Recent testimonials from past writers who submitted their screenplay to the first scene festival.
NEW Testimonials for 2016:
Wow,the screenplay review is incredibly detailed and helpful! Big thanks.
– Steve Mikals, 1st Scene Script “Man Seeking Money”
Thank you very much for the pleasant feedback. I completely understand about the whole flashback bit and will work to change it. Otherwise I’m glad you like the immediate conflict which I thought would grab the audiences/readers attention instantly.
– Tom Dunham, 1st Scene Script “Rise of the Irishman”
March 2016 1st Scene Winner Testimonials:
I understand that the first few pages of a screenplay are critical to getting the story past the gatekeepers, and I wanted to see whether I was successful. Initial feedback was encouraging and it also appropriately threw light on some needs of the script.
– Robert Tolz, 1st Scene Script “Renaissance Man”
I wanted to finally start exposing myself as a screenwriter and nothing works better than taking a leap and throwing one’s work out there. I loved the initial feedback because it shed some light on what wasn’t working in the screenplay and once I applied what was said in the notes, I noticed the difference.
– Alan Mehanna, 1st Scene Script “Elissa of Tyre”
I value the impact a table read can have on me as a writer when I hear other people tackling my words. Film is a very collaborative medium so it’s imperative to discover how your work is interpreted if you’re to understand its strengths and weaknesses. The written feedback I received was bittersweet. It told me what I wanted to hear.
– Stuart Wright, 1st Scene Script “Before God”
February 2016 1st Scene Winner Testimonials:
When I saw this contest, it stood out to me more than most because of the 10-page structure. I immediately understood what they were going for with it, and I wanted their feedback. The funny part is, when I received the email, I went straight to the criticism, completely oblivious to the fact that I won. Took me an extra day. Good thing I went back and checked.
– Michael DeMattia, 1st Scene Script “The Shot”
Sooner or later I had to let the script go and I thought this festival would be a perfect way to showcase it. And to have it read by a group of actors is a bonus and a pleasure.
– Emanuel Ruggeri, 1st Scene Script “The Road to Texas”
January 2016 1st Scene Winner Testimonials:
The festival was affordable and the feedback I got was tremendously helpful. I’ll use the feedback to refine my writing style in the next draft.
– Daniel Duane, 1st Scene Script “Gunnison”
I wanted to see how professional actors would bring it to life. The feedback was good and uncovered a minor point I had overlooked.
– Alex A. Kecskes, 1st Scene Script “Purgatory”
December 2015 1st Scene Winner Testimonials:
I’d never seen a contest that took only the first moment of a screenplay. The first moments can make or break a script in any competition, but I like that WILDsound looks at the opening on its own. Positive feedback on an unfinished piece can truly motivate a writer to push through to the end.
– LOVELESS by Chris Courtney Martin
Everyone always says the first 10 pages will make or break you. I really liked the idea of a contest that would give feedback on the first part so you can decide if you’re heading in the right direction before you’ve finished an entire script. I was surprised at how thorough and insightful the feedback was. It really helped me to decide what changes I would need to make moving forward.
– GIVE ME A REASON by Theresa Drew
I think the feedback is excellent and I tried to accommodate the suggestions without taking anything away from what I originally submitted to receive the win. I really like the encouragement and the willingness by the reader to share where I can make it even better. Y’all rock.
– TETON RECKONING by Debi Yazbeck
The communication, organization and feedback these guys offer are fantastic and scriptwriters of all disciplines and experience should be jumping at the service WILDsound provides. The best thing about it is they are as enthusiastic as you about your work. Thank you to everyone involved with WILDsound.
– Grant Reid, 1st Scene Submission
I want to thank you for your feedback on my screenplay. The feedback gave me real direction on how to perfect this piece. I look forward to resubmitting in the near future. Thank you for this great experience.
– Anthonio Vole, 1st Scene Screenplay
Thank you so much for your feedback. It is thought provoking and helpful. I feel the urge to go back to line one and make the scenes a lot more punchy.
– Darryl Greer, 1st Scene Screenplay (The Morning After)
Thank you for this helpful feedback. I will follow your suggestions.
– Bonnie Toews, Split-Second Start, 1st Scene Script
Thanks for the feedback. I’m definitely taking all your notes into consideration. I appreciate every single comment.
– Ruben Diaz, Mystery Road, 1st Scene Screenplay
I must commend you for your brilliant feedback. I’ve received a couple of feedbacks in the past, and have taken care of most story problems that you raised. But no one had pointed out the issues your team raised in the fourth paragraph. Which is right on point. And raises valid questions that need answers.
– Chidi Ezeibieli, Inhuman Nature, 1st Scene Screenplay
I’m thrilled that my script has made it to this stage. I found it was very cool hearing it being read out loud with a cast of characters. I know where the script is supposed to go and hearing it on the video I can see it happening. I want to thank you and your team for all the work you put in to getting my script to this point. I really appreciate it.
– Barb Markusa, The Other Side, 1st Scene Script
Thank you for the feedback on my screenplay. I am most appreciative of your comments. I am happy that I sent only the first 10 pages of my screenplay. Now I will carefully read over what I need to work on, and continue to improve on the rest of it as I proceed.
– June Fleming, The Children of the Fire, 1st Scene Script
I really enjoyed the video, and think everyone did an awesome job! Thank you all so much! You guys are great!!
– Justuce Heninger, Of Their Own Accord, 1st Scene Script
Thanks a lot for the feedback. I will make sure I solidify the script with the suggestions given before resending it.
– Stephen Uyi, Soul Cops, 1st Scene Script
Thank you for the feedback. I will take a look at where I can implement your notes.
– Tom Pavlock, Where Serpants Lie, 1st Scene Script
Many thanks for the feedback. I have read it over and over and will act on your advice. I really appreciate all your comments.
– Kathleen Stevens, Day of the Scarecrow, 1st Scene Script