TV COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: PAYCHECK 2 PAYCHECK, by Chris Skeeter

 

Genre: Comedy

Five friends from high school find themselves struggling with money, love, and life in the real world.

CAST LIST:

Drew: Scott McCulloch
Laten: Tim Paul McCarthy
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Rickey: Rais Moui
Shanna: Lara Amersey

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

It is about a group of friends living in Denver, all whom have different career paths, but struggle together to make it in the real world. In the pilot, two of the characters get robbed and seek to retrieve their lost items, with or without the police’s help.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It is a Comedic Sitcom!

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

It was influenced by and has elements of the great 90’s sitcom era. I believe that television today is over saturated with “Reality TV”, and is definitely lacking the relevance of classic shows. Paycheck 2 Paycheck will be a great nostalgic series, with constant laughs and off the wall situations.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Real Life!

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

It is a toss-up between The Color Purple and The Green Mile.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first got the idea back in 2013 or 2014 but didn’t complete it until late 2015 early 2016.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have a short story, two completed TV Pilots, a Feature, and a few Shorts.

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

Anything by the late/great Sam Cooke!

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Deciding when to stop editing and leaving it complete. I tend to get a little carried away with my writing and cannot decide on when it’s finished. I’m a bit of a perfectionist.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love making and listening to music, acting, and also filming.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I have had pretty good luck through FilmFreeway. My first piece I submitted, which ironically was Paycheck 2 Paycheck, won first place in the television category for the Los Independent Film Festival Awards. It was also placed in Film Fest LA at LA Live.

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

It is very difficult for writers which I have noticed, so I am making good use of any platform/festival I can get my work into. I’m always confident in my work, so I go into anything with the mindset of a winner!!

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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TV PILOT COMEDY – REMOTELY WORKING, by Bill Baber

Genre: Comedy

This sitcom web series pilot features five quirky diverse millennials who work remotely for an international tech corporation. They struggle with online meetings, living on the road, and working from “wherever.” Each lone wolf must cooperate with the others, or everyone will be fired. Meanwhile, none of these independent co-dependents has a personal life that is even remotely working. (Single-camera TV-14)

CAST LIST:

Anna: Alicia Payne
Nav: Tim Paul McCarthy
Akihiro: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Phil: Rais Moui
Kate: Jane Smythe
Chloe: Lara Amersey

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

This is the pilot episode of the Remotely Working web series that satirizes our online world.

In the Pilot: Phil thinks the team’s conference call is audio only…. but it isn’t!

In the Series: Five quirky diverse millennials work remotely for an international tech corporation. They struggle with online meetings, living on the road, and working from “wherever.” Each lone wolf must cooperate with the others, or everyone will be fired. Meanwhile, none of these independent co-dependents has a personal life that is even remotely working.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

43% of global workers try, at least once, to work remotely. We hope there is an audience who will laugh at the inherent tensions in being a “professional” while fumbling with your laptop or phone in a bedroom, car, coffee-house, hotel bar, or many other inconvenient places. Plus, everyone knows, but won’t admit, that a virtual relationship lacks something essential. Can you truly love someone you can’t smell?

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Millenial satire.

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

Silicon Valley, Brockmire, Entourage, Veep, Twilight Zone.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

My creative partners (Scott Crosby and Dan Douglass) and I have worked on this particular script for seven months.

Thank you for the honor of a performance reading of our script.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written the first season of Remotely Working (eight episodes) and six feature screenplays.

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

Hotel California.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It could not exceed 15 pages, so that meant: chop, chop, rewrite, and chop.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My wife and kids. Serving on the City Council in my town of La Mesa, California.

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

The opportunity for a performance reading is priceless. The initial feedback was helpful and we made many of the suggested changes.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I have tried all the major platforms and Film Freeway is the best.

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

If you can complete a screenplay, you have done something others only dream about. If your art is never read, or never produced, you still have made art.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

WINNING COMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY – MARRIAGE COUNSELING 101, by Mark Engberg

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Winning Screenplay – MARRIAGE COUNSELING
Written by Mark Engberg

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
WOMAN – Cassandra Guthrie
MAN – John Marcucci

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Comedy

“Romancing the Stone” meets “Friday the 13th.”

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Marriage Counseling 101” is about couple fighting in public. Some people can’t handle it and seek privacy before the argument gets out of hand. Some people could care less about the embarrassment. But innocent bystanders are the ones who seem to suffer the most.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Due to the amount of dialogue, Comedy. But it could easily be a horror story if the characters didn’t speak.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s an easy and inexpensive location that would only require three actors (2 speaking) and a brief CGI special effect for the ending. As far as…

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COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: THE SKY BELOW, by Stacey D’Erasmo

Genre: Drama, Comedy

The story of Gabriel Callahan’s life, beginning with his father’s abandonment when Gabriel was a child and tracing his ambivalent search for wholeness through adolescence and into adulthood.

CAST LIST:

Keir
Robin: Salma Dharsee
Taxi Driver: Zazu Oke
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Lim: Allan Michael Brunet
Aunty Chin: Courtney Keir

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE STATE OF WYOMING, by Gillian Will

 

Genre: Comedy

Blue blood black sheep Elliot Vance could charm the slither off a snake. Or he could if he gave a flip.

CAST LIST:

Nebraska: Neil Bennett
Delaware: Nick Wicht
Narrator: John Fray
Tara: Val Cole
Elliot: Scott Beaudin

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

TV COMEDY Best Scene Reading of TIME SLIP, by Meredith Hill

Genre: Pilot, Comedy, Fantasy

A young woman addicted to alcohol and pills accidentally discovers a time slip in her backyard and uses it to escape her unsatisfying life. As she travels through time to party, she continues to be forced to learn life lessons against her will. Though, whether she’s actually traveling through time or just experiencing the side effects of her addictions isn’t entirely clear.

CAST LIST: 

Bearpaw: Val Cole
Narrator: John Fray
Raphael: Scott Beaudin
Chaz: Kierston Drier

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

 

 

Comedy Short Story: Postmodernistic Love, by Marija Mrvošević / Mary Matshine

Performed by Val Cole

 1. What is your short story about?

About a boy and a girl. They meet. They part. It’s funny.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Satire. Comedy. Faux-romance.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Sincere. Humor.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

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

Devojka, Željko Joksimović (guilty pleasure)

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I don’t believe in all-time favorites. I change and my taste changes accordingly.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I appreciate that the question is not about inspiration because motivation is also a powerful thing. And important. I guess I had this story in mind for a long time. There was this though about love in modern times and how it became something that it never should have become. A hard thing. A thinking process. But it’s not. It’s love. It’s light.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Benedictine Cucumber. No. Benedictus Cutenumber. No.
…Laza Kostić. My second inspiration.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Art. My husband. Light.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

My hands just followed a thought. Quite simple.

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

Read. Write. In that order.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox