Winning FAN FICTION Screenplay: WELCOME TO CRYSTAL LAKE (Friday the 13th), by Mike Meade

Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller

When corrupt developers come to Crystal Lake with plans to build a new lakeside resort they run into one unexpected problem, Jason Voorhees.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole

Frank: Kris Hagen
Elias: Peter Nelson
Sean: Nick Wicht
Tom: Mike Ruderman
Marta: Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Welcome to Crystal Lake is about a group of corrupt developers that come to town with plans to build a new lakeside resort, but when they take things too far by trying to force Elias Voorhees off of his property, his son Jason violently intervenes.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I’d say it falls firmly into the slasher sub-genre of horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think this screenplay should be made into a movie because the Friday the 13th fans (including myself) are dying for the next film to be made, but we want it done right. To me, that means creating a story that is new and fresh, while keeping the same tone and feel of the original films. I think Welcome to Crystal Lake succeeds in doing that and also has the potential to be expanded into an even better feature film.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Classic Jason.

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

That’s a hard one, but if I had to say which Friday the 13th movie I’ve seen the most times it would have to be Part 6, followed closely by Parts 4, 5, and 7.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I had the original idea almost two years ago, but didn’t actually write it until recently. By that time the story was so clear in my head it didn’t take long to finish once I got started.

How many stories have you written?

I couldn’t say for sure since I’ve been writing since I was a kid. But as far as screenplays go, I’ve written six shorts (including one I co-wrote) and am working on my third feature right now.

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

Fade to Black by Metallica. It never gets old no matter how many times I listen to it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Just finding the time to actually write it since I was already working on other projects.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’ve been into martial arts since I was about ten years old, so that’s probably the biggest thing. I also like taking my Jeep up into mountains while my hound dog rides shotgun and going camping.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I’ve had a great experience with FilmFreeway. Before I started submitting my stuff through them, I’d have to email each individual contest or festival, attach whatever file I needed, didn’t have my payment info saved, etc… Basically, it was a big hassle. With FilmFreeway it really just takes a few clicks and I’m done, plus it makes it super easy to keep track of all my submissions in one place. +

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

I really wanted to write a Friday the 13th script, but was afraid it might never be seen or read by anybody, especially since I couldn’t sell the finished product. But then when I discovered this festival I thought I’d go ahead and give it a shot and I’m glad I did. When I received the initial feedback I was mainly impressed with how in depth it was. They had obviously taken the time to really read it and understand what I was going for.

 

****

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning FAN FICTION Screenplay of D FOR DEXTER, by Jessi Thind

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Drama

A new Dexter spin-off series: Dexter’s now in Canada running
a private forensics agency looking for missing persons; their
captors his new target. When an annoying teenager keeps
pestering him for a job, Dexter gets distracted and misses
his chance on a kill, but when his biggest fan intercepts and
does the kill for him.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Dexter: Christopher Huron
Gabe: Brandon Nicoletti
Roop: Rais Moui
Arty: Neil Bennett
Yuri: Daniella Zappala
Mae Ling: Connie Wang

 Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay about?

D for Dexter, originally titled ‘D’, is a spin-off on the original Dexter series, which has Dexter living in Vancouver, Canada, ten years after the events of the season finale. Dexter’s now running a private detective/forensics agency looking for missing persons while hunting ‘monsters’ to satiate his Dark Passenger. In the pilot, an annoying teenager keeps pestering him for a job, constantly distracting Dexter from his target. When he suspects the teenager of knowing his secret, of knowing his past life in Miami, he zeros in on the teenager… but is shocked to discover the teenager is his son Harrison—a chip off the old block.

How does this spin-off fit into the context of the Dexter character and series?

As mentioned it’s about ten years after the events of the season finale. It has Dexter hiding in Canada under an alias doing what he does best. Vancouver’s cold, and rainy, unlike Miami, but it’s still got the water which is a Dexter motif, and Dexter’s back in the mix with a new cast of RCMP officers and forensics investigators. What’s more, I brought back Deb, who is now a figment of Dexter’s imagination. Talking or debating with Deb is Dexter’s way of working through his guilt for what happened to her as well as reconciling his actions toward Harrison. Dexter thinks about Deb so much that he even begins to curse like her now and then in his inner monologue. It’s a subtle tweak to his voice, but it clearly illustrates Dexter had a human side beyond his Dark Passenger. It shows Dexter was an empathetic human being before a traumatic experience gave psychic birth to his Dark Passenger. Throughout the seasons Dexter constantly struggles with his Dark Passenger using Harry’s code to help him. The thing Dexter needed to do was overcome his Dark Passenger or in the very least create his own code. That never really materialized in the series. In fact, it seemed like the opposite happened in the season finale which was confusing in a series that seemed to be about Dexter’s conscious or unconscious need to rebel against his father’s teachings and seize control of his Dark Passenger to reconnect with his humanity. The ending of the Dexter series was a little bit like watching Pinocchio with the alternate ending where Pinocchio never becomes real and dies. In this spin-off, we are dealing with a new Dexter. Dexter has now officially developed his own code and is in control of his Dark Passenger. The only thing missing in his life now is an authentic human relationship. His life drastically changes when teenage Harrison seeks Dexter out and Dexter discovers Harrison is carrying his own Dark Passenger as a result of the trauma he experienced as a child. The spin-off respects what fans loved about the original format yet it has its own approach and tone as we follow an evolved Dexter in the role of an absentee father who is given a second chance. In this series, Dexter ultimately becomes ‘Harry’ which raises the question: Will Dexter be any different than his father? Will he define his son as a monster through a code that robs him of his humanity and individuality and turns him into an instrument of vigilante justice? Or will he do something else altogether? All good questions.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Character Focused. The spin-off is much less about the gore and spectacle and much more about how Dexter reconnects with his human side through his son.

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

There are countless shows but if I had to pick one I’d say: Six Feet Under.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Three months off and on during the twilight hours when my kids are asleep.

How many stories have you written?

Several. I actually started writing in high school. Way back in the nineties I wrote my first novella, Lions of the Sea, based on the story of the Komagata Maru. I adapted it for the big screen in 2005 and now it’s actually winning awards in the festival circuit including Best Feature. That’s always a good feeling. Truth is, I love storytelling, and I love storytelling in multiple mediums such as the novel, film, and games. Each medium brings to the story unique strengths, advantages, and opportunities. To my mind, the most challenging and rewarding is the interactive medium of video games. I have been a designer and ‘Show-runner’ for some of the best games ever produced including Splinter Cell, Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia and Batman. There is nothing like designing interactive narrative systems and leading a team of writers on a game project. One game project could take up to five years to complete with over thirty thousand script pages depending on how systemic the game is. The almost endless possibilities of story and story permutations within a game are what make this medium so attractive and challenging. It’s just too bad game writers like comic book writers of the sixties and seventies still have to prove their medium is a valid one.

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

It’s a tie between Violetta Parra’s ‘Gracias a La Vida’ and Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Choosing the vehicle character. I had a lot of friends suggesting I do the spin-off from Harrison’s point-of-view to create a greater separation from the original series. I didn’t think that was necessary. True, spin-offs generally deal with other characters and new situations. But this has both, just not blatantly. This is an evolved Dexter whose humanity seems to have taken control of his Dark Passenger. He’s Harry to Harrison and that is a new situation unlike anything we’ve seen before. How does Dexter take the lessons he learned with his Dark Passenger and pass it on to Harrison? My friends all had their own take on a Dexter spin-off series. Some didn’t think one was necessary and liked the way the original series ended. I personally felt a little cheated and disappointed. Audiences deserved epic, memorable and meaningful after that huge investment of time in Dexter. I don’t feel that happened. A show’s climax is usually the ultimate expression of its main theme. I’m not sure that by Season 8 all writers were aligned on Dexter’s main theme. For me, the main theme was always the struggle between Dexter’s humanity and his Dark Passenger and that theme seemed flawlessly respected up to Season 4. After that the show seemed to be pulling the thematic chariot in multiple directions. Truth is, I’ve got ‘D for Dexter’ planned as a Daedalus and Icarus tragedy. Harrison will get way over his head with a cult of high society killers. The climatic finale will have killers, plural, closing in on father and son with a massive manhunt led by corrupt cops. The climax will be a moment that will unequivocally express Dexter’s humanity and therefore his triumph over his Dark Passenger and it will also express the new theme of ‘D for Dexter’. Namely: a parent’s love defies all even death. Killers. Corrupt Cops. Sacrifice. That’s the way to close the book on a character like Dexter.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Films, games, teaching Tae Kwon Do and raising my children.

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

A friend sent me a link to the festival because he knew I had written several spec scripts in the past. I tapped into the link and enjoyed the productions and thought I’d try my luck with my Dexter spin-off. The feedback like all feedback is invaluable. Even if you just get one good suggestion that improves the script it is worth the investment. A few minor adjustments are often the difference between good and great. I often submit scripts to several editors or readers for feedback in order to take my scripts to the next level of polish.

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

Write what you are passionate about. If you’re not sure what that is, then take your favorite TV series or game and write a spec script within the series. You may not be able to sell it but it shows skills in storytelling and displays knowledge of the characters, format, and tone.

