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WATCH Mid-Year TV SPEC SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning Television SPEC Screenplay winners for the first half of 2017:

ACTORFAN FICTION TV SPEC Screenplay – DOCTOR WHO
June 2017 Reading
by Paul Hewitt

ACTORTV SPEC of SUPERNATURAL
May 2017 Reading
by Bonnie Bonaduce

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Matthew J. Gonzalez

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
March 2017 Reading
Written by Marc Mulcahy

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE FLASH TV series
February 2017 Reading
Written by Nader Hobballah

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This”
January 2017 Reading
Written by Edward Pronley

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WINNING TV SPEC Reading of SUPERNATURAL “Don’t Look Back” , by Bonnie Bonaduce

Winning Screenplay – SUPERNATURAL “Don’t Look Back”
Written by Bonnie Bonaduce
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
DEAN – Jason Martorino
SAM – John Marcucci
CASTIEL – Brogan Caulfield
EMMA – Roselie Williamson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Romance

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The logline best answers this question for SUPERNATURAL – “Don’t Look Back” – Dean, Sam and Castiel take extreme measures to save an unusual and innocent woman from an evil curse. However, the crux of the episode is to introduce the new character of Emma De Luca, a woman as embroiled in the supernatural universe as Dean and Sam, and to lay the foundation for an epic love triangle between Dean and Emma and Castiel. Time for Supernatural to grow up, leave the overdone “bromances” in the dust, and throw a strong, ass-kicking and yet sweet and vulnerable woman into the mix. Sparks will fly!

How does this episode fit into the context of the show?

This episode is designed to be a season-opener, and carries no baggage other than our main characters and the Men of Letter’s Bunker set, which from what I understand was incredibly expensive to build and will surely be available should my story be a miracle baby and make it to the small screen.

Have you watched every single episode of SUPERNATURAL?

I have watched every single episode of Supernatural, more than once. Some I could write from memory, such as my personal fave, “The Man Who Would be King”, which was also the first episode I ever saw. I must confess, I had never even watched Supernatural until this past January. Honest to God. I was working so many hours at my bring-home-the-bacon job that I seldom had time to watch anything longer than a sitcom. I guess I owe my newfound writing obsession to a miserable cold that forced me to kick back and actually relax for a while. I stumbled on “The Man Who Would be King”, got completely sucked in, and the rest is history. I think any writer attempting to write for an established show MUST take the time and effort to study their quarry. So much of great writing is in the nuances, the little things about a character or a concept that make all the difference.

How would you describe this script in two words?

If I could describe this script in two words, they would be GAME CHANGER.

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

The movie I have seen the most times in my life? That’s a hard one. I’d say it’s a toss up between any of the Lord of the Rings movies, all the Harry Potter movies, the entire Star Wars franchise, and “While You Were Sleeping”. Yes, that’s the romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. Hey, I never said I was consistent. Or maybe I am…after all, I’m still mixing fantasy universes with romance.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this particular episode for about six weeks, on and off. My mind tends to run ahead, and I also spent time outlining and making general notes on several more sequel episodes. The follow up to “Don’t Look Back” is titled “Timing is Everything”, and it too is complete and making the contest rounds with DLB as we speak. I’m halfway through the third episode titled “Out of the Blue”, and also have 6 other episodes that I’m outlining/simmering. No rest for the obsessed, I’m afraid.

How many stories have you written?

I have no idea how many stories I’ve written. So many were written only in my head, because I never had the time to commit them to paper. I did write a romance novel and a screenplay that did well in some contests about 10 years ago, but then I took a long break from writing, like ten years of break, during which I was raising my kids and working my ass off, and just trying to keep the wolf from the door. Sometimes life just gets in the way…and sometimes we let it. I wish now that I’d taken more time for ME. And that would have meant writing. But no use in lamenting the past. We can only look forward.

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

My favorite song? That’s an interesting question. At the moment, it’s got to be Carly Pearce – “Every Little Thing”. Yes, it’s a country song. This is me, saying, and saying it proudly, that although I love almost all music, Country music holds the key to my heart.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The only obstacle I faced in finishing “Don’t Look Back” was time. The story was simply bursting out of me, to the extent that I even dreamed about it at night, waking up at three a.m. and running to my computer to get the thoughts down before I could forget them. But time is an evil bitch, and with the deadline for so many important contests looming, I took a week of vacation time from my job to be able to give the writing the attention it deserved. Man, did I LOVE that week! All writing, all the time? Heaven.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I am passionate about my kids, and living life to the fullest. I prioritize taking care of my health. I eat very well, don’t smoke or drink, hit the gym most every day, use a far-infrared sauna, and take a handful of supplements daily. As my wise grandma used to say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

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

I learned about the festival on line. First, as a new writer, I know how important it is to get my work out there, everywhere I can. I also value the feedback, although I always rely on my own instinct and taste. First and foremost, I write for myself. Especially for Supernatural, that makes sense to me, since I am part of their largest demographic viewership. I also loved the idea of having professional actors table read my work. So cool.

My initial reaction to the feedback was, Wow! He really liked my work. I mean, when the first sentence you read says, “An exceptionally well-written episode of Supernatural…” you know you’re off to a great start! I did incorporate the advice to lower my page count, and it was a good lesson in evaluating what scenes were absolutely crucial to the story. I really did learn something, and isn’t that the point?

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

TV PILOT Screenplay Reading – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE by Simon Schneider

Watch the winning February 2017 TV PILOT screenplay.

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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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

SEE over 200 GENRES from 2016 STORIES from the WRITING FESTIVAL

GENRES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

#-C GENRE
19th Century
Action/Adventure
Addiction
Adultery
African American
Airplane
Alcoholism
Alien
Angel
Animation
Apocalypse
Artist
Assassination
Baby
Bar
Battle
Beach
Biography
Birds
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Bully
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Chase
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CIA
Civil War
Coffee

C-F GENRE
Coming of Age
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Daughter
Demon
Depression
Detective
Devil
Divorce
Doctor
Documentary
Dragon
Drama
Drugs
Environmental
Escape
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Fantasy
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Farm
Father
Father/Daughter

F-H GENRE
Father/Son
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Funeral
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Hell

H-M GENRE
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King
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Las Vegas
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Love
Love Triangle
Lust
Mafia

M-P GENRE
Magic
Marijuana<BR
Marine
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Mother/Daughter
Mother/Son
Movies about Movies
Murder
Musical
Musician
Nazi
New York City
Office
Orphan
Paris
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Pregnancy
Priest
Prison

P-S GENRE
Psychiatrist
Psychopath
Quest
Rabbit
Rape
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Relationship
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Revenge
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Serial Killer
Sheriff
Siblings
Small Town
Snow
Soldier
Son
Space
Spaceship
Sports

S-Z GENRE

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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