Winning TV PILOT Reading – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE, by Irwin Greenstein

Winning Screenplay – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
Written by Irwin Greenstein

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
NEAL – Peter Mark Raphael
ALLEN – Jonah Akler-Silliman
JACK – Christopher Huron
CAROLYN – Vanessa Quagliara
HENRY – Charles Gordon
SHEILA Kayla Farris

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Drama, LGBT

A moody, intense drama about the Beat Generation of writers during their time in San Francisco. Focusing on Allen Ginsberg, this pilot tells the story of their tragically entwined lives as they struggle with the responsibility and tediumof a “normal” life and try to recapture their identity.

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

Their fierce appetites for sex, drugs and freedom of expression push Beat icons Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady to defy taboos of repressive 1950s America and ignite the anti-establishment insurgence that still makes headlines today.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Commercially, “When the World was Square” presents the flip-side of Mad Men — the unrefined and raw sexuality and hipster fashions that have been largely ignored. Creatively, it presents and birth of America’s gay rights movement and pivot point toward the individual freedoms of expression we now enjoy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sexy and addictive.

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

Black Sails

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 2 years.

How many stories have you written?

In terms of fiction, I’ve written my fair share of unproduced screenplays and unpublished novels — combined I would say about 10. But I’m a professional writer and I write non-fiction every day that’s available to me, so my output is very high.

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

Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Facing the challenge of integrating the research and history of the Beats into a compelling, structured narrative. You want to remain true to the original souls but at the same time portray their lives in a commercial and prescribed format.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Sports cars. It’s an expensive habit. Right now I have an old Porsche. Don’t ask about the repair bills. But drop the top on a beautiful day here in South Georgia and the experience is all worth it.

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

I would say it’s the dream of every aspiring screenwriter to see their work performed by people passionate about their craft, and short of a full-blown production a table read is really inspiring. The feedback was great. I took it all to heart and a few weeks laters ended up with a much-improved version.

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

In retrospect, I would urge you all to stay in medical school. Short of that, strive for originality because even if you find yourself eventually drifting into commercial trends at least you would have started in place that’s true to yourself.


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Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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Neil Chase – February 2017 FAN FICTION Screenplay Winner

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Winning Screenplay – SPINACH RUN
Written by Neil ChaseCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Ursina Luther
POPEYE – Philip Krusto
BLUTO – Casey Estey
WIMPY – Geoff Mays
JUAN CORTEX – John Lester Phillips
SEGAR – Sean Ballantyne

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Tasked with capturing a nefarious chemist, Navy SEALs Popeye, Bluto, Sweet-Pea and Wimpy find themselves at the mercy of an infamous drug lord.

Get to know the writer:

What is your Fan Fiction screenplay on the cartoon “POPEYE” about?

Spinach Run is a fresh take on the Popeye universe, where four Navy SEALs (Popeye, Bluto, Sweet-Pea, and Wimpy) are sent to a South American jungle to capture a wanted chemist and recover a sample of his experimental toxin, code-named Spinach. Their mission goes sideways and they’re captured by the chemist’s employer, a notorious drug lord, who decides to use them as guinea pigs for the toxin.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Popeye’s been around for almost 90 years, and through all that time, he’s been portrayed pretty much the same way. This is a completely different way of seeing the characters we all know and love, while staying true to who they are at heart.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Action, thriller.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Probably Star Wars.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took me about three days to write it. Once the initial idea came to me and I started writing, it came pretty fast.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, so it’s hard to say how many short stories there have been. That said, I’ve written a dozen feature screenplays, numerous short screenplays, and I’m awaiting publication of my debut novel.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I always wanted to try my hand at fan fiction, so I thought I’d take a crack at a character that’s not so mainstream, yet one that’s still recognizable.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None that I can think of. It was a fun experience from start to finish.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My other passion is acting, which actually helps me to be a better screenwriter, as I’ve learned where to focus in terms of dialogue, action lines, and so on. I try to write the kinds of scripts I would want to read as an actor.

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

The Fan Fiction Festival is well known, and seemed like a perfect fit for this script. It was a great way to gauge if I was onto something with my take on a classic character. I’m so glad to have entered, not only for the win, but for the fantastic feedback. It’s good to see the script’s strengths and areas for improvement. This was a fun script to write, and I’m grateful for the useful advice to make it even better. Thank you for the great notes!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
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Nader Hobballah – February 2017 TV SPEC Screenplay Winner

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Winning Screenplay – THE FLASH – GODSPEED
Written by Nader HobballahCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
BARRY – Philip Krusto
CISCO – Casey Estey
CAITLIN – Ursina Luther
JOE/JEFF – John Lester Phillips
IRIS – Talia Price

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

An anguished Barry Allen faces off against a mysterious Black Knight that matches him in speed and strength. All the while, he must come to terms with his ability to go back in time and the consequences of doing do.

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay on the show “THE FLASH” about?

The Flash: Godspeed Barry Allen Part One’ sees Barry going up against a fierce and mysterious black knight that seems to have it out for him. At the same time, he is haunted by past actions involving him time traveling.

Why does this screenplay fit into the context of the series?

In the context of the series, this screenplay would fit after Flashpoint and when things have seemingly settled down after the chaos Barry’s actions unleashed.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Two words I would describe this screenplay (Part One) would be Strong Setup.

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

I am not that big into TV these days, but The Walking Dead has kept me engaged mostly now because of Negan.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been working on the overall screenplay for a couple of months on and off. Part one took a couple of weeks after I decided to split it.

How many stories have you written?

I have Probably written more stories than I can count on both hands, but they are of varying quality.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was motivated to write this screenplay after season 2 of the Flash disappointed me and the first episode of season 3 let me down. After that I passed off watching more episodes especially since CW lost them and Netflix is going to be a long while. In the meantime, I started thinking to myself how I would write a Flash story. I took influences from Dark Souls of all properties in crafting the villain. As well, I wanted some thrilling action scenes as well as an emotionally difficult arc for Barry to overcome, but achieve a sense of victory and closure.

It was initially a single screenplay, but after receiving very quality feedback, I realized the only way to satisfy all parties without compromising the story was to expand it into two part. It was worth it in my observation upon reading the final work. I hope the audience is also satisfied with it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

As I stated in my previous answer, the feedback indicated there was a need to expand certain aspects of the script particularly the side characters and the deeper origins of the villain. I made the decision to split it into two parts which gave me a lot of room to breath, but also forced me to consider new challenges.

Since it is two scripts, the need to maintain consistency between them was a must. Certain things that happen in two are explained in one, but if the explanations in one are not in sync with what is happening in two, the whole thing falls apart. As well, things set up in one need to have a quality payoff or their foreshadowing is just empty baiting that will turn off the audience.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Aside from writing, I tend to read up on religion, history and politics. I used to be a big gamer, but I have mellowed out these days.

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

What influenced my decision to submit for the festival was the need to finally showcase my writing to the professional circuit. After years of writing on and off, I wanted to see how far I have come and need to still go. What surprised me was how positive the initial feedback was. Most of the issues had more to do with technical structure and descriptions, but the response to the narrative essence was very enthusiastic. It certainly gave me a much needed boost and encourage me to write more consistently.

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

I would say to writers to write, get feedback, and write some more. Read scripts to see the technical details of how movies are written and I will be honest, I have not done enough of that. As well, watch, and yes even play, the various entertainment mediums around and think about why you and others like or dislike them so much. Writing can be fulfilling, but it is not easy and a firm resolve is needed to stick with it.

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TV PILOT Screenplay Reading – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE by Simon Schneider

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Winning Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
Written by Simon Schneider

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
TULLY – Talia Price
WILLIX – Casey Estey
OFFICE HICKS – Philip Krusto
PETER – John Lester Phillips
JAMIE – Ursina Luther

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

A small town is rocked by creepy deaths where the victims have willingly offered themselves as a sacrifice to some unknown dark force. Investigating the murders are Officer Hicks, Sherriff Healy and visiting expert on the occult Dylan Willix but with the two cops mistrusting Dylan, progress is slow. Meanwhile, bored checkout girl Tully begins to experience strange visions that may link to the force behind the deaths.

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

Echoes of Bonnieville follows Detective Dylan Willix, an investigator of the paranormal and occult, into the sleepy town of Bonnieville as he chases his Moby Dick: a serial killer with supernatural abilities. Meanwhile at the local convenience store, a disenfranchised customer service assistant named Tully Moorehead has the tedium of her life shaken up by otherworldly when she starts having gruesome visions.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I think my pilot would fit in nicely in the current trend of cinematic television and it offers a shade of horror audiences won’t get from anywhere else.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over?

I try to watch as much as I possibly can but my personal highlights include Fargo, Stranger Things and of course Breaking Bad.

How would you describe this script in two words?

I’m going to cheat and use three: Otherworldly detective drama.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This script has been in the works since I read Uzumaki, which was shortly after university in 2015. When I discovered Lovercraftian horror and how paralysing and twisted it could be I had to write my own. That’s when I started brainstorming.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve lost count. This is probably my forth big project, where I’ve set everything aside to make it perfect.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The Lovecraft style of horror is so invasive and incomprehensible that I was compelled to give my version of it. When I researched how Lovecraft had been represented in recent times I felt that no one had quite done it justice, especially in television. It felt like an untapped market that audiences wanted to see and my confidence in that was what drove me.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I encountered the usual obstacles of procrastination, self-doubt and the inability to illustrate on the page what I had in my head. The more I rewrote the script the more distant these problems felt though.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about video games, especially the spectacularly gory ones. They’re something I grew up with and they offer an experience unlike any other medium.

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

I was influenced to submit to WILDsound because of a previous experience submitting work to their short film competition and receiving such thorough feedback. So far, I have received lots of feedback on Echoes of Bonnieville but by far WILDsound’s was the most astute as it highlighted issues which I entirely agreed with. Ironically however, the feedback suggested one of the characters being a little pantomime (which was a fair criticism) but his dialogue was mostly lifted from real life scenarios. Go figure.

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

My biggest advice to other writers out there is practice your craft. There’s always more you can learn and if people aren’t responding to your work, its because it needs refining somewhere. I remember being naively self-assured about some of my old work and I look back at it now and cringe. Truthfully, writing is a growing experience.

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Erica Barfield Peterson – December 2016 TV Screenplay Winner

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MIDLIFE CRISIS TV Pilot
Written by Erica Peterson
Read 10 Questions with the writerCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
MARK – Ucal Shillingford
LEATHERFACE – Noah Casey
JANICE/ALEXIS – Angela Cavallin
MADISON/CHRISSY – Dana Thody
PHARMACIST – Sean Ballantyne
BETT – Chris Reid Geisler

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Horror

On his 40th birthday, Leatherface has decided it’s time to “find his truth,” so he reaches out to the one person who can help him… his only victim that got away.

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of Leatherface (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) turning 40 and realizing the life he’s been living may not be the life he wants. Maybe he doesn’t want to hack people to death. Maybe he doesn’t want to eat people at every meal. Maybe he loves candle making but will never know until he goes on a journey to find his truth, and the only way he knows how to do that is with the aid of his one victim who got away – Mark. Mark survived, lived to tell the tale and even wrote a book about how he learned to live his truth because of what he went through. It’s an Odd Couple story in which both Mark and Leatherface realize how much they can truly help each other find their truths.

2. How does this episode fit into the context of the series?

I think it makes a great buddy comedy. You have two people trying to figure out how they want to live their lives and can only do so with the help of the other. One being a semi-successful self-help author and the other is a murderous psychopath. Each episode the two characters can have new goals of things they either will or won’t want as a part of their new lives. Leatherface has never dated before, never driven — basically never done much other than kill people, so there’s definitely an engine for plenty of stories. Mark is scared of life and wants to learn how to live it to the fullest which is also a great engine for many stories. I think it’s something we’ve never seen before in terms of pairing comedy and horror in the odd couple sense for a TV series.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Delightfully Psycho.

4. What TV show do you watch over and over again?

Arrested Development is by far my favorite. That and anything that profiles serial killers.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this particular pilot for three months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 10 specs and 7 pilots.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’m obsessed with the genre blend of horror and comedy. I had just seen “What We Do In The Shadows” and was like, “That’s what I want to do!” I kind of knew that all along because my favorite movie is “Young Frankenstein,” and I adore “Shaun of the Dead” but it just clicked that day, and I knew I had found my niche. I’m also so fascinated by Leatherface because we never hear him speak and I always wondered — would his life be different if he was taken in by a more “normal” family. Does he ever want to tell his mama to shove off cause he just wants to listen to music or kiss a girl? — so I wanted to explore the question of what would he be like if he came to that realization himself.

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

None, really. This was one of those times where I loved every moment of writing this because it’s something I am passionate about so it made it fun. I couldn’t wait to finish to get feedback and make it better and better.

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

I love to dance (was a semi-professional football cheerleader — will not tell you the team name because there are embarrassing photos out there), animals, fighting for the rights of others, making people laugh, sleep and donuts (GOD I LOVE DONUTS).

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

I wanted to see what people thought of my script. Sometimes you give your writing to people and worry that they’re just being nice because they know you — with this — you didn’t have to be nice, and you were wonderful! The feedback was great and encouraging. Now I just gotta get those rights from Tobe Hooper!

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

Just keep writing and always write. Write what you’re passionate about – not what you think other people want to read. Read scripts – lots of them. Nail down structure and story — if you can get those two things done well then the rest is a piece of cake. Also, forget doubting yourself. You’re not here to please anyone but yourself. If you’re writing to make money and wouldn’t write if you couldn’t make money — maybe you shouldn’t be a writer. And always be willing to take feedback — especially if you get the same note from several people. The goal is to get better and not think that you are already the best.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Watch the 2016 TV PILOT Winners from the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (18)

Since we started performing TV PILOT screenplays at the festival in 2008, the industry of developing pilots has changed dramatically. There are now 100s of more television shows being created a year because of the large growth of web platforms like Netflix. To add to that, there are now more television stations desperate for solid content looking for that next great television show.

We performed 18 original television pilots in 2016 and are eyeing to perform at least twice as many in 2017.

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

ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson
ACTORTV PILOT BEST Scene Screenplay – ARMS OF MORPHEUS
November 2016 Reading
Written by John Christopher Thomas
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: WILLOWWOOD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Christopher Locke
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND
October 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Hankin
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: THE VISA
October 2016 Reading
Written by Conrad Haynes
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – OYMPUS RISING
September 2016 Reading
Written by C M Landrus
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – DIGITAL NATIVES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – SURVEILLANCE
August 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Gebhardt & Jenn Russi
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE SPECTRAL CITY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Arthur Vincie
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WILD MAGIC
June 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Nichols
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – CIVILIAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Scanlon
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – SPACE 2099 (based on Space 1999)
June 2016 Reading
Written by Kevin D Story
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE REAPER: REBELLION “AFTERLIFE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Mark S. MacDonald, Darsey Meredith
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – SMITHEREENS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Hershel D. Rephun
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MAILROOMIES
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jacques Edeline
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MINDWALKER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos
ACTORTV PILOT – LACIE BIDWELL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jameel Khan
ACTORTV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Watch the 2016 TV SPEC Winners from the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (13)

13 TV Spec Screenplays were performed at the festival in 2016. These are always the most enjoyable scripts to perform for the actors because they get to dive into the roles of their favorite television characters.

This portion of the festival has been going on since 2009 and since then the television industry has changed dramatically. Specs from web platforms like Netflix and Amazon TV is now what agents and producers are looking to read to showcase a writer’s talent.

Enjoy watching the readings!

ACTORTV SPEC of the show RICK & MORTY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew Feldman
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sarah Cassell
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Kimmy is a VIP
October 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Miller
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – RICK & MORTY “The Rickgotiator”
August 2016 Reading
Written by David Cryan
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jennifer Renner
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Linsen Oyosa
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE MINDY PROJECT “Culture Club”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Katie Bero
ACTORFan Fiction Screenplay – TWILIGHT ZONE “Punchline”
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jaime Medina
ACTORFan Fiction Screenplay – MAGNUM P.I.
March 2016 Reading
Written by Lew Ritter
ACTORFan Fiction – DOCTOR WHO “The Time Cuckoo”
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Gilbank & Paul Renhard
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE BIG BANG THEORY
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Minaskanian
ACTORTV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Turriff

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne