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

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

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 – WHAT IT FEELS LIKE by Travis Calvert

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

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