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WILDsound TV Screenplay Festival Announces May 2015 Winners

The WILDSOUND TV Screenplay Festival has announced its May, 2015 Winners. Watch the 3 Winning Screenplay performance readings from the monthly screenplay festival:

Script #1: TV PILOT: REDEEMING GRACE
May 2015 Reading
Written by WL Gorman
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/redeeming_grace.html

SYNOPSIS:
A fractured and unstable near-future Canada where danger is ever-present and anarchy is just a breath away. In the centre of this cauldron is an ex-military gun-for-hire who seeks redemption from both his country and his father. With the odds stacked against him, will he be able to achieve it?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
STEVEN – Mark Sparks
WOLF/PADDY – Rob Salerno
YOUNG – John Marcucci
ALEXIS – Jillian Cameron
FLINT/FAUSTIN – Peter Bent
CAROLINE – Erynn Brook
SHEPPERD – Sean Ballantyne
MARTY – Graciela Martinez
JULIE – Leah Doz

Script #2: TV SPEC: NEW GIRL “Career Day”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Melissa K. Willis
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/new_girl.html

SYNOPSIS:
“Career Day”, an on speculation of the Fox sitcom New Girl, finds Jess in charge of the school’s Career Day activities in which she must deliver or possibly lose her job.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
JESS – Erynn Brook
SCHMIDT – Rob Salerno
NICK/BANKS – John Marcucci
CECE – Leah Doz
WINSTON – Peter Bent
COACH – Mark Sparks
STUDENT 1 – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
STUDENT 2 – Jillian Cameron

Script #3: TV SPEC: GIRLS “Camping”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Yolanda R. Easiley
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/girls.html

SYNOPSIS:
Conflicts occur when Jessa and Marnie go to pick up Hannah at the airport. Ray and Shoshanna run into a troubled taxi driver, as Adam connects with a hooker.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
HANNAH – Jillian Cameron
MARNIE – Erynn Brook
JESSA – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
SHOSHANNA/THERESA – Leah Doz
ADAM – John Marcucci
TOM – Peter Bent
RAY – Rob Salerno

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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

Writing Festival Deadlines Today: Novel, Poetry, Feature Screenplay, TV PILOT and SPEC Screenplay

DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html

Deadline TODAY: SUBMIT your NOVEL (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted)
And we’ll make it into a MOVIE
http://www.wildsound.ca/audio_video_book.html

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.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 from past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

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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

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Deadline: FREE POETRY Festival – Get your poem made into a MOVIE and seen by 1000s. Three options to submit:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

WATCH this month’s poetry readings performed by professional actors:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/may_2015_poetry_readings.html

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Deadline: VIDEO PITCH FESTIVAL – Submit your LOGLINE/STORY PITCH and we’ll make it into a movie:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/video_pitch_festival.html

DEADLINE: Submit your best scene from your screenplay. Have it performed using professional actors:
http://www.wildsound.ca/submit_your_favorite_scene.html

WATCH the past best scene readings and see what happens when you submit:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/best_scene_readings.html

Today’s Testimonials. Recent submitters Feedback on the Feedback on their work.

Thank you very much for your notes! They are spot-on. I agree that the story should probably focus more on Peter’s dilemma. If it ties in with Phuc’s heroin operation though, I’d need to walk that fine line of developing the subplots enough without overpowering the main story.

– David Chan, Family Guy TV Spec

Thanks to you and your team for such excellent and detailed feedback. It’s clear that those reviewing the script have put a great deal of time and effort into breaking it down and assessing it professionally – and we’re very grateful. We particularly appreciate the fact that both the strengths and the weaknesses have been highlighted, so we can see what we’re doing right, as well as which elements need work.

– Sara Myles, TV Pilot (May Contain Nuts)

Your critique of “Dear Prudence” is REMARKABLE! I am ever grateful for it… as it is time to rewrite the story; the invaluable examination is the most in-depth and inspiring that I have ever received. Thank you, endlessly. It is TRULY an inspiration for me to recreate.

– Amanda Grieme, Full Novel (Dear Prudence)

Thanks for the great advice! I worked on the “drama” this morning and I can see what you mean. I’m grateful for the amazing feedback! The turtle wins the race, right? 🙂

– Amy Kierce, 1st Chapter (Onion Grass)

The feedback was excellent and highlighted the weakness of tne writing skill, but I need more time to be “polished” I will use my feedback wisely and will give a thumbs up for wildsound to any screenwriter that is looking for feedback.

– Todz Wriging, Feature Screenplay (Bill The Pirate)

I am most pleased with the overall tone used in your feedback(s) given. Not offensive, constructive, and unlike some others out there. I have also found them all to be detailed and precise enough, with a more than adequate angle of pursuit given to me for any further rewrites that I should undertake.

– Charles Laulette, Various Feature Screenplays

Thank you so much for your feedback. It is thought provoking and helpful. I feel the urge to go back to line one and make the scenes a lot more punchy.

– Darryl Greer, 1st Scene Screenplay (The Morning After)

I appreciate the time taken to read and provide this feedback, and have found it very helpful. I am currently in the process of applying the suggested changes, and am likely to resubmit once I have done so.

– Christopher Barlow, Feature Screenplay (Injustice)

Interview with Mark Melara, winning TV Spec writer (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Watch Mark Melara’s winning TV Spec Screenplay of Curb Your Enthusiasm “The Transplant”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Larry – Charles Gordon
Jeff – Neil Kulin
Leon – Kaleb Alexander
Jason Alexander – Rob Salerno
Paula – Alicia Payne
Waitress – Julia Vally
Susie – Jacqueline Brown

Matthew Toffolo interviews Mark Melara:

Matthew: What is your “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM” TV Screenplay about?

Mark: When Jason Alexander gets a hair transplant, Larry calls him out as a traitor to the bald community. After some strange occurrences Larry begins to suspect there’s some kind of bald club that is conspiring against him. Meanwhile Jeff agrees to represent Jason while Leon becomes Larry’s assistant.

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

Mark: From the outset Larry has several motivations and in time they all become entangled: His interest in Paula, shaming Jason Alexander for getting a hair transplant, and ultimately unraveling the truth about this possible bald society.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Mark: I’ve been writing stories since I built a wrestling ring in my garage in seventh grade and put on shows for my friends. I continued to write in high school and eventually took on screenwriting as a major in college where I churned out a few specs and an original before discovering these were all terrible and I had a lot to learn.

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

Mark: I would say a definitive tie between Uncle Buck and The Godfather.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Mark: Norm Macdonald, the Workaholics guys, Larry Charles, Louis C.K., Richard Ayoade, Matthew Holness, Jermaine Clement, Terry Gilliam, and of course Abe Vigoda.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Mark: About 18. (Including specs, original pilots, and shorts)

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

Mark: Running my own show (or via a collaborative effort).

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

Mark: I tend to be motivated by what immediately triggers a moment of hyper awareness. If an idea crystallizes in my mind and I begin to see the vision play out, even if it’s just a few images, I try to run with that and see if it maintains my interest for a few days. I’d rather pull from the ether than actively set out to meet some kind of network need.

As far as a routine goes I have an initial document meant for the smattering of ideas and concepts, then use that to develop a broad outline while I begin to flesh out bios for each character. Then when the scaffolding of the plot is constructed and a story has presented itself, I set out on the writing.

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

Mark: The natural world, philosophy, science, novels, and animal welfare.

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Mark: A friend sent me the information and I decided to enter some of my work.

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

Mark: Write, take breaks, write some more, go for a walk, talk it out with someone who won’t try to change your story with their visions, be open to new experiences, read, and lastly, I’ll echo what a TV business professor once told me about the industry, “Remember, no one knows anything.”

Deadline TODAY: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script to the Writing Festival

Deadline TODAY: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK on your script. Winners get their script performed by professional actors at the Writing Festival!
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 TV PILOT Readings:

Watch TV SPEC Readings:

Deadlines TODAY: Submit your Feature or TV Screenplay to the Writing Festival

Deadline TODAY: SUBMIT FEATURE Screenplay to Writing Festival.
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Deadline TODAY: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script to the Writing Festival.
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

– Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.

– Get FULL FEEDBACK on your script. Winners get their script performed by professional actors at the Writing Festival!

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 Feature Screenplay Winning Readings:

    Watch past TV PILOT Winning Readings:

    Watch past TV SPEC Winning Readings: