Best Scene STAGE PLAY Reading of VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW, by Bree Katz

Genre: History, Comedy

Tired of sixteenth-century gender relations, Kate from The Taming of the Shrew recruits Lady Macbeth, the Wife of Bath, Frankenstein’s Monster, and other canonical characters to drive literature into the 21st century.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Kate: Carina Cojeen
Petruchio: Peter Nelson
Shylock: Kris Hagen
Dr. Frankenstein: Mike Ruderman
Wife of Bath: Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your play about?

The Vengeance of the Shrew is about classic literary characters – including The Taming of the Shrew’s Kate, The Merchant of Venice’s Shylock, Lady Macbeth, the Wife of Bath, and Frankenstein’s Monster – who are tired of their canonical lot and decide to shake up the established order.

What genres does your play fall under?

Vengeance is a farcical comedy.

Why should this play be made into a show?

In addition to being thigh-slappingly hilarious (in my admittedly biased opinion!), my play tackles the question of how to fit beloved literary figures and the settings they inhabit and make them relevant to the 21st century – and it’s told through their perspective.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Modern Shakespeare!

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

I watched the original Star Wars trilogy so many times, my mother had to re-record them due to fears of me wearing out the VHS tapes they were on.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started working on this play ten years ago.

How many stories have you written?

I have lost track of how many stories I’ve typed out – I’ve written first drafts of several novels, screenplays, and television pilots, and I’ve polished the ones I kept coming back to re-read (after all, if I want to read it again, someone else will want to read it the first time!).

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

Bruce Springsteen’s “Backstreets.” Born to Run was the first album I remember listening to in full as a child, and that song as well as “Jungleland” amaze me with their composition and the raw power of their lyrics every time.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I was in school for most of the time I was writing it, and I have a very limited ability to multitask. I completed it in fits and starts.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am an avid skier in the winter and a climber of 14,000-foot mountains in the summer. I have summitted 22 fourteeners: 21 in Colorado plus California’s Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the U.S. south of Alaska.

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

I’d gotten a notification that my play’s logline had been selected to receive special attention for the submission. The feedback I received was thoughtful and informative.

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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

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Winning THRILLER Feature Screenplay: WORD GAMES, by Joel Stern

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

A commercial airliner flying to Paris explodes off the U.S. East Coast killing sixteen members of a high school French Club and a young pianist destined for greatness; a pair of deranged teens go on a terrifying high school shooting spree ending the life of a young girl devoted to serving God and mankind. If there is a master plan, how could these horrific events be allowed to happen?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Sal: Kris Hagen
Dave: Peter Nelson
Monica: Shania Belton
Julie: Katelyn Varadi
Tanya/Shannon: Carina Cojeen
Lassen: Mike Ruderman
Bill: Nick Wicht

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Word Games” is about two strangers in a nursing home who are isolated because of the “Blizzard of the Millennium” . One man – Sal Genesinni – is the janitor. The other is Dave Phillips, an old man, wheelchair bound, who was found abandoned in the storm. While Phillips’ true identity remains a mystery, he and Genesinni play “Scrabble” to kill time. As they spell certain words it takes us back in time to real life events. As they recall these events they actually change what happened. This affects the destiny of the promising young people they speak of. As the story unfolds, we realize their “game” is a battle of wits between good and evil – one they engage in as different people throughout time.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“Word Games” would provide moviegoers with a suspenseful, alternative view of destiny and attempt to explain why bad things happen to good people.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Story in two words: Inescapable destiny.

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

The movie I’ve seen the most: “Pineapple Express”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote the short story two years ago (now on Amazon). I began writing the screenplay in January, 2016.

How many stories have you written?

I’m currently writing my third screenplay. I began my first, “Trickle Down”, a dramatic comedy based on the 2007 mortgage meltdown, in 2012.

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

Favorite song – Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately…”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Obstacles to writing screenplay: Trying to think as God

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Other passions: Sports, politics, travel, history

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

Film Freeway: Easy to work with

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

I entered the festival to gage interest in my work and to get it produced. “Word Games” also won a Finalist Award at the Cannes Film Festival Screenwriting contest in April of this year.

I was thrilled with the feedback I received. I made a few clarifications when asked to.

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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

WILDsound Announces its January 2016 Short Screenplay Winners

Watch the 2 Short Screenplay Winners for January 2016.

US NAVY CINE-KODAK
Written by Stephen M. Hunt

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: War, Thriller, Drama

France, 1941; an American undercover war correspondent is overwhelmed by an old woman’s unique and unbelievable response to local, Nazi atrocities.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
DUBIN – Dan Cristofori
TESSIER/BREUGEL – Geoff Mays
WOMAN – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know writer Stephen M. Hunt  

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THE NEW NEIGHBORS
Written by L. Filippo Santaniello

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Three friends are screening and selecting short films for a low budget horror film festival when the babysitter from the floor below rings the bell. Something bad has happened and she needs help.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
VIVIAN – Katelyn Vanier
ZACH – Dan Cristofori
ASHLEY – Holly Sarchfield
ALEX – Geoff Mays
ASIAN BOY – Lorne Hiro

Get to know writer Filippo Santaniello  

Watch the January 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner

CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE
Written by Howard Fridkin

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime

For the ultimate revenge, an internationally renowned mystery writer uses his latest novel as a blueprint to steal the Eiffel Tower.
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
MONIER – Lorne Hiro
LAMADOUR – Peter Nelson
MANDRELL – Dan Cristofori
WORCHEV/FELICE – Geoff Mays
LORRAINE – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know writer Howard Fridkin:

1. What is your screenplay about?

For the ultimate revenge, an eccentric Parisian crime novelist financially persuades the world’s greatest detective, scientist and architect into helping him execute the greatest heist of all-time: stealing the Eiffel Tower.

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

It brings back to the cinema a more mature high action/adventure thriller in the tradition of such eventful classics as “The Guns of Navarone,” Where Eagles Dare,” “The Towering Inferno” and Goldfinger,” which were all box office giants. With nothing but Marvel and DC comic book movies flooding the theatres, I thought this would be something challengingly fresh to excite audiences with…in other words, “Mission Impossible meets “Ocean’s eleven.”

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

Unprecedented concept.

4. You are the first writer to have ever had three feature screenplays read at our festival. Two of them high concept scripts that the actors LOVED performing. You can’t possibly have more feature screenplays completed….do you?

Unless I’m retiring, there’s always another in the pipeline.

5. What makes this screenplay and your previous script (The Last Adventure of Shay Blaze) stand out from the pack is your ability to mix genres. Crime Extraordinaire can be categorized as a “Crime meets Mystery meets Adventure meets Action, with a little bit of Romance mixed in!” Is mixing so many genres into one completed story a calculated decision in prep?

To help make my mark, I tend to take big risks with extravagant concepts and that usually means fusing different genres together, which I always love experimenting with. But the real trick is to ground them in some basis of reality so your audience will trust you to win them over with an exciting, new approach to your story and not something that eventually turns incredulous.

6. You make it very convincing that the Eiffel Tower could be stolen in your screenplay. Can it really happen? (AKA – Is your engineering and math realistic in the script, or did you make it all up?)

No. I really had to do my homework on this one. I researched ad nauseam all the mechanics of the operation in order to keep things credible. However, for the sake of pure entertainment, some suspension of disbelief is camouflaged by reality based information.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

As a kid, I was always infatuated with two historical landmarks: the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China. One of my favorite films is the original“The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. For some reason its title inspired me to come up with a plot about taking something big, so since I was preoccupied with the Tower, it seemed like a logical choice to marry the two ideas together and see what happens with it in a screenplay. And who knows…maybe one day the Great Wall will be a sequel.

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

The most demanding challenge, of course, was creating convincing characters that would eliminate the reader’s skepticism that an operation of this magnitude could actually be accomplished, and not to drop the ball in its execution; otherwise, the script would have just been a house of cards.

9. The hero/anti-hero/smartest guy in the room in your story is a writer himself. A man who figures out all the pieces of the complicated puzzle to make this ultimate caper happen. Do you really think the great & successful crime writers have the ability to use their past research in prepping their stories, plus their imagination to pull off something like stealing the Eiffel Tower?

Well, you just can’t go around every day stealing any national monument you want and get away with it. You must become an expert on the subject you’re writing about to be taken seriously. Anything is possible so long as you’re willing to do the homework and back up your imaginative ideas with a set of logical rules to abide by.

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

I’ve been extraordinarily lucky with WILDsound’s feedback over the years. It helped me achieve three table reads, which are so important to improve on what I thought was my final draft. You can drive yourself nuts reading your material over and over again, trying to reach perfection. But until you actually hear the dialogue and scene descriptions being read by other voices, sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. These table reads have helped me catch overlooked errors that I never saw with my own two eyes on the pages.

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

Giving someone advice is like telling them how to dress. Everyone has their own style (voice) and wardrobe (scripts). Rather than giving advice, I’ll take my own: “I write every screenplay as if it were my last, so it has to be the best.

WILDsound Performer Jan. 3rd Event: PETER NELSON

Actor PETER NELSON will be performing at the January 3 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed:
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/01/01/january-3-2016-writing-festival-details/

peter_nelsonHeight: 5’11

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue

Watch Peter’s past writing festival performances.

ACTOR1st Scene – THREE PLAY
March 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram

ACTOR1st Scene – THE SINGING TREE
March 2015 Reading
Written by Marilyn Pesola & Peter Moss

ACTORFeature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli

ACTORBest Scene – LONELY HEROES
March 2015 Reading
Written by Eddie Upnick

ACTORX-Mas Scene – MEMORIES OF LIFE’S DREAMS
March 2015 Reading
Written by June Fleming

ACTORBest Scene: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Show
May 2015 Reading
Written by Chris Agnew

ACTORShort Script: HONOR AMONG THIEVES
May 2015 Reading
Written by Nat & Digs Palazzo

ACTORFeature Script: GOD’S WILL
May 2015 Reading
Written by Jamison P. Derfler

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – BROWNIE AND FRAN
July 2015 Reading
Written by Arthur S Brown & Rory Leahy

ACTORFAN FICTION – DOCTOR WHO
July 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Renshaw

ACTOR1st Scene: BELLE BREZING
May 2015 Reading
Written by Margaret Swim

ACTOR1st. SCENE SCRIPT – Mercy
October 2015 Reading
Written by George Lewis

ACTOR1st. SCENE SCRIPT – The Arv
October 2015 Reading
Written by Joshua Collins

ACTORBest Scene SCRIPT – Comic Cons
October 2015 Reading
Written by Peter Harmon and Larry Postel

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – Death Don’t Us Part
October 2015 Reading
Written by Olaf Baumann

ACTORBest Scene SCRIPT – Capstone Lost & Found
October 2015 Reading
Written by Pamela Green

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Symposium
October 2015 Reading
Written by Tom Grady

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – A Ghost Story of Christmas
December 2015 Reading
Written by Eddie Yaroch

ACTORTV SPEC – Modern Family
December 2015 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

ACTORTV PILOT – I Heart My Demons
December 2015 Reading
Written by Rebecca Scott

1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its October 2015 Winners

Watch the winning First Scene Scripts performed by professional actors:

#1 – 1st. SCENE SCRIPT – Mercy
Written by George Lewis

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

SYNOPSIS:

Mercy is a story that looks into the past and the future through the experiences of a man who wants to end racism and in doing so he becomes instrumental in electing the first African American President of the United States.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Kiran Friesen
PRESIDENT/JEROME – Bubba
MAX ROBERTS – Peter Nelson
TREY – Sean Ballantyne
ROSE – Fran Townend

#2 – 1st. SCENE SCRIPT – The Arv
Written by Joshua Collins

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

SYNOPSIS:

A film is about a lethal obsession and how it can alter a persons perception of their world. As well as a very uncovered subject matter(in film)–aero-technology.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
ALAYAS – Sean Ballantyne
MARK/MARDALE – Peter Nelson
VOICE OVER – Becky Shrimpton
Steven – Bubba

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get script 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:

Watch Feature Screenplay Reading of DEATH DON’T US PART, by Olaf Baumann

Watch DEATH DON’T US PART, Feature Script Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
CHARLEY – Bubba
EMMA – Jane Smythe
DINA – Kiran Friesen
ROSCOE/NAPOLEAN – Peter Nelson
HELEN – Becky Shrimpton
STEVE – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Olaf Baumann:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It is about the quest for true love and the intricacies of being dead.

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

People deserve a good laugh. Times are hard enough.

3. This story has a lot going for it. It’s part Fantasy, part Comedy, part Musical, part Drama, part Romance. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

This barrage of “part genres” makes my head spin. Bottom line: It’s funny.

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

To Be or Not To Be, 1942; written by Melchior Lengyel, Edwin Justus; directed by Ernst Lubitsch. This comedy is ground zero for the genre.

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

I wrote the first word in 2012. Then it was a sleeping beauty for some time until I finished it (for now) in the spring of 2015.

6. How many stories have you written?

Lost count on the ideas and stories; 5 plays (2 produced); 8 screenplays. (all comedies)

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I would like people to face their ghosts and laugh.

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

There are a couple of first drafts on my shelf that all vie for attention. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which dream to wreck first.

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

God loves ALL people. If your pastor, (rabbi, imam, etc.) tells you otherwise, find another church.

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

The prize. A table read is much more exciting than yet another copy of final draft.
The reviewer called my writing brilliant, and I didn’t have to bribe or blackmail him/her. That felt nice.

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

If you’re not having fun it’s not worth it.

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

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

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