The comedy screenplay, Mr. Happy, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.
- Screenplay Title: "Mr. Happy"
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- Category: Short Screenplay
- Screenwriter: Sydney Lloyd Smith
- Tagline: “Roger Potter, a repressed hypochondriac professor, battles body and soul to spare his family embarrassment when a chance blow to the head reignites the unruly libido of his youth.”
- Review: "There are some embarrassing and comical situations in this film that will keep you giggling."
"Mr. Happy" Interview with Sydney Lloyd Smith.
- What is the title of your screenplay and why did you think that your screenplay was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF? “I think it's funny :)”
- What inspired you to write this screenplay and how did you come up with the title? “I live in Manhattan, and have walked by this upscale sex toy store for many years. One day, I imagined a stuffy University professor getting tripped and falling down outside the store, and having the blow to his head alter his consciousness, and his being taken (unwittingly) inside.”
- What was your inspiration for some of the characters in your screenplay? “My lead character is a composite of several people I know. I wanted to write about a 60 year-old man who is conflicted about aging and is putting himself into a box.”
- In your mind, where do you see this story taking place and why? “In the West Village, Manhattan.”
- Do you have plans to fund the production of this film independently? If so, where are you at, in the process? “I am in discussion with a director who is interested in the project.”
- Has creating this screenplay helped your writing career in any way? “Every screenplay helps, but I had never written a comedy before and writing Mr. Happy gave me the confidence to feel I can do that.”
- What were some of the creative challenges that you encountered while writing this screenplay? “To achieve the tone I wanted, I had to walk a thin line with the 'risque' elements.”
- How do you promote your screenplay on social media or other online websites. “At the moment I am just entering a few screenplay contests, and trying to get the film into production.”
- Did you have any funny or weird ideas that popped into your head while writing this screenplay, that didn't make the final draft? “After writing a feature script of Mr. Happy a few years ago, I realized the premise wasn't strong enough to support a feature. There were scenes I liked and hated let go of, like a scene where my lead character, Roger, is asking his 28 year-old son how to deal with unwanted erections.”
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? “Austin Comedy Short Film Festival is the first. The other competitions I've entered have later notification dates.”