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

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1pg Short Script – IF I DIE by Jean Nicole Rivers

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IF I DIE
Written by Jean Nicole Rivers

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller

If I Die is about a young woman named Jaime that browses a garage sale and discovers something sinister. It’s about perception versus reality and deep betrayal.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
JAIME – Katelyn Varadi
LANA – Alicia Payne
MAN – Peter Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

If I Die is about a young woman named Jaime that browses a garage sale and discovers something sinister. It’s about perception versus reality and deep betrayal.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I call it horror/thriller

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it is the epitome of horror. There are a number of horror movies out there that while they have blood and killing and monsters are just not scary. They follow an old formula that starts with masked man with weapon and after a while that boogieman fails to move us like he did before. If I Die gets under your skin because it is revealed that the very person that should be protecting you, the one who is the closest, is the one who may thrust the knife. If you’re not safe in the suburban home of your mother and father, are you safe anywhere?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Deadly secrets.

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

Nightmare on Elm Street, of course.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

From idea to final, it took a couple of days to write.

How many stories have you written?

Two novels, one short story and seven flash fiction stories.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to write something terrifying and what’s more frightening than your mother?

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I’m extremely busy so finding time is usually my number one obstacle.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading and making films.

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

Not my words, but my favorite writing quote, “Writers write.”

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – GLORIOUS by Brent Beath

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GLORIOUS
Written by Brent Beath

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Dark Comedy

A tragi-comedy about a man seeking spiritual enlightenment in all the wrong places.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
NERVOUS MAN – Peter Mark Raphael
YOUNG GUY – Donald Molnar

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A tragi-comedy about a man seeking spiritual enlightenment in all the wrong places.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dark comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a quirky comedy that has fun with some profound questions.

How would you describe this script in two words?

tragically uplifting

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

Breathless

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

9 months

How many stories have you written?

10+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Motivated by an odd dream I had and wrote down immediately

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Procrastination!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Politics, Rallycross racing

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

Keep writing, especially when it’s bad (get’s you through to the good stuff)

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – SAFE WORD by Darren Coyle

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SAFE WORD
Written by Darren Coyle

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Romance

‘SAFE WORD’ is about two people having an ill-fated affair.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
MAN – Khoen Clarke
WOMAN – Katelyn Varadi

 

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

‘SAFE WORD’ is about two people having an ill-fated affair.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think given the parameter of a 1-page screenplay, it touches on a few different plot points in a limited amount of time and has a funny premise and ending

How would you describe this script in two words?

short & sweet

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

“A Few Good Men”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

a few days

How many stories have you written?

many – too many to count

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I thought it was a good challenge to write a 1-page screenplay and try to give it a beginning, a middle and an ending. I think I did that.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

well, the 1-page limitation was certainly an obstacle. Also, in order for something to be funny in a short amount of time is challenging too. You only have a small amount of time to establish the world of the movie as well as the characters.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

filmmaking in general. I direct and produce.

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

just keep writing. a bunch of it will not be good, but that’s how you get better.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – SAMMY’S PARROT by Dimitri Devyatkin

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SAMMY’S PARROT
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

Sammy’s Parrot is about a very dirty-mouthed parrot, whose proclivity to use swear words becomes a huge liability when Sammy gets married. Sammy avoids telling his fiance about the foul-mouthed bird until it is too late and a difficult circumstance ensues.


CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
SAMMY – Donald Molnar
PARROT – Nick Hendrick Wicht
BELINDA – Katelyn Varadi

 

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

Sammy’s Parrot is about a very dirty-mouthed parrot, whose proclivity to use swear words becomes a huge liability when Sammy gets married. Sammy avoids telling his fiancé about the foul-mouthed bird until it is too late and a difficult circumstance ensues.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

Comedy, with psychological and social commentary.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Entertaining, has a story, but also has a message – Laugh, but still have something to say after the play is over.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fowl-mouthed parrot

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

“It’s Raining in Brighton Beach” a classic comedy directed by Leonid Gaidai.
Dimitri was Line Producer. Named “One of 100 best Russian films 1992-2013” à Interview (with English translation) AFISHA magazine. Dec. 2013 about making this film. http://mag.afisha.ru/stories/100-glavnyh-russkih-filmov/

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

How many stories have you written?

10 +

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

a Russian joke

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Making the Russian humor work in an American context

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Making movies – feature films, documentaries, television and video art , social political issues

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

Follow your dream. Never give up. Try not to sell out.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – TRUE REGRET by Matt Kasper

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TRUE REGRET
Written by Matt Kasper

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

About a man seeking forgiveness during his final minutes on earth, for the one action he has ever felt regret for.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
NANCY- Alicia Payne
HEAD GUARD – Peter Mark Raphael
HENRY – Donald Molnar

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about a man seeking forgiveness during his final minutes on earth, for the one action he has ever felt regret for.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

This short falls into the drama category.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think this screenplay should be made into a movie because even at one page the emotions felt are so rich. While writing this short, I was coming up with some of the backstory in my head, to help me make the characters and events real. After I finished, Henry’s story was still ping ponging around in my mind, so I actually started to write a script.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Emotionally charged.

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

This is a very tough question, my most watched movie would probably be Forrest Gump, it is just one of those movies you can turn off if you see that it is on.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I found out about this contest rather late so I was only able to work on it for about a week before having to send it in to meet the deadline. Just after entering a few months ago, I did start writing a complete screenplay based on this last scene. I have finished about fifty pages.

How many stories have you written?

I have written a few stories here and there since I was a kid, but recently I finished writing a graphic novel. This is the only thing I have written that I would consider a full complete adult story.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

If you are asking what motivated me to write this screenplay and send it in, the answer would be, I was excited to be able to see how my writing stacked up, and I was just interested in getting some professional feedback so that I could improve my skill. If you are asking what motivated me to write this particular story the answer is far less easy to explain. To be honest, my friend sent me this link and for the first day or so I spent my time thinking about what story could I tell in about a minute. While driving home from work, the image of an electric chair and the last moments of a mans life came into my head, it took the rest of the week to flesh the rest out.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

By far the toughest thing about this challenge was to try and tell a cohesive story while including all the emotions, dialog, and stage directions on just one page.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am really passionate about music, and looking back I guess I could say that the music I was listening to while writing this (Johnny Cash) sort of helped motivate me to come up with the tone of this piece.

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

The two biggest tips I can give that helped me are to just write, write, write. It is not all going to be very good, or even good at all, but the more you write the more comfortable you become. My second tip is to read a lot. It always helps me feel more creative before starting a new project.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1pg Short Script – WHAT IT FEELS LIKE by Travis Calvert

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WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
Written by Travis Calvert

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, LGBT

About gender relations, sexual identity, and rape culture.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
GRANT – Nick Hendrick Wicht
WORKER – Khoen Clarke
WORKER 2 – Peter Mark Raphael
ANNA – Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is about gender relations, sexual identity, and rape culture.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

This would fall under the drama/LGBT genres.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

How would you describe this script in two words?

Two words: rape culture

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

The movie I have watched the most time in my life would be either Pulp Fiction or Clockwork Orange.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I worked on this one page screenplay for approximately 2 weeks.

How many stories have you written?

Thus far I’ve written 10 shorts, 2 feature length scripts, and am just completing co-writing a 3rd feature.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was motivated to write this script after a trip to NYC, wherein I experienced an internal revelation of sorts reflecting on an article I’d read on the Huffington Post entitled “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Rape Culture.”

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main obstacle I encountered to finishing this screenplay was a reluctance to share my vulnerability, but then I remembered the power of vulnerability.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I am also very passionate about directing films and writing/playing/watching live music.

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

To other writers I would say, don’t quit… keep going but make sure to get good feedback and always be looking to improve.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne