Winning Feature Screenplay Reading – PREY FOR THE DAY, by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

An early 30’s couple is flown from California to Florida by a Real Estate Investor with an opportunity that appears too good to be true. Once they arrive the couple soon realizes they have fallen into the hands of a con man and his “Henchmen”. They are robbed, taken hostage and beaten as their journey to financial security soon becomes a fight for survival and terrifying encounters in an abandoned home development out in the middle of nowhere.

CAST LIST:

Tara: Cassandra Sirois
Billy: James Murray
Kathy: Vanessa Quaglaira
Narrator: Val Cole
John: Dan Fox
Miguel: Nick Wicht
Mendez: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

John and Kathy Pearson are an early 30’s, financially successful couple living an Los Angeles and are flown out Miami to meet a Real Estate Investor, Miguel, with a Real Estate investment plan that seems too good to be true, rehabbing abandoned neighborhoods from the Real Estate bubble for great returns on investment. After showing them a few of the areas the pair becomes suspicious when Miguel invites some of “Contractors” out to meet them. They are subsequently tied up, beaten and forced to transfer all their money to Miguel. After the deal is done Miguel goes back on his word and orders his men to murder them. John breaks free and turns the tables on Miguel and his henchmen. John and Kathy flee into the swampy, derelict neighborhood they were originally lured. Miguel, having survived the escape hires “Human Hunters” and puts a price on their heads. From there it’s a cat and mouse game of survival in an worn down area far from any civilization

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/Thriller

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s an edge of your seat, action thriller which will have an audience thinking “What’s next?. The backstory of the couple makes them characters the audience will cheer for and the bad guys characters the audience will genuinely hate. The isolation of the locale adds to the atmosphere and feeling of helplessness..

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Page turner.

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

John Carpenter’s Halloween.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Took close to six months. Rewrote the story several times giving the two main characters more of a backstory and introduced more bad characters in the “Abandoned community”. The ending took a few rewrites as well to make it credible. Had to give the story more of that emotional roller coaster feel to it.

7. How many stories have you written? Scripts (Feature) Three horror, Three suspense/thrillers, Five character driven dramas, three short screenplays (20 pages) and A TV sitcom idea (Pilot and three scripts for the idea) a while back.

8. What is your favorite song?

(Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) Any song off the original BOSTON album.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The pacing of the story was the most difficult part. Keeping the visuals, action scenes and characters all together and at a pace that was believable without taking anything or anyone to a situation that might confuse the reader. Also making the John and Kathy characters that I call “Transitional”

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

Reading biographies (For inspiration) Real Estate investing, Travel and Photography.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Great. A combination of guidance and encouragement through the writing process.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Feedback has been great. They definitely are thorough in their reading as I can tell from their notes. Again, always encouraging!!

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

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Screenplay Festival: February 15, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 7th event of 2018 gives you a full reading of the winning comedy feature screenplay. Plus, readings of 4 best scene readings, and 3 short screenplay readings.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “Dirty Comedy”

CAST LIST: Peter Nelson, Neil Bennett, Daniel Cristofori, Peter-Mark Raphael, Brogan Caulfield, Regan Brown, Emily Weir

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Comedy Feature Screenplay – POOP MOVIE, by Byron Erwin

Genre: Animation, Comedy

See the world from the Poop’s point of view as a cowardly outcast discovers his courage and bravery when he battles the evil Toilet Paper Empire in this animated action adventure.

CAST LIST:

Mr. Tee Pee: Daniel Cristofori
Lily: Emily Weir
Tootsie Roll: Brogan Caulfield
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Duke: Peter-Mark Raphael
Browneye: Neil Bennett
Floater: Regan Brown

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1pg. Comedy Short Screenplay – A PARTING OF THE WAYS, by Marc Lalonde

Genre: Comedy

What does Ying-Yang really mean?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Woman with Boxes: Regan Brown
Woman with Dog: Emily Weir

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CRIME Short Screenplay – WHEN THE DUST SETTLES, by Derek W. Wright

Genre: Crime drama

On the day of New York’s most savage terrorist attack, mayhem and carnage fills the air. When the dust settles, two of the heroes believed to be victims of the terrorists actually left traces of their blood on the hands of an American.

CAST LIST:

Kenny: Peter-Mark Raphael
Clem: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Gwen: Regan Brown
Tamara: Emily Weir
Xavier: Brogan Caulfield

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SCI-FI Short Screenplay – TOGETHER, by Jade S. Bokhari

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

As an apocalyptic asteroid heads to earth, a bereaved father hunts down his child’s killer; so dead or alive, his family is together to face the end.

CAST LIST:

Man: Peter-Mark Raphael
Ellie: Emily Weir
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Joe: Neil Bennett
Alice: Regan Brown

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COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay – OCCUPY WALLY STREETSKI, by Mike Hoberg

Genre: Comedy

Funny things happen on Wall Street.

CAST LIST:

Finn: Brogan Caulfield
Reporter: Emily Weir
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Wally: Daniel Cristofori
Atticus: Neil Bennett

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THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – BACK FROM THE DEAD, by Jonah Jones

Genre: Thriller, Horror

A man walks through the fire.

CAST LIST:

Colonel: Neil Bennett
Narrator: Peter Nelson
Witch: Emily Weir
Desborough: Regan Brown

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HORROR Best Scene Screenplay – TOUCH-TABLE, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Rick: Brogan Caulfield
Michelle: Emily Weir

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STAGE PLAY Best Scene – BETWEEN THE LINES, by Dean Gilbert Tonkin & Stephen Gregory Barnes

Genre: Drama – two acts

Gathered at Ferlinghetti’s City Lights in 1959, an anti-establishment, avant-garde bevy of The Beat Generation share unfiltered views of the world through their kaleidoscopes of impulsive banter, improvisational music, songs, poems, and peer pique. Fifty years later, both the survivors and spirits of the dead Beats return to Ferlinghetti’s with their lenses in sharper focus to let us in on what really lies….between the lines.

CAST LIST:

Worm: Peter-Mark Raphael
Maxwell: Daniel Cristofori
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Melvin/Rabbi: Neil Bennett
Bird: Brogan Caulfield
Simone: Emily Weir

ADD ON: TV – JACOB’S COVE

Narrator: Peter Nelson
Detective Jameson: Neil Bennett

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Screenplay Festival: February 1, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 5th event of 2018 features a full reading of a historical bio-pic feature screenplay that is considered one of the top spec scripts in the world today. Plus, readings of 8 1st scene readings.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “Taking back what is rightfully yours”.

Full cast: Rob Notman, Kerrie Lamb, Carina Cojeen, Charles Gordon, Ida Jagaric, Andrea Meister, Jarod Terrell, Sean C. Dwyer.

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Feature Screenplay – THE DISPLACED, by Renata Manzo Scruggs

Genre: Drama, History

In 1930’s Virginia, a widow battles the government when it seizes her land to create Shenandoah National Park.

CAST LIST:

Ginny: Andrea Meister
Lebo: Jarod Terrell
Owen: Rob Notman
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Carter: Sean C. Dwyer
Esme: Kerrie Lamb
Will: Charles Gordon
Addie: Ida Jagaric

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ROMANCE 1st Scene Script – SOMETHING LIKE FATE, by Matthew Huntington

Genre: Drama, Romance

A brainy teen turns to horoscopes and psychics to predict her future after surviving a car crash. But nothing could prepare her for finding and falling in love with her soul mate – who just happens to be her best friend’s boyfriend.

CAST LIST:

Old Man: Charles Gordon
Father: Sean C. Dwyer
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Erin: Andrea Meister
Lani: Kerrie Lamb

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TV PILOT 1st Scene Script – FAT VS EVIL, by Alex Sheldon

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy

In a world where superheroes are as common as garage bands, plus size retail worker Iris gains awesome powers she wants nothing to do with.

CAST LIST:

Bette: Andrea Meister
Rancor: Charles Gordon
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Iris: Kerrie Lamb
Jake: Rob Notman
Commander: Jarod Terrell

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TV PILOT 1st Scene Script – JAKOB’S COVE, by Travis Darkow

Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense

A crazy mash up of The X-Files and Supernatural, but with more violence, old school noir detective movies like The Maltese Falcon, and the soundtrack style of Stranger Things or It Follows, 80’s synthesizer and all.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Det. Jameson: Charles Gordon

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TV PILOT 1st Scene Script – CHARACTERS, by Chris Harris

Genre: Comedy

After his New York acting dreams are sabotaged by his “evil stepmother,” Jason, a young 20s brown kid, is forced to take the only acting job available to him, becoming a prince in a sketchy Tampa theme park. In true Florida fashion, Jason learns “The Most Magicalest Place Ever,” delivers the best of Florida, from pedophiles and meth-heads, to sassy homosexuals with vendettas. Jason must learn to navigate these choppy waters if he wants to be an actor and survive as a Character.

CAST LIST:

Princess 1: Andrea Meister
Kangy Kangaroo: Rob Notman
Russell: Sean C. Dwyer
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Izzy: Charles Gordon
Jason: Jarod Terrell
Princess 2: Kerrie Lamb

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MYSTERY 1st Scene Script – THE PLAYLISTS, by Michael Kotsiros

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Suspense

A married couple are separately lured to a remote location by a gifted but troubled composer, who uses music to reveal his hidden agenda.

CAST LIST:

Kelly: Andrea Meister
Mary: Ida Jagaric
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rachel: Kerrie Lamb
Joel: Sean C. Dwyer
Chubby Courier: Jarod Terrell

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HORROR 1st Scene Script – WHILE THE VILLAGE SLEEPS, by Chloë Bellande

Genre: Horror, Teen, Thriller

A group of friends spend a night in a cabin and play a werewolf card game…only to find out that the game is now playing them.

CAST LIST:
Jason: Jarod Terrell
Sarah: Ida Jagaric
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Connie: Kerrie Lamb
Kaileigh: Andrea Meister

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THRILLER 1st Scene Script – FORTY WINKS, by Mitch Moldofsky

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

A near-future dream expert with dream-reading technology, known professionally for her stance that “dreams mean nothing”, freaks when her husband’s dreams reveal an affair and a murder–hers.

CAST LIST:

Judge: Charles Gordon
Jazz Singer: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Ida Jagaric
Pros. Attorney: Rob Notman
Greg: Sean C. Dwyer
Det. Morgan: Jarod Terrell
Carol: Kerrie Lamb

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LGBT 1st Scene Script – DELIVERY GIRL, by Katherine Grant Krieger

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Coming of Age

Adopted at birth, 20-something conflicted lesbian Trisha Donahue enlists her treacherous bi-sexual girlfriend to help search for her birth mother.

CAST LIST:

Max: Jarod Terrell
Motorist: Rob Notman
Sarah: Ida Jagaric
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Trisha: Andrea Meister
Abigail: Kerrie Lamb
Danny: Charles Gordon

Producer: Matthew Toffol – http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

FREE Event: Best Shorts Films from around the world festival – Thur. Oct. 19th. 7pm.

BEST Short Films Festival – Thursday October 19th, 7pm. Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto

http://www.wildsound.ca/student_toronto_film_festival.html

– A special evening of the 8 BEST student short films made in the last year. 5 films from 8 different countries from around the world. These are NOT just student films. As our moderator Kierston Drier put it: “These are simply the best short films period in the last year!”

Don’t miss this opportunity! And come for free if you like.

See the full program and info for each film and filmmaker.
To start our FALL 2017 season of festivals in Toronto, we are introducing the best short films from around the world – guaranteed!
To RSVP, simply go to the festival program page and get your tickets there. Tickets are FREE or Pay What you Like to cover the cinema costs.

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WILDsound Announces its September 2017 Winning Screenplays

Watch the winning screenplay readings performed by professional actors.

A record setting 23 screenplays.

2 Feature Screenplays
– STORM DRAGON, by Joey Curtis & Danny Klein
– WORD GAMES, by Joel Stern

2 TV Spec Screenplays
– QUANTICO Spec, by Leslie Lyshkob
– BOJACK HORSEMAN Spec, by Cameron Chapman

1 Fan Fiction Screenplay
– WELCOME TO CRYSTAL LAKE (Friday the 13th), by Mike Mead

7 1st Scene Screenplays
– KODAK MOMENT, by John Cruz Alarid
– CELTIC BLOOD, by Richard William Masterson
– BROTHER’S MCSHANE, by Holt Boggs
– FOREVER CHARLEE, by Hank Isaac
– THE BOXMAN, by Alexander Beale
– THE FLUTE OF PEACE, by Gunel Asgarova
– SERAPHINA, by Joe Tofuri

6 Short Screenplays
– PALACES, by Taryn Procsal
– ROSIE, by Amalia Williamson
– TWITS, by Alison McGrath
– CLEAN BEAT, by Bernhard Riedhammer
– BREAKDOWN, by J. Logan Alexander
– X-13, Asim Abraham

5 Best Scene Screenplays
– HICK, by Marianna Moneymaker
– JOYTON SHREW, by Ian Bradburn
– VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW, by Bree Katz
– LOOKING FOR REDFEATHER, by Linda Collison
– THE VOLUNTEER, by Janine Cobain & Gary McElkerney

 

WILDsound Announces its August 2017 Winning Screenplays

Watch the Winning Screenplay readings performed by professional actors at the monthly festival for August 2017:

Watch Recent Winning Readings

16 Winning Screenplays in Total!

2 Winning Feature Screenplays
– PEACE PLEDGE, by George M. Johnson
– THE LAST PRISON, by Richard Geiwitz

3 Winning TV Screenplays
– RICK & MORTY Spec, by Daniel Richardson
– EVERHART, by K. Wayman Dodd
– DISAPPEARANCE, by Jess Harris Distefano

1 Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay
– ROCKETEERS, by Gil Saint

5 1st Scene Screenplays
– WEBBED, by Robert Drusetta
– SILHOUETTE, by Lukas Hassel
– THE LEGEND OF JAMESTOWN, by Sherwin Allen
– THE GATE, by Della Vance Greenwalt
– THE BIRTHING FIELD, by Robert Thorpe

5 Short and Best Scene Screenplays
– SID, by Auriga Ifill
– DAB A DUCK TAPE, by Stephanie Annis
– KEEP SMILING, by Courtney Wallace
– EVERYONE HAS THEIR DEMONS, by Dustin Prince
– DADDY, by Bernard Leed

FREE Event – SHORT Film (Romance & Comedy) Festival. Thur. Sept 7th. LA Regal Cinemas. 7pm

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SPECIAL EVENT: Thursday September 7th. 7pm. Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas. 1000 W Olympic Blvd.

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/losangelesfilmfestival.html

1st ACT – Showcase of the best of ROMANCE Short Films.
2nd ACT – Showcase of the best of COMEDY Short Films.

8 multiple award winning short films in total. The best films from around the world in the last year!

Must see festival for fans of either or both films and filmmakers, while maintaining our audience feedback format. This is the festival where the audience is the main character.

Check out the program page and to RSVP your tickets. Or, simply reply to this email and request the # of tickets you require.

You can come for FREE or make a donation on the night. Or, you can RSVP on the program page and make a donation via paypal or credit card.

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/losangelesfilmfestival.html

Giving you films from all corners of the world in different genres and formats.