Fan Fiction TV Spec Reading of MAGNUM P.I. by Lew Ritter

Watch the March 2016 Fan Fiction Screenplay Winner.

Watch MAGNUM P.I.: Chrysanthemum Table Reading:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAGNUM – Rob Notman
ALLISON – Alicia Payne
T.C./SIMONSEN – Ucal Shillingford
HIGGINS/RICK – Kari-Michael Helava

Get to know writer Lew Ritter:

1. What is your Magnum PI screenplay about?

In the 80’s a computer whiz and former army buddy, fakes his own death to stop the theft of a then state of he art super computer. Chrysanthemum.

2. How does this episode fit into the context of the TV show? What season would this episode be in?

Probably early in the series.

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

Fast paced.

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

Gotham or Sleepy Hollow.

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

I did an early draft in the late 80’s and then made some changes based on the comments from the Festival readers.

6. How many stories have you written?

About seven scripts including a pilot for a series about the seventies called Turbulence.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Homage to a great show. It had humor and great story lines. I loved the characters including Higgins.

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

None really, it practically wrote itself. I did some research and tacked on an ending where the friend is off to meet Bill Gates, then an unknown computer guy at the time.

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

Teaching. I am a teacher at local charter school.

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

Very accessible. Fee was reasonable. Above all, I got the feeling that the reader was knowledgable about scripts and made great suggestions for polishing the script.

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

Keep writing. Be prepared to write for a number of years before you get good.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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 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

Watch TV SPEC Screenplay Reading of PARENTHOOD

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Watch PARENTHOOD Television Show Reading by Cara Rothenberg:

SYNOPSIS:

Adam and Kristina are skeptical of a girl who seems interested in Max, while a visit from Hank’s sister gets Sarah thinking about giving their romance another try. Amber makes an unlikely friend, and Crosby’s true feelings about Joel and Julia’s separation come to light.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Q. Wilson
KRISTINA/DELIA – Julie McCarthy
SARA/PETER – Erynn Brook
JASMINE/AMBER – Aidan Black Allen
DOUG/JOEL – Brett Kelly
ADAM/OLIVER – David Bronfman
HANK/MAX – Spencer Gatten
CROSBY – Jarrid Terrell

Get to know writer Cara Rothenberg:

1. What is your TV SPEC SCRIPT for PARENTHOOD about?

Adam and Kristina are skeptical of a girl who seems interested in Max, while a visit from Hank’s sister gets Sarah thinking about giving their romance another try. Amber makes an unlikely friend, and Crosby’s true feelings about Joel and Julia’s separation come to light.

2. Why does your TV SPEC fit within the context of the original show?

I think it captures the overall tone of the show pretty well. It’s dramatic and it’s based around serious issues, but there’s also a light heartedness to it. I really tried to study the voices of the characters and how they’ve grown throughout the series. An example of that would be Crosby’s outrage about Joel not forgiving Julia for her infidelity. His wife and growing family softened him and puts things in perspective. But at the same time, Crosby handles the situation pretty aggressively, ultimately staying true to who he is as a person.

3. How long have you been writing?

Since I was eighteen. I grew up writing stories and novels, but as I got older I started to realize that basically all of my writing consisted of dialogue. I started to shy away from stories and got more into screenwriting once I got to college, and haven’t really looked back since.

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

That’s tough. I have a bit of an obsessive personality so I have gone through phases with a bunch of movies. I guess it would be a three way tie between The Wizard of Oz, School of Rock and Superbad. I’m really not sure what that says about me.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Hands down, Jason Katims. He’s the creator of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, two shows that have made a huge impact on me as both a writer and a person. I love the authenticity of both shows.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

About ten.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Staff writer for a TV show.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I guess my process is pretty simple: write until you come up with something that doesn’t suck. But still save the sucky drafts so that you have something to laugh at later.

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

Honestly, not much. Writing sort of consumes all of the passion that my heart can muster. If I had to pick….maybe ice cream.

10. What influenced you to enter the Festival Contest?

The chance to hear my script performed by actors.

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

I don’t know that I am qualified to give out advice. But I have found what my parents have been saying to me basically my whole life to be really helpful. Don’t listen to the people who scoff when you say you want to be a writer because it doesn’t seem practical or stable. Their jobs are probably super boring anyway. Just tune them out, keep your head up and write.

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Watch TV SPEC Reading of the MOM Television Sitcom

Deadline: FAN FICTION FESTIVAL
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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
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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
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Watch DOCTOR WHO Fan Fiction Screenplay Reading by Mark Renshaw

Watch the Fan Fiction Reading of DOCTOR WHO “My Doctor”:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
MARK – Peter Nelson
MATT SMITH – Andrei Preda
DAVROS/THE MASTER – Jason Martorino
CUSHING/TROUGHTON/MCGANN DOCTORS – Scott Beaudin
TENNANT/PERTWEE/BAKER DOCTORS – Cole Reid
AMY – Meghan Allen
WENDY – Julie Burris

Get to know writer Mark Renshaw:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My Doctor is a special episode of Doctor Who starring almost every incarnation of the famous Time Lord; up to and including Matt Smith. It also features some of his most notorious adversaries, such as the Daleks, Cybermen and The Master.

It begins in a normal every day setting, with an average guy called Mark (me!) eating his breakfast. In bursts Matt Smith in character as the Doctor. Mark is a huge Doctor Who fan, so he thinks this is all a prank, until the Doctor shows him a very real and extremely impossible TARDIS.

Realisation soon hits home, this is no ordinary situation. Mark is in very real danger and the only person who can save him is a fictional mad man in a box.

2. Why should this Dr. Who fan script be made into a movie?

I think this would make the quintessential Whovian adventure. It celebrates everything about Who, both classic and modern. I poured every bit of my admiration, respect and enjoyment for the show into this script. I wanted to write something long-term fans would really appreciate but also people new to the show would enjoy.

I believe this would make a fantastic audio, animated or even live-action production.

3. How long have you been watching Dr. Who? Have you seen almost (or every) episode?

I started watching in the Tom Baker years and I’ve seen pretty much every episode since. I’ve also gone back to watch some of the earlier episodes starring Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell. I even love the old Doctor Who movies starring the legendary Peter Cushing.

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

Star Wars – A New hope. There was a point in my childhood I was watching it every day.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I’d love to team up with Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies to co-write the ultimate Doctor Who movie. I’d also love to work with Joss Whedon. I really admire his writing and the characters he creates. Oh and yeah, If JJ Abrams wants any help with Star Wars or for me to take over Star Trek, tell him to gimme a call!

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve been writing as a hobby for many years, so I’ve written lots of short stories and scripts; some fan fiction but mostly original material. I’ve recently finished writing my first original feature called The 12 Step Killers and I’m currently working on a sequel to American Werewolf in London, just for fun and because the idea popped in my head. I have to write whatever pops in my head otherwise it drives me insane.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

When Steven Moffat produced the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, he said something about the fan’s desire to include every incarnation of the Doctor in the special episode was impractical and impossible. I took that as a challenge. I know he includes a shot of all the Doctors at the end of the anniversary special but I felt they could have done more.

Also, as a fan I wanted to take part in the celebrations and was disappointed the BBC didn’t offer any opportunities for fans to participate. So I decided to write this just for myself. It was my way of joining in the celebration of fifty years of my favourite TV show.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I have very little time to write, due to this annoying thing that keeps on getting in the way called life. So I have developed a process that works for me. Once I get an idea, I flesh it out in my head during the week. I have conversations with the characters and work on each scene mentally. I’ve found the best time for this is at the gym.

The idea is to have 10-15 pages worth of material ready to go. Then, when I get a few spare hours, I’ll seal myself off from the world, prepare an enormous cafetiere of coffee, fire up some inspirational soundtrack music, pound away at my keyboard and see how far I can get.

Some weeks I don’t get any time to write but as long as I keep on writing when I do, it all adds up and stops me going mental.

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

I love stories. I love hearing them, reading them, watching them. I love music and art, anything which touches me emotionally and spiritually. I’m passionate about anything which helps me appreciate the here and now more.

10. Who is your all-time favorite Dr. Who and why?

Just like in the script, Tom Baker is my Doctor. He’ll always have the most special place in my heart but I really grew attached to Matt Smith. I do like Peter Capaldi a lot, he’s becoming an epic Doctor but I still miss Matt Smith.

11. What influenced you to enter the Fan Fiction Festival? Was the feedback you received valuable?

I wrote My Doctor for myself. As unsolicited fan fiction I knew the BBC couldn’t entertain even reading it, so I never thought I could do anything with it until I came across this fabulous festival. I looked through the website and saw some of the fantastic TV episodes and movies from all sorts of famous franchises and thought, why not give it a go? I’m so glad I did.

The feedback I received was incredible. The guy reviewing seemed to really understand not only scripts but Doctor Who and good, well-rounded stories. The feedback really helped me to write a new draft.

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

Never stop writing. Never stop believing in yourself. Never stop challenging yourself. Write out of your comfort zone. Write things that scare you, write things that are difficult.

Write even if you only have one hour a month, never let excuses stop you. Never let that little demon that whispers in your ear ‘Why even try? Just give up!’ persuade you to stop.

Let your writing be your art, your message to the world, your legacy. Let your words cut deep, your dialogue speak volumes and make every single element of your script mean something; even if it only means something to you.

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Watch sneak peak teaser of the DOCTOR WHO video on Instagram:

Watch TV SPEC Reading of MODERN FAMILY

Watch the Performance Reading of MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case” by Josh Bressler:

SYNOPSIS:

Gloria looks after a sick Manny and Jay; Cameron tries to make amends with Mitchell after cancelling a vacation; Claire wants to prove she can take care of herself and challenges Phil to do the same; Haley looks for a place to hang her photography work.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
CAMERON/LUKE – Neil Kulin
MITCHELL – Adam McNamara
ALEX/LILY – Kerstin Bradler
GLORIA – Elitsa Bako
CLAIRE – Val Cole
HALEY – Melinda Michael
PHIL – Nick Baillie
JAY – Roman Spera

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Deadline July 15th: SUBMIT TV PILOT/SPEC Script – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
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