May 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

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ACTORFANTASY BEST Scene – BRAD ACTUALLY
May 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Bonali & Alex Quinn

ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene – THROUGH A GLASS CEILING
May 2017 Reading
by Richard Geiwitz
ACTORFAMILY BEST Scene – MY GUARDIAN ANGEL
May 2017 Reading
by Philip Naiman

ACTORCOMEDY SHORT Screenplay – MARRIAGE COUNSELING 101
May 2017 Reading
by Mark Engberg
ACTORDRAMA BEST Scene – ALL OF THEIR COLORS
May 2017 Reading
by Leonidas Vyzas Asimakopoulos

STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER!, 5min, Belgium, Political/Satire
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festival posterFAREWELL, 15min, Switzerland, Comedy
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ACTORNOVEL Transcript: ELLA: A STEPMUMS TALE
May 2017 Reading
by J.L. Higgs

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

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TV PILOT – THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MIDLIFE CRISIS by Erica Barfield Peterson

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MIDLIFE CRISIS TV Pilot
Written by Erica Peterson
Read 10 Questions with the writer

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
MARK – Ucal Shillingford
LEATHERFACE – Noah Casey
JANICE/ALEXIS – Angela Cavallin
MADISON/CHRISSY – Dana Thody
PHARMACIST – Sean Ballantyne
BETT – Chris Reid Geisler

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Horror

On his 40th birthday, Leatherface has decided it’s time to “find his truth,” so he reaches out to the one person who can help him… his only victim that got away.

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s the story of Leatherface (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) turning 40 and realizing the life he’s been living may not be the life he wants. Maybe he doesn’t want to hack people to death. Maybe he doesn’t want to eat people at every meal. Maybe he loves candle making but will never know until he goes on a journey to find his truth, and the only way he knows how to do that is with the aid of his one victim who got away – Mark. Mark survived, lived to tell the tale and even wrote a book about how he learned to live his truth because of what he went through. It’s an Odd Couple story in which both Mark and Leatherface realize how much they can truly help each other find their truths.

2. How does this episode fit into the context of the series?

I think it makes a great buddy comedy. You have two people trying to figure out how they want to live their lives and can only do so with the help of the other. One being a semi-successful self-help author and the other is a murderous psychopath. Each episode the two characters can have new goals of things they either will or won’t want as a part of their new lives. Leatherface has never dated before, never driven — basically never done much other than kill people, so there’s definitely an engine for plenty of stories. Mark is scared of life and wants to learn how to live it to the fullest which is also a great engine for many stories. I think it’s something we’ve never seen before in terms of pairing comedy and horror in the odd couple sense for a TV series.

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

Delightfully Psycho.

4. What TV show do you watch over and over again?

Arrested Development is by far my favorite. That and anything that profiles serial killers.

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

I worked on this particular pilot for three months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 10 specs and 7 pilots.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’m obsessed with the genre blend of horror and comedy. I had just seen “What We Do In The Shadows” and was like, “That’s what I want to do!” I kind of knew that all along because my favorite movie is “Young Frankenstein,” and I adore “Shaun of the Dead” but it just clicked that day, and I knew I had found my niche. I’m also so fascinated by Leatherface because we never hear him speak and I always wondered — would his life be different if he was taken in by a more “normal” family. Does he ever want to tell his mama to shove off cause he just wants to listen to music or kiss a girl? — so I wanted to explore the question of what would he be like if he came to that realization himself.

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

None, really. This was one of those times where I loved every moment of writing this because it’s something I am passionate about so it made it fun. I couldn’t wait to finish to get feedback and make it better and better.

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

I love to dance (was a semi-professional football cheerleader — will not tell you the team name because there are embarrassing photos out there), animals, fighting for the rights of others, making people laugh, sleep and donuts (GOD I LOVE DONUTS).

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

I wanted to see what people thought of my script. Sometimes you give your writing to people and worry that they’re just being nice because they know you — with this — you didn’t have to be nice, and you were wonderful! The feedback was great and encouraging. Now I just gotta get those rights from Tobe Hooper!

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

Just keep writing and always write. Write what you’re passionate about – not what you think other people want to read. Read scripts – lots of them. Nail down structure and story — if you can get those two things done well then the rest is a piece of cake. Also, forget doubting yourself. You’re not here to please anyone but yourself. If you’re writing to make money and wouldn’t write if you couldn’t make money — maybe you shouldn’t be a writer. And always be willing to take feedback — especially if you get the same note from several people. The goal is to get better and not think that you are already the best.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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Sept. 2016 Winner: Webseries – TREVOR AND EVOR Screenplay by Sasha Siljanovic

Watch the September 2016 Winning Comedy Screenplay Reading. 

TREVOR AND EVOR Webseries Screenplay
Written by Sasha Siljanovic

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
TREVOR – Nick Hendrick Wicht
EVOR – Kheon Clarke
STONER – Donald Molnar

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

TREVOR AND EVOR is about two stoner friends who set out to revolutionize the food home delivery industry and now have to navigate the stresses of running a small business while still trying to stay true to their original ideals. Their dream delivery job is taking over their lives…

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Absurd, comedy, drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I don’t think it would suit the movie format. It’s style/form better suits a web series. Or does it? There’s a nice Dude Where’s my Car feel to it.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Strangely engaging.

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

Glengarry Glen Ross, Life of Brian, What about Bob?

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A week.

How many stories have you written?

A few TV pilots, Short Movies and Web Series.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was at home desperately craving some Peking Duck to go with the wine I was drinking. And then I got thinking…

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The major obstacle was knowing “How much” I should give the audience so they come back, as I only wanted to use 4 pages max.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Wine, beach, napping.

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

Just finish it. Then write something else.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Read NEW Comedy TV PILOT Loglines:

Deadline : TV PILOT/SPEC Script Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

Read NEW Comedy TV PILOT Loglines: 

ZAPPED, by Ben Hinman

BAG YOUR OWN, by Christian Callahan

BEDTIME STORIES, by Karine Chami

NOBODY WANTS TO BE HERE, by Adam Heinis

FULTON AVENUE, by Chuk Michaels

ACROS THE HALL, by Renae Watson

RORSCHACH, by Federico Franchi

Watch Table Reading of NEW Big Bang Theory Episode

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Winner of the February 2016 Festival.

THE BIG BANG THEORY TV SPEC
Written by David Minaskanian
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Sheldon’s mom visits for his birthday and accidentally reveals that his grandmother Meemaw passed away. Needless to say, Sheldon does not take it well.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
PENNY – Kelci Stephenson
SHELDON – Jarrid Terrell
LEONARD – Chris Reid-Geisler
WOLOWITZ – Sean Kaufmann
KOOTHRAPPALI – Sasha Rajamani
MARY COOPER/AMY – Allison Kampf

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

Watch TV Comedy Spec – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

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TV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
Written by Jen Turriff

SYNOPSIS:

In this spec of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ Kimmy quickly becomes addicted to an iPad game. As she discovers she unknowingly made in-app purchases, she has to find a creative way to pay her debts. Meanwhile, Titus battles his own obsession and Jacqueline struggles with her need to be accepted by Xan.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Christopher Huron
KIMMY – Mandy May Cheetham
TITUS – Kaleb Alexander
JACQUELINE – Elizabeth Owens Skidmore
BUCKLEY – Jovan Kocic
SALES WOMAN – Maya Woloszyn

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Director/Producer – Matthew Toffolo

Editor – John Johnson

Casting Director – Sean Ballantyne

Today’s Comedy Screenplay Reading: IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA by Keith Black

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IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA “The Gang Commits Espionage” TV SPEC
Written by Keith Black
Read 10 Questions with the writers

SYNOPSIS:

‘The Gang Commits Espionage’ is an Always Sunny in Philadelphia spec about the tumultuous management of the bar and the group as a whole. Desperate for order, they seek out different political practices in hopes of organizing their chaos, and proving who is best fit as their leader.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Lorry Ayers
DENNIS – Geoff Mays
MAC – Dan Cristofori
FRANK – Allan Brunet
CHARLIE – Adam Martignetti
DEE – Marsha Mason
SPANISH WOMAN – Victoria Kucher

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne