TV Spec Screenplay – Modern Family by Chai Karve

Watch the September 2016 Winning TV SPEC Screenplay

Modern Family by Chai Karve

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

Get to know the writer:

What is your spec screenplay based on the famous TV show about?

All of the characters that usually get what they want need help. On a mushy-gushy level, it’s about realizing everyone’s potential for contribution and using the talents of everyone around you to solve a problem.

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.

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

Most viewers will be able to relate to at least one of the storylines. It’s difficult acknowledging our shortcomings, and this episode deals with that in several contexts.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fast & Relatable

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

Arrested Development and Veep. Both of these shows are so fast and terrifyingly witty. The number and diversity of jokes these shows have is staggering. I find new elements every time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The story was outlined in a week and I wrote a draft in 2 days. Once I locked down the story I knew I could crank it out relatively quickly.

How many stories have you written?

The spec is the longest piece I have written other than academic writing. I have and continue to write sketches, one-liners, and short films.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My love for the show and the characters.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Modern Family has an uncanny ability to weave together wonderfully disjointed stories thematically and I did not feel comfortable putting pen to paper until I had that sense of interconnectivity locked down.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Improv comedy. Late night comedy. Comedy. Podcasts about politics and other useless intelligent jargon.

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

More than winning (which is pretty great), I wanted feedback. Every time you enter one of these things, it is a total gamble, and I this was the first one I entered because of the promise of feedback in a timely manner. I got solid feedback and was able to tweak my script to a point where I was happy with it, all thanks to the kind people at WILDsound.

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

Being busy is not an excuse. Make time. Outline the crap out of everything. Start with smaller pieces – success in brevity is absolutely scalable.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Short Screenplay Table Reading – TURN ON DESIRE by Lauren Hoekstra

TURN ON DESIRE is the February 2016 Short Screenplay Winner.

Watch TURN ON DESIRE by Lauren Hoekstra

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
LUKE – Mark Sparks
PIMP – Neil Kulin
BOY – Gabriel Darku
LOUDSPEAKER – Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Get to know writer Lauren Hoekstra:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short screenplay about? 

It’s set in a not-too-distant future where the proliferation of virtual sex has killed meaningful relationships and created a society in search of ever-more extreme forms of gratification. Luke, the protagonist, is caught in this vicious circle of gratification and craving. Until he discovers he’s yearning for something long since forgotten.

Matthew: Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 

Everyone wonders where we’re headed in the future and this story takes a trajectory of something we’re experimenting with today and shows a potential consequence.

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

A surreal romance

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

 Cinema Paradiso

Matthew: This is  a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

 I wrote it very quickly as a short story a couple of years ago, then tried, and failed to turn it into a short screenplay. After that, I abandoned it for a few years, until recently. This time, the screenplay flew.

Matthew: How many stories have you written? 

 Not that many. I’m a director first, writer second.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

I was about fifteen when internet became a standard household item. Over the next decade, I personally felt the effect it had on relationships and it made me want to capture what I think we might be losing.

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main obstacle was the fact that the protagonist and antagonist never meet, so I had to create secondary characters to explain the story.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 

 I love directing and producing.

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

I’ve had another work featured and it’s amazing to hear your screenplay performed. I’ve found the feedback to be very helpful and I’ve incorporated nearly all the recommendations.

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

Contests that give feedback, like WILDsound, are invaluable.

 

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

Feature Screenplay Table Reading: HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY by L R Whittinger

Henrietta’s Odyssey is the February 2016 Feature Screenplay Winner

Watch HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY by L R  Whittinger:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
HENRI – Amanda Pereira
EANIE/ARTHUR – Gabriel Darku
GEEGLE – Mark Sparks
ADA/MRS. STRICT – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
VARIOUS – Neil Kulin

Get to know winning writer L R  Whittinger:

1. What is your feature screenplay about? 
To save her Henrietta’s life, she is left on an earthling’s doorstep by Geegle one of the most untrustworthy characters in the plot. It so happens she is left on the wrong doorstep. She falls into the hands of the greedy Fritzgrumpy’s and becomes their slave. After Henri discovers she is a foundling and her supposed parents were only interested in being paid for looking after her. Her life turns upside down. Eanie Meanie saves Henri aided by with Geegle. So she can to find her way back to her real place in time and space.  However, the Black Cardinal who has taken her rights away wants her dead.
 
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 
This is a rare comedy script, as weird as Edward Scissorhands and as compulsive as Time Bandits. The story is told in the style of Alice in Wonderland with animated sequences. 
 
3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?    
Humungously funny
 
4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life? 
City of Ember (2008). It is always on TV and has a deep interesting plot.
 
5.  This is  a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?  
This story began as a manuscript around 2006. It was published as Henri and the Alien (2008) and one London publisher immediately said it should be a film. Within a few years, I had developed a children’s TV series. I had interest at MIPCOM, Kidscreen, and CMC, but thought a feature film would allow me to build a stronger brand. I have been working on the screenplay with other projects for two years. 
 
