Short Screenplay – CAPITAL STEPS by Jennifer Renner

Watch the September 2016 Winning FAMILY Short Screenplay.

Written by Jennifer Renner


Genre: Family, Drama, Comedy

Two fifth-grade boys try to learn how to play the game of politics.


NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
BEN – Brogan Caulfield
GRANDMOTHER – Viktoria Napoleonova
RUSELL – Martin Huss
GRANITINO – Michael Lake
BEN’S MOTHER – Erynn Brook
MRS. PENNYNACKLE – Michelle Alexander

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Two fifth-grade boys find themselves entrenched in the world of politics.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Family, comedy .

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is a comedic look at many of the foibles of modern politics that would hopefully lead to discussions about politics while providing a few laughs.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Farcical civics

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

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote the first draft of this screenplay about seven years ago, then put it away. I found it earlier this year and started rewriting it.

How many stories have you written?

More than a handful, less than a ton.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

For some reason, the ridiculous behavior of politicians has been on my mind lately…

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It was, at times, difficult to keep the story simple and straightforward while still maintaining some level of believability (though this is a satire and meant to be seen as such).

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

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

Participating in interesting experiences that I can use in my writing.

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

Just keep writing and don’t let the man get you down.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballatyne


Today’s Family Audience FEEDBACK Video: VALOR CAT, Animation/Comic Book, 7min, USA

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  MOVIE POSTERVALOR CAT, Animation/Comic Book, 7min, USA
Directed by Benjamin Reicher

Valor Cat (secretly mayor Mark Bristle) is the hero of Valor City. John Sci is Valor Cat’s best friend and the man who gave him his powers. Burmac is a robot that Valor Cat thought he killed. He has recently repaired himself and is planning to take down Valor Cat with the only thing that could possibly stop him.

Ben Reicher

Key Cast
Ben Reicher
Paul Berkholds
Sharon Kim
Brian Smee

Musical Composition
Melanie Carroll-Dolci

Musical Arrangement
Jesse Richardson

Sound Design
Marcus Sobczak

Film Type: Animation, Short, Student

Genres: Musical, Comedy, opera, superhero

Runtime: 6 minutes 30 seconds

Completion Date: April 10, 2015

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: Digital

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Film Color: Color

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for the Family/Comedy Short Film: TURKEY

Deadline November 20th for Family Film and Writing Festival

The award winning comedy/family short film played at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in September 2015. Winner of Best Short Film.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of TURKEY:

TURKEY, Comedy/Family, 17min, USA
Directed by Erik Linthorst

This darkly comic short indie film finds a good-hearted but wayward family searching for gratitude in all the wrong places, only find it where they least expect it.

Erik Linthorst

Key Cast
Priscilla Barnes
Lora Plattner

Film Type: Short

Runtime: 16 minutes 54 seconds

Completion Date: March 15, 2015

Production Budget: 40,000 USD

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: Alexa

Aspect Ratio:2:85