COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay of VAMPIRE ACADEMY, by Melissa Birks

 

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi

In a world where mortals and vampires share an uneasy co-existence, an unemployed young woman enrolls in a trade college that teaches vampire skills, only to discover the college is actually a front for a sinister plot to overthrow humans.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Claudette: Lindsay Gerro
Ad Narrator: Nick Baillie
Student #1: Fabio Abreu
Student #2: Dennis Barham
Recruiter: Norma Dunphy

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

In a world where vampires and mortals co-exist, an underemployed young woman attends a trade school that teaches vampire skills to mortal students…only to discover that the school is engaging in a nefarious plot to secretly turn mortals into the undead. This screenplay is about the heroine’s journey from not believing in her own value to embracing her self worth.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-fi/fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay should be made into a movie because 1. It features a flawed yet smart and resourceful heroine 2. It features a unique world where vampires and mortals live together in an uneasy truce 3. It features a world where you can attend a trade school to get vampire skills that could help you thrive in certain careers. Think dental hygiene and phlebotomy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Vampire quirkiness.

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

Probably It’s a Wonderful Life.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote several drafts of this screenplay over two years.

How many stories have you written?

I have written seven screenplays (first drafts).

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

Hard to pin this down. I like a lot of ‘80s classic rock (when I was growing up, it wasn’t yet “classic”). I’m also a big fan of Christmas carols; because they are seasonal, they are, I suppose, the songs I’ve listened to most often in my life. I like the polarity of “I Believe in Father Christmas” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I struggled with how to raise the stakes for my heroine, Claudette. I struggled with keeping the momentum of the second act, including developing a clear midpoint.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals. I think the only animal I may dislike would be the mosquito. Otherwise, I love all animals.

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

This is an excellent submission platform site. It opens your world to a wide range of contests in all genres, locations, and sizes. I recommend it.

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

I liked the idea of seeing if my logline could generate any interest. The feedback that I received was constructive, targeted, and helpful. Much appreciated!

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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 – SEEKING WILL FERRELL by Rob Ingalls

Winning Screenplay – SEEKING WILL FERRELL
Written by Rob Ingalls

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
NADIA – Tea Nguyen
BILL – David Occhipinti
HANDYMAN – Daniel Chung
CASHIER – Olivia Jon
GIRLFRIEND 1 – Cora Matheson
GIRLFRIEND 2 – Georgia Grant

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

After spending years lost out at sea as a boy, a grown up Bill Davis returns to his life in America, only to discover that he shares an uncanny resemblance with a famous actor – Will Ferrell.

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Ans: It’s a spoof on the life and films of Will Ferrell, an alternate reality of sorts where he has numerous clones in the world.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Ans: Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Ans: It’s funny as hell. This is the type of crazy comedy I grew up with but rarely see in the movies today. It’s time to re-introduce this type of comedy to the next generations.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ans: Bizarre Comedy

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

Ans: Caddyshack

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Ans: Many years

How many stories have you written?

Ans: More than a dozen

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

Ans: The song I’ve heard the most in life is “Happy Birthday to You (Me)”. I hear it every year. Hope to continue to hear it for many more years.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Ans: Life

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Ans: Photography and Meditation

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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2016 BEST SCENE Screenplay Winners

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See the Best Scene Screenplay Comedy Stories. Click the link and watch the winning videos:

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DEATH OF A LADIES MAN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Salim Allybokus
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TINK
December 2016 Reading
Written by Edward Ybarra

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – SERVED COLD
December 2016 Reading
Written by WL (Bud) Gorman
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TAKE TWO
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Skiles

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – MY LIFE WITH STELLA KANE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Linda Morganstein
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – OLD LADY DILEMMAS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Lora Ellen McKinney

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – WAITING TO CRUMBLE
November 2016 Reading
Written by John Ott
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: LOONATOONA
September 2016 Reading
Written by Shockadelic

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – 3 FAMILIES
September 2016 Reading
Written by J.D. Poland

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
July 2016 Reading
Written by Evan Schullery

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT
June 2016 Reading
Written by Philip Naiman

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – LE CHAT NOIR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Paula Sewell

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – MISPRINTS
February 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston

 

 

 

 

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

Sept. 2016 Winner: Best Scene Script Reading from LOONATOONA by Shockadelic

Watch the September 2016 Winning Best Scene Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from LOONATOONA Screenplay
Written by Shockadelic

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Surreal comedy, with fantasy and romance elements.

