Watch the GIRLS “Camping” TV Spec Screenplay Reading:
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
Matthew Toffolo interview winning writer Yolanda R Easiley:
Matthew: What is the TV spec script of the GIRLS TV show about?
Yolanda: Hannah (Lena Dunham), needs to picked up from the airport, so she calls on her friend’s for help. Unfortunately, something as easy as an airport pickup becomes extremely complicated. Someone dies, friendships are tested, pimps are beat-up and Airport Security becomes a serious issue.
Matthew: Why does this script fit into the context of the show?
Yolanda: The TV show, GIRLS, is driven by intense human emotion. Simple tasks are always turned into huge challenges, because the main characters aren’t able to cope. I believe my script follows that formula. I never say where Hannah went, so my script could fall into any season of GIRLS.
Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?
Yolanda: I’ve been writing stories since I was a young girl. I did not become serious about writing until a couple of years ago. I was like, “Wow, I enjoy this. Maybe I could turn writing into my profession.”
Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Yolanda: John Carpenter’s: The Thing. I adore Kurt Russell, the story is intelligent and the ending is one of my favorites. The “blood test” scene gives me chills. I could put “The Thing” on a continuous loop and never grow sick of it.
Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?
Yolanda: Vince Gillian, because he’s a great storyteller and I believe I could learn a lot from him. Mindy Kaling, because she is not afraid to take risks and she is able to get shit done. Mindy is strong, intelligent and willing.
James Franco, because he is a risk taker, hard worker and loyal.
Meryl Streep, because she knows what award winning projects look like
J. J. Abrams, because we both share a deep love for The X-Files and he is purposely is trying to bring diversity to movies and television.
Leonardo DiCaprio, because I want to help him win a damn Oscar.
Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?
Yolanda: I’ve written close to 12 stories. I’m currently working on a pilot about diversity and I’m trying to write a screenplay about the Internment Camps during WWII.
Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Yolanda: I will be on a television show in 5 years as a writer’s assistant or a staff writer.
Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Yolanda: I sit and think for long periods time, I talk out loud and I observe the world around me. If something strikes me, I’ll type it on my phone’s notes app. Eventually, if I feel I have a full story swirling in my brain, I’ll type or write out an outline; then, I write the story.
Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Yolanda: I am passionate about human rights, human exploration, the US education system and anything to do with the arts.
Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?
Yolanda: WILDsound is well known and the feedback is detailed, honest and useful. I’m also hoping to get some type of representation.
Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Yolanda: Write for the enjoyment and don’t give up.
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