Winning FEMALE TV PILOT Screenplay – JUNKED by Alice Dennard

Genre: Comedy, Family, Sitcom

JUNKED is a story about resilience against life’s messes- a high school where you don’t fit in, a mother who’s not exactly June Cleaver, a father who’s supposed to be dead, and the literal mess of their trailer filled to the brim with stolen, used, and broken junk.

CAST LIST:
Narration: Sean Ballantyne
Petey: Andrea Meister
Mark: Jordy Kieto
Jennifer: Konstantina Mantelos
Zane: Jack Comerford
Tex: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Coach Moe: Anthony Botelho

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

JUNKED is the story of PETEY DURAND, an aspiring fashion maven who’s trapped in a trailer park with her zoned-out brother and hoarding mother. When Petey starts at a fancy new gifted and talented high school, she’s forced to hide her mother’s illness and keep her trailer park life a secret. All in hopes of keeping her Chanel covered dreams on track.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I think stories about complicated women and their relationships with one another are severely lacking in the television landscape today. What I hope to do with JUNKED is to give viewers a look into an unusual world, with unique characters, but keep Petey’s relationship with her mother grounded so it’s relatable to women all over.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Swamp. Glamour

What TV show do you watch over and over again?

Too many to count! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Wire, The Good Place, and Park and Recreation.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Since spring of 2016.

How many stories have you written?

Well, my background is in experimental film and video art. Early on I started writing and performing my own character based video pieces in high school. So there’s a pile of shorts and monologues! After that I wrote my first TV pilot in 2012 while I was applying for grad school at UCLA. Since then I’ve written two feature films, four original half-hours, two original hour long pilots, and one fifteen minute pilot about a cat brothel.

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

It would be a tie between It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels by Kitty Wells and Dumb Blonde by my hero Dolly Parton.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This script was the script of no end. Because of its particular tone and sensitive subject matter, I tweaked it over and over again. I had to dig into my mind and revisit what it was like to be a teenage girl and remember that feeling of simultaneously being at the brink of greatness and total humiliation.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m very passionate about fashion. It’s in my blood- my mom was a clothing buyer for a department store before I was born. I used to love hearing her stories about running around the fashion district in the 1970’s. When I was a little girl, I made my mom play “store” with me and I would put together outfits to sell to her. By seven years old I knew how to add sales tax to a garment and deduct a coupon. Clothing has always served as both armor and expression for me. I constantly pull inspiration from clothing for my characters and my scripts. Hunting for unusual pieces or just a unique take on something classic is so exciting to me.

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

I am always so thrilled to see festivals and competitions directed towards female creators. I think fostering new female voices is a crucial part of creating more representation. So I applied in hopes of being part of that.

I was so pleased to see such thoughtful and thorough feedback from the festival.

Again the tone of the script is very particular so I loved the reader’s suggestions on expanding it to an hour-long pilot.

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

Write as much as you can. Every script is going to be better than the last!

*****

Short Film: VAMPIRAS, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Comedy

Played at the January 2016 FEEDBACK Female Film Festival

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  MOVIE POSTERVAMPIRAS, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Comedy
Directed by Wesley Armstrong

This is the story of two woman trying to save a secret in the city of Los Angeles.

Written by Bruna Rubio

Film Type: Short

Genres: sci-fi, drama, comedy, horror

Runtime: 4 minutes 40 seconds

Completion Date: August 24, 2015

Production Budget: 8,000 USD

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Film Language: Spanish

Shooting Format: digital

Film Color: Color

 

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Watch Winning TV PILOT Reading: LIFE IN THE FAST LANE by Debi Calabro

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE is the January 2016 winning TV Pilot. Watch the table reading performed by professional actors.

TV PILOT: LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
by Debi Calabro

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
JESSIE – Maya Woloszyn
SAL – Christopher Huron
MARIA/SONIA – Mandy May Cheetham
JAMES/RYAN – Nick Baillie
SCARECROW/MICHAEL – Kaleb Alexander
YOUNG SAL – Jovan Kocic

Get to know writer Debi Calabro:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Debi Calabro: It’s about three very different families and how their involvement in the sport of horse racing brings them together.

Matthew: Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

Debi: The series would focus on these three families and their trials and tribulations on and off the racetrack. Their situations are all very unique and it will be compelling to see how they solve (or try to solve) their own issues as well as how they intermingle which usually causes more turmoil than not.

Racetrack attendees are a rare breed and this group is no different which will make the show interesting and entertaining to watch.

Matthew: How would you describe this script in two words?

Debi: Unique, entertaining.

Matthew: What TV show(s) do you keep watching over and over again?

Debi: Rescue Me, Modern Family, Seinfeld,

Matthew: How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Debi: About eight months.

Matthew: How many stories have you written?

Debi: Lost count.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Debi: As a racehorse owner I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about the characters that attend the track on a daily basis. From the down and out gambler who would spend their last two bucks on a bet to the wealthiest thoroughbred owners, they all have one thing in common, to win

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Debi: None.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Debi: Being a racehorse owner.

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

Debi: I really liked the idea of the reading and the feedback was priceless.

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

Debi: Always get your work critiqued before sending it out. When you receive the critique back read it a couple of times to really understand what your consultant is trying to say because when you first read it one would perhaps try to dismiss it since, as the writer, you might not be able to comprehend how “your” story could be any other way. But someone else’s opinion, especially a professional, can most often than not, open the writers eyes for a new perspective.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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