Winning FAN FICTION TV PILOT – THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR, by Richard Mueller

Winning Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
Written by Richard Mueller

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
LUCY – Olivia Jon
CONNOR/MARTY – Daniel Chung
DELLA – Tea Nguyen
GREGG – David Occhipinti
NASH – John Fray
SUNSHINE – Georgia Grant
TARA – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Romance

A reboot of the 1960s TV show (and 1945 movie) based on the R.A. Dick novel. A young widow and her two teenage children discover that the seaside house they have moved into is haunted. .

 Get to know the writer:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

A single mom and her kids struggle with a failing career, adjusting to small town life and romantic entanglements with a sea captain who’s been dead for a hundred years.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Because it’s an entrancing world, filled with lovable, beguiling people.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Spooky Romance

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

Gilmore Girls and Burn Notice

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About five months from start to submission in Fan Fiction Festival.

How many stories have you written?

Four competed scripts, one half of a novel and 7.4 bizillion ideas.

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

OMG. Just one? Okay then: Ruth Brown – Cabbage Head

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Getting past my own ideas of what it was “OK” to write and allowing myself to wantonly follow my inspiration. I’m glad I did it too, because now I am writing more, better and with increased enjoyment.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My passion is for storytelling. I’m a professional artist and designer with experience in a wide variety of media and I’ve found that regardless of whether I am creating an ad campaign, an interior design, a virtual world or writing a narrative, it is story that is the structure everything else hangs on. And that is something I just can’t get enough of.

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

I have no writing group and needed an outside eye. I got exactly what I’d hoped for in the feedback, it was perfectly professional, spot on and taught me things that influenced my subsequent project and made me better as a writer.

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

Follow your inspiration fearlessly and remember there is always more than one reward to creative expression.

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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November 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

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

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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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Fan Fiction Screenplay: Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Power Loss by Jennifer Renner

Watch the July 2016 Winning Fan Fiction Screenplay.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Power Loss by Jennifer Renner

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy

Synopsis: Episode 32.5 of the TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The station welcomes visitors from a planet in the Gamma Quadrant that allows only women to hold positions of authority.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Brandon Knox
BENNI – Susan Wilson
SORYA/KIRA – Meghan Allen
DAX/LELA – Courtney Keir
ODO – Julian Ford
BASHIR/QUARK – David Guthrie
SISKO/RISHTA – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the winning writer Jennifer Renner

1. What is your TV Fan Fiction screenplay about?

Deep Space 9 welcomes visitors from a planet in the Gamma Quadrant that only allows women to hold positions of authority.

2. Why does this episode fit into the context of the show?

The episode uses a futuristic setting and the unique perspectives of the characters to discuss a social issue. One of my favorite things about the whole Star Trek phenomenon was the ability to look at potentially controversial issues under a new and intriguing light.

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

Existential exploration.

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

Star Trek: TNG

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

I worked on this screenplay for about three months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written many short screenplays and three feature length screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I love the different personalities in DS9. The topic of gender has been in the spotlight recently and using the voices of DS9 seemed a good way to explore this issue.

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

I don’t have much experience writing for TV, so that was fairly new to me. I also wanted to do justice to the Star Trek universe and it is a complex place to navigate. Use the term “warp coil” when you specifically mean “warp nacelle” and you’ve lost all credibility.

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

All things film! From theory to shooting and editing, to just a lot of viewing, I enjoy it all.

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

I was excited about the prospect of receiving feedback to improve my writing. The feedback I received offered many helpful suggestions, both in terms of my writing in general and as a piece in the DS9 universe. I’m definitely glad I entered this festival.

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

Although I don’t feel qualified to give advice, I would say to try writing as many different types of works as you can. From one-act plays to feature screenplays to poetry to just a really well-written email, there are so many ways to express yourself well through writing.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

June 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

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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.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Fan Fiction TV Spec: SPACE 2099 by Kevin D Story (Based on the television series Space 1999 )

Watch the winning Fan Fiction Screenplay for June 2016.

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.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

April 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

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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!

*****
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