TV PILOT Screenplay Reading – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE by Simon Schneider

Watch the winning February 2017 TV PILOT screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
Written by Simon Schneider

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
TULLY – Talia Price
WILLIX – Casey Estey
OFFICE HICKS – Philip Krusto
PETER – John Lester Phillips
JAMIE – Ursina Luther

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

A small town is rocked by creepy deaths where the victims have willingly offered themselves as a sacrifice to some unknown dark force. Investigating the murders are Officer Hicks, Sherriff Healy and visiting expert on the occult Dylan Willix but with the two cops mistrusting Dylan, progress is slow. Meanwhile, bored checkout girl Tully begins to experience strange visions that may link to the force behind the deaths.

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

Echoes of Bonnieville follows Detective Dylan Willix, an investigator of the paranormal and occult, into the sleepy town of Bonnieville as he chases his Moby Dick: a serial killer with supernatural abilities. Meanwhile at the local convenience store, a disenfranchised customer service assistant named Tully Moorehead has the tedium of her life shaken up by otherworldly when she starts having gruesome visions.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I think my pilot would fit in nicely in the current trend of cinematic television and it offers a shade of horror audiences won’t get from anywhere else.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over?

I try to watch as much as I possibly can but my personal highlights include Fargo, Stranger Things and of course Breaking Bad.

How would you describe this script in two words?

I’m going to cheat and use three: Otherworldly detective drama.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This script has been in the works since I read Uzumaki, which was shortly after university in 2015. When I discovered Lovercraftian horror and how paralysing and twisted it could be I had to write my own. That’s when I started brainstorming.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve lost count. This is probably my forth big project, where I’ve set everything aside to make it perfect.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The Lovecraft style of horror is so invasive and incomprehensible that I was compelled to give my version of it. When I researched how Lovecraft had been represented in recent times I felt that no one had quite done it justice, especially in television. It felt like an untapped market that audiences wanted to see and my confidence in that was what drove me.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I encountered the usual obstacles of procrastination, self-doubt and the inability to illustrate on the page what I had in my head. The more I rewrote the script the more distant these problems felt though.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about video games, especially the spectacularly gory ones. They’re something I grew up with and they offer an experience unlike any other medium.

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

I was influenced to submit to WILDsound because of a previous experience submitting work to their short film competition and receiving such thorough feedback. So far, I have received lots of feedback on Echoes of Bonnieville but by far WILDsound’s was the most astute as it highlighted issues which I entirely agreed with. Ironically however, the feedback suggested one of the characters being a little pantomime (which was a fair criticism) but his dialogue was mostly lifted from real life scenarios. Go figure.

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

My biggest advice to other writers out there is practice your craft. There’s always more you can learn and if people aren’t responding to your work, its because it needs refining somewhere. I remember being naively self-assured about some of my old work and I look back at it now and cringe. Truthfully, writing is a growing experience.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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BEST SCENE Screenplay Reading – HEIDI, by Keith Makenas

Watch the February 2017 Winning Best Scene Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – HEIDI
Written by Keith Makenas

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
HEIDI – Talia Price
DOCTOR SANDRA – Ursina Luther
CHIEF – John Lester Phillips

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

She connived her way out of a mental hospital to get back into society and now has no shortage of victims to quench her serial killer cravings.

Get to know the writer:

What is your best scene screenplay about?

It’s about Heidi a beautiful blonde that connived her way out of a mental hospital to get back into society and now has no shortage of victims to quench her serial killer cravings.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller, Comedy, Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It gives a unique perspective of a serial killer that you’ll grow to love

How would you describe this script in two words?

Adorable Killer

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Airplane

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Almost four years and a half dozen rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

At least ten.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

After pitching the concept to a producer/actress she liked it and I kept rewriting it till it met her standards

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making a brutal serial killer likeable and funny, but in a cordial and tasteful way was challenging. Every scene went through many different versions until it worked.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Conducting interviews, doing movie reviews, and “Spotlights” that highlight industry professionals current and upcoming work.

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

I agreed with all the feedback comments. After rewriting so many times you can miss simple, but yet critical details that are easily fixable, so getting the feedback was invaluable! Knowing the festival provides great feedback was a main reason I submitted and with the opportunity to get it read was a huge plus.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

WILDsound Performer: John Lester Phillips

ACTOR John Lester Phillips

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June 2016 Reading
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June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Scanlon
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June 2016 Reading
Written by Linsen Oyosa
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June 2016 Reading
Written by James Gillard, Kevin McGruder
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – FOR ALL MANKIND
May 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew O’Connell

Watch the June 2016 TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Winners

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

Watch the 3 TV Screenplay Winners for May 2016:

CIVILIAN  by Gina Scanlon – TV PILOT

Genre: Drama, Crime

Synopsis: A young marine returns to her small Texas town after a recent tour in the South Sudan to complete police academy.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
BRANDI – Laura Darby
AMOS/STOKER – Christopher Huron
DR. BURNS – Tracey Beltrano
SHANE – Deney Forrest
MARCUS – Jeff Sinasic
MARCEL – John Lester Phillips

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BROOKLYN NINE NINE  by Linsen Oyosa – TV SPEC

Genre: Sitcom, Comedy, Crime

Synopsis: Jake and Charles try to take down a drug dealer. Meanwhile, Terry deals with inter-precinct theft and Holt helps Rosa deal with her recent politeness.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
JAKE – Christopher Huron
ROSA – Tracey Beltrano
CHARLES – Jeff Sinasic
TERRY – Deney Forrest
HOLT – John Lester Phillips
GINA – Laura Darby
AMY – Hannah Brenen

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WILD MAGIC  by Julie Nichols – TV PILOT

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy

A female teenager enters a typical High School and is immediately challenged by bully. Unbeknown to her she has the ability to do magic. It’s Buffy meets ABC Family.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
BRITTANY – Laura Darby
JILLIAN/LULU – Tracey Beltrano
ROSSALYN – Hannah Brenen
MARIO – Christopher Huron
SHANE – Deney Forrest
FERGUS – Jeff Sinasic
DOMINICK – John Lester Phillips

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson