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Deadline Dec 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script to the Writing Festival (Special SAVE $15):

Deadline Dec 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script to the Writing Festival (Special SAVE $15):
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Read recent testimonials:

That you immensely for these invaluable notes, WILDsound. Looking forward to submitting “Perfect Match” again in the future.
– Jeremy Ferdman
Perfect Match, TV PILOT

Thank you for the feedback. Grammar is always something that I struggle with, and thank you for the pointers on focusing on the visual rather than the reader detail.
– Nathan Cary
Inside The Pipe, TV PILOT

Thank you so much! Great feedback, so valuable!!
– Anne Eston
Health Care, TV PILOT

Oh wow. Not only did I enjoy and appreciate your feedback, it meant a great great deal to me – it’s been a while since anyone has taken the time to look at my work in such a detailed way and I find it deeply encouraging. Thank you!
– Dan Heching
Girls, TV Spec

Thank you so much for your feedback.
– Nattalia
Cube Farm, TV PILOT

The feedback was both thoughtful and detailed. I very much appreciate it! It definitely points the way for the next draft.
– Robert Herold,
Rat City, TV PILOT

I am actually very satisfied with the feedback, nothing like a little constructive criticism. Thank you and I shall work on it and resubmit.
– Alex Alvarado,
The Shop of the Unknown, TV PILOT

Thanks for the detailed feedback! I will take all of these points into consideration on my next rewrite.
– Luke Stewart,
The Age of Iron and Magic, TV PILOT

A sincere thanks for the fine feedback. Your suggestions will certainly weigh in heavily! I really appreciate the time taken to provide substantive reactions to the text.
– Dennis,
The Vestals, TV PILOT

I have been very happy with the feedback.
– Amy Champlin,
White Collar Spec, TV SPEC

Thank you for the detailed feedback. The changes have been made and we would like to submit the new script.
– Abha Talesara,
I Can’t Think Straight, TV PILOT

I am going to take your comments and make the character more likable in the pilot. My 2nd episode builds on this trait but I understand we have one shot. I will always appreciate your feedback. I know this can be a successful show.
– Jason Fuller,
Living Fuller, TV Pilot

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7 Questions with TV SPEC Screenplay Winner Michael Kellner (Rick & Morty)

Today let’s get to know our recent TV SPEC Screenplay Winner Michael Kellner, for his script for the television series RICK & MORTY.

Watch the reading from the festival here:

Q&A with the writer:

1. What is your TV SPEC screenplay about?

Rick and Morty go head-to-head with a variety of space gangsters to raise the capital to build Rick’s latest invention, the Interplanetary McGuffin. Each act sees them take on a different subgenre of gangster film: first the underground gambling variety, then the Italian mobster type, and finally the heist film.

To balance the A plot’s look at gangster movies, the B plot deals with the mundane, scarring reality of crime in the real world. Jerry gets mugged at knifepoint, and suffers a breakdown from the trauma of the event. Beth and Summer try to help him through it, but their efforts do more harm than good.

In the end, the two plotlines ram together in a hostage situation/shootout at the Smith residence.

2. How does this Rick & Morty script fit into the context of the show?

In the penultimate episode of the first season, the show reveals that there are infinite timelines, with most of them having their own Rick and their own Morty. The characters that are the protagonists of the show are the Rick and Morty from Earth Dimension C-137.

The episode also reveals a timeline where Morty is secretly an evil genius. My episode is based off of the assumption that Morty of Earth Dimension C-137 has within him the potential to become that evil Morty. I give him a taste of power, and he loves it. I also give him a moment where he confronts his own morality, and he isn’t sure he likes what he sees.

Beyond that, my episode gives the show a chance to explore Earth Dimension C-137, without having to rely on the portal gun to go to different dimensions. The episode also gives Beth a chance to be the hero, and shows Rick’s genuine affection for Morty.

3. What is your all-time favorite TV show?

I don’t have a single favorite show, so I’ll take the cop-out answer and mention a few of my favorites. Arrested Development, Archer (Frisky Dingo was great too), It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Rick and Morty (obviously). I also need to mention The Simpsons, since I started watching it when I was six and it definitely had a huge influence on my tastes. And of course Seinfeld is an all-time favorite.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

In Bruges. I went through a long period of watching it at least once a month. I’m probably due to see it again…

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Dan Harmon, Adam Reed, The Always Sunny crew (Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day). Basically, any of the people who write the shows I love.

6. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Script Contest?

I wanted to enter my Rick and Morty script in a couple contests, and I was intrigued by WILDsound’s table read concept. It set it apart from the other contests.

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

It’s far from original, but the advice that got me started was something along the lines of ‘if you want to be a writer, start writing.’ I talked about wanting to write for a while before I actually put in the work. Eventually I felt that internal pressure of ‘put up or shut up’ and that made me sit down and start working. That pressure still motivates me to write.