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Best Scene Screenplay: AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, by Philip Naiman

Watch the June 2016 Winning Best Scene Comedy Reading.

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, by Philip Naiman

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis:

After being saddled with the care of a niece he has never met a gambler’s life becomes further complicated when he is unable to pay off his kid brother’s bad debt to a Vegas hood.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
CRYSTAL – Roselie Williamson
PUNTER – David Strauss
BOY – Alan Shonfield

Get to know the writer Philip Naiman:

1. What is your screenplay about?

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT is a comedy about a gambler whose apparent carefree world is challenged when he is reluctantly awarded custody of an orphaned niece he has never met while at the same time he tries to bail his kid brother out of a debt to Las Vegas hoods.

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

This is a comedy that relies on situations and character interaction. While the colourful characters are important it is the story that makes this screenplay. It is a story about family responsibility told in a humorous manner that I hope would appeal to a wide audience.

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

Two words kind of over simplifies one’s hard work but if pressed then I would say Luck and Responsibility.

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

I have watched several films over and over in all genres but for a comedy I never get tired of watching Abbott and Costello in THE NAUGHT NINETIES.

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

This screenplay has undergone several reincarnations but I started writing it in 2010 with another title and plot line, left it and came back to it about a year ago to bring it to its current state.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written 5 stories. The others are:
CROSSFIRE – an action drama set in 1992 Canada that was a Wildsound finalist and achieved an Award of Excellence at the 2011 Canadian Film Festival.
DOUBLE SHIFT – about twin hockey players who switch places when the superstar gets injured.
MY GUARDIAN ANGEL – about a father who tries to ensure that his family is taken care of – after he is fatally struck by lightning.
ANTHONY’S GIFT – (co-writer) about a recently invalid uncle who looks for divine intervention to give a most special gift to his nephew and best friend on his wedding day.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I enjoy comedy’s that take humorous looks at serious situations – good stories with good characters. I also enjoy horseracing. What would happen if a gambler’s world was forced to change?

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

The major obstacle was to create a screenplay where there were essentially two stories going on at the same time with one central character.

The Punter /Crystal story line is just as important as the Punter / Garrett story line, with the two stories coming together at the end. In workshops the feedback was quite favourable but in competitions the feedback was more about how the story should focus more on the Punter/Crystal plot line which was not the direction I wanted. So in the end I think I came up with a story that should satisfy competition judges and still be true to the tale that I wanted to tell.

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

I have a number of interests. Apart being in the field of physical rehabilitation for 35 years which I truly enjoy I also enjoy making videos of trips and events. Using photos , video clips and music to make DVD’s about events or vacations that I have been to. I have people ask me to do such projects for them. It’s something I really have a lot of fun with and people seem to enjoy.

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

I enter competitions that offer feedback. This is something that is important to me. This festival not only offers feedback but offers the author the chance to see scenes actually acted out. This is worth the price alone. It is also local which is quite unique. I did well the first time I entered a screenplay and was quite impressed with the process. The feedback is useful and helped me to understand what the industry is looking for.

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

. Since I have not sold anything it is difficult to tell another writer what works and what doesn’t. I would suggest that they try to get as much feedback as possible whether it be through workshops or competitions. If something consistently comes up, good or bad, then work with it. Don’t just take one person’s opinion but if the same critique occurs then at least you know that there may be something worth working on. As to how to get your screenplay into the hands of producers or directors and actually sell your product – I’m still working on that.

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

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Part 1 – Read SPORTS Genre Feature Film Pitches

Sport Screenplay Festival Contest. Due Date June 25th:
http://www.wildsound.ca/sports_contest.html

Part 1 – Read SPORTS Genre Feature Film Pitches:

Title: DOUBLESHIFT
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/doubleshift_by_philip_naiman.html
Written by: Philip Naiman
Type: Feature Script
Genre: Sports, teen drama

Title: THE SOUL MAZE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_soul_maze_by_cathie_and_paul_soderman.html
Written by: Cathie & Paul Soderman
Type: Feature Script
Genre: Survivalist Action

Title: GO LONG
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/go_long_by_james_o_white.html
Written by: James O. White
Type: FEATURE SCRIPT
Genre: Comedy

Title: WALKING TO THE POND
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/walking_to_the_pond_by_haldon_richardson.html
Written by: Haldon Richardson
Type: FEATURE SCRIPT
Genre: Drama, Sports, Crime

Title: IT’S IN THE GAME
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/its_in_the_game_by_bill_lundy.html
Written by: Bill Lundy
Type: FEATURE SCRIPT
Genre: Family Sports Fantasy

Title: BITE ME
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/bite_me_by_tim_aucoin.html
Written by: Tim Aucoin
Type: FEATURE SCRIPT
Genre: Comedy-Horror

Title: HOVER GIRL
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hover_girl_by_harry_goett_iii.html
Written by: Harry Goett III
Genre: Drama, Romance, and Sports
Type: FEATURE SCRIPT

Title: THE KING OF PAIN
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_king_of_pain_by_anthony_cipolla.html
Written by: ANTHONY CIPOLLA
Genre: Sports Drama
Type: FEATURE SCRIPT

Title: One & a Half
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/one_and_a_half_by_oleg_lubske.html
Written by: Oleg Lubske
Genre: Action, Crime, Sports, Thriller
Type: FEATURE SCRIPT

Title: OPEN FIELD
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/open_field_by_mark_trimmer.html
Written by: Mark Trimmer
Genre: Drama, Sports
Type: Feature Screenplay

Title: PIGGYBACK ANGEL
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/piggyback_angel_by_buck_randall.html
Written by: Buck Randall
Type: Feature Script
Genre: Sports, Fantasy

Title: Watts on Second
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/watts_on_second_by_herb_skolnik.html
Written by: Herb Skolnik
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Comedy, Sports, Romantic Comedy

Title: Duke
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/duke_by_thivanka_r_perera.html
Written by: Thivanka R. Perera
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Drama, Biography

Title: THROWBACK HERO
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/throwback_hero_by_frank_h_severa.html
Written by: Frank H. Severa
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Drama, Sports

Title: Justamis
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/justamis_by_tere_albanese.html
Written by: Tere Albanese
Type: Feature Screenplay
Genre: Sports/Drama

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Great way to get your story out: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Submit your Film, Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem anytime to the festival today: http://www.wildsound.ca

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Today’s Feature Screenplay Pitches and Loglines

Read today’s feature script pitches from writers from all over the world. Some of these stories coming to a theater near you.

Do you have a logline pitch? Send it in for FREE to the Logline Festival. Any type or genre: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Read today’s piches:

Title: PERFECT TRO(U)BLE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/perfect_trouble_by_john_samano.html

Written by: John Samano

Genre: Comedy/Drama

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Title: CROSSFIRE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/crossfire_by_philip_naiman.html

Written by: Philip Naiman

Genre: Action, Drama, Crime

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Title: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/what_goes_around_comes_around_by_alvin_hysong.html

Written by: Alvin Hysong

Genre: Drama, Crime

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Title: STELLA! A LIFE OF ART: A BIOGRAPHY ON STELLA ADLER
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/stella_a_life_in_art__a_biography_on_stella_adler_by_sheana_ochoa.html

Written by: Sheana Ochoa

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

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Title: WHILE I WAIT
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/while_i_wait_by_beverly_gandara.html

Written by: Beverly Gandara

Genre: Drama

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Title: KNOWING BETH
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/knowing_beth_by_darren_tomalin.html

Written by: Darren Tomalin

Genre: Drama/comedy (some language, sexual references, drug use)

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Title: TABOO
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/taboo_by_anthoney_j_andersen.html

Written by: Anthoney J. Andersen

Genre: Drama

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Title: THE MEANDERINGS OF THE MEKONG
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_meanderings_of_the_mekong_by_lou_ma_ho.html

Written by: Lou Ma Ho

Genre: Historical drama

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Title: KINDRED
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/kindred_by_anne_fields.html

Written by: Anne Fields

Genre: Occult Fiction, drama

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Screenplay Title: THE BOUHLER HAUS
http://www.wildsound.ca/the_bouhler_haus_by_bettelou_tobin.html

Written by: BetteLou Tobin

Genre: War/Drama

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Screenplay Title: White Calm
http://www.wildsound.ca/white_calm_by_sid_bodalia.html

Written by: Sid Bodalia

Genre: Drama/Thriller

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Title: THE ACOUSTIC CELLS
http://www.wildsound.ca/the_acoustic_cells_by_alexandre_kounde.html

Written by: Alexandre Kounde

Genre: Comedy/Drama

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Title: SHAKEN
http://www.wildsound.ca/shaken_by_elisa_olimpiah.html

Written by: Elisa Olimpiah

Genre: Drama

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Screenplay Title: The Immortal
http://www.wildsound.ca/the_immortal_by_marc_silveira.html

Written by Marc Silveira

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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Title: Julius V
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/julius_v_by_steve_guettermann.html

Written by: Steve Guettermann

Genre: History, Fantasy, Drama

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Title: A COOK’S STORY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/a_cooks_story_by_nathan_house.html

Written by: Nathan House

Genre: Drama

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Title: 8 WEEKS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/8_weeks_by_prince_muta.html

Written by: Prince Muta

Genre: Drama

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Title: IN HUMAN SKIN
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/in_human_skin_by_radha_bharadwaj.html

Written by: Radha Bharadwaj

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

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Title: Bollywood Burlesque
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/bollywood_burlesque_by_ashgid_khan.html

Written by: Ashgid khan

Genre: Musical, Romance, Comedy

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This is the perfect time to formally submit your feature to the festival as we have a one time only Holiday Special Deadline – SAVE $15 off regular submission (Deadline Dec. 31st):
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html