TV THRILLER BEST SCENE Reading of CELTIC BLOOD, by Richard William Masterson

Crime Thriller

Logline: A young Irish criminal rebuilds his boss’s empire in the US, while becoming a target of a massive conspiracy within the FBI.

CAST LIST:
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Teddy: Peter-Mark Raphael
Connelly/Fitzpatrick: Scott McCulloch
Michael: Gabriel Darku

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

“Celtic Blood” is written in the vein of “24” meets “Sons of Anarchy”. The series is about Irish gangster Michael Mullan, who upon being released from prison, is sent to the U.S. to rebuild his boss’s empire there. He tries to renegotiate terms with the Boston and New York gangs but encounters difficulties due to his quick temper and hidden drug use. Meanwhile FBI Agent David Deere, seeking redemption for past mistakes, leads a task force to indict Michael’s boss but soon uncovers a vast conspiracy within the Bureau. Ultimately, I have plans for this to be similar to a Greek tragedy. In attempting to stay alive, Michael and his crew as his surrogate family will have to make deals with devils and form/break long standing alliances. Finally, Michael will have to sacrifice everything including his soul, to protect those he loves.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Organized crime and government conspiracy.

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

I believe the gripping story lines; well-rounded characters and realism of both the organized crime and FBI worlds in “Celtic Blood” will appeal to a very diverse audience. In addition to the Irish, there will be characters from all corners of organized crime with elements of each of those cultures. Originally, I envisioned this script as a TV pilot but would be open to discussions as a feature. I do however have a large scale and scope for the universe and mythology of the story that would span multiple years.

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

Gritty and gripping. Unlike “The Godfather” and “The Sopranos” which romanticized the gangster lifestyle, my goal is to portray these characters as they really are, with no holds barred and all the violence, betrayal and brutality of this life shown. While Michael and his crew are likable and have a code of honor amongst themselves, at the end of the day, they are still criminals living in a kill or be killed world.

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

12 Angry Men

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

12 years. I wrote the first draft in my sophomore year of college. I have written other scripts but this was the first to which I continually return to, tinker with and develop further. The original draft is radically different and has greatly improved as I’ve revised, retooled and tightened plot, characters and relationships. Massive ongoing research has drastically strengthened and sharpened my writing.

7. How many stories have you written?

As far as individual screenplays, I have one feature, two pilots and two spec scripts. I have multiple script ideas for features and other TV pilots, two of which I am in the beginning stages.

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

“Funky Ceili (Bridie’s Song)” by Black 47. I’m a big fan of Black 47 as well as classic rock

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

One of the obstacles I faced was creating the dialogue and character relationships to be authentic to the life of the underworld and the FBI. Developing the characters’ back stories really informed and helped grow and expand the mythology while avoiding cliches and stereotypes.

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

I’m very passionate about my family, protecting and spending time with them. With regarding to passion in film, I’m generally drawn to movies and TV series that deal with and explore true crime, Ireland and Irish culture, father/son and brother/brother relationships. As such, I frequently many of these themes and incorporate them into the stories I tell.

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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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2017 TV PILOT Winners (19)

 

ACTORPSI-COM 5 TV PILOT
December 2017 Reading
by
ACTORMINNIE NOIR TV PILOT
December 2017 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORFANTASY TV PILOT Screenplay – EIRE’S SONG
November 2017 Reading
by Kristen Nedopak
ACTORCRIME TV PILOT Screenplay – THE BIGGEST LITTLE
October 2017 Reading
by Craig Page
ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE UPSIDE OF OVER
October 2017 Reading
by Dan Hass
ACTORBEST SCENE TV Screenplay – DARK HEROES
October 2017 Reading
by Peter Sims
ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – KODAK MOMENT
September 2017 Reading
by John Cruz Alarid

ACTORTV 1st Scene Screenplay – CELTIC BLOOD
September 2017 Reading
by Richard William Masterson

ACTORSTUDENT TV PILOT Screenplay – EVERHART
August 2017 Reading
by K. Wayman Dodd

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE DISAPPEARANCE
August 2017 Reading
by Jess Harris Distefano

ACTORWESTERN TV PILOT Screenplay – SIRINGO
July 2017 Reading
by Nathan Ward

ACTORANIMATION TV PILOT Screenplay – CHICKEN COP
July 2017 Reading
by Bryan Cahill

ACTORFEMALE TV PILOT Screenplay – JUNKED
June 2017 Reading
by Alice Dennard

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT – FAUK MY LIFE
May 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes

ACTORTV BEST Scene – INFINITY’S EDGE
May 2017 Reading
by Anthony M. Dionisio

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Irwin Greenstein

ACTORLGBT WEB SERIES Screenplay – LITTLE SISTA
March 2017 Reading
Written by Charmaine Bingwa

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Simon Schneider

 

 

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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

Part 2: 2017 – Best of DRAMA TV Show Pitches and Loglines

Browse the best of DRAMA Television show loglines and story pitches from around the world. 

