Winning COMEDY Short Screenplay – TWITS, by Alison McGrath,

 

Genre: Comedy

How one community deals with life when technology goes dark for a brief moment in time.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Paul: Nick Wicht
Demi: Carina Cojeen
Emergency Alert: Peter Nelson
Barista: Shania Belton
Cheryl: Katelyn Varadi

 Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

TWITS is a satirical look at humanity’s addiction to technology, and what happens to people when their (de)vices are taken away from them.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Satire

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think in this “game of life” we need to laugh at ourselves a little bit, and take a look in the mirror to see the real person–the one without the snapchat or iPhone filter–staring back at us. Films help us do this. TWITS in particular sheds light on our addiction to technology and how it’s shaping everything from our sex lives and our relationships with our kids, to how we navigate–literally–through life. To me, TWITS lends itself to some personal exploration: Do I see a little bit of myself in these characters? How do I feel about that? Am I OK with the real-life role I’m playing and where we’re headed as a society? There is no wrong answer, as long as you think about it and be honest with yourself. That’s what’s so magical about film, and comedy in particular. There is no pressure, and you’re supposed to laugh. Humor is a great way to half-ass explore your emotions without feeling too much! I think many people will be able to identify with TWITS and I really hope it gets made into a movie.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Scary. Outrageous.

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

Bridesmaids

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A few months

How many stories have you written?

Ten. Eleven if you count the one I wrote when I was 9 years old about a rotten banana named Eachanonie who was finally happy once he was made into banana bread. Even bruised bananas can find their place in this world.

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

Jump in the Line, Harry Belafonte. Every time hear it, I become Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I didn’t face obstacles with this one, which is a crazy thing for me to say. I’m usually stumbling, breathless, army crawling to the finish line. TWITS had been swirling in my head for quite some time. I’d been taking notes for a couple months and then when I sat down, it just flowed. It was really fun to write.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love being a mom. I love to boogie board, ski, and travel. I am especially passionate about jalapeño margaritas. No salt. I feel like this should be on Tinder. Please swipe right.

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

It’s been amazing. I love how organized and easy it is.

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

I feel so passionate about TWITS coming to life on screen, and the thought of having it read at your festival seemed like an awesome next step. I can’t wait to hear it!

The feedback I received was encouraging, very helpful and respectful. Being kind goes a long way, and I thank you so much for that!

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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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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