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Watch COUGAR TOWN TV Spec Screenplay Winner (plus Interview)

One of the biggest reasons I entered WILDsound was the feedback aspect. Not a lot of contests offer that. What I heard back about my script was spot on and I was able to process the comments to come back with a stronger script.

– Screenwriter Felicity Flesher

    Watch COUGAR TOWN “Jammin Me” TV Screenplay by Felicity Flesher:

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
    Jules – Pip Dwyer
    Ellie – Krista Morin
    Grayson – Dan Cristofori
    Andy – Allan Michael Brunet
    Bobby – Dan Fox
    Travis – Ryan Anning
    Laurie – Christina Aceto

Matthew Toffolo interviews Felicity Flesher:

1. What is your screenplay about?

“Jammin’ Me” is a Cougar Town spec script. In this episode, Jules and the Cul de Sac Crew’s world implodes when there is a wine drought.

2. Why does this script fit into the context of the show?

A wine drought is just about the worst possible thing that could happen to Jules and the Crew. And thus, one of the most hilarious. They have to scramble and take action to preserve their livelihood while breaking apart at the seams.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

For almost all of my life, my favorite movies have been the Indiana Jones trilogy. Growing up, I thought this meant that I should be an archaeologist and I started building my life around that career path. However, sometime in high school, I started getting into filmmaking and I realized that the career that really attracted me was that of the people that made Indiana Jones, not the character himself. Ever since, I’ve been dedicated to writing stories.

4. What TV shows did you watch when you were a kid?

I was a weird kid with weird parents, so the shows that interested me were a lot of the older British ones like Are You Being Served?, Allo, Allo, Sherlock Holmes, etc. While I want to be a good ‘Murican, I’m still drawn to a lot of shows from across the pond like QI and The IT Crowd probably because it’s a sensibility and humor that I was exposed to as I was developing my own voice.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

One of my favorite artists is Ray McKinnon, who won the Oscar for his short film “The Accountant” and who now gives us Rectify. I love his take on the South and I think it’s a perspective that has been missing for a long time. I also love a lot of the more stylized film directors like Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright, the Coen Brothers and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and how they are able to use their visuals in interesting ways to support great stories. In the comedy world, there are far too many artists that I’d kill to work with, so I won’t bore you with a list.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

This Cougar Town script is actually the first television script I ever wrote. It began as an assignment for a college class and the experience and feedback spurred me to continue hacking away in TV.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

In 5 years, the dream would be to work on a writing staff with cool people writing stuff that moves us and makes us laugh. My first job in Hollywood was as a PA on The Odd Couple where I was able to see a writing staff that worked hard, but clearly enjoyed each other’s presence and cracking jokes with their friends all day. I hope that one day I can be a part of a similar community.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

About that writing routine… I need to work on getting one of those.

My process often begins with a set of notes I keep that range anywhere from a full plot to a character name that inspires me to a funny phrase I heard one day. Sometimes it’s those smallest details that are peculiar enough to warrant a full script for me.

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

There is life beyond a video screen???

But actually, I enjoy playing tennis and still hold a great deal of passion for my alma mater, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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

Dear Writers — you people enjoy reading advice, but maybe ignore people like me for a while, stop procrastinating, and just start telling your own stories.

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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

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Today’s TELEVISION SHOW Pitches and Loglines

Submit your logline for FREE today (Any type. Any genre)

http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

READ TV SHOW Pitches:

Title: RIPPA JACK
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/rippa_jack_supernatural_spec_by_lois_terrans_bradbury.html
Written by: Lois Terrans Bradbury
Genre: Sci Fi/Drama/Supernatural
Type: TV SPEC for Supernatural

Title: AMONG US
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/among_us_by_renana_nova.html
Written by: Renana Nova
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Fantasy

Title: ALREADY OVER
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/already_over_by_justin_k_kazmierczak.html
Written by: Justin K Kazmierczak
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Sci-Fi/Time Travel/Adventure

Title: ENTITLEMENT
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/entitlement_by_carlos_burley.html
Written by: Carlos Burley
Genre: Action
Type: TV PILOT

Title: MARS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mars_by_laura_quigley.html
Written by: Laura Quigley
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Type: TV PILOT

Title: DARK HEROES
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dark_heroes_by_peter_sims.html
Written by: Peter Sims
Genre: Sci-fi action adventure
Type: TV PILOT

Title: PROJECT: HERO
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/project_hero_by_david_levy.html
Written by: David Levy
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Title: GREY WOLF
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/grey_wolf_by_ed_vaughan.html
Written by: Ed Vaughan
Type: TV Script
Genre: Action/Adventure

