POWER – Watch TV Pilot Reading by Hisonni Johnson (Green Lantern Pilot)

Watch the May 2016 WInning TV Pilot Reading.


Watch the May 2016 WInning TV Pilot Reading. 



Genre: Comic book, Drama, Sci Fi, Action, Superhero

Synopsis: A tragic turns of events leaves one of the world’s greatest heroes injured, without his powers and public enemy number one.


NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
JOHN – Mark Sparks
SANDRA – Lavinia Latham
SHIERA – Isabella Bontorin
DENNIS – Neil Kulin
LAWTON – Dan Cristofori

Get to know writer Hisonni Johnson: 

What is your screenplay about?

This screenplay is based on DC comic’s character John Stewart AKA The Green Lantern. It’s an original take on the character within a story that very cleverly introduces John Stewart to an audience that may not be familiar with him (Without doing a traditional origin story). This script was a great way for me to explore some relationship dynamics and themes that I do not feel have been explored enough in comic books or comic book films.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV Show?

The drama and mystery is pretty appealing. The characters are well developed. Our main character has lost something that could take several season for him to regain. A major theme of this show is trust. Who can I trust and who can I not. There is a lot of stuff to play with in there.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Suspenseful and Exciting.

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

Batman Begins. It’s the only film I’ve ever seen that just never gets old.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A week.

How much research did you do to write within the world of “Green Lantern”? Did you take any liberties from the original content?

Comic book are in my blood. My mother introduced me to comic books and was arguably a bigger DC fan than I am. So the research part was kind of built in. My strength as a writer is my sense of empathy. When I write, I am genuinely in the shoes of the main character and when I’m in those shoes… I focus on being as emotionally authentic as I can. because of this, I’m often times sad to finish a script. Because, in my mind… It wasn’t a script. I was there! Life afterward can’t compare to the adventures I experience when I write stuff like this. I know that becoming sad at the end of the script means that I’ve written something decent.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I want to be a talented filmmaker across the board. So, I cycle between directing films, shooting films, editing films and writing films. During each phase I put tremendous pressure on myself to get better than the year before. This script is the result of wanting to put a sci fi/fantasy story out there that felt emotionally grounded and plausible.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I didn’t really. This was a fun process.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Directing, cinematography, editing, VFX and pitching projects.

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

I’ve been on the festival circuit nonstop for the past 5 years competiting my films and web series. But, I want to prove to myself that I can be well rounded. So the next logical step is to try and gain recognition for my screenplays. And here I am. In the future, nothing will make me feel better about directing my films than knowing that I’m a stand out writer and that the story i’m about to shoot is good to go.

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

Be authentic. Write stories that mean so much to you that you’re sad when you’re done writing them. Have goals for your scripts once you’ve finished them. I wrote this script intending to shoot a trailer for it and luckily I was able to. Since then, the trailer has won me many accolades and gotten the attention of people I hope will help me get some of my work made.


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

April 24th Writing Festival Details

WILDsound Festival

This week’s writing festival is showcasing the best of TV screenplays from around the world. We are showcasing a Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV PILOT, a Sitcom/Comedy TV PILOT, and a spec screenplay from the hit television show “The Mindy Project”.

Here are the details of the scripts we’ll be performing: 

#1 TV PILOT: THE REAPER: REBELLION “AFTERLIFE” by Mark S. MacDonald and Darsey Meredith

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy


Eva, who may or may not be Eve from the Book of Genesis, inadvertently creates Death in the world by inciting her siblings and lover to eat the Divine Apple from the Tree of Life.  It’s an interesting spin on the immortal story about how the humans lost paradise and incurred the wrath of God.

#2 TV PILOT: SMITHEREENS by Hersh Rephun

Genre: Comedy, Drama


The story of a man, in pieces: This one-hour episodic dramedy series chronicles the journey of a man fished out…

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April 2016 TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Winners

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Watch the 3 TV Screenplay Winners for April 2016:

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Watch the 3 TV Screenplay Winners for April 2016:

April 2016 Reading
Written by Jacques Edeline


Genre: Comedy

Pilot about a young man (Charlie) who starts at the bottom of the food chain in the Hollywood industry.


NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
CHARLIE – Dennis Barham
PAT – Noah Casey
ZOE – Sandra Krstin
MEG/TIA – Kiran Friesen
WILL – Michael Lake

April 2016 Reading
Written by Jamie Pierce


Genre: Comedy, Romance

A gay couple deals with two life-changing events on Mother’s Day.


NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
ANDREW – Michael Lake
ANTHONY – Noah Casey
STACY/ANDREW – Sandra Krstin
JUDY – Kiran Friesen
DAD – Dennis Barham

Fan Fiction Screenplay – TWILIGHT ZONE “Punchline”
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jaime Medina


Genre: Mystery, Thriller

A failed comedian makes a deal with the Devil to switch places with the Vegas star who stole his act!.


NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
VIC – Michael Lake
SCRATCH – Noah Casey
TRIXIE – Kiran Friesen
LITA – Sandra Krstin
BENNY – Dennis Barham

WILDsound Announces its Feature Screenplay Winners for April 2016 (Watch Readings)

WILDsound Festival

WILDsound Announces its 3 Feature Screenplay Winners for April 2016. Each script was performed by professional actors at the festival. Watch now:

#1 – Feature Screenplay – CATCH THE DEVIL
April 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Blinder


Genre: History, War, Adventure, Drama

Synopsis: A Civil War true adventure tale of three Union soldiers, the first winners of a Congressional Medal of Honor, whose audacity and bravery trumped the superior lethal technology of the Confederate South in their daring raid into the heart of Dixie.


NARRATOR – Danielle Nicole
EVERETT – Geoff Mays
MABEL – Scott McCulloch
VARIOUS – Hugh Ritchie

#2 – Feature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj


Genre: Horror, Comedy, Adventure

Survivors battle zombies and rival groups in post-apocalyptic Northern Canada


NARRATOR – Frances Townend
OWEN – Rob Notman
MAG – Christina Santos
PILOT – Kaleb…

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1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its April 2016 Winners

WILDsound Festival

Watch the April 2016 1st Scene Script Winners performed by professional actors:

The Wedding Thief
Written by Brett Bacon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LATeghWQnvwCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
JOEY – Michael Lake
LORENZO – Noah Casey
DOM – Dennis Barham


Genre: Comedy, Crime

A professional thief pilfers money from the super-rich at weddings until he is caught stealing from the Italian mob and then is forced to take a priceless work of art from the Russian mob or die trying.


Man Seeking Monkey
Written by Steve Mikals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5dR8Mefk8ECAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
MITCHELL – Michael Lake
DET. STRUMMER – Noah Casey
ARTHUR – Kiran Friesen
ARTHUR – Dennis Barham


Genre: Comedy

Aided by their human friends, chimpanzees with typewriters try to climb the Evolutionary ladder.


Monster Beneath The Ice
Written by Jerry Kokich

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdCMo2o510kCAST LIST: NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann VLADIMIR – Noah Casey EVGENY –…

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Read the best of today’s TV PILOT Loglines and Pitches:

Submit your TV PILOT/SPEC to the Festival Today: https://tvfestival.org/

Read the best of today’s TV PILOT Loglines and Pitches:

Submit your TV PILOT/SPEC to the Festival Today: https://tvfestival.org/

Read the best of today’s TV PILOT Loglines and Pitches:

Title: Virtua

Written by: Marina Ivanova

Type: TV Pilot

Genre: Sci-Fi


Title: Go Fetch!

Written by: Lejon Ryan

Type: TV Pilot

Genre: Animation, Comedy


Title: Gym Rats

Written by: Nick McElhinney

Type: TV Pilot

Genre: Comedy


Title: The Limo Driver

Written by: Daniel Cho

Type: TV Pilot

Genre: Comedy, Crime


Title: The Lottery of Life

Written by: Marina Ivanova

Type: TV Pilot

Genre: Sci-Fi


Title: Mistaken Identity

Written by: Candice Timms

Type: TV Pilot

Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller


Title: Manatee Towers

Written by: Eli B

Type: TV Pilot

Genre: Comedy



Written by: Brian Coughlan

Type: TV Pilot

Genre: Drama, Thriller























Watch TV Web Series: Hey You, It’s Me

Watch the 2016 winning TV Web Series: HEY YOU, IT’S ME. It will be showcased at the Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival in November 2016.


Watch the 2016 winning TV Web Series: HEY YOU, IT’S ME. It will be showcased at the Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival in November 2016.


Watch the TV Pilot Episode: 

Two women. Two cities. Used, abused… but powering through!
Go to http://www.bestiecall.com to help fund Season One!
Created by Suzanne Schmidt

Frankie Ingrassia – Director
Suzanne Schmidt – Writer
Christie Maturo- Writer

Key Cast:

Suzanne Schmidt
Christie Maturo
Jonathan Pessin
Cindy Caponera
Reiley McCleandon
Suzanne Schmidt

Read INDIE Source Magazine Interview

Interview with Creator Suzanne Schmidt:

Matthew Toffolo: How did you come up with the idea for this webseries?

Suzanne Schmidt: I looked for stories I didn’t see being told already, at least not from my perspective. I wanted to shine a light on the journey of being a woman in the entertainment industry while finding the humor and strength-building aspects of the struggle. I also wanted to write about the life affirming nature of friendship. The specifics of the idea came from actual long-distance voicemails I exchanged with Christie Maturo, my co-writter.

MT: What motivated you and your team to write and then produce the initial pilot?

SS: The initial plan was to film the whole first season in one shot. However, being a newer filmmaker, shooting the pilot episode first and learning from that experience before tackling the other episodes seemed like the wisest way to go. As far as what motivated us to produce it at all… I wanted to tell a story and I am lucky enough to have an encouraging and talented group of people in my life who jumped on board.

MT: When will the next episode premiere? How many episodes are written and ready to be produced?

SS: The first season will be out in the fall. This will consist of 6 episodes. Currently the 1st and 2nd seasons are written but presumably, there will be some changes in season two before that time comes.

MT: Watching the episode, you can’t help but think that everything you see is based on true events? Do you actually have a friend that you send voice messages to and vice/versa on a daily basis?

SS: Christie Maturo became an extremely close friend during our years in graduate school. We shared a closet sized office at NIU and were roommates during our time at The Moscow Art School. By the time I moved back to LA, we were reliant on each other’s support. We found a way to continue this friendship telephonically but due to our conflicting schedules, our biggest communication tool became our exchange of long-winded, hilarious, and vulnerable voicemails.

MT: How do you think women are portrayed in Hollywood? From a business standpoint, and the stories/roles that are produced today?

SS: If I were asked to list strong female character portrayals within the past 20 years, I absolutely could do that. There have been some amazing roles and performances. However, If I were asked to list strong male roles within that same time period, I would need multiple blank notebooks and a few weeks to complete the task. There is an imbalance in the stories being told. When our search for good stories becomes gender and color blind, Hollywood will begin to more truthfully reflect society.

MT: What films have you seen the most times in your life?

SS: Steele Magnolias, The Professional, Ordinary People, It’s a Wonderful Life, Mary Poppins, The Philadelphia Story and Tombstone. (Not necessarily in that order.)

MT: What obstacles did you face when you were making the pilot?

SS: I think we faced some of the usual obstacles. Funding, location issues, some footage loss, scheduling hiccups , last-minute re-castings, etc. However, the team we assembled was incredible and it was overall an extremely positive experience.

MT: If you could talk to yourself on the day you decided to become an actor, what advice would you give you?

SS: You have your own voice. Don’t be afraid to use it. Take charge of telling your own stories and spend time learning all mediums. Watch and learn at every moment. And…It might save you a lot of grief if you think about marrying rich! Ha.