by Jonah Jones
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_coyote_and_the_dust_devil.html

BEST SCENE- Gonies
November 2015 Reading
Written by Phil Stokes
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_gonies.html

BEST SCENE – No Hope For Gomez
November 2015 Reading
Written by Graham Parke
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_no_hope_for_gomez.html

BEST SCENE – The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio
November 2015 Reading
Written by Marc Lalonde
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_the_charlottetown_jackhammer_imbroglio.html

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WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:

Best Scene Reading of THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER IMBROGLIO by Marc Lalonde

Watch THE CHARLOTTETOWN JACKHAMMER IMBROGLIO Best Scene:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
MISS WINDIG – Christina Santos
MAN – Geoff Mays
CLERK – Jarrid Terrell
MR. BLATT – David Occhipinti

Get to know writer Marc Lalonde:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Nothing. It’s a Swiss watch: sophisticated movements interlocking in an intricate mechanism.

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

Actors would enjoy making it, audiences would enjoy watching it.

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

Uproariously unpredictable .

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

Seven Samurai.

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

Three years.

6. How many stories have you written?

I wrote a number of stories years ago, but they went nowhere, so, I hunkered down and became a translator.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to see whether or not I could. And I was bored witless with translation. But now I’m back to being OK with it.

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

This screenplay isn’t finished and I doubt it ever will be. I’ll always find something that needs fixing.

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

Passions are something you have when you’re young. When you get older, you’re just relieved to wake up in the morning.

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

The WILDsound Festival is Canadian. I’m Canadian. The script is Canadian and doesn’t hide its Canadianness. I figured the WILDsound Festival would be a great launch pad for The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio. As for the initial feedback, it made me tighten the script which became five pages shorter as a result. Lean and mean is good.

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

Read. Read. Read.

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DEADLINE: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submit_your_favorite_scene.html

WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_readings.html

Read Today’s Feature Film Pitches. Screenplay Specs:

Free logline submissions. The Writing Festival network averages over 95,000 unique visitors a day.
Great way to get your story out: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Read Today’s Feature Film Pitches:

Title: SHE SHOULD NO BETTER
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/she_should_no_better_by_chris_spain_mark_staub_wendy_corsi_staub.html
Written by: Chris Spain, Mark Staub, and Wendy Corsi Staub
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Comedy

Title: 10 to 1
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/10_to_1_by_christopher_jean_soucy.html
Written by: Christopher Jean Soucy
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Action

Title: GATES OF HELL
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/gates_of_hell_by_everett_house_and_pamela_green.html
Written by: Everett House and Pamela Green
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Biography, Drama

Title: Vampire Killer Robot Zombie Donuts
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/vampire_killer_robot_zombie_donuts_by_john_christopher_thomas.html
Written by: John Christopher Thomas
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Comedy (Sci-Fi/Action Spoof)

Title: The Charlottetown Jackhammer Imbroglio
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_charlottetown_jackhammer_imbroglio_by_marc_lalonde.html
Written by: Marc Lalonde
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Farce (Screwball Comedy)

Title: Coldheart Creek
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/coldheart_creek_by_chris_morgan.html
Written by: Chris Morgan
Type: Feature Film
Genre: thriller, crime, psychological thriller.

Title: Mercy
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mercy_by_george_m_lewis.html
Written by: George M. Lewis
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Sci Fi

Title: MEXICO, INDIANA
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mexico_indiana_by_frank_h_severa_and_joe_kebschull.html
Written by: Frank H Severa and Joe Kebschull
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Drama

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