COMEDY Best Scene Reading of The Masses by Toni Nagy

The Masses is a post-partisan, omni-racial, multi-gender, quasi-radical, sketch comedy show that represents the perspective of the artistic and creative counter-culture that is actually the mainstream. The tone will be the “Twilight Zone” meets sketch comedy – creating scenarios that are rooted both in reality and in our surreal dystopian not-too-distant future. Centered on a cast that will range in ages from 18 to 80 and will be so racially/sexually/bodily diverse that Benetton ads will cower in shame; The Masses will contain social commentary peppered with absurdity and pure hilarity.

CAST LIST:

Bill: Liam Kinahan
The Vagina: Mandy May Cheetham
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Charles: Adrian Currie
Will: John Leung

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

****

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Advertisements

COMEDY Short Screenplay: SHE DREAMS OF PLASTIC TIARAS, by Troy Harvey Graham

Genre: Comedy, Drama

A woman visits a plastic surgeon with the hope of changing the future for her daughter.

CAST LIST:

Prada: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Dr. Sanderson: Russell Batcher
Narration: Sean Ballantyne
Delmot: Hugh Ritchie
Amberly: Pearl Ho

******

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY Best Scene Reading of THE BOOK WRITER by Kris Bauske

Doyle Tipton is a successful playwright and author, but her name causes most people to think she’s a man. She has the chops to make it as a bigtime book writer for stage musicals, but she’s never actually had a success in this area. Every time she proposes a concept to a band, they hem and haw and steal the idea without including the woman book writer. Finally, Doyle calls in a favor and gets hired, sight unseen, to write the book for a musical based on the catalog of Larry Limpet and the Lizards, a multi-platinum band that hit huge in the eighties. The only problem is, Larry Limpet is a male chauvinist in the truest style, and Doyle Tipton isn’t taking any of his shit.

CAST LIST: 

Narration – Katelyn Varadi
Larry – Sean Ballantyne
Doyle – Norma Dawn Dunphy

Writer Biography – Kris Bauske

E693f05aea headshot

Kris Bauske is an internationally published and produced playwright and screen writer. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. Her first play, A Good Old Fashioned, Redneck Country Christmas, written in 2008, garnered national attention and is published by Samuel French. It has been adapted for the stage as a musical and is represented by Gary DaSilva 111 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 250 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6850, as are all her theatrical works. The comedy, the musical, and the sequel, A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding, are all published by Samuel French.

The screenplay for ‘Redneck Christmas’, written by Kris, is in development with Lenz Entertainment of Toronto with an expected release date of the full-length feature film in November 2019. She has also completed screenplays for A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding and A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Happy Halloween. ‘Halloween’ is currently under review by Samuel French for inclusion in its upcoming catalog.

Kris’ screenplays and film deals are handled by Ken Sherman & Associates 1275 N. Hayworth Avenue, Suite 103 Los Angeles, CA 90046 (310)273-8840.

Kris’ comedy, Simon Says has been read and approved by Mr. Neil Simon who granted permission for the use of his likeness in the script.

Kris wrote the wildly popular romantic comedy The Book Writer, which has earned Best Feature Screenplay at four film festivals worldwide. It is a Platinum Award winner in the 2018 Firefly Film Competition in Los Angeles, Winner Best Screenplay 2018 Honolulu Film Festival, Winner Best Screenplay 2018 Cosmic Film Festival, Winner Best Feature Screenplay at 2018 Shepperton Screenwriting Festival, and Winner Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay at 2018 Canadian Diversity Film Festival.

Kris was honored to write a screenplay about the tragedy of child marriages in many parts of the world. Shaida, Child Brides is due to start filming in late 2018. Her award winning stage play Whispers to the Moon premiered in 2014 at the Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre and is published by Stagescripts, Ltd. Of London, UK. A screenplay adaptation was requested by a producer in Tuscany, and production is set to begin in late 2018.

Her plays include:
The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister, a drawing room comedy/farce that examines the effects of stroke on the family of a world-famous playwright. The play was invited to 5 different festivals during 2015 & 2016 and was the winner of the Tennessee Stage Company’s 2017 New Play Fest.

Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susan Carol McCarthy. When the KKK kidnaps, tortures, and kills the son of their black friend and foreman, one white family refuses to back down.

The Growers, based on actual events during WWII. This extraordinary story of three German POWs working in America’s Heartland during the waning days of WWII has received significant attention nationwide.

