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Edward Pronley – January 2017 TV Spec (MODERN FAMILY) Screenplay Winner

Watch the January 2017 Winning TV SPEC Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay MODERN FAMILY Screenplay
Written by Edward PronleyCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
CLAIRE – Val Cole
MITCHELL/LUKE – Nick Wicht
GLORIA/ALEX – Shannon McNally
HALEY/LILY – Catherine D’Angelo
PHIL – David Straus
CAMERON/JAY – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

After refusing to fulfill Claire’s request to hire tree trimmers, Phil, with Luke’s help, takes matters into his own hands; Claire and Mitchell attempt to have a relaxing getaway; Gloria has problems trusting the Dunphys.


How does this screenplay fit into the context of this show?

When the idea for this story came to me, I knew it would be able to fit in nicely with the rest of the series. The conflict that arises from the three separate storylines converge in a way that I have definitely witnessed on the show before.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Trust family.

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

I have a problem with continuously re-watching, not only Modern Family, but also How I Met Your Mother. These two shows have great strengths in both writing comedy, and in writing characters we care about. I love seeing that in a comedy and hope to create something similar in my own writing.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started this screenplay in the Summer of 2016 while pursuing a Screenwriting Certificate from NYU. It took me about the entire summer, with the help of my professor and my fellow classmates, to establish a good first draft. From there it went through many revisions until it was in it’s strongest form by around the end of December.

How many stories have you written?

Although this is my first spec script that I have written, I’ve written and produced a number short films (one that has gone on to be nominated for Best Screenplay at some festivals), I’ve written a feature, and most recently I finished a Two-Act comedy play that will be produced and performed around the end of April.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Last Summer, before I even thought about writing this spec, I had been helping my father cut down trees around the yard. My mother begged him to hire professionals instead of doing it himself, but he thought it would save time and money. Well, a few days later as I was helping him cut down a rather large tree in our front yard, we miscalculated where it would fall and it ended up crashing into the top of our house. The A story of my script follows, almost exactly, this chain of events. After this occurred during the Summer, I had so many people telling that it would fit very well into an episode of Modern Family, so I decided to bring it to life.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

There were numerous obstacles that I faced when finishing this screenplay. It went through so many changes during my revision process and before even sending it to festivals, there was a point where I basically scrapped half of it and started over. The reason for this was due to the three complex storylines that intertwine throughout the script. I knew where I wanted them to go and how I wanted it all to end, however, it was getting them all to that point that had me scratching my head and scrapping rewrite after rewrite. In the end though, I feel that it came together very nicely.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I really enjoy doing anything that has to do with music. I play a number of instruments, including guitar and a little bit of piano, but I have recently got into the habit of trying to learn even more instruments. Most recently, I have picked up the drums and the trumpet.

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

Initially the biggest thing that made me want to enter this festival was the recorded performance of our written scripts if we were to win. After receiving my notes from the festival though, I would say that I now have two big reasons to submit to this festival again in the future. The notes I received were very well thought out and helped me immensely during my most recent revision of the script. The festival put a lot of effort into making the notes as thorough and helpful as possible.

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

The best advice I could give other writers would be to power through. There are times where you might think that you need to take a break from your writing and step back, maybe giving yourself an hour or a week to think about the story and your characters before you continue. I know in my experience though, that an hour turns into five and a week can turn into a month. If you sit down and write out your story, no matter how terrible it might seem to you, just know that the revision will always be better. Revisions can’t happen though, unless you actually write the script.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Chai Karve – September 2016 TV SPEC Screenplay Winner (Modern Family)

TV SPEC of MODERN FAMILY
Written by Chai Karve
Read 10 Questions with the writer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ALEX – Mandy Magnan
PHIL/CAMERON – Devin Upham
JAY/MITCHELL – Neil Kulin
LILY/HALEY – Lauren Toffan
LUKE/MANNY – Scott Beaudin
CLAIRE/GLORIA – Katelyn Vanier

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

A plots: Alex tries to land an internship. Jay tries to learn technology. Haley tries to maintain a long-distance relationship. Mitchell tries to engage with Lily.

