Winning THRILLER Feature Screenplay: WORD GAMES, by Joel Stern

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

A commercial airliner flying to Paris explodes off the U.S. East Coast killing sixteen members of a high school French Club and a young pianist destined for greatness; a pair of deranged teens go on a terrifying high school shooting spree ending the life of a young girl devoted to serving God and mankind. If there is a master plan, how could these horrific events be allowed to happen?

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Sal: Kris Hagen
Dave: Peter Nelson
Monica: Shania Belton
Julie: Katelyn Varadi
Tanya/Shannon: Carina Cojeen
Lassen: Mike Ruderman
Bill: Nick Wicht

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Word Games” is about two strangers in a nursing home who are isolated because of the “Blizzard of the Millennium” . One man – Sal Genesinni – is the janitor. The other is Dave Phillips, an old man, wheelchair bound, who was found abandoned in the storm. While Phillips’ true identity remains a mystery, he and Genesinni play “Scrabble” to kill time. As they spell certain words it takes us back in time to real life events. As they recall these events they actually change what happened. This affects the destiny of the promising young people they speak of. As the story unfolds, we realize their “game” is a battle of wits between good and evil – one they engage in as different people throughout time.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“Word Games” would provide moviegoers with a suspenseful, alternative view of destiny and attempt to explain why bad things happen to good people.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Story in two words: Inescapable destiny.

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

The movie I’ve seen the most: “Pineapple Express”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote the short story two years ago (now on Amazon). I began writing the screenplay in January, 2016.

How many stories have you written?

I’m currently writing my third screenplay. I began my first, “Trickle Down”, a dramatic comedy based on the 2007 mortgage meltdown, in 2012.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Favorite song – Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately…”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Obstacles to writing screenplay: Trying to think as God

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Other passions: Sports, politics, travel, history

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

Film Freeway: Easy to work with

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

I entered the festival to gage interest in my work and to get it produced. “Word Games” also won a Finalist Award at the Cannes Film Festival Screenwriting contest in April of this year.

I was thrilled with the feedback I received. I made a few clarifications when asked to.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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JULY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS and FILMS

18 short films. 17 screenplays, 4 novels and short stories transcripts = 39 winning works.

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ACTORJULY 2017 EXPERIMENTAL & MUSIC VIDEO FILM FESTIVAL
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ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – THE TWIN WITHIN
July 2017 Reading
by Gunnar E. Garrett

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – D FOR DEXTER
July 2017 Reading
by Jessi Thind

ACTORWESTERN TV PILOT Screenplay – SIRINGO
July 2017 Reading
by Nathan Ward

ACTORANIMATION TV PILOT Screenplay – CHICKEN COP
July 2017 Reading
by Bryan Cahill

ACTORFANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE FLUTE OF PEACE
July 2017 Reading
by Gunel Asgarova

ACTORFEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay – GOD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE
July 2017 Reading
by Tara C. Hall

ACTORROMANCE 1st Scene Screenplay – WAITING TO CRUMBLE
July 2017 Reading
by John Ott

ACTORLGBT SHORT Screenplay – CRYSTAL
July 2017 Reading
by Jessica Perla

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – A DAY IN CONNECTED LIFE
July 2017 Reading
by Michael E. Lucas

ACTORSTUDENT SHORT Screenplay – BRANCHES
July 2017 Reading
by Holyn Thigpen

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – THE PLAGIARIST
July 2017 Reading
by James M. Freeman

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – BABY LOUIE
July 2017 Reading
by Mark Richards

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – ONE STOP SHOP
July 2017 Reading
by Hazel Allan

ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – ORSON WELLES ASHES
July 2017 Reading
by Debra Knox

ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
July 2017 Reading
by Kushal Dhungana

ACTORFAMILY BEST SCENE Screenplay – ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
July 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – NEVER SPEAK MY NAME
July 2017 Reading
by Jo Ann Allen & Walter G. Meyer & Stampp Corbin

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – ARYAN BLOD
July 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THEY DROVE ON STREETS PAVED WITH KINDNESS
July 2017 Reading
by John Bauer

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – FLATULENT FRED
July 2017 Reading
by Bill Lawrence

ACTORJULY 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Val Cole

ACTORJUNE 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
31 shorts films. 21 screenplays. 4 novels and short stories = 56 winning works

ACTORMAY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
12 shorts films. 22 screenplays. 7 novels and short stories = 41 winning works

ACTORAPRIL 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
20 shorts films. 14 screenplays. 4 novels and short stories = 38 winning works

ACTORMARCH 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
16 short films. 18 screenplays. 4 novels and short stories = 38 winning works

ACTORFEBRUARY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
18 screenplays. 13 short films. 4 novels. 4 short stories = 39 works showcased!

ACTORJANUARY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
20 screenplays. 7 short films. 3 novels. 7 short stories = 37 works showcased!

ACTOR2016 FILM FESTIVAL VIDEOS
18 Film Festivals. 2 cities. 131 Films. 32 Countries.

ACTOR2016 FEATURE SCREENPLAY READINGS
19 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 SHORT STORY READINGS
69 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 NOVEL TRANSCRIPT READINGS
36 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 1st. SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS
31 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 TV SPEC SCREENPLAY READINGS
13 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 TV PILOT SCREENPLAY READINGS
19 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 SHORT SCREENPLAY READINGS
103 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS
52 winning performance readings.

ACTOR2016 FAN FICTION SCREENPLAY READINGS
12 winning performance readings.

ACTORWILDsound Performers
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WILDsound Performer Mena Massoud gets lead role in Aladdin live action film (as Aladdin)

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: 

WEECHO – 1st scene script winning reading
Written by Kevin Gebhard
Rye, New York

CLICK HERE and read the entire winning screenplay

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marta Legrady
WEECHO – Mena Massoud
CROTTY – Dan Goldberg
LYNCH – Rob Stone
WOMAN – Natalie Gallard
COP – Jimmy Makris

SYNOPSIS:

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?

Fourteen.

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.

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WATCH Mid-Year 1st SCENE SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GOOD INTENTIONS
June 2017 Reading
by Sandy Tovray Greenberg

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – GRAVITY’S PULL
June 2017 Reading
by Robert Sivigny

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – AVES
May 2017 Reading
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ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – ROUND TRIP
May 2017 Reading
by Sherwin Allen

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – TRISKEL
May 2017 Reading
by Brian K. Palmer
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SANDSTORM
April 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – PAST PRESENCE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Kevin Mongelli
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SPARKS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Jon Freda

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE DEBT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Michelle Patkowski
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – WELCOME TO ARCADIA
March 2017 Reading
Written by Jason Lan

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
March 2017 Reading
Written by Dylan Stump

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Bridget Bell McMahon

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MONSTER MURDER MYSTERY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Arran McDermott

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE COURIER
March 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Dambrosio

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – BROKEN FRAME
February 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Boncella
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EKKO
February 2017 Reading
Written by Johnny Walker

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – FAN SITE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Elisha Barnes
ACTOR1st SCENE Script – OCD
January 2017 Reading
Written by Quyen Tran

ACTOR1st SCENE Script – INT. CAR – NIGHT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Martin Keady

Festival Deadlines

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WATCH Mid-Year TV SPEC SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning Television SPEC Screenplay winners for the first half of 2017:

ACTORFAN FICTION TV SPEC Screenplay – DOCTOR WHO
June 2017 Reading
by Paul Hewitt

ACTORTV SPEC of SUPERNATURAL
May 2017 Reading
by Bonnie Bonaduce

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Matthew J. Gonzalez

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
March 2017 Reading
Written by Marc Mulcahy

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE FLASH TV series
February 2017 Reading
Written by Nader Hobballah

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This”
January 2017 Reading
Written by Edward Pronley

Festival Deadlines

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
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SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival

WATCH Mid-Year TV PILOT SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning Television PILOT readings for the first half of 2017:
 

ACTORFEMALE TV PILOT Screenplay – JUNKED
June 2017 Reading
by Alice Dennard

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT – FAUK MY LIFE
May 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Irwin Greenstein

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Simon Schneider

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – DOWN WITH THE BUREAUCRACY
January 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitry Pompee

 

Festival Deadlines

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival

MAY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS and FILMS

12 short films. 22 screenplays. 7 novel transcripts = 41 winning works for May 2017.

Watch Recent Winning Readings

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ACTORMAY 2017 CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from May 25th event.
ACTORMAY 2017 EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from May 18th event.
ACTORFAN FICTION FEATURE Screenplay – MARVEL ZOMBIES
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher J. Valin
ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley
ACTORLGBT TV PILOT – FAUK MY LIFE
May 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes
ACTORTV SPEC of SUPERNATURAL
May 2017 Reading
by Bonnie Bonaduce
ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – MARRIAGE COUNSELING 101
May 2017 Reading
by Mark Engberg
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher Michaels
ACTORCRIME SHORT Screenplay – CLOCKWORK
May 2017 Reading
by Eric Hackler
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – AVES
May 2017 Reading
by
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – ROUND TRIP
May 2017 Reading
by Sherwin Allen
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – TRISKEL
May 2017 Reading
by Brian K. Palmer
ACTORFAMILY BEST Scene – MY GUARDIAN ANGEL
May 2017 Reading
by Philip Naiman
ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene – THROUGH A GLASS CEILING
May 2017 Reading
by Richard Geiwitz
ACTORCRIME BEST Scene – BEDLAM ON THE RAILS
May 2017 Reading
by Wayne E. Johnson
ACTORSCI-FI BEST Scene – AMERICAN INDIAN UPRISING
May 2017 Reading
by Allen Cody
ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene – FOUR IN THE DOOR
May 2017 Reading
by Alan & Linda Barkley
ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene – TASTE MY REVENGE
May 2017 Reading
by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORFANTASY BEST Scene – BRAD ACTUALLY
May 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn
ACTORACTION BEST Scene – FIEND
May 2017 Reading
by Andrew Samuelsen
ACTORACTION BEST Scene – A SECRET JOURNEY
May 2017 Reading
by Gary A. Piazza
ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene – THE ALIBI
May 2017 Reading
by Wendy Appelbaum
ACTORDRAMA BEST Scene – ALL OF THEIR COLORS
May 2017 Reading
by Leonidas Vyzas Asimakopoulos
ACTORTV BEST Scene – INFINITY’S EDGE
May 2017 Reading
by Anthony M. Dionisio
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: LIGHT OF HOPE
May 2017 Reading
by S.T. Collins
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: ELLA: A STEPMUMS TALE
May 2017 Reading
by J.L. Higgs
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: DIGBY’S DIARY
May 2017 Reading
by E.D. Bird
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: OUTBREAK MUTINY
May 2017 Reading
by Jay Sandlin
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: NO ACCOUNTABILITY
May 2017 Reading
by Keith Lawton
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: BE SILENT
May 2017 Reading
by Danie Botha
ACTORNOVEL Transcript: THE SCENT OF MY SON: IN GOD WE TRUST
May 2017 Reading
by Adrienne Miranda
ACTORMAY 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Becky Shrimpton & Val Cole
ACTORAPRIL 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
20 shorts films. 14 screenplays. 4 novels and short stories = 38 winning works
ACTORMARCH 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
16 short films. 18 screenplays. 4 novels and short stories = 38 winning works
ACTORFEBRUARY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
18 screenplays. 13 short films. 4 novels. 4 short stories = 39 works showcased!
ACTORJANUARY 2017 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS, and FILMS
20 screenplays. 7 short films. 3 novels. 7 short stories = 37 works showcased!
ACTOR2016 FILM FESTIVAL VIDEOS
18 Film Festivals. 2 cities. 131 Films. 32 Countries.
ACTOR2016 FEATURE SCREENPLAY READINGS
19 winning performance readings.
ACTOR2016 SHORT STORY READINGS
69 winning performance readings.
ACTOR2016 NOVEL TRANSCRIPT READINGS
36 winning performance readings.
ACTOR2016 1st. SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS
31 winning performance readings.
ACTOR2016 TV SPEC SCREENPLAY READINGS
13 winning performance readings.
ACTOR2016 TV PILOT SCREENPLAY READINGS
19 winning performance readings.
ACTOR2016 SHORT SCREENPLAY READINGS
103 winning performance readings.
ACTOR2016 BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY READINGS
52 winning performance readings.
ACTOR2016 FAN FICTION SCREENPLAY READINGS
12 winning performance readings.
ACTORWILDsound Performers
List of actors who performed at the Writing Festival from 2013 to present.