Classic TV SPEC of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER by Eugene Ramos

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Fan Fiction TV Series
Written by Eugene Ramos

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
DIRK – Ucal Shillingford
TED – Noah Casey
LILY – Angela Cavallin
ROBIN – Dana Thody
MARSHALL – Brian Carleton
BETT – Chris Reid Geisler

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Romance

When a college crush visits New York, Ted is determined to chip away at her until she dumps her boyfriend, a play the gang refers to as “Shawshanking”

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your TV screenplay based on the TV show “How I Met Your Mother” about?

In my HIMYM script, an old college crush comes to visit New York, and Ted is determined to chip away at her until she dumps her boyfriend. In the Bro Code, this is referred to as “Shawshanking.”

2. How does this episode fit into the context of the series?

I wrote this episode in the midst of season eight, the second to last season. Barney and Robin are together. Marshall and Lily just had their baby. And Ted is very close to meeting the mother of his children.

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

Shawshanked Redemption

4. What TV show do you watch over and over again?

Recently, I’ve been re-watching episodes of “Star Trek: TNG” and “The X-Files.” In terms of sitcoms, it’s easy to come home after work and relax to an episode of “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Big Bang Theory,” or “How I Met Your Mother.”

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

From conception to submitting it to the TV fellowships, I’d say about six months.

6. How many stories have you written?

Honestly I don’t know. I’ve been writing short stories since before high school so that’s a good 25 years. In terms of scripts, I have four features, eight TV scripts – both pilots and specs, and several short film scripts.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A couple of things. A roommate and I were watching the “Shawshank Redemption,” and our Australian roommate walked in and asked us if we knew what “Shawshanking” was. We didn’t know. So he told us that in Australia, Shawshanking is slang for when a guy, for example, chips away at a woman’s relationship with her boyfriend until they break up and he’s there to be the shoulder to cry on and hopefully become her next boyfriend. I thought this had to be worked into a script, and a HIMYM script just made perfect sense.

In the meantime, I was still getting over a crush with a librarian I used to work with. I had written a romantic comedy about Isaac Newton in which he falls for a Prussian royal (who is also the librarian at the Berlin Royal Academy) and, as a result, makes his greatest scientific discoveries. I guess I still wasn’t over the librarian, so I used the HIMYM script to explore the regret over missed opportunities. Some of the dialogue between Ted and Ally, the librarian, are based on conversations I had with the real-life librarian.

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

The eternal struggle is finding time to write between the hours of your day job. I called in sick a few times to meet deadlines.

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

I love watching movies and reading comic books and going to concerts. I also love Sour Patch Watermelon.

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

I love the idea of a fan-fiction festival. I’ve written “Star Trek” fanfic, and I’ve won a few fan-fiction writing contests for shows like “Star Trek,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Painkiller Jane.” At the end of the day, TV spec scripts are essentially fan fiction. You get to play with characters outside the canon. You get to do things that shows would likely never do. I’ve always thought it was a shame that spec scripts have an expiration date. The Fan Fiction Screenplay Festival allows participants to breathe new life into their so-called expired scripts. I

I thought my initial feedback was fantastic. It’s great to get feedback from someone who doesn’t know you personally. It’s especially helpful when trying to figure out if jokes land and how to fix them when they don’t.

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

I think it’s profoundly helpful to surround yourself with talented writers and form tight bonds with them. Last year I was part of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop. I’ve grown very close with the writers I met in both groups. Not only do they give great notes, but also any success by one person contributes to the success of the group as a whole. Some of these friends are now staffed on shows or are publishing novels with traditional publishers (and garnering awards at the same time). They raise the bar and open doors for the rest of us.

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Producer/Director: 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.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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

 

Watch the FAMILY GUY Winning TV SPEC Performance Reading. Submit your SPEC by Aug. 15th

Deadline August 15th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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Watch the FAMILY GUY Winning TV SPEC Performance Reading by Dave Chan

SYNOPSIS:

Peter Griffin must find a way to get back his foreclosed house when Lois threatens to leave him for good. Meg falls in love with a new student at school who doubles as a heroin drug lord, and Stewie corners the market on Cheerios by pushing the popular breakfast cereal to addicted toddlers.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Lorry Ayers
PETER – Adam Martignetti
LOIS – Marsha Mason
STEWIE – Dan Cristofori
BRIAN – Allan Brunet
CHRIS/PHUC – Geoff Mays
MEG – Victoria Kucher

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

Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
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READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
http://tvfestival.org/2015/06/18/tv-screenplay-testimonials/

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
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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
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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
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Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
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READ 100s of testimonials for past submitters –
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Watch TV SPEC Screenplay Reading of COUGAR TOWN Sitcom by Felicity Flesher

Deadline: FAN FICTION FESTIVAL
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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