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

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
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

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
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

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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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

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.
https://fanfictionfestival.com/

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

Watch TV SPEC Reading of the MOM Television Sitcom

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

MOM “Strip Poker and Guilt Trip” TV SPEC Script
Reading of the full screenplay by Micah Goldman and Griff Kohout

SYNOPSIS:

“Strip Poker And Guilt Trips” is a spec script for the series Mom, in which Bonnie tricks Christy into helping her win a poker game.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Q. Wilson
BONNIE – Julie McCarthy
CHRISTY – Erynn Brook
VIOLET – Aidan Black Allen
ROSCOE – Brett Kelly
GABRIEL – David Bronfman
BAXTER – Spencer Gatten
CHEF RUDY – Jarrid Terrell

Get to know writer Micah Goldman:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/micah_goldman.html

Get to know writer Griff Kohout:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/griff_kohout.html

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Deadline July 31st: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_pilot_readings.html

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/tv_spec_readings.html

READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

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.

Watch an Original Screenplay Performance Readng of SOUTH PARK

Watch the Performance Reading of SOUTH PARK “Follow Your Dreams” by James Tison:

SYNOPSIS:

Motivated to follow his dreams by a flamboyant mascot, Cartman borrows money from Sallie Mae to attend a musical theater academy, but soon learns that student debt comes with a treacherous toll.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Q. Wilson
CARTMAN – Jarrid Terrell
KYLE – Spencer Gatten
STAN – David Bronfman
FAIRY/BUTTERS – Brett Kelly
SHEILA – Erynn Brook
MRS. CARTMAN – Aidan Black Allen
SALLIE MAE – Julie McCarthy