Last Thursday by Kevin Machate | Script Revolution

Last Thursday

When Dennis got up this morning, he wasn't expecting that his bank would be robbed, or that he would be taken hostage, but hey - it's Thursday so it's almost the weekend, right?



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Although this script is listed for sale, it is unlikely that I would allow anyone to produce it for at least a couple of years. It is likely that I will be shooting a shorter version (Renamed "Heist") at 22 pages in 2022. For that version, I removed all the build-up before the robbery (Sadly, including Mike Tyson) and made minor adjustments to make it feel more like a real short as opposed to a feature stuffed into a smaller container.

This is a story about Dennis Theodore, a bored bank assistant manager. He's been working at his job for 18 years. He plays Call of Duty every night with a mysterious partner, that calls himself DevilDog. One regular, ordinary Thursday, a group of bank robbers takes over the branch. Dennis is taken hostage in the heist and then lots of funny stuff happens. OK, some funny stuff happens before that too, but most of the funny stuff is during and after the robbery. I'm obviously not going to tell you how it ends, or even introduce the other characters. However, having won a dozen or so "Best Screenplay" awards as well as multiple quarter/semifinalist positionings, you can be assured that it's pretty good.

This is also going to be expanded into a feature script. Just don't ask me when, because I have no idea.

This is what Slamdance says about the script: "Last Thursday is a strongly comedic bank heist thriller with a great final twist that the reader doesn’t see coming. The dialogue is witty, expressive and full of grit (especially in the bank robbers’ dialogue), and the lead characters are vividly rendered and feel well developed."

While I have this listed as "For Sale" before even talking about money, I would need to know that there was adequate funding available. This short would cost between $50-75k to make. It was not written to ever be produced as a short.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Coverfly Top 3%

Coverfly #2 in short comedies of 2021

Coverfly #1 in short comedies for the month (As of 2/28/21)

Austin Film Festival
Austin, TX
October 24, 2020

SoCal Screenplay Competition
San Diego, CA

Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards (5th SEASON)
Los Angeles, CA
January 24, 20201

Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards 5th
Los Angeles, CA

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
Rhode Island
July 27, 2020

Orlando Film Festival
Orlando FL
October 15, 2020

Dallas International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Dallas, TX
April 22, 2020

SENE Film Festival
Chepachet, RI
October 13, 2020

Scriptation Showcase
Los Angeles, CA
December 22, 2020

Big Bear Film Summit
Big Bear, CA
July 15, 2020
Best Short Screenplay

Mindfield Film Festival
Albuquerque, NM
March 4, 2020
Best Short Screenplay

Pinnacle Film Awards
Hollywood Hills, CA
March 7, 2020
Best Short Screenplay

Royal Wolf Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
March 10, 2020
Best Short Screenplay

Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles, CA
April 4, 2020
Outstanding Achievement Award

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Austin, TX
June 14, 2020

Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles, CA
April 30, 2020
Honorable Mention - Best Short Script

Screenwriting Master Contest
July 15, 2020

The Legendary Script Contest
Vancouver, BC
June 1, 2020
First Runner Up

Hollywood Jumbo Screenplay Festival
Burbank, CA
July 31, 2020
2nd place

Not your grandma's screenplay competition
August 1, 2020

Los Angeles, CA
July 31, 2020

Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase
Fort Worth, TX
July 15, 2020
Best Overall Short Screenplay

Miami Screenplay Awards
Miami, FL
June 15, 2020

Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards
Philadelphia, PA
August 16, 2020

'FILM LOT' The Film Club Australia
Melbourne, AU
August 27, 2020

SoCal Film Awards
Huntington Beach, CA
October 4, 2020
Best Short Screenplay

Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival
Houston, TX
September 12, 2020
Best Short Screenplay

Deep in the Heart Film Festival
Waco ,TX
September 24, 2020

SoCal Screenplay Competition
San Diego, CA
January 10, 2021

Submitted: May 20, 2020
Last Updated: February 28, 2021

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The Writer: Kevin Machate

Kevin graduated from the University of Texas, with a BA in American Studies and minor in History in 2015 and got his MBA in 2019. Not surprisingly, he uses none of these educational credentials for his job. Although he began his film career as an actor, he quickly moved into Producing and eventually Directing. Kevin's films have won numerous awards worldwide having been screened in various cities in the US, Europe, South America, Oceania, and Asia. Kevin has directed six short films and his credits as a producer have exceeded 50 at the time of this writing. His recent works include three short series starring Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Barry Bostwick and Saturn Award Winner Doug... Go to bio

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