Short Screenplay – WHAT’S IN A NAME by Ted Stanley

WHAT’S IN A NAME
Written by Ted Stanley

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Romance, Comedy

A script about a couple jumping to conclusions.

CAST LIST:

JOHN – Peter Mark Raphael
JANE – Katelyn Varadi
NARRATOR – Julian Ford

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Jumping to conclusions.

What genres does your 1pg. short fall under?

Romantic Comedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It has a small cast and simple setting.
It allows imagery as well as dialogue to tell the story and develop character.
The twist at he end would encourage a second viewing.
Its written to accommodate characters with any combination of gender or race

How would you describe this script in two words?

Witty, deceptive.

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

Midnight Cowboy

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 days for first draft. 5 days to review and refine.

How many stories have you written?

10+

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The challenge of establishing character and telling a story on one page of screenplay. and the chance of having it performed

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Finding ways, within the confines on one page of script, to developed character, explore relationships, and tell a story that would engage intrigue and entertain through both dialogue and visual images.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading

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

Study the craft to develop the skills you need to channel and display your creativity.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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

Short Screenplay – THE FALL, by Alix Kruntorad

THE FALL
Written by Alix Kruntorad

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Action, Thriller

A bustling New York City morning, interrupted by a suicide.

CAST LIST:

WOMAN – Cass Van Wyck
WOMAN 2 – Jane Smythe
NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

This screenplay is about a normal, bustling, city morning, shaken by death.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Thriller!

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay should be turned into a movie because there is so much potential with it, specifically mental health awareness.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Surprise twist!

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

Oh my gosh! I have no idea. I love movies, and have seen thousands. I don’t know which ones
I’ve seen the most.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I only worked on this screenplay for a few hours, but it’s based off of an idea that I’ve been working on for years.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve been writing films since elementary school. I don’t know how many times I forced my mom to chase me around the house with a video camera. I’ve written two shorts, a feature, a reality tv show, poems, and am working on four more feature films.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I’m a very big advocate of mental health awareness, so I love writing things that can help others.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This screenplay only took a short time to finish; however, the feature film that I based this short on, has been difficult to finish due to other projects getting in the way, and writers block!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to act, model, and direct.

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

Keep writing! Collaboration is a wonderful way to meet new people and gain new ideas. Definitely keep writing.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay – MONKEY MODEL, by Barry Brennessel

MONKEY MODEL

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

A women faces a very difficult decision on life or death.

CAST LIST:

MARCO – Hugh Ritchie
SHEILA – Jane Smythe
NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Doomed relationships.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It might possibly make people feel better about their lives. And since it’s so short, there would probably be no admission fee!

How would you describe this script in two words?

Choices. Consequences.

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

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, probably tied with Fargo, and Cocteau’s Orphee close behind.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took about a week.

How many stories have you written?

Approximately a dozen screenplays, 4 novels, and 3 short story collection. And a few radio ads. 🙂

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I loved the challenge of telling a story in one page.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was tough to make a cohesive story in so short a format.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Travel, gardening, history, language, and chocolate.

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

Don’t be afraid to experiment.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay: I NEVER KNOCK by John Ervin

I NEVER KNOCK

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy

A has-been movie star contemplates killing herself on-stage during the opening night of a Broadway show in 1955, when she is interrupted by several visitors to her dressing room.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Hugh Ritchie
REBECCA – Jane Smythe
FANNY – Cass Van Wyck
BRODERICK – Benjamin Camenzuli
OLIVIA – Becky Shrimpton
LEE – Paul Whitaker

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A has-been movie star contemplates killing herself on-stage during the opening night of a Broadway show in 1955, when she engages in insults, fisticuffs, bottle-throwing and gun-play with several visitors to her dressing room.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Comedy, Historical

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Movie and theatre stars of the golden age of Hollywood and Broadway should be celebrated and remembered, especially in this age of instant entertainment and online pseudo-stars who don’t put in the work and pay their dues like the classic ones did.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Shockingly funny.

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

The Shawshank Redemption (which, among many other things, involves a classic Hollywood movie icon)

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

One year

How many stories have you written?

Twenty-five

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

My love of classic Hollywood films starring Bette Davis, Barbra Stanwyck, Humphrey Bogart and other icons of the era, as well as my admiration for the theatre, both on and off Broadway.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Having free time to write it, what with personal and work-related obligations distracting from what was a very enjoyable process.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Politics, social causes, traveling, and seeing as many new releases and old favorites in film as I can.

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

Write every day, no matter how busy life can be or frustrating the process is, because creativity only happens during the actual function of writing.

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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