Watch the April 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner.
THE TWILIGHT ZONE “Punchline” Fan Fiction
Written by Jaime Medina
NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
VIC – Michael Lake
SCRATCH – Noah Casey
TRIXIE – Kiran Friesen
LITA – Sandra Krstin
BENNY – Dennis Barham
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?
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