Check out this post about how a couple of crazy Carls and I helped get a bust of German poet Friedrich Schiller to appear on CBS sitcom “The Odd Couple”
The fine people at the Rails to Reels Film Festival are kicking off this year’s event with two of my very different shorts, “COLT” and “Expiration Date.” They happen to be, respectively, my most recent and my very first films.
They will be screened at the historic Temple Theater in Meridian, Mississippi on Saturday, October 17 at 10am. Here is the full schedule for the day:
“COLT” is a short historic drama about famed gunmaker Samuel Colt, his murderous brother John, and the woman trapped between them on John’s execution day.
“Expiration Date” is a short comedy about a suspicious cup of ramen noodles that wreaks havoc on one student’s life.
For more information: http://railstoreels.com
This month, the Blacklist’s Go Into the Story blog is covering some of the best films from the 1940s. I covered one of my favorites, To Have and Have Not (which may be of special interest to my Oxonians for Faulkner’s involvement). Read it here: http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2015/09/classic-40s-movie-to-have-and-have-not.html
In January, I contributed a post about The Music Man to the 1960s’ series on The Blacklist’s Go Into the Story blog.
This month, they’re covering classic films from the 1950s and I wrote about one of my favorite classic comedies, Harvey.
Check it out here:
My Cougar Town spec was named a winner of the WILDsound TV Spec screenplay competition this April! One of the great things they do is enlist actors to perform the script and record it. Please find a pretty darn well-cast reading of the script and an interview with me here as well as below:
NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
Jules – Pip Dwyer
Ellie – Krista Morin
Grayson – Dan Cristofori
Andy – Allan Michael Brunet
Bobby – Dan Fox
Travis – Ryan Anning
Laurie – Christina Aceto
Matthew Toffolo interviews Felicity Flesher:
1. What is your screenplay about?
“Jammin’ Me” is a Cougar Town spec script. In this episode, Jules and the Cul de Sac Crew’s world implodes when there is a wine drought.
2. Why does this script fit into the context of the show?
A wine drought is just about the worst possible thing that could happen to Jules and the Crew. And thus, one of the most hilarious. They have to scramble and take action to preserve their livelihood while breaking apart at the seams.
3. How long have you been writing stories?
For almost all of my life, my favorite movies have been the Indiana Jones trilogy. Growing up, I thought this meant that I should be an archaeologist and I started building my life around that career path. However, sometime in high school, I started getting into filmmaking and I realized that the career that really attracted me was that of the people that made Indiana Jones, not the character himself. Ever since, I’ve been dedicated to writing stories.
4. What TV shows did you watch when you were a kid?
I was a weird kid with weird parents, so the shows that interested me were a lot of the older British ones like Are You Being Served?, Allo, Allo, Sherlock Holmes, etc. While I want to be a good ‘Murican, I’m still drawn to a lot of shows from across the pond like QI and The IT Crowd probably because it’s a sensibility and humor that I was exposed to as I was developing my own voice.
5. What artists would you love to work with?
One of my favorite artists is Ray McKinnon, who won the Oscar for his short film “The Accountant” and who now gives us Rectify. I love his take on the South and I think it’s a perspective that has been missing for a long time. I also love a lot of the more stylized film directors like Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright, the Coen Brothers and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and how they are able to use their visuals in interesting ways to support great stories. In the comedy world, there are far too many artists that I’d kill to work with, so I won’t bore you with a list.
6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?
This Cougar Town script is actually the first television script I ever wrote. It began as an assignment for a college class and the experience and feedback spurred me to continue hacking away in TV.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
In 5 years, the dream would be to work on a writing staff with cool people writing stuff that moves us and makes us laugh. My first job in Hollywood was as a PA on The Odd Couple where I was able to see a writing staff that worked hard, but clearly enjoyed each other’s presence and cracking jokes with their friends all day. I hope that one day I can be a part of a similar community.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
About that writing routine… I need to work on getting one of those.
My process often begins with a set of notes I keep that range anywhere from a full plot to a character name that inspires me to a funny phrase I heard one day. Sometimes it’s those smallest details that are peculiar enough to warrant a full script for me.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
There is life beyond a video screen???
But actually, I enjoy playing tennis and still hold a great deal of passion for my alma mater, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
10. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Dear Writers — you people enjoy reading advice, but maybe ignore people like me for a while, stop procrastinating, and just start telling your own stories.
Thanks to Scott Myers!
Much like the Kansas City Royals, I too am a World Series finalist this year!
The World Series of Screenwriting just let me know that I was selected as one of their finalists in the TV Spec Script Category along with nine others. Thanks to the World Series of Screenwriting for recognizing my Cougar Town spec! See more here: https://worldseriesofscreenwriting.com/awards/2014-official-finalists
The Hollywood Screenplay Contest recently announced that my Cougar Town spec script was a finalist in this year’s competition. See the 15 finalists at: https://hollywoodscreenplaycontest.com/contest/past-winners/2014-official-finalists in the Television Spec Script Category.
I’m happy to say that I just signed up to be a representative for the College’s Admissions Department. I will be connecting prospective students and high schools in my region to Carleton via personal contact, school visits, and college fairs. I hope that more people can discover what a great place Carleton can be!
Carleton College’s Cinema and Media Studies department posted this little article on “It Won’t Fit in a Killing Jar” and its acceptance into the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. Thanks CAMSZINE!
Yet another awesome festival has chosen “It Won’t Fit in a Killing Jar” as part of their lineup this year!
The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival will by screening the short Saturday, October 4 in a block of Minnesota-made shorts that starts at 3:15pm in the St. Anthony Main Theatre.
For more information on the block – http://www.mplsundergroundfilmfest.com/2014-film-cpt/mn-made-shorts/
I can now officially say that I am a Carleton College alumna after our Class of 2014 graduation this weekend. I also found out that I graduated magna cum laude – just icing on the cake!
Also, I will be losing my carleton.edu email address soon, so I may now be contacted via email at email@example.com
Carleton’s Cinema and Media Studies department’s blog published a little article about my new job as Production Coordinator and 2nd Assistant Director for the feature film Forced Move shooting now! Thank you!
It Won’t Fit in a Killing Jar just got into the Delta International Film and Video Festival at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi!
In preparation for the upcoming Tupelo Film Festival, I’ve got a trailer for It Won’t Fit in a Killing Jar for you!
Enjoy (and/or cringe)!
The Oxford Film Festival Community Film that I wrote, Killer Kudzu, is now available to watch on YouTube. I hope you enjoy it. It was fun to write, the fest was fun to attend, and it’s a fun final product!