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WILDsound Announces its May 2016 Short Screenplay Winners (Watch Readings)

Deadline to Submit your Short Screenplay to the Festival: http://www.wildsound.ca/shortscriptcontest.html

Watch the 3 Winning Short Screenplay Readings for May 2016:

SCENARIO 957
Written by Amy E. Jones
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

Synopsis: Fighting against time and terrorists on an earth struggling to survive after a devastating energy crisis, young scientific genius James Kale must figure out how to launch the rocket destined to save mankind before it’s too late.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Kelci Stephenson
JAMES – Sean Kaufmann
DR. KALE/HENRY: – Moui Nene
GREG – Zack Amzallag
COMPUTER – Jennifer Ferris

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FIFTY FIVE SECONDS
Written by Kwasi Mensah
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Film Noir

A grizzled veteran hitman tries to impart wisdom to his younger colleague but then they’re forced to question their loyalty to each other.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
FRANK – Moui Nene
LISA: – Jennifer Ferris

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CUTTING REMARKS
Written by Erin Richardson
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Upper-class housewife Nancy visits her hairdresser Amelia to change her look for her new beau, but she doesn’t know him quite as well as Amelia does.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
NANCY – Kelci Stephenson
AMELIA – Jennifer Ferris

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

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Short Screenplay Reading: CUTTING REMARKS by Erin Richardson

May 2016 Wining Short Screenplay.

Watch CUTTING REMARKS by Erin Richardson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Upper-class housewife Nancy visits her hairdresser Amelia to change her look for her new beau, but she doesn’t know him quite as well as Amelia does.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
NANCY – Kelci Stephenson
AMELIA – Jennifer Ferris

Get to know writer Erin Richardson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a rather comical exchange between two extremely vain women with similar priorities and differing morals.

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

I believe Cutting Remarks should be made into a movie because it makes a rather provocative statement about the materialistic nature of society (especially the middle-class) with a lighthearted and semi-realistic approach.

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

Comical, cute.

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

This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but I’d have to say Tina Fey’s Mean Girls.

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

I spent four hours working on this screenplay. It all came to me very quickly and clearly.

6. How many stories have you written?

So many…I’ve been coming up with stories ever since I was a kid, most of my original stuff was usually executed through poorly written/drawn comics. When I was younger, I used to tell my parents stories during car rides, except most of the time they were just disjointed retellings of the animated film Shark Tale. As I got older I began to create my own stories that didn’t involve Will Smith as a fish. In high school I dove into screenwriting by creating specs for Pushing Daisies. After that, I started coming up with more specs for other television shows (I.e. Family Guy, American Dad, New Girl) and wrote a couple feature length films. Now that I’m in film school, I’ve started writing more short films, such as Cutting Remarks.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Cutting Remarks was brought into this world after I was assigned a brainstorming project for my Introduction to Screenwriting class. My mind was drawing a blank whilst trying to come up with ideas for short films, and at the time I was due for a haircut. I headed to the salon and when I was there, I couldn’t help but notice the type of women that were sitting in the styling chairs next to me. Many of them in their forties, with dyed blonde hair, the occasional bad spray tan, wearing same black/grey semi-casual cotton blend dress. I knew then and there that I just had to make a character based on them.

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

I knew that I wanted to write a film that took place in a hair salon and I had my characters ready, but I wasn’t entirely sure how to end my film in an interesting way. Despite my disdain towards pitting women against each other for male attention (since almost every movie ever does that), I felt as if the ending I chose was the most fitting for the situation. I think it’s the irony that is most appealing to me; the gossip who thinks she knows everything doesn’t even know her hairdresser is shacking up with her boyfriend. It’s rather comical, in my opinion.

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

Although I am in film school and I intend to make a career out of being a screenwriter, I’m really quite passionate about the theatre. I enjoy singing, dancing, and acting, and the overall atmosphere of the theatre is a huge draw for me. I think what gets me most in both film and theatre is the sense of community. Both worlds involve an immense amount of collaboration, and I think it’s really beautiful when a group of people can come together and create something big (or small). I’m also quite passionate about travelling. I absolutely adore being exposed to different cultures and I sincerely believe that travelling is very healthy for the mind. It makes one wiser and more knowledgable about the world around them, and with that comes understanding (which can very easily be applied to one’s writings).

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

I entered the festival on account of the fact that I would like to build my resume as a screenwriter and get some exposure before I’m out of film school. I’m the kind of person that really likes to plan ahead, so I figured if I enter a few festivals here and there in my first year and do the same in the next three years, my name should acquire a wee slice of recognition within the industry.

I did, however, receive feedback on another screenplay I’d submitted entitled The Great Suburban Showdown. Generally I’m rather appreciative of feedback, and I often will make changes based upon it.

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

Always be aware of the world around you. Some of the best work is based upon observation. Take Seinfeld for example. It wasn’t really a show about nothing–it was a show about everything. Everything that happened in Seinfeld was based upon things that happen in real life, some of which actually happened to the show’s creator, Larry David. With this sense of observation, you should always be thinking to yourself, “What would make a great film/play/sketch?” See whimsy in the everyday, and let it inspire you. Another thing I think writers should know, which is difficult with the standards that this industry has set, is that they should not be afraid to voice their opinions on the faults of society through their work. But before you, the writer, decide to do so, make sure that your argument is clear, rational, and has enough people to support it that you’ll perhaps find success. As far as other tidbits of wisdom go, all I have to say is never give up, don’t let your past ruin your present/future, and be patient and open minded, especially with criticism. The entertainment industry is a tough field, but if you’re ready for it, I know it can be a wonderful place.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

WILDsound Performer March 20th Event: SEAN KAUFMANN

Actor will be performing at the March 20 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival

sean_kaufmann_small.jpgSEAN KAUFMANN

Height: 5’10

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Hazel

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

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – MEMOIRS OF A DOCKET
June 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Damien

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – I’M STILL HERE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – IT CAME UPON A MID-NIGHTMARE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Gregory Lane

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – ETERNITY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Kevin Bibo

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – BELLE BREZING
November 2015 Reading
Written by Margaret Carlyle Price

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – GRANDMA DEE AND THE LOST CONTINENT
November 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Perlick

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – TRUE COLORS
November 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – AVALON
November 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vaughan

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – DOG FACE
November 2015 Reading
Written by C.L. Pike

SHORT SCRIPT Table Reading – COMPLICIT by Andrew L Schwartz

COMPLICIT was the February 2016 Winning Short Screenplay. 

Watch COMPLICIT by Andrew L  Schwartz:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
LT. HAMMELSTEIN – Sean Kaufmann
CLARITA/MARIE – Kelci Stephenson
SCHEINBERG – Chris Reid-Geisler
SGT. SACCO – Jarrid Terrell
PAP PAP – Sasha Rajamani

Get to know writer Andrew L  Schwartz:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

Complicit is about a former Nazi who goes on the run after he learns he may have to stand trial for his past transgressions.

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

This story focuses on a very real and relevant question that we as human beings need to face: has too much time passed for these men to be held accountable for their actions?

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

Morally challenging.

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

The Return of the King or The Departed.

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

I have been working on Complicit for over half a year. It has gone though many rewrites, and I have explored many different ways to examine character arcs.

6. How many stories have you written?

Over the years, I have written many stories. Currently, I have written three complete screenplays in my canon.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I read an article about a 94-year-old former Nazi who was tried and convicted for war crimes during WWII. I decided to dive deeper into this phenomenon and write a story about it.

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

Writing the perfect ending.

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

I am passionate about collecting and listening to vintage vinyl records, particularly from artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Band.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? I entered this festival because I believe the opportunity to have my script read by professionals is invaluable. It gives life to the words, and will help me fine tune the nuances of the story. When I received my initial feedback, I was nervous because the script was deemed good, but still needed one solid rewrite in order for it to be included. So, I hit the drawing board unsure of where the new rewrite was going to take me, but in the end it worked out.

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

Get as many people as you can to read your script. Encourage your peers to offer advice, and always listen to the council of those closest to you. When it comes time to write a new script, WRITE IT. Practice discipline when you write and finish your script before moving onto the next project.

 

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

SHORT SCRIPT Table Reading – ANIMAL SKINS by Bryan Ott

ANIMALS SKINS was the February 2016 Winning Short Screenplay. 

Watch ANIMAL SKINS by Bryan Ott:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
HUNTER – Sasha Rajamani
PIM – Kelci Stephenson
SCARBOY – Chris Reid-Geisler
WILD BOY – Jarrid Terrell

Get to know writer Bryan Ott:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

In writing Animal Skins, I didn’t consciously start with any specific theme in mind and attempt to explore that idea through the narrative and characters. I usually uncover the central idea as the story is evolving and the threads and connective areas surface and I begin to pull them out. The ideas and areas of human experience that I am interested in and most affected by myself in my own life are in the flaws and shortcomings on the central characters that I am developing through the natural progression of the world of the story and the structure. My stories tend to focus on ideas of separation and loss (most often of a family member) and the central characters inner struggle to reconnect with people they would rather not have in their lives. The idea of being comfortable when the key relationships in your life are broken and not seeing the need to fix them in any way. Animal Skins explores these ideas in a genre setting but, in this 20 page short script, doesn’t try to solve them. Pim, the central character, has a long road ahead of her.

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

The story was written to be made into an animated film. Working with an Animator friend of mine, we began some early character design work and a general concept for the look and techniques we would use to tell this story. The landscapes and set pieces would all be practical, shot live in camera, with the characters animated in 3D. It is still possible this is how the film will end up. So when writing the short, I always had practical considerations in mind, like the number of sets we would need to build and how I could maximize locations by using them repeatedly in different scenes. This short would be very costly to make as a live-action film, but it was never intended to end up as one. But as I continue to develop these characters and the world of this film, I see it now more as a graphic novel, where I can expand on some of the fantastical elements of the narrative.

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

Understated Fantasy

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

The Searchers – John Ford

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

Off and on for about a year

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written 4 features and a handful of short films. In graduate school, I directed a feature I wrote and have written and directed a few short films since.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The idea for the film came from the title of a song I really like by Dry the River, a UK band that has recently broken up. The song lyrics have nothing to do with the finished script, but I found the title Animal Skins evocative. It generated images in my mind and a general tone that sent me to the keyboard.

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

This script taught me the value of feedback and accepting criticism. It went through various incarnations. Even when I thought it was done and I was proud of it, I sent it out and it got chewed up and spit back at me. It forced me to keep attacking the story and keep rewriting.

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

I need to watch a film a day and have been doing that for many years. The day doesn’t feel complete otherwise. My two kids though are who I give most of my energy to.

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

I was very interested in the prospect of hearing the script read aloud. Feedback is invaluable. It is up to the writer to decipher what is constructive and useful and what is subjective and maybe not necessary to dwell to much on. But when you hear the same criticism from different people, it is probably a good idea to rethink things.

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

There is this amazing buzz I feel after writing. After spending hours inside your own head, exploring the “what if’s” of story and character and when little things start to connect and ideas lead to more ideas, it’s hard to re-enter the real world again for a few moments. Everything is a bit off. Like the moment when you exit a movie theater and the sun hits your eyes or that dizzy, light headed feeling when you stand up to quickly and you need to hold onto something. My students always as me where do great ideas come from. I don’t know. But I feel, a great film story is a writers exploration of original ideas structured in layers of unexpected nuance and familiarity of form. Form is learnable. Great ideas are not.

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

 

 

 

 

 

WILDsound Performer Feb. 7th Event: SEAN KAUFMANN

Actor will be performing at the February 7 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival

sean_kaufmannHeight: 5’10

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Hazel

Watch Screenplays the Actor has performed in the past at the festival:

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – MEMOIRS OF A DOCKET
June 2015 Reading
Written by Michael Damien

ACTORFeature SCRIPT – I’M STILL HERE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Sean Elwood

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – IT CAME UPON A MID-NIGHTMARE
June 2015 Reading
Written by Gregory Lane

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – ETERNITY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Kevin Bibo

ACTORFEATURE SCRIPT – BELLE BREZING
November 2015 Reading
Written by Margaret Carlyle Price

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – GRANDMA DEE AND THE LOST CONTINENT
November 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Perlick

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – TRUE COLORS
November 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – AVALON
November 2015 Reading
Written by Ed Vaughan

ACTOR1st Scene SCRIPT – DOG FACE
November 2015 Reading
Written by C.L. Pike

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.