TV SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading of MORPH, by Christine Davis

Genre: Sci-Fi, Crime

Logline: “Morph” is a Sci-Fi story in which Jack Oberman is a Los Angeles homicide detective who gets captured by the killers he pursues, mad scientists who alter his DNA and turn him into a monster.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Morty: Allan Michael Brunet
Jack: Nick Baillie

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Morph is about a slightly bromantic pairing of two cops, one of whom is a former accountant from the East Coast. As LA homicide detectives, their first case brings them up against a mad scientist who captures Detective Jack Oberman and alters his DNA so he turns into a strange nonhuman but still vaguely recognizable creature. Reminiscent of the fun of Season 1’s Hawaii Five-O pairing of Steve and Danny, fused with the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferigno The Incredible Hulk TV show from the 1970s, Morph brings procedural cop television into the sci-fi/creature genre, creating opportunities for individual episode arcs and one single overarching goal for the protagonist: finding a cure that’ll keep him from turning into the monster he becomes, even as he has to keep his day job of being a cop, solving mysteries and saving lives. All with his somewhat annoying partner – the only other person who knows his secret (or so he thinks) – along for the ride.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Broadly, it’s Science Fiction. It could also be called Superhero Fiction because technically the creature Jack morphs into acts much like the Hulk, and is therefore an unwilling superhero. It’s a Crime Drama with a focus on being a Detective Story and could fit into any number of Fantasy sub-genres. In other words, this TV show has the potential to draw in a lot of viewers from a lot of different genres!

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Broad appeal. Superheroes are all the rage these days, you need only check out the numbers from Marvel and DC Comics offerings at the box office. In addition, procedurals such as the aforementioned Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, Criminal Minds and the multiple Law & Order and CSI spinoffs have proven that fans continue to have a huge appetite for episodic catch-the-bad-guy shows. There will also always be a large fan base for Creature Features. A lot of the Hammer Horror movies still have a rabid cult following, and bringing the heart into those in the way that Bixby’s David Banner/Hulk transformation did brings in a side to the audience you may not get if you go straight horror or hard-boiled detective. What I used to call “the CBS side of things.” 

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Fresh, fun

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

Setting aside Disney movies (it doesn’t count if you see a move nonstop because of your child viewing it repeatedly!), probably Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or White Christmas. It’s really a toss-up because if I get obsessed with something I will watch it repeatedly for a period of time and then suddenly I’ll be over it and move on to the next thing!

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on it for approximately six months, including heavy revisions after some feedback I received via a different screenplay competition.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written hundreds of fan fiction stories, five completed screenplays and two original novel series. Never mind the ones I’ve written that haven’t yet seen the light of day. So a lot!

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Instrumental: A River Runs Through It by Yiruma; Vocal (general): The Sound of Silence by Disturbed; Vocal (romantic): Per Te by Josh Groban and Bound by Christina Aguilera; Pop: Thunder by Imagine Dragons

Sorry. I listen to a LOT of music and MANY different genres!

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Morphing (ha-ha) what began as a work of fan fiction into a screenplay and a novel series. It’s not easy to go from a world your reader already knows to creating one out of whole cloth. I also had to weigh my own vision against some feedback that tried to veer it away from the slightly campy/comic book feel I purposely gave it. It’s not always easy to take a stance and stick to it because it’s what feels right versus what’s popular.

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

My home, Oahu, Hawaii…specifically the Ko’olau Range and historic and ancient Hawaiian sites. Homeless pets and homeless people. Helping people learn how to help themselves and tackle their Overwhelm. My ImpCat, Ramses, who’s an insane feline.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I think it’s fantastic. Had no troubles whatsoever. It’s nice having so much in one place like that.

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

I’ve entered before with other screenplays, but I don’t think I’d ever entered a logline competition. I wanted to give it a try because I thought I had a really good logline for this TV pilot! In spite of that self-assuredness, I actually am thrilled and quite surprised that I made the top twenty! Thank you!

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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January 2018 TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Winners

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay of RICK & MORTY TV Show
January 2018 Reading
by Daniel Richardson
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – PEEL
January 2018 Reading
by Matthew Torti
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – FUNNY FARM
January 2018 Reading
by Deshon Porter
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – CELTIC BLOOD
January 2018 Reading
by Richard William Masterson
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – NOVEMBER OF MY SOUL
January 2018 Reading
by Jack Trammell
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – A MATTER OF BAD TASTE
January 2018 Reading
by Gene Gwynne
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – CRUDE INVESTIGATIONS
January 2018 Reading
by Chris Roberts
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – FUTRE TENSE
January 2018 Reading
by Kyle Williamson
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – MOISH’S MOB
January 2018 Reading
by David R. Weinraub
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – LASTVIEW
January 2018 Reading
by Taylor Johnson
ACTOR TV Best Scene Screenplay – ED’S DOOR AND WINDOW CO.
January 2018 Reading
by Parker Cross Jr.
ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – AMERICAN SCHOOL
January 2018 Reading
by Michael Hager

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

TV COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading of AMERICAN SCHOOL, by Michael Hager

Genre: Comedy, Sitcom

A fish out of water comedy whereby two expats cope with bugs and perils and other misfits while living in Latin America and working in a private school run by a bipolar-ish principal.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Matt Goddard: Peter-Mark Raphael
Pete Sanderson: Scott McCulloch
Gladys Sanderson: Val Cole
Sarah Goddard: Ali Chappell

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

TV COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading of ED’S DOOR & WINDOW CO , by Parker Cross Jr.

Genre: Comedy

When a small business owner dies without any heirs, the employees decide to keep running the company. Unfortunately, they’re all either defective, dangerous or despicable. Why would a dying man ever force these horrible people to work together?

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Val Cole
Watermelon Ellen: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Jesus: Peter-Mark Raphael
De Sean: Gabriel Darku
Laura: Ali Chappell
Heil: Scott McCulloch

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

TV CRIME BEST SCENE Reading of LASTVIEW, by Candace Taylor Johnson

Genre: Crime Fiction

Lastview is a Crime Fiction in which a former police officer who witnesses the past events of dishonesty, war, love and loss of her former partner at a mystifying crime scene. She struggles to forget the vision and must gain control of her new position as the Warden of a Prison called Lastview.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Val Cole
Tasha: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Wills: Peter-Mark Raphael
Thomas: Scott McCulloch
Teal: Ali Chappell
Oren: Gabriel Darku

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

TV THRILLER BEST SCENE Reading of MOISH’S MOB, by David R. Weinraub

Genre: Crime, Mob, Thriller

Partnering with the Israeli Mossad, brilliant, bisexual and manipulative Saul Cohen leads five neighborhood friends from Moish’s Luncheonette in North Philly, on a takeover of the South Philly mob, and into the world of international intrigue.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Saul: Peter-Mark Raphael
Don: Scott McCulloch

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

TV ADVENTURE BEST SCENE Reading of FUTURE TENSE, by Kyle Williamson

 

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

Young, Rogue James Bond attempts to save the world from an extinction level event.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Val Cole
Max: Peter-Mark Raphael
Unnamed Woman: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Garrison: Scott McCulloch
Rob Lucas: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

FUTURE TENSE is about being forced to grow up too quickly and see the world for what it is. To see what happens when over eager manipulative people try to destroy everything through greed and corruptive power. Be it government or family. Rob’s family frame him for the murder of his own parents because of their own greed then he must try to stop a extinction level event brought on because of government greed.

It stems mainly because of the fact of sometimes people are forced to grow up

too quickly in society.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Suspense/thriller

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

FUTURE TENSE should be made into a movie because is captures the passion and humanity of everyone and everything within us all. From the couch potato to the sports enthusiast to the senior citizen. This gripping screenplay screams watch me, feel me, it has the passion and desire within the pages. The depth of characters, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be on the edges of your seats you may even beat your head against the proverbial wall in frustration at why some characters do some things…until you figure out why they do them.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Cataclysmic wonder

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

I watch several however the one watched most is Dream A Little Dream

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Just over three months

7. How many stories have you written?

36 and counting

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I listen to several but the one most listened to is Enter Sandman by Metallica

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writing flows pretty well with me. Many obstacles that I observe involves the following. Some things I take in many screenplays FUTURE TENSE being among them are parts of my own life, as I base some aspects of myself on my main characters. It adds a sense of depths. It also allows me to add or invest more emotion into them. Therefore it also makes it so I can add too much emotion too them. It makes it difficult to detach myself, especially when editing. I never want to take anything away, then I work odd hours, my social life gets strained. Then with all screenplay writers and authors research is a major key and becomes a obvious obstacle. As it takes time to read, and gather material, sort through and corroborate.

The single biggest issue with FUTURE TENSE I had was the conclusion. I spent two weeks on the conclusion itself and five different conclusions. Finally decision on leaving it fairly open for a potential sequel. Where the first few conclusions I made were disastrous for everyone.

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

Apart from writing my passions are sports both playing and watching…mainly baseball. I love music, watching and collecting movies almost all kinds except war or westerns. Also I spend time with family and friends.
 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox