TV Best Scene Screenplay of RANGERS: PROGENITORS OF FREEDOM, Timothy M Kestrel

 

Genre: History, Thriller, Drama

After his attempts to escape from the American colonies fail, a young orphan woodsman Finn finds himself trapped in a remote frontier fort surrounded by troubled people with dark secrets during the French & Indian War.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Carina Cojeen
Robert: Isai Rivera Blas
Finn: Anthony Yu
Catherina: Angelica Alejandro
Richard: Xavier de Guzman
Kopf: Fabio Abreu

Get to know the writer: 

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

It’s about making a moral choice and to live with the consequences. The beef of the show is that the only real freedom we have is in that we all can choose our reactions to even most horrible events, but we also must accept the impact of our response.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

This project is unlike any of its genres because it is exciting and dangerous, yet the themes and plot are relevant to modern audiences. Evocative use of historical figures provides a classic patina to the show. Audiences will love this American saga that covers the lives of many generations, dazzling geographic milieus and incorporates solid history. The story unfolds in a verdant natural paradise where the only evil is a man. They mainly respond to the elements of American frontier folklore that is presented in a new, compelling way.

The characters, fraught with their everyday problems in a war-torn frontier, provides compelling character stories for several seasons. They all have personal, individual emotional situations and dark secrets.

They have to make tough moral choices in difficult situations with no clear right or wrong. They cannot be sure that the choices they make are the right ones. They try to balance between love, regret, loneliness, debauchery, and moral values. The relationships in the storyline are valid and authentic full of emotion, sex, passion, hard times, and complexity.

How would you describe this script in two words?

The overall story, as told, is very vivid, visual and exciting. OK, that’s more than two, but it’s from Cinequest.

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

Deadwood

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2+ years

How many stories have you written?

I have written three books, three TV pilots, one short story, one short period drama for Virtual Reality, and have another five period drama stories in various stages of development.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

The Boys Are Back in Town from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Serious self-doubt if I can pull it off. Writing a great screenplay is difficult.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

While I’m not writing exciting period drama stories, I draw inspiration from my love of history, Stoic philosophy, and my military experience as a US Army Ranger.

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

A significant portion of the TV series I wrote takes place in Quebec. I discovered that the WILDsound Festival is growing by leaps and bounds and realized it is a perfect venue to introduce the story in Canada.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I love working with FilmFreeway, I highly recommend them. They have been most supportive throughout my projects and have provided me access to many competitions I didn’t even know existed.

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

Trust your vision, take feedback with a pinch of salt, and always be writing!

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

 

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TV Pilot Pitch: RANGERS – Progenitors of Freedom, by Timothy Kestrel

LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: RANGERS – Progenitors of Freedom

Written by: Timothy Kestrel

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: History, Thriller, Drama

Logline: After his attempts to escape from the American colonies fail, a young orphan woodsman Finn finds himself trapped in a remote frontier fort surrounded by troubled people with dark secrets during the French & Indian War.

Synopsis: Finn Morton, reminiscing from extreme old age, narrates his adventures as a young man in the early, gritty days of the fledgling country. His eyewitness account unfolds behind-the-scenes workings that shaped an empire in the making. His memories bring forth the depths of love, freedom, greed, and loyalty, and offers a rare vantage point of crucial times in this country’s coming of age. The stories are at once thrilling, illuminating, and heartbreaking.

In the 1750’s, an incident in the backwoods of America sets in motion a multi-year earth-shattering showdown between England and France. In America, the provincials in New France and New England find themselves in the middle of the real First World War. Because of this, people on both sides of the frontier face growing internal discord and strained relations with their respective motherlands across the ocean. Stuck in between the combatants, the mighty Iroquois Confederacy is divided over the white man’s war for what is rightfully their land.

Having fled his homeland and now living on a prayer in the dauntingly rough country, young Finn joins forces with a motley group of underdog friends. Their only chance of surviving against all odds is to team up with notorious Rogers Rangers. They go on operations in the great white north that stretch their limits above and beyond the call of duty.

To uphold British rule by any means necessary, the British bring in Hessian mercenaries to this melting pot world of America in a melting pot war with its native tribes, provincials, Acadians, British, Canadians, and French. Finn’s nemesis, a nefarious Hessian gun-for-hire Johan Kopf a.k.a. Totenkopf with his schizophrenically divided loyalties embarks on a mission of fear, jealousy, and hatred.

In his growing aversion to the horrors of war through his daring actions and enduring hardships with the Rangers, it is the inner battle that proves to be Finn’s harshest struggle. He attempts to quell the arrogant boy he once was to become the man – and potential loving husband and father – he hopes to be. On the home front, he strikes up a strong attraction with lately orphaned young frontier settler Catherina Brett. She finds herself shunned by the community for trying to find her own way.

Evocative use of historical figures and a large ensemble cast of characters square off in an epic struggle that provides an alternative point of view on historical events and people in a dramatic way. The grand scheme of the series is about re-evaluating the ethos of American Dream from the beginning.