Watch the June 2018 1st Scene Script Winners

ACTORHALFWAY TO MARS – 1st Scene LGBT Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Fabian Martin

ACTORPIANO LESSONS – 1st Scene LGBT Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Nevada McPherson

ACTORCROSSSING THE COWHOUSE – 1st Scene LGBT Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by David Lykes Keenan

ACTORUNBALANCED LIFE – 1st Scene Screenplay
June 2018 Reading
by Kristy Leigh Lussier

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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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1st Scene – AN UNBALANCED LIFE, by Kristy Leigh Lussier

Genre: Drama, Sports, Romance

A female football prodigy makes history when she saves a failing program and becomes the first woman named head coach of a college football team​.

CAST LIST:

Jim: Rob Notman
Parent 1: Meghan Allen
Parent 2: Kyra Weichert
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Sarah: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Bill: Allan Michael Brunet
Sam: Jarrod Terrell

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Watch the November 2016 1st Scene Script Winners

Submit your First Scene to the Festival: http://firstscenescreenplay.com

Watch the November 2016 1st Scene Script Winners:

THE BURIED MOON AND HER DAUGHTERCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
SAL – Hugh Ritchie
BOB – Julian Ford
PRESIDENT – Peter Nelson
STEVE – Kheon Clarke
BEVERLY – Mallory Palmer
JENNY – Angelica Alejandro
MARY – Kelci Stephenson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Fantasy, Drama

About a clairvoyant eight year old who strikes out with her ghost friend Debbie to save the buried moon.

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GOD’S LITTLE GAGCAST LIST:

RANDY – Hugh Ritchie
DUNCAN – Peter Nelson
DANNY – Kheon Clarke
MANDY – Mallory Palmer
NARRATOR – Kelci Stephenson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Action/Adventure, Thriller, Mystery

Plays from the perspective of a bedridden patient who – in the beginning – is unable to communicate his thoughts to the world.

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20/20: SEARCH FOR INDEPENDENCECAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
JEFF BEKK – Hugh Ritchie
DR. IVES – Julian Ford
FRANCOIS – Peter Nelson
CRAWFORD – Kheon Clarke
GRACE – Mallory Palmer
MADELEINE – Angelica Alejandro
KATLA – Kelci Stephenson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Political Drama

An inventor with a plan that would replace oil must survive while forces in China, Canada and the United States vie for the technology.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Sept. 2016 Winner: OLD BONES by Dermott Hayes

Watch the September 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.

OLD BONES
Written by Dermott Hayes

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.

CAST LIST:

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

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about devalued morals and the cheap currency of souls. People put so little value on their souls, they will trade them for a job and diminish the world they live in, as a result.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Contemporary Film Noir Drama

How would you describe this script in two words?

Dark Satire

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

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Six months

How many stories have you written?

59, that I can lay my hands on, probably a couple of hundred.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It began as a short story when I read about a change in the city rules regarding significant archaeological finds in building sites of the old city. I wondered what would happen if, in a competitive environment, something was found but hidden and then destroyed, to avoid costs and delays. Then I thought, given the type of locations being excavated and the changing face of Dublin, in terms of population and religions and changing social profiles,well, what if?

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was a completely new experience for me so I had to learn on the job, how to adapt my own story and then think in a new medium, film, and how a screenplay involves, at all times, action and movement. The Wildsound feedback was very helpful in those terms.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Film, luckily enough.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Learn to put some distance between you and your work. It makes it easier to absorb and use criticism to your advantage.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

1st Scene Screenplay – Kabul by Vince Masson

Watch the August 2016 1st Scene Screenplay Festival.

Kabul  by Vince Masson

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
FAHRAN – Shelly Antony
KOSHAN – Jonathan Shaboo
HASRA – Mark Sparks
KASTI – Kayla Lakhani

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay is about two young boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, during the early days of the American occupation. When they grow up, their lives take two very different paths when one becomes a Taliban fighter, and the other, an Afghan Army soldier.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

In addition to being simply entertaining, I think it offers a perspective that hasn’t been portrayed in mainstream American cinema before. This is important because it allows us to connect and empathize with people we may have pre-conceived notions about, or

How would you describe this script in two words?

Tough sell.

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

City of God. It changed my life.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took just under a year to write, with some small revisions here and there for about a year or two after.

How many stories have you written?

Stories? Hundreds. Screenplays? Maybe a dozen.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The desire to express a point of view of this conflict that’s different than the one that’s been presented to us by large studios.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The research involved, i.e.: Afghan customs and traditions, politics, and Military accuracy.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

History, Movies, Psychology.

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

I submitted on a whim, actually. I had all but moved on from Kabul, and had no intentions of submitting it anywhere, but something about the reception of WILDsound captured my attention.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

I’m in no position to be offering advice. Sorry.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

January 2016 Winners

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Watch the January 2016 1st Scene Script Winners:

GUNNISON
Written by Daniel Duane

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Supernatural

A sniper who hunts an Air Force 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.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
MYERS – Katelyn Vanier
HENDRICKS – Dan Cristofori
DOCTOR – Lorne Hiro
MULLIN – Geoff Mays
MOTHER – Holly Sarchfield

PURGATORY
Written by Alex A. Kecskes

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Crime, Fantasy

Two small time ex-cons run into two angels on probation who must save their souls or be dammed forever.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
DAVE – Geoff Mays
JEFF – Dan Cristofori

Watch 1st Scene Winner: HOW TO HOLD IT ALL IN by Gwen Goodkin

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HOW TO HOLD IT ALL IN by Gwen Goodkin

SYNOPSIS:

How to Hold it All in is about a guy who’s lost the loves of his life.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
LYLE – Gabriel Darku
MARV – Ben Hur
CHIC-JINX – Chris Reid-Geisler