APOCALYPSE Stories from the Writing Festival

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ACTORBest Scene Reading of GATES OF HELL
August 2015 Reading
Written by Pamela Green

ACTORFIRST SCENE – WAYFARERS
November 2014 Reading
Written by Arnon Z. Shorr

ACTORNOVEL Chapter 5 – The Origin of F.O.R.C.E.
October 2015 Reading
Written by Sam B Miller II

ACTOR1ST SCENE SCRIPT – MOTHER AND SON
September 2014 Reading
Written by David Serra

ACTORTV PILOT – THE PURE
February 2014 Reading
Written by Jessica Seguin

ACTORTV PILOT – Max Cobra
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brad Heisler

Watch THRILLER/SUSPENSE Stories from the Writing and Film Festival:

Watch the Winning Thriller 1st Scene Reading of MY LAST DUCHESS

Deadline November 5th: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback
http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

1st Scene: MY LAST DUCHESS by Grant Reid

SYNOPSIS:

When recently single Thomas moves next door and strikes a friendship with Catherine, Alexander spirals into a dark paranoia. With his sanity at stake Alexander is on the brink of losing everything.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Q Wilson
Catherine – Alissa DeGrazia
Thomas – Jacob Klick
Alexander – Rob Young
Duke – Todd Dulmage

Watch Winning Thriller 1st Scene Script Reading of 66 WEST

Deadline September 15th for Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival
https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

1ST SCENE SCRIPT – 66 WEST
December 2013 Reading
Written by Christopher Willis

SYNOPSIS:

In 1934, a fourteen-year-old girl dreams of the riches and lifestyle of Hollywood. When her pitiful dustbowl life is destroyed by a tornado, she follows her dream west on Route 66. Two men chase after her: a retired sheriff who believes in her innocence and a brutal gangster determined to even the score with her for killing his brother. With a little help from friends made along the way, she reaches Hollywood and finds out that her real life is much richer than the one she dreams about.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Judy Thrush
MILLIE – Christina Santos
PA/ROGER – Jerald Bezener
MA – Angelica Alejandro
MR. BROWN – Luke Gallo
HENRY – Toyin Ajimati

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Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback
http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

– Submit the first stages of your film, get it performed at the festival, and get full feedback!

WATCH past 1st Scene Festival readings:

Thriller Short Screenplay: GRAVEL HEART by Michael Curtis

Deadline September 15th for Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival
https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

Short Screenplay: GRAVEL HEART
by Michael Curtis

SYNOPSIS:

A 14-year-old puts his life in jeopardy when he confronts a neighbor for killing his dog. The script is loosely based on something that happened to me about 10 years ago when a man shot and killed one of my dogs for what seemed like sport. Just meanness. Gravel Heart is a reimagined version – kind of a gritty coming of age story that explores loss and the limits of retribution.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Angelica Alejandro
Tommy – Nathan Kohn
Brick – Jason Martorino
Cosgrove – Jason J. Thomas
Celia – Stephanie Seaton

Thriller Feature Screenplay Winning Reading – BESA, by Michael Miceli

Deadline to Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival:
https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

Watch the Winning Script Reading of BESA:

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Mob, Thriller, Suspense, Family, Drama, Violence,

Besa is the story of a loyal Italian father, forced to defend his son who has inadvertently sparked a New York mob war between Sicilian and Albanian crime families.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sedina Fiati
Gino – Peter Nelson
Ilir – Roman Spera
Uke – Jarrid Terrell
Carmine Jr. – Robert Notman
Valbona – Erynn Brook
Valbona – Steve Rizzo

Watch Winning Thriller Feature Screenplay Reading of FLEET WEEK: EVANESCENCE

Submit your THRILLER/SUSPENSE Short Film and get it shown at the FEEDBACK Film Fesival:
http://www.thrillersuspensefestival.com

Watch Feature Screenplay: FLEET WEEK: EVANESCENCE
by David Redstone

SYNOPSIS:

A Navy ex-SEAL goes independently active to rescue his kidnapped niece from the ghostly world of undersea ‘Neathers’.

Watch Interview with David Redstone:
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2014/12/08/david-redstone-winning-feature-screenplay-fleet-week-evanscence/

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
KRYSTEL JANELLI – Erin Boyes
TOM GILMORE – Julian Ford
DEREK GARNET – Andy Bridge
CAPTAIN BERTREL – Chris Huron
RAY KELVIN – Aaron Rothermund
VARIOUS PEOPLE – Frances Townend

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Deadline July 31st: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

Watch FIX FACTORY, Thriller Feature Screenplay Reading

FIX FACTORY, Feature Script by Kyle Jenkins
Reading of the full screenplay:

SYNOPSIS:

“After an all-night bender, alcoholic, wannabe family man Lawrence Tijman wakes up in the hospital sporting a mysterious bite mark and a sudden resolution to start his life all over again. During Lawrence’s journey to kick the bottle and become a responsible adult, he’s confronted by an orphaned child, a girlfriend who’s had enough and a guilt-ridden stranger determined to teach Lawrence how to live with his newly discovered thirst for blood, which proves to be far worse than his thirst for booze.”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Stecyk
LAWRENCE – Dan Cristofori
WILLIAM – Jason Martorino
BRENDA – Silvina Andrea D’Alessandro
STEVE ALLEN – Neil Bennett
ALEX – Gabriel Darku
WENDY – Cindy Landerman

10 Questions from the September 2014 Feature Screenplay Winner Kyle Jenkins:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about Lawrence, a down on his luck, hopeless alcoholic who’s hit rock bottom and has decided to pull his life together. As soon as Lawrence makes some progress and feels like he’s cleaning up his act, he’s confronted by a thirst within himself that’s far worse than the first: a thirst for blood. After Lawrence’s blood lust leads him to murdering a seemingly innocent man and kidnapping that man’s orphaned child, a stranger named William steps into the picture to help Lawrence harness and control his thirst as Lawrence gradually absorbs the lifestyle of a vampire. As Lawrence attempts to develop some kind of control over his new affliction and to accept that his survival depends on denying life to others, his own life and everyone else in it is sucked in by a rapid downward spiral and spat out by a violent climax that they’ll never be able to forget.

2. Why should your script be made into a film?

I believe my script should be made into a film because it’s an original and uncompromising tale about the destructive reach of addiction that’s woven into a mythology indirectly tied to that addiction, which is a growing epidemic in our country due to the widespread abuse of prescription pills (and how easy it is to get them) and, of course, abuse of alcohol and other drugs. I’ve also seen movies where vampires suffer and despise/feel guilt over the horrible things they need to do in order to survive (such as Interview With the Vampire and Let The Right One In) and that’s something I wanted to be present in this script. These vampires are people, first and foremost. They rationalize things in order to convince themselves that they deserve to survive, despite that their survival is costing the lives of others. Lawrence’s thirst for blood, when unsatisfied, is as relentless and unforgiving as an alcoholic’s thirst for the sauce. Satisfying that thirst becomes as important to an addict as oxygen. And they’ll do anything to get it. Anything.

Being that addiction is such a massive affliction on our country right now, I believe that audiences would be able to relate to Lawrence’s struggle as well as to the struggle of those in his life who are forced to suffer the consequences of his addiction. The story could certainly help non-addicts begin to understand what drives an addict and how an addict’s actions during active addiction don’t make them terrible people. Despite that addiction is one of the oldest diseases on the planet, it’s still widely misunderstood by those who don’t suffer from it.

And, not to mention, who doesn’t love vampire movies?

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I think I wrote my first screenplay during my junior year of high school. I was on a trip to Florida to visit colleges I was planning on applying to (ironically, the one college I decided not to visit in Florida on that trip, The University of Miami, is the one I ended up attending) and I was spending a lot of time on the road. For whatever reason, I picked up a notebook and started to write a short script. Couldn’t say why that was the beginning but it ended up being so nonetheless.

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

Jaws. Hands down. I used to watch Jaws every time I went over to my grandmother’s house as a kid. She would make me popcorn, melt butter and pour it all over the popcorn for me. Haha so healthy, I know. But I could never get enough of that movie. Not then and not now (I might have to go watch it after I finish these questions). To this day, Robert Shaw’s death scene terrifies me more than just about any other death scene in film history. Not to mention, the USS Indianapolis scene remains my favorite movie scene of all time. It never fails to give me chills.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Oh man, too many to list. Most of my choices are pretty obvious but they’re obvious for a reason: they’re among the finest filmmakers in Hollywood. But number one for me would be David Fincher. He’s my favorite director of all-time. The amount of control he has over his stories is unprecedented. Some people give him flack for the “ridiculous” amount of takes he does. But, forget that! The guy is there to make the best movie he possibly can and he certainly succeeds every time. So if it works for him (and everyone else involved in his movies), then why hate on it? Aside from David Fincher I would say writer/director John Carpenter, writer/director Quentin Tarantino (obviously), writer/director Scott Frank, writer/director Matthew Vaughn, writers/directors The Coen Brothers, writer/director Christopher Nolan, writer/director Kathryn Bigelow, writer/director James Cameron, writer/director Eli Roth, writer/director Michael Mann, writers/directors The Twisted Twins and, uh, yeah I’ll stop now.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Well, I don’t really count my first 2 screenplays as screenplays because I wrote them before I really had any idea of what the hell I was doing. So, not counting them I’ve written 4. I’ve written 3 of my own original screenplays and I was hired to rewrite a screenplay for somebody else.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

I understand that it’s not realistic to be a bigshot in Hollywood within the next 5 years for just about anybody, although I am working towards that haha. But right now I am pursuing a career in journalism and I’m writing for an online magazine. In my free time, I’m still developing screenplays and hoping that I can eventually sell them to Hollywood.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I usually start out by putting together a detailed outline for the screenplay. I get ideas all the time and I’ve never had an issue with writer’s block. If anything, my issue is having too many ideas and not being able to decide which one means enough to me to revolve an entire screenplay around. But I generally get an idea and then I put together a detailed outline. And it’s always detailed, maybe too detailed, because I can’t resist writing everything down. Once I have the outline complete, I write the first draft of the script at a pace of between 5 to 10 pages a day (depending on my work schedule). Once I finish the first draft, I revise, and revise and revise and revise and revise and revise . . . until I’m semi-happy enough with it (I’m really hard on myself) and I’m ready to submit it to a competition.

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

I’m passionate about learning to live a simple life, about not letting the problems of the world determine my level of contentment and about doing the next right thing every day. I’m also passionate about Lyme Disease awareness because I have been afflicted with this disease (the largest epidemic in the United States) for about 20 years of my life now.

10. What influenced you to enter the Script Contest?

Was influenced by a random tweet from the WILDSound Twitter account to join the contest. After putting off contests for years (I’m very self-critical) I decided to take a chance and enter the contest. I’m happy I did!

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

Keep at it. If you’re meant to do it, you’ll know it, especially if you stop doing it. When you’re meant to write and you stop writing, you feel that void. And it’ll always be there until you write again. Don’t listen to the critic in your brain that’s constantly telling you “this is crap and you should just quit now.” Even if it is crap, just know that we all have to write crap in order to learn how to not write crap. Just like we all make mistakes in order to learn how to not make mistakes. That’s life. And if you’re afraid of “failure,” just know that as long as you try, there’s no such thing as failure.

Part 2: Read THRILLER/SUSPENSE TV Pilot Loglines and Pitches

Deadline Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival
https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

Read the best of Thriller TV PILOT Ideas and Loglines:

CLICK the LINK and read them:

Title: THE HAPPENING
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_happening_by_d_nesmith.html

Written by: D. Nesmith

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Type: TV PILOT

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Title: DAZZLELAND
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dazzleland_by_amy_amani.html

Written by: Amy Amani

Genre: Thriller, Romance, Suspence

Type: TV PILOT

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Title: HYDRA
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hydra_by_darlyne_franklin.html

Written by: Darlyne Franklin

Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Type: TV PILOT

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Title: INSIDE OUT
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/inside_out_by_isaac_maxwell-hunt.html

Written by: Isaac Maxwell-Hunt

Genre: Crime/Thriller/Scifi/Horror

Type: TV PILOT Screenplay

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Title: THREAD
http://www.wildsound.ca/thread_by_hannah_hightower.html

Written by: Hannah Hightower

Genre: Thriller/Action

Type: TV Pilot

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Title: THE JOKER

http://www.wildsound.ca/the_joker_by_joe_smith.html

Written by: Joe Smith

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Type: TV Screenplay – Pilot

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Title: THE LAST MUSKETEER
http://www.wildsound.ca/the_last_musketeer_by_ed_vaughn.html

Author: Ed Vaughn

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime

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Title: WORLDS END
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/worlds_end_by_david_greenberg.html

Written by: David Greenberg

Type: TV SCRIPT

Genre: Political, Thriller, Mystery

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Title: HONESUKI
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/honesuki_by_elizabeth_ibba_armancas.html

Written by: Elizabeth “Ibba” Armancas

Type: TV SCREEENPLAY based on Hannibal Script

Genre: Thriller, Crime

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Title: GENOME
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/genome_by_anna_geldart.html

Written by: Anna Geldart

Genre: Crime Thriller/ Sci-Fi

Type: TV PILOT Screenplay

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Title: CELTIC BLOOD
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/celtic_blood_by_richard_william_masterson.html

Written by: Richard William Masterson

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Crime Thriller

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Title: BLOOD BROTHERS

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/blood_brothers_by_asim_abraham.html

Written by: ASIM ABRAHAM

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller.

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Title: THE GLITCH
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_glitch_by_greg_wessman.html

Written by: Greg Wessman

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Thriller

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Title: KODAK MOMENT
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/kodak_moment_by_john_cruz_alarid.html

Written by: John Cruz Alarid

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Drama, Political, Crime, Thriller

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Title: BAD MADISON
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/bad_madison_by_matt_l_oconnor.html

Written by: Matt L. O’Connor

Type: TV SCRIPT

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Western

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Title: FUTURE TENSE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/future_tense_by_kyle_williamson.html

Written by: Kyle Williamson

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

Type: TV PILOT/Mini Series/Feature

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Title: INCENDIARY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/incendiary_by_shadrach_michaels.html

Written by: Shadrach Michaels

Genre: Thriller

Type: TV PILOT

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Title: OUR DEMONS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/our_demons_by_ed_vassie.html

Written by: Ed Vassie

Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller.

Type: TV PILOT

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Title: WORLDS APART
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/worlds_apart_by_robert_cannon.html

Written by: Robert Cannon

Genre: Fantasy/Thriller

Type: TV PILOT

Watch Thriller Feature Screenplay Reading of THE DEVIL’S LARCENY

Deadline July 20th to submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay:
http://www.thrillersuspensefestival.com

THE DEVIL’S LARCENY, Feature Script Reading, by Howard Fridkin

SYNOPSIS:

NOTE: There is a TWIST in the end of this script. So pay attention!

The story is about two young law students, Steven & Katie, engaged to be married, who are researching the crimes of a dead pedophiliac serial killer for an important law assignment. As they begin delving into the killer’s psyche and the lives of his deceased victims, they begin noticing certain character traits resembling their own and eventually realize the horror that he is the reincarnation of the killer and she is the reincarnation of his last female victim.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
KATIE – Kirsten Nolan
STEVEN – John Goodrich
PROF. ROTHBINE – Gabriel Dumas
DR. BURMAN – Roman Spera
SARAH – Stephanie Schmid
JUNE – Ida Jagaric
DET. DESMOND – David Schaap

Get to know writer Howard Fridkin:

1. What is your FEATURE SCRIPT about?

Elements of the scenario have to be curtailed to prevent spoilers and the setup of a twist ending. The story is about two young law students, Steven & Katie, engaged to be married, who are researching the crimes of a dead pedophiliac serial killer for an important law assignment. As they begin delving into the killer’s psyche and the lives of his deceased victims, they begin noticing certain character traits resembling their own and eventually realize the horror that he is the reincarnation of the killer and she is the reincarnation of his last female victim. Katie, in order to survive Steven’s pursuing obsession to kill her, must plan to murder him first — but who’s going to believe her ludicrous story?

2. Why should your script be made into a film?

This is a highly unique psychological thriller which has never been executed in this type of fashion before. The credible blend of suspense and supernatural events (a la: “Psycho” meets “The Exorcist”) will throw the audience into a new realm of terror and thoroughly surprise them with its complex, yet all accountable twist ending. This makes for a low budget, high concept spec script with enough audience appeal for a commercial success.

3. How long have you been writing?

Since the 70s, but as a hobby and always for fun. I began taking writing seriously in the 90s and have since been aspiring to earn recognition.

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

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (it’s a religion with me).

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Clint Eastwood

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Eight.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Love to be earning a living by doing what I love: writing and, eventually, direct.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I try to write every day, even it if isn’t the main story I am working on. I may watch a film or listen to music that puts me into a certain mood for a story. Depending on the subject matter I’m writing about, I watch specific films to inspire me but then I make sure I go the extra 100 miles to create a new formula for that respective genre.

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

I’m an incurable movie addict by nature and have been since I saw my first episode of the original TV show “The Outer Limits” at age 4. I’m also a fervent memorabilia and classic toy collector and have been declared by Joe Clokey (son of “Gumby” creator Art Clokey) “the biggest Gumby collector in the world.”

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

I truly believe that a table read is the next best thing in seeing my script on the big screen — so I entered my new thriller “The Devil’s Larceny.”

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

I hate to use cliches, but when one really works, you have to go with it. Winston Churchill said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” And getting professional feedback on your screenplay doesn’t hurt either.