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Watch TV PILOT Reading of HAUNTED HEART by Robert Herold

Watch HAUNTED HEART TV Pilot Performance Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
NIGEL – Robert Notman
ANNABELLE – Maya Woloszyn
LENORE – Rochelle Burke
EDGAR – Aieron Munro
SARAH – Antosia Fiedur
WILLIAM JAMES – Charles Gordon
CORPORAL – Paul Falkowski

Get to know writer Robert Herold:

1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

Haunted Heart is about Nigel Pickford, a former Confederate officer, tortured by visions, who is recruited by a group of paranormal investigators and taken deep into a world of ghosts and supernatural beings threatening the life of the woman he loves.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a television show?

Frankly, there is not enough good horror on television. Horror objectifies our nightmares and allows us to deal with them. When done right, we want to cover our eyes, but peer through our fingers. Haunted Heart is a horror television series set in the 19th Century that aims to be truly scary. It’s a very dark, edgy and sophisticated X-files meets Penny Dreadful. This episodic series explores new and classic horror motifs as a group of paranormal researchers (the “Eidola Project”) travel around North America, and later the world, solving supernatural mysteries, hauntings & murders. It also shows the characters confronting the real monsters of the day — racism, sexism, substance abuse and bigotry. The 19th Century gives the show a sense of the exotic, but really it’s a window on the fears and concerns of today.

3. This story has a lot going for it. Drama meets Supernatural meets Mystery with a bit of Romance. What motivated you to write this pilot?

Again, I think good horror should encompass all of these. I’ve always had a passion for horror and dark drama, but I generally dislike slasher films (Psycho and American Psycho being notable exceptions) and gore-fests. Given my disappointment with so much of a genre I love, I wanted to try my hand at developing the kind of series I’d like to see.

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

It’s A Wonderful Life. Most of the film is actually quite dark, and George Bailey’s journey (like Ebenezer Scrooge) is touching, scary, and ultimately heart-lifting. It’s really a ghost story, and masterfully done.

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

Two years. It was part of the journey of learning how to write well, and went through many drafts. As a consequence, I am able to write well and at a much faster pace today.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have completed 3 pilots, all of which have been finalists or have won contests: In addition to Haunted Heart, Rough Cut is a series about the early days of the film industry — when dying to be in pictures was literally true! Rat City is a murder mystery series set in the early days of Seattle (imagine Law & Order meets Deadwood).

I have also have had several plays published for the school-aged market: Two adaptations of Shakespeare (Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet) and an original farce, Killer Slugs from Space, or Slime Does Not Pay! (which I think would make a nifty musical, if there are any composers out there).

I am currently completing a novelized version of Haunted Heart.

7. What would you say the theme of your TV PILOT is?

The theme of Haunted Heart is finding redemption. Many of us are stuck and surround ourselves with people and media that feed our prejudices. I want to challenge us, as I challenge my characters, in the midst of a cracking good yarn.

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

As I noted above, learning my craft. It takes time. You need to be patient with yourself and be resilient — learn from your mistakes and not let them debilitate you.

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

In addition to my wife and kids, I love theater, reading, TV, movies and music — especially jazz (I play the flute and sax).

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

I originally learned about WILDsound on Moviebytes, and liked what I read. I found the initial feedback incredibly helpful — it was honest, thoughtful and supportive. (It was clear I had more work to do.) You folks do a marvelous job nurturing artists while helping them to achieve high standards.

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

Surround yourself with supportive but honest people (like the folks at WILDsound) and work your butt off! Again, be resilient — learn from your mistakes and not let them debilitate you. Best wishes!

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Read over 150 short screenplay loglines in 27 genres

Interested in making a short film and need a great script? Or, just interested in reading short movie pitches? Click the links and read over 150 short screenplay loglines:

http://www.wildsound.ca/short_script_loglines.html

Or, read short screenplay loglines in their selected genres:

Action Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/action_short_films.html

Adventure Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/adventure_short_films.html

Animation Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/animation_short_films.html

Biography Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/biography_short_films.html

Comedy Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/comedy_short_films.html

Crime Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/crime_short_films.html

Drama Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/drama_short_films.html

Family Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/family_short_films.html

Fantasy Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fantasy_short_films.html

History Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/history_short_films.html

Horror Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/horror_short_films.html

Inspirational Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/inspirational_short_films.html

Mob Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mob_short_films.html

Musical Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/musical_short_films.html

Mystery Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mystery_short_films.html

Paranormal Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/paranormal_short_films.html

Political Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/political_short_films.html

Romance Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/romance_short_films.html

Satire Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/satire_short_films.html

Sci-Fi Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sci-fi_short_films.html

Supernatural Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/supernatural_short_films.htmll

Thriller Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/thriller_short_films.html

War Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/war_short_films.html

Western Short Scripts:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/western_short_films.html

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THE LULLABY OF A STRANGE EVENT, Poetry by Ron Henslee

Genre – Dark, Death, Supernatural

THE LULLABY OF A STRANGE EVENT
by Ron Henslee

I was standing in my garden among the snow peas
Dandelions were singing in a nearby meadow
I was wishing for the talent of the chosen
Whimsical yearning is my crime
Awareness of my short comings is my burden
A pedestrian of nonsense a pollution of time
Yet magic will embrace contradiction

A Crow fly’s into my garden
He shows no fear of my presence
And I show no fear of his mystery
A yearning of being a Vagabond
A traveler observing untold stories
Consumes my thoughts-
Not some lowly Crow
I sense he shares my opinion-
For his disdain is directed at me
He’ll dance on my grave if he out lives me
He’d love to put on such a show

I have tricked him with magic
He tries to flee, filled with confusion and anger
Consumed with the hate in his heart
He screams CAW, CAW, – a cacophony
Not knowing I was a formidable adversary
He thought I was made of straw
I stole his space on this earth – magic

So I’ll dance on his grave for I outlived him
I’ll love to put on such a show
I love standing in my garden among the snow peas
The Dandelions are singing in the nearby meadow
I’m waiting for my next encounter
Maybe it’ll be with you – do you know?

FANTASY NOVELS. Read over 120 pitches and loglines

Stories involving the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, creatures, witches etc.. have been a part of humankind long before printed literature. They started in the art of the spoken word 1000s of years ago and have evolved into the mass consumption of what they are today.

Fantasy literature emerged in the Victorian times with works of Mary Shelley, William Morris and George MacDonald. Then it was popularized in the entire world with the major influence of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit (1937)” and “The Lord of the Rings (1954-55)” which opened the doors to the modern fantasy novels of today.

Fantasy gives the writer the freedom of expression where they have the ability to use any story-telling element to strengthen the narrative. They “worldbuild” their story as they can create any setting and situation they desire. It gives the writer a lot of freedom of expression and it can become a great escape for the readers to delve into these mystical lands.

    Read over 120 Fantasy loglines and pitches from emerging writers:
    http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fantasy_novels.html

    Example of a Fantasy Logline:

    Title: JACK POTOLO (Trilogy)

    Written by: Lucy Boutaleb

    Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy,

    Type: NOVEL

    LOGLINE: “Jack POTOLO” is a YA Fantasy Adventure in which young Potolo is entrusted to embark on a quest to discover the final evidence of an ancient extra-terrestrial visitation connected to the Dogon’s incredible esoteric knowledge of cosmology with extraordinary consequences.

      Or, WATCH a Fantasy VIDEO PITCH:

Please enjoy.

Submit your 1st Chapter or Full Novel today to the festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get it performed by a professional actor:
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FANTASY Feature Films. Read over 140 pitches and loglines of new fantasy scripts

LOGLINE PITCH:

Title: THE IRON MAIDEN

Written by: Don Unruh

Type: Feature Screenplay

Genre: Fantasy

Logline: Following a near-fatal accident, a world famous cycling champion begins to realize that she is living in an alternate reality, somewhere between Heaven and Earth.

This is an example of the 140 logline pitches on our network. Read them all here:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fantasy_feature_film.html

Submit your own logline in any genre or type for FREE here:
http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

There is a Holiday Special for Fantasy Screenplays. Submit your script formally to the festival and get it performed by professional actors. Garner FULL FEEDBACK:
http://www.wildsound.ca/fantasycontest.html

Fantasy Movies are defined as stories with fantastic themes and out of this world situations. They are plots and settings that are not reality, either in the world that the film take place, or the supernatural and magical events that take place on Earth. The genre is distinct from Sci-Fi films, but the genres tend to overlap a lot.

Fantasy films often have an element of escapism, magic, myth, wonder, and the extraordinary, which separates the genre from the rest.

In the history of movies, fantasy films really didn’t get going until the 1980s when film-making technology, plus the studios putting more money into their films, gave the genre a whole new shelf life. This was due to the audience interest in watching these types of movies, so the risk for the studios was warranted.

In the last 10 years, the most financially successful films (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pirates/Caribbean movies for example) have been fantasy movies. And the trend should continue into the next decade.

So make sure to read the many new screenplay loglines today. Some that will be at a theater near your in the upcoming years:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fantasy_feature_film.html

– Matthew Toffolo, WILDsound

MYSTERY NOVELS – Read over 80 book loglines and pitches of mystery fiction

Mystery Novels are a very young genre compared to the rest. They have only been around for the last 200 years. Perhaps the correlation is that was when police forces started to turn up in cultures when certain cities began to over-populate and there was soon a need for an organization to help solve the rampant crime sprees that were occurring.

Very quickly, these who-done-it type of stories became the more popular genres. In the beginning, most mystery novels were focused on a detective trying to solve a crime or murder of some sort. These days, mysteries can cover a lot of territory, especially the supernatural which can lead us into uncharted worlds and imaginations.

The peak of mystery novels hit in the 1930s and 1940s with the pulp magazines. Today, you’ll always see at least 1 mystery genre novel on the Best Sellers List.

Today we like to showcase over 80 mystery genre logline and pitches. Take a look and read:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mystery_novels.html

Example MYSTERY LOGLINE PITCH:

Title: THE WITCH QUEEN OF ORIENT SUN

Written by: Elisabetta Errani Emaldi

Type: NOVEL

Genre: History, Adventure, Mystery

Logline: The odyssey of a cruise ship and her crew aboard the now infamous vessel known as the “Orient Sun”. A voyage between Singapore and Jakarta where psychic premonitions belay the mysteries of the Eastern worlds; threatened by fires, racism, mutiny, and hurricanes.

Submit your own LOGLINE today and we’ll post it for FREE. Any genre or type can be submitted:
http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Horror Screenplay Festival Contest – Submit by November 10th. SAVE $10

Horror scripts are the past, present, and future of movies. They aren’t going anywhere.

That is why we LOVE to showcase as many horror scripts as we possible can at our festival. That is why all horror submissions receive $10 off the regular submission.

The next deadline is approaching. Submit today:
http://www.wildsound.ca/horrorcontest.html

You can also view over 60 feature horror screenplay loglines posted on our network:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/horror_feature_film.html

Already this year we have performed 10 horror screenplays and stories. Watch them on our YouTube Playlist:

Enjoy. And make sure to send in your horror script. Agents and producers are looking for the next writer in this genre. Showcase your spec script by submitting to this festival.

Last month we performed the found footage type horror script called THE FIX FACTORY. So far it has garnered over 1,100 hits. Watch it here:

SYNOPSIS:

“After an all-night bender, alcoholic, wannabe family man Lawrence Tijman wakes up in the hospital sporting a mysterious bite mark and a sudden resolution to start his life all over again. During Lawrence’s journey to kick the bottle and become a responsible adult, he’s confronted by an orphaned child, a girlfriend who’s had enough and a guilt-ridden stranger determined to teach Lawrence how to live with his newly discovered thirst for blood, which proves to be far worse than his thirst for booze.”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Stecyk
LAWRENCE – Dan Cristofori
WILLIAM – Jason Martorino
BRENDA – Silvina Andrea D’Alessandro
STEVE ALLEN – Neil Bennett
ALEX – Gabriel Darku
WENDY – Cindy Landerman