THE LIQUIDATORS, by Kevin Mejia

THORNS ON A VINE, by Brianna Smith

XO10, by Barry English

THE JUSTICE CLUB, by Jennifer Lang

MULLIGANS, by Chris Jacobs

HACKERS LAMENT, by Douglas G Cala

THE LAST SUPPER, by Giovani Ginnetti & Garry Hicks

HARCO, by Frank Reynolds

THE E2’s, by Ade Craig

HOTEL CARTEL, by Courtney Michael

RESTART, by Sunday Banks

BLIND WORLD, by Dayna Vonthaer

ABSYNTHIA, by Seregon O’Dassey

LEGION 16, by LIndsey M. Foulkes

EARTH NOW INC, by Wendy Henson

TWENTYSOMETHING, by Hannah Grombol

DMITRY, by Mark Nadratowski

IRON SEEDS, by Tesh Hitman

LONEWOLF, by Amity Poglajen

THE FIFTH POSTULATE, by Leonardo Valenti Filippo Kalomenidis

AXIOM, by Rochelle Blissett-Miller

SPEAK, by Cosmo Iannopollo

REVERSE CITY, by Annaluisa De Socchieri

BALANCE, by Margaret Walton

HAIL MARY, by Stan Williamson

SUFFRAGETTES, by Christina Klessig

PORN AGAINST KRISTEN, by Tania Penn

SUNSET, by Valerio Carta

RAIN ON THE BRIDGE, by Ivana Tucak

THE HURLANT STRAND, by William L. Glover

NATIVE SONG, by Naomi S. Burell

LASSITER, by Walter Harris

HENRY, by Frank Muisenga

AGE OF SILENCE, by Vasileio Papatheocharis

DRUID, by Michael David Layne

SOURCE, by Jessica Waters

HANDS OF THE BAYOU, by Nichelle Walker

ENFORCEMENT, by Kevin Cantor

SAVE FACE, by Cameron McAtasney

WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE, by Irwin Greenstein

BRUTA, by Eric Irizarry

CRAZY DESPERATION, by Curtis Ellison

ASAP, by Leon E. Connell

SEXY VEGAN FREAK, by Racine Hiet

TRAPPED, by Rachel Kantor

WE’RE ALL A LIL MAD, by Kamala Thompson

LIFE OF LIE, by Ankana Joshi

A RECIPE FOR DISASTER, by Gary Brennan

SUITE U, by Matthew Lazin & Kelli Allan

CITY NIGHTS, by Antonio Brewer

2017 – Best of DRAMA TV Show Pitches and Loglines

Browse the best of DRAMA Television show loglines and story pitches from around the world. 

LOOSE THREADS, by Celeste Martinez

MY NON LOSING SEASON, by Ian Hughes

THE ARISTOCRATIC ENSLAVER, by O.C. Wells

THE CRUCIFIX, by Rhys Comerford

DUAL RELATIONSHIPS PROPOSAL, by John Serafinko

CASTLE ROCK, by Crystal Melville

BABYLON, by Mariah Robinson

JUST A FEW, by Ford Jones

LASSITER, by Walker Gavin

TOWN OF SECRETS, by Ernest Connell

RUMBLING BLUE THUNDER, by Paul Grubb

COMMUNITY SERVICE: MINNEAPOLIS, by Anica Moore

ORACLES, by JD Epstein

RENTAL, by Adam Beal

MIAMI NIGHTS, by Kevin Goodson

THE GOLDEN AGE, by Jon Davis

GOD SPEED, by Mary Seroczynski

BENJAMIN HALL, by Denise Wax

THE AMERICAN ROYALTY, by Delio Oliveira

THE MISADVENTURES OF ANGEL, by Raven Yhelka

PRICE, by E.E.

FROM HELL AND BACK, by Brandon Cline

BECOMING MORTAL, by MK McFaddden

VERSES AND RHYMES, by Nicky Osivwemu

ZERO TOLERANCE, by Marcela Tingle

ACEWATER, by Christian Chedrawi

MISSION OF A DREAM, by GR Writer

PUT IT WRITE, by Yael Maurer

AMERICAN INN, by Stefano Labbia Manfredi

REBEL DOVE, by Linda Daly

 

Original Script Reading of QUANTICO TV Show, by Leslie Lyshkov

Watch the September 2017 Winning Screenplay:

In the present day, both Alex and Ryan are assigned to the American Southwest. Alex to offer security to a fringe gubernatorial candidate. Booth to infiltrate a dangerous alt-right militia. In the flashback, Owen’s CIA trainees are assigned to launder money out of foreign country back to the United States.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Alex Parrish: Premika Leo
Ryan: James Boutcher
Harry/Putin: Rob Notman
Eddie: Brandon Knox
Popeye: Luke Robinson
Abigail Torres: Julie McCarthy
Shelby: Lindsay Rolland Mills

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay based on the TV show about?

Because my teleplay uses the flashback/flash-forward format of season one and two Quantico, my A-story and B-story occupy separate time lines. The flashback B-story is a “typical” episode at The Farm where Owen Hall tasks the CIA trainees to complete a training mission within a single episode. The A-story conforms to the series multi-episodic format for the flash-forward sequence. In this case, a new setup for a new flash-forward sequence. I saw no other way to write a Quantico spec within the second season format.

How does this screenplay fit into the context of the TV series?

Quantico’s format and principal cast are expected to change for Season 3. However this spec remains a continuation of Season 2. Because no Season 3 episodes have aired yet, I have no idea how this spec will fit within the series after (S3:E1) airs.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Documentary-Fiction. Fictional setups written months earlier are being caught up by current events. The WILDsound Festival can attested to this. This teleplay was submitted in May and Charlottesville occurred the month AFTER the teleplay was selected by WILDsound.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

I like the original UK version of Life on Mars for its over-the-top characters. At present, I am binge-watching The Wire in preparation of tackling my first pilot teleplay.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Six months total. I began to binge-watch Quantico a year-ago because it seemed a good prospect for a spec teleplay. I spent two months outlining a story, three months writing the teleplay’s first draft, and one month rewriting and polishing its second draft. All writing was done in spare time. The script reflects somewhat under 200 actual hours labor. It could’ve been finished in four weeks if it had been a full-time project.

How many stories have you written?

Not enough. My portfolio consists of two feature length screenplays, an under-feature length 60-some page thriller, and this spec episodic. My goal for 2018 is to write a pair of 1-hour television pilots.

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

George Gershwin’s Summertime. It’s not my all time favorite song but I do like it a lot and I’ve heard so many cover versions by so many artists that there couldn’t be a song I’ve heard more often. For anybody unfamiliar with jazz, the rock band Sublime’s Doin’ Time is a cover of Gershwin’s Summertime.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This was easy. Character and tone are the toughest things for me to write. In this episodic spec, rather than create characters and create a tone, I mimicked Quantico’s characters and its tone. Regrettably, my talent for mimicry clearly exceeds that for creativity.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Bicycling and swimming. I am not particularly passionate about what a writer should be passionate about such as: reading, film, or television. My favorite part of writing is typing THE END at the very bottom of the last page.

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

I figure that a spec teleplay exists only to get exposure and that WILDsound’s table reading is that kind of exposure.

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

Withoutabox is the easiest-to-navigate submission platform for the technically challenged, such as myself.

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

I’m convinced that, for the vast majority of us, writing a feature script is an exercise in futility. Although I don’t share the same pessimism toward television writing at this moment, I have no idea how ‘ll feel about it a year from now.
Don’t be in too big a hurry and wait until you have a polished draft before submitting to a writing competition. The worst thing that can happen with a script is to have a rough-draft make the finals or place third when a polished draft might have actually won.

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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

August 2017 TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Winners

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

Watch the 3 TV Screenplay Winners for August 2017:

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – RICK & MORTY
August 2017 Reading
by Daniel Richardson
 

ACTORSTUDENT TV PILOT Screenplay – EVERHART
August 2017 Reading
by K. Wayman Dodd
 

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE DISAPPEARANCE
August 2017 Reading
by Jess Harris Distefano
 

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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

May 2017 TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Winners

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

Watch the 2 TV Screenplay Winners for May 2017:

 

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT – FAUK MY LIFE
May 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes

ACTORTV SPEC of SUPERNATURAL
May 2017 Reading
by Bonnie Bonaduce

 

ACTORTV BEST Scene – INFINITY’S EDGE
May 2017 Reading
by Anthony M. Dionisio

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne