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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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Watch Best Scene Script Reading of LEGACY (plus interview)

I got a lot out of the feedback I received from WILDsound. It was thoughtful, and intelligent. I didn’t always agree, but then after a few days of sleeping on it, it sinks in, and you think “Okay, maybe they’re right, let me try this to get there.” Then, after I added it, I could tell it was better.

– Writer Marc W. Johnson

    Watch Best Scene Reading of LEGACY by Marc W. Johnson

    CAST LIST:

    NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
    Virginia – Krista Morin
    Rose – Christina Aceto
    John – Allan Michael Brunet
    Diane – Pip Dwyer
    Julio – Dan Fox
    Vince/Damon/Carl – Ryan Anning
    Gary/Giles – Dan Cristofori

Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Marc W. Johnson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

How the secrets that are kept from us, and the betrayals we encounter have the ability to destroy who we are and remold us into something dangerous.

2. Why should this script be made into a movie?

Because, in my humble opinion, there hasn’t been a decent werewolf movie that has used the Brothers Grimm Fairytale of Red Riding Hood in an effective modern day setting.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I started writing short stories in/after high school unfortunately, I was unable to keep at it. It wasn’t until two years after the depression (sorry), recession of 2008 when I decided to combine two passions of mine while still trying to find gainful employment, writing and horror movies. Also, I continued to write while going for my college degree which I started in 2010.

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

That’s kind of a toss-up between Halloween (’78) Halloween II (’81), and Aliens. I love how the two Halloweens blend together, you can’t really watch one without the other, and Aliens, well, you got aliens, space marines, and firepower, what’s not to love.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Okay, let’s see, there is John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Savini, Greg Nicatero, Rob Zombie, Guillermo del Toro… I could go on and on…

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I was going to college 2010-2014, and during that time I punch out two horror scripts, the last two years of college I spent a lot of time on Legacy, getting feedback from Wildsound and others, rewriting, rewriting, rewriting, you get the idea. I decided to put my effort into this one because of my previous answer as to why this movie should be made, plus, it’s a movie I would go see.

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

In 5 years I would like to be a respected (and profitable) writer. By profitable, I mean I would like to be able to make a living at something I really love to do, which is truly a rare thing.

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

I never really know how to answer this question. I feel I should come up with an answer that is deep, thoughtful, and on some level, cosmic, but the reality is, I get an idea, write down what I want to tell, and build my story around that. For instance, take Legacy, The very first thing I thought of was the ending, and “how cool would that be.” So, I wrote to that ending in 21 days. I promised myself 5 pages a day, and initially they were crap pages, let me tell you, but then the real work started.

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

My friends and family. No body messes with me and mine. I am the first one there backing you up, and I expect the same.

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

Well, there are probably more experienced writers out there than I am at the moment and, as my granddad used to say “Free advice is worth what you pay for it.” However, at this point in my own journey, all I can be comfortable saying is – Always be open to feedback, and sleep on it before accepting it as gospel, or totally dismissing it. This is the only way you will become skilled as to whether those giving it know what they are doing.

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