Director BIO: David Maddox

Director Biography

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David Maddox produced the indie hit “A Ghost Story” starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. He is the owner of Ideaman Studios in Dallas, TX.

Director Statement

Comedy has the unique ability to force us to confront the flaws of society in a palatable way, and hopefully, allow us to change.

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Short Film: ALTERNATIVE MATH, 9min, USA, Comedy

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A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 22, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: JAKE & JULIA, 12min, USA, Comedy/Relationship

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During a one-night hotel stay, a young couple decide to pursue a spontaneous erotic fantasy.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: TOO SOON?, 3min., UK, Comedy

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In this short, we see an awkward encounter in a supermarket car park as a new comedy duo (winners of ‘The London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival 2017’ and shortlisted for ‘The Women in Comedy International Writing Award 2016’) take a satirical swipe at imperialism.

These girls have comedy backbones, with stage and screen experience including: ‘Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason’, ‘Alistair McGowan’s Big Impressions’ and the world’s longest-running live comedy show, ‘NewsRevue’.

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  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 18, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    200 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Gonzaga Manso (EDEN HOSTEL)

Biography   Biography
My name is Gonzaga, I’m a director and photographer and I work mainly in advertising and art. I have had the pleasure of working for clients such as Pepsi, Movistar, Sony and Smart, and with agencies such as DDB, McCann-Erickson, Contrapunto BBDO and TBWA. Some of those works have been awarded in important international festivals, others not. As a cinematographer, I have worked together with prestigious Spanish directors such as Javier Fesser, Borja Cobeaga and Julio Medem. Hostal Edén is my first short film.

COMEDY BEST Scene Screenplay of FLAG DAY, by Brian W Smith & Vincent Viñas

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Every June 14th, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln rise from the grave to kill teens who flunk American History. A group of high schoolers, who cheat on their history exam to avoid summer school, are about to get a lesson in terror…and hilarity.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Heather: Kelci Stephenson
Jules: Penelope Park
Lincoln: Nick Wicht
Uncle Sam: Charles Gordon

Get to know the writers: 
1. What is your screenplay about? 
Every June 14th, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln rise from the grave to kill teens who flunk American History. A group of high school students, who cheat on their history exam to avoid summer school, are about to get a lesson in terror…and hilarity.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Horror-comedy. Spoof. Satire.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 
Diverse characters. A point of view. Comedic female roles.

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

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

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?  
The script was written in a few days, but has undergone revisions.

7. How many stories have you written? 
About seven scripts (shorts and features). More to come.

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

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 
The script was initially a spoof trailer in a previous screwball comedy we wrote about the film industry. Then it became a logline pitch. When a notable production company requested to read the screenplay, we wrote it in a few days.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 
Music and video editing.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site? 
It’s fine. Easy to use and track submissions and festival status.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
“Flag Day” is one of our few comedic scripts since we usually write horror. The festival came up in a search and sounded intriguing. The story is dialogue heavy and has one-liners we thought actors might have fun with at a reading.
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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

WINNING COMEDY SHORT SCREENPLAY – VALERIE VERSUS EARTH, by Jason Boaden

Genre: Comedy, Family

A boy pranks his sister, on her 10th birthday, which results in the entire family getting in on the fun.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Valerie: Kelci Stephenson
Jennifer: Penelope Park
Mark: Nick Wicht
Chandler: Charles Gordon
David: Todd Thomas Dark

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?
A: When a boy pranks his younger sister on her 10th birthday, her payback leads to the whole family getting in on the fun.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
A: Comedy.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 
A: The characters are entertaining. The story is fun and engaging for children, as well as adults.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?    
A: Fun and whimsical.
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life? 
A: Hot Shots
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?  
A: 1 month, approximately.
7. How many stories have you written? 
A: 3 features and 10 shorts.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) 
A: Even split, between These Days by Bon Jovi & Tremor Christ by Pearl Jam.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 
A: Finding a way to give relevance to the 2nd act. Initially, it did expand the characters, but wasn’t necessary to the story. Also, understanding the core relationship, between Valerie and her brother. Once that happened, it established the desired tone of the story.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 
A: My son is now a young man, so our relationship has changed greatly, over the past few years. We both listen to a lot of music, and like to talk about it and movies. Songwriting has been another passion of mine. My son and I both took up guitar at a young age, so we also talk a lot about that.
11. You entered your screenplay via Film Freeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site? 
A: I’ve found it useful.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
 
A: Entering your festival came as a result of challenging myself to attempt a genre, other than horror. Regarding your feedback: it shaped the final draft of the story. Specifically, the evolution of the 2nd act.

 

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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