Finished Draft: 42 Fools – Episode Nine

‘42 Fools’ is an original television series based on the idea of “no reoccurring characters”.

Episode Nine – “The Help Line And The Hotline” is now a finished draft.

Because this is an ongoing original work, it’s not posted as a link here. If you’d like to read it, please contact me using the information provided.

The original concept for this story was created by Brian Episcopo.

Format: Screenplay
Page Count: 26
(Approximate) Genre: Drama / Dark Comedy

Finished Draft: 42 Fools – Episode Seven

‘42 Fools’ is an original television series based on the idea of “no reoccurring characters”.

Episode Seven – “The Shelf And The Shadow” is now a finished draft.

Because this is an ongoing original work, it’s not posted as a link here. If you’d like to read it, please contact me using the information provided.

Format: Screenplay
Page Count: 26
(Approximate) Genre: Drama / Action

Finished Draft: 42 Fools – Episode One

’42 Fools’ is an original television series based on the idea of “no reoccurring characters”.

Episode One – “The Walker And The Pedestrian” is now a finished draft.

Because this is an ongoing original work, it’s not posted as a link here. If you’d like to read it, please contact me using the information provided.

Format: Screenplay
Page Count: 24
Genre: Drama / Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Original Sketch: Dad, Dad

An original sketch, or short play, depending on how you want to look at it, for three male performers.

Sketch (No. 1): Dad, Dad
(Download PDF)

SPEC Script: Portlandia

‘Portlandia’ is a sketch comedy show featured on IFC, currently in the middle of its third season. It stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (and is presumably written by the same duo as well as the show’s producers, Andrew Singer and Jonathan Krisel).

The show is slanted regional satire to some, ‘that show about hipsters’ to others, and is based on Armisen and Brownstein’s earlier web-based work as Thunder Ant. The show captures a seemingly small subculture that is somehow universal, and plays out exceptionally well without necessarily being driven by clear-cut punchlines.

You can find the series on Amazon (here) as well as Netflix Streaming (here).

My attempt at writing an episode is below.

Portlandia Spec:
Harvesting Is Homicide (Download PDF)

SPEC Script: Sherlock

‘Sherlock’ is a highly-acclaimed BBC Masterpiece Mystery Series written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Arguably, it was also the impetus for the American Series ‘Elementary’, based on the same characters.

Two of the many hallmarks of the series is how well it manages to place the original stories in a modern context and how successfully it relies on the acting skill of its leads Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (John Watson).

If you haven’t seen the series already, you’re missing out on some excellent storytelling. The show has currently seen two series, both consisting of three hour-and-a-half episodes.

You can find them on Amazon (here) as well as Netflix Streaming (here).

My attempt at writing a script for Sherlock is below. Like the series, I’ve attempted to mix original ideas with an update of an original Arthur Conan Doyle story. In this case, it was ‘The Adventure Of The Empty House’, one of his best-known.

Writer’s Note: One of the stories selected for Series 3 of ‘Sherlock’ is the same story I adapted for my script. It goes without saying that I would never have intended this as an “alternative” to an actual episode (as it might appear to someone who found this post after that episode has aired). My script was written quite a while before this episode was announced, and purposely avoids any overarching plots. Again, I would never dream of “correcting” such a fantastic show.

My attempt at writing an episode is presented, like the show, in one long ninety-minute script.

Sherlock Spec:
The Adventure Of The Two Rooms (Download PDF)

SPEC Script: Adventure Time

Adventure Time is an animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network.

The show follows the many escapades of best-friend-team Finn (a human) and Jake (a semi-magical dog), and combines a myriad of fantasy elements, surreal plots and locations, and upbeat humor.

If you haven’t seen an episode, you can find the first season on Amazon, iTunes, or watch on Cartoon Network.

My attempt at writing an episode (presented, like the show, in two smaller parts) is below.

Adventure Time Spec:
Part One: The Pants of Reality (Download PDF)
Part Two: Full Candy Coating (Download PDF)

I Is Explanation

This blog will eventually be a read-able archive of my attempts to become a full-time writer.

Most of the read-able material will be scripts I’ve written based on other people’s characters and creative properties. This is a fairly standard practice for aspiring writers, the idea being that it’s easier for someone to get a sense of your writing if they’re reading characters that already exist. It’s also meant to show that you can write in a style that’s not necessarily your own. It is not meant to “edit”, “correct”, or otherwise infringe on those creative properties.

Production and publishing standards being what they are, the fates do not tend to look kindly on those who publish their original work on the Internet. This is slightly different for art (it’s easier to label work as a digital portfolio) and ideas based on existing creative properties.

Because of this, I’ll be posting updates on original work (for instance: Chapter Five of Title of Book finished), and if you’d like to read it, you can send me a quick e-mail at the provided address. I’ll e-mail you back a copy, and first-rights publishing rules will be thusly circumvented.

Thanks for visiting.

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