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Larry Hankin – October 2016 TV PILOT Screenplay Winner

October 2016 Winning Comedy Short Screenplay.

EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND TV Pilot
Written by Larry Hankin
Read 10 Questions with the writerCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
EMMETT – Hugh Ritchie
RUSTY – Cass Van Wyck
MRS. B – Becky Shrimpton
CARMELA – Jane Smythe
OFFICER BUDD – Paul Whitaker
OFFICER LEW – Percy Alexander Harris
EDDIE/ROBBIE – Benjamin Camenzuli

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Adventure, Comedy

A Crime Comedy: A Homeless Gentleman in Venice, CA, sets out to help a friend accused of stealing a diamond ring, only to become the prime suspect in the theft.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV series about?

It’s about how it’s possible to build your dream with just what you got inside and what’s available outside, but emotions and other people don’t work like that.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

3 reasons: A. Because it’s got a particular voice not out there. “Emmett”, the central character, is eccentric, homeless, and believes he’d make a great detective: a combination which allows him to use his eccentric “Illogic” and guilelessness to screw-up the “Logic” and Injustices of The Powerful, The Greedy, The Dishonest, and The Bullies that dare prey on the people who live in Emmett’s neighborhood: The Boardwalk, Beach, Alleyways, and Canals of Venice, California.

B. Basically, the hero – Emmett Sagittarius Deemus – sees himself, not as “a homeless window washer”, but as, “A Homeless Detective” – a Contributor to his Community. His enemies are Chance, Bad People, and Logic: a unique viewpoint for a TV show. “Sanford & Son” gave A Sly Old Junkman a voice. I think it’s time to give A Homeless Detective A Voice.

C. The “Columbo-type” detective structure (“Who dunit?” or “How did they do it?”) is needed for the particular solving-a-puzzle-or-crime narrative because you need time to get the audience involved in wondering “Who” or “How” along with Emmett. Plus: Columbo looked like he could have been homeless. Emmett just takes it there.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Very Funny.

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

Seinfeld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Screenplay (Teleplay) – 3 months. The character,”Emmett Sagittarius Deemus”, that the screenplay’s about: eight years.

How many stories have you written?

Around 30 – from 2 minutes to 20 minutes. All about Emmett.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to understand the problems and gifts of the longer form narrative. The main gift was, I was able go more deeply into Emmett and what makes him tick.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Anything that stops me from getting it done- finito, typo’s and all; finding the time; making the time, protecting the time once I found it, and showing up regularly & constantly at the keyboard till it’s really ready. There’s no way around “Grit”.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Making films from the things I write with friends and others of like mind. Being outside riding my bike and not typing.

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

Simple synchronicity. I’d just finished it and wanted feedback. I gave it to a friend who read it and liked it and the same day I got an email saying you had a contest that gave feedback – so I entered. When it came, I got the sense the reader “got” the story. And I agreed with the feedback and notes. I thought making the changes would make it better. Easier to read. More direct. Cut two characters. I made the changes and it made it better. Cool.

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

What I’ve been told seems to work: Read good screenplays in your genre or field. Write until you find your voice. Copy till it you get original. Be original. Writing a good, solid, finished screenplay is hard but finding an agent might be harder.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson

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Watch the October 2016 Winning Adventure/Comedy TV Pilot Reading

EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND TV Pilot
Written by Larry Hankin

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Adventure, Comedy

A Crime Comedy: A Homeless Gentleman in Venice, CA, sets out to help a friend accused of stealing a diamond ring, only to become the prime suspect in the theft.

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
EMMETT – Hugh Ritchie
RUSTY – Cass Van Wyck
MRS. B – Becky Shrimpton
CARMELA – Jane Smythe
OFFICER BUDD – Paul Whitaker
OFFICER LEW – Percy Alexander Harris
EDDIE/ROBBIE – Benjamin Camenzuli

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV series about?

It’s about how it’s possible to build your dream with just what you got inside and what’s available outside, but emotions and other people don’t work like that.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

3 reasons: A. Because it’s got a particular voice not out there. “Emmett”, the central character, is eccentric, homeless, and believes he’d make a great detective: a combination which allows him to use his eccentric “Illogic” and guilelessness to screw-up the “Logic” and Injustices of The Powerful, The Greedy, The Dishonest, and The Bullies that dare prey on the people who live in Emmett’s neighborhood: The Boardwalk, Beach, Alleyways, and Canals of Venice, California.

B. Basically, the hero – Emmett Sagittarius Deemus – sees himself, not as “a homeless window washer”, but as, “A Homeless Detective” – a Contributor to his Community. His enemies are Chance, Bad People, and Logic: a unique viewpoint for a TV show. “Sanford & Son” gave A Sly Old Junkman a voice. I think it’s time to give A Homeless Detective A Voice.

C. The “Columbo-type” detective structure (“Who dunit?” or “How did they do it?”) is needed for the particular solving-a-puzzle-or-crime narrative because you need time to get the audience involved in wondering “Who” or “How” along with Emmett. Plus: Columbo looked like he could have been homeless. Emmett just takes it there.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Very Funny.

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

Seinfeld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Screenplay (Teleplay) – 3 months. The character,”Emmett Sagittarius Deemus”, that the screenplay’s about: eight years.

How many stories have you written?

Around 30 – from 2 minutes to 20 minutes. All about Emmett.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to understand the problems and gifts of the longer form narrative. The main gift was, I was able go more deeply into Emmett and what makes him tick.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Anything that stops me from getting it done- finito, typo’s and all; finding the time; making the time, protecting the time once I found it, and showing up regularly & constantly at the keyboard till it’s really ready. There’s no way around “Grit”.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Making films from the things I write with friends and others of like mind. Being outside riding my bike and not typing.

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

Simple synchronicity. I’d just finished it and wanted feedback. I gave it to a friend who read it and liked it and the same day I got an email saying you had a contest that gave feedback – so I entered. When it came, I got the sense the reader “got” the story. And I agreed with the feedback and notes. I thought making the changes would make it better. Easier to read. More direct. Cut two characters. I made the changes and it made it better. Cool.

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

What I’ve been told seems to work: Read good screenplays in your genre or field. Write until you find your voice. Copy till it you get original. Be original. Writing a good, solid, finished screenplay is hard but finding an agent might be harder.

****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson

VIDEO PITCH for THE HOMELESS DETECTIVE by Larry Hankin

Watch the Video Pitch for the TV Series:

Get to know writer Larry Hankin:

1. What is your story about?

It’s about getting involved for the wrong reason, and that doing a good deed doesn’t always bring the desired result, but doing a good deed often brings the right result.

2. Why should people know this story?

When we lived in caves the dangers were primarily visible and natural: snakes, animals, the weather. Nowadays the danger is Assumptions, Greed, and Lies. Very Invisible.

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

Funny, True.

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

Chaplin’s, “The Kid”.

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

This particular “Emmett Sagittarius Deemus” story: 2 months. But I’ve been working on Emmett’s character for about ten years in my own little film shorts way.

6. How many stories have you written?

Tons. For Emmett specifically as a screen character: about 30 or 40. I write stories all the time. Film short, screenplays, modern funny fables stories – all about Emmett or his younger self – “Sometimes Jones”. I also write Emmett’s rants. Writing is easier now that I trust myself more. Even when the story might be weak here or there, I trust that if a just trust my self and Let It Be, I’ll spot it. Knowing your own work, that’s the craft I’m trying to master: with trusted friends who are writers and/or readers (you can’t be “An Independent” alone). But, short “Stories” are mostly easy (screenplays and comedy are hard). But, it’s trying to get onto a “platform” and finding your audience that’s the real hard part. It’s like trying to jump on a merry-go-round spinning like mom’s plastic lettuce drier. I’m a very late starter. I had a whole other life going in acting.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to see Emmett in a long form story on a screen. I like to watch him. He’s actually growing. It’s cool to see. I also wanted to see if I had anything to say and it’s harder to hide the fact that you don’t in The Longer Forms. And also it keeps me busy and out of trouble. I’m very curious. It’s not always a rewarded or rewarding experience.

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

Snorkeling. It’s quieter under water. There are fewer cell phones. And, surprisingly, the sharks down there are less confrontational than the ones in L.A.

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

None. I’m still learning. but, I’d be willing to give myself a few tips: find your voice – to repeat – find your voice (tenacity) – I’m beginning to find mine now that I’m committed. Commit. And find out what kind of writer you really are. I want to see the finished puzzle on a screen: basically, I’m a storyteller – from way back: Aesop and Cervantes are my Bob Dylans. And him too. The writing’s gotta be good and driven and entertaining (focus-engendering). Some are born with it, some to it. Learn. And some things I just know. That’s what I want to know if I’ve learned: what do I know that is worth sharing about Homo sapiens that I can make people laff (sic) their asses off: The Big Boffo: connection. Apatow, Allen, Jacques Tati, Keaton, Chaplin. But that’s just me: a funny storyteller. A juggling idea clown. I’m a pointer, a mocker: a satirist, but I’m really just trying to help make The Big Picture a little clearer. Know thyself, what happens next, keep it moving, “kill your children”, have somethin’ to say, be friggin’ funny or forget it, would I really sit through this? But that’s just advice to me.

TV PILOT Pitch: The Homeless Detective, by Larry Hankin

LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: The Homeless Detective

Written by: Larry Hankin

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family

Logline: A Comedy of Errors: Emmett Sagittarius Deemus, a homeless window washer in Venice Beach, Calif., sets out to prove a friend innocent of a jewelry theft, only to become the prime suspect in the case.

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