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Rob Notman, Actor for May 24th Screenplay Festival

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WILDsound Performer: ROB NOTMAN. April 3/2016 Writing Festival

Actor ROB NOTMAN will be performed at the writing festival on April 3 2016.

See the highlights of the April 3rd festival

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ROB NOTMAN

Height: 5’10

Hair: Dark Brown

Eyes: Hazel

Watch screenplay readings the actor has performed in:

ACTORPerformed on the TV SPEC – NEW GIRL “Summer’s Over”
February 2014 Reading
Written by Micah Goldman & Griff Kohout

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – MOVING DAY
August 2014 Reading
Written by Jane Gilson

ACTORSTAGE PLAY – PAPER WALL
November 2014 Reading
Written by Gina Surles

ACTORFIRST SCENE – WAYFARERS
November 2014 Reading
Written by Arnon Z. Shorr

ACTORPerformed on the TV PILOT – THE PURE
February 2014 Reading
Written by Jessica Seguin

ACTORPERFORMED – ARCHER TV Spec Script
August 2014 Reading
Written by Jay Mayhoffer

ACTORFIRST SCENE – WHERE SERPENTS LIE
November 2014 Reading
Written by Tom Pavlock

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – BOOMERANG THE GREAT
November 2014 Reading
Written by Ana R. Dominick

ACTORBEST SCENE – FAREWELL TO FREEDOM
November 2014 Reading
Written by Anita Waggoner

ACTORPERFORMED – POUND FOR POUND TV Pilot Script
August 2014 Reading
Written by Travis Hodgkins

ACTORFeature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli

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

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

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

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

ACTORBest Scene Reading of GATES OF HELL
August 2015 Reading
Written by Pamela Green

ACTORShort Screenplay Reading of THE DEAD END
August 2015 Reading
Written by Piotr Jamroz

ACTORTV PILOT Reading of HOT FLASH HIGH
August 2015 Reading
Written by Molly Driscoll

ACTORTV PILOT Reading of HAUNTED HEART
August 2015 Reading
Written by Robert Herold

ACTORTV SPEC Reading of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
August 2015 Reading
Written by Chris Agnew

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

Full Stage Play Reading – BEYOND THE GLASS by Francis DiClemente

Watch the Spring 2016 Winning Stage Play Reading.

BEYOND THE GLASS Stage Play Table Reading:

SYNOPSIS:

Beyond the Glass is a two-act dramatization of Edward Hopper’s painting Nighthawks. It is a conceptual, philosophical work driven by one of the diner’s customers, Ray, who wrestles with an existence he abhors but cannot alter.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ED – Ucal Shillingford
CAROL – Alicia Payne
RAY – Kari-Michael Helava
JAMES – Rob Notman

Get to know writer Francis DiClemente:

1. What is your stage play about?

The play is about a man—the lead character Ray—who rails against an existence he despises. Locked inside the diner, Ray strives to find an exit; but he fails and he must come to terms with his fate.

2. Why should this play be produced?

I think that’s a question someone else will need to decide, if the work is worthy of production. The story interests me because I think people can relate to Ray’s struggle. Who hasn’t felt stuck in a life situation before, e.g. a low-income job, a failing relationship, etc.?

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

Locked-in.

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

It’s a Wonderful Life

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

The kernel of the idea formed in the late 1990s. I started one version and then shelved it around 2006. I put the project on the back burner and picked it up again a couple of years ago. It took me about a year to write the updated draft (since I work full-time as a video producer and write in my off hours), and then a few more months to do multiple revisions.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written many poems, essays, stories and a few screenplays and stage plays.

7. What motivated you to write this play?

Initially, Hopper’s image drew me in—the four figures suspended in the warm yellow light of an urban diner at night. I love the time period, the 1940s, and the painting seemed like it could have been a scene from a film noir movie. Many people also see the work as a metaphor for urban loneliness. The more I looked at the painting, though, I felt drawn to the figure seated next to the woman. This figure—the character Ray in the play—seemed filled with angst and I wondered what was going on with him. Much has been made about the fact that Hopper never painted a door to the diner. So I started exploring the idea, “What if they can never leave?” And the fixed, locked location and limited characters made the story seem well suited for the stage.

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

My first draft in the early 2000s did not work at all because I tried to make it so Ray could leave the diner. So I thought about what would happen to him in the outside world, where he would go, how he would survive, etc. He ended up coming out of the painting in the Art Institute of Chicago and then roaming the streets of the city. It seemed artificial and forced to me. When I picked up the play again a couple of years ago, I decided that he would never get out of the diner. That was my breakthrough because from that point on, Ray kept trying to get out but all of his attempts failed. I think it made the drama more simple and direct.

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

Sports, especially hockey (go Rangers), movies, music, art, news, etc.

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

I entered the festival because I had worked on the play for a long time and I wanted to get some feedback, to see if the story made sense to anyone else and what areas would need improvement. The feedback was helpful, and I worked to streamline the text. I still see the play as being in development and a work in progress.

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

I don’t really feel qualified to give advice. But the only thing I would say is write the story you want to write—the project you feel most passionate about—even if other people tell you it won’t work. Also, when you’re in the first draft stage, resist the urge to self-edit. Let it all come out in the first draft and then make sense and order out of the piece when you revise it.

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Biography:

Francis DiClemente lives in Syracuse, New York, where he works as a video producer. He writes in his spare time and is the author of three poetry chapbooks. His blog can be found at francisdiclemente.wordpress.com and he’s on Twitter @FranDiClem.

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

Short Screenplay Reading – LEROY’S DREAM by Diarra McCormick

March 2016 Winning Short Screenplay

Watch LEROY’S DREAM Table Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
LEROY – Ucal Shillingford
DARYL – Rob Notman
SONYA – Alicia Payne

Get to know writer Diarra McCormick:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a disgruntled hardworking father struggling to communicate with his combative alcoholic wife who must find the strength to pursue his true passion of becoming a world renowned painter.

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

This screenplay should be made into a film because this story needs to be told. It’s universal and inspirational. Everyone has a dream that they would like to come into fruition, whatever that dream may be. This story not only displays the harsh realities and struggle to get there, but also the satisfaction of making progress. It also continues to shed light on the struggles of living in New Orleans.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Triumphant struggle

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

Friday

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

I worked on this screenplay for a month.

6. How many stories have you written?

20+

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

New Orleans has a lot of talented visual artists who are stuck working two and three low-paying jobs just to pay the exceptionally high rent that has skyrocketed since Hurricane Katrina. These artists motivated me to shed light on this situation from their perspective and the fact that some communities still haven’t been rebuilt.

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

I was very indecisive about the ending, until I realized that simpler was better.

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

Acting, dancing, modeling, and inspiring others.

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

What influenced me to enter the festival was my desire to take a chance on myself and share my story with others. What better way to do it than to enter a festival? I’m glad I did because I have a chance to be heard. My feelings on the initial feedback was that it was a good interpretation of the summary of my story.

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

Don’t be afraid to take a chance on yourself. Rejection is the worst feeling ever, no matter what it is you’re pursuing in life. For writers, it’s important for people to see it and get feedback, so submit your work to festivals. Festivals can become expensive, so make sure you share your writing with different people from all walks of life who don’t mind reading it. You’ll be glad you did.

 

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

WILDsound Performer March 6th Event: ROB NOTMAN

Actor will be performing at the March 6 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival

rob_notmanROB NOTMAN

Height: 5’10

Hair: Dark Brown

Eyes: Hazel

Watch the screenplays the actor has performed in the past at the festival:

ACTORPerformed on the TV SPEC – NEW GIRL “Summer’s Over”
February 2014 Reading
Written by Micah Goldman & Griff Kohout

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – MOVING DAY
August 2014 Reading
Written by Jane Gilson

ACTORSTAGE PLAY – PAPER WALL
November 2014 Reading
Written by Gina Surles

ACTORFIRST SCENE – WAYFARERS
November 2014 Reading
Written by Arnon Z. Shorr

ACTORPerformed on the TV PILOT – THE PURE
February 2014 Reading
Written by Jessica Seguin

ACTORPERFORMED – ARCHER TV Spec Script
August 2014 Reading
Written by Jay Mayhoffer

ACTORFIRST SCENE – WHERE SERPENTS LIE
November 2014 Reading
Written by Tom Pavlock

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – BOOMERANG THE GREAT
November 2014 Reading
Written by Ana R. Dominick

ACTORBEST SCENE – FAREWELL TO FREEDOM
November 2014 Reading
Written by Anita Waggoner

ACTORPERFORMED – POUND FOR POUND TV Pilot Script
August 2014 Reading
Written by Travis Hodgkins

ACTORFeature Script – BESA
March 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Miceli

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

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

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

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

ACTORBest Scene Reading of GATES OF HELL
August 2015 Reading
Written by Pamela Green

ACTORShort Screenplay Reading of THE DEAD END
August 2015 Reading
Written by Piotr Jamroz

ACTORTV PILOT Reading of HOT FLASH HIGH
August 2015 Reading
Written by Molly Driscoll

ACTORTV PILOT Reading of HAUNTED HEART
August 2015 Reading
Written by Robert Herold

ACTORTV SPEC Reading of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
August 2015 Reading
Written by Chris Agnew

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

Watch TV Spec of Modern Family by Debi Calabro

The Modern Family SPEC is a December 2015 TV Screenplay Winner.

Watch MODERN FAMILY by Debi Calabro:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
GLORIA – Jane Hailes
CLAIRE – Jane Smythe
PHIL/MITCHELL – Kari-Michael Helava
CAMERON/LUKE/MANNY – Robert Notman
LILY – Antosia Fiedur
JAY – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Debi Calabro:

1. What is your spec for the Modern Family TV show about?

This episode it about the ups and the downs of parenthood but ultimately it’s all good in the end.

2. Why does this spec fit into the context of the show?

The spec shows the same tone and humor as the other episodes. All the characters have a chance to make themselves heard as individuals and also how they contribute to the family unit.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Endearing, funny.

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

Moonstruck

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

Two weeks

6. How many stories have you written?

At least 15 features, two 1hour pilots, one sit-com pilot and this spec script

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love the show.

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

With this screenplay I didn’t face any obstacles. I know and love the characters so well it was an easy one to write.

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

Horse racing

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

I’ve been working with Wildsound on another project and they were very helpful with their feedback so I entered this one into the contest which won first time out.

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

If you are really passionate and love writing, never give up. As long as you love it, it’s worth the journey.