Video Pitch for Goddess, Novel by Callista Hunter

Watch Video Pitch for GODDESS:

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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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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Video Pitch for Turbulence, TV PILOT by Lew Ritter

Title of Story: TURBULENCE

Written by: Lew Ritter

PITCH: The Paper Chase meets My So Called Life.

PREMISE/ LOGLINE

During the turbulent times of 1970’s college students struggle with social change, relationships, and love as their personal secrets and troubles are revealed.

Logline: Several young college friends struggle with the winds of social change brewing on college campus in the early 70’s It would impact their lives and change America forever.

CONCEPT:

TURBULENCE is a proposed dramatic one hour TV Pilot. It centers around a group of students, administrators and professors who live on campus (Rutgers University). Each character will confront and struggle with personal, scholastic, and social change during what is described as the turbulent 1970’s.

CONCEPT:

Turbulence doesn’t refer to strong gusts of air that buffet an aircraft in flight Rather, it deals with the story of a transformative era in American History. It is a period drama seen through the eyes of several young college age students navigating through the tumultuous era of the early 70’s. Several young college friends struggle with the winds of social change brewing on college campus in the early 70’s It would impact their lives and change America forever.

Genre: Drama or Historical Drama

Watch Video Pitch for REDEEMING GRACE, TV PILOT by WL (Bud) Gorman

Watch the Video Pitch Logline for the TV SHOW:

Get to know Writer WL (Bud) Gorman:

1) What makes your story unique and also engaging?

The characters in this story are mercenaries. Some fit the image of ruthless guns-for-hire, but others, including the main character, are principled, morally responsible while possessed of a troubled path that led them to their current situations. As well, the idea of a fractured Canada trying to re-establish itself as a nation under very trying circumstances opens the door to many interesting political and personal conflicts.

2) Why does the world need to know about your story?

The world needs to know that we don’t live on a secure planet. Given the animus of many deranged and violent elements world-wide, people need to be reminded that their lives can be changed in an instant and that “new normal” ways of life are entirely possible.

3) What type of music do you see in your story if it was made into a movie?

Most types of music can serve as the soundtrack; however, my preferences are classical rock, hard rock, folk rock and classical. (Van Morrison’s “Soldier of Fortune” would make a great theme song).

4) What film have you seen the most in your life?

The Godfather (1 and 2) and Same Time Next Year.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

Clint Eastwood, Aaron Sorkin, Sarah Polley, Paul Gross, Brian Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Haggis, Van Morrison, James Brooks, Julian Fellows, David Cronenburg, Maggie Smith, Ellen Burstyn, ………...

6) Other than writing and movies, what else are you passionate about?

Music, Reading, Chinese Brush Painting, Tying Flies (fishing), Watch Repair, (… my wife!).

7) Do you have a set writing routine?

I’ll write whenever I find the time, but my preferences are early-to-late morning.

Video Pitch for LIFE IN THE FAST LANE, TV Pilot by Debi Calabro

      Watch the Video Pitch Logline for the Novel:

1) What makes your story unique and also engaging?

The characters in the story are very diverse. Though their financial status’s range from race track “skell” to race track billionaire, their love of the sport often brings them together for better or worse which causes conflict no matter what.

2) Why does the world need to know about your story?

Horse racing is a very unique and exciting sport. Though the stories in this TV dramedy will not focus exclusively on the sport, the backdrop at the track will often be the scene. It will show the world the passionate group who attend the racetrack, rich or poor. It will also show how these beautiful thoroughbred horses are pampered and well cared for and hopefully will dismiss and stigma saying otherwise. I am a racehorse advocate and owner so I know what really goes on behind the scenes.

3) What type of music do you see in your story if it was made into a TV show?

This is a one hour TV dramedy. The name of the show is “Life in the Fast Lane” soooo…..

4) What film have you seen the most in your life?

Moonstruck, Love Actually, Parenthood. TV shows, Modern Family, Seinfeld, Rescue Me.

5) What artists would you love to work with?

For this particular project I’d love to work with Dennis Leary.

6) Other than writing and movies, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about the welfare of pitbulls and try to spread the word about how these wonderful animals are often misunderstood and why. There’s usually a lot of profanity when I explain the “why” part.

7) Do you have a set writing routine?

I usually write at least two hours a day but try to take a break every now and than to clear my head.

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VIDEO PITCH for SCHOOLIGANS, by Sam Boseley. TV PILOT

Title: SCHOOLIGANS

Written by: SAM BOSELEY

Genre: CRIME/THRILLER/DRAMA

Type: 1 HOUR TV PILOT

LOGLINE: ‘SCHOOLIGANS’ is a crime thriller drama where teenager’s world is about to self-destruct as he attempts to single-handedly bring his Father’s killers to justice; however he wasn’t counting on the betrayal of his older brother, the only person he had ever looked up to.

Video TV PILOT PITCH: The Irish Retribution, by Bruce Cooke

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Title: THE IRISH RETRIBUTION

Written by: Bruce Cooke

Type: TV SERIES

Genre: POLITICAL, DRAMA, CRIME

Logline: Carrie Sanderson, a foreign correspondent receives some photos from an IRA Uncle and a note saying her father killed her mother, a women she never knew and the woman he expressed as the love of his life. She seeks revenge. But what she discovers is her father’s life filled with intrigue, love,and horror that takes him through Vietnam , Bosnia and Ireland. Dark secrets are revealed before she can find the truth. Tully works tirelessly at his job and discover the stark truths of wars and what they do to civilians. He meets and falls in love with Kate Armatige, an Australian doctor in Vietnam but she leaves him carrying his child. He meets Soo Ling, a young Vietnamese girl with a baby but she is not what he thinks. He marries Soo Ling for her safety but she falls into the world of drugs and prostitution servicing American servicemen. He falls into despair and the only thing that keeps him going is Carrie but she seems not to want anything to do with him. His life of booze, womanising brings him closer to destruction and he wonders why he is still here.

Will he survive and will he be reconciled with Carrie?

Video TV PILOT PITCH: SHRINK PROOF by Stephen Potts

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Title: SHRINK PROOF

Written by: Stephen Potts

Type: TV PILOT

Genre: Drama

Logline: Psychiatrist Kyra Winston leads her team against all the mental health crises that the medical wards and ER of staid old St Christina’s can throw her way, while battling resentment from a passed-over colleague, and doubts in her put-upon boyfriend.

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