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Watch TV PILOT Reading of MAX COBRA by Brad Heisler

Watch MAX COBRA TV Pilot Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Lorry Ayers
MAX COBRA – Jarrid Terrell
GENERAL/AGENT CONAN – Geoff Mays
PRESIDENT POWERS – David Occhipinti
DR. SANFORD – Christina Santos

Get to know writer Brad Heisler:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

Well, plot-wise, the pilot of Max Cobra: Dark Future is about an ex-government assassin/war hero drafted by the president to stop rogue Soviet soldiers from destroying the planet in an alternate version of 1997.

But conceptually, the show is about recreating the magic of the old 80s action movies, when heroes were effortlessly cool, the dialogue was unforgettable and immediately quotable, the effects were campy and vivid, and most importantly, the action was fun. Action today takes itself too seriously and, honestly, they just don’t write one-liners like they used to. Max Cobra: Dark Future is about fixing that.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV Show?

Retro is in. From sequels to the Terminator and Mad Max series, to upcoming remakes of Big Trouble in Little China and Road House, to affectionate parodies of the genre such as Moonbeam City, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and Kung Fury, people are eating up the 80s nostalgia. Due to the evolving cinematic nature of television, and the lack of substantial live action comedies that aren’t sitcoms, TV is the perfect medium to explore the incredibly wide and multi-faceted scope of a retro-futuristic post-apocalyptic chrome and neon 80s fueled dystopian version of 1997.

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

Eye-popping action.

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

Jurassic Park, without a doubt.

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

The first draft of the script was written by hand in a spiral notebook while I was on vacation in less than a week. Rewrites took a little bit longer.

6. How many stories have you written?

Two full length two-act plays, six one-act plays. A dozen short films, two completed feature length screenplays, and now one TV pilot. Countless short stories, novels, and screenplays that are all in various stages of progress. The plots have ranged from a murder mystery on the Titanic to a coming-of-age medical drama to an anachronistic pirate adventure about finding your place in the world, but the one common thread is that all of them have tried to make people laugh.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Love for the genre, passed on to me by my dad. Conan the Barbarian quotes were basically a second language for us. One of my favorite movies was always Escape from New York. Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken is the definition of badass. The entire idea for Max Cobra: Dark Future grew from the question, “What’s the most insane and awesome way anybody could ever lose their eye and need to wear an eyepatch?”

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

Actually, I’ve never written a script that was easier to write. One of the beautiful things about action movies is they all end the exact same way, with a huge showdown between the hero and the big bad. Because I knew the end goal, I just wrote the most ridiculous things to get from point A to point B to point Final Battle, and tried to have as much fun as possible, embracing the clichés and tropes and cranking them up to 11 rather than fighting them.

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

If I spent as much time on anything else as I do on fantasy football, I’d be unstoppable. I’ve just got back into comic books. I also caught the travel bug recently. I took a month off to solo travel Mexico in June (and wound up writing this script), and I’m currently planning my next globe-trotting adventure.

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

The biggest draw for WILDsound is the chance to get your work read, and interpreted, and put out into the world in some form. I’m incredibly excited to see how these characters sound when they’re out of my head, and hopefully this will lead to some other opportunities for the story.

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

Let the work be bad at first. You have to write the story, even if the way you write it isn’t great at all. Once you have something to build off of, once the story’s skeleton is there, the hard part’s over. Rewriting is easier than writing, so struggle and push through the writing, and you’ll be in the clear.

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Watch TV PILOT Reading of WESTBOUND by Jeff Alulis

Watch WESTBOUND, TV Pilot by Jeff Alulis:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Termite/Doughboy/Pennwise – Jerald Bezener
Uranium/Caboose – Rob Salerno
Emily/V-Switch – Misha Harding
Ozarks – Charles Gordon
Trails – Katelyn Cooper

Get to know writer Jeff Alulis:

1. What is your TV PILOT about?

“Westbound” is an ensemble show about modern-day freight train riders. In the shadows of your local train yard there exists a whole subculture of people who hop trains as a lifestyle. This show explores the lives of a dozen characters whose lives intersect while riding the rails.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Modern train hopping is a world that has never been explored dramatically. The constantly changing environment and the vast array of characters involved in that world make it perfectly suited for an episodic format, and the gritty stories and fascinating personalities would keep viewers riveted.

3. This pilot has a lot going for it. It’s part adventure. Part drama. Part thriller. Part mystery. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

The lives of criminals, hippies, addicts, and misfits intersect as they search for freedom and adventure by hopping freight trains across America.

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

That’s a tough one…I know I’ve seen “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” and “The Goonies” enough to practically quote their entire scripts. I actually recently went to the 30th anniversary celebration of “The Goonies” in Oregon and won a “Goonies” trivia contest while I was there!

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging TV screenplay. How long have you been working on this pilot?

I wrote it over the course of about a year, from when I first started brainstorming to the point where I had a draft that was ready to send out to competitions. But a lot of that time was spent researching the world of train-hopping and fleshing out the characters before I started outlining.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written eight feature-length screenplays and a couple of spec TV scripts, but this was my first attempt at an original pilot, so I’m very humbled by the fact that it has earned some attention.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’ve been fascinated by the world of train-hopping for a long time. It has its own rules, its own language, and it seems like every ride generates a unique story. Some people have made documentaries about it, but it’s never been explored in a fictional context so I thought I would give it a shot.

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

When I was in film school we all read each other’s scripts regularly and gave each other feedback, but these days we’re all busy and I feel bad bothering my former classmates to regularly read my stuff. I’ve joined writing groups but they come and go. So the hardest thing about writing this script was doing it alone, with very little help, notes, or guidance.

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

I love music, which has been reflected in my documentary work and my involvement with various bands. And I love to travel, which I do whenever I get the opportunity, whether it’s to a new continent or a new corner of my home city.

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

I was submitting a separate documentary project to competitions via Withoutabox and when I decided to enter my script in competitions the same way WILDsound popped up in my search and it seemed like a perfect fit. The initial feedback was very thorough; it was evident that my script had actually been read all the way through rather than skimmed. I was pleasantly surprised at how in-depth and thoughtful the notes were.

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

Keep writing!

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Deadline October 15th: 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
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