Short Screenplay – CAPITAL STEPS by Jennifer Renner

Watch the September 2016 Winning FAMILY Short Screenplay.

CAPITAL STEPS
Written by Jennifer Renner

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Drama, Comedy

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

CAST LIST:

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 http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballatyne

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Watch Winning Family Short Screenplay: THE FACTS OF LIFE by Chris Beadnell

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THE FACTS OF LIFE
Written by Chris Beadnell
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SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Family, Comedy

A parent’s nightmare, the dreaded ‘birds and bees’ chat. This loving father steps up to the plate to answer the questions from his inquisitive daughter. He is nervous as he awkwardly navigates his way through an explanation. But, humorously, the circumstance changes at the end.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
TINA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
TREVOR – Robert Notman

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Short Screenplay – THE BLUE DRESS by Dave Riese

Watch the July 2016 Winning Family Short Screenplay.

THE BLUE DRESS by Dave Riese

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Kaufmann
REBECCA – Elizabeth Rose Morriss
EDITH – Mandy May Cheetham
MICHAEL – Devin Upham
WALLACE – Neil Bennett

Get to know the winning writer Dave Riese:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Rebecca, 12 years old, learns that her Uncle Wallace, a cattle baron from Texas, is coming to visit. Rebecca doesn’t like her uncle and her only hope is that he will bring her a birthstone ring like the one he bought for her cousin the year before. After dinner, Uncle Wallace gives Rebecca her gift: a blue dress once owned by his wife Vera who has remained in Texas. When Rebecca’s mother asks her to try on the dress, Rebecca, bitterly disappointed, runs to her room in tears.

Rebecca soon suspects that her father and Uncle Wallace have reached an agreement that she won’t like. When her suspicions become true, Rebecca finds a way to exact a fitting revenge in return for the adults’ betrayal.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

With the classic theme of a child against adults, this film can be enjoyed by preteens to eighty year olds. The central character of the child is not the usual heroine. The childish perspective of Rebecca contrasts with the reality facing the adults. The number of characters is limited to five; most of the action takes place in a house, its porch, and front yard. A street sidewalk is the only other location. The short story takes place just after WWII in Montreal, but this time frame can be pushed up 10-20 years, if necessary; the location can be moved to the US. A new car from the period is the main object that much reflect the period.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Outwitting adults.

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

It’s hard to say. It’s a toss-up between Psycho, Citizen Kane, Wizard of Oz, and North by Northwest. All the while I’m watching, I’m telling myself, “You’ve seen this hundred times. You know every scene and most of the dialogue. Go do something else.” But I can’t tear myself away.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this screenplay off and on for six months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written about 20 stories and a novel, published last year, called Echo from Mount Royal

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to try my hand at writing a screenplay. My short story called The Blue Dress seemed to offer a good combination of dialogue and conflict. I was also intrigued by the young girl who struggles against the adults. Her perspective offered the opportunity to combine humor with sympathy. Her relationship with her mother vs her father undergoes a reversal that provides a satisfying conclusion.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Adapting a short story taught me how to externalize the interior thoughts of the characters. For example, the friend, Jackie, was created to help us understand, more clearly, the motivations of Rebecca. Several scenes of backstory in the prose work was dropped for time reasons and to make the plot line more streamlined. The criticism I received from the judge at the festival pertained to the length of time before the uncle arrives at Rebecca’s home. His arrival propels the plot into Act Two and must come sooner. Act One of the screenplay was shortened by 25% in the next revision.

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

My wife and I enjoy travelling throughout the world. I enjoy gardening and spending time with our grandchildren. Reading is the center of my life.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I joined FilmFreeway and began searching for festivals that accepted short screenplays. I chose this festival because I got a down-to-earth vibe from the website. I expect that hearing the screenplay will help me hear what dialogue works and what doesn’t. Also the judge’s criticism was exactly what had to be changed.

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

Join a critique group where you have the opportunity to workshop your script. Revise the script over and over to tighten the dialogue. Try to find place where a single word or sentence or action defines a character. Watch lots of films and study screenplays to see how professionals solve the problems we all face.

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Watch Family Short Script: FIVE DAYS IN CALCUTTA

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FIVE DAYS IN CALCUTTA
by Fred Perry

SYNOPSIS:

A ridiculously botched suicide attempt reunites two brothers who are polar opposites.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
BERNIE – Brett Kelly
SID – Steve Shand
WOMAN’S VOICE – Aidan Black Allen

 

Watch the Audience Feedback Video of the Family Short Film UNDER THE PILLOW

UNDER THE PILLOW played at the FEEDBACK Film Festival in 2013. It’s an animated documentary made from the drawings and voices of a group of children from a clinic in India. The guitar, dancing, a trip to the sea, Sweety and Kitty cats and sisters who care, are among some of the treasures and dreams that keep children under the pillow.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

BAJO LA ALMOHADA (Under the Pillow), Animation/Documentary – 8min – Spain/India
Directed by Isabel Herguera

Language
Spanish, English

Original Format
HD

short films

short films
Script
Isabel Herguera

Special effects
EDUARDO ELOSEGI

Animation
Isabel Herguera
RAJIV EIPE
RAJESH TAKHARE
TROI VASANTH
NIWESH GURUNG

Producer
Isabel Herguera

Art Direction
Isabel Herguera

Mounting
GIANMARCO SERRA

Animation techniques
Ink on paper, 2D computer

Director’s biography

ISABEL HERGUERA. Donostia/San Sebastian, 1961. She juggled her animation production work with teaching. She coordinates activities in the Motion Picture Laboratory in Arteleku and teaches classes in the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India