FEATURE FILM: PEOPLE MAKE PLANS, by Sheri Smith

ACTORTitle: People Make Plans

Written by: Sheri Smith

Type: Feature Film

Genre: Drama, Family, Dramedy

Logline: A spiritual and uniquely engaging woman living in Hawaii struggles to find answers plaguing her life in paradise as she makes tough decisions in ending her marriage, keeping up her business/income, and struggling with the failing health of her beloved German Shepherd. Then the lava threatens to cut off the community.

WGA Registration Number: 1856667





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Feature Film: NAMESAKE, by Victoria Ryan-Bailey

ACTORTitle: Namesake

Written by: Victoria Ryan-Bailey

Type: Feature Film

Genre: Romantic, Period Drama, Family, History.

Logline: In 1619, a rowdy group of pirates rob a ship carrying 21 African servants and brings them to America. One servant Antonio Johnson works hard to become America’s first African-American freedman. He prospers, but not without trials. This is a story about Ameticans: Blacks, whites and Native Americans struggle side by side to survive slavery and build up these United States. A US Census worker meets a former slave who teaches him a valuable lesson about his surname and family values.





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Feature Film Video Pitch: Soul Drift, by Michael Vincent

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

A young guy looking for more out of life and discovering who he is and those around him that matter, in the backdrop of racing and competition.

Why should people know this story?

I believe in story telling we share our common interests and find either ourselves or someone we know and thats a cool affirmation to our humanity.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

youth passion

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Star Wars

How long have you been working on this story?

Over a year

How many stories have you written?

21 so far but not saying they are all great, yet.

What motivated you to write this story?

I meet a 17 year old kid drift racer and even thou he did not have a lot on money he scrapped the cash together to go race, I could see my youth in his passion.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, friends and family.

Feature Film Video Pitch: Space Truckers, by Michael D’Ambrosio

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

In a futuristic time, a mercenary, Mike Colby, is paid by his ex-wife and CEO of a galactic shipping corporation, Gemini, to deliver a treaty to militant aliens in their sector. Having a history with the aliens, Mike, takes on the job to find out how they got into this sector. When he meets with the alien general, he notices an odd device attached to their control panel that projects an image of all the space stations in that sector. When the alien general rejects the treaty (no surprise) Mike uses a series of flash and incendiary grenades to escape WITH the module. He escapes in his beat up shuttle and pursued by alien fighters. His ex-wife refuses to provide backup for him and leaves him to die. One of her female captains, Tisch, rescues Mike against her orders escalating an existing feud between the two. Making matters worse, Mike is smitten by the captain and determined to win her over. Upon their return to headquarters, Mike is drawn into the feud between them. In addition, the aliens threaten to destroy the shipping corporation if they don’t return the module. Mike hopes to maintain peace between them but Tisch believes Gemini is responsible for her father’s death and Gemini, who hoped to rekindle her relationship with Mike, is jealous over his interest in Tisch.

Why should people know this story?

It has a little bit of everything – spies, aliens, comedy, dysfunctional romance, horror, a sidekick, and a character for everyone.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Can’t Win.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Independence Day – Centropolis Pictures

How long have you been working on this story?

Over a year.

How many stories have you written?

Eleven novels (published), two short stories (published), six screenplays (none sold yet) and one TV series (13 episodes, also not sold yet).

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted something different that people could relate to. While the plot is simple for lead character Mike Colby (exterminate the aliens before they exterminate us), his ex-wife and the girl he courts complicate everything.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love futuristic movies which exploit complicated human issues

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

You need perseverence and the ability to objectively evaluate your story. Is it really marketable or just something you feel strongly about? Can I make others feel the passion of the story or do I hope that they’ll just like the characters? Is there a significant character arc in my characters to make this filmworthy and can it be done with a reasonable budget? These are things you need to consider before writing a story.

Feature Film Video Pitch: Turn the Tables, by Herschel Medlin & Dale Baker

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Turn the Tables by Herschel Medlin and Dale Baker. 1991: High school mobile DJ’s Travis and Carl set their sights on the DJ World Championship, while heartache, complicated home lives, and a rival DJ crew are all hell-bent on their destruction.

Why should people know this story?

This story can relate to everyone. It is about friendship, heartache, and overcoming obstacles while trying to find your way in the world. It is also fun and a different kind of story that can be thought of a musical using the era’s greatest dance hits.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Generation X.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Aliens (1986).

How long have you been working on this story?

Off and on for a couple of years.

How many stories have you written?

At least six.

What motivated you to write this story?

The co-author Dale Baker and I ran a mobile DJ business in high school and we used many real life events from that time to tell our story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Camping, guns, and spending time with family.

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

Keep writing. Listen to all the feedback you receive and at some point, you will have a story that you will be proud of.

Feature Film Video Pitch: Blackbird, by George Sweet

Get to know the writer:

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

The story is wrought on the grounds of a devilish murder plan, involving hate and revenge and a family fortune. Twists abound through the narrative, the denouement being revealed in one flash of action and which is clever enough to elude most all educated viewers. Scenes of sex and violence are used in the appropriate context to the plot and characters’ aims and not added in gratuitously.

Why should people know this story?

People should know this story because I believe it to be a good gripping entertainment.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Story in two words: Extreme Terror

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Most movies seen – too long a list to include the full works, but a selection of my top favourites would be: It Happened One Night, The Maltese Falcon, Murder My Sweet,

Singing in the Rain, Rear Window, Shane, Rififi, Crimes and Misdemeanors, One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest, Pulp Fiction.

How long have you been working on this story?

I have worked on the screenplay, on and off, for about a year.

How many stories have you written?

I have had published, for money, about eight short stories. I have written two full-length screenplays, one of which gained a gold award. In addition I have written two short screenplays and one very short screenplay, which also gained an award.

What motivated you to write this story?

Motivation? Hard to define. I am a committed writer and can’t add much more.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Other passions – politics, history, psychology, fiction in general and particularly crime fiction.

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

Don’t think I would be qualified to offer advice.

Video Pitch for State Secret, Feature Screenplay by Doug Kissock

Watch the Video Pitch Logline for STATE SECRET:

Get to know writer Doug Kissock:

1. What is the theme of your story?

Politics is a dirty business; one where perception is everything. It’s more important to be seen to be on the winning side than to be right. But whose side is right? Whose agenda can you trust? Where does the truth lay?

2. Why do people need to know about your story?

Because it’s inspired, in part, but a vein of truth. Everybody loves a good paranoid thriller — whether it’s THE PARALLAX VIEW, ENEMY OF THE STATE or THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, we all root for the innocent hero battling overwhelming odds and attempting to solve the mystery of the conspiracy itself. But every so often, people need to be reminded that from time to time, some conspiracy theories are rooted in truth. And as we all know — truth can be stranger than fiction…

3. How long have you been writing stories?

20 years

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

The Usual Suspects

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Robert Redford. Donnie & Mark Wahlberg. Antoine Fuqua. Peter Jackson. Roland Emmerich. Peter Dinklage. Halle Berry. Erica Tazel. Chris Hemsworth. Will Smith. Kevin Spacey and several hundred others.

6. How many stories have you written?

Not sure… 30?

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

Somewhere hot and dry with a glass of something cold!

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

No. No set routine but I prefer to write at night when the world is quiet. But I always write my main character into corners and then write myself/him/her out of those corners. That way I think the narrative becomes less predictable and more illustrative of the main character’s resolve and resources. I think it is possible (and destructive) to overplan a story in the same way a racing driver can overdrive a car. Sometimes the seat of yer pants and yer gut instinct are the best controls you can have.

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

Landscape photography. Music. And dogs! John Lennon (I think) said something like, “God is dog backwards,” and I so agree. Dogs are a gift to enrich all our lives. They offer unconditional love and trust so don’t betray them by mistreating them.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I thought it was a great idea. Fresh. Unique and a great use of technology.

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

Two things: write what motivates you. If it’s important to you — tell us all. Don’t write a clone of a superhero movie or a romcom just because of the box office success of the original. Tell us about something that makes you mad. Makes you passionate. Makes you cry with joy. Or makes us feel fear, curiosity, excitement, guilt or disgust. Just make sure it makes us feel something. And secondly: first drafts are always weak. Always. If the art of good writing is re-writing, then prepare to go through 6 – 8 drafts before it starts to take shape. Seriously. If you don’t have the patience/dedication or enthusiasm — don’t start draft one because you’ll just be wasting your time. And time is life’s most valuable resource.

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Feature Screenplay Video Pitch for MYA’S TRUTH, Screenplay by Thomas L. Ferguson

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Get to know writer Thomas L. Ferguson:

1. What is the theme of your story?

The central story is about being able to define your own path in life. My main character must learn to define her own destiny, instead of letting others define it for her.

2. Why do people need to know about your story?

I believe it is a universal story about love. Not just romantic love, but more important, the love one has for him or her self. There is also a sub plot about family and how they can make us or break us. I don’t know a single person who can’t relate to family influence when it comes to life decisions. On top of all of that internal struggle, there is plenty of external conflict. Secrets,lies, and betrayal… everything you want in an indie drama.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing on and off for about ten years… been serious about five.

