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!

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The First Ones – “Beauty” Transcript Reading by Regina Walker. Performed by Reetu Bambrah

Watch THE FIRST ONES Transcript Reading:

1. What is your novel about?

A lonely, depressed and heartbroken ancient vampire comes across a young girl that is unlike anything he has ever seen. He is curious about her nature and what he eventually finds out about her could endanger the extinction of both humans and vampires.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

If a person ever went through their life feeling alone, like no one cares for them or that they don’t fit in anywhere in society—this book is for them. The First Onescaters primarily to young ones who are at a time in their life when they are trying to figure out who they are, where they fit in and what they want out of life. It builds hope that we can have a better future and that good deeds bring good Karma.

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

Original Concept

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

Star Wars, Superman, Star Trek

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

The novel was finished in 2013,  but I have had three revisions.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel? 

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

As a kid, I was terrified and fascinated by vampires.  As I got older, I was attracted to them for three reasons: their nature, desire, and loneliness.  Their nature is always looking for love and bonding to their love interest for life.  I wanted this in my own life.  Their desire for blood and difficulty abstaining from it related to my temptations and challenges in life; namely, to remain a loving person in a not so loving world.  Vampires are often outsiders, on the fringe of society. I often felt like I did not fit in as well.   I think these are reasons why people can relate to them.

If I ever wrote a vampire story, it had to be different than what is on television and film. Honestly, nothing is really “new” but you can have an original angle on it.  My angle is not so far out there that you can’t understand it; however, it does blend the lines of good and evil.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with? 

Stephanie Myers

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

Acting, Directing, Producing, and Cosmetology

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?  

I never like entering because I feel like it’s a lotto, but after I made the top twenty best film and tv idea–I feel different about it. Now I realize  it can aid in getting noticed.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? Do your homework. Read books on how to write, get grammar software, google how to prepare to write a book. It will go a long way in you not having to revise your book a million times like I did.

Cheerage Fearage – Prologue Reading by Kimberly Dana. Reading by Reetu Bambrah

Watch Novel Reading of Cheerage Fearage:

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http://www.amazon.ca/Cheerage-Fearage-Kimberly-Dana-ebook/dp/B007OZH5XO

Get to know writer Kimberly Dana:

1. What is your novel about?

It’s ten years after cheer captain Lexy Mills’ bizarre drowning, but the bloodthirsty pranks are still going down at a hypnotic pace. Urban legend says it’s Lexy seeking revenge, picking off cheerleaders one by one in a symphony of horrors.  Peppered with humor and wit to offset the diabolically scary, CHEERAGE FEARAGE will have teens salivating for more Tiki Tinklemeyer and tales of the sleepy, supernatural town of Valentine. CHEERAGE FEARAGE is the first installment of a paranormal jaw-dropping teen series, jam-packed with chills and thrills that will leave no pimple ungoosed! Fire up as the girls get ready to fly high and die! Ready? O-kay!

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Teens love chills and thrills, and this novel is no exception.  Think Friday the 13thmeets Bring It On!    

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

Creepy fun.  

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

I love suspenseful thrillers.  

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

I wrote Cheerage Fearage in about twelve months.  

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

My favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird.  

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Competition and drama are a big part of girl world.  I loved the idea of a cheerleading co-captain drowning the captain, who comes back as a vengeful ghost.  Her bloodthirsty motto could only be Fly High and Die!

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Stephen King

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

I love to cook, write, and read voraciously.  

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

The Novel Festival is a fabulous way to showcase your writing.  

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Read, read, read.  Write, write, write.  Never quit.

THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL: ON MATISSIA WINGS – Chapter 7 Reading by Marie J.S. Phillips. Read by Reetu Bambrah

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Get to know writer Marie J.S. Phillips:

1. What is your novel about?

This first book in a three book trilogy covers the adventures of the Furlitian Clan Darius before and during the first Furlitian interstellar flight, captained by Commander Geupetus. In family saga style, it follows their suddenly disrupted home life, to the errant flight and encounter with an alien species, humans, and in the end, reveals an important little snippet of Earth life that in the second book blossoms into a great gift(telepathic Felakoons) for Furlitekind, which some do not appreciate right away on their homeworld. In the third book, these creatures prove to be an integral part of how the family solves the problem the Universe dumps on them in Book III:Eyes In The Dark.(in progress) But these treasures do not appear until Book Two: Earth-bred, Matissia-born.(published in 2014)

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

We humans tend to be very egocentric, to the point that we assume any alien life must be humanoid, built like us with only superficial differences. I believe the Furlites and their world sheds light on the possibilities of life evolving and succeeding without any primate ancestry, a what if dinosaurian type life on another world never went extinct. Through their eyes I wish to help humanity look at the big picture and perhaps see itself from outside our egocentric view and maybe learn a thing or two.

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?
Family adventure

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

ET: The extra terrestrial

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

For over 3 decades, since I put the rough draft on paper in late 1979, and the first draft I laid down in 1981. The finished copy was published in 2012.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I have several, but one of my favorites, is Far-Seer by Robert Sawyer.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Long weird tale, but the Furlites began as fantasy artwork, then appeared in a short illustrated story in a college class in 1976. I have been writing since I learned how to do so at about 5 years old. The impending completion of the third book in this series is still a project in my life.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Magritte

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

I love cats, particuularly Maine Coon cats. I also love trees, horses and horseback riding, animals in general, gardening, earth sciences, swimming, and all of these influence my writing in some manner.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I was invited, and the books need the exposure.

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

Never give up. Keep writing and persevere. And once you get that story down, proof read, edit, then edit some more, and proof read, edit, repeat, until you finally have that polished manuscript, even if it does take decades.