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Screenplay Festival: June 28, 2018 Event

A showcase of winning TV PILOTS and 1st Scene Screenplays.

FULL CAST LIST: Zena Driver, Dorian Shine, Amrit Kaur, Val Cole, Alicia Payne, Jolly Amoako, Justin Darmanin

TV PILOT – THE TEMPS, by Julia Montanez

Genre: Comedy

A modern day quirky comedic TV show based in New York City. A man hires his unemployed best friend and his 3 roommates to assist him in salvaging his job. An unorthodox team is formed as they discover the ultimate significance of what true friendship can mean on life’s unleveled journey.

CAST LIST:

Natasha: Zena Driver
Lacy: Amrit Kaur
Cindy: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Val Cole
Gambit: Justin Darmanin
Justin: Dorian Shine
Abagato: Jolly Amoako

COMEDY Short – SHE DREAMS OF PLASTIC TIARAS, by Troy Harvey Graham

Genre: Comedy

A woman visits a plastic surgeon with the hope of changing the future for her daughter.

CAST LIST:

Claudia: Alicia Payne
Delmont: Jolly Amoako
Narrator: Val Cole
Amberly: Amrit Kaur
Dr. Sanderson: Dorian Shine
Hamid: Justin Darmanin

COMEDY Short – FIRE ALARM, by Tyler G.

Genre: Comedy

When Hamid’s mother dies, he must move to Vancouver to live with Uncle Amir. Uncle Amir reminds him that if we aren’t careful, life may pass us by and we never take for granted those around us. Trapped in a foreign world he does not understand, Hamid unwittingly sets into play a series of events that awaken this very idea in his elderly neighbors.

CAST LIST:

Ethel: Zena Driver
Marge: Alicia Payne
Narrator: Val Cole
Uncle Amir: Dorian Shine
Manager: Jolly Amoako

SCI-FI Short – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU, by Steve N Bradford

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Two telescopes are constructed side by side at NASA and grow close, only to be ripped apart when their construction is completed.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Cap: Zena Driver
Obs: Alicia Payne

UNDER 5min. Short – NOSTALGIC, by Shannon Michelle

Genre: Drama, Experimental

A Woman dives into a journey of self-discovery by walking through her dreams, as she comes face to face with memories and ghosts from her past.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Voice: Amrit Kaur
Woman: Zena Driver

1st Scene Reading – LOVERS IN PARADISE, by Meg Bowen

Genre: Romance, Crime, Action

A bank robbery goes awry and our two criminals have to steal a getaway car. Except there’s a girl tied up in the trunk, who might just be their best chance at walk-away money.

CAST LIST:

Janine: Alicia Payne
Kip: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Brad: Jolly Amoako
Juliette: Amrit Kaur

FANTASY 1st Scene Reading – POLE, by Robert Dodrill

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror

While studying remote caves in northern Greenland, a team of polar scientists stumble upon the entrance to the fabled, and seemingly long abandoned “North Pole village.” Inside they discover remnants of advanced technology, evidence of a terrible tragedy, and the grim realization that the Pole was sealed off for a reason.

CAST LIST:

Maisie: Amrit Kaur
Beckett: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Nicholas: Justin Darmanin
Sam: Jolly Amoako
Sasha: Zena Driver

FEMALE 1st Scene Reading – AMERICAN PRINCESS, by Jenny Kleiman

Genre: Dark Comedy

When Ellie’s mother commits her father to a mental hospital, the rich, spoiled teen must navigate her own escape and his rescue, or else embrace her new home- her babysitter’s trailer park.

CAST LIST:

Janet: Zena Driver
David: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Ellie: Amrit Kaur
Lowe: Alicia Payne

HORROR 1st Scene Reading – WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO, by Sean Elwood

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama

When Jesse returns to his childhood home after hearing about his abusive mother’s suicide, he soon discovers that something evil lurks within the depths of the house, and it’s been waiting for him to return after all these years.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Jesse: Jolly Amoako
Helen: Alicia Payne

THRILLER 1st Scene Reading – MARCO POLO, by Jeff Heckler

Genre: Thriller, War

Christmas time in Bastogne, Belgium, 1944. The allied forces are under heavy fire by the German army.

CAST LIST:

Declan: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Mosch: Justin Darmanin
Wendy: Jolly Amoako

1st Scene Reading – REMEMBERING LIZ, by Joan Beilstein

Genre: Drama

A runaway fifteen year-old girl is found dead from a heroin overdose. Forty years later, her best childhood friend, haunted from unresolved guilt and grief, uncovers a secret, which sheds light on her friend’s tragic short life.

CAST LIST:

Laura: Amrit Kaur
Narrator: Val Cole
Jane: Zena Driver
Della: Alicia Payne

1st Scene Reading – UNTIL THE DAY, by Craig Andrews

Genre: Drama

It is the spring of 1884 and Christine Lockhart, the daughter of a doctor, has just graduated with dreams of forging her own path in the world, taking charge of her decisions and loving a man of her choosing. Michael Karg, the son of a butcher, has simple ambitions and rose-colored optimism about courting Christine. The cloud on the horizon for both Christine and Michael is Christine’s money-hungry father.

CAST LIST:

Beverly: Zena Driver
Michael: Dorian Shine
Narrator: Val Cole
Christine: Amrit Kaur
Carolyn: Alicia Payne

DRAMA 1st Scene Reading – HEADCASE, by by Chris Jones

Genre: Drama

Dr. Andrew Beck, is the goto Sports Psychologist for pro athletes. But he has a gambling problem, and he gets deep in debt with Fergus McKenzie, a psychotic Scottish gangster. To get out of trouble with his skull intact, Andrew is forced to trade o… See more

CAST LIST:

Player 1: Jolly Amoako
Andrew: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Fergus: Dorian Shine
Arron: Justin Darmanin
Lorry: Zena Driver

1st Scene Reading – EDEN, by Jean Barker

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Romance

A teenage girl who grew up in a cult based on the biblical myth of Eden falls in love with an intruder from the sinful world outside the garden walls.

CAST LIST:

Judith: Zena Driver
Narrator: Val Cole
Edie: Amrit Kaur
John: Jolly Amoako

DRAMA 1st Scene Reading – TAKE THE SHOT, by Jim Norman

Genre: Drama

A black family with an athletically gifted daughter is forced to move from Houston to North Dakota because of a corporate promotion. Family, race and gender issues are tested in the culture of the family’s new and temporary move.

CAST LIST:

Trey: Jolly Amoako
Friend 1: Justin Darmanin
Narrator: Val Cole
Kassie: Alicia Payne
Coach Briscoe: Zena Driver
Monica: Amrit Kaur

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Screenplay Festival: May 24, 2018 Event

A showcase of winning TV Pilot screenplays, plus short & best scene readings.

CAST LIST: Rob Notman, Meghan Allen. Lauren Kristina Maykut, Kyra Weichert, Jarrod Terrell, Matt Barnes, Allan Michael Brunet

DRAMA TV PILOT – HEADCASE, by Christopher K. Jones

Genre: Drama, Sports

Dr. Andrew Beck, is the goto Sports Psychologist for pro athletes. But he has a gambling problem, and he gets deep in debt with Fergus McKenzie, a psychotic Scottish gangster. To get out of trouble with his skull intact, Andrew is forced to trade on his patients’ state of mind.

CAST LIST:

Lorry: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Sandra: Meghan Allen
Marcus: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Andrew: Rob Notman
Fergus: Allan Michael Brunet
Gina: Kyra Weichert

1st Scene TV CRIME – THE WRONG TICKET, by John Ravitz

Genre: Crime, Thriller

A United States Senator, and the Republican Presidential Nominee is a sleeper agent for a powerful extremist organization determined to destroy the government. The outgoing president has asked his godson the Governor of New York, who has his own secrets to help him stop the conspiracy.

CAST LIST:

Paul: Rob Notman
Boy: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Dorothy: Meghan Allen
Man: Allan Michael Brunet

1st Scene – AN UNBALANCED LIFE, by Kristy Leigh Lussier

Genre: Drama, Sports, Romance

A female football prodigy makes history when she saves a failing program and becomes the first woman named head coach of a college football team​.

CAST LIST:

Jim: Rob Notman
Parent 1: Meghan Allen
Parent 2: Kyra Weichert
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Sarah: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Bill: Allan Michael Brunet
Sam: Jarrod Terrell

1st Scene LGBT – CROSSING THE COWHOUSE, by David Lykes Keenan

Genre: LGBT, Drama

In small-town West Texas in the late 1980s, dark secrets run deep and break hard. For 16-year-old Mitch Wimmer, they spell the difference between love and fear, acceptance and rejection, and between reconnecting with a long absent father returning home and the long shadow of a broken past.

CAST LIST:

Voice on CB: Allan Michael Brunet
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Bobby: Rob Notman
Mitch: Jarrod Terrell

1st Scene LGBT – HALFWAY TO MARS, by Victor Martin

Genre: LGBT, Drama

Lucy is a transgender in the process of transitioning, determined to see it through at any and all costs. So when an opportunity arises to accelerate this process, she seizes it unabashedly. This decision though casts her unwillingly into the dark, violent world of prostitution and the ruthless, cold-blooded drug-dealing pimp behind it who goes by the name “Soup.” Here is where Lucy’s real transformation begins as she fights to escape Soup’s relentless grip and free herself from the dangerous vestiges of a debt she cannot pay.

CAST LIST:

Summer: Kyra Weichert
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Lucy: Rob Notman
Rocky: Jarrod Terrell

1st Scene LGBT – PIANO LESSONS, by Nevada McPherson

Genre: LGBT, Drama

Junior Jordan has a talent for shooting at targets and a mad crush on his new piano teacher, Conrad. In the 1950’s rural South. that’s enough to get a boy into trouble.

CAST LIST:

Pastor: Rob Notman
Conrad: Allan Michael Brunet
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Junior: Jarrod Terrell
Elsie: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Thelma: Meghan Allen

FAN FICTION SHORT – THE LAST DREAM WARRIOR, by Mike Meade

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

A script based on Nightmare on Elm Street.

CAST LIST:

Stylist: Kyra Weichert
Jake: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Alice: Meghan Allen
Kincaid: Rob Notman
Freddy: Allan Michael Brunet

HORROR SHORT – GOD OF INSECTS, by James R. Cowley

Genre: Horror, Thriller

An insect fanatic of study brings to light a new purpose.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Harry: Jarrod Terrell

HORROR SHORT – ME & CINDERELLA, by Jason Boaden

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Cinderella is living a post-fairytale life in the present day, when she is discovered by her evil stepmother and drawn into battle for the throne.

CAST LIST:

Amy: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Villager #2: Jarrod Terrell
Queen: Meghan Allen
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Cinderella: Kyra Weichert
Matt: Rob Notman
Bull: Allan Michael Brunet

SHORT – RODNEY AND THE TRIPPY TIME TRAVELING TALE OF TRIPPING, by Brandon M. Prosek

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Rodney is thrust into a bizarre situation when his older self arrives to try to change time and prevent millions from dying, including himself.

CAST LIST:

Barista: Kyra Weichert
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Old Rodney: Allan Michael Brunet
Young Rodney: Jarrod Terrell

THRILLER SHORT – ABANDON ALL HOPE, by Max Federman

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi

A student disappears down a dark staircase, and something is down there with him. Tension and intrigue build as campus security is edged out by a shadowy organization taking over the scene.

CAST LIST:

Hilary: Kyra Weichert
Police Dispath: Lauren Kristina Maykut
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Dr. Cary: Jarrod Terrell
McNamara: Allan Michael Brunet
Sean: Rob Notman

BEST SCENE of BROKEN FRAME, by Stephen Boncella

Genre: Drama, Family

Facing life on the streets, a returning Vietnam veteran must undertake his most difficult challenge; reconcile with estranged drug-addicted sister and stop her from selling the family farm out from under him.

CAST LIST:

Secretary: Kyra Weichert
Kurt: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Mike: Rob Notman
Lloyd: Allan Michael Brunet
Emma: Meghan Allen

BEST SCENE of THE GLOBAL FUND, by Josep Colomer

Genre: Comedy

The Global Fund is a parodical global economic institution, headquartered in Washington, whose Director and Staff attempt –and often fail– to rule over the various countries of the world. They clash and try to make an arrangement with the Presidenta of a country in debt.

CAST LIST:

Neck: Jarrod Terrell
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Bicker: Allan Michael Brunet
Rodriguez: Meghan Allen

1pg. Short – HEART OF GOLD, by Roberto Tomeo

Genre: Comedy

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Ricky: Jarrod Terrell
Silvia: Kyra Weichert

1pg. Short – MISTAKES, by Rene Collier

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Albert: Allan Michael Brunet
Stan: Jarrod Terrell

1pg. Short – THE GATE, by Savannah S. Ward

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Andrew: Jarrod Terrell
Woman: Kyra Weichert

1pg. Short – REAL TIME DENIAL, by Linda Hullinger

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Matt Barnes
Jill: Lauren Kristina Maykut

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Screenplay Festival: February 8, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 6th event of 2018 gives you a full reading of the winning TV PILOT screenplay. Plus, readings of 5 best scene readings, 5 short screenplay readings, and a TV Pilot 1st scene reading.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “Your past always comes back!”

Full Cast list: Val Cole, Gary Graham, John Fray, Kelci Stephenson,
James Dooley

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TV PILOT – FAMILY SECRETS, by Allison Osborne

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Abigail Sullivan thinks she’s successfully run from her mob past, until the FBI catches up to her and gives her an ultimatum. Help them catch the rest of her criminal family or go to jail for the rest of her life.

Cast List:

Alvarez: Gary Graham
Ryker: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Brad: John Fray
Abigail: Kelci Stephenson

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1st Scene Reading – THE LAST CAMPOUT, by Mike Meade

Genre: Drama, Thriller

A couple gets lost in the woods.

Cast List:

Kevin: James Dooley
Man: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole
Bill: John Fray
Chelsea: Kelci Stephenson

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TV PILOT 1st Scene Reading – BY TOUCH, by Robert Cox

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Anton Michaels is a college professor with a gift. To some people in the police force Anton is used to help catch criminals with his abnormal psychometric abilities. After an explosion at a nuclear power plant leaves one man as a prime suspect, Anton is called in by his friend Father John to help find his nephew David who he swears could not be involved with the rigged explosion but has mysteriously disappeared.

Cast List:

Jimmy: James Dooley
Woman: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Anton: John Fray
Father John: Gary Graham

****
TV PILOT Best Scene Reading – WHAT THE HELL, by Melissa Willis

Genre: Comedy

A single-camera comedy that follows a free-spirited young woman who’s lost everything and her four friends who are all forced to recreate their lives and themselves one humiliating, semi-permanent situation at a time.

Cast List:

Jamie: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Amy: Kelci Stephenson
The Messenger: Gary Graham

****

LGBT Best Scene Reading – LOOK IN MY EYES, by Eddie Baca

Genre: Drama

Gay sober military man meets Crimean Muslim taxi driver in NYC.

Cast List:

Narrator: Val Cole
Eddie: John Fray
Karim: James Dooley

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SCI-FI Best Scene Reading – THE ITALIAN VACATION, by Claudia Marinelli

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama

Racing the boundaries of infinity in space.

Cast List:

Narrator: Val Cole
Giordano: Gary Graham
Rachel: Kelci Stephenson

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Sci-Fi Best Scene Reading – THE REBORN, by Andrew S. Fisk

Genre: Sci-Fi

A world-class scientist is abducted by six people he brought back to life….and transformed into invincible warriors.

Cast List:

Carl: John Fray
Ellen: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Paul: Gary Graham
William: James Dooley

****

SHORT Screenplay Reading – AFTERLIFE ESTATES, by Laina Burgess

Genre: Comedy

Key figures and gods from all of the world’s religions meet at the Afterlife Estates office to go over the year’s numbers.

Cast List:

Guru: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Allah: Gary Graham
Noah: John Fray

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SHORT Screenplay Reading – THE ORDER, by Jean Buschmann

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

If all the world’s a stage, who’s behind the curtain?

Cast List:
TV Commentator: James Dooley
Max: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole
Nadia: Kelci Stephenson
Ethan: John Fray

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SHORT Screenplay Reading – MOTORIST, by Julie Thor Fryd

Genre: Drama

“A depressed used-car dealer tries to convince a motorist, who every night runs over wounded animals, to also run him over”

Cast List:

Jeep: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Volvo: James Dooley
Ford: Gary Graham

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SHORT Screenplay Reading – THE TRENCH, by Chris Beadnell

Genre: War, Drama

After successfully shelling the German trench on the Somme battlefield, the British soldiers move in to clear the area of any enemy survivors.

Cast List:

Eason: John Fray
Carter: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole

German Soldier: James Dooley

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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

Watch the Winning Television PILOT readings for the first half of 2017:
 

ACTORFEMALE TV PILOT Screenplay – JUNKED
June 2017 Reading
by Alice Dennard

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT – FAUK MY LIFE
May 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Irwin Greenstein

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Simon Schneider

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – DOWN WITH THE BUREAUCRACY
January 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitry Pompee

 

Festival Deadlines

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WATCH RECENT TV SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL READINGS (Winners every single month!)

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE SPECTRAL CITY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Arthur Vincie
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Linsen Oyosa
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 SPEC Screenplay – THE MINDY PROJECT “Culture Club”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Katie Bero
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
ACTORFan Fiction Screenplay – TWILIGHT ZONE “Punchline”
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jaime Medina
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MAILROOMIES
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jacques Edeline
ACTORFan Fiction Screenplay – MAGNUM P.I.
March 2016 Reading
Written by Lew Ritter
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin
ACTORBest Scene TV Pilot – MY LIFE WITH STELLA KANE
February 2016 Reading
Written by Linda Morganstein
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE BIG BANG THEORY
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Minaskanian
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MINDWALKER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos
ACTORTV PILOT – LACIE BIDWELL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jameel Khan
ACTORTV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Turriff
ACTORTV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

Marc Mulcahy – March 2017 FAN FICTION Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Written by Marc MulcahyCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
MARIE – Frances Townend
RAY – Peter Mark Raphael
DEBRA – Kayla Farris
JEFFREY – Jonah Akler-Silliman
ROBERT – Christopher Huron
AMY – Vanessa Quagliara
FRANK – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

It’s Marie vs Debra in a cat & mouse game for control of who’s cleaning the house.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay based on the TV SERIES “Everybody Loves Raymond” about?

It’s about seeing what we all figured would happen eventually; that Marie’s constant meddling and being a nuisance in general, would lead to Debra’s insanity.

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

I actually thought this plot line was a no-brainer for Debra. I would have done this myself given the same situation.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sweet revenge

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

Seinfeld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Initially, it took a few days but I’ve tweaked it several times over the past several years.

How many stories have you written?

Three sit coms and one film.

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

That’s a tough one. Sometimes I’ll be in a certain mood and one song fits it perfectly so I just keep playing it for hours. Once, during a late, dark night on a long and empty stretch of I99 in California, I listened to Chris Isack’s, Wicked Game for 6 hours.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Still not happy with a couple lines.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals, justice, cooking and dining out, creating fun and innovative entertainment, growth, experiencing unforgettable moments (CORRR-ny)

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

I wanted to get some feedback on it and I thought people would enjoy it. Great feedback, thanks.

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

In the words of Rodney Dangerfield as Thorton Melon, “Don’t go. It’s rough out there. Move back in with your parents. Let them worry about it.”

But if you insist, get your work out there, everywhere. Listen to criticism and learn what you can from it but don’t let it get to you. Remember, your writing is YOUR view on the subject so don’t compromise that. Go back to your earliest stuff and make it better. If you can’t do that, you either have the rare early masterpiece, or maybe you should consider another dream job. I’m sure every writer has heard to write what you know and what you care about. When you do, your writing becomes interesting, and for me, this is the the most important thing about a script. You can follow all the formulas you want but if it isn’t interesting then what’s the point. Conversely, if you have a very interesting story, you can break many, if not most formula rules–as long as you keep it interesting. Oh, and a very good agent wouldn’t hurt, either. The reality is you can be the best unknown writer since Shakespeare, but to be successful at this gig you will also need some luck and there’s a decent chance that some of your success will come from the old “who you know” variety. The fact that every year sharp, really well written shows get dropped while 2 Broke Girls remains on the air (I’m still convinced there’s serious network blackmail going on there) proves this point.

Lastly, A famous script doctor–who’s services I wasted $6,000 on–said that most writers better be prepared to stick it out for 10 years before they can make a living from writing. This Debby Downer also told the auditorium of almost 900 wanna-be writers that only a handful present would probably be successful and that many would lose friends and family because of their failures. In retrospect, I guess I should have waited until AFTER the 3 day seminar to quit my day job. The good news is that with webtv and all the new platforms, there are more opportunities than ever for writers. Just keep looking for these different avenues to showcase your work.


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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Charmaine Bingwa – March 2017 WEB SERIES Screenplay Winner

Winning Screenplay – LITTLE SISTA “GET SHORTY”
Written by Charmaine BingwaCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
CHARMAINE – Cassandra Guthrie
SHAUN – Dan Cristofori
TALIA – Jane Hailes
LUCY – Val Cole

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Romance, LGBT

Commitment-phobe, Charmaine must learn to grow up when she is paired with an at-risk youth in a Big Brother, Big Sister programme.
Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It is about a responsibility-averse, lesbian lothario who is forced to grow up when she is given community service and paired with an at-risk youth in the Big Brother Big Sister program.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Romance

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV Show?

Because underneath all the comedy it has heart and universal appeal. It also provides an answer to many issues raised about television today including LGBT inclusion, gender equality, ethnic diversity – but it does this by focusing on story, not by being didactic in approach. It also looks at other important societal issues such as foster care, bullying, what to do when you get punched in the butt and many more.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Bad Ass

What TV show have you seen the most times in your life?

30 Rock.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote it in a week, but have been revising it for the better part of a year.

How many stories have you written?

Five I take seriously. They are all so diverse; some comedic, some intensely dramatic – two features, two TV shows, a web series and a play.

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

Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen. It’s a beautiful, timeless, cacophonic mashup.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Not many with the screenplay, as writing is a solo pursuit for me, so as long as I have the time I have the story. The issues obstacles came fast and furiously when approaching the production stage.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m OBSESSED with the craft of acting. Basically, I love the process of creating. Anything I can create, I love – be it characters, stories, series, concepts etc. I also sing and write music. And I’m also a massive fan of freeform down time.

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

It was the title of the festival, I thought how fantastic is it that there is a festival devoted to supporting people telling stories from the community. I believe the is a thirst for this kind of content on mainstream TV and festivals like this go a long way in ensuring this happens in the future.

It was so great to receive the feedback. In truth I had forgotten I had entered the festival, so was very pleasantly surprised to receive an email with feedback. It was wonderfully affirming to read the feedback that was generally super-positive. There was also valuable suggested changes, that were so helpful to hear before entering production.

 

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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