Happy Birthday: Rod Serling (1924–1975)

rodserling.jpgRod Serling (1924–1975)

Born: December 25, 1924 in Syracuse, New York, USA
Died: June 28, 1975 (age 50) in Rochester, New York, USA

Married to:
Carol Serling (31 July 1948 – 28 June 1975) (his death) (2 children)

[to an interviewer during the third season of The Twilight Zone (1959)] I’m tired of it, as most people are when they do a series for three years. I was tired after the fourth show. It’s been a good series. It’s not been consistently good, but I don’t know any one series that is consistently good when you shoot each episode in three days. We’ve been trying gradually to get away from the necessity of a gimmick, but the show has the stamp of the gimmick and it’s hooked for now. It’s tough to come up with them week after week.

[on expanding The Twilight Zone (1959) to an hour long format] In the half-hour form we depended heavily on the old O. Henry twist. So the only question is: Can we retain The Twilight Zone (1959) flavor in an hour? We may have to come up with something totally different.

 

 

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Dermott Hayes – September 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Winner

OLD BONES
Written by Dermott Hayes
Read 10 Questions with the writer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
COSTELLO – Steve Mitchell
SEAMUS – Randy Baumer
JOHN – John Fray
VOICE – Dan Cristofori

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Drama

We lose our soul when we bury the dead without dignity and for the sake of manna. Two brothers are caught in a dilemma of conscience, to lose their jobs or their souls.


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SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
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SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!
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
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

WILDsound Names September 2016 Contest Winners

Watch the winning screenplay readings performed by professional actors at the festival in September 2016. 24 winning screenplays!

Deadline to submit your screenplay to the festival. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca

FEATURE Screenplay: LAWN BOYS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Cleary
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay: LUCIDAE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jacqueline Marett
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – OYMPUS RISING
September 2016 Reading
Written by C M Landrus
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve
ACTORWEBSERIES Screenplay: TREVOR AND EVOR
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sasha Siljanovic
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay: VIGILANTE (TMNT)
September 2016 Reading
Written by Justin Prince
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – 3 FAMILIES
September 2016 Reading
Written by J.D. Poland
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: LOONATOONA
September 2016 Reading
Written by Shockadelic
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: VOODOO LOVE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Frederick Julius
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: OLD BONES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: CHASING THE WIND
September 2016 Reading
Written by Corean Strong
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – IF I DIE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jean Nicole Rivers
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TRUE REGRET
September 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Kasper
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – JULIE & ROM
September 2016 Reading
Written by Behzad Sedghi
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PLEASE HOLD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Travis Calvert
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE GOAL
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jeremy Rigby
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – RAGING LOVE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Kevin Mongelli
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAMMY’S PARROT
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAFE WORD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Darren Coyle
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – GLORIOUS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Brent Beath
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLAME GAME
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sonny Dyon
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TO KILL GANDHI
September 2016 Reading
Written by James M. Freeman

See the best of MARRIAGE Stories from the Festival (January-June 2016)

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

ACTORMINE, 29min, Canada, Drama/Thriller
Watch Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film from June 2016 Film Festival
ACTORShort Screenplay – LEROY’S DREAM
March 2016 Reading
Written by Diarra McCormick

ACTORNovel Transcript – WHAT HAPPENS AFTER HAPPILY EVER AFTER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Garrett
ACTORShort Screenplay Screenplay – WALL IN THE GARDEN
April 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos
ACTORShort Story Reading – MY ROAMEO, WHERE ART THOU MY ROAMEO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Michelle Assor

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

See the best of DEATH Stories from the Festival (January-June 2016)

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

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – IX
June 2016 Reading
Written by Eric Irizarry

ACTORShort Screenplay – DEATH’S LADY LOVE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
ACTORShort Story Reading – LORNA’S ISLAND
May 2016 Reading
Written by Louise Johnson

ACTORShort Story Reading – HELD UP
May 2016 Reading
Written by Bree Katz
ACTORShort Screenplay – FIFTY FIVE SECONDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Kwasi Mensah

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE REAPER: REBELLION “AFTERLIFE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Mark S. MacDonald, Darsey Meredith

festival posterHOLE
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


19min, UK, Crime/Thriller

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – CONTRARY WARRIORS: BLOOD LEGACY
March 2016 Reading
Written by Sheryl Wright
ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – ELISSA OF TYRE
March 2016 Reading
Written by Alan Mehanna

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

See the best of DATE Stories from the Festival (January-June 2016)

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

ACTORShort Screenplay – DEATH’S LADY LOVE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt

ACTORShort Story Reading – THE POND IS TOO CROWDED
May 2016 Reading
Written by Stacey R. Janik
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE MINDY PROJECT “Culture Club”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Katie Bero

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin

festival posterJEWISH BLIND DATE
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


16min, Switzerland, Comedy/Romance

ACTORShort Screenplay – LOVES LABORS LOST
February 2016 Reading
Written by Stanley Eisenhammer
ACTORFeature Screenplay – MISPRINTS
April 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Today’s Instagram Photos: Monday January 4 2016

January 3 2016 #Writing #Festival summary: The #writingfestival will be presenting 2 1st Scene #Screenplays, 2 Short Screenplays, and a #Feature Screenplay at the upcoming #January 3 #2016 event. Here are the details of the #winning scripts we’ll be performing: #1 – CRIME EXTRAORDINAIRE – Feature Script Reading by Howard Fridkin Genres: #Action, #Adventure, #Thriller, #Crime SYNOPSIS: For the ultimate revenge, an internationally renowned mystery writer uses his latest novel as a blueprint to steal the #EiffelTower. #2 – PURGATORY – 1st Scene Reading by Alex A. Kecskes Genres: Crime, #Fantasy SYNOPSIS: Two small time ex-cons run into two #angels on probation who must save their souls or be dammed forever. #3 – GUNNISON – 1st Scene Reading by Daniel Duane Genres: #SciFi, #Thriller, #Supernatural SYNOPSIS: A sniper who hunts an #AirForce colonel for humiliating her on a botched cover up discovers he’s masterminding one himself when a man hunt for two gunman leads to the capture of an extraterrestrial pilot being held prisoner. #4 – US NAVY CINE-KODAK – Short Screenplay Reading by Stephen M. Hunt Genres: #War, Thriller, #Drama SYNOPSIS: #France, 1941; an American undercover war correspondent is overwhelmed by an old woman’s unique and unbelievable response to local, Nazi atrocities. #5 – THE NEW NEIGHBORS – Short Screenplay Reading by L. Filippo Santaniello Genres: #Horror, Thriller SYNOPSIS: Three friends are screening and selecting short films for a low budget horror film festival when the babysitter from the floor below rings the bell. Something bad has happened and she needs help. * * * * Deadlines to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca Watch recent Writing Festival Videos. At least 15 winning videos a month: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com

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