Winning Short Screenplay – Curious Buddies by Janet Caulfield

CURIOUS BUDDIES
Written by Janet Caulfield

CAST LIST:

BILL – Peter Nelson
CORTNEY – Laura Daly
NARRATOR – Gabriel Darku

SYNOPSIS:

Action, Thriller, Drama

Curious Buddies is about the rescue of a six year old girl taken hostage in a fall out shelter by a ruthless psychopath.

What is your screenplay about?

Curious Buddies is about the rescue of a six year old girl taken hostage in a fall out shelter by a ruthless psychopath.
The story is about the trials and tribulations of a veteran FBI agent and the assistance of a young internet entrepreneur
during the case investigation to save her. It’s a whirlwind, action packed thriller, spanning three days set in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco. There are subtle sub themes throughout the screenplay, like the curious friendships and
relationships that develop between the characters. For example, the buddy bond between the FBI agent and the internet guru,
and the young girl and the psychopath.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Action, Thriller, Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Curious Buddies should be made into a movie because it would appeal to die hard fans of shows like True Detective,
Criminal Minds and The Good Wife.I think it would draw millennials because there are several scenes between the FBI agent and the internet entrepreneur, some comical, where they learn to respect each other and their professions. There’s a lot of action, twists and turns in the plot that would keep an audience interested.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Provocative, Riveting

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

Rear Window. It never gets old.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About three years. I’ve done several minor rewrites.

How many stories have you written?

I have written about a dozen screenplays. Seven are finished and copyrighted.

The others I’m still working on and collaborating with another writer for a TV MOW pilot.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

News stories, and shows like True Detective, Criminal Minds, and The Good Wife.

I can’t resist movies or shows involving scandals or corruption.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, art, sports. I’m a rabid Cubs fan.

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

Never, never give up. Follow your dreams

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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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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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Winning Short Screenplay – The Proving Grounds by Michael Boyd

THE PROVING GROUNDS
Written by Michael Boyd

CAST LIST:

LUTHY – Gabriel Darku
NANCY – Kelly Daly
NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Western.

It takes place in the early 1970s during the time of the Nevada desert atomic bomb tests.

What is your screenplay about?

It takes place in the early 1970s during the time of the Nevada desert atomic bomb tests. It is about a man called Luther who recovers from a mysterious and lethal form of cancer, he cannot fathom his miraculous recovery from a disease that should have killed him. Because of his parents blurry past he believes that the answers to his recovery may lie in his parents home town, a small township in the Nevada desert. He enters this town which has a weird atmosphere. He meets a waitress, a physics student and a psychopathic drifter in this town and these people are forced to confront complete madness if they are to find the answers they seek.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Horror, Thriller, Drama, Western.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I feel that precious few true horror films are made any more and even fewer have compelling characters, story and intrigue. I despair a bit when I see horror films which are always diluted down by other genres I want to make a horror film that is exactly that a horror film that will scare you, disturb you, entertain you and stay with you and that will always give you some new nuance or aspect with repeated viewings.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Compelling and frightening.

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

The History Boys

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Five years.

How many stories have you written?

Dozens

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I was captivated by my uncle’s idea and I wanted to develop it and my mind flooded with ideas for it.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Different people who read my screenplay of course gave me different feedback and some of it conflicted with others, so it was tricky trying to improve the script in many ways at once without falling into the trap of correcting one aspect whilst making another incorrect.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Filmmaking, directing, editing, bodybuilding, cats, karate, fitness, tennis, snooker, graphic novels, film scripts, audiobooks, watching films, listening to music, televisions, vinyl and hi-fi.

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

Never, ever stop writing, trying and promoting yourself for one moment, you have to want it more than the air in your lungs. And actually write things. Many aspiring writers when they ask professionals for advice are asked by the professionals what they have written and the answer is surprisingly and worryingly nothing or next to nothing. Also write for free to take advantage of opportunities, don’t be snobbish about payment, if it will make you miss an opportunity.
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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Winning Short Screenplay – Bargain by David Brin

BARGAIN
Written by David Brin

CAST LIST:

BUTLER – Dan Cristofori
RONALD REAGAN – Peter Nelson
NARRATOR – Laura Kyswaty

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Political

How the United States sabotaged their own space program at about the same time that the USSR collapse.

What is your screenplay about?

At one level, it is a rumination on a coincidence, that we in the United States sabotaged our own space program at about the same time that the USSR collapse. At another level, it is a tragicomic look at what can happen when a great nation allows itself to be led by a delusional mind.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Science fiction, political

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is funny.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Suicidal bargain.

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

The Postman

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One evening.

How many stories have you written?

Several hundred. Some of them have appeared in 25 languages.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

a dare.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

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

I offer plenty of advice for new writers at http://www.davidbrin.com/advice.htm

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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 – 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 – Freedom by Scot Walker

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

FREEDOM
Written by Scot Walker

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Satire

What is the meaning of the 2nd Amendment? How much “freedom” doe sit imply? Is there no limit to the “freedom” to own arms, even when those arms include missile launchers, automatic weapons, poison gas and atomic weapons? But more importantly, why must the Supreme Court decide such issues? Is there no common sense in the number, amount and type of arms Americans should be allowed to buy?

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Julian Ford
GUY – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

What is the meaning of the 2nd Amendment? How much “freedom” doe sit imply? Is there no limit to the “freedom” to own arms, even when those arms include missile launchers, automatic weapons, poison gas and atomic weapons? But more importantly, why must the Supreme Court decide such issues? Is there no common sense in the number, amount and type of arms Americans should be allowed to buy?

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Satire.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

A film can be distributed to far many more viewers. This is a message that I feel very compassionate about. It’s time Americans begin to have a real dialogue about the effects of owning weapons and even if we need to own them.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Ironic satire.

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

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (with my all time favorite actor: Ingrid Bergman).

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It’s a very short play so the actual composition took an hour or so, however, it is a concept (and controlling arms) that has been brewing inside my soul for many decades.

How many stories have you written?

Including plays and novels and shorts stories over the course of the past 55 years, probably hundreds. You can google me Scot Walker author (one “t” in Scot; I was too poor to afford the second “t”.) or checking out my novels, poetry and short stories at Smashword or write to me at century21theatre@yahoo.com for more information.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The arrogance of the NRA.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Saving the planet, international travel, tutoring,

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Take nothing personally. And never stop writing.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne