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!!

******

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Advertisements

COMEDY BEST SCENE Reading: UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Deborah Klika

 

Genre: Comedy, Political

Unfinished Business is about a political chief of staff who decides to stand for her dead lover’s seat. When he returns his unfinished business becomes her problem. Veep meets The Ghost & Mrs Muir.

CAST LIST:

Martin: Isaiah Kolundzic
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Amanda: Courtney Keir
Lana: Marissa Otto

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A comedy about gendered politics – in this world and the next.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Half hour studio based TV comedy

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

It’s funny. It explores how our actions in this world might affect our status in the next.

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

Ghostly Politics.

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

The Apartment by Billy Wilder

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

5 years

7. How many stories have you written?

Four TV scripts, another three proposals and working on a feature.

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

MacArthur Park

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

People telling me to give it up – no one cares about the ghost. But I do.

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

Good television; new ways of telling stories, new ideas and perspectives.

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

Very good

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

I have entered before and the staff were great. Feedback is on point and assisted in improving the script. I would recommend this festival – people care about the work and the writing.

 

******

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene of COURTIN’ ANNIE, by Billie Harris

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Jed: Merlin Simard
Will: Scott Beaudin
Henson: Allan Brunet

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

A retired gunman, Will Kincaid, returns from a cattle drive and believing his brother, Jed, has the local clumsy laundress, Annie, in the family way, he marries her himself only to discover she’s a virgin. Not to mention her cooking skills are lacking, and the catastrophes in the kitchen laughable to everyone but Will.

Will tries to talk her into divorcing him and when he allows his ex-fiance to move back into their home, it’s the final straw for Annie. She leaves him, moves back to town and finds she’s the beneficiary of her deceased uncle’s fortune but to inherit it, she must marry and bear children within three years. When she appears before the circuit court judge for a divorce so she can look for a suitable husband, the judge says Will has to appear before him and confess to the extra-marital affair with his “ex” before he’ll grant it.

Ignorant of Annie’s new-found fortune, Will realizes he misses Annie, wants her back. When she approaches him for the divorce, he refuses – then the parade of men begin appearing at his door asking him to confess his infidelities to the judge so they can start courtin’ Annie — All the while someone tries to kill the estranged couple.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Western and rom-com.

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

When I pay to see a movie, I want to leave the theater knowing I’ve been entertained and with “Courtin’ Annie,” I would. And not only that, I’d have a smile on my face when I left. I would hope others would feel the same way and that’s the reason I’d like to see this made into a movie.

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

Entertaining and fun.

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

“It’s a Wonderful Life” – most every Christmas.

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

It took about two months to complete, but then I’m not working on it all the time.

7. How many stories have you written?

To date, I’ve completed 23 screenplays, two of which are shorts and one a pilot for a series. Three have been optioned.

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

I have no favorite but I prefer music from the 40s through the 70s. I guess you could say I’m a romantic at heart because I love singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, etc. I can understand the lyrics. Guess that dates me, doesn’t it?

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

Actually, because I had so much fun with it, there were no obstacles.

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

Right now, with the exception of my family, my only passion is coming up with new ideas and putting them down on paper in the form of screenplays. I also dabble at painting – and have over the years – but can’t say I’m really passionate about it at this particular time in my life.

****

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

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene of ELIZABETH BENNET IS DEAD!, by Edith Woi & Jean Marie Mazaleyrat

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Polly: Salma Dharsee
Peter: Anthony Tran

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

My story is a modern day fairy tale. It is a tale about a love against the odds. A woman has a dream of finding love in a man she has adored from afar for a long time. When her life seems to derail, she uses it as a springboard to finally chase her dreams instead of standing behinds the sidelines. We get wrapped into her whimsical personality as she tries to nab the most eligible man in the world.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Rom-Com, Dramedy

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

Elizabeth Bennet is Dead is an story that encourages us to dream big through our personal ambitions. It is a story that resonates with every boy and girl, man and woman about how love is the force that makes real change. It is inspirational whether for the holiday season or on a boring Wednesday night.

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

Witty , Uplifting

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

I never count; – ). Maybe a tie between “Gone with the Wind” and “The Sound of Music”

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

Ha! My whole life. No seriously, since 2014.

7. How many stories have you written?

Gazillions! I write daily. Once an idea hits my brain, I put it somewhere even if it is on my Notepad on my smartphone. After my first production, they crypt of tales where I store all my stories will come flooding down!

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

I used to like songs that made me tear up, but now I prefer any music that gives me a “feeling” of happiness. I can find this “feeling” in classical music, one line in a Pop song, or through a Shirley Temple song.

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

The screenplay is done. The main obstacle as many know is “re-writing”. Finding the time to continue to improve this gem can be a challenge.

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

Encouraging my friends and family which encourages me. I love my family – they are numero uno. I like being with my family too. We like traveling together, laughing together, singing together, making fun of one another together. And then sharing that with others. Life is great.

****

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.
****

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 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!

****

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

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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

*****

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

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Screenplay CONTESTSUBMIT your Best Scene Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
Screenplay CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) Screenplay CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!