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March 2015 Festival Summary: 3 Movies Made. 5 Shorts Showcased. 10 Scripts Presented. 2 Novels Read. And 20 Poems Revealed

March 2015 Festival Summary: Over 40 works showcased for the month, including 3 movies made. Watch now:

Watch all the works showcased for March 2015
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/march_2015_stories.html

Watch the highlight movies and videos:

Watch Novel turned into Movie
Sandro’s Notebook

88min. movie
Written by Albert Russo
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sandros_notebook.html

Watch Short Story turned into Movie
Coming to Syracuse

65min. movie
Written by Rollan McCleary
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/coming_to_syracuse.html

Watch Poem turned into Movie
I am the Imaginary Tree of Light

2 min. movie
Written by Ninon de Vere De
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/i_am_the_imaginary_tree_of_light.html

MARCH 2015 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from March 26th event
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/march_2015_film_festival.html

MARCH 2015 Poetry Readings
Read/Watch new poets work.
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/march_2015_poetry_readings.html

Feature Script Presentation – BESA
Written by Michael Miceli
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/besa.html

TV SPEC – ARROW “Second Chances”
Written by Molly Driscoll
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/arrow.html

TV PILOT – NO LOVE DOVES
Written by Alexandre Kounde
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/no_love_doves.html

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Deadline March 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script

Deadline March 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

Watch Recent TV PILOT Readings:

Watch Recent TV SPEC Readings:

Interview with Molly Driscoll, winning TV Spec writer (Arrow)

    Watch ARROW “Second Chances”, TV Spec Screenplay Reading:

    http://www.mollydriscoll.net

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
    Arrow – Lucas James
    Felicity – Ashley Arnett
    Quentin – John Goodrich
    Diggie – Mark Sparks
    Roy – Andrew Tite
    Canary – Melinda Michael
    Mrs. Bagley – Val Cole

Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Molly Driscoll:

Matthew: What is your spec screenplay of the ‘Arrow’ TV show about?

Molly: The heart of my spec teleplay lies within the title, “Second Chances.” I wanted to explore why we give second chances and what makes some people take them and why others, unfortunately, refuse the chance to change.

OLIVER questions his mission and family loyalty when DIGG’s former lieutenant RICK FLAG threatens to make MOIRA pay for her unpunished crimes. Meanwhile, SARA visits LAUREL in rehab and ROY struggles with leading a double life from THEA. Back on the Island, Sara warns Oliver of SLADE’S increasing erratic behavior.

Matthew: Why does this script fit into the episode context of the show?

Molly: This script was originally conceived last spring, so it fits in the middle of the second season of Arrow. Oliver Queen, aka The Arrow, struggles with his no kill policy. He even questions his whole mission when his former friend turned enemy Slade Wilson seeks revenge. Laurel is also currently struggling with her own addiction. Before Oliver can defeat Slade, he has to reevaluate his mission and the importance of second chances.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Molly: I have been writing teleplays and screenplays for about six years, but I have been writing stories since I was in grade school. Television is especially my passion because I love great characters. Great characters are immortalized in books. They are highlighted in movies, but they live in television.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Molly: I am a total TV person. I’ve given my Friends, Arrow, Dawson’s Creek, and Felicity DVDs quite a workout over the years.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Molly: My writers wish list would be Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Jennie Synder Urman, Patrick Sean Smith, Jenji Kohan, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Molly: I have written three screenplays, three spec teleplays and three original pilots. I am also currently working on a new original pilot and new spec drama.

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Molly: Although I respect film, my endgame has always been Television. I would love to be staffed for a few years and working my way up. I would like to be developing original material with hopes to produce my own show.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Molly: My process depends on what stage I am in the project. In the development stage and first draft, I try to be very regimented with daily writing, usually averaging an hour to two hours a day. When it comes to later rewrites, they tend to be a bit more chaotic, sometimes including all day sessions. The one thing I try not to do is let more than two days go by without some sort of writing. It really is a muscle. You know what they say, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Molly: I’m originally from the Volunteer State, Tennessee, so helping people has always been close to my heart. Whether it is volunteering or listening to a friend, there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing you have helped someone.

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Molly: I had heard good things about the Festival via word of mouth. I was impressed with the continuous promotion the Festival does via Twitter and Facebook. Also, the idea of having a Youtube link to email was extremely appealing. People get so tired of reading scripts, a link seemed like an easier sell.

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

Molly: Write what you are passionate about and don’t worry about trends. Don’t rewrite your first draft as you are writing it. Keep pushing through it. It will not be pretty, but once you get a bad first draft out of you, then you can rewrite and rewrite.

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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

Deadline Feb. 28th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script

Deadline Feb. 28th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/winning_screenplays.html

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

Watch Past TV PILOT and TV SPEC Readings:

    ERASER TV Pilot
    Written by Kim Godfrey

    SYNOPSIS:

    Two psychology students practice an illegal form of hypnotherapy that allows for the erasure of traumatic memories. Driven by opposing motivations, their ambitions lead them into a violent and exploitative criminal underworld. As they spiral down, one man struggles to maintain his sense of morality while the other struggles to maintain sanity.

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Frances Townend
    Kersh – Rob Salerno
    Dr. Kelly – Alicia Payne
    Matilda – Julia Vally
    Michael – Kaleb Alexander
    Abraham – Charles Gordon
    Marcus – Neil Kulin
    Beth – Jacqueline Brown
    Dominic – Sean Ballantyne

    TV SPEC – VEEP
    Written by Emily Cirillo

    SYNOPSIS:

    The episode, titled “Town Hall”, is about Selina trying to connect with millennial voters after disparaging poll numbers are released. Dan and Amy, fighting for the Campaign Manager position, have different ideas on how to win them over. And Jonah makes things more difficult for Selina and the staff after he accidentally opens a virus that crashes their office server. The episode culminates at a Town Hall event Selina attends at a local university, where she realizes winning the youth vote is easier said than done.

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Frances Townend
    Selina – Jacqueline Brown
    Amy – Julia Vally
    Sue – Alicia Payne
    Mike – Charles Gordon
    Ben – Neil Kulin
    Adam – Kaleb Alexander
    Dan – Rob Salerno
    Jonah – Sean Ballantyne

Interview with Emily Cirillo, winning TV Spec writer (VEEP)

I entered the WILDsound Festival because all of the great things I read about it and the wonderful feedback provided by the fest. The reviews were very accurate; I’ve had a great experience with WILDsound.

– Emily Cirillo, on the WILDsound experience.

WATCH Emily’s Winning TV SPEC Screenplay: VEEP “Town Hall”

CAST:

Narrator – Frances Townend
Selina – Jacqueline Brown
Amy – Julia Vally
Sue – Alicia Payne
Mke – Charles Gordon
Ben – Neil Kulin
Adam – Kaleb Alexander
Jonah – Sean Ballantyne
Dan – Rob Salerno

Matthew Toffolo interviews Emily Cirillo:

Matthew: What is your “VEEP” TV Screenplay about?

Emily: The episode, titled “Town Hall”, is about Selina trying to connect with millennial voters after disparaging poll numbers are released. Dan and Amy, fighting for the Campaign Manager position, have different ideas on how to win them over. And Jonah makes things more difficult for Selina and the staff after he accidentally opens a virus that crashes their office server. The episode culminates at a Town Hall event Selina attends at a local university, where she realizes winning the youth vote is easier said than done.

Matthew: Why does this episode script fit into the guidelines of the show?

Emily: I think it “Town Hall” fits into the guidelines of a typical “Veep” episode with its fast pace, multiple subplots, and biting dialogue. A major theme of the show is how working in government is like a spinning wheel. People are always working in DC, but if you aren’t in power than it’s almost impossible to get anything done. The episode features Selina going through the ringer, but in the end she’s still an unpopular candidate amongst youth voters.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Emily: I’ve been writing screenplays for about a year and a half.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Emily: Scream. It’s a perfect blend of horror and satire. It’s one of my favorite films. I’ve seen it more times than I can count.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Emily: Jenji Kohan, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Joss Whedon and the Broad City ladies.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Emily: I have completed two television scripts, and I’m currently working on my first feature as part of a program I’m enrolled in at Emerson College.

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Emily: Ideally, I’d be in Los Angeles and writing for television.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Emily: I don’t have one set routine. I try to create a different routine for every project I work on, from where I write to what I listen to. For this particular spec, I’d go to the library and write for about two hours every day, while listening to punk female-centric Songza playlists.

As for a method, I have really extensive outlines. I beat out every storyline, make character maps, and move cards around my story board until its perfect. I plot as much as I write.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Emily: I’d definitely have to say music. I’m always listening to something. If I wasn’t pursuing a career in writing, I think I’d teach myself the bass and try to take over the world like Kim Gordon.

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

Emily: Be fearless and follow your gut.

TV SPEC Screenplay Readings 2014

I’m so happy I entered my TV spec script into the Wildsound contest. The feedback they gave me was really helpful, and it was clear that the person critiquing my script was familiar with the show I was writing for. Seeing my script performed by actors was very rewarding. I highly recommend this contest to any aspiring screenwriters.

– Cara Rothenberg, TV Spec winner for the show “Parenthood”

2014 was an exciting year for performing television show scripts from existing shows. We ran the gauntlet showcasing scripts from conventional network TV, to obscure animation shows, to cable television.

This year we showcased 8 TV Spec Screenplay and we guarantee to showcased at least 15 in 2015. Watch the readings performed by professional actors here:

Here are the 2014 Television Spec Winners:

RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner

MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Josh Bressler

ARCHER “My Name is Archer”
August 2014 Reading
Written by Jay Mayhoffer

PARENTHOOD “Don’t Give Up On Him Yet”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Cara Rothenberg

SOUTH PARK “Follow Your Dreams”
June 2014 Reading
Written by James Tison

MOM “Strip Poker and Guilt Trip”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Micah Goldman and Griff Kohout

HANNIBAL TV Show Spec
April 2014 Reading
by Ibba Armancas

NEW GIRL “Summer’s Over”
February 2014 Reading
Written by Micah Goldman & Griff Kohout

Watch TV SPEC Readings since May 2013:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

Submit your TV SPEC Screenplay Today. Holiday Special SAVE $15 off regular submissions:
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

7 Questions with TV SPEC Screenplay Winner JOSH BRESSLER

Let’s get to know writer Josh Bressler. He’s the winner of the November 2014 TV Spec Screenplay Festival for his writing of the television show MODERN FAMILY.

Watch the winning screenplay reading here. Modern Family “Chairity Case”

SYNOPSIS:

Gloria looks after a sick Manny and Jay; Cameron tries to make amends with Mitchell after cancelling a vacation; Claire wants to prove she can take care of herself and challenges Phil to do the same; Haley looks for a place to hang her photography work.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
CAMERON/LUKE – Neil Kulin
MITCHELL – Adam McNamara
ALEX/LILY – Kerstin Bradler
GLORIA – Elitsa Bako
CLAIRE – Val Cole
HALEY – Melinda Michael
PHIL – Nick Baillie
JAY – Roman Spera

Q&A with Josh Bressler:

1. What is your TV SPEC screenplay about?

This Modern Family script follows the family members as they each deal with a setback in their lives, be it a physical handicap, a cancelled vacation, or a last minute assignment.

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

This installment of the series takes place in the usual world of the families. The Dunphy/Pritchett children continue maturing as their parents never fail to find the youth in themselves and each other. It has an exciting energy to it that promotes not only zany behavior and fun times but also the importance of family and banding together.

3. What is your all-time favorite TV show?

I am an unabashedly die-hard fan of Lost.

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

This is a close toss-up between Shawshank Redemption and Star Wars: A New Hope.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I would love to work with the two incredible geniuses and masters of the craft that are Joss Whedon and Aaron Sorkin.

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

I love improvisational comedy and the freedom and spontaneity that come with it. I’m also a percussionist and have a particular fondness for the marriage between language and music.

7. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

I found the idea of having my work read aloud incredibly appealing. After all, without speaking and hearing the words on the page, screenwriting simply becomes writing. This was a great opportunity to have the script brought to life.