TV PILOT Video Pitch: Accountants Can Cook, by Ken Frost

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Accountants Can Cook recounts anecdotes of my travels to various cities and regions around the world including; Seoul, New York, Salt Lake City, Johannesburg, Stockholm, The Baltics, Moscow and Windhoek. Additionally, it contains 120 of my favourite recipes amassed during 40 years of travelling, eating and cooking.

Why should people know this story?

I have spent the first forty years of my life eating good food and drinking fine wines, ales and spirits; I fully intend to continue in the same vein over the next forty, or so, years. However, when I do finally “pop my clogs” I would like to be made into a pate which would be served at my wake. That way my friends will be able to relive the culinary experiences of my life. Should you not wish to wait that long, then may I suggest that you read on.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

food fun

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Battle of Britain

How long have you been working on this story?

My entire life

How many stories have you written?

just this one

What motivated you to write this story?

a major change in my life

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

food

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

Be disciplined with your time, and set aside a portion of each day to write down your thoughts.

TV PILOT Video Pitch: Go Fetch! by Lejon Ryan & Greg Ryan

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

“Go Fetch” is about friendship, loyalty, and fitting in. Paul is a talking dog who pretended to be blind in order to get adopted by Doug, his master. Paul and his best friend James, a turtle, are constantly trying their best not to get caught as they both hold jobs and tend to get into a little trouble when they are out in the real world.

Why should people know this story?

The engaging and witty dialogue are just some of the precursors for the underlying themes of true friendship and spirited relationships between animals and humans as well as animals among each other.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Refreshing Perspective

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Shining

How long have you been working on this story?

My brother and I worked on this story for about four months.

How many stories have you written?

I have written four or five short stories and am currently working on another series with my brother.

What motivated you to write this story?

Creativity has a way of bursting through walls with a vengeance by way of necessity. No motivation required.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Tennis, reading and film.

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

Write without conviction. If not for the sake of your sanity, then do it for the rest of us who might want something to read some day.

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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