COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of LIFE COACH, by Sandy Basran

 

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Logline: A young Indian male’s shaky self-confidence with women leads him to enlist an immature but fast talking co-worker as a life coach and friend who ultimately helps him break free from a manipulative girlfriend who threatens their friendship.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Sandy – Peter Nelson
Harry – Trevor Marlatt
911 Operator – Katelyn Vanier

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about?

 It’s about two young men finding what each had been lacking: a genuine and amusing friendship that arises unexpectedly from the throes of a manipulative romantic relationship, shyness, selfishness, self-pity and an inkling of insecurity.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s funny, relatable and inexpensive to make.  Well, I’m not sure of the last reason.  I want to believe the first two.  The humor comes from the relatable part if I may make this answer even more complicated.  We’ve all seen a friend get involved with someone who isn’t the best partner for him or her.  Some of us react maturely.  Some of us react as the characters in this script.

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

Selfishly funny.

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

Rain Man.

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

2011

7. How many stories have you written?

Three.

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

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart by Wilco

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

A debilitating lack of self-confidence that I was writing something funny and good.  Perhaps that a natural reaction when one isn’t educated or trained to write a screenplay or when one’s circle of friends and family aren’t tagged with “aspirational” before their title.

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

Lawyering.  Is that a word?  Sounds like something someone would say when lying about being a lawyer.  My passion lies in representing minorities and hard-working people of Chicago who don’t have access or believe they don’t have access to quality and compassionate legal representation.  In addition, my beautiful family including my wife, 8 month old boy and parents.  A close third to all of this is devouring the NBA and a clear first when the Bulls are good.

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

There’s an actual relationship which makes all the difference.  The human touch of receiving a personalized email and replies to questions erases the distance inherent in electronic/social media communication and geographic distance.

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

 I saw the feedback others had received and viewed some of the readings.  It’s easy to conclude that this isn’t a money grab.  There’s a genuine interest in your work and performing it quite well in terms of the 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

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COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of VENUS HATES MARS, by Ricky Long

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Logline: Told in a specified three act setup, we take a humorous and dramatic look at three separate couples trying to maintain their seemingly odd relationships…

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Vanessa Quagliara
Angela – Fiona Mongillo
Preston – Peter Nelson

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

In a trilogy of interwoven stories, three 30 something Atlanta women struggle to maintain their complicated relationships.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would classify this tale as a romantic dramedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel the universal theme of love and happiness combined with rich, real, and relatable characters will be a hit with audiences.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Two words to describe this story is Funny and Real.

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

  Hmm, I have several films I have watched a lot. But to pick one, I’d say today it’s “True Romance” directed by Tony Scott. Tomorrow it may be something else.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve worked on this script for the past 4 years.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 5 other screenplays of many different genres, as well as created and wrote a 10 episode crime drama series.

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

 
I have many favorites so like my movies, I can’t pick just one. So I will say “I Can’t Help It” by MJ; “Mountains (extended 10 minute version)” by Prince; and “Two Dope Boyz (In A Cadillac)” by Outkast.

 

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

During the completion writing of this screenplay, I faced personal family conflict, a bitter breakup from a true love ending in court, a reluctant move to another state, and a loss of employment. But I prevailed!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

In addition to writing screenplays, I also have a love for writing, producing, and recording music.

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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

COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of RENDERING ROME Scene #2, by Peter L. Brown

 

Genre: Comedy/TravelGenre: Comedy/Travel

Logline:                                      Students Go To Rome For School And Eventually Draw Their Own Conclusions.

CAST LIST: 
NARRATION: Sean Ballantyne
Janice – Vanessa Quagliara
Ryan – Trevor Marlatt
Stan – Peter Nelson
Eve – Julie C. Sheppard
Nikky: Katelyn Vanier
Connie – Fiona Mongilla

Get to know the writer: 
What is your screenplay about?

This screenplay covers what happens when a college student
gets a chance to go to Rome for a summer art course. But,
eventually other situations draw him into off the wall
circumstances that color his summer into a summer he will
never forget. Even if he tries to…

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy. Independent. Travelogue. With a small dash of Romance.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

With the right actors and financing for translating it to the screen,
it is an original idea that has yet to be exploited. And it would make
me very happy if it did so.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Educational Comedy.