6. How many stories have you written? 
I have written nine stories if one does not include different versions of the same story for different media. 
 
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay? 
I think taking this story from novella to TV series, to Screenplay has been an enjoyable experience. I laughed and cried along with it. I had another screenplay on my PC about dolphins at the same time, which is now in pre-production under another writer’s name. It taught me how to write in multiple mediums for different audiences. 
 
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 
Writing screenplays is like learning a language, very different from novels and literary fiction. It has a different grammar and tense. This problem is common to all writers, who switch from TV to films, or to books. One obstacle is always the problem, what to cut and what to keep, and which character leads and when. Another problem with a visual medium is leaving the right clues, for an actor to pick up the character’s emotional state. How many films have you watched, where a dialogue line can be interpreted many different ways with, pauses, expressions, etc. 
 
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 
I love history and am sad that many writers do not use authentic situations in historic films. The past is very intriguing and can offer enormous opportunities emotionally. I tend to be a workaholic because I was born on Saturday. I love the irony of politics, sport, and religion and wonder how they can subsume people. That is the novelist and thinker coming out. I think everyone should study anthropology, so they, can see how ridiculous humans are.  
 
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I feel WILDsound is a great way to develop a screenplay and get friendly feedback. It can be slow, but that has advantages, as every writer needs, at least, three projects underway at a time. You cannot keep reading the same thing repeatedly without a break. You need to be on the ball and creative.   
 
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? 
As William Nicholson (Gladiator, 2000) told me screenplays are about story. Never be possessive about you work. If you are, no one will want to work with you. The real trick for someone like me who writes book to film screenplays is, think out of the box and remember films are about seeing not feeling. Lastly, unless you are also a director or producer you will likely be undervalued for your contribution. The industry is geared to publicizing a few directors or actors to attract audiences. Thankfully, WILDsound is giving screenwriters the place they deserve. 
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

WILDsound Performer Jan. 31st Event: Neil Kulin

Actor Neil Kulin will be performing at the January 31 2016 Writing Festival event.

See the winning screenplays that will be performed at the festival on the 31st

Height: 6’2

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Watch past screenplay readings the actor has performed in:

ACTORTV PILOT SCRIPT – UP COUNTRY MOTORS
November 2014 Reading
Written by John Fuhrman

ACTORSHORT SCRIPT – DOUBLE CROSS
November 2014 Reading
Written by Cat Stewart & Stephen Hoover

ACTORBEST SCENE SCRIPT – A THEATRE NEAR YOU
November 2014 Reading
Written by Jason Reeves

ACTORTV SPEC – RICK & MORTY “Crime and Punishrick”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Michael Kellner

ACTORTV SPEC – MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Josh Bressler

ACTORTV PILOT – ERASER
February 2015 Reading
Written by Kim Godfrey

ACTORTV SPEC – CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
February 2015 Reading
Written by Mark Melara

ACTORTV SPEC – VEEP
February 2015 Reading
Written by Emily Cirillo

ACTOR1st Scene – THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN
February 2015 Reading
Written by Jacob F. Keller

ACTOR1st Scene – SPARKS
February 2015 Reading
Written by Megan K. Bickel

WILDsound Announces its Feature Screenplay Winners for September 2015

Watch readings of the two feature screenplay winners for September 2015.

Script #1 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legacy_feature_script.html

Genres: Supernatural, Thriller, Action

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Script #2 – FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
September 2015 Reading
Written by John-Arthur Ingram
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_three_play.html

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS:

Oliver, a neurotic who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake. This revelation backfires when Oliver discovers Silvia and Blake are in madly in love. As a final act of desperation, Oliver magically switches bodies with Silvia days before her wedding to Blake.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty
OLIVER – Gabriel Darku
SILVIA – Holly Sarchfield
BLAKE – Chris Reid-Geisler
MAGGIE – Allison Kampf
MARCO – Ben Hur
JOSEPHINE/PARKER – Angelica Alejandro

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

Winning Feature Script Reading: LEGACY by Marc W Johnson

Watch the Feature Screenplay Performance Reading of LEGACY:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

Get to know writer Marc W. Johnson:

1. What is your screenplay about?

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

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

Because in my humble opinion, there hasn’t been a decent werewolf movie that ties the Grimm Fairytale of Red Riding Hood to the present day, and who doesn’t want to see an action packed werewolf movie with swords, guns and gore.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

Buffy meets Dog Soldiers.

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

That’s kind of a toss-up between Halloween (’78) Halloween II (’81), and Aliens. I love how the two Halloweens blend together, you can’t really watch one without the other, and Aliens, well, you got aliens, space marines, and firepower, what’s not to love.

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

Well, all screenplays, even “finished” ones are works in progress but, I have been working, and reworking this screenplay for about 3 years.

6. How many stories have you written?

To date, I have written two feature screenplays and three short screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to write an action packed werewolf movie with heart.

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

While working on this screenplay I attend college full time.

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

Meat and peanut M&M’s: honestly though, family and friends.

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

I had heard rumors the feedback was genuine, and it did NOT disappoint. It helped me get to what you are about to watch and enjoy! Thanks for that WILDsound!

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

Well, there are probably more experienced writers out there than I am at the moment and, as my granddad used to say “Free advice is worth what you pay for it.” However, at this point in my own journey, all I can be comfortable saying is – Always be open to feedback, and sleep on it before accepting it as gospel, or totally dismissing it. This is the only way you will become skilled as to whether those giving it know what they are doing.

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Deadline: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_script_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/feature-screenplay-submission-testimonials-wildsound-screenplay-contest-review

StagePlay Reading – GLUTTONY AND LUST ARE FRIENDS by Matthew Weaver

Watch the StagePlay Reading of GLUTTONY AND LUST ARE FRIENDS:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
GLUTTONY – Steve Rizzo
LUST – Alissa DeGrazia
HANNAH/CHARITY – Erynn Brook
PRIDE/SLOTH – Neil Kulin
TONY/WRATH – Ryan Anning
ENVY/GREED – Pip Dwyer

Get to know writer Matthew Weaver:

1. What is your stageplay about?

Two deadly sins, Lust and Gluttony, are bored with their daily routine. So they decide to mix things up by switching places, which means a sudden glut of erotic bakeries and a Japanese sumo wrestler being named the equivalent of People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Creatively restored by the switch, Lust and Gluttony talk the other sins into following suit, which throws the world out of balance and attracts the attentions of the virtues. Who are nobody’s idea of a picnic.

2. Why should this play be produced?

It probably shouldn’t – it’s got a very large cast, casts the seven deadly sins as heroes and is deceptively complex even though it’s fairly straightforward. But I think it’s a lot of fun, and it all takes place in a Chinese buffet. And did I mention there’s a Japanese sumo wrestler?

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

Lust and Gluttony find that even having oodles of sex and eating everything you could ever want gets old after a while.

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

Probably a tie between Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze

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

This has been a play I just can’t quite bring myself to give up on. I wrote the first draft in late 2012. I’m delighted to see it selected here for its world premiere.

6. How many stories have you written?

My comedy “Bed Ride” debuted at Masquers Theater in Soap Lake, Wash., in the summer of 2013. My mystery “Aces are Feverish” will have its world premiere at Masquers in the summer of 2016. My short play “Feminine Care” was performed in Spokane by Ignite! Community Theatre and local community radio in 2012. My short play “The Girl Wore Red Licorice” was performed by Spokane Civic Theatre in the summer of 2014. In 2015, my one-minute plays “I Hope She Likes Me” and “Whispers” were performed as part of Stage Left Theater’s Fast and Furious short-play festival and the short play “Under an Iguana Moon” was written and performed as part of Stage Left’s Left Overs 24-hour play festival. We recently wrapped production on “Taking Care of Charlie,” a short film we will be entering in festivals.

7. What motivated you to write this stageplay?

I often joke that my vice of choice would be women, but since they’re not interested, it’s food. One day, I was thinking, if I could just change vices for a day … and then started thinking about how even though society still craves wealth, power, violence and sex, I bet it gets to be a real grind being Lust or Gluttony day after day. The rest of the play came together alarmingly quickly. I grew up on General Hospital’s quarreling Quartermaine family, so I love stories where families get together and bicker, and that’s really what this is at its heart.

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

I’ve sent it out into the world. I’m just hoping it finds people who take care of it and give it a good home.

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

I am passionate about family, friends, faith and fun. Also art and alliteration.

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

A very respected Spokane actor and director, Michael Weaver (no relation), retweeted about the opportunity on Twitter and I entered later that day. He’s been an online cheerleader as I’ve gone through the process. The feedback would have been helpful even if the play wasn’t selected for the festival. In particular, WILDsound recommended I take another look at the character of Sloth and stretch him beyond my initial concept as just a really sleepy guy. Overall, it was supportive feedback that showed someone else thinks there’s something here worth pursuing. Which is invaluable as a beginning playwright.

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

I write for an agriculture newspaper by day, and try to devote half an hour to creative writing after hours. Some days that half-hour goes by quickly. Other days, 30 minutes can loom. Some days the writing goes smoothly, and others it just plain is terrible. But I tell myself, “Thank heavens that’s over,” and on to the next day.

My brother Steven and I keep track of the Seven Deadly Sins the same way. When I called him during a writing session to figure out what the sins’ virtuous counterparts would be, he paused a moment and muttered, “OK, gluttony was the dead fat guy, the rich attorney was greed …” referencing the Brad Pitt-Morgan Freeman movie Seven. Or Se7en, if you prefer.

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Deadline: #STAGE #PLAY #Festival. Get play performed by #actors. FULL FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsound.ca/play_contest.html

WINNERS get their stageplay read at the Writing Festival.

WATCH the recent WINNING STAGEPLAY Readings –
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/stageplay_readings.html