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Best Scene from CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Spec by Chris Agnew (plus interview)

    Watch the Best Scene Script from CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Spec:

CAST LIST:

Narrator – Becky Shrimpton

Larry – Peter Nelson

Leon – Peter Bent

Ms. Kotchery – Michelle Lecky

Patricia – Mandy Mclean

Get to know writer Chris Agnew:

1. What is your TV Curb Your Enthusiasm spec script about?

Larry takes exception to a speed bump installed in his community by a power hungry English Lady. A visit from his nephew complicates things as his rivalries become intermingled with Leon.

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

Annoying societal things and people conspiring to bring Larry down.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I started writing a year and a half ago.

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

Probably Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I must have watched it at least 20 times in college. I still laugh like a madman everytime.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Johnny Dep, Jim Carey, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Dave Chappelle, Will Ferrell, Chris Rock, Kate McKinnon, Bill Burr, Zack Woods, Anthony Atamanuik.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written a pilot, a spec, a full length, two short films, 30 or so sketches and 10 or so short stories.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Making films and tv with great people that inspire and make people laugh till they cry.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I study similar things that have been made, try to copy their approach in a number of ways, make a few tweeks, then brainstorm, structure, brainstorm, structure, write, rewrite. If something isn’t working, move on and come back.

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

Friends, traveling, snowboard, bball, surf and would like to start a nonprofit in the future.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Quick feedback for a contest and unique chance for a reading of material.

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

I really need all the advice I can get. Copy the best, I learned infinitely more from studying Curb than any book or class. Study the thing you want to make.

WILDsound TV Screenplay Festival Announces May 2015 Winners

The WILDSOUND TV Screenplay Festival has announced its May, 2015 Winners. Watch the 3 Winning Screenplay performance readings from the monthly screenplay festival:

Script #1: TV PILOT: REDEEMING GRACE
May 2015 Reading
Written by WL Gorman
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/redeeming_grace.html

SYNOPSIS:
A fractured and unstable near-future Canada where danger is ever-present and anarchy is just a breath away. In the centre of this cauldron is an ex-military gun-for-hire who seeks redemption from both his country and his father. With the odds stacked against him, will he be able to achieve it?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
STEVEN – Mark Sparks
WOLF/PADDY – Rob Salerno
YOUNG – John Marcucci
ALEXIS – Jillian Cameron
FLINT/FAUSTIN – Peter Bent
CAROLINE – Erynn Brook
SHEPPERD – Sean Ballantyne
MARTY – Graciela Martinez
JULIE – Leah Doz

Script #2: TV SPEC: NEW GIRL “Career Day”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Melissa K. Willis
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/new_girl.html

SYNOPSIS:
“Career Day”, an on speculation of the Fox sitcom New Girl, finds Jess in charge of the school’s Career Day activities in which she must deliver or possibly lose her job.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
JESS – Erynn Brook
SCHMIDT – Rob Salerno
NICK/BANKS – John Marcucci
CECE – Leah Doz
WINSTON – Peter Bent
COACH – Mark Sparks
STUDENT 1 – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
STUDENT 2 – Jillian Cameron

Script #3: TV SPEC: GIRLS “Camping”
May 2015 Reading
Written by Yolanda R. Easiley
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/girls.html

SYNOPSIS:
Conflicts occur when Jessa and Marnie go to pick up Hannah at the airport. Ray and Shoshanna run into a troubled taxi driver, as Adam connects with a hooker.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
HANNAH – Jillian Cameron
MARNIE – Erynn Brook
JESSA – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
SHOSHANNA/THERESA – Leah Doz
ADAM – John Marcucci
TOM – Peter Bent
RAY – Rob Salerno

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Deadline: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

TV Spec Screenplay of NEW GIRL “Career Day”, by Melissa K Willis (plus interview)

Watch the TV SPEC Screenplay of NEW GIRL:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
JESS – Erynn Brook
SCHMIDT – Rob Salerno
NICK/BANKS – John Marcucci
CECE – Leah Doz
WINSTON – Peter Bent
COACH – Mark Sparks
STUDENT 1 – Graciela Alexandra Martinez
STUDENT 2 – Jillian Cameron

Get to know winning writer Melissa K. Willis:

1. What is the TV spec script of the NEW GIRL TV show about?

A: Jess is in charge of her school’s career day, which she hates, and she’s afraid she’s going to get fired if she screws it up. She’s under a lot of pressure to get it right; and after Nick and Winston’s old friend from Chicago, Banks, shows up, everyone sort of reevaluates what they’ve done with their lives so far. His presence presents a whole different set of challenges for Schmidt because Banks is super human AND the anti-Schmidt.

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

A: I think the characters are all, in some ways, still trying to figure out what they want and what makes them happy, maybe with the exception of Jess (or at least to a lesser extent.) It also plays on and makes them face some of their greatest insecurities (e.g. Jess getting fired/failing as a teacher, Nick never accomplishing anything, Winston not having a real career, Schmidt being a perpetual outcast, etc.) And Banks’ mere presence disrupts the loft’s precious ecosystem, much like Jess did just after she arrived.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

A: I’ve been writing in general for most of my life. I’ve been writing poems since I was 8 and wrote my first song at 9. I think the actual stories started around middle school (the early 90s), but I went through long periods where I didn’t write anything for long periods of time (and it sucked.) It took a lot of time, thinking, and not writing for me to realize how much I love it, that it is really my life force, and it’s what I’m meant to do.

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

A: Oh geez, I don’t know! That’s a hard one! I have this weird quirk that I got from my mom where I’ll watch the same movie over and over and over again until I get tired of it for a while. It’s probably The Wizard of Oz, Working Girl, Mean Girls, Love Actually, Trading Places, or Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

A: So many! Seth Macfarlane, the Farrelly Brothers, Sarah Silverman, Peter Berg, Tina Fey, Bryan Fuller, Rob Thomas, Rob Reiner, Mindy Kaling, Ricky Gervais, the Duplass Brothers, Simon Pegg, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Sasha Baron Cohen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus…I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

A: I have no idea how many stories I’ve written. Some of them have been lost forever to bad hard/external drives back in the day. I’ve probably written thousands of poems and songs. This is my very first actual script, but I’m halfway through the first draft of a pilot at this very moment and I have at least one other in the pipeline from a class I took. I also have several ideas for feature-length screenplays, two musicals, and one documentary (whew!)

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

A: I’d like to be on staff writing for an existing show, for sure, and to have sold a few screenplays. I’d also like to have established a significant body of work and learned from at least a few of the people listed above. Eventually, I’d love to direct as well, once I’ve gotten my feet wet.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

A: I don’t know that I’ve found my perfect routine or method yet, but I carry my notebook and phone everywhere and I take down everything – pictures, conversation pieces, ideas, etc. And basically I just find every moment I can to work on things. If I don’t go running on my lunch break, I go to the private conference room at work or Dupont Circle of I sit outside of restaurants and just observe and work. Sometimes I write on the bus on my way home. But I do like to really analyze before I get into it – what do my characters want, fear, believe, love, hate, etc, and explore their relationships with each other before I really start writing. Sometimes I’ll write little test scenes just to get a feel for them. Other times I just like to see where they take me. I like to do thought-mapping bubbles for each, charts about their wants and fears and how to torture them, beat sheets, put the beats on index cards so I can move them around, do a prose outline, and then go!

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

A: DC sports (a futile and miserable existence), animal welfare, comedy, my cats,
the environment, music, yoga and meditation

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

A: My friend, Emily Cirillo, entered and won a couple of months ago. We met in Improv class and were the only aspiring TV/film writers there. We were fast friends, discussing our specs and future plans. I’d been stuck for an incredibly long time on this very script and was inspired to finish after I saw that she won and decided it was time to finish and submit mine.

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

A: Just keep going. Push through it. I’ve had a really difficult last several years and have felt really blocked creatively. The only way to get through it is to silence your inner critic, look within yourself, and just do it. One thing I learned from someone who has helped me more than anyone else – Michael Rogan from Scriptbully.com – is to write fun scenes for yourself starring yourself (or whatever comes to mind – maybe you’ll want to see the Kardashians vs. the Hiltons.) Mine usually involve interactions with celebrities or fantasies or something, but it can be anything you want. You never know what will come out of those and you’re still writing every day. Eventually something will click.

TV PILOT Reading of REDEEMING GRACE, by WL Gorman (plus interview)

Watch TV PILOT Reading of REDEEMING GRACE:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
STEVEN – Mark Sparks
WOLF/PADDY – Rob Salerno
YOUNG – John Marcucci
ALEXIS – Jillian Cameron
FLINT/FAUSTIN – Peter Bent
CAROLINE – Erynn Brook
SHEPPERD – Sean Ballantyne
MARTY – Graciela Martinez
JULIE – Leah Doz

Get to know winning writer WL Gorman:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

It is about a fractured and unstable near-future Canada where danger is ever-present and anarchy is just a breath away. In the centre of this cauldron is an ex-military gun-for-hire who seeks redemption from both his country and his father. With the odds stacked against him, will he be able to achieve it?

2. Why should this script be made into a TV show?

It has action because the principal character leads a group of “mercenaries” against several diverse groups of criminals and terrorists who actually exist in today’s world. It is character-driven with a focus on the current and past lives of characters from different countries and diverse backgrounds. It focuses on political issues that are both real and potentially real. It is about redemption.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I have been writing stories since I was a kid in grade school and this continued through university. But a challenging and demanding career in the military left little time for writing stories – but many notes were written and saved. From these notes and other ideas, I have been seriously writing stories for about ten years.

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

Dr. Strangelove and both Godfather films.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Paul Gross, David Storey, Sarah Plley, Ellen Burstyn, Quentin Tarrantino, Kurt Sutter, Shonda Rimes, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, Rob Reiner, William Goldman, Kathy Bates,

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Three novels in draft; two film screenplays; three TV pilots; a number of short stories and a semi-autobiographical novella about working on a railroad gang in the middle of the British Columbia Rockies during my university years.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

I would like to be writing stories, collaborating with others and making a living at it. My first choice would be on a television series, but I would also like the opportunity to have a feature film done from one of my scripts.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I can write at any time of the day, but my best times seem to be early morning and in the evening. Once I have an idea, I brainstorm it with a whole lot of notes that I then transfer to “stickies” that get posted on a board and begin to get shaped into acts and scenes. When I actually start to write, the board changes as more ideas surface. And, to be honest, I enjoy doing revisions – it keeps me invested in the story. The hard part is knowing when the script is done.

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

Rock and Roll music (I play drums and am teaching myself bass guitar); reading – anything and everything; classic films and television; tying flies; Chinese brush painting; family; and my wife and dog.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I wanted to gain some exposure for my writing in Canada because I would really like to work here at home and hopefully contribute to the national scene. I don’t have any contacts in the industry, and so I turned to WILDsound as a potential source of getting some notice.

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

To be honest, I’ve never subscribed to the idea that you should never give up on your dream no matter what. In many cases, this type of thinking is unrealistic. I would love to be a singer and a musician in a band; but I simply cannot sing well and therefore I don’t spend time musing over what could be. However, if you believe that you have skill and talent, if you have taken some courses and workshops where professionals have told you that you have good story-telling chops, and if you are willing to put in the time and effort and then accept rejection when it comes long, then keep on scribbling until someone gives you the break you’re looking for. And let it be fun – it HAS to be fun!

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Deadline: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html