Congalton sells movie script to Hollywood

August 30, 2012

Dave Congalton

San Luis Obispo radio talk show host and writer Dave Congalton spent most of August in Los Angeles for the filming of the motion picture comedy Scribble, based on his original screenplay [Deadline: Hollywood]. The movie, which stars Chris Klein, Kaley Cuoco, Dennis Farina, and Teri Polo, was shot over a three-week period in West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. Cuoco, star of the popular television series “Big Bang Theory,” also serves as an executive producer on the project.

Congalton wrote the first draft of the script back in 2005 and has spent seven years nudging it up the Hollywood food chain, trying to get his story produced as a low-budget independent film. After multiple false starts, Scribble was finally optioned by director Ellie Kanner-Zuckerman in 2010. She and producing partner Hal Schwartz raised the money to shoot the movie, which is now being edited in post-production. Congalton’s wife Charlotte Alexander and Dr. Scott Robertson of Arroyo Grande serve as associate producers on the project.

According to Congalton, Scribble is a story, told mockumentary style, about six unpublished novelists who meet weekly in a “read-and-critique group” to offer mutual support and encouragement as they each pursue their individual dream of publication. Things go awry when the youngest member, played by Cuoco, quickly scores an agent, a book deal, and a movie deal.

“I’m very proud of the script and thrilled by how well it was received by the actors and crew,” Congalton said. “It was an amazing opportunity that I’m still processing. But I can’t think of a more exciting experience for a writer than to be on a movie set, watching actors take your words and make them their own.”

Audiences will have a chance to see for themselves in 2013.

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Golly, what a load of horsey hype this is! The local bumpkins around here couldn’t tell the difference between an independent film and a studio feature if you paid them. Let’s see… A three-week low-budget shoot in Hollywood, a handful of B and C level TV sitcom “actors” — and a script by Dave. This film will never open in a theater, it will go straight to home video — if that — and will likely never see the light of day. OK, maybe it the middle of the night on TV somewhere in the boonies years from now.

The story above about Dave is probably better than the script he wrote — and just as much a fantasy.