COMEDY TV Spec Reading of: Righteous Gemstones “Whom Shall I Fear”, by Paula Dixon

A first scene reading of an original script by the hit TV SHOW “Righteous Gemstones”

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
JUDY/OLD LADY/AMBER (F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss
ELI/DRIVER (M): Allan Michael Brunet
KELVIN/GIDEON (M): Geoff Mays
JESSE/PASTOR AMOS (M): Shawn Devlin

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning COMEDY Short Screenplay: Tourist Trap, by Gio Forlenza

A roadside, greasy spoon diner gives new meaning to the phrase “tourist trap” in this dark comedy horror short.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Zack/Bob (M): Allan Michael Brunet
Darnell/Earl (M): Geoff Mays
Tyrone (M): Scott Beaudin
Ethan (M): Bill Poulin
Laquisha (F): Elizabeth Rose Morrris

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY 1pg. Short Screenplay: School Reunion, by Allan West

When two old friends meet up at a school reunion, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to go from chatty to catty!

CAST LIST:

Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Michelle: Katelyn Varadi
Louise: Miriam Capper

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY 1st Scene Screenplay Reading: Karl Reagan: The Capitalist-Communist, by Federico Vicino

Karl Reagan is an underdog candidate running for a seat in Missouri’s House of Representatives. Set on the heels of a near-apocalyptic nuclear winter, his platform is to fuse the best characteristics of capitalism and socialism to help the common person realize the struggling American Dream. Mr. Reagan’s pitch to the electorate is a devotion to standing up to corporate greed, especially to a company called NuTech who has not fulfilled their promise of cleaning up the environment after the catastrophe. His unorthodox approach to stumping on the trail leaves voters enthused, angered, and baffled. His rival, a politically established contender named Tom Baker, uses conventional and tiresome tactics to label Karl’s candidacy as ludicrous and too idealistic. As his campaign progresses, Karl Reagan gets a slice of American values, fortitude, hardships, and inconsistencies. The electorate get a front row seat of his as well.

CAST LIST:

Eric: Matt Schichter
Karl/Randy: Ted Powers
Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Marcus: Gabriel Darku
Jeff: Sean Ballantyne
Serena: Katelyn Varadi

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Winning COMEDY Feature Screenplay Reading: Dick 2.0, by Henry Sarwer-Foner & Noel Baker

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Facing a divorce that threatens to halve his fortune, billionaire DICK SCHANTZ replaces himself with a clone precisely engineered to save his marriage and net worth. But when he sees how much more his wife loves Dick 2.0, a jealous Dick must battle his better self to win back his better half.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Jack: Peter Nelson
Dick: Bill Poulin
Janet: Victoria Murdoch
Imogen: Lyndsay Clarkson
Kent: David Jackson
Kaborkin: Ron Boyd

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

 

1pg. Comedy Screenplay Reading: Second Class, by Eileen Wilson

A post-mistress berates a customer over a class issue to her detriment.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Morriss
Dave: Justin Martins
Post Mistress: Jessica Bowmer

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

COMEDY Short Screenplay: SHE DREAMS OF PLASTIC TIARAS, by Troy Harvey Graham

Genre: Comedy, Drama

A woman visits a plastic surgeon with the hope of changing the future for her daughter.

CAST LIST:

Prada: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Dr. Sanderson: Russell Batcher
Narration: Sean Ballantyne
Delmot: Hugh Ritchie
Amberly: Pearl Ho

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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

1pg. Short Screenplay: DAB A DUCK TAPE, by Stephanie Annis

Genre: Comedy

Fixing a truck with duck tape.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Susie: Sandra Krstin
Darryl: Peter-Mark Raphael

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Duck Tape Jokes & Cultural Comedy

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Dab of Duck Tape comedically expresses the struggles of the frugal father.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Cultural Comedy

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

Friday

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About six months to a one year.

How many stories have you written?

At least dozens.

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

“She’s in love with the boy” – Trisha Yearwood

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The ability and finance to film.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography & Philanthropy

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

FilmFreeway has provided me an opportunity to display my works and receive feedback and recognition. My experience, in a short time, has been positive.

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

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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

 

Short Screenplay – THE FACTS OF LIFE by Chris Beadnell

Watch the July 2016 Comedy Short Screenplay Winner.

THE FACTS OF LIFE by Chris Beadnell

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
TINA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
TREVOR – Robert Notman

Get to know the winning writer Chris Beadnell:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A parent’s nightmare, the dreaded ‘birds and bees’ chat. This loving father steps up to the plate to answer the questions from his inquisitive daughter. He is nervous as he awkwardly navigates his way through an explanation. But, humorously, the circumstance changes at the end.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
This is a cute and heartwarming story which will resonate especially with every parent who has had the awkward task of explaining the facts of life to their children. It has a LOL ending, is family friendly and would be an easy, low budget production.

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

Awkwardly funny.

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

The Shawshank Redemption

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

Haha. I wrote this in 2005, but re-worked it late last year (2015). So I suppose It took me 10 years!

6. How many stories have you written?

About 11- 12. Quite a few others in various stages of completion

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This was the first ever screenplay I wrote and I was inspired and motivated to write a screenplay by attending a short film festival in 2005

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

Initially (in 2005) I had no screenplay software so I wrote it just in a Word document with no industry standard formatting or layout. When I re-wrote the script I had the appropriate program

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

Sport and humanitarianism.

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

Just write. And edit, and edit and edit. Post your work on trusted script writing forums to get ideas and feedback. When you are comfortable, enter your work in comps.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Watch Comedy TV SPEC Table Read: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT by Jen Turriff

Deadline March 24th for Comedy Film and Writing Festival (Save $15)
https://festivalforcomedy.com/

TV SPEC: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
by Jen Turriff

SYNOPSIS:

In this spec of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ Kimmy quickly becomes addicted to an iPad game. As she discovers she unknowingly made in-app purchases, she has to find a creative way to pay her debts. Meanwhile, Titus battles his own obsession and Jacqueline struggles with her need to be accepted by Xan.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Christopher Huron
KIMMY – Mandy May Cheetham
TITUS – Kaleb Alexander
JACQUELINE – Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
BUCKLEY – Jovan Kocic
SALES WOMAN – Maya Woloszyn

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson