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

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your fan fiction TV PILOT screenplay about?

On the night before summer vacation, Fred’s dad is murdered by a serial killer. As Fred’s reeling from loss, Daphne, a cheerleader and lifelong mystery geek, enlists her estranged best friend Velma and Fred’s own cowardly stoner best friend Shaggy to track down the killer. The four of them, with Scooby-Doo in tow, work to unravel various mysteries, deal with bullying, and experience first love.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Mystery and CW-style teen drama

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

What initially inspired this whole thing was an observation I had after years of consuming Scooby-Doo in various forms. I have never seen a scene in any of the television shows, books, comics, or the animated or live-action films where I believed Shaggy and Fred were friends. Not one. This is despite the fact that the two of them were inspired by best friend Dobie and Maynard from “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”. At its emotional core, I wanted to create a series that would eventually touch on the unique relationships between each of the members of Mystery Inc. because high school is such a vulnerable time when some kids feel like they live or die by those relationships and I had a special interest in exploring what a Fred and Shaggy friendship would look like.

Aside from that, I think now is a great time for a live-action Scooby-Doo television series as the success of Riverdale and the upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch spinoff have illustrated that there’s a definite market for this kind of interpretation. I also wanted to introduce a larger audience to Thorn and the Hex Girls who were first introduced in Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost and Red Herring, the bully from the criminally underrated A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.

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

Groovy murder

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

Chasing Amy.

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

About three months off and on.

7. How many stories have you written?

I couldn’t give you an exact number, but I’m always writing! I’d say I have a decent bushel.

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

I developed a deep fondness for “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere” by Neil Young while I was writing this. I must have listened to it a hundred times.

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

My biggest problem in finishing any screenplay is figuring out what to do when I hit a roadblock. I get really excited about an idea and then I can’t figure out how to move forward. Part of this, is that I’ve never done well with outlines. However, I’m very lucky because I have people in my life who were willing to read this script multiple times and give me great notes. I would not have been able to finish this silly script without their constructive criticism and support.

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

I’m currently learning American Sign Language! It’s a really beautiful language and I think it’s fascinating that even though I’m from the country where it originated, I’ve rarely ever seen it since I’ve had little exposure to Deaf culture.

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

It’s been fantastic! I use FilmFreeway all the time because it’s so convenient.

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

Here’s the thing, while I was finishing my MFA last year, in a practice pitch session I blurted out something I never realized about myself – one of my wildest fantasies is being a writer on a Scooby-Doo project. I knew I had a Scooby-Doo story in me, but I didn’t want it just to sit on my computer and not go anywhere. When I came across this festival, I couldn’t have been more relieved that there were people out there that were actually interested in my insane, nerdy ramblings.

The feedback couldn’t have been nicer. I was directed gently away from my original idea of doing a 1960s period piece into something more modern and was given some truths about my tendency to overwrite. The script is all the better for it and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Fan Fiction Festival.

 

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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

Winning FAN FICTION SPEC of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, by Marc Mulcahy

Winning Screenplay – EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Written by Marc Mulcahy

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
MARIE – Frances Townend
RAY – Peter Mark Raphael
DEBRA – Kayla Farris
JEFFREY – Jonah Akler-Silliman
ROBERT – Christopher Huron
AMY – Vanessa Quagliara
FRANK – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

It’s Marie vs Debra in a cat & mouse game for control of who’s cleaning the house.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay based on the TV SERIES “Everybody Loves Raymond” about?

It’s about seeing what we all figured would happen eventually; that Marie’s constant meddling and being a nuisance in general, would lead to Debra’s insanity.

How does this episode fit into the context of the series?

I actually thought this plot line was a no-brainer for Debra. I would have done this myself given the same situation.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Sweet revenge

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

Seinfeld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Initially, it took a few days but I’ve tweaked it several times over the past several years.

How many stories have you written?

Three sit coms and one film.

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

That’s a tough one. Sometimes I’ll be in a certain mood and one song fits it perfectly so I just keep playing it for hours. Once, during a late, dark night on a long and empty stretch of I99 in California, I listened to Chris Isack’s, Wicked Game for 6 hours.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Still not happy with a couple lines.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals, justice, cooking and dining out, creating fun and innovative entertainment, growth, experiencing unforgettable moments (CORRR-ny)

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

I wanted to get some feedback on it and I thought people would enjoy it. Great feedback, thanks.

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

In the words of Rodney Dangerfield as Thorton Melon, “Don’t go. It’s rough out there. Move back in with your parents. Let them worry about it.”

But if you insist, get your work out there, everywhere. Listen to criticism and learn what you can from it but don’t let it get to you. Remember, your writing is YOUR view on the subject so don’t compromise that. Go back to your earliest stuff and make it better. If you can’t do that, you either have the rare early masterpiece, or maybe you should consider another dream job. I’m sure every writer has heard to write what you know and what you care about. When you do, your writing becomes interesting, and for me, this is the the most important thing about a script. You can follow all the formulas you want but if it isn’t interesting then what’s the point. Conversely, if you have a very interesting story, you can break many, if not most formula rules–as long as you keep it interesting. Oh, and a very good agent wouldn’t hurt, either. The reality is you can be the best unknown writer since Shakespeare, but to be successful at this gig you will also need some luck and there’s a decent chance that some of your success will come from the old “who you know” variety. The fact that every year sharp, really well written shows get dropped while 2 Broke Girls remains on the air (I’m still convinced there’s serious network blackmail going on there) proves this point.

Lastly, A famous script doctor–who’s services I wasted $6,000 on–said that most writers better be prepared to stick it out for 10 years before they can make a living from writing. This Debby Downer also told the auditorium of almost 900 wanna-be writers that only a handful present would probably be successful and that many would lose friends and family because of their failures. In retrospect, I guess I should have waited until AFTER the 3 day seminar to quit my day job. The good news is that with webtv and all the new platforms, there are more opportunities than ever for writers. Just keep looking for these different avenues to showcase your work.


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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

November 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Fan Fiction Pilot of GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD by Jerry Kokich

Watch the Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay for November 2016.

CAST LIST:
NARRATOR – Mallory Palmer
SKIPPER – Peter Nelson
GILLIGAN – Hugh Ritchie
GINGER – Kheon Clarke
MR. HOWELL – Julian Ford
MARY ANN – Angelica Alejandro
LOVEY – Kelci Stephenson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A reinvention of the popular series with the same castaways (reinvented) who end up having to fight off Zombies during the night on the far away island.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your fan fiction screenplay about?

“Gilligan’s Island of The Dead” is a reboot of the classic TV comedy, with everything turned on its head… and zombies!

Why does this modern day twist of the iconic TV show work?

With updated characters, including Gilligan and The Skipper as a gay couple, and the Howells as the Madoffs hiding from the Feds, the series also capitalizes on the current zombie craze.

How would you describe this TV show in 2 words?

Zombie Survival

What TV show have you seen the most times in your life?

The Avengers from the 1960’s!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took about three months to write.

How many stories have you written?

Well over fifty.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Funny story, that. NBC had decided to do a reboot of the TV comedy, The Munsters. They spent millions on the pilot, including building the full size Munsters house. Halfway through the filming of the pilot, they realized it was going to be such a total disaster, they pulled the plug on the series before they had even finished shooting. I was joking with some friends about it on Facebook, and said. “We should do a reboot of Gilligan’s Island with zombies!” I stopped dead. I thought, hey, that’s not a bad idea. I actually detest when old shows are redone and changed, and I’m not a zombie fan, but I decided to put everything I don’t like into this. Of course, it wins a contest!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

. I really didn’t face any obstacles writing it. I knew the old series very well. I read some books on the making of the series, including one by series creator, Sherwood Schwartz, and watched a documentary produced by Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann. I did try to market the script, but the Schwartz estate and CBS have the rights, so that was a dead end.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I was a professional ballet dancer with The Joffrey Ballet for eight years, and I now teach in LA. I’m very passionate about my students and their development as dancers.

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

I submitted a first scene to you guys that won, and the feedback was wonderful, so I decided to enter this full script. I recommend your contests to all my writer friends. The feedback on this project was fantastic. Of course, I loved the praise. The suggestions and criticisms were extremely precise and helpful. What I really appreciated was that you got what I was trying to do. I wanted to take the original series in a completely different direction, but one that made sense in relation to the original characters.

Any advice for other writers?

A much smarter man than I said, 95% of writing is re-writing, so start writing. Don’t sit around thinking about writing, just write. Then write some more. Then enter a Wildsound contest! Also, never assume a woman is pregnant.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Watch IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA TV Spec Screenplay

Watch the Winning TV SPEC Screenplay Reading by Keith Black

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA SHOW Spec Script:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Lorry Ayers
DENNIS – Geoff Mays
MAC – Dan Cristofori
FRANK – Allan Brunet
CHARLIE – Adam Martignetti
DEE – Marsha Mason
SPANISH WOMAN – Victoria Kucher

Get to know writer Keith Black:
http://tvfestival.org/2015/06/19/reading-of-its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-show/

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Deadline August 15th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
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Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
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READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
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Flashback Screenplay: Watch FAMILY GUY Reading from 2010

Deadline July 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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Watch a TV SPEC Winning “FAMILY GUY” Screenplay Reading from Feburay 2010.

Titled “DIAL M FOR PETER” by Krishna Motha

Dial P for Peter is a murder mystery that draws inspiration from everything from The Maltese Falcon to LA Confidential. When a guest dies at a party, Peter and Brian must find out whodunnit before it’s too late.

PETER – Sean Kaufmann
LOIS – Nicole Wile
STEWIE – Brian Mifsud
BRIAN – Randy Singh
MEG – Natalie Dale
CHRIS – Steve Carey
QUAGMIRE – Bob Grant
JOE – Phil Dionne
VARIOUS – Victoria Murdoch
VARIOUS – Martin James Lindquist
NARRATOR – Lana Tailor

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READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
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Watch TV SPEC Screenplay Reading of COUGAR TOWN Sitcom by Felicity Flesher

Deadline: FAN FICTION FESTIVAL
Submit a classic TV show, movie series, or iconic franchise screenplay.
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Watch COUGART TOWN “Jammin Me” TV Spec Reading:

Get to know writer Felicity Flesher:
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/04/19/watch-cougar-town-tv-spec-screenplay-winner-plus-interview/

SYNOPSIS:

“Jammin’ Me” is a Cougar Town spec script. In this episode, Jules and the Cul de Sac Crew’s world implodes when there is a wine drought.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Jules – Pip Dwyer
Ellie – Krista Morin
Grayson – Dan Cristofori
Andy – Allan Michael Brunet
Bobby – Dan Fox
Travis – Ryan Anning
Laurie – Christina Aceto

2 BROKE GIRLS Original Screenplay Reading – Watch Now!

Watch the Performance Reading of 2 BROKE GIRLS:

Script titled “And the Sick Horse” by Greg Wayne

SYNOPSIS:

When Chestnut falls ill, the girls are forced to become phone-sex operators to pay for his treatment. Meanwhile, Oleg and Earl coach Han in preparation for a big date.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Gennalee Gordon
CAROLINA – Lex Kilgour
MAX – Stefanie Terzo
OLEG/GELO – Neil Bennett
HAN – David Poon
DR. HUNG – Danielle Nicole
EARL – Rob Green
WOMAN – Hannah Drew
HIPSTER #1 – David Occhipinti
HIPSTER #2 – Paul R. Whitaker

Get to know writer Greg Wayne:

1. Why would your TV SPEC be a perfect episode for the original show?

I think it captures the tone and voice of the series, and explores the topic of equine bowel obstruction in a unique way.

2. How long have you been writing screenplays?

About four years.

3. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Barry Lyndon or Happy Gilmore

4. What artists in the film industry would you love to work with?

Mickey Rourke

5. How many screenplays have you written?

One feature, one short, four sitcom specs, and a bunch of sketches.

6. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Writing for television or film.

7. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I procrastinate until writing becomes less painful than not writing.

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

Very little.

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

The chance to have the script read by actors.

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

Cutting carbs is the easiest way to lose weight.