Watch the January 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner

Written by Stephen M. Hunt


Genres: War, Thriller, Drama

France, 1941; an American undercover war correspondent is overwhelmed by an old woman’s unique and unbelievable response to local, Nazi atrocities.


NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
DUBIN – Dan Cristofori
WOMAN – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know writer Stephen M. Hunt:

1. What is your screenplay about?

To deter the Resistance the Nazis in Paris inflict inhuman cruelty on civilians while unaware of how an old woman will expose their atrocities to the world.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

US Navy Cine-Kodak is being extended into a feature screenplay so a movie of the short screenplay would be paramount in generating interest in the longer version.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Riveting, surprising.

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

The Charles Laughton version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

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

I had a 1st draft within a week but it took two further months of constant revising before I had the present script.

6. How many stories have you written?


7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The idea was born out of a conversation I had with a producer / director looking for an original twist on a well-known produced feature film.

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

The project’s underlying premise made it easy to write – refining the 1st draft into it’s present format was most certainly the hard part.

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

My family and relocating from England to France which has been a life-long ambition.

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

The Fan Fiction Festival was ideal for US Navy Cine-Kodak as the premise for the script occurs in a famous Meryl Streep film. The feedback helped enrich the script.

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

Successes in film festivals and screenplay competitions are vital for a newbee screenwriter but all that is for nothing if a screenplay writer doesn’t also work hard at promoting themselves / their work.

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

Submit a classic TV show, movie series, or iconic franchise screenplay.

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


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
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.