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

There are several ones I have seen multiples times. I enjoy a wide
variety of movies. It is hard to name just one. So, I’ll just have to
give you one at the top of my list.

THE GUMBALL RALLY

WHAT’S UP DOC

THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI: ACROSS THE EIGHTH DIMENSION

JAWS

BLADE RUNNER

MURDER BY DEATH

MEL BROOKS FILMS (Just about all of them)

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

REAR WINDOW

JIM HENSON FILMS ( LABYRINTH AND DARK CRYSTAL )

Just to name a few…

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for many years. As life can either distract, sidetrack or
even blindside me from focusing. Ever since I graduated from college.

How many stories have you written?

Between completed, in progress and conceptual form, I would have
to say I have 30 (thirty) or so. 10 (ten) completed. 6 (six) partially
completed. 14 (fourteen) in outline/concept stage. And others, just titles
and one line of descriptions that follow.

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

Again, a tough question. I have a playlist of songs I listen to and it
can vary during my mood. I can give a random standing of what
helps me keep me moving when working on my ideas.

Life is A Highway – Rascal Flatts (Cars Soundtrack)
Cobrastyle – Teddybears (Featuring Mad Cobra)
Ground Zero – Chris Cornell
I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
Moonshine – My Pet Dragon
The Kings: This Beat Goes On / Switching To Glide
Mediational Field – Susumu Hirasawa (Paprika Soundtrack)
All Over The World – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
Gemini Dreams – The Moody Blues
Couldn’t Be Done – Tim Finn
Zorba the Greek Theme – Miki Theodorakis (Zorba Soundtrack)
S.O.B. – Nathanial Ratecliff and The Night Sweats
Opportunities – Pet Shop Boys
Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through – Jim Steinman
Trying Times – Jubilee Riots
Hit Me Baby One More Time – Blink 182 (Cover)
Dream Police – Cheap Trick
Buster Voodoo – Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Suffocate My Heart – Jacob Jefferies Band
Belleville Rendez-Vous – The Triplets of Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville Soundtrack)

And many more… I have a very eclectic taste in music. 85% are high energy, upbeat to keep my blood flowing literally and figuratively.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Life. Many distractions can and have come down the road that distract, detour and even dead end me at times. Sometimes that helps me to re-evaluate parts that I have written with a fresh eye. But, when given the right motivation, I can push through and figuratively put on the blinders and get it to the finish line. And epiphanies and thought that pop into my head at any moment.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My cartooning and humor. Where I have contributed to everything from my
webcomic, #BRADYtheBETTA to the book, “101 WAYS TO CONQUER TEEN ANXIETY”.
In general, I don’t sleep too much as my mind is racing and flying off on many tangents.

Somedays, I will even use TWITTER and FACEBOOK to help me get some ideas
out of my head. It helps me force them out and get them down or else I seems to lose track of the ideas as fast as I can think them up. If I am not writing down ideas I am drawing them down. Great art (from the painters of the ages) and animation (from Looney Tunes to Disney to even Bill Plympton and Aardman Productions). And the threads that lead from one idea to the next.
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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

Best Scene Script Reading of RENDERING ROME Scene #1, by Peter L Brown

Genre: Comedy/TravelGenre: Comedy/Travel

Logline:                                      Students Go To Rome For School And Eventually Draw Their Own Conclusions.

CAST LIST: 
NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Ryan – Trevor MarlattJacob – Peter Nelson
Flight attendant – Vanessa Quagliara
Jacob’s Friend – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the writer: 

 
What is your screenplay about?

This screenplay covers what happens when a college student
gets a chance to go to Rome for a summer art course. But,
eventually other situations draw him into off the wall
circumstances that color his summer into a summer he will
never forget. Even if he tries to…

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy. Independent. Travelogue. With a small dash of Romance.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

With the right actors and financing for translating it to the screen,
it is an original idea that has yet to be exploited. And it would make
me very happy if it did so.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Educational Comedy.

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

There are several ones I have seen multiples times. I enjoy a wide
variety of movies. It is hard to name just one. So, I’ll just have to
give you one at the top of my list.

THE GUMBALL RALLY

WHAT’S UP DOC

THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI: ACROSS THE EIGHTH DIMENSION

JAWS

BLADE RUNNER

MURDER BY DEATH

MEL BROOKS FILMS (Just about all of them)

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

REAR WINDOW

JIM HENSON FILMS ( LABYRINTH AND DARK CRYSTAL )

Just to name a few…

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for many years. As life can either distract, sidetrack or
even blindside me from focusing. Ever since I graduated from college.

How many stories have you written?

Between completed, in progress and conceptual form, I would have
to say I have 30 (thirty) or so. 10 (ten) completed. 6 (six) partially
completed. 14 (fourteen) in outline/concept stage. And others, just titles
and one line of descriptions that follow.

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

Again, a tough question. I have a playlist of songs I listen to and it
can vary during my mood. I can give a random standing of what
helps me keep me moving when working on my ideas.

Life is A Highway – Rascal Flatts (Cars Soundtrack)
Cobrastyle – Teddybears (Featuring Mad Cobra)
Ground Zero – Chris Cornell
I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
Moonshine – My Pet Dragon
The Kings: This Beat Goes On / Switching To Glide
Mediational Field – Susumu Hirasawa (Paprika Soundtrack)
All Over The World – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
Gemini Dreams – The Moody Blues
Couldn’t Be Done – Tim Finn
Zorba the Greek Theme – Miki Theodorakis (Zorba Soundtrack)
S.O.B. – Nathanial Ratecliff and The Night Sweats
Opportunities – Pet Shop Boys
Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through – Jim Steinman
Trying Times – Jubilee Riots
Hit Me Baby One More Time – Blink 182 (Cover)
Dream Police – Cheap Trick
Buster Voodoo – Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Suffocate My Heart – Jacob Jefferies Band
Belleville Rendez-Vous – The Triplets of Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville Soundtrack)

And many more… I have a very eclectic taste in music. 85% are high energy, upbeat to keep my blood flowing literally and figuratively.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Life. Many distractions can and have come down the road that distract, detour and even dead end me at times. Sometimes that helps me to re-evaluate parts that I have written with a fresh eye. But, when given the right motivation, I can push through and figuratively put on the blinders and get it to the finish line. And epiphanies and thought that pop into my head at any moment.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My cartooning and humor. Where I have contributed to everything from my
webcomic, #BRADYtheBETTA to the book, “101 WAYS TO CONQUER TEEN ANXIETY”.
In general, I don’t sleep too much as my mind is racing and flying off on many tangents.

Somedays, I will even use TWITTER and FACEBOOK to help me get some ideas
out of my head. It helps me force them out and get them down or else I seems to lose track of the ideas as fast as I can think them up. If I am not writing down ideas I am drawing them down. Great art (from the painters of the ages) and animation (from Looney Tunes to Disney to even Bill Plympton and Aardman Productions). And the threads that lead from one idea to the next.
 

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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

COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of TINDERELLA, by Jane Henning

Genre: Rom-Com

Logline: When the king of Tinder perfects his game to the staggering tune of two swipes a day and a couple of daily rolls in the hay, he develops a serious case of pussy affluenza until he meets his match: Tinderella, she’s the deftest swiper in the east with the handle: ‘Wanna f69k?’ In a world where getting laid is as easy as ordering takeout, can two pros find love?

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Sean Ballantyne
Older Brit – Peter Nelson
Shea – Julie C. Sheppard
Latino Dude – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is a modern day re-telling of Cinderella. It’s the story of a daughter who finds herself in the constraints of a not so great family situation. At its core is heart, hope and love.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

RomCom

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Hollywood has all but forgotten about the romcom genre. I am hoping my feature can do its part to bring the genre back and get girl friendly films back into theaters. My version takes this simple romantic comedy and iconic children’s story and completely turns it on its head in a fun and funny compelling way.

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

Date Night

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

Probably “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” which is why the nod to that film is peppered throughout this script.

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

1 year

7. How many stories have you written?

6 completed screenplays

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

Billy Joel, “Just the Way You Are”

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

Making the ending not just unexpected but fantastic!

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

I am passionate about early Hollywood, interior design, poverty alleviation, the political climate of our nation after having worked as the former Executive Assistant to President Trump,

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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

 

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