April 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Watch the April 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner. 

THE TWILIGHT ZONE “Punchline” Fan Fiction
Written by Jaime Medina

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
VIC – Michael Lake
SCRATCH – Noah Casey
TRIXIE – Kiran Friesen
LITA – Sandra Krstin
BENNY – Dennis Barham

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

A failed comedian makes a deal with the Devil to switch places with the Vegas star who stole his act!.

Interview with Jaime Medina: 

1. What is your Twilight Zone fan fiction screenplay about?

It’s about a failed comedian who makes a deal with the Devil to switch places with a Vegas star who stole his act.

2. How did this screenplay fit into the context of the TV show?

I think it would fit right in nicely, especially in the first few seasons.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Envy kills.

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

Twilight Zone and classic Star Trek. Those are two of my favorites!

What is your all-time favorite Twilight Zone episode?

I’d have to say the Christmas episode, “Night of the Meek” starring Art Carney of “Honeymooners” fame. It’s a great story that really touched me emotionally.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written three feature screenplays and about half a dozen short screenplays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Rod Serling was a genius, and a big part of why I got into writing in the first place, so I wanted to pay homage to him.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I took some great notes from the Fan Fiction guys and incorporated their suggestions.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, politics, religion, sports.

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

I had always wanted to try my hand at writing a Twilight Zone episode. It was kind of a fantasy of mine, and this festival made that possible. The feedback I got was excellent and it really helped me to finish the story.

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

Write as much as you can. You only learn by writing and making mistakes. You may write something great, then look at it later and realize you have to chuck half of it. That’s okay. Writing is not easy, but it’s worth it! Follow your dreams!

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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.

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

DOCTOR WHO “The Time Cuckoo” by David Gilbank & Paul Renhard

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Watch the Fan Fiction Table Reading “The Time Cuckoo”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
DOCTOR – Hugh Ritchie
AMY – Victoria Urquhart
NELSON – Julian Ford
VENTRILLIS – Sean Ballantyne
REGAZZA – Mohogany Brown
HARDY – Isaac Alfie

Get to know writers David Gilbank & Paul Renhard:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your Doctor Who screenplay about? 

David Gilbank & Paul Renhard: The Doctor is forced to kidnap Lord Nelson by an alien race who believe Nelson’s battle skills will help them win a war that has been raging for centuries.

Matthew: Where does this episode fit into the context of the series? 

David & Paul: It was written for Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Although I’m pretty sure with a bit of tinkering, we could adjust to suit Doctors past and present.

Matthew: Your screenplay ends with a twist and a setup to a future conflict with the Doctor. Do you have episode 2 and beyond of your Doctor Who universe written or outlined? 

David & Paul: Not yet but it’s on our list of ‘things to do’. We’re currently in pre-production on a screenplay that we wrote about sport and love. That’s right a love story mixed up in a sport story. Think Rocky meets Pretty Woman and Love Actually. Or Slapshot in Love. Or something like that. We did it for the money.

Matthew: Who is your all-time favorite actor who played Doctor Who? 

David & Paul: Tough one – it would come down to Tom Baker or Jon Pertwee and we’d probably for Baker just because of The Seeds of Doom! Or Pertwee in the Planet of the Spiders. We did like Davis Tennant too.

Matthew: Who is your favorite non-Doctor character in the series? 

David & Paul: The Daleks. Every hero has to have his or her antagonists and the Daleks are just the best bad guys in fiction. Also liked Mike Yates, Sgt Benton and The Master (particularly Roger Delgado – Moriarty Deluxe). Also have to say I (Dave) loved the Tomb of the Cybermen. A beautifully written adventure with a claustrophobia akin to Alien (made some 10 years later). I love the way the old series (60’s and 70’s in particular) had to rely on storytelling to make up for the sparse FX and miniscule budgets.

Matthew: What TV show do you keep watching over and over again…besides Doctor Who?

David & Paul: The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy TV mini-series – Alec Guinness as George Smiley. Perfect telly. I also loved Callan. Edward Woodward as a deadeye killer with a whiff of conscience was mesmerising. Loved the rebooted Battlestar Galactica. That story deserved to be re-made and those guys did it. Spectacularly written and wonderful acting. One of the best TV series ever made, scifi or other. I’m also re-watching The West Wing again. It’s like revisiting old friends. Aaron Sorkin has the IQ of Skynet.

Matthew: How long have you been working on this screenplay?  

David & Paul: About three months.

Matthew: How many stories have you written? 

David & Paul: Loads. We wrote a SciFi horror screenplay in 2010 called ‘Cull’ that won several screenwriting awards around the world. Think Soylent Green meets Alien. Its horrifying but a wild ride. We’ve also written several TV series, usually involving gangsters and aliens. We’ve just made a short film that is being well received. We’ve also written a ghost/horror screenplay which is currently doing well on the festival circuit.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

David & Paul: We just love Doctor Who and the creative possibilities are infinite! We are ambitious writers and thought we could write something pretty exciting.

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 

David & Paul: A 9 to 5 job and, clashing personalities. Fortunately Dave is pretty obsessive and is pretty driven to complete projects. Dave finishes. Paul rewrites. Dave changes it back. They argue. They don’t talk for a week. Paul changes it back, Dave sulks. Paul thinks he’s got his own way. Dave sneakily changes it without Paul knowing…and voila a perfect writing team.(I didn’t know you did that!) (Just joking) (Really?) (of course) (I knew it!) (here’s a bottle of Johnny Walker. Drink it now) (Ok, but I will be checking in future) (sure you will, Drink…drink…driiiiink) (I love you) (shut up).

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

David & Paul: We both love making films! So far we’ve only had the resources to make short films, but watch this space! Dave loves cricket, physics, Rugby League (Brisbane Broncos), Evolutionary archeology, history, carnivorous plants, digging holes and road rage. Paul likes writing and nothing else.

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

David & Paul: We’re always on the lookout for festivals to enter and this is the only one we know of that would let us enter a script based on an existing TV franchise. It’s always great to receive constructive criticism of your work, it’s the only way to make your writing better.

We accept we probably tried to cram too much into the episode, but we just couldn’t help it!

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

David & Paul: We’re really not in a position to offer advice, as we’ve never had anything made, barring our own short films, which are of varying quality. However, the only sage advice is to write! Just start writing, anything. The more you write the better you get at it. We’re both advertising copywriters during the day and we’ve learned that anything down on the laptop screen is better than nothing at all. Also listening to music and listening to the voices in your head is good. Unless they tell you to rob a bank or overthrow the government.

Producer/Director – Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director – Sean Ballantyne
Editor – John Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

Watch TV SPEC Screenplay Reading of PARENTHOOD

Deadline: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch PARENTHOOD Television Show Reading by Cara Rothenberg:

SYNOPSIS:

Adam and Kristina are skeptical of a girl who seems interested in Max, while a visit from Hank’s sister gets Sarah thinking about giving their romance another try. Amber makes an unlikely friend, and Crosby’s true feelings about Joel and Julia’s separation come to light.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Q. Wilson
KRISTINA/DELIA – Julie McCarthy
SARA/PETER – Erynn Brook
JASMINE/AMBER – Aidan Black Allen
DOUG/JOEL – Brett Kelly
ADAM/OLIVER – David Bronfman
HANK/MAX – Spencer Gatten
CROSBY – Jarrid Terrell

Get to know writer Cara Rothenberg:

1. What is your TV SPEC SCRIPT for PARENTHOOD about?

Adam and Kristina are skeptical of a girl who seems interested in Max, while a visit from Hank’s sister gets Sarah thinking about giving their romance another try. Amber makes an unlikely friend, and Crosby’s true feelings about Joel and Julia’s separation come to light.

2. Why does your TV SPEC fit within the context of the original show?

I think it captures the overall tone of the show pretty well. It’s dramatic and it’s based around serious issues, but there’s also a light heartedness to it. I really tried to study the voices of the characters and how they’ve grown throughout the series. An example of that would be Crosby’s outrage about Joel not forgiving Julia for her infidelity. His wife and growing family softened him and puts things in perspective. But at the same time, Crosby handles the situation pretty aggressively, ultimately staying true to who he is as a person.

3. How long have you been writing?

Since I was eighteen. I grew up writing stories and novels, but as I got older I started to realize that basically all of my writing consisted of dialogue. I started to shy away from stories and got more into screenwriting once I got to college, and haven’t really looked back since.

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

That’s tough. I have a bit of an obsessive personality so I have gone through phases with a bunch of movies. I guess it would be a three way tie between The Wizard of Oz, School of Rock and Superbad. I’m really not sure what that says about me.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Hands down, Jason Katims. He’s the creator of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, two shows that have made a huge impact on me as both a writer and a person. I love the authenticity of both shows.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

About ten.

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

Staff writer for a TV show.

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

I guess my process is pretty simple: write until you come up with something that doesn’t suck. But still save the sucky drafts so that you have something to laugh at later.

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

Honestly, not much. Writing sort of consumes all of the passion that my heart can muster. If I had to pick….maybe ice cream.

10. What influenced you to enter the Festival Contest?

The chance to hear my script performed by actors.

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

I don’t know that I am qualified to give out advice. But I have found what my parents have been saying to me basically my whole life to be really helpful. Don’t listen to the people who scoff when you say you want to be a writer because it doesn’t seem practical or stable. Their jobs are probably super boring anyway. Just tune them out, keep your head up and write.

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Watch MAD MEN “A Hold on Me” Season 4 Episode 6.5

Deadline: FAN FICTION FESTIVAL
Submit a classic TV show, movie series, or iconic franchise screenplay.
https://fanfictionfestival.com/

Watch Original Screenplay Reading of MAD MEN, by M.J. Louis:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Deborah Merrick
DON DRAPER – Christopher Huron
PEGGY OLSON – Kayla Lynn Lewis
PETE/STAN – Matthew Taylor
STEPHANIE/BETTY – Katelyn Vanier
FAYE MILLER – Sidonie Wybourn
LANE PRYCE – Mark Munro
IDA BLANKENSHIP – Judy Thrush
JOEY/MARK – Andrew Farr
PATTY/JOAN – Martha Girvin
BERT/DUCK – Ryan Fisher

Synopsis from writer M.J. Louis:

My spec script is from Mad Men Season four which follows Don Draper as he is forced to leave someone else in charge of creative as the agency tries to win a new account while he faces a family crisis.

This spec script is set between episodes six and seven of season four. In episode six, Don Draper wins a CLEO award for the Glo-Coat Ad. Peggy Olson feels slighted because he did not give her any credit for the work she did on the project. During this episode, Peggy and the art director, Stan, reach a creative block while working on a pitch.

In episode three, Don travels to California to visit Anna Draper, the wife of the real Don Draper. He learns she has cancer, but her sister, Patty, and her daughter, Stephanie, make Don promise to go along with their not informing on her illnes.. He complies and says a tearful good-bye.

In episode seven, Peggy and Stan still do not have a pitch for Don for Samsonite luggage. So Peggy stays late with Don on her birthday. Don and Peggy have explosion encounter while Don learns that Anna has died. As his bond with Anna has changed, his bond with Peggy is stronger.