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  

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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

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

Watch 1st Scene Reading of MERCY, by George Lewis

Watch MERCY, 1st Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

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

Get to know writer George Lewis:

1. What is your screenplay about?

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.

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

Mercy is a story, a lesson from our history that brings us closer to the enduring values inherent in our shared humanity. Mercy reminds us that although we have engaged in and witnessed acts of unspeakable inhumanity in the past, we are not beyond redemption. The powerful stories of these characters transcends the past and lifts their lives to a level that redeems them and others from the of racism and gives us hope.

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

Mercy is a story about Jerome White colloquially known as the Black Time Traveller who goes back and forth in history where he searches for the Imperial Wizard of KKK with support from friends Rose and Trey who protect him in the present during his forays into the past. Bringing him close to death, history intersects with the rise of a young black Senator and the modern day Wizard who are both headed towards the highest office in the land. The Black Time Traveller will play an incredible role in determining who gets elected.

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

The Fifth Element

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

I first started writing Mercy under another title in 2008 and as it went through many iterations of the years. As the story changed, so did the title until I arrived at this story and the title Mercy.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written a dozen stories and two feature length screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Originally, the story came from experiencing the aftermath of my younger brother’s death from racism and Jim Crow laws that denied him medical care that could have possibly saved his life. The screenplay started out to be about that part of my life but evolved to include much more.

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

There were many. First, there was a steep learning curve and although I wanted to tell this story, I had resistance to sharing it through a lens that was powerful, but not necessarily entirely from my personal story. I had to surrender myself to the story that wanted to be written, still drawing from my experiences in unexpected ways. Another obstacle was my own self-doubt and insecurity on so many levels (“who am I to be writing this?” to fear that “hostile forces would find a way to defeat my efforts”). Medical problems arose like Congestive Heart Failure, Sarcoidosis an autoimmune disorder, and Depression. My fiancé left me, my dreams seemed to collapse around me and I moved in with one of my children, thinking…I’m done! I give up! There’s no chance! Lord come take me now.

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

I’m passionate about politics, mental health, films, story telling, the arts like Ballet, symphony and travel.

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

I loved the sense of openness and the feedback was simply first rate. I felt like I improved each time I resubmitted my project. The criticism was always right on point and made suggestions I could immediately put to use in making the story stronger.

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

Just don’t give up! And, pray! There will be challenges and obstacles but this is all part of the process since the writing process evolves over an extended period of time, setbacks and advances should be expected. I learned was a combination of patience and “how to handle the highs and lows” that would determine my success.

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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

Watch 1st Scene Reading of THE ARV, by Joshua Collins

Watch THE ARV 1st Scene Reading:

CAST LIST:

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

Get to know the writer Joshua Collins:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In short, the 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.

But overall, the experience might leave (hopefully) wondering/discussing idea’s that have never crossed their minds regarding aero-technology and energy sources.

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

Considering the state of our world’s condition and the struggle we find ourselves trying to right a very evident problem, the film is a different look at what is more than possible (via-solutions). It also gives light to the ‘why’ on more than one occasion, but utilizing a fun and impacting format to do so. Rather than a documentary this film could speak with people of all ages by way of classic film-making.

The film could open up doors for many conversations that just aren’t happening, and that’s sad.

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

The ARV can only be experienced and yet hard to believe its happening.

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

There isn’t just one, there’s never just one:

Tarkovsky’s STALKER
Michael Haneke’s THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
KUBRIKS 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

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

Research took well over a year, but the writing took about two months.

6. How many stories have you written?

A lot. A lot, a lot.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was blown away that the sci-fi/drama genre was lacking in anything that dealt with a real human problem–sustainable energy source.

Also that many films that ever dealt with anything extra-terrestrial based were far too cliché and over-done. This film, THE ARV, finally gives a real life look at the reality of such a complex subject matter.

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

Having to learn quantum physics on an elementary level to create the real dialogue the story contains. One cannot simply make it up or just learn ‘key phrases’. A lot of scientists would go see this film and the last thing I’d want is to be laughed at. So, having to learn the principles of General relativity, Newton’s Laws of Motion etc…

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

Directing, directing, acting, music, life, Buddhism. And directing.

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

I was drawn to the festival based on its format. Hearing your screenplay read aloud by actors for the first time is a big plus.

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

Humans need stories to understand ourselves but at the same time to relinquish control of their perception’s. A writers job is to be responsible for what we give to them (the audience)…and in hopes that their perception is somewhat or altogether altered.

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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