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The art of writing the first moments of your script – The First Scene screenplay contest

One of our more popular and exciting contests is our First Scene Screenplay Contest. As of this writing, we have already showcased 23 performances of first scene scripts in 2014 and have 2 more set to be read in November. In 2015, we plan on showcasing at least 3 first scene script readings a month.

Watch the recent and past readings performed by an amazing talent of professional actors:

We’ve been fortunate to showcase opening moments in many different genres: From Comedy to Drama to Sci-Fi to Thriller and everything else in between.

Submit your own 1st Scene Script today and get it performed. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

In the first 10 pages the writer needs to let the reader know in general terms what the story is about, and what is at stake. Plus, set the tone of what world and genre the writer has created, while also introducing the main characters. All the while you need to engage and entertain the reader.

The contest was created because this is an industry where agents/producers and their team are so busy and are reading so many scripts that if you do not grab them right away then they will put down the script and move onto another one. So you have to capture their attention when you’re writing on spec.

Here are some recent testimonials from submitted works to the contest:

I’m thrilled that my script has made it to this stage. I found it was very cool hearing it being read out loud with a cast of characters. I know where the script is supposed to go and hearing it on the video I can see it happening. I want to thank you and your team for all the work you put in to getting my script to this point. I really appreciate it.
Barb Markusa
The Other Side, 1st Scene Script

Thank you for the feedback on my screenplay. I am most appreciative of your comments. I am happy that I sent only the first 10 pages of my screenplay. Now I will carefully read over what I need to work on, and continue to improve on the rest of it as I proceed.
June Fleming
The Children of the Fire, 1st Scene Script

I really enjoyed the video, and think everyone did an awesome job! Thank you all so much! You guys are great!!
Justuce Heninger
Of Their Own Accord, 1st Scene Script

Thanks a lot for the feedback. I will make sure I solidify the script with the suggestions given before resending it.
Stephen Uyi
Soul Cops, 1st Scene Script

TV Screenplay Festival/Contest Review: Submitting your TV PILOT

Today we like to talk about our TV PILOT Contest. Whenever we perform a TV PILOT at our festival, it tends to always be the actors favorite thing to do. It’s a set up to future possibilities, plots, and character developments, and actors seem to relish taking on roles like this – where it’s not ending and the future is unknown.

Writing a really strong Television Pilot is one of the toughest things to do because you need to engage the audience right from the start, but also make sure you leave room for future plots and situations to occur.

WATCH recent TV PILOT readings performed at our festival:

As of this writing, we just performed an excellent TV SITCOM PILOT that should be up and online in a few days.

If you’re interested in submitting your TV PILOT to the festival, the next deadline is in 2 days: Friday October 31st. You can go here and submit:

You will receive full feedback on your script, plus hopefully have it performed at our festival using professional actors.

You can read testimonials and interviews on the MovieBytes website from past people who have submitted:

Or read testimonials from the WILDsound site:

Here’s some recent comments from recent submitters:

That you immensely for these invaluable notes, WILDsound. Looking forward to submitting “Perfect Match” again in the future.
– Jeremy Ferdman
Perfect Match, TV PILOT

Thank you for the feedback. Grammar is always something that I struggle with, and thank you for the pointers on focusing on the visual rather than the reader detail.
– Nathan Cary
Inside The Pipe, TV PILOT

Thank you so much! Great feedback, so valuable!!
– Anne Eston
Health Care, TV PILOT

Oh wow. Not only did I enjoy and appreciate your feedback, it meant a great great deal to me – it’s been a while since anyone has taken the time to look at my work in such a detailed way and I find it deeply encouraging. Thank you!
– Dan Heching
Girls, TV Spec

Novel Festival and Contest Review. Next Deadline to submit is Oct. 31st

Here are some recent testimonials of past submitted works:

I am so impressed with your feedback that I will submit the finished novel into your competition not so much as to try and win the competition but rather to get the valuable feedback I need at a reasonable cost before taking the novel further.
– Francis Connor
The Devil’s Bridge, 1st chapter novel

Interesting feedback. I too have come to the same conclusion you have. I will resubmit, rewriting the opening chapter and taking out the narration of the dead man. I was seduced by the idea, but agree he becomes a distraction and a filter.
– Elisabeth Appell
Elements of Betrayal, 1st chapter book

Thank you for the festival and the feedback. This book hit its target. To provide a broad base from which others can continue the story.
– Roland Hughes
John Smith: Last Known Survivor

Thanks for your insightful and highly constructive comments on my novel submission, “Victoria The First”. Clearly, your reader(s) read the manuscript carefully and thoroughly. Your overall assessment of “a great read” has encouraged me to dive back in and tell this story the way I know I can.
– Bill Osinski
Victoria The First: A Novel, Full Novel

Thanks for your thoughtful critique. And how you pin-pointed all of the many grammatical errors in this novel draft. The notebook passages were meant in part to convey that vitally important moral and political distinction (Ariel is something of a marxist for a reason, after all). I am sorry it was not made more clear in the narrative. Again, thanks for reading my novel with such care.
– Christopher Bernard
Voyage to a Phantom City, Full Novel


FULL FEEDBACK on either the 1st chapter or entire novel book from our committee of Professional Writers, and Writing Consultants. Get your novel performed by a professional actor at the festival.

MY WAY, Watch Winning 1st Chapter Reading by Deryn Warren (recent winner)

Watch recent Novel and Short Story performances: