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 the October 2015 Winning TV PILOT Screenplay Readings

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

Watch the 2 TV PILOT Winners for October 2015:

TV PILOT – Max Cobra
October 2015 Reading
Written by Brad Heisler

SYNOPSIS:

Well, plot-wise, the pilot of Max Cobra: Dark Future is about an ex-government assassin/war hero drafted by the president to stop rogue Soviet soldiers from destroying the planet in an alternate version of 1997.

But conceptually, the show is about recreating the magic of the old 80s action movies, when heroes were effortlessly cool, the dialogue was unforgettable and immediately quotable, the effects were campy and vivid, and most importantly, the action was fun. Action today takes itself too se

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Lorry Ayers
MAX COBRA – Jarrid Terrell
GENERAL/AGENT CONAN – Geoff Mays
PRESIDENT POWERS – David Occhipinti
DR. SANFORD – Christina Santos

TV PILOT – Westbound
October 2015 Reading
Written by Jeff Aluli

SYNOPSIS:

Follows a group of individuals who live the world of “Train Hopping” and move from city to city around the United States.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Termite/Doughboy/Pennwise – Jerald Bezener
Uranium/Caboose – Rob Salerno
Emily/V-Switch – Misha Harding
Ozarks – Charles Gordon
Trails – Katelyn Cooper

Watch TV PILOT Reading of GOTHAM NIGHTS (Batman’s Robin)

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

Watch GOTHAN NIGHTS (Dick Grayson) TV Pilot Reading by Adam Kennedy

SYNOPSIS:

The series follows the journey of Dick Grayson from average student to Robin to Nightwing. In the pilot, Dick, an acrobat during the summer with his parents, begins school at Crestwood Academy, a prestigious private school just down the road from the shuttered and mysterious Wayne Manor. A scholarship student, he is quickly labeled “the circus boy” and is publicly humiliated by the school jock. Offered the chance to get even, Dick gets into an unexpectedly dangerous situation that ultimately puts him on a collision course with destiny.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
DICK GRAYSON – Scott Clark
BARBARA GORDON – Taylor P. Martin
PAM ISELY – Grace DeMill
WAYLON JONES – Jermaine Q James
MICHAEL MARONI – Steve Shand
BRIAN ROGERS – Brandon McKnight
ALFRED PENNYWORTH – Joe Cote
HUGO STRANGE – Denis Germain

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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

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

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
http://www.tvfestival.org

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
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 TV PILOT Reading: ERASER by Kim Godfrey

Two psychology students practice an illegal form of hypnotherapy that allows for the erasure of traumatic memories. Driven by opposing motivations, their ambitions lead them into a violent and exploitative criminal underworld. As they spiral down, one man struggles to maintain his sense of morality while the other struggles to maintain sanity.

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

Watch the Performance Reading of ERASER:

PILOT written by Kim Godfrey
Interview with Kim Godfrey, winning TV Pilot writer (Eraser)

SYNOPSIS:

Two psychology students practice an illegal form of hypnotherapy that allows for the erasure of traumatic memories. Driven by opposing motivations, their ambitions lead them into a violent and exploitative criminal underworld. As they spiral down, one man struggles to maintain his sense of morality while the other struggles to maintain sanity.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Kersh – Rob Salerno
Dr. Kelly – Alicia Payne
Matilda – Julia Vally
Michael – Kaleb Alexander
Abraham – Charles Gordon
Marcus – Neil Kulin
Beth – Jacqueline Brown
Dominic – Sean Ballantyne