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Watch Best Scene Reading of NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ by Graham Parke

Watch NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ Best Scene:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – David Occhipinti
GOMEZ – Geoff Mays
LARGE GUY – Jarrid Terrell
SUSIE – Christina Santos
BLONDE – Holly Sarchfield
TEACHER – Lorry Ayers

Get to know writer Graham Parke:

1. What is your screenplay about?

No Hope for Gomez! is the story of a guy who’s convinced life is verifiably harder on him than it is on others. When he falls for an assistant in a mysterious drug trial, he teams up with a misguided YouTube dating guru to reel in The One, but soon the trial’s side-effects have him questioning his increasingly strange experiences, and the dating guru turns out to be very different from what he made himself out to be.

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

I think it would make a great series as there is a wealth of quirky/zany material to be mined with these characters battling life, bad luck, and relationships in their own, off-beat ways. The series is based on my three award winning independent novels.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Off-beat, endearing.

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

N/A

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

This particular project started out as a novel, which won a few indie awards (including a Kirkus best of Indie listing) a couple of years ago, then turned into a pilot episode.

6. How many stories have you written?

Too many to count. But if you want a number, let’s just say… erm… seventy-four-and-a-half.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The idea of turning No Hope for Gomez! into a TV show has been on my mind for a while. When a draft pilot started winning screenwriting competitions, I thought I might be on to something…

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

None.

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

Apart from writing I’m passionate about re-writing, getting feedback, more re-writing, and, I guess, polishing.

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

As writers we want high quality feedback and we want it now. Wildsound runs all year round and gives professional feedback, that’s hard to beat in my opinion.

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

Yes. Other writers should maybe quit and find something that pays way better. It would certainly make my life easier. It’s not a rule, of course, just a suggestion.

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Watch TV PILOT Reading of HAIL MARY by Stan Williamson

Watch HAIL MARY, TV Pilot Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Christina Santos
MARY SPARKS- Holly Sarchfield
JASON SPARKS – Jarrid Terrell
STEVEN CAMPBELL – Geoff Mays
JUDGE/PERKINS – David Occhipinti
VICKY/HANNA – Lorry Ayers

Get to know writer Stan Williamson:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

Named by her father after a football pass with little chance of success, a quick-witted former pro beach volleyball player takes on the exclusive boys club of professional sports by becoming a sports agent/attorney.

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

The similarity of the world of Hail Mary to that of The Good Wife suggests that it could capture the same enduring popularity. The sports agency with its sexy young players replaces the law firm with its stuffy older clients. Instead of solid and reliable, Hail Mary is current, it’s hot, and it delivers the excitement that only sports can bring. But, in Hail Mary, we’re not just talking about football. We’re talking about every major sport on earth. Baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer, you name it. The opportunity for cameo appearances by sports stars is as unlimited as the number of stories there are to tell. Where will the sports stories come from? Just turn on the news. There’s an episode born every day.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Two words? Hail Mary. In Mary’s line of work, every shot at success is a long shot. You either win big or you crash and burn.

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

It’s a tie. The Graduate and Chinatown.

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

I wrote the three storylines separately, then I mixed them together. Two months to stir and one to bake.

6. How many stories have you written?

More than ten feature screenplays. One produced. One Pilot. One novel. One song.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This is an exciting time for television. I had to give it a try.

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

Rewriting is always the hardest part.

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

I like music, movies, books. I like to run. But all roads lead back to the keyboard.

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

I liked the idea of hearing it performed in voices other than the ones in my head. The feedback was both positive and constructive. It was reassuring to know that I was on the right path.

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

Stop making excuses. Write every day.