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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

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Screenplay Festival: March 29, 2018 Event

An evening of the best of new television screenplays.

FULL CAST LIST:
Marissa Otto, Elizabeth Rose Morriss, Zazu Oke, Courtney Keir, Isaiah Kolundzic, Hugh Ritchie, Salma Dharsee, Allan Michael Brunet

FAN FICTION TV PILOT: SCOOBY-DOO: AGE OF AQUARIUS, by Katie Grotzinger

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Animation

A reinvention of the iconic television series. Think RIVERDALE.

CAST LIST:

Cass: Salma Dharsee
Velma: Courtney Keir
Daphne: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Shaggy: Hugh Ritchie
Fred: Isaiah Kolundzic
Officer Rogers: Allan Michael Brunet
Red: Zazu Oke

TV PILOT BEST SCENE: TWEED by Christopher Scott McClure, PhD.

Genre: Drama

A one hour televison drama.

CAST LIST:

Liya: Salma Dharsee
Longfellow: Allan Michael Brunet
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Victoria: Courtney Keir
Ashley: Marissa Otto
Sebastian: Zazu Oke

TV PILOT BEST SCENE: JOHN Q, by Jason Jung

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

After euthanizing his mother, John Q, a mixed race Chinese-American, is drawn back home to Chinatown where he faces off against dirty cops, the Chinese mob, and his own father, in a personal search for atonement.

CAST LIST:

Fast Eddie: Zazu Oke
Daniel Q: Allan Michael Brunet
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
John Q: Hugh Ritchie
Lucas: Isaiah Kolundzic

TV COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: PAYCHECK 2 PAYCHECK, by Chris Skeeter

Genre: Comedy

Five friends from high school find themselves struggling with money, love, and life in the real world.

CAST LIST:

Drew: Hugh Ritchie
Laten: Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Rickey: Zazu Oke
Shanna: Courtney Keir

TV COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: THE GLOBAL FUND, by Josep Colomer

Genre: Comedy

The Global Fund is a parodical global economic institution, headquartered in Washington, whose Director and Staff attempt –and often fail– to rule over the various countries of the world. They clash and try to make an arrangement with the Presidenta of a country in debt.

CAST LIST:

Neck: Hugh Ritchie
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Bicker: Allan Michael Brunet
Rodriguez: Isaiah Kolundzic

TV SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: DRAGONS & WOLVES by Drew Henriksen

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Dragons & Wolves is a serialized, character driven drama based on, but not limited to, the Dragon Tales & Stories trilogy written by Drew Henriksen and published by ArcheBooks, Italian publisher Armenia, Draghi E Lupi. It tells the story of a mythical family through four hundred years. Told in the form of a western, viewers may not realize it takes place a few centuries after a plague wiped out most of humanity. With different supernatural beings such as dragons, warlocks, and werewolves it follows the character of Randy on his quest to save mankind. The focus is on well-developed characters reacting to situations as we would with flashbacks to the 1970s & 2000s.

CAST LIST:

Jergon: Zazu Oke
Carmon: Salma Dharsee
Kaitlin: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Captain: Allan Michael Brunet
Randy: Isaiah Kolundzic
Kyle: Hugh Ritchie

TV SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: ESC.(APE) ONLINE, by Christopher Kerr

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A ragtag ensemble meet up in a Virtual universe – becoming the people they want to be, experiencing risk and adventure there. But their leader’s all-consuming thirst for revenge threatens dire consequences upon both their online, and real-world, personas.

CAST LIST:

Man: Zazu Oke
Kestry: Courtney Keir
Ezra: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Kieran: Isaiah Kolundzic
Payton: Allan Michael Brunet
Jay Gee: Hugh Ritchie

SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: MAGIC MAN, by Norma Hickox

Genre: Action, Drama

A musical 2 act play. This futuristic musical takes place in the year 2099 in a town called Grand Beach, Colorado. An engaged couple enter college and the guy meets another girl that he feels a very strong attraction for.

CAST LIST:

Lisan: Salma Dharsee
Sarah: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Hara: Zazu Oke
Jasek: Isaiah Kolundzic
Minister: Allan Michael Brunet

ACTION BEST SCENE Reading: STARLIGHT: LONG WAY HOME, by John Roger

Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure

A cartoon series that mirrors the conflict in the world due to xenophobia and the like.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Myrtle: Salma Dharsee
Ginzo: Allan Michael Brunet

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: FATE’S PECULIAR SENSE OF HUMOUR, by N. Triton

Genre: Comedy, Romance

The story is a romantic comedy set in London during the 2009 financial crisis. People are becoming more and more cynical and true love is fainting away. Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love and Beauty) has been blamed by Zeus for the deterioration of love and was punished to live for eternity into the body of an ugly drunkard beggar (named AfroDude).

CAST LIST:

Mistress: Salma Dharsee
Hugh Jorgan: Zazu Oke
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Helen: Courtney Keir
Nigel: Allan Michael Brunet

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Deborah Klika

Genre: Comedy, Political

Unfinished Business is about a political chief of staff who decides to stand for her dead lover’s seat. When he returns his unfinished business becomes her problem. Veep meets The Ghost & Mrs Muir.

CAST LIST:

Martin: Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Amanda: Courtney Keir
Lana: Marissa Otto

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: THE SKY BELOW, by Stacey D’Erasmo

Genre: Drama, Comedy

The story of Gabriel Callahan’s life, beginning with his father’s abandonment when Gabriel was a child and tracing his ambivalent search for wholeness through adolescence and into adulthood.

CAST LIST:

Keir
Robin: Salma Dharsee
Taxi Driver: Zazu Oke
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Lim: Allan Michael Brunet
Aunty Chin: Courtney Keir

SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: M – DEMON KILLER, by Mark Hammond

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A young Asian waitress discovers she is the last in a long line of Demon Killers when a billionaire/sorcerer opens a portal to Hell under City Hall in New York City. Local Native American demons hunt in the tunnels and, even more strangely, powerful Chinese warrior demons are sent to slaughter her before she can stop the invasion from hell. M is a New York City waitress but this may be asking too much.

CAST LIST:

Liana: Marissa Otto
Louise Ricci: Courtney Keir
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Det. DeAngelo: Allan Michael Brunet
Emma: Salma Dharsee

SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: THE CUT, by Christopher Kerr

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Two young men must find their passage through the canals of post-apocalyptic London, to peace and freedom, in the “promised land” beyond: Bristol.

CAST LIST:

Junior: Allan Michael Brunet
Alex: Salma Dharsee
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Spencer: Hugh Ritchie
Jessica: Courtney Keir
Toovey: Zazu Oke

BEST SCENE of TOUCH TABLE, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.

CAST LIST:

Det. Schmidt: Allan Michael Brunet
Det. Jansen: Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Man: Zazu Oke
Teen: Courtney Keir
Michelle: Salma Dharsee

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Read the BEST of NEW TV SHOW Loglines from around the world.

Read the best of TV SHOW loglines from around the world: 

CARNIVAL OF SOULS, by Jonathan Baltzly
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/crimedrama-tv-show-carnival-of-souls-by-jonathan-baltzly/

LOVE YOU TO DEATH, by Xavierie MBangtang
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/mysterysuspense-tv-show-love-you-to-death-by-xavierie-mbangtang/

SERIAL, by Trevor Abekah
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/action-packed-thriller-tv-show-serial-by-trevor-abekah/

PAWNS, by Monti Issar
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/thriller-tv-show-pawns-by-monti-issar/

ALPHA, by Raymond Gross
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/actionthriller-tv-show-alpha-x-by-raymond-gross/

PANACEA, by Brian Coughlan
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/thrillerdrama-tv-show-panacea-by-brian-coughlan/

LONDON UNDERGROUND, by Charlotte Taylor
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/thrillercrime-tv-show-london-underground-by-charlotte-taylor/

NIGHT WIND OF BAHIA, by Thomas Thorpe
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/mysterythriller-tv-show-night-wind-to-bahia-by-thomas-thorpe/

MISTAKEN IDENTITY, by Candice Timms
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/crimemystery-tv-show-mistaken-identity-by-candice-timms/

RANGERS PROGENITORS OF FREEDOM, by Timothy Kestrel
https://storypitches.com/2017/09/12/thrillerhistory-tv-show-rangers-progenitors-of-freedom-by-timothy-kestrel/

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
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

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

TV Best Scene Reading of INFINITY’S EDGE, by Anthony M Dionisio

Watch the May 2017 Winning Best Scene Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – INFINITY’S EDGE
Written by Anthony M. Dionisio

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
HARDING – Peter Nelson
ZACHARY – Twaine Ward
DEVIN – Rob Notman
TIMON – Michael Pearson
LACI – Penelope Park

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure

Infinity’s Edge is a sci-fi television pilot best described as a cross between a firefighter/paramedic show and Star Trek Voyager with a sprinkle of Battlestar Galactica on top.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Infinity’s Edge is a pilot (1 or 2 part) teleplay about the adventures of a lost rescue space ship struggling to find a way back to Earth.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi/Adventure/T.V.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Infinity’s Edge is a character-driven Sci-Fi exploration about multiple groups of people (all from different backgrounds) who untie and work together, despite a lack of leadership, to form a common bond. It has the proven elements found in successful shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek Voyager, and the various Firefighter genre of shows we see thriving in today’s market.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Confidence. Survival.

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

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for almost 4 years now.

How many stories have you written?

5 stories in screenplay format. Several real life stories within the local Law Enforcement community.

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

Metallica – Master of Puppets.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The strict demands of the Teleplay page limit (I’m still facing it!)

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, Self Improvement, Cinematic Photography, Drone Photography.

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

I have been associated with amateur table-readers in the past. The professionalism and scope of WILDsound seemed like a well placed allocation of my funds. The resulting feedback from 3 of my stories with the WILDsound crew was genuine, well thought out, professional, patient, extremely helpful and very reasonably priced. I will use them again for sure.

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
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!

 

TV SPEC Reading of MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This” by Edward Pronley

Watch the January 2017 Winning TV SPEC Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay MODERN FAMILY Screenplay
Written by Edward Pronley

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
CLAIRE – Val Cole
MITCHELL/LUKE – Nick Wicht
GLORIA/ALEX – Shannon McNally
HALEY/LILY – Catherine D’Angelo
PHIL – David Straus
CAMERON/JAY – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

After refusing to fulfill Claire’s request to hire tree trimmers, Phil, with Luke’s help, takes matters into his own hands; Claire and Mitchell attempt to have a relaxing getaway; Gloria has problems trusting the Dunphys.


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

When the idea for this story came to me, I knew it would be able to fit in nicely with the rest of the series. The conflict that arises from the three separate storylines converge in a way that I have definitely witnessed on the show before.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Trust family.

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

I have a problem with continuously re-watching, not only Modern Family, but also How I Met Your Mother. These two shows have great strengths in both writing comedy, and in writing characters we care about. I love seeing that in a comedy and hope to create something similar in my own writing.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started this screenplay in the Summer of 2016 while pursuing a Screenwriting Certificate from NYU. It took me about the entire summer, with the help of my professor and my fellow classmates, to establish a good first draft. From there it went through many revisions until it was in it’s strongest form by around the end of December.

How many stories have you written?

Although this is my first spec script that I have written, I’ve written and produced a number short films (one that has gone on to be nominated for Best Screenplay at some festivals), I’ve written a feature, and most recently I finished a Two-Act comedy play that will be produced and performed around the end of April.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Last Summer, before I even thought about writing this spec, I had been helping my father cut down trees around the yard. My mother begged him to hire professionals instead of doing it himself, but he thought it would save time and money. Well, a few days later as I was helping him cut down a rather large tree in our front yard, we miscalculated where it would fall and it ended up crashing into the top of our house. The A story of my script follows, almost exactly, this chain of events. After this occurred during the Summer, I had so many people telling that it would fit very well into an episode of Modern Family, so I decided to bring it to life.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

There were numerous obstacles that I faced when finishing this screenplay. It went through so many changes during my revision process and before even sending it to festivals, there was a point where I basically scrapped half of it and started over. The reason for this was due to the three complex storylines that intertwine throughout the script. I knew where I wanted them to go and how I wanted it all to end, however, it was getting them all to that point that had me scratching my head and scrapping rewrite after rewrite. In the end though, I feel that it came together very nicely.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I really enjoy doing anything that has to do with music. I play a number of instruments, including guitar and a little bit of piano, but I have recently got into the habit of trying to learn even more instruments. Most recently, I have picked up the drums and the trumpet.

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

Initially the biggest thing that made me want to enter this festival was the recorded performance of our written scripts if we were to win. After receiving my notes from the festival though, I would say that I now have two big reasons to submit to this festival again in the future. The notes I received were very well thought out and helped me immensely during my most recent revision of the script. The festival put a lot of effort into making the notes as thorough and helpful as possible.

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

The best advice I could give other writers would be to power through. There are times where you might think that you need to take a break from your writing and step back, maybe giving yourself an hour or a week to think about the story and your characters before you continue. I know in my experience though, that an hour turns into five and a week can turn into a month. If you sit down and write out your story, no matter how terrible it might seem to you, just know that the revision will always be better. Revisions can’t happen though, unless you actually write the script.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
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!