TV Best Scene Screenplay Reading of The Portal by Farook Qais


Shay – 8 – Brittany Clough
NARRATION – Jen Daniels
Laura – 12 – Anne McMaster
Terry – 13 – Ron Boyd

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kyle Drier

Camera Op: Hugh Cassonville

TV PILOT: The Portal by Farook Qais

What I want to put on screen with this television show is the unique blend of adventure and discovery alongside relationships, trust and many other human issues that the audience can relate with. Parents argue, check. Mum leaves, check. Dad dives into work while you dive into your passion, check and check. It just so happens that your passion turns out to be camping in your back yard and protecting the world from whatever comes through The Portal. With the adventures Shay and the gargoyles embark on week after week, this is a procedural sci-fi teen drama. There’s tension balanced by comedy and there’s action resulting in escape or relief. The overall idea is to get the audience to be on Shay’s side through everything she has to deal with, whether that be a portal problem or something more human. The opportunities are there to use elements of the past, mythology and science to put together a thought-provoking new show. My idea for ‘The Portal’ has blossomed from shows such as ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Dark Angel,’ and what was once a cartoon; ‘Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego.’ ‘The Portal’ will introduce new characters and a depth to the protagonist that perhaps hasn’t been there with the heroes from these other shows. I intend for the show to have a global appeal because I would write stories that touched on cultural and historical reference from all over the world, entertaining the audience so much that they always come back for more.


Writer – Farook Qais

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