The Funny Thing About Road Kill by Michael Hogan | Script Revolution

The Funny Thing About Road Kill

A rebellious film school dropout is forced to produce a documentary about road kill.



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On a whim, JOSH CARLETTI (20’s) ‘accidentally’ repaves a neighborhood street with an elderly woman’s pet poodle. In a plea deal that would allow Josh to avoid jail time for the heartless act, a judge demands that he write, direct and produce a documentary about road killed animals. To help him with his project, Josh enlists his best friend and fellow student, STEWART WILLIAMS (20’s). When Josh suggests that a volunteer production assistant is also needed, Stewart recruits a pretty coffee shop bus girl, KATIE (20’s), for whom he is secretly smitten. Katie has absolutely no relevant work experience, but is smart, worldly-wise and eager to get away from the dark roast snob shop. The three embark on a cross country trip that will change each of them forever.

Josh’s harsh demeanor—first experienced by Katie during her trial-by-fire interview—immediately surfaces on the road when a desert coyote lopes into the path of their SUV. Additional encounters with various animals, dead and alive, slowly reveal aspects of the trio’s unique personalities. And Josh’s filmmaking talents are very evident through his keen instincts for story and drama. Katie eventually sees through Josh’s cold and demanding persona and, through events while filming and Katie’s efforts, Josh’s warmer, sensitive side surfaces.

Meanwhile, Stewart realizes his fantasies about Katie are going up in smoke, so he creates some real smoke, and fire, as retribution.
Josh ultimately discovers that big time success can be achieved without sacrificing compassion and love. And he may have stumbled on a delicious solution to world hunger along the way.

Submitted: March 21, 2020
Last Updated: March 21, 2020

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The Writer: Michael Hogan

Michael William Hogan was an accomplished advertising and marketing executive when he made a career decision to leave corporate life in pursuit of success as a screenwriter. While he never stopped honing the craft, his plan was altered for several years as he attended to serious health issues with his wife. By 2019, he again was free to fully-dedicate his time to the new profession. He wrote and polished numerous feature and short scripts; submitting several to competitions as one means of gauging their worth. That netted over 200 screenwriting awards in 2020/2021 and in January 2021 he directed “Breaking & Entering”, a provocative and edgy drama short based on his script that garnered... Go to bio
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