Winning COMEDY Short Screenplay – THE MIGHTY BIRD by Brian Gililland

Watch the Winning Comedy Short Screenplay for October 18th

Written by Brian Gililland and Lance Larson


Genre: Comedy

An average joe discovers one day that he yields a surprising super-power in his middle fingers.


MIGHTY BIRD – Gabriel Darku
OLD LADY – Julie C. Sheppard
NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

An ordinary man one day realizes that he has the power to make people explode when he gives them the middle finger. With great power comes great responsibility, until he meets a man with an equally powerful middle finger.

What genres does your screenplay under?


Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It plays on the superhero film craze, then turns it on its head.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Mmmm. Bop.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Dumb and dumber, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This screenplay was written during my time working as a sound mixer on the latest Children of the Corn film. In between setups I would come to other crew members and as suggestions similar to an improv show setup. It took me the duration of filming to finish the screenplay.

How many stories have you written?

I have been writing short films for over 15 years. In that time I have reached final draft over 30 times.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The shoot for children of the corn was very heavy, and this script was an attempt to boost morale. It worked.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Honestly, the only obstacle was convincing the children of the corn producer to read the script. He eventually did. And apparently he laughed his ass off.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love doing standup comedy in my free time.

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

Don’t overanalyze your work. Finish a script and submit it. Then keep writing.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


By comedyfestival

Film and Writing Festival for Comedy. Showcasing best of comedy short films at the FEEDBACK Film Festival. Plus, showcasing best of comedy novels, short stories, poems, screenplays (TV, short, feature) at the festival performed by professional actors.


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