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 a corporate executive-type until he one day woke up and realized that he was working for all the wrong reasons. And all the wrong people. Alarmed but enlightened, Michael thought about checking himself into one of those outrageously expensive facilities in the hills above Malibu but discovered they don't offer corporate executive-typectomies. Undeterred, he then bought a tattered volume of Mid-Life Crisis Management for Dummies at a used bookstore in Brentwood only to discover the chapter on transitioning from hell to heaven had been torn out. Left with only his self-reliance, Michael managed to get into his own head, rewiring his grey matter to finally pursue what... Go to bio

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