SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: MAGIC MAN, by Norma Hickox

 

Genre: Action, Drama

A musical 2 act play. This futuristic musical takes place in the year 2099 in a town called Grand Beach, Colorado. An engaged couple enter college and the guy meets another girl that he feels a very strong attraction for.

CAST LIST:

Lisan: Salma Dharsee
Sarah: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Hara: Zazu Oke
Jasek: Isaiah Kolundzic
Minister: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Hara, engaged to Minta, meets Lisan, with whom he has had several previous lives. Can he break the bond of previous lifetimes and move on? Who does he marry in the Valentine’s Day 2300 wedding? A musical play with futuristic dress, flashbacks to 1990’s and a robot.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi Romance

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

It brings to people’s attention the fact of reincarnation and shows what life may be like in the future with futuristic costumes and jewelry and hairstyles and also with mock-ups of all the new technology.

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

Lighthearted entertainment

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

Gone with the Wind

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

10 years

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve published over 15 books (Merging Science and Spirituality) plus two stage musicals and I have a storyboard script for The TimeLine of Eternity – The TimeTraveler goes to different TimeSpots to show how spaceships landed on the cooling earth and impregnated the life forms found there. After many experiments to refine the forms, the divine spirits enter these forms to experience earth and we now have humans!

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

“Imagine” by Jon Lennon

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

Time to write the play and the music and still work to support myself.

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

Music

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It was fine.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival?

What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received? Wanted to see how it stacked up in competition with other plays. I felt the feedback was fair and truthful.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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TV SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: DRAGONS & WOLVES by Drew Henriksen

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Dragons & Wolves is a serialized, character driven drama based on, but not limited to, the Dragon Tales & Stories trilogy written by Drew Henriksen and published by ArcheBooks, Italian publisher Armenia, Draghi E Lupi. It tells the story of a mythical family through four hundred years. Told in the form of a western, viewers may not realize it takes place a few centuries after a plague wiped out most of humanity. With different supernatural beings such as dragons, warlocks, and werewolves it follows the character of Randy on his quest to save mankind. The focus is on well-developed characters reacting to situations as we would with flashbacks to the 1970s & 2000s.

CAST LIST:

Jergon: Zazu Oke
Carmon: Salma Dharsee
Kaitlin: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Captain: Allan Michael Brunet
Randy: Isaiah Kolundzic
Kyle: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your TV PILOT screenplay about? The events that lead to an apocalypses when mythical dragons battle genetically infected werewolves in a Mad Max style Western. What happens 400 years in the future, started 40 years in the past, and is taking form today.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Western/Crime

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

It incorporates the different type of genres popular today with character driven story lines.

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

Badass fun.

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

Wizard of Oz.

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

The novels it’s based on was three years. The pilot script took two months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Three novels, About two dozen screenplays.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

System of a Down: Toxicity

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

How to compact the premise of all three novels in one hour long script.

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

Forensics, I teach it for Syracuse University.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It’s worked out very well for me.

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

I was drawn to the sci-fi element and entered the pilot. I disagreed with a portion of the feedback.

http://www.DrewHenriksen.com

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2199633/

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

TV SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: ESC.(APE) ONLINE, by Christopher Kerr

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A ragtag ensemble meet up in a Virtual universe – becoming the people they want to be, experiencing risk and adventure there. But their leader’s all-consuming thirst for revenge threatens dire consequences upon both their online, and real-world, personas.

CAST LIST:

Man: Zazu Oke
Kestry: Courtney Keir
Ezra: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Kieran: Isaiah Kolundzic
Payton: Allan Michael Brunet
Jay Gee: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

This pilot episode is a high-impact, action-adventure – swiftly setting up its unique dual-universe premise; introducing the ensemble cast, and demonstrating, in particular, the ace skills of protagonist Kieran; a natural *PILOT*. See what I did, eh? Pilot.

The series itself goes on to reveal the importance of Communication – tackling along the way topics such as the duality of man, online misogyny, substance abuse – as we follow one character’s plunge into dark, all-consuming, vengeance, and another pair’s chance at finding genuine happiness together: all to the backdrop of big kick-ass space battles.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Set in both an in-game sci-fi universe, and a near-future real-world, ESC.(APE) ONLINE was envisioned as multi-genre from the off. Obviously, there’s action / sci-fi, and drama. But digging deeper into the themes of even merely the first season, there’s clearly romance, and comedy, to counterpoint those darker elements, as well.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

The premise is an engaging one, giving modern audiences the sort of entertainment and layered intrigue they’ve come to expect from quality TV shows today. However, there’s more than just that. January 2018 saw the first $1m (real-world money) Massively-multi-player-online-role-playing-game [MMORPG] battle in history. And May will see EVE Online celebrate its 15th birthday.

ESC.(APE) ONLINE offers a window into this phenomenon just as it’s on the cusp of hitting the mainstream audiences, as well as simultaneously providing a mirror into our contemporary lives and socio-politics.

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

Game. Changer.

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

Back when ‘home-theatre’ meant whatever analogue signals one could temporarily apprehend on what was essentially a piece of sticky-tape-and-rust, I had a fantastic transfer of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) on VHS. Wore it out completely.

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

Initially ESC.(APE) ONLINE was a Feature idea; based on two acquaintances who, some years apart, let MMORPG addiction wreak devastation upon both their personal and professional lives. The idea buzzed about in my head for a few months in that form. It just didn’t seem to click for me, though; the multi-genre concept, and intended narrative, too restricted – and possibly even too obvious – as a film.

When a Production Company I was developing an early relationship with passed on a different Feature of mine, stating they were currently more interested in TV series, I thought I’d push my luck. Came up with the series outline and drafted this pilot episode in around 10 days, asking them would they be interested in that instead.

They weren’t. But, you know… even with mainstream appeal, it’s not going to be for *absolutely* everyone.

7. How many stories have you written?

Depends on *your* definition of a story! I like to make every e-mail typed, anecdote told, Tweet sent, or Facebook comment posted, a story in its own right. Well, maybe not Twitter – that forum is, really, more just the local crazy person shouting into the void, isn’t it?

Discounting those particular narratives – as well as some ghost-writing I’ve done, and script-consultation work? – I have something in the order of a dozen stories I consider ‘complete’; with another 3 or 4 on my development slate at the moment. The dozen range from original Feature, to TV pilot (plus series outline), to Short Film, One-Act Play, and even some Spec TV episodes.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

‘2017 Wrapped’ suggests that would be “You And I” by Ingrid Michaelson. Knowing me, this seems unlikely. Though not for the first time this week, I will have to admit, “life is always better with a uke”.

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

It was always going to be difficult to instill a sense of threat, or risk, to the characters in a setting which is – after all – just a computer game. This is, potentially, why no-one has cracked the MMORPG TV series format as of yet! The solution I elected to apply became an integral part of this unique premise, but added additional hurdles to the mix, too. Foremost was plotting out each of the main character’s arcs (and secrets), so they behaved consistently throughout in their actions / relationships, but clues could start to be planted from the get-go as to where this was all heading. I ended up with a full eight-episode outline just in order to weave together a basic narrative for the journey I wanted the audience to join along in….

And, along the way, I fell totally in love with one of the characters. A character initially concocted as little more than a cheap foil to the protagonist ensemble. The entire season arc was adapted to incorporate her story, now, also (and set her up as a season two antagonist).

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

My dogs: two little mini-schnauzers. Actually, I tend to write at least one of them in to just about every original work I pen, even if it’s just as a character name.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I’m a big fan of FilmFreeway, and use it – rather than my own website these days – as my primary online folio host. Super-easy to find interesting festivals / competitions through it, and submitting projects into those is as simple as a couple of clicks. I’ve recommended the platform not only to fellow writers, but also some Directors and festival organisers I know.

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

Sci-fi, innit? Though I’m versed working in other genres, sci-fi is where my own original works tend to naturally gravitate. Via FilmFreeway it was easy to find the Fantasy Sci-Fi Festival, and submit my project. Ultimately, I was hoping to rally a bit of PR, some industry recognition, maybe even an extra award under my belt for the CV; it all helps when it comes to selling a spec, landing a commission, or a foot-in-the-door for a staff gig.

With regard to feedback as a service, I feel in general it can be something of a double-edged sword. Primarily, of course, feedback is a subjective thing: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Furthermore, it’s very easy for feedback to deflect unique, experimental, or even subversive projects back into just routine, formulaic, fare. With this in mind, I didn’t order any additional feedback, and only took the default offered. Happily, I can report that what I did receive was fair, professional – even somewhat encouraging. Thanks for that!

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

2017 SCI-FI/FANTASY Television Screenplays (8)

A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE FLASH TV series
February 2017 Reading
Written by Nader Hobballah

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller

ACTORTV BEST Scene – INFINITY’S EDGE
May 2017 Reading
by Anthony M. Dionisio

ACTORTV SPEC of SUPERNATURAL
May 2017 Reading
by Bonnie Bonaduce

ACTORFAN FICTION TV SPEC Screenplay – DOCTOR WHO
June 2017 Reading
by Paul Hewitt

ACTORSTUDENT TV PILOT Screenplay – EVERHART
August 2017 Reading
by K. Wayman Dodd

ACTORBEST SCENE TV Screenplay – DARK HEROES
October 2017 Reading
by Peter Sims

ACTORFANTASY TV PILOT Screenplay – EIRE’S SONG
November 2017 Reading
by Kristen Nedopak

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning FANTASY TV PILOT Screenplay – ÉIRE’S SONG, by Kristen Nedopak

 

Genre: Fantasy, Drama, History

1845—An aggrieved young Irish-English woman must harness Celtic magic to fulfill prophecy, with the help of two men, to defeat an ancient cult before they destroy Ireland, all the while struggling to find her own self-power.

Narrator: Val Cole
Mary: Clare Blackwood
Connor/William: Gabriel Darku
Hurst: David Schaap
Alford: Noah Casey
Fuller: Neil Bennett
Josephine: Lauren Toffan

Get to know the writer:

  What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

The Irish Celtic goddess of war The Morrígan gives a prophecy that rules our series that an ancient cult—The Fir Dorcha (The Dark Men)—will unleash a “storm of death” on Ireland (endless blights), but that three heroes could connect to the old magic to defeat the enemy, heal the land and save her people. Should our heroes accept their fate. Mary Beaumont, a 21-year-old daughter of a wealthy English landowner, an Irish witch and a descendant of the Druid bloodline is one of the three, along with a poor, spiritual Irishman Connor Ryan and a rebellious-yet-broken English nobleman William Stewart. This series takes place during the Great Famine (1845-9) and uses real history as a backdrop for a story about abuse of power, specifically England’s oppressive rule over Ireland during that time. I’ve combined facts with Irish mythology, a dark cult and magic to tell the tale. At it’s heart though, this is a story about a young woman who has to find her self-power, her magic, to save the Irish from extinction. It’s her spiritual journey to reconnect to the Old Ways that we follow. The series has so many complex characters; side stories, including parent/child relationships and love; and powerful themes, there’s so much more!

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

This series is an allegorical piece of literature that comments on our current political climate today, and how human beings still feel the only way to survive is through fear, domination and greed. Mary is a young woman who doesn’t fit into “normal” society and is trying to find her place in that world. I think many people can relate to that feeling of helplessness and will connect, and hopefully be inspired by, her journey. Plus… magic and Irish mythology! I truly feel this series is unlike any other I’ve seen before, so it’ll be unique and fresh. Let’s not forget all of those English and Irish accents. *wink*

How would you describe this script in two words?

An enchanting page-turner. Or so I’ve been told. 🙂

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

Game of Thrones! That series did a lot for the fantasy genre by showing the world what fantasy fans already know. That our beloved genre is not cheesy! It’s dark, dramatic, political, mysterious, complex and the characters are always incredibly real and flawed human beings trying to survive, just like us. On that same note, I also loved Handmaid’s Tale. Especially considering every disturbing moment is based on something that really happened or is happening to women. Reality is scary, isn’t it? Oh, and you can’t say no to Stranger Things! So many shows…

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

As soon as I returned from my trip to Ireland in April 2016, I knew I had a story in me. It took me a few months of fiddling around with the plot (which was very different in the beginning!). Then the characters started coming to me. I actually wrote what now looks like an outline for the first season as a film, and as soon as it was complete, I knew it wasn’t working. I didn’t have enough pages to tell the vast story I wanted to. Around February 2017, I began transforming it into a TV pilot.

How many stories have you written?

Though I’ve worked in film and digital for some time (and technically wrote a play in 4th grade that my class performed!), this is my first television pilot. What. A. Challenge! This is the most complex piece of writing I’ve ever done. I honestly had no idea how complex television was until I sat down to write it. The structure of the pilot alone is harrowing.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I listen to music that fits my mood, and I’ll get obsessed with a song for some time while I’m writing, letting it drive the story. If I had to choose, I’m a huge fan of Loreena McKennitt and I love The Dark Night of the Soul (one of my episode is named after this, very personal, experience). Though, if I’m doing karaoke, it’s definitely Journey Don’t Stop Believin’! I’m a child of the 80’s and 90’s.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The emotional roller coaster this story took me on. There were many times during my writing sessions where I would uncover my own personal wounds (this story is based on my journey set in another time). I would break down in tears and want to set the story aside in the beginning. Then I learned to just sit with it to see where it led me. Without fail, the scenes that came out of those sessions were the most powerful, and also healing to me personally. Mind you, I’ve written well beyond the pilot. I have many scenes already written for seasons 1-4, including the ending. There is one scene in season one in particular that makes me bawl like a baby every time I think about it. It’s about Mary and her father. Kleenex would be wise to sponsor this series!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Traveling. I’m addicted to exploring other cultures and in particular, sacred places. I’m writing this while in Ireland! I’ve got a huge bucket list I’m working through with Peru and Tibet on the top of that list. I’m also passionate about good whiskey. Can I say that?

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

Though I entered quite a few festivals, I was specifically looking for those celebrating sci-fi and fantasy. The feedback was incredibly thorough and inspiring. I’ve gotten some ridiculous notes before that were clearly opinions, like my female lead being “too smart;” however, the feedback for this festival was professional, insightful and related more to how I could make a bigger impact with some of my plot points. I took a lot of the notes and and it made a huge difference. Thank you!

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

FilmFreeway is… the… best. Zero hassle. I literally uploaded one file and I was done. I use it for everything.

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

First, I always tell stories that are tied to my life experiences and are connected to me emotionally because that is what I’m passionate about. Write something you’re REALLY passionate about. Something you need to tell. If it’s a story that you can relate to and have lived through, it will be that much more real. The material will just flow out of you. It’s passion that will keep you going.

Second, use that voice of yours and make a statement. Whether it be political or just a great story that moves us, that what art is all about. Art is an experience we are meant to feel. It creates an emotional bond that connects us. Strong voices create powerful art that influences people and changes the world.

Lastly, and most importantly. When you’re tired, beaten, rejected and ready to give up, remember these words: it is not about you. Your story came to you for a reason, and it is your gift to share because the world needs to hear it. When you get stuck thinking only of you and your success, your failures and your ego, you’re blocking the power needed to manifest. Consider all of the people who are relying on you to change their lives. They need you to believe in yourself. If you don’t, who else will? Then tell your ego to pipe it and get back to writing!

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

DOCTOR WHO Season 10 – What the critics are saying about it!!!!

93% of professional critics like it.

The Doctor is back on the big screen when Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide bring Doctor Who: Season 10 Premiere to select cinemas nationwide for a two-night event, on Monday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 19. This special event also features exclusive bonus content, including the first episode of the spin-off series, “Class”. Come together with fellow fans to celebrate the return of Doctor Who to the airwaves! Join Peter Capaldi (World War Z, In the Loop) as the Doctor, Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids, Alice in Wonderland) as Nardole, and Pearl Mackie (Svengali) as the new Companion, Bill.

Despite both Moffat and Capaldi now being able to see the exit sign in the distance, we can only hope that the rest of the series proves to be the hurrah we all hope for.

April 5, 2017 | Full Review…

With Mackie’s Bill and Lucas’ lovable cyborg Nardole on board, Capaldi’s final season in the TARDIS has the chance to start fresh … that’s the true beauty of Doctor Who. And we can’t wait to see where the show takes us next.

April 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Mackie is an energetic and enjoyable addition to the show, and her down-to-Earth character brings a healthy skepticism to all things Doctor-related.

April 17, 2017 | Full Review…

I like Capaldi in the role, his dark Scottish humor; I like that he’s an older Doctor, in the early tradition of the show.

April 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Pearl Mackie’s Bill occasionally falls victim to Moffat’s tendency to hammer a point home, but she’s probably the most human companion since Donna Noble (or perhaps Rory).

April 16, 2017 | Full Review…
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Fantasy TV PILOT of the Day: WILD MIND 1, by Fujio Torikai

Title: WILD MIND 1

Written by: Fujio Torikai

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama

Logline: In the year 20XX,a town regarded as a so-called “paradise for the disabled” is realized through the use of a cell-phone application. However,the origins of that town, planed in 2015, lay in the misappropriation of a large-scale scientific experiment.

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