1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay – CLEAN BEAT, by Bernhard Riedhammer

 

Genre: Comedy

A 1pg. comedy story.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Mike: Mike Ruderman

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about a bored man dancing to a cool music beat, receiving a surprise visit.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s an inspirational story of how music can lift one’s spirit, while doing a menial job.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Funny & Uplifting

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

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

5 days

How many stories have you written?

About 25

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

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns n’ Roses. It just rocks!

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Neuroscience. I like to know how the human brain and mind works.

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

It’s an amazing thing.

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

The festival has a great reputation, and the feedback was spot on.

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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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2016 SHORT Screenplay Winners

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

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BARGAIN
December 2016 Reading

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LAST RITES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Martin Keady

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – JANE’S INNER VOICE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Ian Wilson

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MISCHIEF AND THE MYSTIC
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Gavino
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PINCH
December 2016 Reading
Written by Claire Brown

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE LAW OF PUNCTUALITY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DELI DILEMMA
December 2016 Reading
Written by Jim Norman

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PINE CONE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – A DAY AT THE BEACH
December 2016 Reading
Written by Todd Gordon

ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – THE LAST ANNIVERSARY DINNER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Patrick Coleman Duncan
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – COMMENCEMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Borengasser

ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EMPATHY IN THE ELEVATOR
November 2016 Reading
Written by Keith Makenas
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – FORGIVENESS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sherwin Allen

ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EXORCISE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Holland
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – CASABLANCA SLING
November 2016 Reading

ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – BASTURD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Egan
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – WHAT’S IN A NAME
October 2016 Reading
Written by Ted Stanley

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

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SYMPATHY
October 2016 Reading
Written by Steven Sinnenberg

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 Screenplay – PLEASE HOLD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – JULIE & ROM
September 2016 Reading
Written by Behzad Sedghi

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – GLORIOUS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Brent Beath

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – FREEDOM
September 2016 Reading
Written by Scot Walker

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAMMY’S PARROT
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLAME GAME
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sonny Dyon

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – SAFE WORD
September 2016 Reading
Written by Darren Coyle

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – RED DOT
August 2016 Reading
Written by Mark Richards

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – DRAC’S CAFE
August 2016 Reading
Written by Scot Walker

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – FIRE!
July 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Biggs

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE FACTS OF LIFE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Beadnell

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – TREED
July 2016 Reading
Written by Sally Spitzli

ACTORMOCKUMENTARY Screenplay – BOWLING FOR CONCUBINES
July 2016 Reading
Written by Vanessa Marlowe

ACTORShort Screenplay – OZARK
June 2016 Reading
Written by Craig Mrock

ACTORShort Screenplay – CUTTING REMARKS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Erin Richardson

ACTORShort Screenplay – GARY’S GIRLS
April 2016 Reading
Written by Mckenzie Trent

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – THE HOOPLA
March 2016 Reading
Written by Thomas Nesti

ACTORShort Screenplay – LOVES LABORS LOST
February 2016 Reading
Written by Stanley

 

 

 

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

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! 🙂

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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.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Short Comedy Screenplay Reading – Gary’s Girls by Mckenzie Trent

Watch the April 2016 Winning Comedy Short Screenplay

Short Screenplay – Gary’s Girls by Mckenzie Trent

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama

A young woman with too many bumps in the road is in the process of giving up on life when an unlikely source, her dad’s new girlfriend and her former high school resident mean girl, pushes her out of her comfort zone.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufman
STEPHANIE – Sandra Krstin
MEREDITH – Kiran Friesen
GARY – Michael Lake
HOST – Noah Casey
CARL – Dennis Barham

Get to know writer Mckenzie Trent:

1. What is your short screenplay about?

A young woman is forced to go to dinner with her dad’s new girlfriend, who happens to be a former school nemesis.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Ultimately it’s a story about an unlikely friendship between two women. For it to be funny and still a woman’s character story is a tougher accomplishment these days. If expanded, I think it could be quite an adventure for these women and their goofy man in common.

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

Rival comedy

What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

The Office, Arrested Development

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

About a year

How many stories have you written?

Too many? Probably 6 or 7 that were finished and shot.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A really fun and successful improvised scene in a class. I just couldn’t let the idea go afterwards.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was originally a small web series and expanding it into a longer short provided its own challenges with character development and story pacing.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Acting! And I’m really into my women’s basketball league.

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

I was looking for guidance and some approval that I was on the right track. I agreed with most of the feedback.

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

Keep writing. And write what you love, not what you think other people want to read. Force them to pay attention to your material first.

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

Short Screenplay Reading – LOVES LABORS LOST by Stanley Eisenhammer

Watch the February 2016 Comedy Screenplay Winner.

LOVES LABORS LOST by Stanley Eisenhammer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Neil Kulin
JEFF – Gabriel Darku
NICOLE – Amanda Pereira
CHLOE – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
VOICE – Susan Wilson

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short screenplay about?

Stanley Eisenhammer: It is about the very nature of love. A couple is forced to reexamine their year-long relationship after the young man botches a marriage proposal and his girlfriend accidentally drops the engagement ring in the toilet.

Matthew: Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Stanley: Because the movie answers the question about the nature of law—that love is caring for your lover more than yourself and doing the little things in life like making soup, learning to play fantasy football—or putting your hand down the toilet.

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

Stanley: Poignantly funny.

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

Stanley: Casablanca. The best movie ever.

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

Stanley: 6.

It took 5 hours to write the first draft and 5 months of rewriting.

Matthew: How many stories have you written?

Stanley: Seven

Matthew: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Stanley: A friend told me a story of how she accidently dropped her fitbit in the toilet. She is a friend who I would have liked my son to date and marry but it was not to be. So I wrote this screenplay, instead.

Matthew: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Stanley: I ruptured a disc making it difficult for me to sit or walk. So I finished the last rewrites flat on my back and in pain.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Stanley: My wife, first of all. Trying to get my son, who is an actor, a part in a movie and married off. I am also writing a brief and preparing to argue a case in The United States Supreme Court, which is my day job.

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

Stanley: The opportunity to receive feedback and the possibility I could see it being read (which is another way to receive feedback.) My initial feeling about the feedback was that the feedback was totally wrong. But after reading it again, it made some good points (probably more than some) which I incorporated into my rewrites and which undoubtedly made the final product a better screenplay.

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

Stanley: Do not be discouraged by rejection (negative feedback) and keep writing. By continuing to write, you will become a better writer.

 

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

Comedy Logline of the Day: TURNED ON, by Timothy Johnson

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LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: Turned On

Written by: Timothy Johnson

Type: Short Film

Genre: Comedy

Logline: A satirical take on modern love, sex, and romance.

Interested in this logline, please email us at info@wildsound.ca and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

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