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Scott Beaudin – April 19th Actor for Screenplay Festival

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TV Spec Screenplay – Modern Family by Chai Karve

Watch the September 2016 Winning TV SPEC Screenplay

Modern Family by Chai Karve

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ALEX – Mandy Magnan
PHIL/CAMERON – Devin Upham
JAY/MITCHELL – Neil Kulin
LILY/HALEY – Lauren Toffan
LUKE/MANNY – Scott Beaudin
CLAIRE/GLORIA – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know the writer:

What is your spec screenplay based on the famous TV show about?

All of the characters that usually get what they want need help. On a mushy-gushy level, it’s about realizing everyone’s potential for contribution and using the talents of everyone around you to solve a problem.

A plots: Alex tries to land an internship. Jay tries to learn technology. Haley tries to maintain a long-distance relationship. Mitchell tries to engage with Lily.

B plots: Gloria uses idioms to a fault. Claire and Phil jockey to help Alex. Luke offers sage relationship advice. Lily and Cameron are football bros.

How does this screenplay fit into the context of the TV show?

Most viewers will be able to relate to at least one of the storylines. It’s difficult acknowledging our shortcomings, and this episode deals with that in several contexts.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fast & Relatable

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Arrested Development and Veep. Both of these shows are so fast and terrifyingly witty. The number and diversity of jokes these shows have is staggering. I find new elements every time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The story was outlined in a week and I wrote a draft in 2 days. Once I locked down the story I knew I could crank it out relatively quickly.

How many stories have you written?

The spec is the longest piece I have written other than academic writing. I have and continue to write sketches, one-liners, and short films.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My love for the show and the characters.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Modern Family has an uncanny ability to weave together wonderfully disjointed stories thematically and I did not feel comfortable putting pen to paper until I had that sense of interconnectivity locked down.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Improv comedy. Late night comedy. Comedy. Podcasts about politics and other useless intelligent jargon.

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

More than winning (which is pretty great), I wanted feedback. Every time you enter one of these things, it is a total gamble, and I this was the first one I entered because of the promise of feedback in a timely manner. I got solid feedback and was able to tweak my script to a point where I was happy with it, all thanks to the kind people at WILDsound.

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

Being busy is not an excuse. Make time. Outline the crap out of everything. Start with smaller pieces – success in brevity is absolutely scalable.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

WILDsound Performer: SCOTT BEAUDIN

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SCOTT BEAUDIN: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/scott_beaudin.html

Height: 5’10

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Scott performed at the Writing Festival in July and November 2015.

Watch selected scripts Scott performed in:

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

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – Yellow Touch Red, You’re Dead
November 2015 Reading
Written by Lauren Hoekstra

ACTORBEST SCENE- Coyote and the Dust Devil
November 2015 Reading
Written by Jonah Jones

ACTORBEST SCENE- Gonies
November 2015 Reading
Written by Phil Stokes

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – Five Days in Calcutta
November 2015 Reading
Written by Fred Perry

ACTORFAN FICTION – Batman: Patient Zero
November 2015 Reading
Written by Andrew Akler

Feature Script Reading of YELLOW TOUCH RED, YOU’RE DEAD by Lauren Hoekstra

YELLOW TOUCH RED, YOU’RE DEAD was the WILDsound November 2015 Winning Feature Screenplay.

Watch the Table Reading of YELLOW TOUCH RED, YOU’RE DEAD

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
BAHRI- Kunal Jaggi
TYLER – Scott Beaudin
KIRA – Aidan Black Allen
DENVER – Brett Kelly
JEFF – Steve Shand

Get to know writer Lauren Hoekstra:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Yellow Touch Red, You’re Dead is the story of an impulsive high-school girl who gets accidentally caught up in a guns-for-drugs deal gone wrong. Trapped with the drug-runners fleeing the cartel, she plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the leader, who’s keeping her till she sleeps with him, no matter the cost.

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

The story is novel in the way it takes a traditionally male-oriented genre – the chase – and injects it with a dose of young-adult romance and erotica. So it opens the genre up to a different audience. Apart from this, it does address some topical issues.

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

Gritty. Edgy.

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

Cinema Paradiso – I grew up in Italy, so it’s very nostalgic for me. Plus all those wonderful movie clips….

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

Eighteen months, on and off.

6. How many stories have you written?

This is my first completed feature script. I have a short script I’m going to produce soon. Other than that, outlines and concepts.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love romance, but it has to be edgy, not sentimental. And I love action, too, so I wanted to combine these elements.

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

The learning curve!

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

Filmmaking, especially alternative storytelling methods. I recently made a first-person interactive short starring Tyler Shields, the celebrity photographer. He’s filming a model clinging onto the hood of his car as they race through the Mojave. The viewer can switch perspectives and see what it’s like from her point of view. It’s great fun to film this way, and to watch.

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

I loved the idea of actors reading my story. Apart from the potential publicity, this seemed like such a privilege. And I really appreciated the feedback. It was encouraging, but also spot-on as far as weaknesses.

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

I’ve found the feedback from competitions that give coverage, like WILDsound, to be invaluable.

Best Scene Reading of GONIES by Phil Stokes

Watch the Best Scene Reading of GONIES:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
PHILLIP – Steve Shand
FATHER MCCABE – Kunal Jaggi
DICKIE – Scott Beaudin
DEVEREAUX – Brett Kelly

Get to know writer Phil Stokes:

1. What is your screenplay about?

In GONIES, two boys – Phillip and Dickie – in a big city during WWII use cooked up strategies and the advice of the mysterious Walter finale to overcome obstacles, while matching wits with an old man who poses a danger they greatly underestimate. To give you an idea of the tone, here’s one of Phillip’s fears: “They are going to find me dead in the gutter with a load in my pants.”

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

GONIES is real and funny, there’s tension, and there’s nothing out there like it. It’s a family movie that will appeal to a broad audience, especially if Jack Nicholson plays our villain, Joe Devereaux. *:D big grin

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

warm and scary

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

Probably Butch Cassidy. I saw it when it came out. Later, I read William Goldman’s book on the movie biz, which contains the script and his comments on the making of it and what he considered its strengths and weaknesses. The next step was to watch the movie over and over to see how all that got done and learn how I could apply it to my own writing.

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

I wrote the novel on which it is based back in 2003 and made a crappy attempt at a screenplay in 2010. After reading every screenplay “how to” on the planet, I got the bug and decided to do it right this year (2015). Now that the last of multiple revisions is done, I’m happy with it.

6. How many stories have you written?

The one novel, Philip and Dickie, a dozen short stories, and three short shorts. One of the latter got an honorable mention from Writer’s Digest.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It would be exciting as hell to see audiences enthralled with Phillip and Dickie and Joe Devereaux on the big screen.

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

Initial procrastination and lots of frustration: a lot of producers were looking for horror movies and sci-fi and fantasy, and my movie was about little kids. One movie festival I entered announced three winners: all horror movies! Got me discouraged.

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

I manage and play on an adult baseball team (hardball), the Sacramento Phillies. We play Spring and Summer ball and do the amateur World Series in Arizona in the Fall. I hit ferocious line drives. I also spend a lot of time working on our 5 acres in Shingle Springs,CA, part of which includes the ongoing construction of my outdoor garden railroad.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I thought it would be very helpful to see a table read. You really don’t know you’ve got your dialog right until it comes out of the mouths of actors.

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

Do what you can to get your script read – without expectations. Whatever happens happens. Before I wrote GONIES, I sent the novel it’s based on to Jack Nicholson to read in one of the bathrooms of the castle he had just purchased in France. I never got a response. I guess they put squat toilets in that castle.

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Watch Feature Screenplay Reading of BROWNIE AND FRAN by Arthur S Brown & Rory Leahy

Watch Performance Reading of BROWNIE AND FRAN:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jason Martorino
BROWNIE – Scott Beaudin
FRAN – Meghan Allen
TRAVERS/DAVID – Cole Reid
SHAYGETZ/HOWIE/LOU – Peter Nelson
KAPLAN/BERTHA/PAULINE – Julie Burris
ZELLY – Andrei Preda

Get to know writer Arthur S. Brown:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Brooklyn, NY 1948. The cold war is heating up, and mob entrenchment is at its peak. The U.S. is running a victory lap. Returning veterans want their share of the pie, and they’re willing to strike for it. Two young idealists meet, fall in love, and set out to save the world – while not getting corrupted doing it. These lovers are my parents, and most of the story is true.

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

It reveals a time and place where so many conflicting forces were in play, and it was unclear which would prevail. It’s a tale with great historic scope and modern relevance. Worker’s and civil rights vs the rise of the modern corporation. Organized crime’s entrenchment in trade unionism. Themes still at play in the body politic – and two starry-eyed people skipping gleefully across the mine field.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Do you believe in past lives?

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

Favorite film hands down is Wizard of Oz. It delights on so many levels. It has wisdom (the hero you seek is within), adventure, existential struggle (“home” vs “out there.”), and of course music.

By the way, the spoken moral of the film is of course, “.. there’s no place like home.” I submit that the true moral is “somewhere over the rainbow” – leave home and seek adventure. I say that because we know that a day or so after the film ends, Dorothy is sure is hell not staying in Kansas.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

So many – Actors: Christoph Waltz, Steve Carell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson… Directors: Tarentino, Woody Allen, Linklater, Alejandro Inarritu, Joel Coen…

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’m the author of “Vegetarian Dining in NYC”, and “Everything I need to know, I learned from Cartoons!” I occasionally work as an actor and standup comedian. As a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engels musical theatre workshop (which gave us “Little shop of horrors”, “Avenue Q”, and many others), I developed and produced a number of exciting projects, a couple of which are approaching completion (can’t be specific at this moment).

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Jack Kerouac commented in an interview (and I paraphrase), that “no man can write a book about his father.” I took up the challenge. He also said, “Write in recollection and amazement for yourself.” I have. I believe my story is extremely relevant.

Has class warfare ended? Are working people still struggling against CEOs for a fair wage and basic rights? Do idealists still fall in love and try to save the world?

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for
writing?

I find Final Draft enormously helpful. I like to develop an outline – what’s the story about? I write quickly. And when I’m
ready, I get eyes on it.

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

Standup comedy, growing tomatoes, as much sex as my wife will allow me, and bike riding.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? Did the
initial feedback you received from the festival help your
screenplay?

I’m very grateful for the feedback from WILDsound. It was specific and on point. It helped me immensely.

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

Get an office job with a monitor facing the wall. Write – and
write quickly. Kill your darlings. Put your ego aside and let the characters tell their stories through you. Write some more. Keep writing.

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