Title: END TITUS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/end_titus_by_delmar_burkett.html
Written by: Delmar Burkett
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Mystery, Sci fi, Action

Title: ROGUE GROUP
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/rogue_group_by_christopher_andre.html
Written by: Christopher Andre
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Type: TV PILOT Screenplay

Title: SUPERHEROES IN TRAINING
http://www.wildsound.ca/superheroes_in_training_by_david_caffee.html
Written by: David Caffee
Genre: Animation
Type: TV Screenplay

Title: TRANSFERENCE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/transference_by_jeff_conlon.html
Written by: Jeff Conlon
Genre: Thriller/Grounded Sci-fi
Type: TV PILOT

Title: MARA
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mara_by_jonas_lobao.html
Written by: Jonas Lobao
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Type: TV PILOT

Title: THREAD
http://www.wildsound.ca/thread_by_hannah_hightower.html
Written by: Hannah Hightower
Genre: Thriller/Action
Type: TV Pilot

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Deadline March 31st: 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

TELEVISION SHOW Pitches and Loglines for Today

Submit your logline for FREE today (Any type. Any genre)

http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

READ TV SHOW Pitches:

Title: LEGENDARY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legendary_by_patrick_g_emralino.html
Written by: Patrick G. Emralino
Genre: Action, Adventure, Superhero, Crime Thriller
Type: TV PILOT

Title: THE HAPPENING
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_happening_by_d_nesmith.html
Written by: D. Nesmith
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Type: TV PILOT

Title: WORLDS APART
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/worlds_apart_by_robert_cannon.html
Written by: Robert Cannon
Genre: Fantasy/Thriller
Type: TV PILOT

Title: FUTURE TENSE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/future_tense_by_kyle_williamson.html
Written by: Kyle Williamson
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Type: TV PILOT/Mini Series/Feature

Title: BAD MADISON
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/bad_madison_by_matt_l_oconnor.html
Written by: Matt L. O’Connor
Type: TV SCRIPT
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Western

Title: THE GLITCH
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_glitch_by_greg_wessman.html
Written by: Greg Wessman
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Thriller

Title: CELTIC BLOOD
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/celtic_blood_by_richard_william_masterson.html
Written by: Richard William Masterson
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Crime Thriller

Title: GENOME
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/genome_by_anna_geldart.html
Written by: Anna Geldart
Genre: Crime Thriller/ Sci-Fi
Type: TV PILOT Screenplay

Title: WORLDS END
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/worlds_end_by_david_greenberg.html
Written by: David Greenberg
Type: TV SCRIPT
Genre: Political, Thriller, Mystery

Title: THE LAST MUSKETEER
http://www.wildsound.ca/the_last_musketeer_by_ed_vaughn.html
Author: Ed Vaughn
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime

Title: THE JOKER
http://www.wildsound.ca/the_joker_by_joe_smith.html
Written by: Joe Smith
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Type: TV Screenplay – Pilot

Title: INSIDE OUT
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/inside_out_by_isaac_maxwell-hunt.html
Written by: Isaac Maxwell-Hunt
Genre: Crime/Thriller/Scifi/Horror
Type: TV PILOT Screenplay

Title: HYDRA
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hydra_by_darlyne_franklin.html
Written by: Darlyne Franklin
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Type: TV PILOT

Title: DAZZLELAND
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dazzleland_by_amy_amani.html
Written by: Amy Amani
Genre: Thriller, Romance, Suspence
Type: TV PILOT

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Deadline March 31st: 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

Today’s TELEVISION SHOW Pitches and Loglines

Submit your logline for FREE today (Any type. Any genre)

http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

READ TV SHOW Pitches:

Title: SLAYERS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/slayers_by_jeanelle_gordon.html
Written by: Jeanelle Gordon
Genre: Drama, Horror, Action
Type: TV PILOT

Title: LOOSE CANNON
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/loose_cannon_by_jennifer_bouani.html
Written by: Jennifer Bouani
Genre: Drama
Type: TV PILOT

Title: CACTUS SURFING
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/cactus_surfing_by_doctor_lisa_cohen.html
Written by: Doctor Lisa Cohen
Genre: Dramedy, Family, Mystery, Supernatural
Type: TV PILOT

Title: ORACLE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/oracle_by_nick_roth.html
Written by: Nick Roth
Genre: Sci-Fi
Type: TV PILOT

Title: THE BLUE CIRCUS
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_blue_circus_by_dennis_foley.html
Written by: Dennis Foley
Genre: Drama
Type: TV Pilot

Title: TONGUE TIED
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tongue_tied_by_steven_m_cross.html
Written by: Steven M. Cross
Genre: fantasy/drama
Type: TV PILOT

Title: FORTY GRAINS OF BLACK POWDER
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/forty_grains_of_black_powder_by_rlb_hartmann.html
Written by: RLB Hartmann
Genre: Family drama, historical saga, coming of age
Type: TV PILOT

Title: NOVEMBER OF MY SOUL
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/november_of_my_soul_by_jack_trammell.html
Written by: Jack Trammell
Genre: Paranormal, Drama, Sci-Fi
Type: TV PILOT

Title: MOTHER’S DAY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/mothers_day_by_richard_white.html
Written by: Richard White
Genre: Drama
Type: TV PILOT Mini-Series Screenplay

Title: ALEXANDER THE GREAT
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/alexander_the_great_by_hank_isaac.html
Written by: Hank Isaac
Genre: Drama
Type: TV PILOT Screenplay

Title: THE CATCH
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_catch_by_roland_gutierrez.html
Written by: Roland Gutierrez
Genre: Drama
Type: TV Pilot

Title: BRITHOP
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/brithop_by_minka_wiltz.html
Written by: Minka Wiltz
Genre: DRAMA
Type: TV Pilot

Title: FAMILY PORTRAIT CHANGES VOL 1
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/family_portrait_changes_vol_1_by_gillian_felix.html
Written by: Gillian Felix
Genre: Drama
Type: Novel and television pilot

Title: 5N
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/5n_by_nicole_j_barrett.html
Written by: Nicole J. Barrett
Genre: Psychological Drama
Type: TV Pilot

Title: BAGGAGE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/baggage_by_josh_bartylla_and_anthony_schultz.html
Written by: Josh Bartylla & Anthony Schultz
Genre: Black Comedy, Drama
Type: TV PILOT Script

Title: CENTER CITY
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/center_city_by_giovanni_vitacolonna.html
Written by: Giovanni Vitacolonna
Genre: Serial Drama
Type: TV pilot

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Deadline March 31st: 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

Comedy/Sitcom TV Show Loglines and Pitches: Part 1

Read today’s COMEDY TV Show script pitches from writers from all over the world. Some of these stories coming to a TV set near you.

Do you have a logline pitch? Send it in for FREE to the Logline Festival. Any type or genre: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

PART 1: Read Today’s Comedy/Sitcom Pitches

Title: SOL
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sol_by_genevieve_heineman.html
Written by: Genevieve Heineman
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Drama, Dark Comedy

Title: SPIES IN THE OINTMENT
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/spies_in_the_ointment_by_norman_k_archer.html
Written by: Norman K Archer
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Comedy

Title: GREETINGS FROM THE KILLINGTONS
http://www.wildsound.ca/greetings_from_the_killingtons_by_harrison_flatau.html
Written by: Harrison Flatau
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Type: TV pilot

Title: WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
http://www.wildsound.ca/what_are_the_odds_by_carole_trottere_grace_limbach_and_kathleen_kulbaba.html
Written by: Carole Trottere, Grace Limbach and Kathleen Kulbaba
Genre: Comedy
Type: TV Pilot

Title: SOUL TO SOUL
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/soul_to_soul_by_amandah_tayler_blackwell.html
Written by: Amandah Tayler Blackwell
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Drama, Supernatural, Comedy, Adventure, Action

Title: RAINBOW REEF
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/rainbow_reef_by_jt_quinn_and_danilo_di_julio.html
Written by: J.T. Quinn & Danilo Di Julio
Type: TV PILOT
Genre: Comedy

Title: HIGHER ED
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/higher_ed_by_kiara_juniel.html
Written by: Kiara Juniel
Type: TV Script
Genre: Comedy

Title: TRIBUTE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tribute_by_lori_crawford.html
Written by: Lori Crawford
Type: TV Script
Genre: Musical Dramedy

Title: BEAST AT THE DOOR
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/beast_at_the_door_by_bob_canning.html
Written by: Bob Canning
Type: TV Script
Genre: Fantasy/Black Comedy

Title: TEMPORARY DETECTIVE
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/temporary_detective_by_hansen_scott.html
Written by: HANSEN SCOTT
Type: TV Script
Genre: COMEDY/MYSTERY

Title: THE SHADE RIDER SERIES: Pirates and Power Chairs
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_shade_rider_series_by_beth_zurkowski.html
Written by: Beth Zurkowski
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family.
Type: TV PILOT Screenplay

Title: FOREVER CHARLEE
http://www.wildsound.ca/forever_charlee_by_hank_isaac.html
Written by: Hank Isaac
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Type: TV pilot (sitcom)

Title: VOWS
http://www.wildsound.ca/vows_by_hannah_hightower.html
Written by: Hannah Hightower
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Type: TV PILOT

Title: FOOT SOLDIERS
http://www.wildsound.ca/foot_soldiers_by_frances_miller.html
Written by: Frances Miller
Genre: Comedy
Type: Television comedy series

Title: CAMERA EH?
http://www.wildsound.ca/camera_eh_by_philip_corr.html
Written by: Philip Corr
Genre: Comedy
Type: TV Script

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Submit your TV COMEDY/SITCOM Screenplay to the Festival today and SAVE $10.
http://www.wildsound.ca/tv_comedy_festival.html

Full Feedback on all submissions. Get your script performed at the festival.

Interview with Emily Cirillo, winning TV Spec writer (VEEP)

I entered the WILDsound Festival because all of the great things I read about it and the wonderful feedback provided by the fest. The reviews were very accurate; I’ve had a great experience with WILDsound.

– Emily Cirillo, on the WILDsound experience.

WATCH Emily’s Winning TV SPEC Screenplay: VEEP “Town Hall”

CAST:

Narrator – Frances Townend
Selina – Jacqueline Brown
Amy – Julia Vally
Sue – Alicia Payne
Mke – Charles Gordon
Ben – Neil Kulin
Adam – Kaleb Alexander
Jonah – Sean Ballantyne
Dan – Rob Salerno

Matthew Toffolo interviews Emily Cirillo:

Matthew: What is your “VEEP” TV Screenplay about?

Emily: The episode, titled “Town Hall”, is about Selina trying to connect with millennial voters after disparaging poll numbers are released. Dan and Amy, fighting for the Campaign Manager position, have different ideas on how to win them over. And Jonah makes things more difficult for Selina and the staff after he accidentally opens a virus that crashes their office server. The episode culminates at a Town Hall event Selina attends at a local university, where she realizes winning the youth vote is easier said than done.

Matthew: Why does this episode script fit into the guidelines of the show?

Emily: I think it “Town Hall” fits into the guidelines of a typical “Veep” episode with its fast pace, multiple subplots, and biting dialogue. A major theme of the show is how working in government is like a spinning wheel. People are always working in DC, but if you aren’t in power than it’s almost impossible to get anything done. The episode features Selina going through the ringer, but in the end she’s still an unpopular candidate amongst youth voters.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Emily: I’ve been writing screenplays for about a year and a half.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Emily: Scream. It’s a perfect blend of horror and satire. It’s one of my favorite films. I’ve seen it more times than I can count.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Emily: Jenji Kohan, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Joss Whedon and the Broad City ladies.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Emily: I have completed two television scripts, and I’m currently working on my first feature as part of a program I’m enrolled in at Emerson College.

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Emily: Ideally, I’d be in Los Angeles and writing for television.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Emily: I don’t have one set routine. I try to create a different routine for every project I work on, from where I write to what I listen to. For this particular spec, I’d go to the library and write for about two hours every day, while listening to punk female-centric Songza playlists.

As for a method, I have really extensive outlines. I beat out every storyline, make character maps, and move cards around my story board until its perfect. I plot as much as I write.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Emily: I’d definitely have to say music. I’m always listening to something. If I wasn’t pursuing a career in writing, I think I’d teach myself the bass and try to take over the world like Kim Gordon.

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

Emily: Be fearless and follow your gut.

TV SPEC Screenplays – WILDsound Writing Festival Review

Spec screenplays are a great way for writers to showcase their writing abilities. When seeking agent representation, it’s one of the better ways to show that you can write for a series, and therefore get hired for a series. If you understand the plotting, characters, and the overall theme of a TV series that’s on the air, then you can get hired for a particular show that fits the genre you wrote the spec for.

In the last year we’ve performed original screenplays of the following TV shows:

– Mad Men
– Mary Tyler Moore
– 2 Broke Girls
– New Girl
– Mom
– Hannibal
– Parenthood
– South Park
– Archer

And this weekend we’re set to perform spec script readings for Modern Family and Rick & Morty

The WILDsound festival is a cool way for the writer to see their TV spec come to life. Otherwise, they are just writing it for agents and producers to read. Plus, the actors who perform the scripts LOVE doing these readings. Playing Don Draper, Hannibal Lecter, Cartman, Jess and all is so much fun!

In 2015, we plan on showcasing at least 30 spec screenplays at our festival. Submit today.

Watch past readings from these TV shows here:

Or, you can watch them individually here:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

Submit your own TV SPEC Screenplay for FEEDBACK and performance here:
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Thanks
Matthew Toffolo