Writing Festival Deadlines Today: Novel, Poetry, Feature Screenplay, TV PILOT and SPEC Screenplay

WILDsound Festival

DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html

Deadline TODAY: SUBMIT your NOVEL (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted)
And we’ll make it into a MOVIE
http://www.wildsound.ca/audio_video_book.html

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Deadline: 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/winning_screenplays.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

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Deadline: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

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Interview with filmmaker Laura Garcia (Winning Short Film ALEX)

WILDsound Festival

I thought that the feedback video was one of the best gifts this short film could bring me. Everything the audience said was so precise, every emotion… They captured the essence of the film! I never thought it could go so far. It really inspired me to keep on working.

– Laura Garcia’s reaction to watching the Audience FEEDBACK Video from the WILDsound Festival

Watch the AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:

The Short Film ALEX was the Winner of Best FILM from the March 2015 WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo interviews director Laura Garcia:

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

Laura: I was interested in adolescence and identity so adoption came up to my mind. Alex, the adopted girl in the film, wants to know more about her origin so she decides to meet her mother but hiding her identity. I thought that decision was strong enough to write…

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Photography in Film. The art of Cinematography

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY
FILMMAKING NOTES

Cinematography is the art of manipulating light and shadow, and capturing it as a moving image. We’ll be posting articles and insights – maybe a bit of inspiration too! Whether you’re a pro or have hardly picked up a camera except to point and shoot at a birthday party, we hope you’ll find some useful information below.

CINEMATOGRAPHY – SHOTS AND CAMERA ANGLES

QUESTIONS TO ASK:
-What is the best viewpoint for filming this position of the event?
-How much area should be included in this shot?

SCENE defines the place or setting where the action is laid
SHOT defines a continuous view filmed by one camera without interruption
SEQUENCE A series of scenes or shots complete in itself.

TYPES OF CAMERA ANGLES
OBJECTIVE The audience point of view
SUBJECTIVE The camera acts as the viewers eyes-movement
POINT OF VIEW What the character is seeing

CAMERA…

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The ART of ART DIRECTION and PRODUCTION DESIGN in the movies.

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

ART DIRECTING
FILMMAKING NOTES

Production Design – the domain of the art director – is the visual art and craft of cinematic storytelling. The most important job that no one outside teh industry knows about

The art director renders the screenplay in visual metaphors, a color palette, architectural and period specifics, location designs and sets. It also coordinates the costumes, makeup and hairstyles. They create a cohesive pictorial scheme that directly informs and supports the story and its point of view

SETTINGS ARE NOT MERELY BACKDROPS FOR THE ACTION, BUT SYMBOLIC EXTENSIONS OF THE THEME AND CHARACTERIZATIONS

REAL ISN’T ALWAYS BEST FOR THE FILM; CREATING A WORLD WITH ITS OWN INNER LOGIC AND TRUTH IS.

FINDING THE LOOK OF THE FILM
-The looks of a film comes out of the content and the director’s conception of the story.
-A working metaphor, a specific psychological, atmospheric and emotional image of what…

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TV Spec Screenplay of NEW GIRL “Career Day”, by Melissa K Willis (plus interview)

WILDsound Festival

Watch the TV SPEC Screenplay of NEW GIRL:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
JESS – Erynn Brook
SCHMIDT – Rob Salerno
NICK/BANKS – John Marcucci
CECE – Leah Doz
WINSTON – Peter Bent
COACH – Mark Sparks
STUDENT 1 – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
STUDENT 2 – Jillian Cameron

Get to know winning writer Melissa K. Willis:

1. What is the TV spec script of the NEW GIRL TV show about?

A: Jess is in charge of her school’s career day, which she hates, and she’s afraid she’s going to get fired if she screws it up. She’s under a lot of pressure to get it right; and after Nick and Winston’s old friend from Chicago, Banks, shows up, everyone sort of reevaluates what they’ve done with their lives so far. His presence presents a whole different set of challenges for Schmidt because Banks is super human AND the anti-Schmidt.

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Interview with Winning Novelist David John Roberts III (THE SZGANY CHRONICLES)

WILDsound Festival

Watch the 1st Chapter Novel Reading of THE SZGANY CHRONICLES: THE UNTOLD TALES OF DRACULA

Novel performed by Mark Sparks

Get to know winning writer David John Roberts III:

1. What is your novel about?

My novel is a sequel to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” It is the fictional account of Dracula’s reconstitution after he was thought to be destroyed by the vampire hunters.

2. Why should people read your novel?

My novel is action-filled, suspenseful and includes rich, well-rounded characters with interesting conflicts.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing for several years.

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

Angels in America

5. What artists would you love to work with?

All deceased. Salvador Dali, Michelangelo.

6. How many stories have you written?

3

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

Exactly where I am right now…

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TV SPEC Screenplay for GIRLS “Camping”, by Yolanda R Easiley (plus interview)

WILDsound Festival

    Watch the GIRLS “Camping” TV Spec Screenplay Reading:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Val Cole
    HANNAH – Jillian Cameron
    MARNIE – Erynn Brook
    JESSA – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
    SHOSHANNA/THERESA – Leah Doz
    ADAM – John Marcucci
    TOM – Peter Bent
    RAY – Rob Salerno

Matthew Toffolo interview winning writer Yolanda R Easiley:

Matthew: What is the TV spec script of the GIRLS TV show about?

Yolanda: Hannah (Lena Dunham), needs to picked up from the airport, so she calls on her friend’s for help. Unfortunately, something as easy as an airport pickup becomes extremely complicated. Someone dies, friendships are tested, pimps are beat-up and Airport Security becomes a serious issue.

Matthew: Why does this script fit into the context of the show?

Yolanda: The TV show, GIRLS, is driven by intense human emotion. Simple tasks are always turned into huge challenges, because the main characters aren’t able to cope. I believe…

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