Here at the Tracking Board, it’s our mission to support and encourage up-and-coming writers who are looking for avenues to showcase their unique voices. We’re constantly looking for ways to celebrate and acknowledge the talented and passionate screenwriters who are working their way to the top. To that end, we’re pleased to present the latest ISA Spotlight – New Orleans.
Table Read My Screenplay is a screenwriting contest sponsored by the International Screenwriters’ Association, The Tracking Board, and Write Your Screenplay. The draw of this contest is that the winning screenplay(s) will be workshopped by an established director and table-read by professional actors. The contest is featured in cities such as Hollywood, Park City, London, Chicago, New Orleans and Austin, but reaches writers all over the world.
We’ve partnered with TRMS and the ISA to bring you the ISA Spotlight, which provides the opportunity for us to highlight the winning screenplays and to introduce you to these gifted writers.
Table Read My Screenplay’s Chicago winners will be announced in one week and the New Orleans winners will be having their script read at the upcoming New Orleans Film Festival in October. Also, submissions are currently being accepted for their Park City table read.
Grand Prize Feature/Pilot Winners
Going Sane by R.B. Ripley and Greg Wells (TV pilot – drama)
Logline: GOING SANE is about what happens to a wealthy, conservative-leaning governor of Massachusetts who must live on minimum wage for his second term after an ill-conceived campaign promise unexpectedly lifts him to re-election.
Bios: Ripley earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama and holds a BA in Music from the University of Houston. He also studies regularly with Sam Ernst (Haven, Hand of God, Daredevil). He has been a finalist for both the Disney/ABC and National Hispanic Media Coalition TV Writing programs. He began his career in development, having worked at Paramount, Disney and Cruise/Wagner.
Raised in Southern California, Wells earned himself a backstage pass writing for the Tonight Show right out of college. It didn’t take long to want to break the routine of nightly television, so he traded in his computer for a camera and started working on the crew for several feature films. From there he directed a couple of low-budget music videos, and after a usual evening at SXSW in Austin, he stumbled into the world of advertising, working with major brands including Gatorade and Toyota. Wells sold a script in early 2004 and four years later, he sold an unscripted television show to National Geographic, after which he took a hiatus from advertising to pursue development of the show. Ultimately, the show took on a life of its own, and Wells returned to advertising as a freelance creative in NYC. When he’s not working on a new script, Wells works as both copywriter or art director, though he’s also a DGA director with representation in both LA and NY.
What they’re working on next?Ripley is currently writing his third made-for-television movie and is in pre-production on his directorial debut, the dark comedy/drama Burying the Littlemans. He’s also finishing up the adaptation of a dark comedy novel into a feature film for actor/writer/producer Josh Gad, about a junior high school teacher’s tenure battle of wits against a nefarious principal. Ripley’s work tends to explore universal experiences that connect people, often with the elements of an underdog battling an unwinnable dilemma, and set against the backdrop of social injustice.
Short Grand Prize Winner
Primal Directive by Nich Peltz (Sci-fi)
Logline: When two scientists survey an Earth-like planet that’s humanity’s last hope, they find something hidden that will threaten their mission– and each other.
Bio: Nich Peltz is from small-town Texas, so he has spent his life wanting to live and explore the larger realms of fantasy and science-fiction. He graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Digital Film Production, and decided to minor in Screenwriting after only taking one class. He lives in Los Angeles and has worked on feature films for HBO and Paramount, and currently production coordinates for the Disney Digital Network.
What he’s working on now: Nich is currently working on a feature script with his writing partner, Garrett Tripp, with whom he shared story credit on Primal Directive. He is also currently writing for an episodic web series as well as an animated feature.
Tracking Board Staff