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TV Spec Screenplay – Modern Family by Chai Karve

Watch the September 2016 Winning TV SPEC Screenplay

Modern Family by Chai Karve

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ALEX – Mandy Magnan
PHIL/CAMERON – Devin Upham
JAY/MITCHELL – Neil Kulin
LILY/HALEY – Lauren Toffan
LUKE/MANNY – Scott Beaudin
CLAIRE/GLORIA – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know the writer:

What is your spec screenplay based on the famous TV show about?

All of the characters that usually get what they want need help. On a mushy-gushy level, it’s about realizing everyone’s potential for contribution and using the talents of everyone around you to solve a problem.

A plots: Alex tries to land an internship. Jay tries to learn technology. Haley tries to maintain a long-distance relationship. Mitchell tries to engage with Lily.

B plots: Gloria uses idioms to a fault. Claire and Phil jockey to help Alex. Luke offers sage relationship advice. Lily and Cameron are football bros.

How does this screenplay fit into the context of the TV show?

Most viewers will be able to relate to at least one of the storylines. It’s difficult acknowledging our shortcomings, and this episode deals with that in several contexts.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fast & Relatable

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

Arrested Development and Veep. Both of these shows are so fast and terrifyingly witty. The number and diversity of jokes these shows have is staggering. I find new elements every time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The story was outlined in a week and I wrote a draft in 2 days. Once I locked down the story I knew I could crank it out relatively quickly.

How many stories have you written?

The spec is the longest piece I have written other than academic writing. I have and continue to write sketches, one-liners, and short films.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My love for the show and the characters.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Modern Family has an uncanny ability to weave together wonderfully disjointed stories thematically and I did not feel comfortable putting pen to paper until I had that sense of interconnectivity locked down.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Improv comedy. Late night comedy. Comedy. Podcasts about politics and other useless intelligent jargon.

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

More than winning (which is pretty great), I wanted feedback. Every time you enter one of these things, it is a total gamble, and I this was the first one I entered because of the promise of feedback in a timely manner. I got solid feedback and was able to tweak my script to a point where I was happy with it, all thanks to the kind people at WILDsound.

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

Being busy is not an excuse. Make time. Outline the crap out of everything. Start with smaller pieces – success in brevity is absolutely scalable.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Mid Year Review: Watch 10 Winning TV PILOT Screenplays

Deadline to submit your TV screenplay to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch the Winning TV PILOT Screenplay Readings from January to June 2016 from the Writing Festival:

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

TV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin

TV 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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

TV Festival Announces its 4 December 2015 TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Winners

Watch the table readings of each script performed by professional actors. 

2 Winning TV Pilots:

#1 – TV PILOT – Vincent Locke: Villain-At-Law 
December 2015 Reading
Written by Christiaan Alexander Kutlik

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/vincent_locke_villain_at_law.html

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Comic Book

SYNOPSIS: 

Besides the super-hero aspect, what Vincent Locke: Villain-At-Law is about is average people trying to make their own mark in world where everyone else seems extraordinary.

CAST LIST: 

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton 
LOCKE – Adam Martignetti
FORD – Erynn Brook
BODYBUILDER – Allan Michael Brunet
PROSECUTOR/CHANG – Devin Upham
WHITE QUEEN – Lauren Toffan

#2 – TV PILOT – I Heart My Demons 

December 2015 Reading

Written by Rebecca Scott

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/i_heart_my_demons.html

SYNOPSIS: 

A comedy about the plight of being human, having desires, urges and needs – that contradict society, health, convention, and common sense. Basically a young near-do well wakes up one morning to find his personal demons have come to life and are moving into make his life hell. 

CAST LIST: 

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann 
EVAN – Robert Notman
ROCKY – Antosia Fiedur
RENE/CLAUDIA – Jane Smythe
CLEMANTINE/JUDITH – Jane Hailes
MATTHEW/FRED/BUSTER – Kari-Michael Helava 
ANDREWS/JOE/THE KOREAN – Sean Ballantyne

2 Winning TV Spec Screenplays:

#1 – TV SPEC – Modern Family 

December 2015 Reading

Written by Debi Calabro

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/modern_family_2015.html

SYNOPSIS: 

This episode it about the ups and the downs of parenthood but ultimately it’s all good in the end.

CAST LIST: 

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
GLORIA – Jane Hailes
CLAIRE – Jane Smythe
PHIL/MITCHELL – Kari-Michael Helava 
CAMERON/LUKE/MANNY – Robert Notman
LILY – Antosia Fiedur
JAY – Sean Ballantyne

#2 – TV SPEC – The Americans 

December 2015 Reading

Written by Addison A.A. Bhuyan

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_americans.html

SYNOPSIS: 

The Americans – Revolution & Resolution is about how Elizabeth and Philip are forced to take action when they are betrayed by their daughter, Paige.

CAST LIST: 

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
PHILIP – Devin Upham
PAIGE – Erynn Brook
ELIZABETH – Lauren Toffan
HENRY – Adam Martignetti
PASTER TIM/STAN – Allan Michael Brunet

Watch TV Spec of Modern Family by Debi Calabro

The Modern Family SPEC is a December 2015 TV Screenplay Winner.

Watch MODERN FAMILY by Debi Calabro:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
GLORIA – Jane Hailes
CLAIRE – Jane Smythe
PHIL/MITCHELL – Kari-Michael Helava
CAMERON/LUKE/MANNY – Robert Notman
LILY – Antosia Fiedur
JAY – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Debi Calabro:

1. What is your spec for the Modern Family TV show about?

This episode it about the ups and the downs of parenthood but ultimately it’s all good in the end.

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

The spec shows the same tone and humor as the other episodes. All the characters have a chance to make themselves heard as individuals and also how they contribute to the family unit.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Endearing, funny.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Moonstruck

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

Two weeks

6. How many stories have you written?

At least 15 features, two 1hour pilots, one sit-com pilot and this spec script

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love the show.

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

With this screenplay I didn’t face any obstacles. I know and love the characters so well it was an easy one to write.

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

Horse racing

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

I’ve been working with Wildsound on another project and they were very helpful with their feedback so I entered this one into the contest which won first time out.

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

If you are really passionate and love writing, never give up. As long as you love it, it’s worth the journey.

Watch TV PILOT of I HEART MY DEMONS by Rebecca Scott

Watch the December 2015 winning TV Pilot Screenplay.

I HEART MY DEMONS by Rebecca Scott

CAST LIST: 
NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
EVAN – Robert Notman
ROCKY – Antosia Fiedur
RENE/CLAUDIA – Jane Smythe
CLEMANTINE/JUDITH – Jane Hailes
MATTHEW/FRED/BUSTER – Kari-Michael Helava
ANDREWS/JOE/THE KOREAN – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Rebecca Scott:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

My TV pilot is about the plight of being human, having desires, urges and needs – that contradict society, health, convention, and common sense. Basically a young near-do well wakes up one morning to find his personal demons have come to life and are moving into make his life hell.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I believe this screenplay should be made into a TV show because it’s audacious, provocative, and funny as hell. Most people can relate to a flawed anti hero protagonist, but having his struggles anthropomorphized by a cast of witty devious anti guardian angels is unique and a new spin on the dark comedy, internal life genre.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

In two words – Audacious and hilarious.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

A Clockwork Orange.

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

I wrote it in one day, and rewrote it for a year.

6. How many stories have you written?

How many script have I written? Good ones? LOL – hundreds, but most are not fit for human consumption. I’m proud of about a dozen of my screenplays and pilots.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was motivated to write this screenplay by the idea of morals, vs self. I Love watching a main character struggle to be “a good person” and “Make healthy choices” – when everything fun in life tends to arise from some kind of vice. Evan is surrounded by temptation, and must battle that to fix his life. I can relate to those struggles and dig seeing them manifested in TV.

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

What obstacles did I face to finish this screenplay? None. I wrote it in one day in the lobby of a Florida hotel when my ex boyfriend got mad at me and kicked me out of our suite.

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

Aside from writing, I am passionate about directing, production design (my day job) my family, friends, current “Non kicking me out of hotel rooms, boy friend”, travel, food and having a bloody good time in life – while possibly doing a bit of good along the way. The good is optional, as long as there’s fun.

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

I entered this festival a few years ago with a short script I’d written and I won and it was very exciting, so I thought why not go back for more. Plus I feel the adjudicators have very good taste and thoughtful, insightful feedback. I regret not doing much of a rewrite based on their notes, but I fully intend to as they were smart and useful.

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

My advice to other writers, is write every day even if it’s crap. Don’t put off putting down details and stories – you may think you’ll remember them but they’re never as fresh as in the moment. And fuck up. Fuck up hard. Life is never more interesting than when you’re looking at it from the bottom. People who aren’t out there living it, have no business writing about it.

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