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Winning TV PILOT: Confessions of an Apotemnophile: I Think I Am by Connie Wilson & Dan Decker

 

Two men are plunged into the weird world of apotemnophiles: those individuals who want to have perfectly healthy legs amputated, and drama ensues.

CAST LIST:

Dr. Corcoran: Isaiah Kolundzic
Cindy: Monica Knox
Narrator: Esther Thibault
George: Peter Mark Raphael
Paul: Dan Cristofori
Receptionist: Norma Dunphy

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Deadline June 30th: TV PILOT & SPEC Screenplay Festival

Deadline June 30th: TV Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

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

Multiple winners every single month! Watch recent and past winners:

TV PILOT Winners

TV SPEC Winners:

WATCH Mid-Year TV SPEC SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning Television SPEC Screenplay winners for the first half of 2017:

ACTORFAN FICTION TV SPEC Screenplay – DOCTOR WHO
June 2017 Reading
by Paul Hewitt

ACTORTV SPEC of SUPERNATURAL
May 2017 Reading
by Bonnie Bonaduce

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Matthew J. Gonzalez

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
March 2017 Reading
Written by Marc Mulcahy

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE FLASH TV series
February 2017 Reading
Written by Nader Hobballah

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This”
January 2017 Reading
Written by Edward Pronley

Festival Deadlines

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
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SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
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FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
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WATCH Mid-Year TV PILOT SCREENPLAY Winners (January-June 2017)

Watch the Winning Television PILOT readings for the first half of 2017:
 

ACTORFEMALE TV PILOT Screenplay – JUNKED
June 2017 Reading
by Alice Dennard

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT – FAUK MY LIFE
May 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Neroes

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Irwin Greenstein

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Simon Schneider

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – DOWN WITH THE BUREAUCRACY
January 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitry Pompee

 

Festival Deadlines

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival

Submit to the TV Festival (Pilot, Spec) – Deadline Today

SUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.

Deadline: TV PILOT/SPEC Script Festival – 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 –
TV Screenplay Testimonials from the WILDsound Festival

WATCH RECENT TV SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL READINGS (Winners every single month!)

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE SPECTRAL CITY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Arthur Vincie
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Linsen Oyosa
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WILD MAGIC
June 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Nichols
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – CIVILIAN
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Scanlon
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – SPACE 2099 (based on Space 1999)
June 2016 Reading
Written by Kevin D Story
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE MINDY PROJECT “Culture Club”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Katie Bero
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE REAPER: REBELLION “AFTERLIFE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Mark S. MacDonald, Darsey Meredith
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – SMITHEREENS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Hershel D. Rephun
ACTORFan Fiction Screenplay – TWILIGHT ZONE “Punchline”
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jaime Medina
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MAILROOMIES
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jacques Edeline
ACTORFan Fiction Screenplay – MAGNUM P.I.
March 2016 Reading
Written by Lew Ritter
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin
ACTORBest Scene TV Pilot – MY LIFE WITH STELLA KANE
February 2016 Reading
Written by Linda Morganstein
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE BIG BANG THEORY
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Minaskanian
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MINDWALKER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos
ACTORTV PILOT – LACIE BIDWELL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jameel Khan
ACTORTV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Turriff
ACTORTV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

WINNING TV SPEC Reading of SUPERNATURAL “Don’t Look Back” , by Bonnie Bonaduce

Winning Screenplay – SUPERNATURAL “Don’t Look Back”
Written by Bonnie Bonaduce
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
DEAN – Jason Martorino
SAM – John Marcucci
CASTIEL – Brogan Caulfield
EMMA – Roselie Williamson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Romance

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The logline best answers this question for SUPERNATURAL – “Don’t Look Back” – Dean, Sam and Castiel take extreme measures to save an unusual and innocent woman from an evil curse. However, the crux of the episode is to introduce the new character of Emma De Luca, a woman as embroiled in the supernatural universe as Dean and Sam, and to lay the foundation for an epic love triangle between Dean and Emma and Castiel. Time for Supernatural to grow up, leave the overdone “bromances” in the dust, and throw a strong, ass-kicking and yet sweet and vulnerable woman into the mix. Sparks will fly!

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

This episode is designed to be a season-opener, and carries no baggage other than our main characters and the Men of Letter’s Bunker set, which from what I understand was incredibly expensive to build and will surely be available should my story be a miracle baby and make it to the small screen.

Have you watched every single episode of SUPERNATURAL?

I have watched every single episode of Supernatural, more than once. Some I could write from memory, such as my personal fave, “The Man Who Would be King”, which was also the first episode I ever saw. I must confess, I had never even watched Supernatural until this past January. Honest to God. I was working so many hours at my bring-home-the-bacon job that I seldom had time to watch anything longer than a sitcom. I guess I owe my newfound writing obsession to a miserable cold that forced me to kick back and actually relax for a while. I stumbled on “The Man Who Would be King”, got completely sucked in, and the rest is history. I think any writer attempting to write for an established show MUST take the time and effort to study their quarry. So much of great writing is in the nuances, the little things about a character or a concept that make all the difference.

How would you describe this script in two words?

If I could describe this script in two words, they would be GAME CHANGER.

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

The movie I have seen the most times in my life? That’s a hard one. I’d say it’s a toss up between any of the Lord of the Rings movies, all the Harry Potter movies, the entire Star Wars franchise, and “While You Were Sleeping”. Yes, that’s the romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. Hey, I never said I was consistent. Or maybe I am…after all, I’m still mixing fantasy universes with romance.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this particular episode for about six weeks, on and off. My mind tends to run ahead, and I also spent time outlining and making general notes on several more sequel episodes. The follow up to “Don’t Look Back” is titled “Timing is Everything”, and it too is complete and making the contest rounds with DLB as we speak. I’m halfway through the third episode titled “Out of the Blue”, and also have 6 other episodes that I’m outlining/simmering. No rest for the obsessed, I’m afraid.

How many stories have you written?

I have no idea how many stories I’ve written. So many were written only in my head, because I never had the time to commit them to paper. I did write a romance novel and a screenplay that did well in some contests about 10 years ago, but then I took a long break from writing, like ten years of break, during which I was raising my kids and working my ass off, and just trying to keep the wolf from the door. Sometimes life just gets in the way…and sometimes we let it. I wish now that I’d taken more time for ME. And that would have meant writing. But no use in lamenting the past. We can only look forward.

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

My favorite song? That’s an interesting question. At the moment, it’s got to be Carly Pearce – “Every Little Thing”. Yes, it’s a country song. This is me, saying, and saying it proudly, that although I love almost all music, Country music holds the key to my heart.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The only obstacle I faced in finishing “Don’t Look Back” was time. The story was simply bursting out of me, to the extent that I even dreamed about it at night, waking up at three a.m. and running to my computer to get the thoughts down before I could forget them. But time is an evil bitch, and with the deadline for so many important contests looming, I took a week of vacation time from my job to be able to give the writing the attention it deserved. Man, did I LOVE that week! All writing, all the time? Heaven.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I am passionate about my kids, and living life to the fullest. I prioritize taking care of my health. I eat very well, don’t smoke or drink, hit the gym most every day, use a far-infrared sauna, and take a handful of supplements daily. As my wise grandma used to say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

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

I learned about the festival on line. First, as a new writer, I know how important it is to get my work out there, everywhere I can. I also value the feedback, although I always rely on my own instinct and taste. First and foremost, I write for myself. Especially for Supernatural, that makes sense to me, since I am part of their largest demographic viewership. I also loved the idea of having professional actors table read my work. So cool.

My initial reaction to the feedback was, Wow! He really liked my work. I mean, when the first sentence you read says, “An exceptionally well-written episode of Supernatural…” you know you’re off to a great start! I did incorporate the advice to lower my page count, and it was a good lesson in evaluating what scenes were absolutely crucial to the story. I really did learn something, and isn’t that the point?

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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Erica Barfield Peterson – December 2016 TV Screenplay Winner

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MIDLIFE CRISIS TV Pilot
Written by Erica Peterson
Read 10 Questions with the writerCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
MARK – Ucal Shillingford
LEATHERFACE – Noah Casey
JANICE/ALEXIS – Angela Cavallin
MADISON/CHRISSY – Dana Thody
PHARMACIST – Sean Ballantyne
BETT – Chris Reid Geisler

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Horror

On his 40th birthday, Leatherface has decided it’s time to “find his truth,” so he reaches out to the one person who can help him… his only victim that got away.

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of Leatherface (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) turning 40 and realizing the life he’s been living may not be the life he wants. Maybe he doesn’t want to hack people to death. Maybe he doesn’t want to eat people at every meal. Maybe he loves candle making but will never know until he goes on a journey to find his truth, and the only way he knows how to do that is with the aid of his one victim who got away – Mark. Mark survived, lived to tell the tale and even wrote a book about how he learned to live his truth because of what he went through. It’s an Odd Couple story in which both Mark and Leatherface realize how much they can truly help each other find their truths.

2. How does this episode fit into the context of the series?

I think it makes a great buddy comedy. You have two people trying to figure out how they want to live their lives and can only do so with the help of the other. One being a semi-successful self-help author and the other is a murderous psychopath. Each episode the two characters can have new goals of things they either will or won’t want as a part of their new lives. Leatherface has never dated before, never driven — basically never done much other than kill people, so there’s definitely an engine for plenty of stories. Mark is scared of life and wants to learn how to live it to the fullest which is also a great engine for many stories. I think it’s something we’ve never seen before in terms of pairing comedy and horror in the odd couple sense for a TV series.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Delightfully Psycho.

4. What TV show do you watch over and over again?

Arrested Development is by far my favorite. That and anything that profiles serial killers.

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

I worked on this particular pilot for three months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 10 specs and 7 pilots.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’m obsessed with the genre blend of horror and comedy. I had just seen “What We Do In The Shadows” and was like, “That’s what I want to do!” I kind of knew that all along because my favorite movie is “Young Frankenstein,” and I adore “Shaun of the Dead” but it just clicked that day, and I knew I had found my niche. I’m also so fascinated by Leatherface because we never hear him speak and I always wondered — would his life be different if he was taken in by a more “normal” family. Does he ever want to tell his mama to shove off cause he just wants to listen to music or kiss a girl? — so I wanted to explore the question of what would he be like if he came to that realization himself.

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

None, really. This was one of those times where I loved every moment of writing this because it’s something I am passionate about so it made it fun. I couldn’t wait to finish to get feedback and make it better and better.

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

I love to dance (was a semi-professional football cheerleader — will not tell you the team name because there are embarrassing photos out there), animals, fighting for the rights of others, making people laugh, sleep and donuts (GOD I LOVE DONUTS).

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

I wanted to see what people thought of my script. Sometimes you give your writing to people and worry that they’re just being nice because they know you — with this — you didn’t have to be nice, and you were wonderful! The feedback was great and encouraging. Now I just gotta get those rights from Tobe Hooper!

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

Just keep writing and always write. Write what you’re passionate about – not what you think other people want to read. Read scripts – lots of them. Nail down structure and story — if you can get those two things done well then the rest is a piece of cake. Also, forget doubting yourself. You’re not here to please anyone but yourself. If you’re writing to make money and wouldn’t write if you couldn’t make money — maybe you shouldn’t be a writer. And always be willing to take feedback — especially if you get the same note from several people. The goal is to get better and not think that you are already the best.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
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SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!