Winning Short Screenplay – Deli Dilemma by Jim Norman

DELI DILEMMA
Written by Jim Norman

CAST LIST:

VINCE THE HAMMER – Peter Nelson
MAX/JACKIE – Gabriel Darku
ABE/PAULI – Dan Cristofori
NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A deli counterman, Brooklyn, NY circa 1925, has among his customers, 6 mob hitmen.

What is your screenplay about?

A deli counterman, Brooklyn, NY circa 1925, has among his customers, 6 mob hitmen. The mobsters are always concerned about retribution or assassination, and have made the counterman wary, as well. When other mobsters barge into the deli, disaster is imminent.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Situation comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has been structured as a half-hour TV series with limited locations and a revolving cast.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Seinfeld’s mobsters.

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

Blazing Saddles.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This one page story, 2 months. Four pilot episodes for the series, 18 months.

How many stories have you written?

Between short stories and screenplays, 17.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Reading non-fiction about NY/NJ mobs during the 1920s.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Creating believable, but humorous characters true to the period.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Large format film photography.

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

Keep a writer’s box for your ideas. Always start with a logline, then outline and write only after you are happy with what you have. Expect to rewrite, rewrite and rewrite. Expect rejection, but don’t let it stop you from writing. The more you do, the better you’ll get.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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