COMEDY BEST Scene Screenplay of FLAG DAY, by Brian W Smith & Vincent Viñas

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Every June 14th, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln rise from the grave to kill teens who flunk American History. A group of high schoolers, who cheat on their history exam to avoid summer school, are about to get a lesson in terror…and hilarity.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Heather: Kelci Stephenson
Jules: Penelope Park
Lincoln: Nick Wicht
Uncle Sam: Charles Gordon

Get to know the writers: 
1. What is your screenplay about? 
Every June 14th, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln rise from the grave to kill teens who flunk American History. A group of high school students, who cheat on their history exam to avoid summer school, are about to get a lesson in terror…and hilarity.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Horror-comedy. Spoof. Satire.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 
Diverse characters. A point of view. Comedic female roles.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?   
Funny. Timely.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life? 
“HalloweeN.”

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?  
The script was written in a few days, but has undergone revisions.

7. How many stories have you written? 
About seven scripts (shorts and features). More to come.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) 
Theme from “HalloweeN.”

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 
The script was initially a spoof trailer in a previous screwball comedy we wrote about the film industry. Then it became a logline pitch. When a notable production company requested to read the screenplay, we wrote it in a few days.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 
Music and video editing.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site? 
It’s fine. Easy to use and track submissions and festival status.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
“Flag Day” is one of our few comedic scripts since we usually write horror. The festival came up in a search and sounded intriguing. The story is dialogue heavy and has one-liners we thought actors might have fun with at a reading.
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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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COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THROUGH A GLASS CEILING by Richard Geiwitz

Winning Screenplay – THROUGH A GLASS CEILING
Written by Richard Geiwitz

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
BRICE – Mandip Brar
JIM – Zane O’Connor
LEXI – Amanda Quach
ZOE – Kayla Lakhani

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Horror

What’s worse than a woman scorned? How about 4 actors scorned, dethroned from the path to stardom and looking for blood!

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay is about nepotism versus inclusiveness, class versus class, dreams versus realities.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Genres covered are Dark Comedy, Satire, Horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think this screenplay should be turned into a movie because it would be fun to watch, probably multiple times, It also has a moral to the story.

How would you describe this script in two words?

In two words, I’d describe this screenplay as a “Dark Dream.”

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

I’ve watched Network at least 50 times.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first conceived this idea about 15 years ago.It rattled around in my head until about five years ago when I put the first draft together.

How many stories have you written?

I have written about 20 screenplays, several short scripts and treatments, a couple of novellas and a long novel.

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

My favorite song is “Pride” by U2.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I think the biggest problem was getting to the end of Act One at 25 pages. The original version had a lot more backstory. I also had to work hard getting the key characters their own voice since they were friends and generally thought alike.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Besides writing, I’m passionate about Chinese culture, fitness and study revolutions and their aftereffects.

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

I entered this contest because I got a good feeling reading the testimonials. I liked the fact that several writers can have at least a scene read rather than just a single winner. That’s a huge help. The feedback I received was great. It reinforced the good things, while helping to identify the areas needing improvement.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne


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2016 BEST SCENE Screenplay Winners

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See the Best Scene Screenplay Comedy Stories. Click the link and watch the winning videos:

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DEATH OF A LADIES MAN
December 2016 Reading
Written by Salim Allybokus
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TINK
December 2016 Reading
Written by Edward Ybarra

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – SERVED COLD
December 2016 Reading
Written by WL (Bud) Gorman
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TAKE TWO
December 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Skiles

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – MY LIFE WITH STELLA KANE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Linda Morganstein
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – OLD LADY DILEMMAS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Lora Ellen McKinney

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – WAITING TO CRUMBLE
November 2016 Reading
Written by John Ott
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay: LOONATOONA
September 2016 Reading
Written by Shockadelic

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – 3 FAMILIES
September 2016 Reading
Written by J.D. Poland

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – DUE SOUTH
July 2016 Reading
Written by Evan Schullery

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT
June 2016 Reading
Written by Philip Naiman

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – LE CHAT NOIR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Paula Sewell

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – MISPRINTS
February 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston

 

 

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Read the best of 2016 COMEDY Feature Film Loglines

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CLICK the links and read the best of COMEDY Feature Film Loglines for 2016.

LIFE COACH, by Sandy Basran

ANIMATED BACKSTREET BOYS, by Felipe Herrera

CRAZY FRYING PAN, by Mykola Prut

LEAVES OF WRATH, by Susan Jaegtnes

MID-LIFE CRISIS, by Chris Schnitzius and Frank Floyd

CALL ME NOW, by Jiwo Lesmono

BABY ON BOARD, by Steven LaFlamme

WATER FROM THE MOON, by Craig Holland

THE WEDDINGS, by Kelly Murphy

I’M HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH MY WIFE, by Jen Finelli

FAT SICK AND CLEARLY DEAD, by Johnathan Rousell

MAN WITHOUT A RACE, by Kofi Poku Jr.

THE BLACK FOREST HAM, by Matthew Heinze

FIRE STATION 69, by Brad Creel

DANCING WITH THE DEVIL, by Michael Cala

IN SOME WAY, by Sean Christian

TURN THE TABLES, by Hershel Medlin

THIS IS LIFE: A DEVINE COMEDY, by Gauge Thoeny

SAVING JOEY, by Simon Wilkinson

SURVIVING PARADISE, by Susan Willoch Shaver

LEAP OF LOVE, by Deborah McCormick

7TH TIME LUCKY IN LOVE, by Mary Huczman

DADDY ISSUES, by KT Edwards

TINDERELLA, by Jane Henning

DEMONS 4 DUMMIES, by Rollin Jewett

SHOOT THE PILOT, by Steven F. Griggs

DA CRIB HELL NAWH, by Tyrone Dicks

HIT YOUR MARK, by Breanna Barton-Shaw

OUT FLYING PAST MY BEDTIME, by Linda Falcao

THE BUCKETTEERS, by Alan Power

DISASTER GEORGE, by Andy Leonard

UNDERCOVER GRANDPA, by Shannon Dunn

HOLIDAYS AT THE APARTMENT, by Stephen C. Mitchell

THE REJECTS, by Rasheeda Garner

HILLBILLY HAY, by Nick Jordan

VENUS HATES MARS, by Ricky Long

HEART ATTACK AT 30, by Scott Lowry

AMAZING FANTASY, by Alex Hunt

FINELY SPUN, by Evan Nasse

October 2016 Comedy Films/Screenplays/Stories

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See the October 2016 Comedy Stories. Click the link and watch the winning videos:
 

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – I NEVER KNOCK
October 2016 Reading
Written by John Ervin

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – THE MIGHTY BIRD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Brian Gililland

ACTORSHORT Story – WATERMELON EATING CONTEST
October 2016 Reading
Written by Teri B. Clark

ACTORSHORT Story – DEAD END JOB
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alice Lacey

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Kimmy is a VIP
October 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Miller

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SYMPATHY
October 2016 Reading
Written by Steven Sinnenberg

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE STRUGGLE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Janice Kennedy

ACTORSHORT Story – TRUE NORTH
October 2016 Reading
Written by Hal Ackerman


festival posterTHE APOLOGY, 7min, UK, Mystery/Crime
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ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: WILLOWWOOD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Christopher Locke

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: THE VISA
October 2016 Reading
Written by Conrad Haynes

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – WHAT’S IN A NAME
October 2016 Reading
Written by Ted Stanley

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND
October 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Hankin

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Best Scene Reading: Comedy Screenplay MISPRINTS by Adam Preston

Best Scene Reading of the comedy feature screenplay. The entire screenplay will be performed at the festival in April 2016.

Watch Best Scene of MISPRINTS by Adam Preston:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Amanda Pereira
DR. ZAHN – Neil Kulin
RICHARD – Mark Sparks
OLLIE – Gabriel Darku
LYNDA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
MATRON – Susan Wilson

Get to know writer Adam Preston:

What is your screenplay about?

‘Misprints’ is about that time in your life – and I think all the best people go through this – when you are just a disaster. You’re in the wrong job or you’re failing to get over a broken heart and you still haven’t learned the important lessons that are going to enable you to get your shit together and start being a proper person. For me this happened when I was in my mid to late twenties and I realized, thinking back, that for a while I was living like an old man – like someone who was sort of washed up and finished. So I had the idea that it would be fun to have a young man who is living like an old man be changed by an old man who is living like a young man. That is where the character of Dr. Zahn comes from – he’s never grown up and still wants to live the fantasy life of a twenty year old.  So he and the young guy sort of swap places in the film and order is restored.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 

People absolutely love the kind of comedies where they see flawed people struggling and failing. Films like ‘Sideways’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and Withnail and I’ where you see people flailing about and really screwing up and then achieving a believable bit of glory. The story has to be told with immense wit and of course that’s hard to achieve – that’s why I’m always improving, always seeking feedback and listening to comments. If we can get this right this has the potential to be a film that audiences really take to heart – because when you see movies like that you realize that somebody out there understands that we are all failing – making goddawful messes of our lives and somehow muddling through and getting to the next chapter. If you can get that across while making people laugh I think it’s very cheering and it is potentially a more honest sort of ‘lift’ to the spirits than more obviously upbeat movies, so it endures longer.

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

Slacker farce

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

Some Like It Hot   In fact I’ve just written a blog post about it  http://wordsontoast.weebly.com/blog

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

From first spark to this draft about three years

How many stories have you written?

I have five finished screenplays, one feature film credit (Hangar 10), one novel, one half hour sitcom script, five short films (which I wrote and directed) and many many treatments.

What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

I love great comedy and my dream is to make one – then another and another..

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 

The biggest obstacle for me is carving out writing time for myself.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love directing and have just finished a short film called ‘The Last Post’ which has been shown at festivals all over the world and has been picked up by Shorts TV. They will be showing it on their channel and representing it for global sales (it’s at Clermont-Ferrand in France, the world’s premier short film festival and market, this week).

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

I am looking for ways to improve the screenplay and get it noticed so this festival ticked both boxes. A table read is a great way to scare up weaknesses in a script – you can quickly tell where the energy is flagging. I have a lot of belief that this is an entertaining and original piece so I’m hoping it might also attract some people from the movie industry to the project.

The feedback I have received from the festival has been exceptionally useful; always straight to the point, clear, detailed (but not long winded), highly practical and attainable. I was particularly impressed that as well as advice on improving the writing there was also stuff on formatting issues. A lot of rubbish had built up in the slug lines. The feedback enabled me to clean all that up.

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

Nurture relationships with people who are prepared to read your stuff and give detailed feedback. Whatever you write you need to have bright honest people look at it before you send it out into the world.

 

Adam Preston

February 2016

 

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

 

Today’s Screenplay Reading: Death Don’t Us Part by Olaf Baumann

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DEATH DON’T US PART
Written by Olaf Baumann
Read 10 Questions with the writers

SYNOPSIS:

A feature film about the quest for true love and the intricacies of being dead.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Fran Townend
CHARLEY – Bubba
EMMA – Jane Smythe
DINA – Kiran Friesen
ROSCOE/NAPOLEAN – Peter Nelson
HELEN – Becky Shrimpton
STEVE – Sean Ballantyne