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

The Color Purple. I watched that film dozens of times with my family growing up. I live three thousand miles away from them now, so I throw it on when I’m feeling homesick. I have to mention a very close second…Albert Brooks’ The Muse. The movie is about a writer getting his mojo back. When I feel I need a boost of writer energy… I throw that one on.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I’m a big horror fan so working with Wes Craven would be a dream. He is the father of modern horror to me. I also enjoy Christopher Nolan. He challenges me and I like a good challenge from time to time. And lets just say it… Spielberg. Who wouldn’t want to work with him. He’s a had a couple hits.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written four features on my own. Just started my fifth… a big budget horror script. I’ve co-written two… one of them being produced in 2012.

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

I love my current job in sports broadcasting, but I’m tired of writing on the side. My ideal life in five years would include me writing full time. I dream of the day when I can write all day and get paid for doing what I love.

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

I’m not a militant writer who does only one thing and that’s how it is. I usually come up with my beginning and ending scenes, then fill in the plot points in between. I write them down, then pray for the best. Most of the time, I end where I thought I would, but it is so refreshing when I end up in a totally different place. That is why I love being a writer, especially writing on spec. You go on a journey… just like a member of an audience. When I’m writing with a partner or writing for someone, I’m a little more disciplined because someone else is depending on you.

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

I love movies, so I spend so much of my time at the local multiplex… when i’m not at work. Although I love the big budget films, my passion truly lies with independent films. I spend a lot of time doing research at Film Independent. I love reading old scripts and learning about filmmaking in general. Outside of movies, I love to dance. That is my main source of exercise. I’ve always dreamed of being a background dancer for someone like Usher or Janet Jackson… it can happen!

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I’ve always doubted my work. That’s what artists do. Just like the main character in my story, I’m my own worst critic. One day, I decided to get a professional opinion of this story. Being a former reader for a producer and a script competition, I know that wowing a reader in the first few pages is crucial. I wanted to see how this story works in the first few pages. There aren’t many competitions out there that focus on the beginnings of a screenplay. I thought this would be a great opportunity to find out from professionals if my story is on the right track. I’m so grateful it was well received.

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

Stay focused. Don’t let negative comments defeat you. Believe in your abilities and don’t beat yourself up. We are writers. We are truth tellers. Know your truth and stick to it!

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Video Pitch for the Feature Screenplay OUTLAW TRAIL by Derek Stephen McPhail

Watch Video Pitch for the Feature Screenplay OUTLAW TRAIL:

Get to know the writer Derek Stephen McPhail:

1) What is the theme of your story?

as many writers are, consciously or unconsciously, inspired by the mythic hero’s journey, as I am a mixed-blood person, (Ojibwa/Haida/Scots/Norwegian/French/Basque); I chose to develop two characters, who are really the same character, who become challenged to embark on a hero’s journey, that reflect different communities: one an urban imperialist materialist culture and the other a rural tribal spiritual culture.

2) Why do people need to know about your story?

the global cultural conflicts between these cultures is currently putting human survival at risk, possibly in our lifetime.

3) How long have you been writing stories?

since I was a teenager, my story-telling found an outlet in songwriting; which, I pursued for approximately fifty years. it is only since I went back to Ryerson to study film, that I began to focus on short stories and screenplays.

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

as, I left home after high school and distanced myself from my family for many years, you could say I lived a version of the parable of the “prodigal son”.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

after spending a year hitch-hiking through the Andes, with my now deceased wife, I’m particularly impressed with a number of Hispanic artists: Juan Jose Campanella – writer/director, Gonzalo Gutierrez – production designer, Anderson Debernardi – designer and Robert Rodriguez – writer/director/etc.

6) How many stories have you written?

have written two feature film scripts. however, since I finished my latest draft of “Outlaw Trail”, I’m now focusing on a re-write of my first screenplay, a supernatural time-travel thriller, “Dreaming Together”. then, I will begin my first draft of my third script from an existing outline, I’m calling, “Farby & Nearaway”, a love story set in Peru.

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

in five years, I would like to be in Peru, shooting my third script.

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

my writing process, that first evolved with my songwriting, is slightly schizophrenic; as, part takes place in my dream state and part in my waking state. the outline begins in a dream. as my scripts have all taken years to evolve, I then spend months doing massive literary and internet research on the location and period. as I begin to visualize specific scenes in my dreams, I wake myself up and type it into my computer. after the spine of the story’s scenic progression and the characters evolve, I begin endless re-writes, defining the scenic description and appropriate dialogue as elegantly, as possible.

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

after spending much of my childhood overwhelmed by autism, as I become empowered to define my personal territory, I devoted myself to developing the numerous skill sets required to perform as a singer/guitarist, actor and martial artist. when I found the love of my life, I focused more on being a husband/parent/provider and worked primarily as a carpentry contractor building housing, film & theatre sets and staging. as my son and daughter are now both grown up, on their own and have made me a grandpa three times over; I consider them the creative projects I’m most proud of. as I am once again living alone, I am focused on acting and writing.

10) What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

WILDsound Festival was a local outfit.

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

advice for those interested in becoming writers, hmmm:
– the most important tool is to spend the rest of your life keeping journals; so, you embrace the habit of writing down your random useful thoughts on a daily basis.
– learn to take care of yourself, by going into serious training: regular exercise, get a handle on any substance abuse, be modest in your consumption of sugar and wheat products, don’t eat after 9:00 pm, (which, will help you get a decent sleep); and, practice regular meditation.
– being creative is the same as being spiritual. this is the same as maintaining your bond with nature and your ancestors. as all species are your genetic and spiritual relations, your bond with nature and your ancestors is really the same thing. you, then, don’t have to have parents who are status natives to recognize that, we are all part of one human race.

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Video Pitch for LOVE AND LET DIE, Feature Script by Stephanie Sharp

Get to know writer Stephanie Sharp:

1) What makes your story unique and also engaging?

After his arrogance leads to a DUI accident in which his wife and four others lose their lives, Daniel is visited by an angel who sends him back through time to his high school days for a second chance at life and in doing so, gives Daniel the opportunity to save Nicole’s life via an ultimate sacrifice. This ‘divine’ offer is due mainly in part to Nicole’s repeated prayer requests for Daniel and the uplifting of his heavy heart. Can Daniel change things, or is his “redo” destined to end the same as his first? Daniel’s decision becomes evident through the redemption and heart-breaking sacrifice he portrays in the story and the decision he makes to save Nicole’s life. This premise of the story basically highlights the strong points in the script outlining the concept of this inspirational, faith-based, fantasy film.

**The official ‘Movie Script Video Pitch’ as well as top-rated script reviews can be accessed via the following website at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX2cmlo-IeE&feature=youtu.be&hd=1as well as a table read (via professional actors) of the infamous ‘drunk-driving scene’ (that ultimately takes Nicole’s life) via the following website at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_kEHUytLzA. The actual script itself can be accessed viahttp://www.screenwritershowcase.com/scripts/s724.pdf for a full review as well as a view of the promotional movie poster at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1639089772983164&l=b6a708a7e4.

2) Why does the world need to know about your story?

Given the films currently being released by Hollywood, there is a strong need for more uplifting and inspirational films that speak to the heart. There is a generally broad audience for this particular genre so when a script that truly speaks to the heart presents itself, it would be wise for people to take notice. There is also a message within the depth of the story that addresses bullying and it’s affect on our family, friends and society as a whole. We should never pass up the opportunity to have our lives touched and our spirits heightened, be it through visuals, literates or our own lives.
Official Script Reviews:

“This is one of the better single-location scripts I’ve seen, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually got made somewhere down the road.” — Lynne Pembroke Professional Screenplay Coverage (Coverscript.com)
“I think this story is an excellent idea. I particularly liked ‘Love and Let Die’ as a recurring theme. The idea of emotional sacrifice for others is very profound and important for everyone to learn, especially the young. I would love to see this play.”

— The Talentville Town Council

“This was a great story of sacrifice and redemption.” — **** Jonathan McCorvey (Screenwriter)

“The possible making of a strong film.” — LS (Critique Section of Writer’s Literary Services)
“A good marketable story line.” — Sam Sherman (Script Editor)

“A script that is fittingly concise, ensuring that it is a fast read with a great surprising (yet unexpected ending) and that explores big thems meant for movies with fascinating ‘what if’ questions.” — 2014 Sunscreen Film Festival Coverage

3) What type of music do you see in your story if it was made into a movie?

Due to the reference of a specific time period, much of the related music will be inspired from that time-frame as well as inspirational genres that seem to relate to specific emotions portrayed in the film. I have a couple of song preferences (ie suggestions) whose lyrics had inspired a couple of scenes and that fit nicely within the emotional realm of the story as well as deliver those sub-textual elements that the script and dialogue together cannot. However, based on producer/director’s personal and professional preference, additional songs may provide even more of an emotional impact with overall promotional aspect of storyline. Please let me know if you are interested and I would be more than happy to provide those specific suggestions (song choices) for your review.

4) What film have you seen the most in your life?

I am a sucker for 80’s suburbia type movies, such as Goonies (for example). I have seen Goonies several dozen times and refer to it as one of my all-time favorites.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

Ironically, I see more of a potential need for new up-and-coming artists, actors, etc. who are trying to make their stand in the world of entertainment and I stand firm in the possibility of giving these individuals a chance to stake their claim in this world of uncertainty as they are given a chance to play out roles of endearment, love and positivity.

6) Other than writing and movies, what else are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about vintage black and white stock photography. I have personally designed a website (via an on-line store) called ‘Memories and Beyond (Vintage Stock Photography) which can be accessed via the net at http://memoriesandbeyond.com/.

7) Do you have a set writing routine?

I make it a habit to use each evening, after returning home from a full-time administrative position, to write at least 1-2 hours prior to bedtime.

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