Watch the December 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.
Written by Tony DiSibio and BL Cooper
NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
Genre: Comedy, Family
A comedy about a family man who has a talent for making bath time an event for his two young daughters and a wife who thinks the whole thing is a crock.
Let Dad be great…..
Get to know the winning writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
Doorlocker is about a dad who displaces the notion that moms are the best at EVERYTHING when it comes to child care around the house.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Doorlocker is a comedy that highlights the parody that exists between husband, wife, and home life. We are currently working on stretching Doorlocker into a feature length script with a TON of laughs and a great story to go with it.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Doorlocker should be made into a movie because it’s a funny and relatable glimpse into home life with kids. These days with both parents HAVING to work in modern families, dads are having to prove their worth even more around the house. Mothers are more confident in that role whereas the fathers need a little reassurance in a job well done. Can dads maybe get a pat on the back (or the butt) for doing a good job with the kids without disdain from their wife? Or is it always going to be like: “Are you kidding me, what do you want, applause for changing that diaper?” So come on, let Dad be great…..for once!
3. How would you describe this script in two words?
If I had to use only two words to describe this screenplay, they would be…”Dad power!”.
4. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
It’s a probably a tie between Swingers (Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn) and The Big Lebowski. Although Beautiful Girls is probably up there too. I’ve seen them countless times. I love movies!
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
We have been working on this screenplay for 6 months. We’ve had it on the festival circuit for about a year.
6. How many stories have you written?
My writing partner (B.L. Cooper) and I are currently working on 6 shorts and 1 feature. All packed with laughs!
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
After hearing about my writing partner (B.L. Cooper’s) home life and how much it cracked us up, I told him how I can see it playing out as a movie in my head. He urged me to get it down on paper and thus my love for screenwriting began!
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The only obstacles I faced in writing Doorlocker was HOW to write it in proper screenplay format. Since I have no film school, I had to teach myself everything from scratch. After MANY edits and paid script analysis/feedback that tore me apart on what I was doing wrong, I made the adjustments and finally came away with a finished product. I also came away with a genuine love for the craft and am now obsessed with it.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Aside from screenwriting, I love playing fantasy football and baseball- geek alert! Above all else I’m passionate about being a good father and husband. My family is everything to me.
10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I entered your festival because of the unique prize you give to the winning screenplay. Having actors bring your screenplay to life is the coolest prize ever.
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne