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MYTHSTORIES (Mythical History)

MYTHSTORIES (or Mythical History) is an anthology comic series that aspires to be whimsical, slightly sarcastic and accurate at the same time. Each episode tells a diverse legend from beginning to end in the most truthful way, thereby maintaining its own singularity. Every season is about a different time, world and tradition, being therefore subdivided into distinct imaginations: Greek, Peruvian, Celtic, Etruscan, Egyptian or Mesopotamian. Still having a vast range of other possible mythologies to recount.

The common thread between episodes, other than its language and style, is an old, serious, plump and balding professor.
P.L.J. Rurncoffer (abbreviation for Pierson Lenny Jediah Rurncoffer Senior) teaches at the University of the Third Age in a non-specified, english-speaking town. With several books and papers in front of him, he tells legends to his class, becoming the narrator of the show. For privacy reasons unfortunately the audience is not allowed to know the faces and comments of the students who attend his class one night a week.

Rurncoffer’s routine is starting every lesson by briefly introducing himself and what he’s going to tell and ending it by asking his students to think about what they just heard until the next lesson. Dialogues are very direct and often sound unnatural because are the fruits of a narration.

The first season may regard different tales of Greek mythology. Including :

(The following myths are been passed down by word of mouth and I sincerely apologize for all the incongruities)

- How Midas, after becoming a music contest judge, had to deal with ass ears;

- How Callisto turned from virgin into bear and then into a constellation;

- Why an abashed Phylyra decided to became a linden after giving birth to a centaur;

- How spending the night in Procrustes’s bed would make your limbs stretched or amputated;

- How Sciron would trick people to wash his feet only to then throw them of a cliff;

- Why Dionysus had to carve and use a wooden phallus to honor Prosymnus’ death.

Since time has not been nice with these type of mentalities and imaginations, they may now seem unbelievable and ridiculous. What we see today as an extremely stupid situation wasn't perceived as odd ages ago. The absurdity of this series is due to the simple influence of culture and our mindset. For this reason the script tries not to highlight the strangenesses of the plot - despite having outlandish dialogues and sarcastic comments - but presents them like everything else. Furthermore its observational but peculiar narration keeps the series fanciful and zany.

The hope is that it’s possible for the audience to simply enjoy the absurdity of the show. Some other viewers may also start questioning the purpose of telling these stories and if what they are seeing is just a subtle way of displaying pure silliness or they can find some other meaning in it.

Given that it’s impossible to know for sure the aspects and traits of the characters that nowadays are just part of a myth, this choice is left to the imagination of who recounts or listens to their stories. Therefore it should not surprise anyone that it’s possible to narrate events that take place in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Egypt or Middle East (India, Peru, Japan, Polynesia or wherever) but performed by actors of a different ethnicity. After all the series also utilizes a language that didn’t exist back then. Consequently, an Indian kid can interpret a Greek god just like an African-American woman can became a noble pale figure of the Celtic mythology, since if they fit the role they are able to reincarnate their spirit and their intents. After all, we don’t always imagine things that make sense.

"A fun and informative series! A blast to read" - Barnstorm feedback

  • Cecilia Michelangeli
  • Project Type:
    Student, Short Script, Television Script
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  • Student Project:
  • Queen Palm International Film Festival, Palm Spring
    Silver - Best Concept TV Script
    Bronze - Best TV Script
  • KinoDrome Festival 2019, International Motion Picture & Screenplay Festival
    First Place
    Best Screenwriting Short Lenght
  • Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival (2021)
    Best Short Screenplay/Best Pilot
  • Four Corner Film Festival
    First Place - Best Script
  • Pitch Now Screenplay Competition - Filmatic (2019)
    TOP 100 Screenplay
  • Portland Comedy Film Festival
    Nominee - Best International Comedy Screenplay
  • Filmatic Comedy Screenplay Award
    Finalist - Best Short Script
  • Borodino Film Festival, New York
    Finalist - Best short screenplay
  • Filmatic Short Screenplay Award 2019
    Semi-Finalist - Best Script
  • Screenwriter Master Contest (2019)
  • Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival 2019
    Finalist - Best Screenplay
  • Oaxaca FilmFest
    Finalist - Best Pilot Script
  • American Screenwriting Conference with Lew Hunter (2020)
  • Indie Visions Film Festival 2019
    Official Selection - Best Short Teleplay
  • Northeast Mountain Film Festival
    Finalist - Best Script
    Finalist - Best Screenplay
  • Big Shoulders International Student Film Festival (2019)
    Semi-Finalist - Best Screenplay
  • Top Indie Film Award, Tokyo (2019)
  • Boston Collective Film Festival (2019)
    Finalist - Best Screenplay (pending)
  • Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival (WILDSound)
    Logline of the Month (August 2019)
  • Festival ANGAELICA 2020 - Mentorship Invitation
Writer - Cecilia Michelangeli