Watch the January 2017 Winning Comedy Short Screenplay Reading.

Best Scene from the screenplay MODERN LOVE Screenplay
Written by Hannah Dillon


NARRATOR – Charles Gordon
BONNIE – Shannon McNally
GRANDMA – Val Cole
SANDRA – Catherine D’Angelo
JOEL – Nick Wicht
BILL – David Straus
NOAH – Gabriel Darku


Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance, Family

In 2065, Sandra brings her Artificially Intelligent boyfriend home to meet her grandmother, who struggles to accept him.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

When Sandra brings her Artificially Intelligent boyfriend home for dinner, her family struggles to accept him. In addition to the nerves that come with meeting a significant other’s family, this boyfriend has to overcome a deep-rooted prejudice against robots. Great. Let’s see how Sandra’s overbearing, Jewish grandmother reacts.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Sci-Fi, Comedy, Family

Why should this screenplay be made into…

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Interview with Sound Editor Piero Mura (The Accountant, 500 Days of Summer)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

piero_mura.jpgPiero Mura has worked in the sound department on over 100 films in the last 25+ years. His list of credits include Ben Hur, Fast & Furious 6, Skyfall, Warrior, War of the Worlds, and Training Day to name a few. It was an honor talking to him about his career and sound in general.

Matthew Toffolo: How would you describe what a Sound Effect Editor does in one sentence?

Piero Mura: A Sound Effects Editor directs the attention of the audience to what he/she believes is important in terms of story and entertainment.

MT: You were the Sound Designer on the the remake of Ben-Hur. A film that did not do well box office-wise. You work on months on a film that I’m sure you’re proud of and then it quickly goes away after it opens. How does that feel?

PM: Ben Hur 2016 did not go away after…

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Interview with Foley Artist Marko Costanzo (Silence of the Lambs, The Departed, Life of Pi)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass.

I was very fortunate to sit down with the brilliant and under appreciated Foley Artist Mark Costanzo. Marko has worked on over 500 productions and is a 2 time Emmy winner. (If the Academy had a category for Foley, Marko would have won more than a few Oscars.)

His list of credits consist of many of the greatest films of the last 30 years. See his IMDB list:

marko_costanzoMatthew Toffolo: Out of all the amazing films you’ve worked on, is there one or two that stand out that you’re most proud of?

Marko Costanzo: Wow!!! That’s a really hard choice. I have favorite movies that were really challenging to work on and others that I love just…

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Interview with Editor Tia Nolan (How to be Single, Friends with Benefits)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Chatting with Tia Nolan about the craft of editing was a pure joy. Her recent credits include: How to be Single (2016), Angie Tribeca season 2 (2016), Annie (2014), Friends with Benefits (2011), The Woman (2008), and Bewitched (2005). She is a wealth of knowledge in the art of making a great comedy – as you’ll learn in his interview. Enjoy!

Matthew Toffolo: What is the role of a TV episode editor? How is this different is comparison to working on a feature film?

Tia Nolan: The role of a TV episode editor is to assemble and fine tune the footage provided to its final broadcast ready product. I have only worked in scripted half hour comedy television. I have found that the craft is similar to feature film editing in performance and timing. The real difference lies in the schedule and who gets final cut. In television, there are usually two…

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Interview with Editor Sarah Lucky (Grace and Frankie)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

graceandfrankieIt was a pleasure having editor Sarah Lucky answer some questions on the editing process and the art of being a great editor.

 Matthew Toffolo: Tell us about the GRACE AND FRANKIE experience? How is editing the show?
Sarah Lucky: I can’t say enough good things about my experience on Grace and Frankie.  The crew is one of the best I’ve worked with, especially the 3 female producers at “Okay Goodnight” Marta, Robbie and Hannah.  The cast is a dream come true for me.  Obviously their careers speak for themselves.  

You’ve been an Assistant Editor on many high profile films. What is the typical day for an Assistant Editor on a big budget film? 
A typical day for an assistant, during shooting, is getting the footage ready for the editor to cut.  We ingest all of the footage and arrange it into scene bins.  tTen we…

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LGBT Best Scene – 2-12 DELTA, by David Brichetto

LGBT Toronto Film Festival

Winning Screenplay – 2-12 DELTA
Written by David Brichetto


NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
LINDA – Olivia Jon
GINA – Cora Matheson


Genre: LGBT, Drama, Thriller, Crime

A young police officer grapples with her family’s secret past, and tries to balance her careers as cop and blues musician with her tumultuous life.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A young, bi-racial, bi-sexual police officer grapples with her family’s secret past, and tries to balance her careers as cop and Blues musician with her tumultuous personal life. Based on true events.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Main genre is drama. Others include true crime and thriller/suspense.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Film is the perfect medium to remind people that police officers and other first responders are individual, unique human beings, and to share true events which are best…

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