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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

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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/

TV SHOW Pitch: Tender Fear by Michael Boyd

LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: Tender Fear

Written by: Michael Boyd

Type: TV SHOW

Genre: Horror

Logline: Tender Fear is a horror TV series that tells the story of enigmatic businessman Barker who works in the Central Business District of a vast city. Besides his elite job and his luxurious life he moonlights as a cannibalistic butcher who kills for an illegal trade of sinister and expensive pleasures.

Interested in this logline, please email us at info@wildsound.ca and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

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Watch the 2016 TV PILOT Winners from the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (18)

Since we started performing TV PILOT screenplays at the festival in 2008, the industry of developing pilots has changed dramatically. There are now 100s of more television shows being created a year because of the large growth of web platforms like Netflix. To add to that, there are now more television stations desperate for solid content looking for that next great television show.

We performed 18 original television pilots in 2016 and are eyeing to perform at least twice as many in 2017.

Deadline for Television Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival: https://tvfestival.org/

ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson
ACTORTV PILOT BEST Scene Screenplay – ARMS OF MORPHEUS
November 2016 Reading
Written by John Christopher Thomas
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: WILLOWWOOD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Christopher Locke
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND
October 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Hankin
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: THE VISA
October 2016 Reading
Written by Conrad Haynes
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – OYMPUS RISING
September 2016 Reading
Written by C M Landrus
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – DIGITAL NATIVES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – SURVEILLANCE
August 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Gebhardt & Jenn Russi
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE SPECTRAL CITY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Arthur Vincie
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 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
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MAILROOMIES
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jacques Edeline
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MINDWALKER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos
ACTORTV PILOT – LACIE BIDWELL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jameel Khan
ACTORTV PILOT – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Debi Calabro

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Sarah Cassell – November 2016 TV SPEC Screenplay Winner

The NOVEMBER 2016 Winning TV Screenplay 

TV SPEC of THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
Written by Sarah CassellCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Benjamin Camenzuli
KIMMY – Cass Van Wyck
TITUS – Percy Alexander Harris
JACQUELINE – Jane Smythe
LILLIAN – Becky Shrimpton
WILL – Hugh Ritchie
RUSS – Paul Whitaker

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Kimmy creates a fake account on a millionaire dating website to help Jacqueline gain self-esteem.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV Spec screenplay “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” about?

My spec “Kimmy Learns to Catfish!” is, at its core, about learning to accept emotional baggage. Everywhere but the core, it’s about Kimmy accidentally setting up a date with Jacqueline from a completely fake online dating account.

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

This episode comes into play immediately after the end of season two. Each character revisits something in their past that is affecting their life currently. Kimmy reflects on her relationship with Dong. Jacqueline lets the trauma of her divorce affect her relationship with Russ. Titus’s lifelong string of unsuccessful relationships makes it hard for him to trust Mikey. Lillian, who, after years, still hasn’t come to terms with the death of her husband, spends the entire episode talking to a rat who stole her wedding ring. They each find a way to acknowledge their past, and its role in their present, by the end of the episode. Also, it’s very silly.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Brain box.

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

I’ve probably watched 30 Rock four times all the way through. Friends and Gilmore Girls have also gotten the go around twice each, at least. At the moment, I’m re-watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. It holds up.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this for about two months before calling it ready, but the main bulk of the writing was done in about a week.

How many stories have you written?

I write stories constantly, though not always in this form. I write and perform with the house sketch team Stockton at the Magnet Theater in NYC, so I’m generating several sketches every week. I’ve been working on a pilot as well, and developing a story for that has been an interesting process. This is my only spec script so far.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’ve always considered myself a writer, but I decided I wanted to write for television when I started doing improv and sketch comedy. I took a TV writing class at Gotham Writer’s Workshop with Jim Mendrinos, who guided me through the process of writing this spec.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Landing on a storyline you can really get behind is a challenge, but the hardest thing about writing is probably editing – finding it in your heart to cut a joke or a bit that you love in order to serve the story. RIP to the jokes I left behind – I still love you babies.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Improv. Singing. Ukulele. My new skateboard that I am not good at riding yet. Snacks. My family. Dogs.

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

I had written this thing, and I didn’t know what to do with it. I started looking into festivals and programs that I could submit it to online, and WILDsound was the first one I landed on. I appreciated the feedback so much – it was incredibly helpful. It was clear that it came from a place of extensive knowledge, and that my script had been carefully studied and considered.

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

This is obvious, but write all the time. Don’t wait for the perfect idea – even a writing terrible thing is better than not writing a thing. Sharpen your skills daily so that when your perfect idea hits you, you are actually good enough to handle it.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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TV Show Pitch: RENTAL by Adam C. Beal

LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: RENTAL

Written by: Adam C. Beal

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Logline: The Sopranos meets Cheers. Blue collar comedy-drama set in the 1980’s. With his video rental shop failing and eviction imminent, a father must fall back on the life of crime he thought he’d left behind.

WGA Registration Number: 1832121

Interested in this logline, please email us at info@wildsound.ca and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

Have a logline? Submit your logline to the festival for FREE Today.

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
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 Pilot Best Scene Reading of ARMS OF MORPHEUS by John Christopher Thomas

Best Scene from the TV PILOT ARMS OF MORPHEUS Screenplay
Written by John Christopher Thomas

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
CALVIN – Kheon Clarke
ZACHARY – Peter Nelson
MIA – Angelica Alejandro
GRACE – Kelci Stephenson
SAMANTHA – Mallory Palmer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Fantasy

Facing financial ruin, a disgraced psychologist with a dangerous secret is forced to accept an offer to oversee a project involving perilous, mind-reading technology.

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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!