An Australian family of four experiencing a surreal-to-us, normal-to-them day (or four-days-in-one).

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
SUSAN – Katelyn Varadi
COWBOY – Peter Mark Raphael
GUIDE DOG STATUE – Nick Hendrick Wicht

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

An Australian family of four experiencing a surreal-to-us, normal-to-them day (or four-days-in-one).

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Surreal comedy, with fantasy and romance elements.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think it would be a unique experience, which is difficult in these everything’s-been-done times.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Loony Aussies

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

Probably The Rocky Horror Picture Show, although ironically never in a cinema!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Most of it came in the first day or two, with revisions ongoing 4 months now.

How many stories have you written?

2 other short screenplays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I never intended to write anything. It just popped into my head without asking.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

First, not having enough material, then having too much. I kept thinking of things to add, then some more, then some more…

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Personal liberty, music.

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

Watch a lot of different types of movies, all genres, all eras, different countries. Even “bad” films. I’ve watched thousands, and it helps you visualise your own stories.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Watch Comedy Best Scene from THE HOOPLA Screenplay by Thomas Nesti

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Best Scene from THE HOOPLA Screenplay
Written by Thomas Nesti
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre; Drama, Comedy

An abused teenager risks his life to save the world’s last movie theater from the cutthroat nightclub owner next door.
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
GRACE – Nadia Gigi Inara
ASHER – Steve Rizzo

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Today’s Comedy Script Reading: HELTER SHELTER by Yancey Derringer Banks

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Best Scene from HELTER SHELTER Screenplay
Written by Yancey Derringer Banks
Read 10 Questions with the writers

SYNOPSIS:

The shenanigans of Larry and Leon in this best scene from a HELTER SHELTER Screenplay.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
TAMMY – Victoria Kucher
DOUGLAS – Dan Cristofori
WOMAN – Lorry Ayers
WOMAN 2 – Marsha Mason
WAITER – Geoff Mays

Watch the Best Scene Reading of the Comedy Script “SEEKING WILL FERRELL” by Rob Ingalls

Watch the Comedy Screenplay Winner for December 2015. 

Watch Scene from SEEKING WILL FERRELL:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
DR. JANISOWKOWSKI – Devin Upham
DR. JENSEN – Erynn Brook
DR. AMOS – Adam Martignetti

Get to know writer Rob Ingalls:

1. What is your screenplay about? 

It’s about a famous comedy actor, Will Ferrell, but with a major twist where his real life is just as crazy, if not more so, than his persona on screen. Tons of Will Ferrell clones were created years ago due to a mix-up of a special baby formula. Most clones were shipped off to another country except for one, who searches the world over to find his long-lost “sperm brother” Will Ferrell.

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

It’s funny as hell.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?  

Insanely funny.

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

There are actually several films, all comedy, that I have watched over and over again and still laugh hard. These include Caddyshack, Airplane, The Hangover, and Office Space.

5.  This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?  

I’ve worked on this screenplay for several years. But the main essence was written in about two months.

6. How many stories have you written? 

Half a dozen screenplays, mostly feature, but a couple shorts. I’ve also written a few novels, two based on my screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

Initially when I began writing screenplays, I’d work on various genres that I was told would get the best notice, but I didn’t find joy in it. So I decided to write a screenplay that matched my humor and totally disregarded the rules of what I should write. This screenplay brings together the crazy comedy elements that you see in movies, especially those made in the 70s and 80s, and then mixes with an absolutely funny actor, Will Ferrell. And it’s not because I wrote this but every time I read it, I laugh like crazy. I see the story play out on the screen in my mind, and I continue to laugh again and again.

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

Daily life.

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

Photography.

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

I heard from another screenwriter about this and decided to give it a try. And the initial feedback was excellent. I really mean that.

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

Write from your heart. Write the screenplay that YOU want to see on the big screen and forget about all else.