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Notes to Screenwriters

Notes to Screenwriters

Written by Vicki Peterson and Barbara Nicolosi

Screen storytelling is an essentially collaborative process. Writers need feedback but too often the notes they receive stall them and even demoralize them. This book unpacks the whys and what-fors of all the most commonly given notes on scripts, stories, and writers themselves. Coming from the perspective of experienced Hollywood professionals, Notes to Screenwriters offers insightful and concise guidance on the entire storytelling process, as well as what comes before it in the life of the writer, and after it in the marketing of the screenplay. It is a unique blend of classical storytelling principles combined with practical knowledge of the contemporary marketplace. This book is destined to be a resource for every writer who gets past the initial stage of writing a first draft and needs sage counsel for what to do next.

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Feature | Family Drama Adventure

Zoe and the Zebra

Zoe and the Zebra

Original screenplay by Vicki Peterson
  • Winner, “Best Screenplay” Irvine International Film Festival
  • Winner, “Best Screenplay” California Independent Film Festival
  • Winner,”Silver” Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
  • Finalist, ISA Fast Track Fellowship
  • Finalist, Female Eye Film Festival
  • Finalist, SoCal Independent Film Festival
  • Finalist, Glendale International Film Festival
  • Finalist, California Women’s Film Festival

ZOE AND THE ZEBRA is a redemptive family drama with wonder. Set in the coastal California wilderness around Hearst Castle, the story centers on an abused runaway child, set on surviving on her own, who befriends a shunned wild zebra. Their adventures together lead them to find their own herd.

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Feature | Family Drama/ Fantasy

Rainbow Unicorn Heart Power

 


Rainbow Unicorn Heart Power

Original Screenplay by Vicki Peterson
  • Finalist, Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
  • Finalist, California Film Awards
  • Finalist, Screen Craft Family Friendly Screenplay Contest
  • Finalist, TTP Screenplay Contest
  • Finalist, California Independent Film Festival

When a tragic accident causes an Irvine family to spin out of control, a stuffed unicorn becomes the unlikely vehicle for healing and redemption.

This is a live-action, contemporary family drama with stylized elements of magical realism, which can be animated.

 

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Stage Play

Cleave

 

Cleave

Original Play by Vicki Peterson
  • Produced in partnership with Lab Theatre Project and Stageworks, Tampa FL
  • Finalist, “Jack Gilbert Award” Grace Infused Theatre Festival, Columbus OH

In this drama infused with irony, the pregnant wife of a self-proclaimed prophet gives birth to her child on the day the world is predicted to end.

 

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Feature | Historical Drama

Mother at War

 

Mother at War

Original Screenplay by Vicki Peterson
Based on the book, “Cyclone in Calico” by Nina Brown Baker

Based on the inspirational true story of Mary Ann Bickerdyke. When a reluctant woman joins with the Union army as an unofficial nurse, her unorthodox methods and tenacity on the front lines help turn the tide of the Civil War.

Originally developed for Ken Stewart Productions

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TV Pilot | One Hour Dramedy

Mind Over Matter

 

 

Created by Vicki Peterson

Mind Over Matter

After an accident forever alters his beloved wife’s personality, a care-free newlywed is faced with the possibility there is more to life than he ever questioned.

 

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TV Pilot | One Hour Dramedy

Alum Rock Avenue

 

Alum Rock Avenue

Created by Vicki Peterson

Freaky, frank, and facetious, East San Jose teens from various ethnic and social backgrounds grapple with coming of age.

Originally developed for Herrick Television

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Feature | Comedy

Jesus Stole My Boyfriend

 

 

Jesus Stole My Boyfriend

Original Screenplay by Vicki Peterson
  • Finalist, Broad Humor Film Festival

In an effort to win back her long lost sweetheart, Poppy, a phone psychic from California, informs Peter that Jesus “has come into her life recently” and makes plans to see him in his humble, Midwestern small town. She enlists the help of her friend Wanda to teach her how to be a Christian her for their reunion. Poppy desperately hopes no one will find out she’s actually faking it.

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Web Series | 7 Episodes

Judgmental Moose

 

Judgmental Moose

Written by Vicki Peterson

In this seven episode webseries, every time Rich is faced with a moral dillema, he encounters a talking moose head.

Developed and produced in partnership with ReKon productions, Justin Bell Productions, ODB Films, and Franciscan University, Steubenville.

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Webseries

Catholic Central

Catholic Central

Multiple Episodes
“Catholic Central” offers entertaining and authoritative answers to your questions about Catholic thought, spirituality and practice. To do that, we’ve assembled a team of witty writers, appealing hosts and learned theologians to produce a collection of videos that entertain, enlighten and inspire. Catholic Central is a project of Family Theater Productions based on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

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