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

 

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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

 

Short Screenplay Reading – LOVES LABORS LOST by Stanley Eisenhammer

Watch the February 2016 Comedy Screenplay Winner.

LOVES LABORS LOST by Stanley Eisenhammer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Neil Kulin
JEFF – Gabriel Darku
NICOLE – Amanda Pereira
CHLOE – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
VOICE – Susan Wilson

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short screenplay about?

Stanley Eisenhammer: It is about the very nature of love. A couple is forced to reexamine their year-long relationship after the young man botches a marriage proposal and his girlfriend accidentally drops the engagement ring in the toilet.

Matthew: Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Stanley: Because the movie answers the question about the nature of law—that love is caring for your lover more than yourself and doing the little things in life like making soup, learning to play fantasy football—or putting your hand down the toilet.

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

Stanley: Poignantly funny.

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

Stanley: Casablanca. The best movie ever.

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

Stanley: 6.

It took 5 hours to write the first draft and 5 months of rewriting.

Matthew: How many stories have you written?

Stanley: Seven

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Stanley: A friend told me a story of how she accidently dropped her fitbit in the toilet. She is a friend who I would have liked my son to date and marry but it was not to be. So I wrote this screenplay, instead.

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Stanley: I ruptured a disc making it difficult for me to sit or walk. So I finished the last rewrites flat on my back and in pain.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Stanley: My wife, first of all. Trying to get my son, who is an actor, a part in a movie and married off. I am also writing a brief and preparing to argue a case in The United States Supreme Court, which is my day job.

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

Stanley: The opportunity to receive feedback and the possibility I could see it being read (which is another way to receive feedback.) My initial feeling about the feedback was that the feedback was totally wrong. But after reading it again, it made some good points (probably more than some) which I incorporated into my rewrites and which undoubtedly made the final product a better screenplay.

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

Stanley: Do not be discouraged by rejection (negative feedback) and keep writing. By continuing to write, you will become a better writer.

 

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