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In each episode, our host Matthew Toffolo talks storytelling and film. Conversations with film professionals and great storytelling moments.

WILDsound: The Film Podcast Matthew Toffolo - Wildcard Pictures Corp.

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In each episode, our host Matthew Toffolo talks storytelling and film. Conversations with film professionals and great storytelling moments.

    EP. 1270 - Filmmaker Chris Hinton & Brian Todd (SYNTHETIC HOPE)

    EP. 1270 - Filmmaker Chris Hinton & Brian Todd (SYNTHETIC HOPE)

    SYNTHETIC HOPE, 16min., USA
    Directed by Chris Hinton
    Faced with certain death a young girl unleashes a mysterious AI to help her escape.

    https://www.instagram.com/synthetic_hope

    Get to know the filmmaker:

    Listening to the first 30 seconds of Gravastar by Hybrid when I was sick. It sounds like what a robot would hear when it’s booting up. I thought to myself what scenario could I create to have this in live action. So I wrote a story that created this situation. Unfortunately I couldn’t get Hybrid to let me use the song. I was close though, they were talking to me about it. Also I want to say, recent advances in AI motivated this story as well, there are a lot of unknowns as to how this emerging technology will be used.

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    EP. 1269 - Filmmaker Sammy Verni (Low Down Larry Versus the Giant Reptile)

    EP. 1269 - Filmmaker Sammy Verni (Low Down Larry Versus the Giant Reptile)

    Low Down Larry Versus the Giant Reptile, 7min., USA
    Directed by Sammy Verni
    In their latest adventure together, Larry and Spike set out in a time machine to be the first to bring a living dinosaur back with them to present day. They’ve already been to the Moon and back, but this time have they gone too far?

    Get to know the filmmaker:

    Low Down Larry Versus the Giant Reptile is the second in a series of shorts that I have made based on a comic book character I used to draw when I was about ten years old. I see it as a love letter to that time in my life as well as an homage to sci fi b movies, classic stop motion and the Saturday morning cartoons that I grew up with.

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    EP. 1268 - Filmmaker Paul Ambe Ngang (CLAIRE)

    EP. 1268 - Filmmaker Paul Ambe Ngang (CLAIRE)

    CLAIRE, 25min., USA
    Directed by Paul Ambe Ngang
    Committed to getting his crush to love him, Mark uses an AI to snoop into her private life; but when the AI unexpectedly develops love for him and spite for her, he must choose the AI or lose everything.

    https://www.instagram.com/claireshortfilm/

    Get to know the filmmaker:

    I started to write this when it started to be a hot topic in 2023. Soon after the writers strike happened so I felt like it was now or never to get the story going.

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    EP. 1267 - Screenwriter Kristine Spindler Denton (WHAT ARE BEST FRIENDS FOR?)

    EP. 1267 - Screenwriter Kristine Spindler Denton (WHAT ARE BEST FRIENDS FOR?)

    Watch the Screenplay Reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG9Sloz1fUg

    A woman who ran away from her past discovers that you can’t, as it catches up to her and drops off a 5 year old on her doorstep which forces her to grow up, face her past and move forward more honestly.

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    EP. 1266 - Filmmaker Kristin Hildebrand (MELIORA)

    EP. 1266 - Filmmaker Kristin Hildebrand (MELIORA)

    MELIORA, 20min,. Estonia
    Directed by Kristin Hildebrand
    Emma is a perfectionistic painter with a rich husband and great style. But it soon becomes clear that her perfect life is merely an illusion. Emma is forced to navigate self-doubt, jealousy and to face the darkest parts of herself. Her repressed emotions come to life in the form of a Monster, who shows no mercy to those who have wronged her. In the end, Emma must choose between staying in her gilded cage or facing the Monster.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt32384134/

    Get to know the filmmaker:

    This film began as something completely personal, a result of spiraling mental health and feeling unable to express myself artistically. I was trying to capture a certain emotion and then built a plot and message around it. As the themes became more clear I became more motivated to see the project through; when I discussed the idea with people, especially other women, I realized that I wasn’t alone in many of the things I felt. I met with several female painters to learn more about the struggles they’ve faced in their careers and it was uncanny how similar their stories were to what I had written, down to a similarly abusive relationship. It made me feel like I was on the right track, that it wasn’t just a selfish ego project but something that could resonate with audiences and make people feel heard.

    I researched a lot about emotional abuse and the effects it has on victims. The common denominator is that they get isolated, cut off from loved ones and dependent on their abuser, in Emma’s case both emotionally and financially. When your self-worth becomes so tied to another person’s opinion of you, the smallest look or word can cut deep and drive you insane, yet leaving the relationship feels impossible. I think there is a certain power in art and especially film language to communicate things that we might not otherwise be able to put into words. We worked hard with my cinematographer Luisa

    Valgiste and sound designer Venla Rummukainen to put viewers in Emma’s headspace.

    20 minutes is a very short time to dive deep into something but I hope that if nothing else we managed to capture that feeling of being trapped.

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    EP. 1265 - Filmmaker Joe McGowan (P IS FOR PENIS)

    EP. 1265 - Filmmaker Joe McGowan (P IS FOR PENIS)

    P IS FOR PENIS, 9min., UK
    Directed by Joe McGowan
    An overdue catch up down the pub between two old friends is thrown into chaos by the inclusion of a terrifying third wheel with an embarrassing secret.

    http://www.thejoemcgowan.co.uk/
    https://instagram.com/joe_mcgowan88

    Get to know the filmmaker:

    I wanted to make a film that focused on an escalating absurd premise. I love a good sitcom that is led by strong, memorable characters who find themselves in a bit of a pickle. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is by far my favourite show for this. The way the characters talk and treat each other always cracks me up and the levels of escalating circumstances in that show are second to none. I approached this film like I was writing a scene from a sitcom, as ultimately that’s what I would love to do in the future.

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

unhappy8822777 ,

Great podcast!

Such a great resource for writers, filmmakers, and creatives to explore the creation of a script and how different writers work!

Cathaun ,

Love this podcast.

Loved the discussions. Kierston and Matt explore a lot, quickly. For tha filmmakers, this is so generous!

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