Winning TV Spec Screenplay: Rick and Morty – What Have You Learnt Morty? by Javier Torregrosa

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Morty struggles to study for his exam, Rick decides to help Morty to learn by showing him first hand. Meanwhile Jerry starts a new job that doesn’t turn out as expected.

CAST LIST:

Mortar: Pearl Ho
Beth: Julie C. Sheppard
Jerry: Twain Ward
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Rick: Peter Nelson
Morty: John Leung
Summer: Katelyn Vanier

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Short Screenplay – TREED by Sally Spitzli

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TREED by Sally Spitzli

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

This is a black & white silent comedy short with subtitles.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
VOICE OVER – Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

A woman uses a child to con a guy at Christmas.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a funny little black & white “short” that an audience would enjoy.

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

Universal appeal.

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

“The Wizard of Oz”

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

I worked on the 1-page script a total of 5 minutes, but the story goes back decades. When I was a divorced parent of a little girl, times were tough and we couldn’t afford the $50 Christmas tree we saw on a lot. My daughter was only 8 years old, but had a sophisticated sense of humor. When I told the salesman I only had $10 to spend, he told me he was sorry but they didn’t have any trees for that price. As he walked away, my daughter tugged at my coat and said, “Mommy, does that mean we can’t have Christmas?” Her timing was perfect and her delivery was Oscar-worthy. The man turned around, looked at her angelic face and said, “Of course, you’re going to have Christmas, Honey.” He took my 10 bucks, nailed the tree to a stand, tied it to the top of my beaten up old VW, and tearfully waved to us as we drove off. On the way home, my little girl said she thought that would be a good movie like those “old ones on TV.”

6. How many stories have you written?

I used to be a travel writer, radio/TV/print commercial copywriter. Presently, I have a TV movie screenplay ready for purchase and I have almost completed a novel. The screenplay is a sweet story that deals with families and Alzheimer’s. The novel is raw and deals with spousal abuse, infidelity and murder.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It looked like fun and I already had the story in mind.

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

Trying to fit it on one page.

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

My family, (including the dog) home, charities.

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

If something touches you, chances are it will touch other people, as well. Write it down.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

Short Screenplay – MATERNAL FEAR by Stephen Milek

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MATERNAL FEAR by Stephen Milek

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
PAM – Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know writer Stephen Milek:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is a psychological thriller based on events that happened to a friend of mine. She was heading to bed and looked at a baby monitor to check on her son and saw a white orbs circling around her son. Not wanting to wake her son up she googled what to do and found an incantation to say to send evil spirits away.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

A relationship that lives in the aftermath of an abortion is
The fear a parent has for their children is universal. When something unknown threatens an innocent child even non parents feel a sense of dread. I believe a film like this could tap into those universal fears.

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

Mother’s fear

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

As a kid I probably watched The Goonies the most and still revisit it as an adult and still ranks as one of my favorite movies.

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

When I found out about the 1 page screenplay challenge I tried to come up with a good story that could be told in a short time. Since I only found out about the challenge shortly before the deadline it was a pretty short time that I was working on it.

6. How many stories have you written?
Around 10

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I liked the challenge and love to get feedback to strength my writing skills. The story comes from wanting to tell a complete story in 1 page.

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

The one page limit posed the biggest obstacle especially with the end. In my first draft there were more characters and bigger ending. But a lot of editing had to be done to get the one page ending but still try to keep the intensity of the script.

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

Movies in general. I write for a blog and help run The Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival.

Besides that I work in a hospital as a pharmacist.

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

I still feel like I am learning so not sure what advice I could pass on.

The biggest part of learning to write is seeking meaningful feedback. I always appreciate tips on how to make my writing better. I also try to read other screenplays to get a feel of how the pros do it.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Short Screenplay – PRO-PETE by Julie Merrick

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PRO-PETE by Julie Merrick

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
ALYSSA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
ANNE – Mandy May Cheetham

Get to know the winning writer Julie Merrick:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Pro-Pete is about a man and a woman who love each other. Leave each other. Hate each other. Nearly die while separated – and then, in the end, forgive each other fully completel

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

A relationship that lives in the aftermath of an abortion is
evocative. The story does not take sides or suggest right or wrong, but instead explores human emotion, with themes of perseverance and forgiveness.

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

Unfeigned, responsive.

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

To Kill a Mocking Bird.

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

Not long (a few months), although I had the idea for a while.

6. How many stories have you written?

Many stories, but I have about 6 complete screenplays written.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I like stories that have a core narrative of hope, but that are not afraid to include elements of dark emotion. I don’t think many people dare to write a story that includes abortion (because of it’s controversy and extremes).

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

I faced the normal obstacles – writer’s block, writer’s doubt,
writer’s despair, writer’s mania. Finishing a story that satisfies yourself is very difficult (I think for all but the most confident of writers).

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

I find playing music difficult, but fun. I also like Super Mario games.

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

Enjoy the process and keep learning.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Short Screenplay – STRANGER by Jason Smith

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STRANGER by Jason Smith

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
SARAH – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
STRANGER – Neil Bennett

Get to know the winning writer Jason Smith:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The screenplay’s about a young woman who wakes up in the passenger seat of an old man’s car as the stranger drives. Fearing for her safety, she takes the first opportunity to flee. As the stranger pursues and her cries for help fall on deaf ears, she catches a glimpse of her reflection in a shop window and the old woman who looks back reveals the more tragic truth… her dementia is worsening, her husband and even her own reflection are becoming strangers.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe this screenplay packs a big punch for a one-page script and helps raise awareness and understanding of a tragic health condition that can effect anyone.

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

effectively poignant

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

Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers

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

1 day

6. How many stories have you written?

A handful of short shorts, a 30 page psychological horror and nearing completion of my first feature (a period drama)

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My partner has recently begun work as a carer for dementia sufferers but the main motivation has been seeing my own grandmother’s dementia worsen and the effect that has had on the entire family.

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

No matter how small the idea, it is always difficult to condense it into a 1 page screenplay. To be able to build character, give the story progression and portray an idea in such a small amount of time was a real obstacle.

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

I am an avid cinema-goer, with a passion for film. I thoroughly enjoy studying history and in my spare time I have passion for football (soccer), snooker and pool.

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

Always write about topics that interest you but don’t underestimate the value of writing something in a genre you dislike, the result can be something truly unique. For example, if you dislike horror, try writing a horror which would appeal to you! At best you’ve created a new sub-genre that stands out from the crowd… at worst you’ve added experience and new weapons to your writing armoury. You WILL feel the benefit!

 

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne