Interview with Screenwriter Eileen Wilson (GINGER SNAP)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Eileen Wilson: A couple of years ago, a certain fashion brand said they’ d refuse entry to anyone ginger. So, I thought ‘Hang about, that’s not on.’ I won’t shop there. (If it was a publicity stunt, they shot themselves in the foot.)

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy.

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

It’s fun and has purpose, namely to say ‘Don’t discriminate.’

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

Purposeful and ironic.

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

The fight continues between ‘Calamity…’ and McClane.

6. How long have worked on this screenplay?

With micro-shorts, the idea comes and they are written quite quickly.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve done a mix of shorts and features but am currently writing sit-com.

8. What is your favourite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

This week, it’s Elvis ‘Trouble’. So, don’t you mess around with me!

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

Finding the right ending. I tried a few different ideas.

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

I’ll stick with equality.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

The site is easy to work and they always respond well to feedback.

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

To be honest, it’s nice to hear a live read and I was pleased to be selected.

 
 Watch the Screenplay Festival:

A Sales Manager discovers that discrimination works both ways.

CAST LIST:

Security – Brogan Caulfield
Dave – Malcolm Allcorn
Narration – Katelyn Varadi

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Interview with Filmmaker Larissa Pruett (GET HOME SAFE)

GET HOME SAFE was the winner of BEST FILM at the September 2018 Comedy FEEDBACK Festival in Los Angeles.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Larissa Pruett: I was journaling on this concept of two women competing to see how far they could make it down an alley before they died. I thought it was hilarious but realized that the concept was short lived…(haha). I brought the concept to a table read and someone suggested I make it into a video game. GENIUS! Side note: So thankful for all the table reads and discussions I have with people about concepts. I could have never come up with this idea alone or even make this film alone so I really love table reads and anytime I get to work with groups of like minded comedians. Anyway, After writing down everything I could think of with a video game and women going out I realized I had too much material. I brought it to a few table reads and flushed it out. I decided to make it based of the reactions alone and encouragement my friends were giving me. I had so much positive feedback that I knew there was no way I couldn’t make this film and lucky for me my talented friends wanted to help.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took about 2 months of writing it and then 2 days of shooting. The editing process took much longer, about 8 months because I couldn’t do the editing myself for this one because we started editing it on a new program I hadn’t learned yet. Then I had to pull favors and see if my friends could help me edit and so since it was a free project we took our time. Once we finished that one of my good friends Pablo Ruff-Berganza learned how to do all of the special effects basically overnight and did them all for me. He’s the real hero.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Real life

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The editing, for sure. Getting special effects to line up with my timing that I had written before. I also believe I became a better writer by the time I was in the editing process of this film so I had to battle with my past self on why I chose to do what I did. At the end of the day it was a beautiful experience for me to have gone through.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Gratitude. I feel so blessed and joyous to hear people discuss the film. I love hearing disagreements and am absolutely shocked when it turns into a discussion on the differences between men and women and how we behave. I love hearing what I could have done better to make it clearer because it will make me a better filmmaker. My favorite thing though is having women react to it, I love hearing them laugh too hard because it is honestly too real.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

Journaling. I try to free write most days for at least a few minutes. I remember watching men behave walking home one night with my male friends and they were having the time of their life, they had no fear of death or interaction with strangers. I compared it to walking home alone from my car to my house and realized that I usually have 911 dialed up on my phone while walking if I get scared. That’s when I wrote in my journal “concept: Two women compete to see how far down the alley way each can get without dying. “Claire made it 200 yards last week”

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks. I watched it growing up and was shocked to see that I was laughing at different things later in my life.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

FilmFreeway is wonderful but submitting to festivals is painful. It’s like taking all of the extra cash you have to buy food with, throwing it into a toilet and then flushing. 6 months later you get an email that says you made it into a festival you never even remembered submitting to and they ask for 1,000 things you’re not prepared for. It’s an overwhelming experience that is absolutely necessary for us to suffer and go through. However, sitting in a theater watching it being put up and hearing laughter makes it all worth it.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I’m not really someone that listens to music, but I will say that if I do listen to anything it’s Bo Burnham, Can’t Handle This (Kanye Rant) on repeat because it is so inspiring to me.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I’m writing/directing a new short that will hopefully be done by the end of November. I’m co-writing a pilot episode with a good friend of mine and directing a few web series.
Get Home Safe - Best Comedy Film

Interview with directors Natalie Neagle & Sally Samad (TOO SOON?)

TOO SOON? played to rave reviews at the January 2018 COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?/ 6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

Natalie Neagle & Sally Samad: We’re big fans of satirical comedy and after discussing various ridiculous predicaments, the idea of political correctness in this situation felt worth exploring from a comic perspective.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took very little time to write the script itself. Filming took a couple of hours, but editing took longer as we wanted to make sure the timing was right, and we had to email the cameraman back and forth regarding the frames we wanted to use and the cuts we wanted made. We also needed to schedule times which worked for both of us individually and the cameraman, so it it took about 6 weeks.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Imperialistic satire.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The cameraman’s availability and the editing process being via email.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

We were really grateful to be included in the line-up and delighted that the feedback was so generous. We were really pleased that the audience seemed very much to interpret the film from the perspective from which it was written.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Sally’s answer: The Little Mermaid, because I was obsessed with is as a child and apparently watched it every day for about a year. Bet my parents LOVED that.

Natalie is unable to answer because she is too busy laughing at Sally’s answer to be able to respond.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the new(ish) submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

We released our first filmed sketch at the end of 2016, so we felt pretty spoilt to be able to instantly use this platform. It’s a fast and easy way to enter international film festivals and we only have positive feedback for, and experiences with, FilmFreeway.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Sally’s answer: Don’t Play That Song by Aretha Franklin, because firstly she is the queen, and secondly, I needed to learn it so it was on constant autoplay in my house.

Natalie’s answer: Any song that isn’t, Don’t Play That Song after hearing it on constant autoplay…

10. What is next for you? A new film?

We have 4/5 sketches which we will be filming over the next 6 months, and then the plan is to focus on developing a sitcom pilot.

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Interview with filmmaker Jordan Inconstant (YO SOY PEDRO)

Jordan Inconstant’s award winning comedy/sci-fi YO SOY PEDRO played to rave reviews at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in January 2016. The film was also the winner of Best Musical Score at the festival.

I recently sat down with the French film-maker to talk more about his career:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jordan Inconstant: Yo Soy Pedro, is the first film I’ve done with an original script. I had already made short films before (fanfilm, adaptation …) but I wanted to try to create a universe and original characters as something really very exciting. (Makeup design, costume etc …)

I tried to make a film that looks like me, both offbeat and funny.

Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

Jordan: I wrote the film for 2 months. There were 5 months of preparation for the shooting and 1 week of shooting. Subsequently There were six months of post-production. We will say that the film was produced on approximately 1 year.

Matthew: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Jordan: Strange and crazy

Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Jordan: The most complicated part was filming! We were shooting mostly at night in the forest. Sadly for us it did not stop raining during the shoot, the generators for projectors, toasted. And makeup was struggling to endure the rain. We also broke a wheel of the truck containing the equipment … On the other hand we had to take into account the time to make up for the shoot. There was 7h makeup for the blue alien and 3h for Pedro. That had to be taken into account when organizing the shooting. But we had a great time on this shoot, there was a very good atmosphere!

Matthew: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Jordan: I was very surprised! There is no other festival that offers this, it’s great! To see the public reaction and to take part in the festival. There was a little debate about the fact that the film was shot in French while the atmosphere is American, it was interesting. This has pleased all the film crew, Sylvain Ott, composer joins me in thanking you for the price of the best music.

Matthew: Your closing credits are terrific. How long did it take you to do that portion? Who did the animation? It’s almost like you made an entirely different film.

Jordan: Thank you ! We spent 6 months on this generic, for parallel to the Post-production of the film, it was directed by Damien Bracciotti. The idea was really to make the sequel as a small cartoon. I find it funny to see what happens to the characters, this could make a sequel somehow .

Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?

Jordan: It is difficult to answer this question, there are so many movies that I watch very often. Of course all the classics, but in general I’m attracted to movies with universal appeal, that is or arthouse films or blockbuster.

Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?

Jordan: I have 2 short films in post production right now!

The first is a fanfilm Star Wars (I had already done a Pirates of the Caribbean before Yo Soy Pedro).

This is an episode from the episode 3 and 4 when Obiwan watches over Luke on Tatooine. We shot with a real fan, possessing replica costumes. The advantage of fanfilm is that they get good visibility … It will be online in spring.

The second is “Super-Vieillots” ( The Old-Men in English) is an original movie with an old superhero (about 70 years) who wants to resume service! The film will be in festivals this Autumn.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of YO SOY PEDRO:

WILDsound’s Top 100 Comedy Movies of All-Time

“I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” — Ron Burgundy

Late last year the WILDsound organizers came out with the list of the 100 Greatest Comedy Movies of All-Time. And to make things even funner, there is a link review to each page on the site as well:

http://www.wildsound-filmmaking-feedback-events.com/comedy_movies.html

    Of course, any list like this is going to stir up a little debate. But the equation for coming up with the list is simple:

    1) Movie stands the test of time. Is funny when it came out. It’s funny now. And it’s going to be funny in 50 years.

    2) Has the best story within the guidelines of it being funny.

    3) Trendsetting. Movie that shook up the genre and set it on a different course. Future films have “borrowed” the plot points and situation-al comedy.

    4) Pop-Culture influence. When you keep hearing quotes from the film years after it came out, you know you can call is a masterpiece.

    5) Emotional moments. The film is funny of course, but there are also moments that make you feel deeply as well.

Put it all together and ANCHORMAN is the greatest comedy movie of all-time. And DR. STRANGELOVE is a very close second.

But take a look at the list and see if you agree or disagree. I’m sure many of your favorites are on the list, but many are not. There are 1000s of great comedies made, but we only could list 100.

Enjoy.

Thanks

Matthew

Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn’t that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned? – General “Buck” Turgidson