written by Marc Baron Copyright © 2013 (PAu 3-678-910) Registered WGA East: I214899
“Originally envisioned as a short film… After a discussion of the story at Oroloro Entertainment, notes were ‘back-burnered’ while other projects were being developed. About a year later my aging mother took ill and I was spending a great of time overseeing her care, commuting from New York to Florida and staying in her apartment. If found the situation stressful and, at times, depressing. I decided I would make good use of my time ‘escaping’ into the world of comedy and began working on the screenplay. After a week I had 80 pages and realized there was a bigger story here. After reading the raw draft, Oroloro film partner, Joe Cirillo, encouraged me to continue developing the story. After a few re-writes later, we agreed to move MegaBall$ into development.
“The response from friends and industry people has been tremendous. Numerous staff members of SAG-AFTRA, fellow filmmakers and actor-friends all agreed this was a solid project. We were able to reach out to experienced filmmakers, who all joined our team based on the quality of the script.” – Marc Baron
The script has been doing well in competitions. Our first entry was for a development grant for films with stories based in math or science known as the Sloan Grants and conducted by the Tribeca Film Institute. Even though we were encouraged by a TFI executive, we knew as a comedy we knew our chances were low. We were not awarded a grant. However, we did recieve an email from the judging panel telling us much they liked the script and believed it to be a commercial property and strong contender. One issue we had with many of script competitions is they don’t separate genre, so a comedy is against a drama is against a sci-fi thriller, etc. We focused on those that have a separate category for comedy. We then entered into the SlamDance Screenplay Competition, which included feedback from the readers. The notes were overall very positive, and offered a few very helpful pointers, which we used to continue refining the script.
Our next entry was for the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Competition, considered one of the top 15 inter-national contests. We placed in the semi-finals: of 1,260 entries we ranked in the top 10%. We filed for its 2016 competition, but only ranked in the semi-finals.
More tweaking, and we entered in the 2016 WorldSeries Screenwriting Competition…and were very pleased at being named a finalist: of 500 entries, we ranked in the top-10 comedies.
During Sundance 2017, MegaBall$ was honored with second place in the Film Utah Pitch Contest and awarded $500. Additionally, two panel judges – a distributor and a financier – have requested the script. (Judges later confided it was more of a tie for first place…).
There are more entries pending and we are eager to see the results. You can read quotes from people who have read the screenplay by clicking HERE.
An independent comedy feature film by Oroloro Entertainment