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

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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

TV PILOT Reading of CHILDREN OF CHAOS by Kara Dueck

CHILDREN OF CHAOS TV Pilot
Written by Kara Dueck
CAST LIST:NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
MICHELLE – Mallory Palmer
LIRA – Kelci Stephenson
CRAIG – Hugh Ritchie
PENNY – Angelica Alejandro
TOM – Kheon Clarke
PAUL – Julian Ford
RICHARD – Peter Nelson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama, Family

Lira, an immortal witch from a quasi-Hellenic dimension, travels to 21st century South Dakota in search of a dark magical object, which could destroy the universe. In her search, she meets Michelle, a teenage witch-hopeful, whose mother mysteriously died when she was a child. Finally having proof of magic’s existence, Michelle helps Lira evade any unwanted attention, hoping to find answers once and for all.

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

It’s about friendship, loyalty, family, greed, and the quest for truth and goodness. Set against the backdrop of ancient gods and their eternal cosmic battle, worlds will collide, gods will clash, heroes will fall, and all before lunch period. When we first meet our leading ladies, Lira is a powerful being from a realm of magic, mystery, and adventure, and Michelle is a seemingly ordinary girl stuck in an ordinary world, whose biggest concern is getting through high school in one piece. A chance encounter will change their lives forever and lead them down a path that neither one could have predicted.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

It should be made into a TV show, because it’s fun, adventurous, and would be very visually and emotionally appealing to the YA audience it’s geared for. This demographic is constantly looking for something new and fresh, and this show has a combination of unique elements similar to other successful shows like Roswell and Once Upon a Time, but on a slightly darker, more mature level, which I feel would apply to the current zeitgeist given the popularity of TV content like The Vampire Diaries, The 100, and Pretty Little Liars.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Emotional and thrilling

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

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count. I’ve been writing stories since I learned how to put pen to paper.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I had a dream about my main characters and that’s where the story evolved from. I felt that the visuals my unconscious brain had imagined needed to be realized into words.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was difficult to find people who were willing to read my script, who knew enough about script writing and storytelling to give me good feedback.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Dancing and musical theatre. My secret wish is to write a musical one day.

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

I felt this was a pretty great story and a solid pilot, and I wanted to see if anyone else agreed. I also liked the idea of getting feedback regardless of whether your script is picked. I had nothing to lose by entering.

The Initial feedback was great. I think it helped tighten my script in some places and made me think of different ways to bring out exposition.

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

If it’s your dream, you have to go for it.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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