Kris is a full member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and Film Florida. She was nominated for the 2011, 2013, & 2015 Francesca Primus award presented by ATCA for Outstanding Emerging Female Playwright. Kris was co-chair for the prestigious ICWP 2014, 2015, & 2016 50/50 Applause Awards. She continues to write, produce, and direct from her home near Orlando, FL. Her website is http://www.krisbauske.com Twitter: @IntlPlaywright

Writer Statement

There is a lot of prejudice in the world. I prefer to face it head on using humor to shine a light on biases, bigotry, and misogyny. Every word of this screenplay is inspired by actual events which makes me all the more determined to see it produced and shared. Considering the awareness that the #MeToo movement has inspired, there has never been a better time to produce female-written stories about strong women standing up for themselves with grace and humor. If you want a screenplay that will touch audiences everywhere, now is the time, and this is the script!

COMEDY Best Scene Script Reading of TINDERELLA, by Jane Henning

Genre: Rom-Com

Logline: When the king of Tinder perfects his game to the staggering tune of two swipes a day and a couple of daily rolls in the hay, he develops a serious case of pussy affluenza until he meets his match: Tinderella, she’s the deftest swiper in the east with the handle: ‘Wanna f69k?’ In a world where getting laid is as easy as ordering takeout, can two pros find love?

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Sean Ballantyne
Older Brit – Peter Nelson
Shea – Julie C. Sheppard
Latino Dude – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is a modern day re-telling of Cinderella. It’s the story of a daughter who finds herself in the constraints of a not so great family situation. At its core is heart, hope and love.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

RomCom

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

Hollywood has all but forgotten about the romcom genre. I am hoping my feature can do its part to bring the genre back and get girl friendly films back into theaters. My version takes this simple romantic comedy and iconic children’s story and completely turns it on its head in a fun and funny compelling way.

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

Date Night

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

Probably “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” which is why the nod to that film is peppered throughout this script.

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

1 year

7. How many stories have you written?

6 completed screenplays

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

Billy Joel, “Just the Way You Are”

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

Making the ending not just unexpected but fantastic!

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

I am passionate about early Hollywood, interior design, poverty alleviation, the political climate of our nation after having worked as the former Executive Assistant to President Trump,

****

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

 

Watch Winning Comedy Short Screenplay: BOWLING FOR CONCUBINES by Vanessa Marlowe

BOWLING FOR CONCUBINES
Written by Vanessa Marlowe
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mockumentary, Comedy

Investigative reporters, Jean Burbank and Robert Ibsen, explore the highly controversial game of Bowling for Concubines in this satirical mockumentary. Involving bowling balls and actual human concubines as pins, B.F.C. forces a nation to question its own morals. Should fun come at any cost? Some say yes. These questions and more will be answered via variously dubious testimonies.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAN – Michael Gaty
NATASHA – Kiran Friesen
BORIS – David Occhipinti
MISS WINDIG – Judy Thrush
TALL LANKY GUY – Dan Cristofori
CLERK – Mark Boutros
KOYLA – Sean Ballantyne
CAROL – Viktoria Napolenova

 

****

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

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

Short Screenplay – Bowling for Concubines by Vanessa Marlowe

Watch the July 2016 Comedy Short Screenplay Winner.

Bowling for Concubines by Vanessa Marlowe

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Mockumentary, Comedy

Investigative reporters, Jean Burbank and Robert Ibsen, explore the highly controversial game of Bowling for Concubines in this satirical mockumentary. Involving bowling balls and actual human concubines as pins, B.F.C. forces a nation to question its own morals. Should fun come at any cost? Some say yes. These questions and more will be answered via variously dubious testimonies.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
MAN – Michael Gaty
NATASHA – Kiran Friesen
BORIS – David Occhipinti
MISS WINDIG – Judy Thrush
TALL LANKY GUY – Dan Cristofori
CLERK – Mark Boutros
KOYLA – Sean Ballantyne
CAROL – Viktoria Napolenova

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s about people’s fascination with violence and sex – somethings some of us can’t get enough of – expressed in the form of a violent game that releases humanity’s own repressed and erratic nature by breaking all the rules.

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

“Bowling for Concubines” would make a very compelling film because the issues addressed – violence, sex, religion and our very own moral values – are forever relevant. Also, the story expressed as a satire helps us to not only evaluate the absurdity of our own warped behavior, but hopefully, laugh at it as well.

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

Sexual Revolution!!

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

It’s a tie between Back To The Future and Wizard of Oz.

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

I worked on it for six months.

6. How many stories have you written?

Many short stories…one feature screenplay and 3 features in-process, two unpublished novels that I’m adapting into additional screenplays… A handful of short films, and a few sketches as well. The hope is the writer finishes his/her projects and doesn’t let them all collect dust! 😛

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The film “Bowling for Columbine” had such a unique title when I first heard it that I immediately went to “Bowling for Concubines” (As the comedic mind corrupts all.) which I thought was a strange notion, then feeling passionately about the topic of sex trafficking, women’s rights, violence and sexual abuse, decided to tie it in there somehow.

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

Just trying to end it. A strong ending is very challenging for me.

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

Creatively speaking…acting. Comedy. Dancing. Filmmaking. Art. Interior Design. Colors. Textures…Personally…Exercise. Nature. Meditation. Nutrition. Love. Globally…Women and children’s rights. Water access, health care access, education. Treating the earth with respect and helping to heal it and ourselves in the process. World peace.

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

Just trying to get my work out there. I think the concern is always wanting it to be polished as possible but sometimes you just gotta put it out there and hope for the best. I will always continue to work on my material as best I can in the time that I can focus on it. The feedback was helpful, constructive. I always feel like everyone has a different perception of what can be interpreted as offensive. Writing comedy you’re going to offend people at some point but comedy doesn’t apologize, so neither can I. You can’t make everyone happy, but you can try to convey a solid message and make some people laugh, and maybe give them food for thought as they get into bed at night or as they criticize some aspect in irritation. I’d rather my work made people angry than inspired them to just go home and eat potato chips and completely forget about what they just saw or read. I mean if I’m not moving someone to feeling something, than I’m not doing my job.

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

Get yourself into a quiet, peaceful place of rigid discipline and routine when it comes to writing. If your mind isn’t at peace, than it’s hard to concentrate. Finding the discipline I think to do it is easier than being able to concentrate if, as most writers and artists at some point have experienced, times are tough and you’re struggling financially or whatever. But, as Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of the times, it was the worst of times…” Through it all, the truly dedicated, determined prevail in completing their work and seeing it through. If you want to start a revolution, it starts with that first word on that magical paper.

Find what inspires you and light that fire I say! 🙂

****

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

Short Screenplay Reading: OZARK by Craig Mrock

Watch the Winning June 2016 Comedy Short Screenplay.

OZARK  by Craig Mrock

Narrator: Geoff Mays

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s a scene from a full length screenplay I wrote called “Halloween in Ozark” about Halloween in a small town. In this scene, one of the main characters, Roger, takes a chance at sitting next to the girl he’s madly in love with, Brittany. Of course, even the simplest of actions don’t happen easily when average teens experience such intense emotions, so the scene plays with that moment.

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

This particular scene addresses both the internal and external, environmental aspects of a moment in time. While many of us could relate to this situation through our own experiences, only a movie can smoothly and accurately show the various perspectives that embody a moment like this while capturing the right levels of humor, intentions, and emotions of the people involved as they happen.

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

“Real life” maybe??

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

Tough call, probably something by John Hughes, maybe Uncle Buck or Breakfast Club?

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

“Halloween in Ozark” has been an idea of mine for a few years. I initially wrote up an outline and several scenes a few years back and always had the intention of writing a funny story with an element of spook and a bit of teen raunchiness. Think John Waters combining Scary Movie and American Pie. There are several small stories involved that come together in the end and I think there are characters that appeal to everyone as most teen movies include.

6. How many stories have you written?

Tons, since I was a little kid. I’m most proud of my recent works (you can find here http://mworldentertainment.wordpress.com/ ) but the nice part about creating things is they’re only finished when you say they are.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A moment in a grocery store around Halloween that spiraled into an entire picture of the holiday in a small town.

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

This screenplay started with several scenes and ideas that needed to be fleshed out and strung together. As things developed in their own way, other scenes became more important and character development really started to factor in. The editing for this was probably the biggest challenge in the end.

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

Playing music, traveling, being outdoors, and working my way into a career in writing and out of one that just provides a paycheck.

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

I’m looking to get my name and work out there and I’ve been following the festival on social media for some time. It seemed like a good thing to try and it’s been a positive experience so far.

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

Aside from the typical “never stop writing” advice, just remember the importance of details and editing.

****
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne