Watch the September 2016 1st Scene Script Winners

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

Watch the September 2016 1st Scene Script Winners:

VOODOO LOVE
Written by Frederick Julius

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime

A black-hearted vixen lures an ambitious hustler into her mansion as he seeks out a forbidden love. When merciless thugs come to rob and kill, it’ll cost him his fortune to save her lost soul.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
TUCKA – Kaleb Alexander
DAMIEN – Randy Baumer
MR. KING – Steve Mitchell
EL TORRO – John Fray
ASIA – Heather Dicke
CASSANDRA – Norma Dawn Dunphy

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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

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CHASING THE WIND
Written by Corean Strong

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller

A high flying, arrogant female homicide cop is assigned a serial killer case that thrusts her into a downward tailspin. She struggles to close the case due too eerie connections she cannot explain.
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
TONY – Dan Cristofori
ALLISON – Norma Dawn Dunphy
WILLIE – Kaleb Alexander
JONATHAN – Steve Mitchell
MOM-DONNA – Heather Dicke

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

 

Sept. 2016 Winner: VOODOO LOVE by Frederick Julius

Watch the September 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.

VOODOO LOVE
Written by Frederick Julius

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime

A black-hearted vixen lures an ambitious hustler into her mansion as he seeks out a forbidden love. When merciless thugs come to rob and kill, it’ll cost him his fortune to save her lost soul.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
TUCKA – Kaleb Alexander
DAMIEN – Randy Baumer
MR. KING – Steve Mitchell
EL TORRO – John Fray
ASIA – Heather Dicke
CASSANDRA – Norma Dawn Dunphy

 

 

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Sept. 2016 Winner: CHASING THE WIND by Corean Strong

Watch the September 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.

CHASING THE WIND
Written by Corean Strong

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller

A high flying, arrogant female homicide cop is assigned a serial killer case that thrusts her into a downward tailspin. She struggles to close the case due too eerie connections she cannot explain.
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
TONY – Dan Cristofori
ALLISON – Norma Dawn Dunphy
WILLIE – Kaleb Alexander
JONATHAN – Steve Mitchell
MOM-DONNA – Heather Dicke

 

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Chasing The Wind” is about a tough female detective aspiring to become Chief of Police is assigned to a serial killer case and finds herself in a downward tailspin because she feels a eerie connection to the case.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Psycho -THRILLER

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The screenplay has elements of many emotions( empathy, fear, joy love etc). There is lots of action and surprises. The audience will enjoy the ride that this movie will have you on as the case is being solved. The twist at the end is good.

How would you describe this script in two words?

COMPELLING THRILLER

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

BABY BOOMER

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

1.5 years

How many stories have you written?

16

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I took a writing class at a local library for TV but my writing turned out to be more suited for screen.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Building a very strong protagonist, keeping the middle pacing

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a Christian. I am very passionate about music. I am the choir director for 3 choirs at my church. I write, produce and direct christian stage plays that are touring over the Northeast.

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

Don’t give up. Keep the Faith!

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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

Watch the July 2016 1st Scene Script Winners

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Watch the July 2016 1st Scene Script Winners:

SENIOR PRANK by Shiv Sudhakar

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A group of cunning high school seniors must outwit their principal in order to pull off the ultimate senior class prank.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
AL – Dan Cristofori
CARL – David Occhipinti
FRAN – Viktoria Napolenova
ALFRED – Michael Gaty
GUS – Mark Boutros

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NINE SCARS by Kelly Crawford

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

A teen romance thriller that takes place in a world in which everyone has nine lives. In this world of nine lives, an aspiring football player must risk all of his lives to rescue his girlfriend from the ruthless leader of a gambling syndicate who’s trying to fix the college football championship game.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KEITH – Dan Cristofori
PRINCIPAL – David Occhipinti
ROBBIE – Michael Gaty
MATT – Mark Boutros
JAMIE – Viktoria Napolenova

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CATCH! by Jerry Nield

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Synopsis: Could David really defeat Goliath?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ACTON – Dan Cristofori
OLD MAN – David Occhipinti
JIM – Michael Gaty
TOM – Mark Boutros
ELLEN – Judy Thrush

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

1st Scene Screenplay – NINE SCARS by Kelly Crawford

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Watch Table Reading of the July 2016 Winning First Scene Screenplay.

NINE SCARS by Kelly Crawford

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

A teen romance thriller that takes place in a world in which everyone has nine lives. In this world of nine lives, an aspiring football player must risk all of his lives to rescue his girlfriend from the ruthless leader of a gambling syndicate who’s trying to fix the college football championship game.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KEITH – Dan Cristofori
PRINCIPAL – David Occhipinti
ROBBIE – Michael Gaty
MATT – Mark Boutros
JAMIE – Viktoria Napolenova

Get to know the winning writer Kelly Crawford:

1. What is your screenplay about?

IN A WORLD IN WHICH EVERYONE HAS NINE LIVES, AN ASPIRING FOOTBALL PLAYER MUST RISK ALL OF HIS LIVES TO RESCUE HIS GIRLFRIEND FROM THE RUTHLESS LEADER OF A GAMBLING SYNDICATE WHO’S TRYING TO FIX THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

IT’S ORIGINAL, WITH A COMPELLING REMINDER THAT WE HAVE ONLY ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

ACTION PACKED!

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

THE RELUCTANT ASTRONAUT

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

ONE YEAR.

6. How many stories have you written?

TWO SO FAR.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

FIVE YEARS AGO I SURVIVED A BRAIN HEMORRHAGE AND BEGAN CONTEMPLATING MY MORTALITY. IN DOING SO I THOUGHT ABOUT A WORLD IN WHICH EVERYONE HAS MULTIPLE LIVES AND THAT LED ME TO CREATE “NINE SCARS”.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

GETTING CONFLICTING FEEDBACK ON STORY IDEAS.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

SHARING THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST.

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

THE FEEDBACK WAS EXCELLENT. VERY CONSTRUCTIVE AND HELPFUL. I ENTERED THE FESTIVAL BASED UPON THE NUMEROUS POSITIVE REVIEWS I READ ABOUT THE FESTIVAL.

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

WRITING IS A CONTINUAL LEARNING PROCESS.

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch the June 2016 1st Scene Script Winners

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

Watch the June 2016 1st Scene Script Winners:

Watch WHEN THERE WAS TIME  by James Gillard, Kevin McGruder

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis: When a drug dealer is killed in Harlem, NY, a corrupt cop is ordered to solve the case. A conscious witness in the community steps forward.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
DIX – Deney Forrest
MURDOCH – John Lester Phillips
CARL – Christopher Huron
REVEREND – Jeff Sinasic
ANGELA – Tracey Beltrano

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STARBOUND, by Alex A  Kecskes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action

Ancient, alien DNA turns a retarded teen into a powerful, gifted emissary to an advanced civilization that visited earth millennia ago.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Tee Schneider
HECTOR – Geoff Mays
CHRISTINA – Kelci Stephenson
NAVARRO – Nathan Bragg
PRIEST – Julian Ford

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EXISTENTIAL QUANDARY, by Brandon Maline

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

A serial killer who turns his victims bodies into works of art becomesfixated on a little girl. She has dreams of him and thinks he is her angel, her mother pays little attention to it until the girl makes a model of the murderer.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
CAROLINE – Tee Schneider
CINDY – Kelci Stephenson
LUMBERJACK JOE – Nathan Bragg
PRINCIPAL – Julian Ford

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

1st Scene from WHEN THERE WAS TIME by James Gillard, Kevin McGruder

Winning 1st Scene Screenplay for June 2016. Watch the reading performed by professional actors.

WHEN THERE WAS TIME  by James Gillard, Kevin McGruder

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis: When a drug dealer is killed in Harlem, NY, a corrupt cop is ordered to solve the case. A conscious witness in the community steps forward.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
DIX – Deney Forrest
MURDOCH – John Lester Phillips
CARL – Christopher Huron
REVEREND – Jeff Sinasic
ANGELA – Tracey Beltrano

Get to know the writers:

1. What is your screenplay about?

When a drug dealer is killed in Harlem, NY, a corrupt cop is ordered to solve the case. A conscious witness in the community steps forward. Unbeknownst to her, her testimony can implicate him, unearths secrets about his partner, and reveals the paralyzing effect of “NO SNITCHING” in the community.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay should be made into a movie because it deals with sensitive polarizing subject of the term “snitching”. Delving into the issues which surround numerous communities and their constant fear of speaking out.

Fear that they won’t be protected and fear of the stigma it places on them if they come forward. . It also takes a look at those people who hold their community in fear with violence because they really have no power

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

insightful, edgy

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

Sugar Hill

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

For 2 years

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written about 40 stories in my life. I am an author or 2 books which feature numerous short stories I have writen
4 plays. 2 movie scripts.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Gun violence. A changing community which is Harlem, USA.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The piece was written originally as a full length play. But in play form the script was too adventurous for the stage. The constant scene changes and cast made it difficult to produce theatrically.

So a decision was made to convert it into a screenplay.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy music. Jazz and hip in particular. I’m passionate about reading and also helping people tell their own stories in different formats – books, plays, movies

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

I was motivated to enter the festival because I wanted to share the script. It was written several years ago and has really been just taking space on my computer. Waiting to be heard.
It was a scene shot for potential producers but that project folded. And I always wanted to put it into a festival or reading event where I could find out what works and doesn’t. I’m still learning the format of screen writing.

I welcomed it. As any writer criticism can be tough but in order to make progress you have to be willing to receive it. And the feedback has been invaluable. Some of the critiques I was aware of and some I wasn’t. Helps me sharpen my pen.

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

be unafraid to share your work. Many people have masterpieces they are sitting on because they are afraid of criticism or they fear it will never get done. We write to create and then to share.

So share continuously — finding new ways to tell your story will help you grow as a writer.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

Deadline TODAY: First Scene Screenplay Festival

Deadline October 5th. Submit and get your first 10 pages performed!

Watch over 60 1st Scene Screenplay Festival Winners:

FULL FEEDBACK on your screenplay from our committee of Professional Screenwriters, Production Heads and Script Consultants.

Are you just starting off your screenplay and want immediate feedback on your first scenes/first moments of your script?

Send your first scene (or first moments – 10pg. limit) and get feedback. Winners (at least 40 a year) get their first scene read at the MONTHLY WILDsound Screenplay Festival (see video on right for example of what you’ll get when you win).

Great way to promote your script!

Submissions take 3-5 weeks for evaluation. Looking for screenplays


Why this is the #1 Screenplay Festival and Contest in the World today!

 

– 0ffers screenwriters at all levels the fantastic opportunity to hear their scripts read aloud using TOP PROFESSIONAL ACTORS and showcased online for 1000s to see.

– This network currently averages over 90,000 unique visitors a day and growing.

– WATCH past and recent script winning readings! CLICK HERE and see what happens when your script wins. Now showcasing x5 more winners than in the past. At least 10 winners a month.

– One of the best places in the world for the writers to sell their script and/or obtain and agent. Over 80% of our winners obtain an agent.

– No matter what happens, you will receive full feedback on your script by our established WILDsound Reading Committee. No other place in the world will you get coverage for the price you pay.

– Even if you’re just looking for feedback on your script, this is the festival for you.

It’s there for all to see. The proof is in the viewership. These videos garner 1000s of views online. Some of the screenplay readings are more popular than actual studio films made!

– Also, all winners get to be a guest on WILDsound’s popular coast to coast radio show and promote your script and your career to the world!


SUBMIT the first scene/first moments (10 pages or less) of your screenplay
You will receive feedback on your script in 3-5 weeks

The RULES are simple:

1. Write your first scene/first moments. Edit the heck out of it.

2. Email your script to 1stscenescreenplay@wildsoundfestival.com in .pdf, .doc, .wpd, .rtf, or .fdr format.

In the body in the email please add your:
– FULL NAME
– CITY AND COUNTRY
– TITLE OF SCRIPT
– TYPE OF SCRIPT (1st scene entry)
– (optional) and a 1-2 line synopsis of your screenplay.

OR if you like to mail us your script with a check, please email us and we’ll make arrangements.

PLEASE ADD YOUR FULL CONTACT INFO (especially email address) on the title page of your script!

3. Pay the $25 submission fee ($15 OFF regular submission) via the button below (credit card or payment account) or include a cheque payable to WILDsound Film Festival. Please put your full contact info (name, email address) on a title page

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We also accept online submissions through Film Freeway. Click on the link BELOW to submit online through this middle-man resource website.

ALL SUBMITTED SCRIPTS GET FULL FEEDBACK – The goal of the WILDsound Film and Screenplay Festival is to help everyone involved grow as an artist, so we will offer feedback to jump start you to your next draft. If you are not fully satisfied with the feedback you receive, we will send it off to new committee members until you are fully satisfied. We understand where new and mid-level writers are coming from and we want to help you as much as we can.

WATCH past and recent script winning readings! CLICK HERE and see what happens when your script wins.


1st Scene Script Reading: STARBOUND, by Alex A Kecskes

Watch the June 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay

STARBOUND, by Alex A  Kecskes

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action

Ancient, alien DNA turns a retarded teen into a powerful, gifted emissary to an advanced civilization that visited earth millennia ago.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Tee Schneider
HECTOR – Geoff Mays
CHRISTINA – Kelci Stephenson
NAVARRO – Nathan Bragg
PRIEST – Julian Ford

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A writer doing a story on the Nazca Lines of Peru discovers that a once-abused young woman is the emissary for an advanced alien race.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The film poses the existential question: How would aliens contact us?

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Thought provoking

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

Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 – Directed by Robert Wise.)

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

11 Months

6. How many stories have you written?

Three screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The works of Carl Sagan and Philip K. Dickk

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Research on the Nazca Lines and human genetics.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, cinema, art, futuristic concepts.

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

Eager to hear my dialog performed by professional actors. Feedback was good and uncovered some minor points I hadn’t considered.

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

Persist and don’t listen to the naysayers.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson