January 2016 TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Winners

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

Watch the 3 TV Screenplay Winners for January 2016:

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

Watch the 3 TV Screenplay Winners for January 2016:

TV PILOT – LACIE BIDWELL
Written by Jameel Khan

SYNOPSIS:

LACIE BIDWELL is about a girl who’s father created a zombie virus that killed thousands. It’s twelve years later and she’s in college and still has to deal with being the daughter of one of the most hated men in the world.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
LACIE – Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
CHALMERS – Nick Baillie
HOPE – Maya Woloszyn
JEFF/BEN – Jovan Kocic
DAVID/OMAR – Christopher Huron
SAITO – Mandy May Cheetham

TV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Written by Debi Calabro

SYNOPSIS:

Life in the Fast Lane is about three very different families and how their involvement in the sport of horse racing brings them together.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
JESSIE – Maya Woloszyn
SAL – Christopher Huron
MARIA/SONIA – Mandy May Cheetham
JAMES/RYAN – Nick Baillie
SCARECROW/MICHAEL – Kaleb Alexander
YOUNG SAL – Jovan Kocic

TV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
Written by Jen Turriff

SYNOPSIS:

In this spec of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ Kimmy quickly becomes addicted to an iPad game. As she discovers she unknowingly made in-app purchases, she has to find a creative way to pay her debts. Meanwhile, Titus battles his own obsession and Jacqueline struggles with her need to be accepted by Xan.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Christopher Huron
KIMMY – Mandy May Cheetham
TITUS – Kaleb Alexander
JACQUELINE – Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
BUCKLEY – Jovan Kocic
SALES WOMAN – Maya Woloszyn

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Director/Producer – Matthew Toffolo

Editor – John Johnson

Casting Director – Sean Ballantyne

 

 

 

TV PILOT Reading – LACIE BIDWELL by Jameel Khan

I really liked the idea of having a reading of the pilot. There is no substitute to hearing the words out loud. I plan to make several adjustments based on what I hear. As for the initial feedback, I thought it was solid. I don’t take one source of feedback at a time, but collect from several people and try to balance out personal tastes. Any piece of professional feedback is valuable to me.

Watch TV Pilot: LACIE BIDWELL:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
LACIE – Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
CHALMERS – Nick Baillie
HOPE – Maya Woloszyn
JEFF/BEN – Jovan Kocic
DAVID/OMAR – Christopher Huron
SAITO – Mandy May Cheetham

Get to know writer Jameel Khan:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Jameel Khan: It’s about a girl who’s father created a zombie virus that killed thousands. It’s twelve years later and she’s in college and still has to deal with being the daughter of one of the most hated men in the world. She tries to move on an live a relatively normal life. But when a mysterious USB drive shows up in her dorm room, she learns that her father may have been setup. Lacie must try to balance her college life while uncovering a mystery that leads her into a far more dangerous and stranger world than she ever imagined.

Matthew: Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Jameel: There is a rich world with compelling characters allowing for long format storytelling. I believe the themes of identity and finding our place in this world are universal. And it’s just plain fun.

Matthew: How would you describe this script in two words?

Jameel: Mutant fun.

Matthew: What TV show(s) do you keep watching over and over again?

Jameel: Lost, Battlestar, Buffy, Parks and Rec, really so many. I might have a problem.

Matthew: How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Jameel: 3 months.

Matthew: How many stories have you written?

Jameel: Dozens if you count short stories.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Jameel: The initial seed that compelled me was to tell a story of what it would be like to be the child of a Hitler, or any infamous bad guy.

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Jameel: My biggest obstacle is always the same. It’s the letting it go and releasing it out into the world. At some point you got to stop tinkering.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Jameel: Pretty much anything geek.

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

Jameel: I really liked the idea of having a reading of the pilot. There is no substitute to hearing the words out loud. I plan to make several adjustments based on what I hear. As for the initial feedback, I thought it was solid. I don’t take one source of feedback at a time, but collect from several people and try to balance out personal tastes. Any piece of professional feedback is valuable to me.

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

Jameel: Do the work.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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

Best Scene Reading of the TV Pilot ABSYNTHIA by Seregon O’Dassey

Logline: An attack on a mercenary airship, while on a seemingly innocent cargo run sends the lives of the Captain and her crew into their not so innocent pasts. Will the events that unfold destroy the future for everyone that the government has carefully and deliberately planned?

The crew (of the airship, The Absynthian) is five mercenaries operating under the direction of a secret Organization known as Tri-Aengle. They are on a random cargo run when they are attacked by a rival ship. After each crew member suffers par amnesia – to varying degrees – their random memories and experiences complicate their relationships

Watch the Best Scene Reading of ABSYNTHIA:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Nick Baillie
SYNTHIA – Mandy May Cheetham
JULES – Christopher Huron
RIVEN – Kaleb Alexander
VAJA – Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
TEA – Maya Woloszyn

Get to know writer Seregon O’Dassey:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your TV Pilot screenplay about? 

Seregon: Logline: An attack on a mercenary airship, while on a seemingly innocent cargo run sends the lives of the Captain and her crew into their not so innocent pasts. Will the events that unfold destroy the future for everyone that the government has carefully and deliberately planned?

The crew (of the airship, The Absynthian) is five mercenaries operating under the direction of a secret Organization known as Tri-Aengle. They are on a random cargo run when they are attacked by a rival ship. After each crew member suffers par amnesia – to varying degrees – their random memories and experiences complicate their relationships.

Matthew: Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show? 

Seregon: This screenplay addresses situations from all sides of the same story. Who is the hero/villain, and who gets to make the rules and why? It has strong female characters in roles that are anything but traditional: these women as smart, strong, fighting their own battles (both physically and emotionally), and the fact that they are beautiful is just a bonus.

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

Seregon: Emotional roller coaster

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

Seregon: Star Trek: TNG. I’m also hooked on The Expanse right now.

Matthew: This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Seregon: Several months. I wrote the first draft in 3 weeks in February of 2015. I spent a couple of months doing revisions and then decided to start entering it into festivals. The story kept going in my head, so I kept writing.

Matthew: How many stories have you written? 

Seregon: I have written a novella (not yet published), several short stories and poems, 4 episodes total of Absynthia (3 in addition to the pilot) and a short film that I am directing in a couple of weeks.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

Seregon: I tend to write what I see and hear, and I always write down vivid or crazy dreams. I like to philosophize about society and behavior, and I often take the side of the underdog. I like to question who the real protagonists/antagonists of stories are, and why we (as a society) are conditioned to champion one over the other. Most things are not quite that absolute: even the “villain” has a story…

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 

Seregon: To finish the first draft? None. It just flowed. The challenges were in the editing and the three subsequent episodes I also wrote. I had to remember what happened when and to whom. When it’s an episodic one has to think ahead, remember what they already came up with, and be careful they don’t write themselves into a corner.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 

Seregon: Reading and exploration of nature vs nurture. I’m a strong believer in breaking the “boxes” that society has created for people. I encourage everyone to question everything they’ve ever read, heard, or been told.  That’s why I love Science fiction: it’s a great avenue to explore sociology and psychology. Anything goes: It’s literally science and fiction meshed together to create philosophy.

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

Seregon:  At first I entered a couple of festivals that had general screenplay categories, but I thought it best to concentrate on festivals that had a specific category for TV pilots, as this would provide the best feedback and advice. After researching several festivals I found this one to have a high amount of recognition. Receiving feedback from this festival has not only helped me significantly in becoming a better writer, but it’s helped me to learn how to write in the industry. Coming from an avid reader background, I used to write how I read: very novel-esque. I now feel I have a better handle on screenwriting vs. novel writing.

The initial feedback I received from this festival made me think creatively, but also keeping in mind the marketability of my material. I had pretty thick skin to begin with, being an actor for several years, but I had to learn how to take advice and apply it to what I had. That constructive criticism was priceless information.

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

Seregon: On a creative level: READ! Read everything – stuff you love, stuff you hate, and all subjects. If you only read one thing, you only think one way. Listen to people. Don’t just hear, but really listen. Watch people. Learn. Life, even in the fiction word, is happening all around. When you create your own world anything goes, so don’t limit yourself.

On a practical level: Don’t stop doing your thing. Don’t compare yourself to anyone except the person you were yesterday. Don’t listen to haters or naysayers, and don’t get caught in the net of other people who are too afraid to try. Remember the saying that those too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours. In the Labyrinth, you get a lot of false alarms, especially when you’re on the right track.

On an emotional level: There are going to be days that you just want to sulk, cry, and not want to get out of bed, particularly after you get a rejection. Remember that the best people in history suffered setbacks. Go ahead and cry if you want. Just dry your tears and get up. Try again. And again. And again.

Express gratitude. Always.

 

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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

TV Logline of the Day: THE FIRST ONES, by Ageless

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LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: The First Ones

Written by: Ageless

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dark Fiction, Folklore

Logline: “The First Ones” is a scifi romance in which a lonely and heartbroken vampire tries to prevent war that could result in the extinction of humankind.. He discovers an unusually beautiful girl with abilities and what he finds out about her could alter both human and vampires’ existence.

WGA REGISTRATION: 1705216

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Watch TV PILOT Reading: VINCENT LOCKE: VILLAIN-AT-LAW by Christiaan Alexander Kutlik

I was mainly trying to find feedback on my script. After leaving college, I suddenly found myself in a void where I could no longer find critiques from peers. This festival felt like a great opportunity to find a professional critique, especially with the live table-read. Rarely does a screenwriter have a chance to hear their script performed live by actors.

Watch the November 2015 Winning TV PILOT Table Reading

Watch VINCENT LOCKE: VILLAIN-AT-LAW

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
LOCKE – Adam Martignetti
FORD – Erynn Brook
BODYBUILDER – Allan Michael Brunet
PROSECUTOR/CHANG – Devin Upham
WHITE QUEEN – Lauren Toffan

Get to know writer Christiaan Alexander Kutlik:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Besides the super-hero aspect, what Vincent Locke: Villain-At-Law is about is average people trying to make their own mark in world where everyone else seems extraordinary.

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

There’s a real richness to the world I have created that can be explored only on TV: it plays on a ton of super-hero tropes, these characters have complex emotions towards the world they inhabit, and I have envisioned numerous stories and changes to put these characters through.

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

Chaotic fun.

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

Probably The Lion King or The Nightmare Before Christmas. I watched them so much as a kid!

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first came up with the idea about 3 years ago after I heard a joke about a “lawyer for super-heroes” on the internet. Around the same time I was working on a comedic scene to present in my Intro to TV class at NYU. I based a scene around that joke, but the scene wasn’t very funny. I couldn’t shake the idea of a “lawyer for super-heroes” though, so I workshopped the idea until the “joke” became Vincent Locke: Villain-At-Law.

6. There was a debate with the actors at the reading on whether this script is better suited for live-action or in animation. What are you intentions with this pilot? A cartoon show or a live-action show?

Funny enough, that was a debate I had myself. The very first drafts were written as live-action, but after a few discussions with classmates I finally settled to write the script as an animation. Peers often made reference to shows like Ugly Americans, Bojack Horseman, and Archer so it just made sense to write the show as an animation.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The current climate of endless super-hero movies and shows seemed ripe to be mocked, but no show seemed to be stepping up to the plate. I wanted to be the one to take a swing at super-hero satire. I’ve also been a big fan of super-heroes, sci-fi, and fantasy since I was a kid. This script seemed like the perfect opportunity to have some fun with the genres I love.

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

I had to re-write the script several times since its inception 3 years ago. Every re-write changed the story in some radical way as I searched for the core of the story. Starting the script was often the most difficult part, as was coming back to edit a new draft.

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

I’m a huge gamer and graphic novels fan. You find such immersive and rich worlds that don’t seem could be fully captured in film or TV without a massive budget. Two examples that come to mind is Xenoblade Chronicals and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Both give you an incredibly atmospheric world with a deep, immersive history.

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

I was mainly trying to find feedback on my script. After leaving college, I suddenly found myself in a void where I could no longer find critiques from peers. This festival felt like a great opportunity to find a professional critique, especially with the live table-read. Rarely does a screenwriter have a chance to hear their script performed live by actors.

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

Sometimes you need to step away from a project for a while before you can see your writing for what it is. Speaking to other’s about your projects is also immensely helpful in finding holes and problems in your story.

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Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival:
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Watch the TV Spec Reading of DOCTOR WHO, by Mark Renshaw

Deadline October 15th for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival
https://tvfestival.org/

Deadline October 15th for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival
https://tvfestival.org/

Watch DOCTOR WHO Fan Fiction Script Reading:

SYNOPSIS:

It begins in a normal every day setting, with an average guy called Mark (me!) eating his breakfast. In bursts Matt Smith in character as the Doctor. Mark is a huge Doctor Who fan, so he thinks this is all a prank, until the Doctor shows him a very real and extremely impossible TARDIS.

Realisation soon hits home, this is no ordinary situation. Mark is in very real danger and the only person who can save him is a fictional mad man in a box.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
MARK – Peter Nelson
MATT SMITH – Andrei Preda
DAVROS/THE MASTER – Jason Martorino
CUSHING/TROUGHTON/MCGANN DOCTORS – Scott Beaudin
TENNANT/PERTWEE/BAKER DOCTORS – Cole Reid
AMY – Meghan Allen
WENDY – Julie Burris

Deadline August 15th: SUBMIT your TV SPEC Script from an existing show

Deadline August 15th: SUBMIT your TV SPEC Script from an existing show – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Deadline August 15th: SUBMIT your TV SPEC Script from an existing show – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
https://tvfestival.org/2015/06/18/tv-screenplay-testimonials/

Watch the 2015 Winning TV SPEC Screenplays:

TV SPEC – ORPHAN BLACK
July 2015 Reading
Written by Jacqueline Bircher
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/orphan_black.html

TV SPEC SCRIPT – FAMILY GUY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Dan Chan
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/family_guy.html

TV SPEC SCRIPT – IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
June 2015 Reading
Written by Keith Black
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/its_always_sunny_in_philadelphia.html

TV SPEC: NEW GIRL “Career Day”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Melissa K. Willis
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/new_girl.html

TV SPEC: GIRLS “Camping”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Yolanda R. Easile
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/girls.html

TV SPEC – JESSIE “We Don’t Have a Clooney”
April 2015 Reading
Written by Giuseppe LiMandri
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/jessie.html

TV SPEC – COUGAR TIME “Jammin Me”
April 2015 Reading
Written by Felicity Flesher
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/cougar_town.html

TV SPEC – ARROW “Second Chances”
March 2015 Reading
Written by Molly Driscoll
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/arrow.html

TV SPEC – CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
February 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Melara
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/curb_your_enthusiasm.html

TV SPEC – VEEP
February 2015 Reading
Written by Emily Cirillo
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/veep.html

Classic Screenplay: Watch TV PILOT Reading “EARTHFALL” by Robert J. Sawyer (from 2009)

Deadline July 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Deadline July 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch a performance reading by famous Sci-Fi Novelist Robert J. Sawyer. His spec TV PILOT was performed at the festival over 6 years ago at the now closed down National Film Board cinemas in Toronto, Canada.

Watch EARTHFALL “Vanguard”

Toronto cop Hannah Wong arrives on the scene of a hit-and-run, unaware that the victim’s body houses an alien being that has been on Earth for 3,000 years.

As the victim dies, the alien transfers into Hannah’s body, beginning a battle for whether Hannah, or the alien, will control her destiny.

CAST LIST:

PAUL – Alex Karzis
HANNAH – Pauline Wong
BRYCE – Andrew Kraulis
JURTEG – Ian Matthews
SKULLS – Mario Romano
REBEL LEADER- Tim Post
PARAMEDIC – Aurora Browne
BARANKSI – Dave Tompa
SCIENTIST – Leanne Melissa Bishop
NARRATOR – Jacqueline Pillon

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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

Watch the best of TV PILOT Readings from the last year

Deadline July 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Deadline July 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch the Winning TV PILOT Reading PLAYLIST on YouTube:

TV PILOT SCRIPT – SEX THERAPY
June 2015 Reading
Written by Michelle J Brezinski
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sex_therapy.html

TV PILOT: REDEEMING GRACE
May 2015 Reading
Written by WL Gorman
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/redeeming_grace.html

TV PILOT – FAUST
April 2015 Reading
Written by Niel Thompson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/faust.html

TV PILOT – NO LOVE DOVES
March 2015 Reading
Written by Alexandre Kounde
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/no_love_doves.html

TV PILOT – ERASER
February 2015 Reading
Written by Kim Godfrey
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/eraser.html

TV PILOT SCRIPT – UP COUNTRY MOTORS
November 2014 Reading
Written by John Fuhrman
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/up_country_motors.html

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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

Watch TV PILOT Reading of GOTHAM NIGHTS (Batman’s Robin)

Deadline July 15th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.tvfestival.org

Watch GOTHAN NIGHTS (Dick Grayson) TV Pilot Reading by Adam Kennedy

SYNOPSIS:

The series follows the journey of Dick Grayson from average student to Robin to Nightwing. In the pilot, Dick, an acrobat during the summer with his parents, begins school at Crestwood Academy, a prestigious private school just down the road from the shuttered and mysterious Wayne Manor. A scholarship student, he is quickly labeled “the circus boy” and is publicly humiliated by the school jock. Offered the chance to get even, Dick gets into an unexpectedly dangerous situation that ultimately puts him on a collision course with destiny.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
DICK GRAYSON – Scott Clark
BARBARA GORDON – Taylor P. Martin
PAM ISELY – Grace DeMill
WAYLON JONES – Jermaine Q James
MICHAEL MARONI – Steve Shand
BRIAN ROGERS – Brandon McKnight
ALFRED PENNYWORTH – Joe Cote
HUGO STRANGE – Denis Germain

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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html