COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: Take a ‘Pause Out of Crime, by Mary C. Ferrara

A menopausal woman is gifted a stolen necklace, and a couple of dim-witted criminals want it back. Hot flashes could be hotter than the necklace itself in saving the day.

CAST LIST:

Salesman: Jarrod Terrill
Carlos: Ryan Singh
Narrator: Val Cole
Sam: Geoff Mays
Max: Neil Bennett

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay: Fate’s Peculiar Sense of Humour, by N. Triton

The story is a romantic comedy set in London during the 2009 financial crisis. People are becoming more and more cynical and true love is fainting away. Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love and Beauty) has been blamed by Zeus for the deterioration of love and was punished to live for eternity into the body of an ugly drunkard beggar (named AfroDude).

CAST LIST:

Nigel: Jarrod Terrill
Web Viewer: Isabel Kruse
Male Web Viewer: Ryan Singh
Narrator: Val Cole
Hugh Jorgen: Geoff Mays
Dr. Drake: Neil Bennett
Helen: Elle A

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

COMEDY Best Scene Screenplay Reading: Born Again, by Daniel Schooling

 Three stoners try to come to terms with the untimely death of their friend while simultaneously embarking on a quest to track down his reincarnated soul.

CAST LIST:

Jorge: Jarrod Terrill
Josh: Ryan Singh
Narrator: Val Cole
Tom: Neil Bennett
Mike: Geoff Mays
Ronae: Isabel Kruse

 

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

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Comedy Feature Screenplay – MISPRINTS by Adam Preston

Watch the April 2016 winning comedy feature screenplay.

MISPRINTS by Adam Preston

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis:  An emotionally shredded proof reader shares an apartment with a naive intern at a publishing house. When they decide to publish a rejected manuscript by an uncontrollable, priapic, egotistical and superannuated author their little island of dissatisfaction is blown apart.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
RICHARD – Kaleb Alexander
OLLIE – Jarrid Terrell
DR. ZAHN – David Occhipinti
SARAH – Erynn Brook
JESSICA/FI – Christina Santos
NICK – Rob Notman

Get to writer Adam Preston: 

Matthew Toffolo: The two main leads – who are the inspirations for these characters?

Adam Preston: Richard is a combination of two people I know – one who is very amusing and has a tendency to revel in his own failure and another who is very over-sensitive and damaged. Ollie comes partly from my cousin who escaped London and went to live in a tipi in a Scottish forest.

MT: Dr. Zahn is an actor’s dream. Was there a particular actor you had in mind when writing him?

AP: I don’t believe in writing for a particular actor because I want to create original characters and I think great actors want to do something new each time rather than repeat themselves. There is a rich treasure trove of actors who are the right age to play Zahn. He could be anywhere between 60 and 80 years old. My dream Zahns include Bill Murray, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Robert DeNero, Ben Kingsley, John Malcovich, Dustin Hoffman, Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Bill Nighy, Patrick Stewart – they all have incredible charisma and each would bring something amazing and different to the part – but how do I get the script into these guys hands?

MT: How would you describe this script in one sentence?

AP: It’s a comedy about two prematurely washed up young guys who are changed by an old egomaniacal over-sexed author who refuses to accept he is old.

MT: What is your favorite all-time comedy film?

AP: Some Like It Hot
I recently wrote a blog post about it: http://wordsontoast.weebly.com/blog

MT: Was it important for this screenplay to have a happy ending?

AP: I tried different endings. Some where I gave the protagonists too much glory and some where I risked leaving the audience on a downer. I feel this ending gets the balance right – their book is a bit of a joke but there’s an eccentric readership out there who are going to find it – and they both get their love lives sorted out and Ollie escapes the big city.

MT: You’ve directed in the past. Do you see yourself directing MISPRINTS too?

AP: If the right director came along I would not stand in their way but I have been developing my directing career in parallel. Last year I made a short called The Last Post which has been showing at festivals all over the world and particularly in the States. Shorts TV have just picked it up for distribution and will be broadcasting it. You can watch the trailer for the short here:

MT: What inspired you to become a writer/director?

AP: I loved movies from an early age but I was a very dreamy kid and lived in my own world. I never thought about where movies came from. When I was at university I suddenly stumbled on the idea that you could make them- I was walking up stairs and a friend (Alex Michaelis – now a very successful architect) said “why not make a film?” It hit me like a thunderbolt. I persuaded my tutor to let me make a movie as my literature dissertation.

MT: Who would you love to have dinner with (dead or alive)?

AP: Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, John Huston, John Schlesinger, Carol Reed, Woody Allen, Alexander Payne, I could go on…

MT: If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

AP: I have worked as a portrait and mural artist and a cartoonist so I guess I’d be doing a combination of those.

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

AP: I’m looking for opportunities to both improve the script and get some exposure for the project so this ticks both boxes. The quality of the feedback was excellent – you could immediately see that it was written by someone who both loves and understands movies, and more specifically they immediately understood what kind of film I’m trying to make.

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

AP: I probably need to prove myself a bit more before I start dishing out advice!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

Watch Table Reading of NEW Big Bang Theory Episode

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Winner of the February 2016 Festival.

THE BIG BANG THEORY TV SPEC
Written by David Minaskanian
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Sheldon’s mom visits for his birthday and accidentally reveals that his grandmother Meemaw passed away. Needless to say, Sheldon does not take it well.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
PENNY – Kelci Stephenson
SHELDON – Jarrid Terrell
LEONARD – Chris Reid-Geisler
WOLOWITZ – Sean Kaufmann
KOOTHRAPPALI – Sasha Rajamani
MARY COOPER/AMY – Allison Kampf

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

Watch the Comedy 1st Scene Screenplay: THREE PLAY by John-Arthur Ingram

Deadline November 15th for Comedy Film and Writing Festival
https://festivalforcomedy.com/

Watch COMEDY 1st Scene THREE PLAY:

SYNOPSIS:

Oliver, a neurotic who’s hopelessly in love with his best friend Blake, finally comes out to both his shameless girlfriend, Silvia, and Blake. This revelation backfires when Oliver discovers Silvia and Blake are in madly in love. As a final act of desperation, Oliver magically switches bodies with Silvia days before her wedding to Blake.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sedina Fiati
Oliver – Jarrid Terrell
Blake – Robert Notman
Silvia – Erynn Brook

Watch a Table Read Performance Reading of an episode of the TV Sitcom “Silicon Valley”

Writing Festival’s TV Spec Screenplay Winning for October 2015.

Watch SILICON VALLEY, by Jennifer McAuliffe

SYNOPSIS:

This spec script is about how Richard and the Pied Piper team try to dig their way out of the recent bad luck with funding, by raising their profile and networking.

Get to know the writer:
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/10/25/watch-tv-spec-reading-of-the-silicon-valley-tv-show-by-jennifer-mcauliffe/

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Holly Sarchfield
RICHARD – Geoff Mays
JARED/GILFOYLE – Jarrid Terrell
DINESH – David Occhipinti
MONICA – Christina Santos
ERLICH – Sean Ballantyne
MARISSA – Lorry Ayers

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Deadline November 5th for Comedy Film and Writing Festival
https://festivalforcomedy.com/

Deadline: TV PILOT/SPEC Script Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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Watch WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay Readings
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Watch WINNING TV SPEC Screenplay Readings
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