TV SPEC Performance Reading of FAMILY GUY Show by Dave Chan (plus interview)

I think WILDsound is an outstanding festival. To have your work read aloud and showcased on the internet is amazing! And the folks who run the festival are super cool. I had a very full plate at one point this year, and they were very patient and encouraging with my rewrite submission.

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Watch the Performance Reading of FAMILY GUY “What The Phuc?!”:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Lorry Ayers
PETER – Adam Martignetti
LOIS – Marsha Mason
STEWIE – Dan Cristofori
BRIAN – Allan Brunet
CHRIS/PHUC – Geoff Mays
MEG – Victoria Kucher

Matthew Toffolo interviews winning television writer Dave Chan:

Matthew: What is your TV SPEC about?

Dave: Peter Griffin must find a way to get back his foreclosed house when Lois threatens to leave him for good. Meg falls in love with a new student at school who doubles as a heroin drug lord, and Stewie corners the market on Cheerios by pushing the popular breakfast cereal to addicted toddlers.

Matthew: Why does this script work and fit into the context of this TV show?

Dave: Much like the show, Peter’s foibles typcially land him and his family in trouble, but in my spec script, I also wanted to give Meg a strong B-story. Since she usually gets less attention on the show, I thought it would be fun to explore her character on a more emotional level. And as in a lot of the Family Guy episodes, I wanted to intertwine the multiple storylines and have them resolve and tie in with each other at the end.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Dave: I’ve been writing for about 10 years now. And I’ll never stop learning…

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Dave: Tough pinning it down to just one: The Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven, Goodfellas, Raising Arizona, and Highlander.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Dave: Too many to mention! But here’s a start… Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Sam Rockwell, Susan Sarandon, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, Vince Gilligan, Jerry Weintraub, Bono, et al.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Dave: I’ve written and co-written several sketches, TV specs, pilots, shorts, and feature-length screenplays, primarily comedies or crime-dramas.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Dave: I have a very crazy sense of humor, so a Family Guy spec was the logical choice. I love the show! And I immediately had in mind what I wanted to write about. The stories were all very clear to me. I just had to get them down on paper.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Dave: I don’t really have a routinized process, but I can write any time of day. Location is more important to me than time. I’d like to know that I won’t be disturbed when I write. When I get into a flow, and I’m in the zone, I’d like to ride that wave as long as I possibly can. Being in a place like a cafe or a bar surrounded by background noises can really help my writing. Then at other times, it’s a pleasure to write at two in the morning when everything’s quiet. Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time, and I love that about writing!

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

Dave: Besides film and TV, I love to travel — trying new foods, meeting new people, speaking new languages! I just love the process of learning and keeping my mind stimulated. Interval running is great also, but patellar tenditis isn’t. I don’t run anymore.

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Dave: I think it’s an outstanding festival. To have your work read aloud and showcased on the internet is amazing! And the folks who run the festival are super cool. I had a very full plate at one point this year, and they were very patient and encouraging with my rewrite submission.

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

Dave: Wow. I’m definitely no authority on writing, but from my own personal experience… and please forgive the cheese and corn… Do NOT be afraid to fail. It’s the fear of failure, and not failure itself, that holds us back from achieving success. Let your ideas flow out when you write the first draft. It’s okay for your first drafts to suck. In fact, it’s normal. That’s what rewriting is for. And that’s when you should problem-solve.

Write with your heart. Rewrite with your head.

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TV SPEC Performance Reading of IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA SHOW by Keith Black (plus interview

I came across the WILDsound Festival after I completed my Spec and received positive feedback from those I trusted to read it critically. I decided that it was time to take my writing more seriously, and WILDsound had tremendous reviews when it came to acquiring an agent/manager.

Watch Reading of IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA TV Spec:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Lorry Ayers
DENNIS – Geoff Mays
MAC – Dan Cristofori
FRANK – Allan Brunet
CHARLIE – Adam Martignetti
DEE – Marsha Mason
SPANISH WOMAN – Victoria Kucher

Matthew Toffolo interviews winning writer Keith Black:

Matthew: What is your TV SPEC about?

Keith: ‘The Gang Commits Espionage’ is an Always Sunny in Philadelphia spec about the tumultuous management of the bar and the group as a whole. Desperate for order, they seek out different political practices in hopes of organizing their chaos, and proving who is best fit as their leader.

Matthew: Why does this script work and fit into the context of this TV show?

Keith: I believe this script is so well suited for “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” because it stays true to the characters personalities and their core values. Which are shrouded by their own self arrogance and misguided decision making.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Keith: I have been writing scripts for about five years now. However I have been writing comedy for around 10-12 years. Anyone who knows me, knows that there is a little book in my pocket where I jot down inspiration on a daily basis.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Keith: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Keith: “Artist” is a loosely defined term, so I will skirt the line in my answer. If I ever had the opportunity to write with Larry David, I believe I would be able to advance my talents to an entirely different level. His perception of the world parallels my own, and his talents far exceed them. I am sure I could learn a lot from him.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Keith: I have written four pilots and their corresponding second episodes, and two spec scripts. I also am currently in development of my fifth pilot and have over 60 comedy sketches for UCB and Groundlings shows prepared. Along with numerous stand up routines. The writing never stops.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Keith: I have had the opportunity to work with some of the team from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and it was through their raw passion for comedy, and their willingness to test the boundaries of political correctness that I was inspired. I assumed that if I could match their skill, I would be able to prove my talent as a young writer.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Keith: Writing for me is habitual. It is simply part of who I am now. I wake up, brush my teeth, jot down ideas, think about them throughout the day, come home and develop them if I still like them. The only way to advance is to be relentless in my pursuit and I believe I am.

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

Keith: Above all else, creating is my passion. Taking an idea, a random thought, and developing it into something people love and enjoy is what drives me. Since moving to LA in 2010, I have produced and assistant directed two feature films (PHIN and ToY), and have had the opportunity to produce over 2600 hours of live TV (NFL Network/FOX). Although these are not specific to writing, they are creative, and that is my core passion.

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Keith: I came across the WILDsound Festival after I completed my Spec and received positive feedback from those I trusted to read it critically. I decided that it was time to take my writing more seriously, and WILDsound had tremendous reviews when it came to acquiring an agent/manager.

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

Keith: The only advice I would feel just in sharing is to never stop writing. I am by no means where I desire myself to be as a writer, so I feel it’s slightly bold to delve out advice. However I am confident that those who relentlessly write, will become substantially better writers than their counterparts.

For me personally, my tastes exceed my skill set, but given time, and my relentless drive, those two will eventually meet. We can always get better, and the second you feel you’ve done your best, you limit your future potential. Success comes from failure, so embrace it.

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

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
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Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
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Read Today’s TV PILOT and Short Screenplay Loglines

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Great way to get your story out: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Read Today’s TV and Short Script Pitches:

Title: Crude Investigations Pilot Episode
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/crude_investigations_by_chris_roberts.html
Written by: Chris Roberts
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Comedy

Title: Harrow
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/harrow_by_alex_price-wirth.html
Written by: Alex Price-Wirth
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Adventure, Historical, Fantasy

Title: Mr. Dick’s Neighborhood
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mr_dicks_neighborhood_by_dani_renee.html
Written by: Dani Renee
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Comedy

Title: WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY!
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/what_a_wonderful_family_by_elita_montini.html
Written by: ELITA MONTINI
Type: Short Screenplay
Genre: Comedy

Title: Renew
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/renew_by_rejesh_badsiwal.html
Written by: Rejesh Badsiwal
Type: Short Screenplay
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Title: Working Late
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/working_late_by_jordan_goldstein.html
Written by: Jordan Goldstein
Type: Short Screenplay
Genre: Drama, Crime

Title: Stoneheart
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/stoneheart_by_olha_trofimchuk.html
Written by: Olha Trofimchuk
Type: Short Screenplay
Genre: Sci-Fi

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

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

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
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Watch FAUST – Winning TV Pilot Performance Reading

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Watch FAUST TV Pilot Reading:

Get to know writer Niel Thompson:
Watch Winning TV PILOT “FAUST” by Niel Thompson (plus interview)

SYNOPSIS:

Detective Amelia Faust is a wizard, the last wizard. It is her job to protect humanity from what is left of the supernatural. Abby is a young girl who can’t go home. She becomes Faust’s assistant. The two fight and defeat an ancient vampire, mummy queen and Faust decides to take Abby on as an apprentice.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Faust – Krista Morin
Abby – Christina Aceto
Malchior – Allen Brunet
Amarete – Pip Dwyer
Donovan – Dan Fox
Ward – Ryan Anning

Watch Winning GIRLS TV Spec Performance Reading

GIRLS “Camping” TV SPEC
Written by Yolanda R. Easiley

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
HANNAH – Jillian Cameron
MARNIE – Erynn Brook
JESSA – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
SHOSHANNA/THERESA – Leah Doz
ADAM – John Marcucci
TOM – Peter Bent
RAY – Rob Salerno

Watch the GIRL TV Spec Performance Read:

GIRLS “Camping” TV SPEC Winner from May 2015
Written by Yolanda R. Easiley

Get to know the writer:
TV SPEC Screenplay for GIRLS “Camping”, by Yolanda R Easiley (plus interview)

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
HANNAH – Jillian Cameron
MARNIE – Erynn Brook
JESSA – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
SHOSHANNA/THERESA – Leah Doz
ADAM – John Marcucci
TOM – Peter Bent
RAY – Rob Salerno

SYNOPSIS:

Conflicts occur when Jessa and Marnie go to pick up Hannah at the airport. Ray and Shoshanna run into a troubled taxi driver, as Adam connects with a hooker.

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Watch Winning May 2015 TV SPEC Reading for NEW GIRL

Watch the Winning TV SPEC Reading of NEW GIRL “Career Day”

Get to know writer Mellisa K. Willis:
TV Spec Screenplay of NEW GIRL “Career Day”, by Melissa K Willis (plus interview)

SYNOPSIS:

“Career Day”, an on speculation of the Fox sitcom New Girl, finds Jess in charge of the school’s Career Day activities in which she must deliver or possibly lose her job.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
JESS – Erynn Brook
SCHMIDT – Rob Salerno
NICK/BANKS – John Marcucci
CECE – Leah Doz
WINSTON – Peter Bent
COACH – Mark Sparks
STUDENT 1 – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
STUDENT 2 – Jillian Cameron

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