SOUNDS OF FREEDOM Web Series – FEEDBACK from the June 2018 TV Festival

SOUNDS OF FREEDOM, 5min, USA, TV WEB SERIES/Drama
Directed by Holly Chadwick

Sounds of Freedom is a web series about Julia, a service woman who returns from the Iraq war, and Vietnam Veteran Charlie. Both suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. From their jobs at the local newspaper, and through a series of flashbacks and sessions with a common therapist, these two veterans are challenged to the max when a serial killer strikes at home.

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Director BIO: Holly Chadwick (SOUNDS OF FREEDOM)

Director Biography – Holly Chadwick

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Holly was raised by her grandparents on Whidbey Island. They believed in rigorous music studies to combat the trauma of coming from parents with mental illness. Though she didn’t become a concert pianist, she has directed short movies, documentaries and now the web series, the Sounds of Freedom. She earned a B.A. in Film and Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has studied fine art and digital media as far away as Italy and The Banff Centre in Alberta Canada.

At the age of 16, Holly was a key member in a successful Internet start up and went on to working for fine art and newspaper publishing companies and designing for advertising.

She was a member of Americorps for two years where she helped kids learn to read and taught digital photography in her local community.

Holly has worked in a darkroom developing crime scene photos, had a father with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the inspiration for Sounds of Freedom. She is also working on a documentary featuring her mother, mental illness, and herself called Music in My Head.

Holly resides on Whidbey Island in the same house she grew up in with her husband, two Golden Retrievers and rather psycho kitty. She enjoys kayaking, boating, playing piano, extreme sledding and off-roading adventures.

Director Statement

With new technologies, narrative is being deconstructed and its importance reduced to simple mathematical algorithms to make sense of a digitized world. Therefore, as “narrative animals,” humans endlessly click a mouse button to make sense out of the digitized world in their own way, or become computer programmers or multimedia authors, the creators of mathematical algorithms, to weave a narrative through the digitized media world. I as a media creator, struggle to develop new narrative in this click and skim internet culture.

Winning TV PILOT Reading of PSI-COM 5, by Ed Vela

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Lynx: Merlin Simard
Lucien: Allan Brunet
Joselyn: Mahtab Sabet
Liticia: Kate Varadi
Titansor: Anthony Tran
Hadley: Scott Beaudin
Cho: Salma Dharsee

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

At a secret government facility, young psychics are being trained and their psychic gifts developed but when one group: Psi-Com 5, finds out about an enhancement program that is killing and maiming some of the younger less powerful psychics, while at the same time discovering a powerful young psychic on the outside being used as a pawn, they decide to try to escape the confines of the Clinic.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Psi-Com 5 has at its core a few elements that make it very appealing for episodic television or platform viewing: it has well drawn characters relatable for who they are and who they aren’t, it has a basic “chase” plot element as PC5 works to stay hidden from society at large while staying one step ahead of the Clinic as they relentlessly pursue them, and it combines both a sci-fi and thriller element as it deals with both psychic powers and the danger of the pursuit.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Super Psychics.

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

Game of Thrones.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A few years.

How many stories have you written?

About 60, if you count stage plays, screenplays and teleplays.

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

The Longest Time by Billy Joel.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Firstly, the framing device, it seemed natural once I realized that Lynx is such a acerbic character that if you didn’t know what he was thinking he wouldn’t be near as likeable as he ended up being, so I told it thru his eyes. Secondly, the age old dilemma in a pilot: making sure ask more questions than you answer.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love producing, directing and acting in my own short films, and web series. It offers me a creative smorgasbord.

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

As a TV pilot there aren’t that many festivals to enter a script like: Psi-Com 5, and this is the 1st contest I have entered it. I found the feedback thorough and helpful.

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

I find FilmFreeway a fantastic way to search, find and enter festivals all over the country and the world.

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

If its not a story that you feel you have to write… Don’t write it. If you think it’s interesting… The audience will too.

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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

Supernatural/War TV SHOW: THE GIFTED, by Barry Brennessel

Title: THE GIFTED (Episode 1, “The Calling”) 

Written by: Barry Brennessel

Type: TV Script

Genre: Supernatural

Logline: The Vikarians consume human hearts for strength and superiority. The Carriers reject this lifestyle. A great war looms between these two supernatural enemy camps. Peace lies at the hands of an unwitting working class mother and her teenage son.

Interested in this logline, please email us at info@wildsound.ca and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

Have a logline? Submit your logline to the monthly logline contest.

Supernatural TV SHOW: BLUE LIGHT, by Andrew Fisk

Title: BLUE LIGHT 

Written by: Andrew Fisk

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Science Fiction

Logline: BioTeam One, an elite biohazard team, recovers a winged alien who seems to have fallen from the sky. When the alien dies, a BioTeam member becomes obsessed with finding its origin. He injects himself with the alien’s DNA and loses his own identity.

Interested in this logline, please email us at info@wildsound.ca and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

Have a logline? Submit your logline to the monthly logline contest.

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

 

 

 

Today’s TV Pilot Screenplay Reading: UP COUNTRY MOTORS, by John Fuhrman

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

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

UP COUNTRY MOTORS “Deal of the Day”
by John Fuhrman
Reading of the TV PILOT Script

SYNOPSIS:

Up Country Motors is a weekly sitcom in which over stressed Jack Matthews escapes from a New York car Dealership to manage a collection of misfits at a dealership in Northern Vermont recently inherited by the personification of a blonde joke.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
JACK – Nick Baillie
GEOFF/SANDERSON – Roman Spera
AIMEE – Melinda Michael
BOBBI II – Adam McNamara
ROLAND – Neil Kulin
NORMA – Val Cole
SHEREE – Elitsa Bako
DEALER – Kerstin Bradler

TV Reading of the Day: VEEP TV Show Spec by Emily Cirillo

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TV SPEC: VEEP “Town Hall”
by Emily Cirillo

SYNOPSIS:

The episode, titled “Town Hall”, is about Selina trying to connect with millennial voters after disparaging poll numbers are released. Dan and Amy, fighting for the Campaign Manager position, have different ideas on how to win them over. And Jonah makes things more difficult for Selina and the staff after he accidentally opens a virus that crashes their office server. The episode culminates at a Town Hall event Selina attends at a local university, where she realizes winning the youth vote is easier said than done.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Selina – Jacqueline Brown
Amy – Julia Vally
Sue – Alicia Payne
Mike – Charles Gordon
Ben – Neil Kulin
Adam – Kaleb Alexander
Dan – Rob Salerno
Jonah – Sean Ballantyne

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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Watch TV Spec Reading of BOB’S BURGERS by Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato

A friend of mine who just moved to L.A. from Brooklyn read our script and recommend we enter it. The coverage and feedback were right-on and helped us tighten up and improve things after staring at it for so many months.

Watch the November 2015 Winning TV Spec Screenplay Table Read.

Watch BOB’S BURGERS “Wreck Center”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
BOB – Allan Michael Brunet
LINDA – Erynn Brook
LOUISE – Lauren Toffan
GENE – Adam Martignetti
TINA – Devin Upham

Get to know writers Travis McMaster & Tony Interdonato:

1. What is your TV spec screenplay on Bob’s Burgers about?

We wanted to do a full family story. Mr. Fishodoer has extorted the Belcher family into using the rec. center.

2. Why should this screenplay fit into the context of the tv show?

In the previous seasons we’ve seen a lot of building of the town mythos, with the wharf arts center, the track, the convention center. We wanted to expand the town and also Bob and Linda’s history in it. We liked having a connection to Bob and Linda’s youth that they could (overbearingly) share with their kids.

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

Family Adventure.

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

Tony: Star Wars (A New Hope)
Travis: According to my mom, Dumbo.

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

We started this spec last November. So 8-10 months before submitting it here.

6. How many stories have you written?

Tony: About 10 specs, 5 originals (both comedy and drama), and 20 comic book scripts
Travis: 2 specs, 3 pilots, outlines for 8 more, and I got a feature rattling around in my head that I can’t quite pin down.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

We are both huge fans of Bob’s Burgers. The voice cast and writing team are so talented. In a lot of ways, it’s the spiritual successor to “The Simpsons” in terms of the family dynamic.

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

We struggled with Louise having enough purpose throughout, since Bob/Linda are teamed with Gene/Louise.
I struggled with maintaining and 80’s movie theme throughout, and then reconciling with the fact the the climax is a reference to ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ which is very much a 90s film.

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

Tony: I’m an avid gamer, both table top and video games. I DM weekly for our Dungeons & Dragons group. I’m also an obsessive comic book fan and spend most of my free time in L.A. going out to concerts
Travis: Dogs. Really into dogs. Also Disney World, I’m a big theme park guy. And there’s this bisque, every Tuesday I drive to Burbank to get it from the Ragin’ Cajun food truck. It haunts me.

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

A friend of mine who just moved to L.A. from Brooklyn read our script and recommend we enter it. The coverage and feedback were right-on and helped us tighten up and improve things after staring at it for so many months.

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

Just write all the time, every free moment you have. Don’t sandbag yourself. If a show or idea resonates with you, pursue it, even if it’s only for yourself.

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