Winning 1pg. Short Screenplay – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, by Kushal Dhungana

 Genre: Comedy

Katie has a chat with god.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
God: Steve Rizzo
Katie: Rachel Salsberg

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about a girl who seeks to rekindle her relationship with God, played out in a very absurd way.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because I believe it’s a funny and satirical take on religious relationships with God.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Short, funny.

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

Anchorman.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The full version took about a week.

How many stories have you written?

Too many to count.

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

My favorite song is always changing… As of now, it’s “Redbone” by Childish Gambino.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Getting harsh feedback from people who thought that God was off limits in terms of comedy.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Creating beats and playing basketball.

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

I had a very short comedy script, and this festival provided a great opportunity to have it performed for the public. The positive feedback for the full length version of the script has been very positive for the most part, and I’m extremely honored by it all.

 

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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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Sept. 2016 Winner: Feature Screenplay – LAWN BOYS by Steve Cleary

Watch the September 2016 Winning Comedy Screenplay. 

LAWN BOYS
Written by Steve Cleary

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Screwball Comedy

When a pretentious ad man levels down to work on his best friend’s landscaping crew, he must sharpen his new skills in order to prevent a rival lawn service from ruining their hometown’s natural beauty with artificial grass.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Steve Rizzo
STEVE – Kaleb Alexander
SUNNY – Heather Dicke
MIKE/BRIAN – Steve Mitchell
MUNGO – John Fray
HEIKO – Dan Cristofori
RIPPY – Randy Baumer
VARIOUS – Norma Dawn Dunphy

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

‘Lawn Boys’ is about a city guy who learns to bloom where he’s planted by taking a job on his buddy’s landscaping crew back in his South Jersey hometown.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

‘Lawn Boys’ is a broad comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

‘Lawn Boys’ is outrageously funny, while being grounded in reality and has a lot of heart. It’s refreshingly original and sure to leave anyone who watches it with a smile.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Outrageously Funny!

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

That would have to be ‘A Christmas Story’, by default.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I first came up with the idea way back in 2009 and picked at it over the years since. I fully committed to writing it last fall and it took me about six months to get it fully polished.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written a couple dozen or so, but only six have made it into fully realized screenplays. I’m currently working on two other screenplay ideas and have several more in the pipeline.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I kept having situations and lines of dialogue coming to mind as if they were from a movie I’ve seen several times. This is the comedy movie I’ve always wanted to have playing on a lazy hungover Saturday afternoon.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The ideal being to write full-time, I had to tear myself away from it in order to find freelance work to pay the bills.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about living a life of radical self-expression and freedom to explore the wonders of nature and mankind.

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

Yes! Get coverage wherever you can find it. When I posted an early draft of ‘Lawn Boys’ to a couple of listing sites, the feedback from reviewers and other writers helped me improve the script immeasurably.
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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

 

Watch Comedy Best Scene from THE HOOPLA Screenplay by Thomas Nesti

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Best Scene from THE HOOPLA Screenplay
Written by Thomas Nesti
Read 10 Questions with the writer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre; Drama, Comedy

An abused teenager risks his life to save the world’s last movie theater from the cutthroat nightclub owner next door.
CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
GRACE – Nadia Gigi Inara
ASHER – Steve Rizzo

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

Watch the Winning Short Comedy Script Reading of THE WRITER’S DUEL

Deadline November 5th for Comedy Film and Writing Festival
https://festivalforcomedy.com/

Watch THE WRITER’S DUEL by by Ellery VanDooyeweert

SYNOPSIS:

A short script is all about the magic we can create when working in the movies. We can make things appear and disappear, literally make characters do and say stuff and have fun with it!

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – David Occhipinti
WRITER #1 – Steve Rizzo
ADDISON PALMER – Holly Sarchfield
MIKE DEXTER – Craig Estrella
WRITER #2 – Sean Ballantyne
WRITER #3 – Angelica Alejandro