****

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Fan Fiction Festival Announces its 2016 Screenplay Winners

Fan Fiction Screenplay has announced its 2016 winning screenplays.

All winning screenplays were performed by professional actors and brought to life.

Watch all the winning works at http://www.fanfictionfestival.com

12 Winners for 2016:

1. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER TV Spec
by Eugene Ramos

2. THERESE (Sequel to 2016 Film CAROL) Feature Script
by Heidi Scott

3. GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEATH TV Show
by Jerry Kokich

4. VIGILANTE: THE ORIGINS OF CASEY JONES TV Pilot
(From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
by Justin Prince

5. THE MASK OF LEIA Short Script
(From Star Wars universe)
by Ian Wilson

6. STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE TV Spec
by Jennifer Renner

7. SPACE 2099 TV Pilot
(From TV show Space 1999)
by Kevin D. Story

8. STAR WARS Episode 1 Feature Script
(From Star Wars universe)
by Bryan O’Flaherty

9. THE TWILIGHT ZONE TV Spec
by Jaime Medina

10. MAGNUM P.I. TV Spec
by Lew Ritter

11. THE TIME CUCKOO Short Script
(From Doctor Who universe)
by David Gilbank & Paul Renhard

12. US NAVY CINE KODAK Short Script
(From WWII era stories)
by Stephen M. Hunt

August 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the August 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner. 

Submit your Fan Fiction Screenplay to the Festival: https://fanfictionfestival.com/

THE MASK OF LEIA
by Ian Wilson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Following the Battle of Endor and the defeat of the Empire, Leia secretly struggles with her own ongoing internal battle with the Force.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
LEIA – Laura Darby
EMPEROR – Stephen Flett
HAN SOLO – David Straus
ACKBAR – Rais Muoi

Get to know the winner writer: 

1. What is your fan fiction screenplay about?

The Mask of Leia is a thought-provoking drama that explores the hidden psyche of Princess Leia. It aims to prompt the viewer into thinking about the trauma that Leia has undergone through the Star Wars story and what her internal struggles from dealing with all that suffering might be.

By all rights, Leia should be a total basket-case or at least have severe PTSD but she has managed to mask these personal struggles from everyone around her, including Han Solo. The script also explores the potential of her being Force-sensitive and keeping this hidden, perhaps for political reasons.

How does this screenplay fix into the context of the Star Wars universe?

The story takes place just after the Battle of Endor (Star Wars: Episode VI -The Return of the Jedi) and the defeat of the Empire.

Leia and Admiral Ackbar lead the Rebel forces to the planet Coruscant to secure the New Republic. It is during this journey that we see Leia secretly struggle with her trauma and her ongoing internal battle with the Force.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hidden backstory.

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

I’m a Dr. Who fan. I have been since I was about five years old. I
love watching the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, because I went to school with him and we were in the same theatre company together as teens in Glasgow, Scotland. He used to play Dr. Who in the school playground and he was a natural at it then. I was not surprised that he got the role as Doctor Who.

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

The story was sketched out over a couple of days between film
director, David Connellan, and myself. It then took me about three weeks to achieve the final draft.

6. How many stories have you written?

In terms of screenplays, I have written five stories – two features and three shorts. I am currently, writing my third feature, which is a thriller/horror.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I have always been a Star Wars fan from the very first time I saw that iconic Star Wars roll-up. So, when my friend and director, David Connellan, asked me to write a screenplay for a Star Wars short I jumped at the chance. Writing the roll-up to this story was fun.

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

The goal was to come up with a five-minute screenplay – about five pages. Trying to capture the whole of Leia’s trauma into just five minutes was very difficult. My initial draft was close to twelve pages and the final draft was around eight pages. Cutting out some great scenes and dialogue was tortuous. Sadly, cutting it down further for a five-minute film meant a lot of sacrifices in the overall story, including the iconic roll-up.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel. In my view, travel has been my greatest teacher. It has
allowed me to experience and understand people and cultures across so many countries. Travel has helped me realize that while we are all members of the same small planet and there are also more ways to live than just the one we have been born into.

Travel is experiential and visual and for me that helps me in my
screenwriting, which is very much about creating a visual experience.

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

The Fan Fiction Festival is a well renowned festival and platform for fan fiction and fan films. Entering the Festival was a “must-do” for me. In the Fan Fiction Festival, I love how engaged fans can be in developing their own derivatives of the original stories. It’s a form of organic creation that deserves more credit.

The feedback I received from the festival was very useful in tightening the story. I certainly appreciated this. The only advice I didn’t feel comfortable with was to develop more character for Han Solo. I felt that would have detracted from Leia’s story.

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

I like to start with “what if” questions to get a story going. The concept of The Mask of Leia is a good example. What if Leia has PTSD and is being internally pulled by the dark and light side of the Force? Think about that question and you have all sorts of ideas for a story.

Write with passion and don’t be afraid to go with your gut when writing a story. If you let others get involved and question your story concept early in the process it will most likely upset your creativity and your story will turn out half-assed. Of course, listen to feedback once you’ve completed that first and subsequent drafts as feedback will help refine and improve the story.

Finally, I’d say that make sure that you develop engaging characters.

Such characters are distinct, likeable (or loathsome) and have a strong motivation. Ultimately, these characters do not ride along with the flow of the story, rather they create the direction of the story.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

June 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the June 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner. 

Submit your Fan Fiction Screenplay to the Festival: https://fanfictionfestival.com/

SPACE 2099  by Kevin D  Story (Based on the television series Space  1999)

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Kelci Stephenson
JOHN – Geoff Mays
VICTOR/CARLOS – Julian Ford
HELENA/TANYA – Tee Schneider
ALAN/GERARD – Nathan Bragg
DAVID/TONY – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the winning writer Kevin D. Story:

1. What is your TV Pilot screenplay based on the television show Space: 1999 about?

John Koenig, the commander of Moonbase Alpha, must prevent a terrorist group, led my an old adversary, from taking over a nuclear refinery.

2. How does this future remake fit into the context of the original TV show?

The screenplay is a re-imagining of the original pilot episode.

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

Action/drama

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

There’s more than one: Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica (the original and re-imagined), Star Trek (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT), Babylon 5, Stargate (SG-1 and Atlantis) and Farscape.

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

It took about four months to finish the first draft, which was 137 pages. It took another two months to whittle it down to just under 100 pages. I’m still polishing it.

6. How many stories have you written?

I currently have two feature length scripts and a one-hour television pilot. I’ve also written two episodes of Space 2099 that would take place after the events of my pilot script. I’m currently working on a comedy feature.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’ve been a fan of Space 1999 ever since I was six years old. Ronald Moore’s re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica demonstrated to me that Space 1999 could undergo a similar makeover.

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

The biggest obstacle was trying to figure out how the Moon would breakaway from Earth’s orbit that sci-fi fans would perceive as feasible.

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

Keeping up with current events is important to me because it helps me to understand the world at large, which helps with my writing.

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

I found the festival’s website as I was looking for screenplay contests that I could enter. I was impressed with the testimonials from past contestants. Watching a couple of past readings also had an impact. The feedback I received was incredibly helpful.

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

Never give up. Writing takes time, patience and research. Enter into as many contests as possible, especially ones that offer quality feedback, like the Fan Film Festival.

***
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Fan Fiction TV Spec Reading of MAGNUM P.I. by Lew Ritter

Watch the March 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner.

Watch MAGNUM P.I.: Chrysanthemum Table Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAGNUM – Rob Notman
ALLISON – Alicia Payne
T.C./SIMONSEN – Ucal Shillingford
HIGGINS/RICK – Kari-Michael Helava

Get to know writer Lew Ritter:

1. What is your Magnum PI screenplay about?

In the 80’s a computer whiz and former army buddy, fakes his own death to stop the theft of a then state of he art super computer. Chrysanthemum.

2. How does this episode fit into the context of the TV show? What season would this episode be in?

Probably early in the series.

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

Fast paced.

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

Gotham or Sleepy Hollow.

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

I did an early draft in the late 80’s and then made some changes based on the comments from the Festival readers.

6. How many stories have you written?

About seven scripts including a pilot for a series about the seventies called Turbulence.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Homage to a great show. It had humor and great story lines. I loved the characters including Higgins.

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

None really, it practically wrote itself. I did some research and tacked on an ending where the friend is off to meet Bill Gates, then an unknown computer guy at the time.

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

Teaching. I am a teacher at local charter school.

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

Very accessible. Fee was reasonable. Above all, I got the feeling that the reader was knowledgable about scripts and made great suggestions for polishing the script.

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

Keep writing. Be prepared to write for a number of years before you get good.

****
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch the Batman Table Readings from the Fan Fiction Festival

Submit your Fan Fiction Screenplay to the Festival Today: https://fanfictionfestival.com/

Watch the Batman Screenplay Winners:

Watch BATMAN: PATIENT ZERO by Andrew Akler:

Watch GOTHAM NIGHTS TV Pilot by Adam Kennedy:

Watch Bridge Over Troubled Water (Superman Batman Fan Script), by Glenn Magas & Dale Fabrigar:

Batman “Joker’s Vendetta” by Sean Ballantyne: