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Chatting with Howard Fridkin, WILDsound Feature Screenplay Winner

I truly believe that a table read is the next best thing in seeing my script on the big screen — so I entered my new thriller “The Devil’s Larceny.”

– Howard Fridkin, On what influenced him to enter the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)

Watch the entire feature script reading now:

NOTE: There is a TWIST in the end of this script. So pay attention!

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KATIE – Kirsten Nolan
STEVEN – John Goodrich
PROF. ROTHBINE – Gabriel Dumas
DR. BURMAN – Roman Spera
SARAH – Stephanie Schmid
JUNE – Ida Jagaric
DET. DESMOND – David Schaap

Submit your own Feature Screenplay Today. Holiday Special: SAVE $15 off regular submission:
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch past winning feature script readings performed at the WILDsound Featival:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

WILDsound’s Matthew Toffolo sat with Howard about his screenplay and writing career:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your FEATURE SCRIPT about?

HF: Elements of the scenario have to be curtailed to prevent spoilers and the setup of a twist ending. The story is about two young law students, Steven & Katie, engaged to be married, who are researching the crimes of a dead pedophiliac serial killer for an important law assignment. As they begin delving into the killer’s psyche and the lives of his deceased victims, they begin noticing certain character traits resembling their own and eventually realize the horror that he is the reincarnation of the killer and she is the reincarnation of his last female victim. Katie, in order to survive Steven’s pursuing obsession to kill her, must plan to murder him first — but who’s going to believe her ludicrous story?

MT: Why should your script be made into a film?

HF: This is a highly unique psychological thriller which has never been executed in this type of fashion before. The credible blend of suspense and supernatural events (a la: “Psycho” meets “The Exorcist”) will throw the audience into a new realm of terror and thoroughly surprise them with its complex, yet all accountable twist ending. This makes for a low budget, high concept spec script with enough audience appeal for a commercial success.

MT: How long have you been writing?

HF: Since the 70s, but as a hobby and always for fun. I began taking writing seriously in the 90s and have since been aspiring to earn recognition.

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

HF: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (it’s a religion with me).

MT: What artists would you love to work with?

HF: Clint Eastwood

MT: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

HF: Eight.

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

HF: Love to be earning a living by doing what I love: writing and, eventually, direct.

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

HF: I try to write every day, even it if isn’t the main story I am working on. I may watch a film or listen to music that puts me into a certain mood for a story. Depending on the subject matter I’m writing about, I watch specific films to inspire me but then I make sure I go the extra 100 miles to create a new formula for that respective genre.

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

HF: I’m an incurable movie addict by nature and have been since I saw my first episode of the original TV show “The Outer Limits” at age 4. I’m also a fervent memorabilia and classic toy collector and have been declared by Joe Clokey (son of “Gumby” creator Art Clokey) “the biggest Gumby collector in the world.”

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

HF: I hate to use cliches, but when one really works, you have to go with it. Winston Churchill said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” And getting professional feedback on your screenplay doesn’t hurt either.

MT: Thanks.

– Enjoy!

7 Questions with Best Scene TV Writer Jason Reeves

Today let’s get to know writer Jason Reeves. WILDsound just performed the best scene from his TV PILOT screenplay A THEATRE NEAR YOU.

Watch the reading of this best scene:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
DANNY – Neil Kulin
CILLIAN – Adam McNamara
SABRINA – Kerstin Bradler
BITCHY FEMALE – Elitsa Bako
STELLA – Val Cole
MARIA – Melinda Michael

7 Questions with the Writer:

1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

A Theatre Near You is about Danny Stright, an associate manager of a movie theatre, who transfers from a theatre he’s been at way too long to another in hopes for a promotion. When at this new theatre, he finds out the possible promotion was a ploy to get him to transfer to a theatre in need of help before the upcoming winter season.

2. How should this script be made into a TV show?

Clerks was a movie about working at a convenience store. Waiting was about working in a restaurant. I thought it would be cool to write a movie about life working at a movie theatre. After writing a draft of a feature, I thought there could be more to it. New movies are released every week. Why not have weekly shows about what goes on in that environment?

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

I can’t say I have an all-time favorite show, but Doctor Who and Sherlock have brilliant minds writing for them and Firefly was great while it lasted. Over the years I’ve watched so many shows that were entertaining, some half hour and others hour long shows, but I can’t think of just one to take the top.

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

This is another difficult question. I can’t say there’s a movie that I’ve seen more than another, but some of top movies include: Jaws, Memento, Mallrats, The Dark Knight, and Skyfall.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Kevin Smith, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, and James Cameron are a few off the top of my head.

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

I did some research into different contests and WILDsound had the best turnaround time for getting feedback of the ones I looked into. The feedback has helped with several of my projects.

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

Don’t stick to one project for four years of rewrites. Write a draft, fix it a few times and move on to something different. Try something new each time, like a different genre. Challenge yourself. If and when you read a piece of your work and there’s a moment where you stand back surprised by even a sentence you wrote, you got something. I have a note to myself I see every time I sit down at my computer. “You know what you have to do.. Don’t stop writing.”

7 Questions with Poetry Writer June Helen Fleming

Today’s showcase writer is June Helen Fleming. We just performed her heartfelt poem TO MY DEAR MOTHER, ETERNAL YOUTH.

Watch the poem now. Performed by actress Val Cole:

Watch October 2014 Poetry Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/watch_october_2014_poetry_readings.html

Submit your POEM today and have it performed:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

7 Questions with June Helen Fleming:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

I wrote this poem for my mother, because of her great love for nature and its seasons. I saw the beauty of the seasons through my mother’s eyes.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

When people read my poetry I want them to share the joy I felt when I wrote the poem. Many of my poems are family oriented. I like my poems to make people aware of how fast time passes by, and you never have that special moment again. Enjoy every moment because when it passes it is gone forever.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing poetry for twenty years.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

It is hard to say who my favorite poet is because I like so many poems by different poets. Three that come to my mind are Emily Dickenson’s The sun Just Touched The Morning, Robert Frost’s Stopping By the Woods On A Snowy Evening, and my son’s poem May Your Best Perceive Me, and the one he wrote for me. To My Dear Mom.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I submitted my poem to WILDsound about my mother because I wanted to share my poem about her with the world, and WILDsound made it beautiful for me to share with others.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I write short stories, screenplays, children’s stores and poetry.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion is writing. I like to use my creativity for others to enjoy. I like to make others see and feel what I have to share though my poetry, short stories, and screenplays.

7 Questions with Poetry Writer KIM LEE SEAGULL

Today let’s get to know poetry writer Kim Lee Seagull better. We just showcased her poem LADY OF THE MOON at our festival. It was performed by actress VAL COLE.

Watch the LADY OF THE MOON Poem now:

Watch all the poetry readings from October 2014:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/watch_october_2014_poetry_readings.html

Submit your poem today and get it performed at the festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

    Get to know Kim Lee Seagull – 7 Questions

1) What is the theme of your poem?

My poem “Lady of the Moon” is the archetype of the wonderful, mystical attraction of the mighty Sun God, for the beautiful, sensuous Moon Goddess.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

I do hope lovers will like it, because it is for them.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I started writing when I was a child in grade nine in High School.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

There are too many great poems for me to like just one poet. I like the Lucy poems by William Wordsworth; Byron’s She Walks In Beauty Like The Night; The Snowflake and The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson; In Memory of W. B. Yeats by W.H. Auden; I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed by Emily Dickinson; A Hymn to God the Father by John Donne; They Flee From Me That Sometime Did Me Seek by Sir Thomas Wyatt; When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats; Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and A Whisper In The Wind and To My Children by June Helen Fleming, just to mention a few favorite poets poems.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

WILDsound is the master of performance, whether it be for screenplays, short stories or poetry. They did a lovely job for my poetry entries in the past, and WILDsound did a great job of scenes from my mothers screenplay. I intend to send in a long and complicated play I wrote called “The Sun God,” for a professional look see, and guidance, when it‘s done.

6) Do you write other works? Scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have written mostly everything except a screenplay, or books for children.

7) What is your passion in life?

I am a writer and an artist. The artist in me works mainly with ink in the stippled drawing style. The favorite subject of my art is to do portraits of people I admire as my way to thank them for the magnificent gifts they brought into the world that touch me personally. The writer in me likes to explain things in a way that has never been done before, in order to reveal a new Platonic Form. My greatest love, poetry, is the most mystical, and the most exalted form for me, because lines pop right into my head perfectly formed from the transcendent realm. It must be that God writes the poem for me, and all I do is hold the pen.

7 Questions with Poetry Writer Bright Calm City

Today we are getting to know the Poet Bright Calm City. We just performed two of their poems:

WATCH: YOUR SOUL IN OTHERS

and

WATCH: NICE TO MEET YOU

Both poems were performed by Val Cole.

Submit your poem today and get it performed:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Watch OCTOBER 2014 Poetry Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/watch_october_2014_poetry_readings.html

1) What is the theme of your poem?

My latest series of poems are based on powerful little moments and observations we make, but very rarely talk about, diving deep into a moment or feeling to give it the attention it deserves.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

If for just one moment the words help someone else in their daily chaos feel happier, calmer or slightly more connected, I’d be over the moon.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

A few years now.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

So many to choose from, Rumi reigns high for me, also loving all the new poets coming through now too, their raw takes on human relationships and the way we connect are amazing. I also get inspired by singer/songwriters – the singing poets of the world – it amazes me how words sung well, with emotion, can get in so deep, millions of people playing it over and over again as they take on the feeling/story as their own. So powerful.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Curiosity. I write a lot but hardly ever read them out loud. I love watching someone read a poem, taking it into their mind and connecting it to something they are going through personally. I have great admiration for the spoken poets out there – and was very curious to see how the words connect/felt through have one of my poems read out loud.

6) Do you write other works? Scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes, I’ve have written short stories, currently working on a book too. The book is based on being a young widow, a non-fiction book on my own experiences, the raw moments no one prepares you for, a few magical encounters along the way and a series of poetry to help anyone else going through the grief process.

7) What is your passion in life?

Connecting the right words in the right places, words are so powerful, they can change your mood, your day and your life.

7 Questions with Poetry Writer Carolyn Urquhart

Today let’s get to know the poetry writing of Carolyn Urquhart. We just showcased her intense poem ALL IS DARK. Watch it here, performed by actress VAL COLE:

7 Questions with the Writer:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of my poem was included with the submission – domestic violence. My problem is that if any of my family members see the poem and it gets back to my husband it will literally be a life and death situation. So that makes it very difficult for me . But then , I doubt if any of them will be watching. Here’s hoping because my guardian angels already work overtime.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

Just want the audience to feel sadness, sympathy, pain, empathy, anger

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Started wring 25 yrs ago. Was told I was terrible ( at writing ) so stopped for a long time.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

Henry Lawson – an Australian poet. His poetry could be ‘ down ‘ but he knew the soul – both male and female . He just knew people, life and humanity. Love his writing . Short stories fabulous too!

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I felt alone and wanted someone else to KNOW what was happening to me.

6) Do you write other works? Scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have written short stories , started a movie script and have finished the first draft of a novel. Unfortunately all of this was before I was married but I have ideas for a couple if novels, some short stories and even a movie script . Just need my confidence back .

7) What is your passion in life?

What is my passion . Do I even have one anymore? Seeing my family have the best possible lives they can . Not really a passion . My writing and painting ( landscapes in oils ) Although I can’t fulfil that part of me right now they are ‘ a part of me ‘ .

Enjoy

Matthew Toffolo

7 Questions with Poetry Writer Matthew Carter

Today, let’s get to know poetry writer Matthew Carter better. We just showcased his poem called AWKWARD at our recent festival.

Watch the poetry reading here. Performed by actress Val Cole:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

It is an introspective surreal poem of self-reflection.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

I want the people watching or reading my poem to place themselves in the poem. I think it speaks to many people.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing it since about middle school.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

Emily Dickinson is definitely my favorite and Walt Whitman is second.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

My fiancé Amy Santos. She has been a great inspiration to me and when I feel like I am at my wits end and can’t go on she is there for me no matter what.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have written short stories as well, and I would like to write a script in the future. I write horror and thrillers as well. My psychological thriller is called Liquid Soul and I have a poetry book called Fearing the Invisible Invincible.

7) What is your passion in life?

I have several passions in life. Writing is a big passion of mine and the art of creating something just by thoughts that enter my mind is big to me. Also, I am currently in college to get a Master’s Degree in special education for the Cognitively Impaired. I thoroughly enjoy working with those who have special needs because they have so much to offer.