Winning TV PILOT Screenplay – WILLOWWOOD by Christopher Locke

Watch the October 2016 Winning TV PILOT Screenplay.

WILLOWWOOD TV Pilot
Written by Christopher Locke

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Drama

When two aimless slackers discover their entire reality is a TV show and they are merely background characters in a mediocre family sitcom, they attempt to inject some much needed conflict into the lives of the family in order to save the show (and their reality) from cancellation.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
JASMINE – Michelle Alexander
SHELDON – Brogan Caulfield
RUSS – Martin Huss
BARBARA – Viktoria Napoleonova
DERRICK – Michael Lake
WOMAN – Erynn Brook

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your TV series about?

Former best friends, Jasmine and Sheldon, discover their entire reality is a TV show and that they are actually background characters in a family sitcom entitled Willowwood. Upon learning that the show is on the verge of being cancelled, they take it upon themselves to inject come conflict into the lives of the sitcom family, in order to boost the ratings to prevent the show (and their reality) from being cancelled.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Because it is something that I have yet to see. While many television shows today could be described as “meta”, none are to the extent that this show has the potential to be. Toying with TV tropes, sitcom clichés and even employing both single camera and multi-camera formats, this show has the potential to be something that no one has ever seen before.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Meta Insanity.

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

Spongebob Squarepants. What else?

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The idea has been floating around my head for the last two years, but only recently have I felt that I was able to fully develop the idea into a script.

How many stories have you written?

Somewhere between 10-15. Most are film treatments or ideas, while I have 3 or 4 other scripts either completed or in development

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

About a year and a half ago, I suffered from a condition called de-personalization. It is a symptom of anxiety that makes you feel as if your world isn’t real or you have no control over your actions or decisions. It is not dangerous, but very disturbing and can lead to more serious mental issues. That experience helped me develop the story in that, like the characters, I felt as if I had no control over my life and everything around me wasn’t real. Jasmine, even before learning her reality was a TV show, was worried that she had no control over where her life was going. Writing Jasmine and her ability to take control of her situation and her life was very therapeutic for me.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Constant writer’s block. I usually have the ideas in my head all day every day, but the writing occurs in 20-page writing sessions once every couple of months.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’ve played guitar for 12 years now. Performing as well as music in general.

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

Particularly the reading portion. Before, most of my writing existed in my head or in the heads of others. It is a completely different experience to have it read out loud, especially from a dialogue perspective.

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

You know that crazy idea in your head that you know everyone else will think is stupid or has no marketability whatsoever?
Write it. Don’t settle for safe.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Watch NEW GIRL “Summer’s Over”, TV SPEC Script Reading

Deadline October 15th for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival
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Deadline October 15th for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival
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Watch the NEW GIRL Spec by Micah Goldman and Griff Kohout

SYNOPSIS:

Jess has to go back to school and Nick is having a hard time letting her go. Meanwhile, Nick’s room gets remade into a Steam Room and a “Silent” connection occurs.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
JESS – Erynn Brook
NICK – Rob Notman
SCHMIDT – Adam Vani
WINSTON – P. Rodney Barnes
CECE – Stephanie Seaton
GEORGE – David Schaap
GIRL – Larissa Benfey

Watch TV PILOT Reading: THE PURE by Jessica Seguin

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

Watch TV PILOT Performance Reading of THE PURE:

Read interview with the writer Jessica Seguin:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/jessica_seguin.html

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
QUIN – David Schaap
JOSS – Larissa Benfey
HAL – Adam Vani
TELSA – Stephanie Seaton
CONNER – Rob Notman
ARADIA – Erynn Brook
EAGLE – P. Rodney Barnes

SYNOPSIS:

The Pure is about people and how they try, in spite of everything, to make the world they have a better one in which to live.

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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
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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 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

Submit your TV PILOT or TV Spec Screenplay to the Festival today and get your script performed: http://www.tvfestival.org

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Watch Winning TV Pilot Reading for May 2015: REDEEMING GRACE

The May 2015 TV PILOT Winner was REDEEMING GRACE by WL Gorman.

Watch the Winning Performance Read:

SYNOPSIS:

A fractured and unstable near-future Canada where danger is ever-present and anarchy is just a breath away. In the centre of this cauldron is an ex-military gun-for-hire who seeks redemption from both his country and his father. With the odds stacked against him, will he be able to achieve it?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
STEVEN – Mark Sparks
WOLF/PADDY – Rob Salerno
YOUNG – John Marcucci
ALEXIS – Jillian Cameron
FLINT/FAUSTIN – Peter Bent
CAROLINE – Erynn Brook
SHEPPERD – Sean Ballantyne
MARTY – Graciela Martinez
JULIE – Leah Doz

Submit your TV PILOT today at http://www.tvfestival.org