Laurence Cruz

Writer - Screenwriter - Visual Storyteller

​A collection of film projects—short and long, finished and still taking shape, produced and unproduced.



Lake Bell (“Children’s Hospital”), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) and Demetri Martin (“Important Things with Demetri Martin”) star in In a World, a hilarious romantic comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voice-overs, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king—her father. Written and directed by Bell, who won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance this year, the film’s ensemble cast includes Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Michaela Watkins (“Enlightened”), Ken Marino (“Burning Love”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick) and Tig Notaro (“The Sarah Silverman Program”).

Underachieving voice coach Carol Solomon (Bell) not only lives in the house of her hubristic father, Sam Sotto (Melamed), but also in the massive shadow he casts as the undisputed king of the vicious, male-dominated world of movie-trailer voice-overs. When Sam kicks her out to make room for girlfriend Jamie (Holden), Carol lands her first voice-over gig with the help of charming sound techie Louis (Martin), nabbing the job from industry bad boy Gustav Warner (Marino). And it’s no fluke; in quick succession, she lines up two more gigs.

At an industry party, Carol has a one-night stand with Gustav, neither realizing who the other is. It’s only later that Gustav learns via his agent that Carol was “the thief” who “stole” the V.O. gig from him. Now he’s out to crush her. Soon afterwards, Sam discovers Carol is in the running to become the official voice of a massively popular women-centered movie quadrilogy. Threatened by his own daughter’s rising star, Sam tries to discourage her while also pushing his reps to land him the job—even though he was initially cool to it.

With romance in the air with Louis, and her budding career and sense of self on the line, Carol decides to go all out for the job, though it means going head to head with the industry’s two biggest heavyweights. Does she have what it takes to crack this bastion of chauvinistic privilege? And if she does, can Sam check his colossal ego, put the years of dysfunction behind them and support his daughter? Can Carol accept his love? 

More Samples

  • All Is Lost - synopsis. Click here.
  • Jobs - synopsis. Click here.
  • American Hustle - synopsis. Click here.

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