B plots: Gloria uses idioms to a fault. Claire and Phil jockey to help Alex. Luke offers sage relationship advice. Lily and Cameron are football bros.


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Watch TV Spec of Modern Family by Debi Calabro

The Modern Family SPEC is a December 2015 TV Screenplay Winner.

Watch MODERN FAMILY by Debi Calabro:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
GLORIA – Jane Hailes
CLAIRE – Jane Smythe
PHIL/MITCHELL – Kari-Michael Helava
CAMERON/LUKE/MANNY – Robert Notman
LILY – Antosia Fiedur
JAY – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know writer Debi Calabro:

1. What is your spec for the Modern Family TV show about?

This episode it about the ups and the downs of parenthood but ultimately it’s all good in the end.

2. Why does this spec fit into the context of the show?

The spec shows the same tone and humor as the other episodes. All the characters have a chance to make themselves heard as individuals and also how they contribute to the family unit.

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

Endearing, funny.

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

Moonstruck

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

Two weeks

6. How many stories have you written?

At least 15 features, two 1hour pilots, one sit-com pilot and this spec script

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love the show.

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

With this screenplay I didn’t face any obstacles. I know and love the characters so well it was an easy one to write.

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

Horse racing

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

I’ve been working with Wildsound on another project and they were very helpful with their feedback so I entered this one into the contest which won first time out.

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

If you are really passionate and love writing, never give up. As long as you love it, it’s worth the journey.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video for TURKEY (Played at Sept. 2015 Film Festival)

Turkey was the winner for Best FILM at the September 2015 FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video for TURKEY Short Film:

Audience Comments on TURKEY:

I like the way the story was told. Good sense of humor with a lot of heart.

While I was watching this I kept thinking – this reminds me so much of Modern Family. Every character had an issue and it all, kind of sort of, got resolved in the end.

What was very effective is that we know something that the characters don’t know and they all dance around it during the film as we the audience have fun.

The acting was really, really good.

TURKEY, Comedy/Family, 17min, USA
Directed by Erik Linthorst

This darkly comic short indie film finds a good-hearted but wayward family searching for gratitude in all the wrong places, only find it where they least expect it.

7 Questions with TV SPEC Screenplay Winner JOSH BRESSLER

Let’s get to know writer Josh Bressler. He’s the winner of the November 2014 TV Spec Screenplay Festival for his writing of the television show MODERN FAMILY.

Watch the winning screenplay reading here. Modern Family “Chairity Case”

SYNOPSIS:

Gloria looks after a sick Manny and Jay; Cameron tries to make amends with Mitchell after cancelling a vacation; Claire wants to prove she can take care of herself and challenges Phil to do the same; Haley looks for a place to hang her photography work.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
CAMERON/LUKE – Neil Kulin
MITCHELL – Adam McNamara
ALEX/LILY – Kerstin Bradler
GLORIA – Elitsa Bako
CLAIRE – Val Cole
HALEY – Melinda Michael
PHIL – Nick Baillie
JAY – Roman Spera

Q&A with Josh Bressler:

1. What is your TV SPEC screenplay about?

This Modern Family script follows the family members as they each deal with a setback in their lives, be it a physical handicap, a cancelled vacation, or a last minute assignment.

2. Why does this Modern Family script fit into the context of the show?

This installment of the series takes place in the usual world of the families. The Dunphy/Pritchett children continue maturing as their parents never fail to find the youth in themselves and each other. It has an exciting energy to it that promotes not only zany behavior and fun times but also the importance of family and banding together.

3. What is your all-time favorite TV show?

I am an unabashedly die-hard fan of Lost.

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

This is a close toss-up between Shawshank Redemption and Star Wars: A New Hope.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I would love to work with the two incredible geniuses and masters of the craft that are Joss Whedon and Aaron Sorkin.

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

I love improvisational comedy and the freedom and spontaneity that come with it. I’m also a percussionist and have a particular fondness for the marriage between language and music.

7. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

I found the idea of having my work read aloud incredibly appealing. After all, without speaking and hearing the words on the page, screenwriting simply becomes writing. This was a great opportunity to have the script brought to life.