10pg Stage Play Reading of THE TEA PARTY by Gregory Cole

Watch the Stage Play Reading of THE TEA PARTY:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Rob Salerno
WENDY – Maya Woloszyn
JOAN – Megan Leach
NAGASAKI – Troy Patterson
FISHERMAN – David Occhipinti

Get to know writer Gregory Cole:

1. What is your stage play about?

The play is a satire about the trials and tribulations of America’s one percent, as well as the country’s obsession with guns. The Tea Party movement that arose in the US after 2008 is also satirized in the play, as the Republican party struggled to reconcile the aims of this rising faction with those of its wealthiest members.

2. Why should this play be performed on stage and seen by all?

I was greatly influenced by the great satires of Old Comedy by Aristophanes. It is important that a culture has the confidence to look at itself with a critical and humorous eye.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I took up playwriting about 6 years ago when I joined Playwrights Theatre of Madison, NJ. I used to drive past the theatre on the way to the mall – as one does often in New Jersey – and I noticed a sign advertising “Adult Playwriting Classes.” It took me a few years before I pulled into the parking lot and signed up, but I’m glad I did. Afterwards, I became so obsessed with theatre that I took time off to return to graduate school, where I recently graduated from Montclair State University with an MA in Theatre Arts.

4. You’ll be happy to know that your play reading set the record for most takes we’ve ever had to do. Reason? Because everyone kept laughing so much at your lines and characters, especially at the end. It’s an extremely funny play. Reactions?

i love that! That is such a wonderful compliment. I love making people laugh. I never knew I had a knack for comedy until I took up playwriting. Although I hope that the comedy is more than spectacle and that the audience gets a glimpse of a world that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to see.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Where do I start? Everyone from Maggie Smith to Meryl Streep to Simon McBurney.

6. How many stories/plays have you written?

The Tea Party is my second play. My first play is a satire with music called “Yiassou Meryl!” That play is difficult to produce because of the large cast – 16 characters – so I am currently working on a television treatment for it.

7. What motivated you to write this stageplay?

Many factors: the state of American politics, the gun culture, the antics of the one percent. John Pietrowski, the artistic director at Playwrights Theatre, said that I have a unique ability to make
fun of the wealthy without being mean about it.

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

I wish I had a method. I just write and let the story take me on a roller coaster ride. Then I workshop it at Playwrights Theatre and knock around some ideas with fellow playwrights. I never know how a story is going to end. The story takes on a life of its own. The hardest part is editing the story down. I have a habit of getting attached to most of the comedic lines.

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

Animal welfare is a passion of mine. I enjoy my time I spend with my dog and horse. Another new passion is non-gmo food and the power of the food industry. I recently became a convert and my health has improved drastically.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

When i entered a previous piece, I was impressed by the feedback that I received. It was well thought out and very helpful.

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

Don’t stop writing and become a part of a larger community of fellow artists.

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Deadline to Submit your 10pg Stageplay to the Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/10_page_stageplay_contest.html

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1st Scene Script of THE MANTLE by Frank Edward Kelly (plus interview)

Watch the Reading of THE MANTLE of Frank Edward Kelly:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Megan Leach
THERON – Rob Salerno
NINA – Maya Woloszyn
WEATHERMAN – Troy Patterson
WOMAN’S VOICE – Rachel Rain Packota
STATE TROOPER – David Occhipinti

Get to know writer Frank Edward Kelly:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The Mantle is about an FBI agent trapped in a mysterious, snowbound town who stumbles on a series of unearthly deaths that mirror a tragedy from his past.

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

I think the audience would enjoy being pulled into the story and even though it’s a dark film and journey, the story has a positive, hopeful message.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a child, but I’ve only been focusing on screenwriting the past several years.

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

It would either be Jaws, Dawn of the Dead or It’s A Wonderful Life.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I would love to work with Stephen King and Clive Barker. They are both a huge inspiration in my writing.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written about seven features.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

On the horror side, I’d had a nightmare about a child with six fingers on one hand, and the image stuck with me. On the message side, I had been struggling with the death of a loved one and I felt it important to write a story about someone suffering through that kind of grief.

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

I don’t really have a set routine, but I tend to write more at night.

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

I’m a big fan of music. Particularly the dark, heavy stuff!

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I thought the prize of having your pages read by live actors was very interesting and unique.

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

Write! Write! Write! Develop your voice and don’t ever give up. No matter how many times you’re rejected. Also, read as much as you can. Particularly other scripts.

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback
http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

– Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!

WATCH past 1st Scene Festival readings:

Short Screenplay Reading of HOW IT STARTS by Ed Vassie (plus interview)

Watch the Short Script Reading of HOW IT STARTS:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Maya Woloszyn
JOE – Rob Salerno
MR. SLICK – David Occhipinti
CAMERON – Troy Patterson
MOTHER #2 – Rachel Rain Packota
MOTHER #1 – Megan Leach

Get to know writer Ed Vassie:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The escalation of conflict and the absurdity that flows from it.

2. Why should this script be made into a short film?

It’s topical and gives a filmmaker a great opportunity to demonstrate their talents across a variety of genre filmmaking techniques (e.g. action, comedy and drama).

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Since the first moment I got bored. But seriously, about 5 years.

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

Rear Window.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

David Fincher for his no BS take on the world; Cate Blanchett to pick her brain on anything and everything to do with storytelling and Tom Hardy because he can become anyone.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Three shorts, a pilot and the first draft of a feature.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My girlfriend warning me to stop getting angry with people on our bus.

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

I try to do an hour a night after work, but it usually all surges out in one binge writing session per week. I jot down notes constantly.

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

Photography and comic books. I have a photoblog and have my head buried in a comic every chance I get.

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

The prospect of having it performed by actors. Also, the feedback was perfectly constructive without being too specific.

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

Enjoy being bored. It’s when I get all my best ideas.

TV PILOT Screenplay Reading of RUST by Cody Carson (plus interview)

Watch the TV PILOT Performance Reading of RUST by Cody Carson:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Rachel Rain Packota
PAUL RUST – Troy Patterson
SARAH – Maya Woloszyn
KATIE – Megan Leach
DICKENS – Rob Salerno
CADDIS – David Occhipinti

Get to know writer Cody Carson:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

Rust is about a former detective with a series of drug and alcohol dependency issues being brought back into a murder case that he “solved” five years earlier. In the pilot, Paul Rust is forced to confront the demons of the case that still haunt him while trying to come to terms with the news his ex wife has recently got engaged to a guy with a dark secret of his own. On top of that, Rust’s strained relationship with his fourteen year old daughter is about to get a little worse, as Rust discovers that not only is she hanging around with a group of older boys, but she’s been swiping pills from his medication cabinet.

2. Why should this script be made into a TV Show?

It explores a dark side of life that is more often than not overlooked in British TV shows. It’s set in Glasgow, Scotland, breaking away from the usual London setting of the majority of shows out of the UK. Glasgow is a gritty city with a drug problem and a bloody history of gang violence. Despite this, it’s home to some of the friendliest, most giving people in the world, and it’s this diversity of the city and the characters in it, that I think would help make Rust into an interesting TV show.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I would write stories as a child growing up, just for the fun of it. I started writing short stories when I was around 19 and kind of did that on and off for a few years before starting to write screenplays when I was 23. So I’ve been doing that for the last four years now.

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

Probably Back To The Future. Scream and Good Will Hunting wouldn’t be far behind though.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I think Ben Affleck as a director has been pretty great. The people behind the show Justified. Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Casey Affleck are amazing actors. But I’d love to work with anyone who has an original vision of who they want to be, and not someone who’s looking to be the next Fincher or Tarantino.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve wrote a bunch of terrible short stories that have since been erased from existence. I’ve finished three screenplays which thankfully have all received positive feedback and I’m just starting work on my fourth as we speak.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was reading a lot of true crime and I found it fascinating the connection the detectives in these cases developed to the victims. I wanted to write a story that explored that, and what cost that had in the detectives personal life.

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

I feel like I’m still finding what works best for me. I wish I was more disciplined when it comes to routine. What I find works best for me just now is write for a couple hours after breakfast, take a break, read a script online and workout, then write a little more in the afternoon. I usually spend about a month or two planning a script. Laying out the story. Figuring out who my characters are and what their stories are before I start. Then more often than not, when I start writing the actual script, I find that the characters change in who I thought there were going to be, which I always think is cool.

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

I used to be in a band and for a few years I lived and breathed music. That’s not so much the case now. My main focus aside from writing… making my girlfriend happy. She’s really supportive of my writing and if she’s proud of me then I’m happy.

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

The chance to have my screenplay read out by actors was a definite draw. The promotional aspect of having the reading up on YouTube and promoted on Facebook and Twitter is a great opportunity for any writer to get their name out there. The feedback I received was great and a massive confidence booster. It was thorough and it was obvious the reader had paid attention to the script. The feedback, in my opinion, was worth the entry fee alone.

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

Don’t be afraid to write badly. Nobody starts off as a great writer. It takes time and perseverance. Don’t fear rejection because it WILL happen to you. But you just have to dust yourself off and get back up and start writing. You will always get better. But most importantly don’t give up. It’s easier to give up than to succeed, but you can’t fail if you never admit defeat.

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Deadline: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

TV Show Script Reading of ORPHAN BLACK by Jacqueline Bircher (July 2015 Winner)

Watch ORPHAN BLACK “An Alternation of Flights and Perchings” by Jacqueline Bircher

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
SARAH/COSIMA/HELENA/RACHEL – Rachel Rain Packota
ART – Troy Patterson
DELPHINE/GRACE – Maya Woloszyn
ANGIE/MRS. S – Megan Leach
FELIX/MARK – Rob Salerno
THE COLONEL – David Occhipinti

Get to know writer Jacqueline Bircher:

1. What is your ORPHAN BLACK TV Spec screenplay about?

A quick summary: Sarah hatches a reckless gambit to save Helena from the military’s clutches that exposes new, dangerous facets of the clone conspiracy. Cosima and Delphine bring a new clone into the fold in an attempt to cure Cosima’s illness. Felix digs deeper into Mrs. S’s past.

But, what the script is about, on a deeper level, is realizing that you can’t know everything about someone else’s life, even if you look exactly like them, even if you pretend to be them, even if you think you know them. It’s about empathy: it’s presence, or absence, or how it can sometimes align with identification.

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

It carries on the motivations of all the characters and expands some of the mythology (especially with Beth and Delphine). It taps into the heart-thumping heist aspect that the show often employs, and even uses the clone-as-another-clone trick to gain Sarah access to places she shouldn’t be while also exposing her to information that she wouldn’t otherwise have.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Since before I could actually write.

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

The Wizard of Oz.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

The people who write Orphan Black. Michelle Ashford. Sam Shaw. Nell Scovell. Joss Whedon. Shonda Rhimes. Diablo Cody. The Orange is the New Black writers.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Around 8.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This particular screenplay actually exists within a larger, full spec season whole. It’s episode 5 of 10. So, I can’t really talk about what motivated me to write this one without talking about the entire project. I’ve always found spec scripts rather limiting. You get to establish that you can mimic the voices, carry on the characters, re-create the dynamics and the settings, but spec scripts don’t really let you play with plot or symbolism or theme in any really juicy way. As a writer, I’d only written single specs before. And, as a writer who would eventually like to write for television, I knew that I’d need some experience with creating and executing stories that could carry a whole season. The motivation for this project was mainly to get that experience, but also to figure out what my style and process was, the kinds of people I worked best with, and the characters and dynamics and plots I was best at. And, at the end, I definitely achieved that.

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

I like to do a brainstorm phase first, then nail down a three to four page outline that lists out the scenes that will happen and the order in which they’ll happen. Then, write something that I call a vomit draft, which is a first draft with no regard for page count, finessing, or making things perfect. Once that’s finished, edit. Send it out to some friends, get their feedback. Edit some more. And always always always do a read through to make sure everything sounds good.

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

Food. Traveling. Board games. Really awful puns.

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

I thought it was great that if your screenplay was selected there would be a reading done by actual actors and also posted online! I had a lot of people follow this project, and the fact that the reading will be posted online will be awesome to share with them so we can all see this script come to life.

The feedback I received was also some of the best feedback I’ve gotten from any writing competition. It was thorough and smart, and I could tell that whoever had written it not only knew what they were talking about, but had taken the time to read the script and really think about it.

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

You can’t be a writer if you don’t write.

The internet is an amazing place! It can be a valuable resource and community that can teach you almost everything you want to know, introduce you to people you never would have met, and provide a forum for feedback that’s impossible to find anywhere else.

If you think your writing is good, be proud of it!

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Deadline July 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html