July 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

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ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts

ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
July 2017 Reading
by Kushal Dhungana
ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay – ORSON WELLES ASHES
July 2017 Reading
by Debra Knox

ACTORUNDER 5min. SHORT Screenplay – BABY LOUIE
July 2017 Reading
by Mark Richards
ACTORSTUDENT SHORT Screenplay – BRANCHES
July 2017 Reading
by Holyn Thigpen

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – A DAY IN CONNECTED LIFE
July 2017 Reading
by Michael E. Lucas
ACTORROMANCE 1st Scene Screenplay – WAITING TO CRUMBLE
July 2017 Reading
by John Ott

ACTORANIMATION TV PILOT Screenplay – CHICKEN COP
July 2017 Reading
by Bryan Cahill

festival posterHOPE, 4min, Iceland, Experimental
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festival posterSTAR WARS: TRIALS, 5min, USA, Action/Adventure
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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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May 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

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ACTORFANTASY BEST Scene – BRAD ACTUALLY
May 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn

ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene – THROUGH A GLASS CEILING
May 2017 Reading
by Richard Geiwitz
ACTORFAMILY BEST Scene – MY GUARDIAN ANGEL
May 2017 Reading
by Philip Naiman

ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – MARRIAGE COUNSELING 101
May 2017 Reading
by Mark Engberg
ACTORDRAMA BEST Scene – ALL OF THEIR COLORS
May 2017 Reading
by Leonidas Vyzas Asimakopoulos

STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER!, 5min, Belgium, Political/Satire
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festival posterFAREWELL, 15min, Switzerland, Comedy
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ACTORNOVEL Transcript: ELLA: A STEPMUMS TALE
May 2017 Reading
by J.L. Higgs

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

TV SPEC Reading of BOB’S BURGERS “Monstrapolis” by Matthew J Gonzalez

Winning Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS “Monstrapolis”
Written by Matthew J Gonzalez

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
LINDA – Daniel Chung
LOUISE – Tea Nguyen
TINA/GENE – David Occhipinti
BOB – John Fray
DEBBY – Georgia Grant
KID – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

With a new roller coaster coming to the wharf (the monstrapolis) Louise becomes enamored with it and wants to ride it, even though she’s too short. Luckily though, after Tina asks Bob for a raise and gets denied, Louise manages to get Tina a paying job at the wharf.


Get to know the writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay of the show about?

The spec is based on one of my favorite television shows, Bob’s Burgers. The episode is called “Monstrapolis.” Tina wants to prove her maturity to her family and accepts a job at Wonder Wharf, where the new thrill roller coaster, Monstrapolis, has just opened, but Louise seizes the opportunity to use her sister’s new employment to make Wonder Wharf her personal playground. This all comes to an unexpected climax when Louise manipulates her sister to allow her onto Monstrapolis, which gets stuck in the middle of the ride. Bob and Linda are forced to rely on Gene to pick up the slack Tina, and Louise, left behind.

Why does this episode spec fit into the context of the series?

The characters are true to their voices and the humor fits perfectly in one of their seasons. The jokes are specific to their characters (ex. Gene’s buffoonery and Louise’s ability to manipulate Tina). The show ends on a familiar note of their strength as a family.

Tina proves herself as a worker and gets everyone, on the ride, to work together to get off Monstrapolis. In true Bob’s Burger fashion, Tina’s plan doesn’t work, but it shows her maturity through out the episode. Louise sees the error of her ways and apologizes for taken advantage of Tina, even admiring her strength when others doubted her.

The episode also features some of the series regulars, and favorites, like Mr. Fischoeder and Teddy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hilarious and fun.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Besides Bob’s Burger, It’s a toss up between Rick and Morty and The Office, both different comedies, but strong and rich with flavor and style.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been working about three months on this spec. It took me a few weeks to get the first draft written, and then I set it down for a bit. I did a couple of rewrites a few days later.

How many stories have you written?

In terms of screenplays, I have one featured screenplay, two pilots, three spec scripts, and about ten short screenplays that I plan to shoot in the future.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

“California Dreamin’” by Bobby Womack. Such a smooth song with a nice rhythm. It’s one of those songs you can play and lose yourself within the song. I don’t constantly listen to it, but it’s probably the only song I never skipped on my playlist.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Getting the humor right. I love the show and the characters, but making the humor believable within the world of Bob’s Burgers was a fun challenge. This is the reason I love writing comedies. It’s not just that Tina says “Uhhhh” or Bob’s moments of desperation whenever the kids do something wrong. The humor is deeply rooted in the series and some jokes are brilliantly layered that viewers may not see it until a second viewing, I argue to rewatch the episode “The Belchies” to see what I’m referring too. Again, I wouldn’t call it difficult, but it definitely took a great amount studying scripts and episodes.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a filmmaker. I love getting my hands on a camera, getting actors together, and creating movie magic. The whole process is intriguing to me, from shooting to editing. The creative process doesn’t stop at the script. To this date I have shot four short films, in which I wrote, edited, and directed.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I believed in my episode “Monstrapolis.” It was funny and it felt authentic to the series, plus I had a blast working on it. I wanted to see if my spec had a chance, and graciously, the fine people at the Festival for Comedy thought so.

The reception was great. Obviously hearing positive feedback is always a joy, but the criticism was key to me. This is what makes me into a better writer. I definitely absorbed the information and applied it, not only to any further rewrites of “Monstrapolis,” but in all of my works.

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

It’s cliché to say keep writing, but believe in you and always looks at everything subject in different angles. If you’re writing something original, then show the viewers a different side of a subject. We are in the golden age of television and many people actually want to hear what others have to say. Use this medium and further extend your divergent voice. I write comedies, because the world can pretty dark. It could use a laugh once and awhile

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

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March 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short FIlms

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ACTORROMANCE BEST SCENE Screenplay – TURN THE TABLES
March 2017 Reading
Written by Dale Baker and Herschel Medlin

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PEN & PENCIL
March 2017 Reading
Written by Devone Jones
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – CYCLE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Iman Davari

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SUNFLOWER CARE
March 2017 Reading
Written by Della Greenawalt
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MONSTER MURDER MYSTERY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Arran McDermott

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – REARRANGING ROXY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Bridget Bell McMahon
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
March 2017 Reading
Written by Marc Mulcahy

ACTORLGBT WEB SERIES Screenplay – LITTLE SISTA
March 2017 Reading
Written by Charmaine Bingwa
festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
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festival posterDIRTY POOL, 1min, Canada, Animation
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festival posterBABY AND GRANNY, 2min. USA, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterPOKER NIGHT, 11min, Canada, Comedy
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festival posterWHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN, 9min, UK, Comedy
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

2016 TV Screenplay Winners

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ACTORTV SPEC of the show RICK & MORTY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew Feldman
ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson

ACTORFAN FICTION Spec – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Eugene Ramos
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sarah Cassell
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND
October 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Hankin

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: THE VISA
October 2016 Reading
Written by Conrad Haynes

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: WILLOWWOOD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Christopher Locke

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Kimmy is a VIP
October 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Miller

ACTORWEBSERIES Screenplay: TREVOR AND EVOR
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sasha Siljanovic

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – RICK & MORTY “The Rickgotiator”
August 2016 Reading
Written by David Cryan

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – DIGITAL NATIVES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Linsen Oyosa

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WILD MAGIC
June 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Nichols

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – SMITHEREENS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Hershel D. Rephun

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE MINDY PROJECT “Culture Club”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Katie Bero

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MARRIAGE EQUALITY
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jamie Pierce

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MAILROOMIES
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jacques Edeline

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE BIG BANG THEORY
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Minaskanian

ACTORTV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Turriff

 

 

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Winning COMEDY TV PILOT Screenplay – EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND, by Larry Hankin

October 2016 Winning Comedy Short Screenplay.

EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND TV Pilot
Written by Larry Hankin
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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
EMMETT – Hugh Ritchie
RUSTY – Cass Van Wyck
MRS. B – Becky Shrimpton
CARMELA – Jane Smythe
OFFICER BUDD – Paul Whitaker
OFFICER LEW – Percy Alexander Harris
EDDIE/ROBBIE – Benjamin Camenzuli

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Adventure, Comedy

A Crime Comedy: A Homeless Gentleman in Venice, CA, sets out to help a friend accused of stealing a diamond ring, only to become the prime suspect in the theft.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your TV series about?

It’s about how it’s possible to build your dream with just what you got inside and what’s available outside, but emotions and other people don’t work like that.

Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

3 reasons: A. Because it’s got a particular voice not out there. “Emmett”, the central character, is eccentric, homeless, and believes he’d make a great detective: a combination which allows him to use his eccentric “Illogic” and guilelessness to screw-up the “Logic” and Injustices of The Powerful, The Greedy, The Dishonest, and The Bullies that dare prey on the people who live in Emmett’s neighborhood: The Boardwalk, Beach, Alleyways, and Canals of Venice, California.

B. Basically, the hero – Emmett Sagittarius Deemus – sees himself, not as “a homeless window washer”, but as, “A Homeless Detective” – a Contributor to his Community. His enemies are Chance, Bad People, and Logic: a unique viewpoint for a TV show. “Sanford & Son” gave A Sly Old Junkman a voice. I think it’s time to give A Homeless Detective A Voice.

C. The “Columbo-type” detective structure (“Who dunit?” or “How did they do it?”) is needed for the particular solving-a-puzzle-or-crime narrative because you need time to get the audience involved in wondering “Who” or “How” along with Emmett. Plus: Columbo looked like he could have been homeless. Emmett just takes it there.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Very Funny.

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Seinfeld

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Screenplay (Teleplay) – 3 months. The character,”Emmett Sagittarius Deemus”, that the screenplay’s about: eight years.

How many stories have you written?

Around 30 – from 2 minutes to 20 minutes. All about Emmett.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to understand the problems and gifts of the longer form narrative. The main gift was, I was able go more deeply into Emmett and what makes him tick.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Anything that stops me from getting it done- finito, typo’s and all; finding the time; making the time, protecting the time once I found it, and showing up regularly & constantly at the keyboard till it’s really ready. There’s no way around “Grit”.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Making films from the things I write with friends and others of like mind. Being outside riding my bike and not typing.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Simple synchronicity. I’d just finished it and wanted feedback. I gave it to a friend who read it and liked it and the same day I got an email saying you had a contest that gave feedback – so I entered. When it came, I got the sense the reader “got” the story. And I agreed with the feedback and notes. I thought making the changes would make it better. Easier to read. More direct. Cut two characters. I made the changes and it made it better. Cool.

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

What I’ve been told seems to work: Read good screenplays in your genre or field. Write until you find your voice. Copy till it you get original. Be original. Writing a good, solid, finished screenplay is hard but finding an agent might be harder.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson

Sept. 2016 Winner: Webseries – TREVOR AND EVOR Screenplay by Sasha Siljanovic

Watch the September 2016 Winning Comedy Screenplay Reading. 

TREVOR AND EVOR Webseries Screenplay
Written by Sasha Siljanovic

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
TREVOR – Nick Hendrick Wicht
EVOR – Kheon Clarke
STONER – Donald Molnar

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

TREVOR AND EVOR is about two stoner friends who set out to revolutionize the food home delivery industry and now have to navigate the stresses of running a small business while still trying to stay true to their original ideals. Their dream delivery job is taking over their lives…

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Absurd, comedy, drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I don’t think it would suit the movie format. It’s style/form better suits a web series. Or does it? There’s a nice Dude Where’s my Car feel to it.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Strangely engaging.

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

Glengarry Glen Ross, Life of Brian, What about Bob?

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A week.

How many stories have you written?

A few TV pilots, Short Movies and Web Series.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was at home desperately craving some Peking Duck to go with the wine I was drinking. And then I got thinking…

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The major obstacle was knowing “How much” I should give the audience so they come back, as I only wanted to use 4 pages max.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Wine, beach, napping.

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

Just finish it. Then write something else.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne