SHORT SCREENPLAY – Pfff by Dimitri Devyatkin

Watch the January 2017 1pg. Short Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay PFFF Screenplay
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
PATIENT – Nick Wicht
DOCTOR – Charles Gordon

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A doctor tries to help in a difficult case.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A patient with a difficult problem comes to a doctor. The doctor is able to help the patient, but when he presents the bill, the patient is furious and refuses the doctor’s cure.

What genres does your screenplay under?

comedy, dirty jokes

How would you describe this script in two words?

gas attack

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

pure fun, slapstick humor

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

Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin), A Day at the Races (Marx Brothers)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two days

How many stories have you written?

2 long screenplays, 15 shorts

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

to make a play that is so funny that the actors can hardly hold their laughter. In grade school, I was the crack up king. I could make the whole class crack up with laughter.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

none

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

history, politics, culture, art, movies

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

A fun script, look forward to hear any feedback. Please send feedback, comments, advice, critique. —

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

Keep trying. Don’t give up.

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


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Winning Short Screenplay – A Day At The Beach by Todd Gordon

A DAY AT THE BEACH
Written by Todd Gordon

CAST LIST:

ALBERT – Dan Cristofori
JESSE – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Drama

What seems like two guys having a casual conversation on the beach is really one of them killing the other in a Mafia style hit.

What is your screenplay about?

“What seems like two guys having a casual conversation on the beach is really one of them killing the other in a Mafia style hit.”

What genres does your screenplay under?

“Drama and comedy.”

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“It would be fun to find out how Jesse got into the predicament he is in. What did he do to the mob to warrant being killed?”

How would you describe this script in two words?

“Surprise assassination.”

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

“The Graduate”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

“I work fast so I whipped this one off in a day”

How many stories have you written?

“Dozen”

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

“I love drama with hints of underlying humor. Plus mobster themes.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

“How can I make something serious bring a smile”

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

“Music. I love listening to all kinds of music. I also love reading nonfiction and biographies as I love learning about people.”

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

“Go with your heart and gut and don’t follow what is trendy because by the time you finish the script and send it out, the industry will be on to something else.”

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Short Screenplay – HAPPY LITTLE PILLS by Kennedy Erin

HAPPY LITTLE PILLS
Written by Kennedy Erin

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

A teenage girl struggles with the idea of self-medicating to escape the stress, loneliness, and emotional pain of her everyday life.

CAST LIST:

RACHEL – Alicia Payne
QUINTA – Katelyn Varadi
NARRATOR – Julian Ford

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Happy Little Pills” is about a teenage girl who struggles with the idea of self-medicating to escape the stress, loneliness, and emotional pain of her everyday life.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

“Happy Little Pills” would fall under the Drama genre.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

“Happy Little Pills” focuses on the character’s emotions, and seeing a character decide not to self-medicate even with all of her emotional pain can be an inspiration to many teens who are struggling with the same problem.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Conquering (the) self.

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

I watched Cloud Atlas (an almost 3-hour movie) three times in a row (the same day) when I first saw it.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I spent about 2-hours writing this specific 1-page screenplay.

How many stories have you written?

I have written 2 short films, 1 feature-length film, an array of short stories, and a self-published fictional novel

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

This contest for the LA Feedback Festival challenged me to write an intriguing story in 1-page or less. It was a difficult task, but I appreciated the chance to demonstrate my skills in condensing a long plot into a short time frame.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was difficult finding the initial idea for a screenplay that would be compelling in less than 1-page. The challenge lay in what theme to address in my script. Once I thought of the theme of self-medication, the rest of the writing became easier.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about conceptualizing, performing in, and editing YouTube videos, as well as building a community on the platform where people who are socially awkward or who have social anxiety can feel safe socializing on the internet.

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

It may sound cliche, but write what you know. I find I have the hardest time completing a story when it begins with a plot or theme I know nothing about. Why write something that you have to research if you can write something that flows from you?

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – SYMPATHY by Steven Sinnenberg

SYMPATHY
Written by Steven Sinnenberg

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Insensitive bartender seeks sympathy for an injury.

CAST LIST:

ROB – Sean Ballantyne
FORREST – Rikki Wright
CRAIG – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

“Sympathy” is a scene from Echo of the Whistle, a feature-length screenplay about a former college football star shaking that legacy to evolve into an artist. His wife and fans don’t want to lose their hero.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Comedy and drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s relate-able. Sympathy scene is about thinking your burdens are the toughest to face. Living in the long shadows of distant fame while seeking the sunshine of new adventure is a shared theme in life.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Defining legacy.

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

It’s a tie between Casablanca and Fight Club.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Four months.

How many stories have you written?

Eight full scripts and two shorts.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Andy Warhol speaking of 15 minutes of fame and Edgar Allan Poe’s “Eldorado”. After becoming famous, what do you do for the other 75 years or so? You still seek your legacy, your quest for who you are.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Time management: time to think, dream, and write uninterrupted.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Bioremediation (cleaning soil using microorganisms to consume oil) and college sports, specifically University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins football and lacrosse.

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

Schedule uninterrupted time to think, dream, and write every day. Professional time management.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – THE STRUGGLE by Janice Kennedy

THE STRUGGLE
Written by Janice Kennedy

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Dark Comedy

Life and Death meet and it’s all over for Life until Hope enters the picture.

CAST LIST:

VOICE – Rikki Wright
LIFE – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The struggle between Life and Death.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Comedy.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s got a clown in it.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Life / Death

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

“It’s A Wonderful Life”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

All my life.

How many stories have you written?

Many.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was asked to write a one-minute play by my playwrights group in Seattle. I thought I’d challenge myself to writing about the struggle between Life and Death in one page. When I read about the LA FEEDBACK festival of one-page screenplays, I decided to adapt my stage play into a screenplay.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Trying to lay out the struggle between Life and Death in one page.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My husband.

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

Keep writing.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – THE MIDDLING CLASS by Amanda J Bermudez

THE MIDDLING CLASS
Written by Amanda J. Bermudez

Coming Soon…..

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, Romance

Complicit in her own observation of the contemporary middle class, a woman viciously seduces a prosaic housewife whose husband is a hostage overseas.

CAST LIST:

AMAL – Rikki Wright
MARJORIE – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Sandy Kellerman

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The project is basically a short, sexy, unfriendly treatment of the contemporary middle class. In the story, an older woman viciously seduces a prosaic housewife whose husband is being held hostage overseas. Ultimately, the story is about humiliation, self-discovery, and mediocre desperation.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama, romance, dark comedy… the usual.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I’d like to see this work made primarily because it’s a decently original and incisive. Secondarily because it will be incredibly cheap to shoot.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Electrifying boredom.

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

The Sting.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

The screenplay was written quickly, but the concept has been brewing for some time.

How many stories have you written?

Not nearly as many as I’d like.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

You meet these people, everywhere but especially in West LA, who are jonesing for the drama. People who would throw reality under the bus for a quick hit of feeling interesting, adorable, whatever. And it’s very human, but it’s also violent. This film is really just a quick flirt with that moment, of choosing the immediate over the real.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The truncated format is a bit limiting, but no major hardships were endured.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Passionate is a strong word, but I’m pretty damn into boxing, late ’90s Chuck Klosterman essays, making music (albeit more often listening), and single malt scotch.

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

If you don’t have something worth writing, don’t. There are enough words in the world. When you write, make it count. Read great writers. And relax your investment in public opinion.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay: PRIME SUSPECT by Adam Dwyer

PRIME SUSPECT
Written by Adam Dwyer

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Crime

After a family is reported missing, an unlikely suspect turns up.

CAST LIST:

STRAPP – Rikki Wright
JONES – Gabriel Darku
NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about two cops investigating the disappearance of a family of three.

What genres does your screenplay under?

The screenplay falls under mystery/suspense with shades of horror.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think my script should be made into a movie because at a running time of about one minute (sans credits), in addition to being a frightening story, it would be a favourite among film festival programmers and it would especially play well on the web.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Impending. Doom.

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

The Shining. I see something new in it every time, too.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

An hour or two. It’s only a page.

How many stories have you written?

I have written dozens of stories in various formats. In addition to screenwriting — feature-length and short scripts — I have written short stories and novellas.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I kept hearing about these one-minute horror movies online, so I thought I would try to challenge myself write a story to fit that time restriction.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I didn’t face many obstacles in finishing this script since from the story beginning to end is only one page. But, that page started blank, and all writers know that in itself is probably the biggest obstacle.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading. I guess that goes hand-in-hand. Books and films are the non-living things I love the most. Cooking would be next on the list.

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

Patience with progression. But, you must progress. Constantly. Write everyday. Even if it is just one line. Don’t put it off until tomorrow when you think you have the time to write a whole page. Write that line today because if you put it off now you may put it off again tomorrow. Those lines add up. Then when you finally do have the time to write you will realize that you are much further along with your project than you thought. If your writing feels like it going too slow, don’t get frustrated. Remember, every writer does it the same way: one word at a time.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson