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Interview with Screenwriter Katie Grotzinger (SCOOBY-DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS)

Listen to the PODCAST on ITunes

 

If there is a theme to this episode it would be “Modern Nostalgia”

Great chatting with the very talented writer Katie Grotzinger. You can see for yourself at her website filled with all of her writings: https://www.kathleengrotzinger.com/

Matthew chats with Katie (2:03) about her winning Scooby-Doo TV spec screenplay, plus her other spec scripts and original works.

You can also watch the Winning Screenplay Reading performed by professional actors at the Fan Fiction Screenplay Festival.

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Animation

A reinvention of the iconic television series. Think RIVERDALE.

CAST LIST:

Cass: Salma Dharsee
Velma: Courtney Keir
Daphne: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Shaggy: Hugh Ritchie
Fred: Isaiah Kolundzic
Officer Rogers: Allan Michael Brunet
Red: Zazu Oke

This episode was sponsored by the 1 page short story contest.

Deadline August 8th – 1pg. Short Story Contest

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Jerry Kokich – November 2016 FAN FICTION Screenplay Winner

 

Watch the Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay for November 2016.

CAST LIST:NARRATOR – Mallory Palmer
SKIPPER – Peter Nelson
GILLIGAN – Hugh Ritchie
GINGER – Kheon Clarke
MR. HOWELL – Julian Ford
MARY ANN – Angelica Alejandro
LOVEY – Kelci Stephenson 

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A reinvention of the popular series with the same castaways (reinvented) who end up having to fight off Zombies during the night on the far away island.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your fan fiction screenplay about?

“Gilligan’s Island of The Dead” is a reboot of the classic TV comedy, with everything turned on its head… and zombies!

Why does this modern day twist of the iconic TV show work?

With updated characters, including Gilligan and The Skipper as a gay couple, and the Howells as the Madoffs hiding from the Feds, the series also capitalizes on the current zombie craze.

How would you describe this TV show in 2 words?

Zombie Survival

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

The Avengers from the 1960’s!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took about three months to write.

How many stories have you written?

Well over fifty.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Funny story, that. NBC had decided to do a reboot of the TV comedy, The Munsters. They spent millions on the pilot, including building the full size Munsters house. Halfway through the filming of the pilot, they realized it was going to be such a total disaster, they pulled the plug on the series before they had even finished shooting. I was joking with some friends about it on Facebook, and said. “We should do a reboot of Gilligan’s Island with zombies!” I stopped dead. I thought, hey, that’s not a bad idea. I actually detest when old shows are redone and changed, and I’m not a zombie fan, but I decided to put everything I don’t like into this. Of course, it wins a contest!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

. I really didn’t face any obstacles writing it. I knew the old series very well. I read some books on the making of the series, including one by series creator, Sherwood Schwartz, and watched a documentary produced by Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann. I did try to market the script, but the Schwartz estate and CBS have the rights, so that was a dead end.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I was a professional ballet dancer with The Joffrey Ballet for eight years, and I now teach in LA. I’m very passionate about my students and their development as dancers.

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

I submitted a first scene to you guys that won, and the feedback was wonderful, so I decided to enter this full script. I recommend your contests to all my writer friends. The feedback on this project was fantastic. Of course, I loved the praise. The suggestions and criticisms were extremely precise and helpful. What I really appreciated was that you got what I was trying to do. I wanted to take the original series in a completely different direction, but one that made sense in relation to the original characters.

Any advice for other writers?

A much smarter man than I said, 95% of writing is re-writing, so start writing. Don’t sit around thinking about writing, just write. Then write some more. Then enter a Wildsound contest! Also, never assume a woman is pregnant.

****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

Today’s FilmFreeway: Submit to the Fan Fiction Screenplay Festival

I know it’s often hard to get fan fiction work recognized and when I found out about the festival I saw it is a wonderful opportunity. The the quality of the feedback was amazing. I feel like it has helped me understand further into the screenwriting craft and will ultimately help me become a better writer.
– Andrew Akler (Batman: Patient Zero, screenplay)

Guaranteed winner every single month!

Submit via FilmFreeway:

In today’s market, agents and producers are looking for new talent who can write under the parameters of existing works and franchises. The art of adding a new twist/plot while knowing the themes and characters of the works you’re writing for. That is why the Fan Fiction Festival has been created.

Submit a FAN FICTION Script of a classic television show, movie series, or iconic franchise. Any past TV show or movie in the history of cinema. For example: You can send in a Friends TV screenplay, or a feature script from the Star Wars universe

Or, submit a Comic Book/Superhero Short Film and have it showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Watch the January 2016 Winner:
Watch the January 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the February 2016 Winner:
February 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the March 2016 Winner:
March 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the April 2016 Winner:
April 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the May 2016 Winners:
May 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winners

Watch the June 2016 Winner:
June 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

.Also garner FULL FEEDBACK on your work from industry professionals.

Fan Fiction Festival Testimonials:

The feedback was very helpful and I highly recommend others enter the festival.
– David Minaskanian (Big Bang Theory)

Thank you for the feedback. The suggestions provided are very good (especially for page 38) and I look forward to making some revisions.
– Kevin Story (Space: 2099)

Very accessible. Fee was reasonable. Above all, I got the feeling that the reader was knowledgable about scripts and made great suggestions for polishing the script.
– David Gilbank & Paul Renhard (Doctor Who)

Fan Fiction Pilot of GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD by Jerry Kokich

Watch the Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay for November 2016.

CAST LIST:NARRATOR – Mallory Palmer
SKIPPER – Peter Nelson
GILLIGAN – Hugh Ritchie
GINGER – Kheon Clarke
MR. HOWELL – Julian Ford
MARY ANN – Angelica Alejandro
LOVEY – Kelci Stephenson

 

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A reinvention of the popular series with the same castaways (reinvented) who end up having to fight off Zombies during the night on the far away island.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your fan fiction screenplay about?

“Gilligan’s Island of The Dead” is a reboot of the classic TV comedy, with everything turned on its head… and zombies!

Why does this modern day twist of the iconic TV show work?

With updated characters, including Gilligan and The Skipper as a gay couple, and the Howells as the Madoffs hiding from the Feds, the series also capitalizes on the current zombie craze.

How would you describe this TV show in 2 words?

Zombie Survival

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

The Avengers from the 1960’s!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took about three months to write.

How many stories have you written?

Well over fifty.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Funny story, that. NBC had decided to do a reboot of the TV comedy, The Munsters. They spent millions on the pilot, including building the full size Munsters house. Halfway through the filming of the pilot, they realized it was going to be such a total disaster, they pulled the plug on the series before they had even finished shooting. I was joking with some friends about it on Facebook, and said. “We should do a reboot of Gilligan’s Island with zombies!” I stopped dead. I thought, hey, that’s not a bad idea. I actually detest when old shows are redone and changed, and I’m not a zombie fan, but I decided to put everything I don’t like into this. Of course, it wins a contest!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

. I really didn’t face any obstacles writing it. I knew the old series very well. I read some books on the making of the series, including one by series creator, Sherwood Schwartz, and watched a documentary produced by Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann. I did try to market the script, but the Schwartz estate and CBS have the rights, so that was a dead end.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I was a professional ballet dancer with The Joffrey Ballet for eight years, and I now teach in LA. I’m very passionate about my students and their development as dancers.

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

I submitted a first scene to you guys that won, and the feedback was wonderful, so I decided to enter this full script. I recommend your contests to all my writer friends. The feedback on this project was fantastic. Of course, I loved the praise. The suggestions and criticisms were extremely precise and helpful. What I really appreciated was that you got what I was trying to do. I wanted to take the original series in a completely different direction, but one that made sense in relation to the original characters.

Any advice for other writers?

A much smarter man than I said, 95% of writing is re-writing, so start writing. Don’t sit around thinking about writing, just write. Then write some more. Then enter a Wildsound contest! Also, never assume a woman is pregnant.

****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

Watch Audience FEEDBACK: Back to the Future? FAN FICTION Short Film

Played at the September 2016 FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:

  MOVIE POSTERBACK TO THE FUTURE?, 10min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi
Directed by Kyle Chen

Marty convinces Doc to go back to October 21, 2015 and when they arrive in current day they are shocked and disappointed. Everyone they see is obsessed with their cell phones and none of the cool inventions they remember from the previous trip to 2015 exist. They decide to leave this sad parallel universe.

Main Cast: Jeffrey Weissman
Actor/Doc Brown

Jeffrey Weissman has been performing as an actor since taking to the stage in 1972. He started in film in 1977, Jeffrey has costarred in dozens of film and television productions. He had been screen testing for leads in various films during the early 1980’s, and landed his first costar role in 1982 in George Miller’s “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” episode of Twilight Zone the Movie. Jeffrey is best known for playing Teddy Conway in Clint Eastwood ‘s Pale Rider (1985) and taking over the George McFly role in the “Back to the Future” sequels. His recent working indie films have garnered him raves from his comedic turn in “corked!” as an OCD winemaker, and his dramatic work in several features.

Logan Wildey
Producer and Actor/Marty McFly

I’ve always loved film. Watching it, creating it, getting friends to help make it with me. “Back to the Future?” is the perfect example of me telling my 12 year old self that dreams really do come true. I fell in love with the trilogy at 12. I used to wonder what kind of person I would be when I was 32 because I knew that was the age I would be when Marty and Doc went to the future. I was lucky enough to get a lot of help from a lot of people to help make this final product possible. Although there were many people that didn’t think it could be done, my coproducer Jen Floor Mathews never doubted it for a second. She was the driver that kept this dream alive.

Main Crew:

Jen Floor Mathews
Producer/ Cell phone dropper

Jen Floor Mathews is a Silicon Valley actor who began taking Improv classes after finally completing a PhD in Psychology. Tired of auditioning to play a mother to interesting characters she began screenwriting in earnest. She now is an award winning producer and still auditions to play the role of “Mother” in other people’s films about young white people in their 20s. She is also employed by Dinner Detective in San Jose.

Yuito Kimura
Director of Photography

Yuito Kimura is San Francisco based Cinematographer, born in Tokyo, Japan. He kick started his earlier filmmaking education in Santa Barbara City College. Later he furthur his film study in the Academy of Art University, San Francisco majoring in Cinematography and visual storytelling. Through numerous filmmaking experiences, Yuito’s curiosity over filmmaking process has endowed him forward to learn and push boundaries of both the conventional and his unique style of his visual storytelling

Matthew McClelland
Director of Photography

I have been doing video production and other media related tasks for 6 years now. I started out making videos when I was Senior in High School and then I attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I received my Bachelors of Science Degree with a major in Communications Media. Since then I have been striving to become the best story teller that I can be. Whether that is with filmmaking, photography, graphic design, web design or music. After graduating college, I decided to move out to California to pursue bigger dreams.

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Justin Prince – September 2016 FAN FICTION Screenplay Winner (TMNT)

Fan Fiction: VIGILANTE: The Origins of Casey Jones (TMNT)
Written by Justin Prince
Read 10 Questions with the writer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
CASEY – Randy Baumer
BOSS – Dan Cristofori
HUN – Steve Mitchell
CRISTO – John Fray
VAN – Kaleb Alexander
APRIL – Norma Dawn Dunphy

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

After an injury put a halt to his plans of playing hockey in the NHL, Casey Jones doesn’t believe life can get much worse. He soon finds out just how wrong he is. Faced with a tragedy Jones takes justice into his own hands, becoming a hockey mask wearing vigilante. (Based on the character from Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).


TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

 

Submit to the FanFiction Festival via FilmFreeway

I know it’s often hard to get fan fiction work recognized and when I found out about the festival I saw it is a wonderful opportunity. The the quality of the feedback was amazing. I feel like it has helped me understand further into the screenwriting craft and will ultimately help me become a better writer.
– Andrew Akler (Batman: Patient Zero, screenplay)

Guaranteed winner every single month!

Submit via FilmFreeway:

In today’s market, agents and producers are looking for new talent who can write under the parameters of existing works and franchises. The art of adding a new twist/plot while knowing the themes and characters of the works you’re writing for. That is why the Fan Fiction Festival has been created.

Submit a FAN FICTION Script of a classic television show, movie series, or iconic franchise. Any past TV show or movie in the history of cinema. For example: You can send in a Friends TV screenplay, or a feature script from the Star Wars universe

Or, submit a Comic Book/Superhero Short Film and have it showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Watch the January 2016 Winner:
Watch the January 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the February 2016 Winner:
February 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the March 2016 Winner:
March 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the April 2016 Winner:
April 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the May 2016 Winners:
May 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winners

Watch the June 2016 Winner:
June 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

.Also garner FULL FEEDBACK on your work from industry professionals.

Fan Fiction Festival Testimonials:

The feedback was very helpful and I highly recommend others enter the festival.
– David Minaskanian (Big Bang Theory)

Thank you for the feedback. The suggestions provided are very good (especially for page 38) and I look forward to making some revisions.
– Kevin Story (Space: 2099)

Very accessible. Fee was reasonable. Above all, I got the feeling that the reader was knowledgable about scripts and made great suggestions for polishing the script.
– David Gilbank & Paul Renhard (Doctor Who)

The Fan Fiction Festival was ideal for US Navy Cine-Kodak as the premise for the script occurs in a famous Meryl Streep film. The feedback helped enrich the script.
– Stephen M. Hunt (US Nacy Cine Kodak)

The feedback I received was incredible. The guy reviewing seemed to really understand not only scripts but Doctor Who and good, well-rounded stories. The feedback really helped me to write a new draft.
– Mark Renshaw (Doctor Who)

Thanks for the great feedback.
– Obayed Khan (Batman and Iron Man)