TV PILOT Screenplay – Digital Natives by Adam Preston

Watch the August 2016 Winning TV PILOT screenplay.

Digital Natives  by Adam Preston

Genre: Comedy, Sitcom

When it all goes wrong for Phil Burrows he moves to London’s trendy Shoreditch district to reinvent himself as an on-the-pulse hipster in the place where it’s all happening. Not so hip or on-the-pulse is the fact that this involves moving in with his gran, Alice, who has lived there since year dot. To his horror Phil finds that a strange, vain, deluded twentysomething vlogger has wormed his way into her affections and now occupies the spare room. But horror turns to hope – could the technologically savvy Sam Fazackalee hold the secrets to his success?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
PHIL – Lorne Hiro
ALICE – Susan Wilson
SAM – Rais Muoi
QUILLON – David Straus
GEORGE – Stephen Flett
JOHN – Adam McNamara
VERA – Laura Darby

Get to know the winning writer Adam Preston:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

Three characters from three different generations are shacked up in a house in Shoreditch, East London, the UK’s hotbed of innovation and new-tech. There they try to pursue their various dreams by doing what everyone is doing around them – using technology and the internet – but for them it never quite works out…

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

There’s this assumption that everyone is comfortable with the rapid rate of technological development – but we’re human beings not robots and a lot of innovation leaves people feeling anxious or baffled. Digital Natives will be a release valve for all this pent up anxiety – meanwhile the age of robotics is only just getting started…

How would you describe this script in two words?

New-tech farce

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

Seinfeld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year. I made a short in 2015 called The Last Post – you can watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/WjYFg1biT8Q This pilot expands on those themes

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count but I am very proud of a screenplay called The Second Coming which now has an Oscar nominated director attached.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

There’s this huge gulf between my parents generation with their total bafflement with new technology and people in their 20’s who don’t even think of themselves as living in an age of technological development – for them it is just life. Then stuck in the middle is the generation (now in their 30s) who saw all this stuff come in. They have one foot in and one foot out of it. These disparities struck me as offering that essential ‘comic gap’ where world views collide to create laughs. I wanted to write a comedy that enabled me to have fun with that disparity of experience and understanding.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It’s hard to justify spending time writing stuff on spec but I felt very inspired and just made the time.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m fiercely passionate about directing too.

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

The same organization selected my screenplay Misprints for a reading and the intelligent feedback I got from that was very valuable. Whatever you are writing you need feedback but with comedy it is absolutely essential. The LA TV Festival feedback on Digital Natives was right on the money – offering some great ideas and a wonderful boost of encouragement. The draft I did following the feedback was a substantial improvement.

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

I’m reluctant to give advice at this stage of my career but one thing I can say for sure is that it helps to network and develop good contacts in the indust

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Today’s TV Screenplay Reading: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM by Chris Agnew

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

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM TV SPEC
Written by Chris Agnew
Read 10 Questions with the writers

SYNOPSIS:

A spec from the classic TV spec screenplay Curb Your Enthusiasm. A fun-filled romp for the entire family.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Rochelle Burke
LARRY – Charles Gordon
LEON – Aieron Munro
MS. KOTCHERY – Susan Wilson
JEFF – Rob Notman
SPENCER – Paul Falkowski
SUSIE – Maya Woloszyn

Watch the Winning TV PILOT Table Read of HOT FLASH HIGH

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

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

TV PILOT: HOT FLASH HIGH
by Molly Driscoll

SYNOPSIS:

After a medical crisis, 16 year-old GRACE’S perfect high school life is threatened when she undergoes “medically induced menopause,” effectively draining her of hormones. Determined to keep her idyllic life, Grace tries to hide her new condition, but her body might not be so willing.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
GRACE – Antosia Fiedur
RILEY – Rochelle Burke
DIANE – Maya Woloszyn
ALEX/BRANDON – Paul Falkowski
TREVOR – Aieron Munro
CHARLIE – Robert Notman
DR. BROWNSTEIN – Charles Gordon

Watch the TV SPEC Reading of the Disney Show “JESSIE”

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 JESSIE TV Spec “We Don’t Have a Clooney”
by Giuseppe LiMandri

SYNOPSIS:

A spec for the Disney TV series “Jessie”.

Because of an injury to the butler the children have to assume a new of responsibility….

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Jessie – Christina Aceto
Betram – Allan Michael Brunet
Emma – Krista Morin
Doctor – Dan Fox
Ravi – Ryan Anning
Luke – Dan Cristofori
Zuri/Christina – Pip Dwyer

Watch TV SPEC: COUGAR TOWN “Jammin’ Me” by Felicity Flesher

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

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

Watch the TV Spec Screenplay of COUGAR TOWN:

SYNOPSIS:

“Jammin’ Me” is a Cougar Town spec script. In this episode, Jules and the Cul de Sac Crew’s world implodes when there is a wine drought.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Jules – Pip Dwyer
Ellie – Krista Morin
Grayson – Dan Cristofori
Andy – Allan Michael Brunet
Bobby – Dan Fox
Travis – Ryan Anning
Laurie – Christina Aceto

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 –
https://tvfestival.org/2015/06/18/tv-screenplay-testimonials/

Watch a MODERN FAMILY TV Spec Screenplay Performance Reading

DEADLINE September 15th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

DEADLINE September 15th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

MODERN FAMILY: “CHAIRITY CASE”
by Josh Bressler
Reading of the TV SPEC Screenplay

SYNOPSIS:

Gloria looks after a sick Manny and Jay; Cameron tries to make amends with Mitchell after cancelling a vacation; Claire wants to prove she can take care of herself and challenges Phil to do the same; Haley looks for a place to hang her photography work.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
CAMERON/LUKE – Neil Kulin
MITCHELL – Adam McNamara
ALEX/LILY – Kerstin Bradler
GLORIA – Elitsa Bako
CLAIRE – Val Cole
HALEY – Melinda Michael
PHIL – Nick Baillie
JAY – Roman Spera

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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

Watch TV SPEC Reading of RICK & MORTY, by Michael Kellner

Deadline to Submit your TV PILOT or TV SPEC to the Festival. Get script performed. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries: https://tvfestival.org/

Deadline to Submit your TV PILOT or TV SPEC to the Festival. Get script performed. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries: https://tvfestival.org/

TV SPEC – RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner

SYNOPSIS:

Rick and Morty must go head-to-head with a variety of space gangsters to raise the capital to build Rick’s latest invention. Meanwhile, Jerry gets mugged and struggles to cope with his sense of violation.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
MORTY – Adam McNamara
RICK – Roman Spera
JERRY – Nick Baillie
ROBOTS – Neil Kulin
BETH – Val Cole
SUMMER – Kerstin Bradler
PRINCIPAL – Elitsa Bako