Winning TV Spec Screenplay: Rick and Morty – What Have You Learnt Morty? by Javier Torregrosa

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Morty struggles to study for his exam, Rick decides to help Morty to learn by showing him first hand. Meanwhile Jerry starts a new job that doesn’t turn out as expected.


Mortar: Pearl Ho
Beth: Julie C. Sheppard
Jerry: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Rick: Peter Nelson
Morty: John Leung
Summer: Katelyn Vanier


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning TV PILOT of SIRINGO, by Nathan Ward

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama, Western, History

A TV series based on the life of the Pinkerton “Cowboy Detective” Charlie Siringo, who spent two decades working undercover across the violent American West, infiltrating gangs including Butch Cassidy’s. The show crosses the Western with undercover crime dramas like Sneaky Pete or The Americans, since the lawman lives as an outlaw.


Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Siringo: Neil Bennett
Jacky: Brandon Nicoletti
McParland: Christopher Huron
Deputy: Rais Moui
Mamie: Daniella Zappala
Mrs. Burke: Connie Wang

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

The true adventures of the cowboy detective Charlie Siringo, who worked undercover for the Pinkerton Agency all over the Wild West, employing a variety of personas. The job changes the man over time, mirroring the darkening changes that come to the West itself.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

I think it would make a wonderful star vehicle for an actor, given not just that it’s a vivid time period, but the person playing Charlie gets to mix it up, since Siringo is mostly acting undercover, and the part keeps changing —this week he’s investigating as a railroad tramp, then he’s infiltrating Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch (which he really did), now he’s posing as a silver miner to find a gang of dynamiting killers. He also did a lot of research in saloons and bordellos, so there’s room for guest cameos.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Undercover Western

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

Justified, Columbo, Mad Men, The Office, Patriot

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Three months

How many stories have you written?

Can’t say exactly. Have written three books and a lot of journalism. Some flash fiction as well.

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

Maybe it’s Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Hurt.’

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

My biggest challenge was in learning to let go a bit. As a history writer, the actual timeline of events was not negotiable, but the longer I worked the more I saw that the episode may demand its own dramatic timeline, and that it’s ok for something that happened in June to move to the following October, if it works better. That goes against all my training as a history writer, but was a lesson I had to learn for myself. The story is still true: it’s just not an exact transcript of events. The tinkering with timeline is merited if the whole thing works.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, some sports (baseball, boxing, tennis), my wife and kids.

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

As I am primarily a history writer, I was looking at ways past the gatekeepers of this film world I know so little practically about. It seemed to me yours was a format where my debut script might actually be read by kindly insiders who might be generous with their knowledge.

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

I have greatly enjoyed the process so far of just writing a pilot and receiving feedback and (hopefully) improving the script. So you should write one just to do it—no matter what comes of it.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

TV SPEC Reading of THE FLASH – GODSPEED by Nader Hobballah

Watch the February 2017 Winning Screenplay.

Winning Screenplay – THE FLASH – GODSPEED
Written by Nader Hobballah


NARRATOR – Geoff Mays
BARRY – Philip Krusto
CISCO – Casey Estey
CAITLIN – Ursina Luther
JOE/JEFF – John Lester Phillips
IRIS – Talia Price


Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

An anguished Barry Allen faces off against a mysterious Black Knight that matches him in speed and strength. All the while, he must come to terms with his ability to go back in time and the consequences of doing do.

Get to know the writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay on the show “THE FLASH” about?

The Flash: Godspeed Barry Allen Part One’ sees Barry going up against a fierce and mysterious black knight that seems to have it out for him. At the same time, he is haunted by past actions involving him time traveling.

Why does this screenplay fit into the context of the series?

In the context of the series, this screenplay would fit after Flashpoint and when things have seemingly settled down after the chaos Barry’s actions unleashed.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Two words I would describe this screenplay (Part One) would be Strong Setup.

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

I am not that big into TV these days, but The Walking Dead has kept me engaged mostly now because of Negan.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been working on the overall screenplay for a couple of months on and off. Part one took a couple of weeks after I decided to split it.

How many stories have you written?

I have Probably written more stories than I can count on both hands, but they are of varying quality.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was motivated to write this screenplay after season 2 of the Flash disappointed me and the first episode of season 3 let me down. After that I passed off watching more episodes especially since CW lost them and Netflix is going to be a long while. In the meantime, I started thinking to myself how I would write a Flash story. I took influences from Dark Souls of all properties in crafting the villain. As well, I wanted some thrilling action scenes as well as an emotionally difficult arc for Barry to overcome, but achieve a sense of victory and closure.

It was initially a single screenplay, but after receiving very quality feedback, I realized the only way to satisfy all parties without compromising the story was to expand it into two part. It was worth it in my observation upon reading the final work. I hope the audience is also satisfied with it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

As I stated in my previous answer, the feedback indicated there was a need to expand certain aspects of the script particularly the side characters and the deeper origins of the villain. I made the decision to split it into two parts which gave me a lot of room to breath, but also forced me to consider new challenges.

Since it is two scripts, the need to maintain consistency between them was a must. Certain things that happen in two are explained in one, but if the explanations in one are not in sync with what is happening in two, the whole thing falls apart. As well, things set up in one need to have a quality payoff or their foreshadowing is just empty baiting that will turn off the audience.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Aside from writing, I tend to read up on religion, history and politics. I used to be a big gamer, but I have mellowed out these days.

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

What influenced my decision to submit for the festival was the need to finally showcase my writing to the professional circuit. After years of writing on and off, I wanted to see how far I have come and need to still go. What surprised me was how positive the initial feedback was. Most of the issues had more to do with technical structure and descriptions, but the response to the narrative essence was very enthusiastic. It certainly gave me a much needed boost and encourage me to write more consistently.

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

I would say to writers to write, get feedback, and write some more. Read scripts to see the technical details of how movies are written and I will be honest, I have not done enough of that. As well, watch, and yes even play, the various entertainment mediums around and think about why you and others like or dislike them so much. Writing can be fulfilling, but it is not easy and a firm resolve is needed to stick with it.

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Watch 2016 TV Screenplay Winner: LACIE BIDWELL, by Jameel Khan

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Written by Jameel Khan


LACIE BIDWELL is about a girl who’s father created a zombie virus that killed thousands. It’s twelve years later and she’s in college and still has to deal with being the daughter of one of the most hated men in the world.


NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
LACIE – Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
CHALMERS – Nick Baillie
HOPE – Maya Woloszyn
JEFF/BEN – Jovan Kocic
DAVID/OMAR – Christopher Huron
SAITO – Mandy May Cheetham


Director/Producer – Matthew Toffolo

Editor – John Johnson

Casting Director – Sean Ballantyne