Congrats to WILDsound Performer Mena Massoud for grabbing the lead role in the live action film of ALADDIN. The film also stars Will Smith as the Genie.
Mena performed in various scripts for the festival, including the lead role in WEECHO.
Watch the screenplay reading here:
Photographer Weecho Marti’s shots of a fiery crash reveal a conspiracy murder he is haunted to avenge for the beautiful victim. In his quest to track down the murderous antagonist, he crosses paths with a spymaster who becomes his mentor. Together they navigate an espionage and smuggling labyrinth to bring Weecho face to face with his archenemy in a death-to-the-loser climax.
10 Questions with the Writer
1. Why should your script be made into a film?
“Weecho” is a compelling espionage thriller designed to appeal to a wide audience, in particular the 18-34 age group. The movie can be shot in one urban area (e.g. New York, Vancouver, L.A.) on a moderate budget. The story concludes with the elements in place for a series. As the young photographer’s spymaster-mentor points out, “Weecho’s camera can take him anywhere.”
2. How long have you been writing screenplays?
Fifteen years. My script “Back to Even” was produced as a feature film starring Lorenzo Lamas.
3. What film have you seen the most in your life?
“Three Days of the Condor”
4. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?
Director Clint Eastwood
5. How many screenplays have you written?
6. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
I would like to be playing character roles in screenplays I write.
7. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I start my screenplays with an offbeat, underdog character confronted with an inciting incident that drives him through the story, concluding with a double-twist climax that puts him to the test, resolves his conflict, and leaves him a different person.
8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my character acting, and about my wildlife photography and portraiture art.
9. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?
WILDsound’s feedback and one-on-one communication got my work to where I felt it was contest worthy.
10. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Keep writing. And re-writing. Watch movies. If appropriate, read the books they were adapted from.