VIDEO PITCH for “INKED IN BLOOD”, by Paul Corricelli

Watch the Video Pitch for INKED IN BLOOD:

Get to know writer Paul Corricelli:

1. What is your story about?

INKED IN BLOOD is a gritty horror screenplay about a tortured, tattooed young albino named Aesop Quarrels. Seventeen years after escaping from a living hell, he has returned to the town he ran away from as a child, to exact his revenge on all those who wronged him. One by one he will make them pay. Not only to mend the shattered pieces of his own life, but for his mother’s suffering as well.

Past horrors begin to unfold as he embarks on a twisting trail of carnage that will ultimately lead to Aesop facing the one man responsible for their suffering – his father, and in the process he will uncover a hidden family secret that threatens to tear him apart.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

Inked In Blood won the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay Contest, Park City, Horror category. I have been working in the film industry for 20 years (unfortunately not as a writer-yet) and have learned a great deal about film making in the process.

My protagonist is an antihero, but he is not just a cold blooded killer. He kills to wright the wrongs done to himself, and the only other person who ever loved him. He does however have a conscious, and knows he will someday be held accountable for his action. He struggles with his decisions, and whether he’s justified in his actions. I think that makes him more human, more relatable.

The story is very character driven, and you’ll meet quite a few interesting people along the way.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing stories for about ten years, although as a teenager I would write and draw my own comic books. After twelve years in the music industry, I returned to rediscover my love for writing.

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

The movie I’ve seen the most in my life would have to be, The Big Lebowski. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched it.

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

If I could collaborate with anyone, it would have to be the Coen Brothers or Quenten Tarantino. (A guy can dream)

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written six screenplays, and two shorts. I also have several Ideas “in the works.”

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I started this screenplay for two reasons. While working on a TV show, a few crew members-and aspiring writers, decided to have a writing contest among themselves, and the subject had to be thriller or horror. After getting in on the action and struggling to come up with a story idea, I had a clear “vision” (if you will), of a scene that takes place in a diner, where my protagonist is sitting with the girl who tormented him in grade school, and things quickly escalate.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Since I work in the film industry, it’s really hard to get any writing done while I’m working. If I get an Idea on the job, I usually jot down some notes and revisit them on the weekend. When I’m not working I have a pretty regimented plan for writing. I go somewhere relatively quiet (yes, usually a coffee shop), and try to spend a few hours writing a day.

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

I went to art school, and I’m pretty passionate about photography. I have had my work featured in galleries around Los Angeles and in New York. I’ve been lucky enough to have some of my work published, and I’ve also won a few awards, so It’s something I try to keep up with.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

I’m a pretty quiet person, and I have to admit I’m not very good at promoting myself. I’ve dedicated myself to really pushing my work this year, and when I saw your service I thought it was a great idea.

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

Keep writing, even when you’re stuck. I’ve been lucky enough to have spent several years working on a David Milch show. He would, very often, have long dialogs on set (with the actors) about their characters, what motivates them, their flaws, etc. It was like getting a free writing class everyday. His advice when you’re stuck (or even if you’re not), is to write a conversation between two people. No description, no names, just write. When you’re done put it away, then repeat the same process the next day. I took his advice, and practice this often. It’s really helped me.

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Video Pitch for Wings of Hope, Novel by Hillary Hoffman

Watch the Video Pitch for WINGS OF HOPE:

Buy the book on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Wings-Hope-Hillary-E-Hoffman-ebook/dp/B0058ORO0W

Get to know writer Hillary Hoffman:

1. What is your story about?

The bond of a father and daughter is special. When Jules’ father asks her to come stay with him because he’s terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel, or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope takes you on a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Teaching her that death is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.

Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

The stories the father tells are the actual events of my father’s life. The rest of it is fiction. I wrote it while I was pregnant with my daughter so that she could know the grandfather she would never get to meet.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

About ten years.

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

Meet Joe Black

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

In a dream world, J.K. Rowling

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written three novels.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I worried that I would forget all the amazing things about my father’s life.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I set aside time and just write. Then I go back and see if it is any good.

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

I’m passionate about my faith and my family.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

I was excited about the possibility of sharing my dad with new audiences.

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

Keep writing!

Video Pitch for Who Killed Honor Bright?, Novel by Patricia Hughes

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Buy the Novel on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Killed-Honor-Bright-Patricia-Hughes-ebook/dp/B00JDPT5YK

Get to know writer Patricia Hughes:

1. What is your story about?

Authorities in the new Irish Free State harassed and murdered Honor Bright before maligning her as a prostitute and acquitting her assassin.

The newly founded Garda Siochana spread deceitful rumours and coerced witnesses to conceal Honor’s true identity and the real reason for her death.

False evidence, perjury and the silencing of potential witnesses led to huge public demonstrations, but newspapers were coerced into printing only authorised stories or else face the consequences from the Garda or Ministry of Justice.

Find out why political support moved away from the Free State towards an independent Republic from 1926, why so many were killed or fled Ireland, and what part William Butler and his wife George Yeats played in the process.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

Patricia Hughes is the daughter of Kevin Barry O’Neill, William Butler Yeats’s illegitimate Catholic son, and the granddaughter of Honor Bright. That was the name Yeats gave to her to prevent her being murdered by his wife George – but he failed. Honor Bright’s real name was Lily O’Neill. She was Catholic, poor, about to emigrate to the USA and thirty-five years younger than Yeats.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I started writing oddments many years ago, but had no idea what I wanted to write in general. Then in 1999 I wrote two educational reading texts for an autistic boy, realised who I was writing for and haven’t stopped since.

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

John le Carré movies about the Cold War, like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy; Jackie Brown by Quentin Tarantino; and The Straight Story by David Lynch.

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

David Lynch, or someone who shares his way of presenting the reality of what happens.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve always read plays and started to write screenplays in the early 90s, but never finished them. In terms of stories, I’ve only written two, though I’ve always had a few in my head. Most of my writing has been factual, recording events that actually happened and working out why and what made them happen.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Who Killed Honor Bright? Is fundamentally about my father. After I realised that William Butler Yeats was his father, I put together all the facts I knew about him, then I compared it with everything known about Yeats. Lots of people contacted me to tell me things that had never been written down, like the involvement of the Irish Free State government in the form of the Minister of Justice, Kevin O’Higgins. I just wanted to tell everyone what I’d found out.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I try to have a set routine, but it gets deflected very easily. Ideally I start writing first thing and have the afternoon off to think, but sometimes I have the urge to keep writing for a couple of weeks, and sometimes I need to think things through before I can carry on.

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

Cooking fascinates me and gardening because I love eating, but I do have to keep these passions under control. Mostly I’m passionate about my friends and family.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

It suddenly appeared on Twitter, a new concept I’d never previously thought of – so why not have a go?

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

Yes – first of all, believe in yourself. Second, get started writing somehow, any way will do. Thirdly, save all your ideas, don’t throw them away, no matter how silly they appear. Finally, just carry on writing! That’s the way to become a reliable, experienced writer.

Video Pitch for Goddess, Novel by Callista Hunter

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Get to know writer Callista Hunter:

1. What is your story about?

My story is about the journey of a young girl who finds out that the goddess she’s been worshiping all her life isn’t real. Once she finds out that her goddess Vesta is a hoax, she starts looking for the truth and experimenting with her own divine power, along with her friends.

The main character in the book is a Vestal Virgin, a priestess of Vesta. The Vestal Virgins were a real religious society in ancient Rome. My book is a YA fantasy that draws from elements of the ancient Roman religion, but it’s also lighthearted in tone.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

I had so much fun writing my first novel that I know I’m going to be doing it for the rest of my life. And I’m so excited to be releasing my first book out into the wild. I write lighthearted, humorous stories, and if I can entertain and amuse someone for an afternoon, I’m happy!

3. How long have you been writing stories?

This is my first creative writing project, although I’ve done a lot of nonfiction writing. I started this book in January of 2014.

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

The 1995 BBC version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I must have seen it 50 times and could watch it 50 more. The chemistry between Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (as people getting to know each other, not just romantic co-stars) is incredible.

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

I have a wonderful critique partner who would be my first choice for collaboration. Unfortunately she’s busy writing her own stories and I wouldn’t want to take her away from that.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Just this one.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I was on a plane and had just finished the book I was reading, and was just feeling sorry for myself because I was between YA series (and I do love them so). I started thinking about how authors come up with the plots for their books, and I started making notes and diagramming things. I think it’s really important that a book has a theme and an underlying point – not a preachy one, but something to tie the story arc together. For example, the Harry Potter series is so obviously about racism and World War II and the historical parallel.

I had actually just finished the classic book The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, and the underlying plot for Goddess was really stolen from it. Betty Friedan writes about how post-WWII advertising very craftily and intentionally promoted the idea that women belong in the home, and are most fulfilled when their lives revolve around their homes. I started thinking about historical parallels, and I thought of the Vestal Virgins, an ancient Roman priesthood where women tended to the “hearth of the nation.” There seemed like a connection there, plus the added ick factor of the concept that virgin women are somehow more special or holier than others.

I really liked the idea of a main character who at first fully believed in those ideals, and then discovered that they were a complete hoax to keep women in line. My main character Olivia has to confront and ultimately undermine those expectations in order to reach her full potential. At the beginning of the book, Olivia puts her faith in authority figures who are telling her exactly who she should be, a subservient “good girl.” But the story really leads her down a path where she has to gain more independence and confidence in herself. (Down with the patriarchy! Ha-ha.)

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I write whenever I get a few minutes to myself. I’m so busy otherwise that nothing would ever progress. I write in public and at home, and at the library – pretty much anywhere! I don’t listen to music, but I may have to try that in the future.

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

I’m passionate about the environment. I do volunteering and invasive species management when I can get a free weekend.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

I just thought it sounded really fun. 🙂

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

No advice. I’m too new at this to give advice. I guess I’d just say thanks to everyone for writing and putting great stories out there for me to read!

Video Pitch for FRANKLIN BEAN AND BUBBIE’S BULLIES, Novel by EMMY SWAIN

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Buy the novel on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Franklin-Bean-Bubbies-Bullies-Superhero/dp/0989436233

Get to know writer Emmy Swain:

1. What is your story about?

In the third book of the Franklin Bean early chapter book series, John is settled in his new neighborhood and has a good friend in Addie. But all is not well. His much loved dog, Franklin Bean, goes missing before a dog rescue charity event. Panic follows. And although the bully troubles are different, they’re not over. Latino superhero Pancho Frijole continues saving victims caught in dangerous situations.

The multicultural cast is in for more surprises and challenges. Addie suspects the real identity of Pancho Frijole. We meet new Lucy, a French bulldog with problems that might make her unadoptable. As part of a school assignment, John chooses to work with the canine bullies. But can he find a loving home for a dog with such serious problems?

Two things for sure—danger lurks everywhere for kids and dogs—and Pancho Frijole will try to save the day with teamwork. No matter their ages, readers will come away feeling uplifted and ready to make the world a better place.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

My characters are created on real life experiences. I believe children should be taught to love everyone, no matter what color, shape, size or challenge. Franklin Bean is a true superhero. He’s magical with subtle life lessons. No matter their ages, readers will come away feeling uplifted and ready to make the world a better place.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

5 years +

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

The Wizard of Oz

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

I would love to collaborate with a dog lover; Sandra Bullock or Lady Gaga would be perfect.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have written three books in the Franklin Bean Superhero Series.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I was motivated by my life and my Boston Terrier, Franklin Bean.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I have no set routine for writing. I write everything down that pops in my head and then I put it together.

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

I love animals, the ocean and making people happy.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

I would love to share this series with the world. I love to make people smile when I’m not even there.

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

Write from your heart.

Thank you,

amazon.com/author/emmyswain

Video Pitch for VOWS, TV Pilot by Hannah Hightower

Watch Video Pitch for VOWS, TV Pilot by Hannah Hightower:

Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Hannah Hightower:

What is your story about?

Hannah: Combat photographer Vance Hillard prepares for a dangerous battlefield assignment but is unprepared for a soldier’s request to become a stepfather to his teenaged daughter, Cassidy (Cass), if he is killed in battle. Vance gets Cass through high school and college before he realizes that he has fallen in love with her. He follows Cass to a daytime rendezvous with a former classmate, Gavan in a nearby park, pulls her away from him and sends her home. Vance talks at home with Cass, and takes her to dinner at a seaside restaurant. He is determined to be her father until she lets him know that she is in love with him. His discovery of a treasure map branded onto Cass’ backside when she and her mother visited Cass’ father in the Middle East turns their honeymoon into a string of chases by corrupt museum officials and ruthless treasure hunters.

Why should do people need to read/watch this story?

Hannah: It’s fun and realistic in its approach to people’s struggles to be the best of themselves.

How long have you been writing stories?

Hannah: I’ve been writing stories since I learned to write.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Hannah: “King Solomon’s Mines”, a classic (wild animals, tribal dances and practices, lush scenery, etc.) and “Snatch” with Brad Pitt and Jason Statham. I can’t understand much of the language so I look at it and pick up a few more words each time. The action and humor are great.

What artists would you love to work with?

Hannah: David Cook, Aretha Franklin, Blake Shelton, B.B. King, – Luciano Pavorotti is gone sadly.

How many stories have you written?

Hannah: Stories for me, includes my screenplays, plays, novels, songs – pop/hip-hop, country, jazz, blues, musicals, opera, gospel and choral works.

Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Hannah: In 5 years, having more of my work produced – my songs, opera, musicals, screenplays, etc. would be great. I also would like to sing one of my songs on a movie soundtrack.

Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Hannah: I write whatever pops into my head, day or night, at home, on the bus or subway or in the car when someone else is driving.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Hannah: Music.

What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Hannah: WILDsound, found on the Net, has meant corresponding with caring people.

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

Hannah: Keep believing in yourself and improving your skills.

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Video Pitch for BREW DAYS, TV Pilot, by Tyler Omoth

Watch Video Pitch for BREW DAYS, TV Pilot, by Tyler Omoth

Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Tyler Omoth:

1. What is your story about?

Tyler: This is the story of a hodgepodge group of friends who plan on starting their own craft brewery and the craft-beer related shenanigans they stir up in the process.

2. Why should do people need to read/watch this story?

Tyler: Many of us have experienced the fun and wackiness of beer tastings, beer festivals, and new beer release events. Just imagine what it’s like for those who are super-geek into beer!

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Tyler: I’ve been writing since about the sixth grade and professionally since 2005.

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

Tyler: I think my sister and I watched The Princess Bride every week as kids.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Tyler: Just to list a few artists I respect a lot: Jimmy Buffett, Mel Brooks, Paul Giamatti, and Joss Whedon.

6. How many stories have you written?

Tyler: I’ve written dozens of stories and managed to publish a couple. I have a about 20 kids nonfiction books published as well.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Tyler: Sitting on the deck of my beach house writing. I like to write a variety of things – comedy, novel, short fiction, etc.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Tyler: Imagine a guy frantically rummaging through his closet. That’s about it. I get a deadline for a contest and a start grabbing at ideas and find that the right one is always there. I just didn’t look for it until I had that deadline looming.

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

Tyler: Baseball and craft beer are my other big passions.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Tyler: I love contests, but I really liked the idea that I would get feedback and possibly a video. It’s more than just throwing your creation out into the vast nothingness.

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

Tyler: Enter contests! They’re a great way to jump start your motor and possibly help you dive into something new. I wrote my Brew Days for a contest that I discovered just 5 days before the deadline.

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