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/

Watch the October 2015 Winning TV SPEC Screenplay

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 SPEC – Silicon Valley
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jennifer McAuliffe

SYNOPSIS:

This spec script is about how Richard and the Pied Piper team try to dig their way out of the recent bad luck with funding, by raising their profile and networking.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
RICHARD – Geoff Mays
JARED/GILFOYLE – Jarrid Terrell
DINESH – David Occhipinti
MONICA – Christina Santos
ERLICH – Sean Ballantyne
MARISSA – Lorry Ayers

Watch ARCHER TV Show Spec Screenplay Reading from Festival

Deadline September 30th for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival
https://tvfestival.org/

Deadline September 30th for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival
https://tvfestival.org/

Watch ARCHER TV Show Reading “My Name is Archer Lev”:

Written by Jay Mahoffer
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/jay_mahoffer.html

SYNOPSIS:

Archer witnesses (what he thinks is) Krieger’s murder at the hands of vigilantes, and decides he needs to do something to preserve what he considers to be an important legacy. While he and Lana stalk Krieger’s “murderers” through the streets of Jerusalem, he nags the piss out of her in an effort to get her to let him serve as her unborn child’s father figure.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ARCHER – Robert Notman
LANA – Alissa DeGrazia
KRIEGER – Barry Minshull
GUY – Scott Gerard
RAY/BARRY – Gregory Outram Kuzma
CYRIL – Andrew Ahmed
MALLORY – Susan Q. Wilson
KATYA – Stacey Watson

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

Watch TV SPEC Reading of IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA in April 2012

This “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” script that focuses on food and weight loss. Mac and Dee run a fitness program at Mac’s alma mater, while Frank and Dennis train Charlie for an eating competition.

Performed at the old National Film Board Theatre in downtown Toronto. The festival has changed a lot since this reading.

Watch IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA “Mac & Dee Cure Childhood Obesity”:

By Matt McManus
http://www.wildsound.ca/matt_mcmanus.html

This “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” script that focuses on food and weight loss. Mac and Dee run a fitness program at Mac’s alma mater, while Frank and Dennis train Charlie for an eating competition.

Performed at the old National Film Board Theatre in downtown Toronto. The festival has changed a lot since this reading.

CAST LIST:

MAC – James Lafazanos
DENNIS – Nate Callens
CHARLIE – Patrick Fraser
DEE – Leanne Bishop
FRANK – Scott McCulloch
VARIOUS MALE – Andy Bridge
VARIOUS FEMALE – Amy Slattery
NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton

Watch Classic TV Screenplay Reading of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

This is a reading performed at the old National Film Board theatre in Janauary 2011. The event has drastically changed since then, so it’s fun and also a bit hard to watch. In 4 years the video has garnered over 24,000 views online with comments ranging from “Very cool” to “This is bull****”

Watch TV SPEC Reading of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER “Defending the A-Team”

This is a reading performed at the old National Film Board theatre in Janauary 2011. The event has drastically changed since then, so it’s fun to watch but it also tells us how far we’ve come. In 4 years the video has garnered over 24,000 views online with comments ranging from “Very cool” to “This is bull****”

Screenplay written by by Sasha Mervyn:
http://www.wildsound.ca/sashamervyn.html

When Lily can’t shake a clingy friend, she takes the gang’s advice and tries to scare the girl away. Meanwhile, Marshall reveals his deep-seated fear of the A-Team, and Ted, Barney and Robin have a little fun at his expense.

CAST LIST:

TED – Sean Kaufmann
BARNEY – Oliver Bailey
LILY – Freya Ravenbergen
ROBIN – Natalie Kulesza
MARSHALL – Rob Reimer
OLDER TED/NARRATOR – Gabriel Dumas
STACY/VARIOUS – Kate Werneburg
MR. T – Bubba
NARRATOR – Kristi Stewart

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Deadline July 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.tvfestival.org

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

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.

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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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
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 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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Submit your TV PILOT or SPEC Today and get it performed at the festival: http://www.tvfestival.org

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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

Full Feedback on all entries.