Winning FAN FICTION Screenplay – DR. WHO “The Kingdom of the Mara” by Paul Hewitt

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

The Doctor accidentally picks up Shona and the two investigate a red comet that lands on Earth. The Doctor discovers the Mara are back, and must use their technology against them to defeat them once more.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
The Doctor: Brian Carleton
Shona: Konstantina Mantelos
Solomon: Anthony Botelho
Vladislav: Jack Comerford
Mila: Andrea Meister
Enok: Jordy Kieto

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay about DOCTOR WHO about?

The Doctor and Shona (last seen in the episode “Last Christmas”), find themselves in Bohemia during the Dark Ages. A tyrant, Lord Ivan, hoards a peculiar red crystal with telepathic powers called the Crimson. Wearing jewels made of Crimson, Lord Ivan and his followers collectively conjure a serpentine gestalt being from the darkest recesses of their minds: The Mara.

Possessed by The Mara, Lord Ivan quickly conquers all before him. He besieges the largest castle (and only cathedral) in the rival kingdom of Vladislav. The Doctor knows that walls, warriors and weapons are no match for the insidious, seductive spell of The Mara.

The Doctor and Shona rouse King Vladislav and his people to fight The Mara through very unconventional means – particularly for The Doctor. The world’s future truly rests on a hope and a prayer.

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

It’s a traditional good versus evil story with the odd bits of comedy and horror that you’d expect from Dr. Who. I wrote it for the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi – who I think is fabulous – a throwback to the 70’s Doctors, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

This story is very much in the mold of classic Doctor Who. You have a historic setting that is disrupted by the presence of a perfidious alien – oh, and then there’s The Mara and a mysterious red crystal. Seriously though, The Mara was one of my favourite Who monsters from the 80’s and I am surprised it has not reappeared on TV (yet). The companion Tegan’s experience with the “evil dream snake” is what made her my favourite during the Peter Davison years.

We all know The Doctor’s companion is a surrogate for the audience and a great companion makes for a great Who story. I chose a character from a recent Christmas special – Shona McCullough (played wonderfully by actor Faye Marsay)– because I immediately saw in her the potential for a long term TARDIS traveller.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Faith Wins

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

Doctor Who
(also Game of Thrones, Mad Men…)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Six months (Off and On). So maybe 6 weeks’ worth of an actual research and writing (and rewriting).

How many stories have you written?

Two Features (Housesitting, Guttersnipe)
One Documentary (All About Me)
One Short (co-wrote) (Saved From The Grave)

Next up is my own TV series and this TV spec script was an excellent exercise in writing for this genre.

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

In My Life (The Beatles)

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time was my biggest obstacle… finding the time.

The second challenge was how to portray The Mara. It is obviously not my own creation, so I wanted to do justice to the original Mara stories with my version.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting, films, politics, history, rugby and beer (not necessarily in that order)

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

I had my first feature screenplay analyzed not once, but twice. I was impressed by the depth and value of the criticism. So I did not hesitate to submit my Doctor Who script for analysis and I am pleasantly surprised in the end to have it recognized here. Thank you.

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

It’s an old cliché but true: Write what you know. That’s why I picked Doctor Who for my first TV screenplay.

Be prepared to take a lot of criticism along the way. Your story (and your skills) will benefit from it.

Procrastination is thine worst enemy.

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Submit to the Screenplay Festival (Feature, Short) – Deadline Today

Deadline June 15th Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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Screenplay Festival Deadlines Today -(Feature, Short, TV)

Deadline May 31st: Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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TV Screenplay Testimonials from the WILDsound Festival

SEE over 200 GENRES from 2016 STORIES from the WRITING FESTIVAL

GENRES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

#-C GENRE
19th Century
Action/Adventure
Addiction
Adultery
African American
Airplane
Alcoholism
Alien
Angel
Animation
Apocalypse
Artist
Assassination
Baby
Bar
Battle
Beach
Biography
Birds
Blood
Bully
Business
Cat
Catholic
Chase
Chicago
Church
CIA
Civil War
Coffee

C-F GENRE
Coming of Age
Computer
Conspiracy
Con
Corporation
Corruption
Crime/Mystery
Daughter
Demon
Depression
Detective
Devil
Divorce
Doctor
Documentary
Dragon
Drama
Drugs
Environmental
Escape
Experimental
Family
Fantasy
FBI
Farm
Father
Father/Daughter

F-H GENRE
Father/Son
Female
Femme Fatale
Fight
Film Noir
Fire
Football
Food
Forest
Friendship
Funeral
Future
Gambling
Gay
General
Ghost
Global Warming
God
Gore
Grandparents
Gun
Haunting
Heaven
Heist
Helicopter
Hell

H-M GENRE
High School
History
Hitchhiking
Hostage
Hotel
Hospital
Hong Kong
Homeless
Hollywood
Internet
Island
Inventor
Jealousy
Jewish
Journalist
Kidnapping
Killer
King
Kiss
Lesbian
Loneliness
Las Vegas
Lawyer
Love
Love Triangle
Lust
Mafia

M-P GENRE
Magic
Marijuana<BR
Marine
Mentor/Protege
Mission
Money
Monster
Mother
Mother/Daughter
Mother/Son
Movies about Movies
Murder
Musical
Musician
Nazi
New York City
Office
Orphan
Paris
Police
Political
Poverty
Pregnancy
Priest
Prison

P-S GENRE
Psychiatrist
Psychopath
Quest
Rabbit
Rape
Refugee
Relationship
Religion
Reporter
Restaurant
Revenge
Road Trip
Robbery
School
Scientist
Sci-Fi
Serial Killer
Sheriff
Siblings
Small Town
Snow
Soldier
Son
Space
Spaceship
Sports

S-Z GENRE

WILDsound Announces its January 2017 Screenplay Winners

Submit your Screenplay to the Festival today: http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

Watch the 20 winning screenplays for January 2017 performed by professional actors.

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/january_2017_winning_screenplays.html

WINNERS LIST:

1 – Feature Screenplay
– INCURBABLE by Jeff York

1 – Fan Fiction Screenplay
– UNIVERSAL SAINT BATMAN by Nathan Trumbull

2 – TV Screenplays
– MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This” by Edward Pronley
– DOWN WITH BUREAUCRACY by Dimitry Pompee

6 – Best Scene Screenplays
– KIDICIDE by Kelly Karam
– THE UNCONQUERABLE by Jonathan Fear
– THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH by Sean Francis Ellis
– SANDWICH by Deborah Klika
– THE ROSY HUE OF THE DYING DAY by Lauren Hoekstra
– NO MORE GOODBYES by Rebekah R. Ganiere

3 – 1st Scene Screenplays
– INT. CAR NIGHT by Martin Keady
– FAN SITE by Elisha Barnes
– OCD by Quyen Tran

7 – Short Screenplays
– PROTEST SEEN by Donald J. Bingle
– DIASPORA by David Brin
– COMES AROUND by Gunnar Halldorsson
– MODERN LOVE by Hannah Dillon
– PFFF by Dimitri Devyatkin
– I CAN CATCH A BULLET by Reynaldo A. Garza
– LOVE HURTS by Michael Gavino

DECEMBER 2016 BEST SCENE SCREENPLAYS

Watch the winning best scene screenplay readings performed by professional actors at the festival in DECEMBER 2016.

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – LIVING PROOF
December 2016 Reading
Written by Herschel Medlin
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MALICIOUS INTENT
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Briock
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – OLD LADY DILEMMAS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Lora Ellen McKinney
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – THE WORK OF ZOMBIES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Semler
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CELLULAR MEMORY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Jesse Prevost
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – UNGODLY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Bill Osinski
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT
December 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Hughes
ACTORBEST SCENE TV Screenplay – TALATRICS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Cecilia Copeland
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – UP FROM THE DEPTHS: THE RISE OF MEGALODON
December 2016 Reading
Written by William F. Molnar
ACTORFAN FICTIO BEST SCENE (Sequel to 2015 film “Carol”) – THERESE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Heidi Scott
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DEATH OF A LADIES MAN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Salim Allybokus
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – O CRY AFRICA
December 2016 Reading
Written by William Teller
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – SERVED COLD
December 2016 Reading
Written by WL (Bud) Gorman
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HEMINGS AND CONDELL
December 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Keady
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – ESCAPE FROM PLAIN MIDDLE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reese
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – FREE AGENTS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mario Scott Waller
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TINK
December 2016 Reading
Written by Edward Ybarra
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – MY LIFE WITH STELLA KANE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Linda Morganstein
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TAKE TWO
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Skiles
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – SHADOW
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Sweet
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – CAPITAL PARTNERS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Libby Hellman
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – SALACIOUS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew Chura
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – A DAY AT THE BEACH
December 2016 Reading
Written by Todd Gordon

WILDsound Announces its DECEMBER 2016 WINNING SCREENPLAYS

The last month of 2016 was a landmark month for the festival. Not only did they showcase 4 film festival dates in Los Angeles and Toronto, they also performed the most screenplay winning readings ever in one month. While most festivals and the industry itself shuts down in December, WILDsound had its most productive month in its history.

Watch the winning screenplay readings now performed by some of the top actors in Toronto and Los Angeles working today:

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/december_2016_winning_screenplays.html

1 Feature Screenplay Winner
– TRIAL & ERIN by Larry Shulruff

2 TV Screenplay Winners
– MIDLIFE CRISIS by Erica Barfield Peterson
– RICK AND MORTY TV Spec by Matthew Feldman

1 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner
– HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER by Eugene Ramos

5 1st Scene Screenplay Winners
– DOORLOCKER by Tony DiSibio & BL Cooper
– UPSPOKEN by Amber Epling
– YOU’VE CHANGED by Sam Sexton
– SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY by Elisha Barnes
– MALICIOUS INTENT by Mike Briock

1 Short Screenplay Winner
– BLOOD DRIVE by Myka J. Friscia

There was also 20 Best Scene Screenplay Readings performed.

Plus, 29 Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay Readings performed.

Overall, an incredible 59 screenplays performed at the festival in just December 2016 alone.