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

Short Screenplay – FIRE! by Steve Biggs

Watch the July 2016 Comedy Short Screenplay Winner.

FIRE! by Steve Biggs

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
CAPTAIN – Neil Bennett
PRISONER – Devin Upham
SOLDIER #1 – Robert Notman

Get to know the winning writer Steve Biggs:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A firing squad that gets interrupted by a 9-1-1 call.

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

It is fun, Fun, FUN!

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

Very funny

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

Star Wars

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

It took 24 hours. Up to the hour I submitted it. The idea and gags were instant, I did have to trim off 1/3 of a page.

6. How many stories have you written?

Probably no more than two dozen. (Do white lies count? ‘Cause I’ve created lots of those.)

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The challenge of a one page script. How many jokes and gags could I put on one sheet of paper? Right now there are seven, but put into the hands of a skillful director and actors there could be many more.

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

Spell checking and getting it past my assistant.

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

People. I love people and the human (mortal) experience. In worldly terms, I love my little business.

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

Don’t play video games. Don’t take a job that kills creativity. Don’t write because you think it will make you important. Don’t write out of your own wounds, I do not want to sip from the cup of your bad mental health. Keep your day job especially if it will keep you connected to real people. Relax; every fight, confrontation, speeding ticket or tooth that gets pulled, gives you material.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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 Feature Screenplay Reading: A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Eddie Yaroch

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A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS
Written by Eddie Yaroch
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

“A Christmas Carol” meets “The Conjuring” when a modern-day Scrooge hires professional ghost hunters, one of them his former fiancee, Belle.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Jane Hailes
SCROOGE – Sean Ballantyne
BELLE – Jane Smythe
STEPHEN – Kari-Michael Helava
VARIOUS MALE – Robert Notman
VARIOUS FEMALE – Antosia Fiedur

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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