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Monday, December 22, 2014

iRobot – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

I Robot

It’s Man Vs. Roomba when Octogenarian Roy receives a surprise present from his daughter

The ever widening dangers and potentials of technology. A common theme in both literature and film, the topic spans the gamut of genres. SF/Horror: Hal in 2001. Short Circuit (Comedy). Even Romance – Spike Jonze’s acclaimed SF film Her.

And cantankerous old people? No script writer can go wrong with that! Geezers aways make for colorful characters. Betty White in Lake Placid. The entire cast of Cocoon

Put those two factors into a short. Add a touch of dark humor, and the result is guaranteed to be memorable.

As iRobot opens, so does old man Roy’s door. Cranky and frail, he harasses the poor teen Postman relentlessly. He asks the kid a million questions. Insists on getting I.D. Eventually, Roy pulls the package from his hands. Slams the door in the kid’s face.

Back in his kitchen, Roy opens the box: it’s a surprise present from daughter Wendy. A fully automated Roomba style vaccuum cleaner; designed to help around the house. Though perpetually unimpressed, Roy turns the device on. He sets it down and gives it a spin.

…but the new-fangled gizmo does more than spin. It whirrs and clicks. And starts to clean. Mesmorized, Roy watches the bot “do its thing.” After conducting an initial patrol across the floor, the robot circles back – and slams into Roy’s ankle. Before you can yell “that tears it!” the war is on. A cat and mouse game ensues between Roy and his mechnanical nemesis. It may not be a Terminator, but this is one Roomba that’s ready to rock and roll. And not necessarily in a good way…

Easy to shoot, iRobot can be played several ways. Horror. Or tongue in cheek satire. But turn it on and give it your spin. It’s a fun tale of Man vs. Machine, with a lighthearted combination of genres.

About Anthony: I’m an award winning screenwriter from the UK with over 15 scripts produced, optioned and/or purchased. Outside of my screenwriting career, I’m also a published short story writer and movie reviewer. Links to my films and details of my scripts can be found at www.anthonycawood.co.uk.

Pages: 10

Budget: Very low budget. Three actors and a roomba’s all you need.

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Original Script Sunday for the Winter Solstice - posted by Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page there are twenty three original, unproduced scripts for your reading pleasure.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Lookin’ for a few good scripts and writers! - posted by wonkavite

Yeah, STS is on a roll…

Since the site went live, we’re thrilled to say our reviews have helped multiple writers get their short scripts optioned, as well as facilitating several indie director/writer connections, as well as several options-in-the-works.

But… we need your help, in two very important areas:

Give us some damn’ good scripts!

A site is only as great as its content.  So we need good scripts to review.  Lots o’ them.  Tons of them.  Short and feature length.  We wanna drown in (good) scripts like it’s a mega-budget producer’s slush pile. Our mission statement at STS is to find the best, highest quality short (and feature length) scripts for review.  So if you have a gem that’s really ready for prime time (or have someone you want to recommend), check out the link below for submissions. (Don’t forget to include a URL link to your script!)

http://simplyscripts.com/submit_your_script-sts.html

Give us a few damn’ good writers!

STS involves a ton of readin’ and reviewin’, so we’re gonna need a bit of help.  In addition to script showcasing, STS also features occasional interviews with indie directors and industry related book reviews.  If you feel you’ve got a knack for any of those three writing areas – and want to contribute – send us a sample of your work for consideration using the URL listed above.  No, it’s not paid.  But you’ll get credit for your article and press.  And in this biz, that’s a pretty good thing….

Friday, December 19, 2014

Congratulations to William Boehmer – One True Love is Optioned! - posted by wonkavite

And… the magic of STS strikes again. Well, actually it’s the magical charm of William Boehmer’s short script One True Love – which has now been optioned with filming to start spring of 2015!

Want to see what else William has available?  Write to him at list “AT” dangerousbillymasters.com and see!!  :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Congratulations to Pia Cook – Heart of Coal Optioned! - posted by wonkavite

Please join us in a hearty cheer to writer Pia Cook.  Her short script Heart of Coal has been optioned!

Not that this is any surprise: Born and raised in Sweden, Pia Cook has SEVERAL produced features and shorts to her name – full IMDB credits here. She started writing screenplays in 2006 and has written over sixty short screenplays and ten features. (Yeah… that’s not a typo. Six ZERO.) She also just recently optioned a feature length thriller (additional details TBD.)

And there’s plenty more where that came from.

Directors seeking their next project are urged to contact Pia at  Gatortales “AT” gmail, and check out another of her reviewed shorts here:

Fit (comedy): A “Biggest Loser” contest turns into a case of one-upmanship that gets wildly out of hand…

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stream of Consciousness – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Stream of Consciousness

A breakthrough in technology makes telepathy possible.  But is Dr. Saul Aaron’s invention a path into the world of the mind?  Or a glimpse into something far stranger? 

Science. The study of the world around us. That was the definition that most of us were given in grade school. A pasty white, toned down explanation of man’s attempt to reach a deeper understanding of the world, and the universe around us. Biology. Anatomy. Physics. These all provide insight. Yet barely graze the surface of what it is to be human.

In J.E. Clarke’s Stream of Consciousness, we’re introduced to Saul; an aging physicist on the verge of a world-changing breakthrough. A Scientist solidly grounded in fact… but mourning the loss of his wife on a level of emotion that science can never understand.

Torn between being a “man of science” and a “man of faith”, Saul’s musings are ended when his partner Doug bursts into his office with amazing news. They’ve finally had their breakthrough!

Back in the lab, Doug shows off their new device (the amplifier) like a child given a new toy at school. Random voices filter through the machine, and fill the air. Their experiment in telepathy has worked. The tech’s operational!

Later that evening, the two celebrate with drinks in the lab. Doug rambles drunkenly, fascinated by the potential which lies ahead. The ultimate in wireless communication. Communicate by thought with the push of a button. And the opportunities in sex? One could only imagine!

But as alcohol soaks into Saul’s mind, a sneaking suspicion does as well. Is the amplifier hearing live thoughts? Or the echoes of the dead? Because if so – the implications are obvious. For the technology. And grieving Saul himself.

True to all my reviews, I won’t spoil the end for prospective readers. But I will say that – for the hard science fiction fans out there – the finale will leave you breathless. There’s no room for cliché or predictability in this tale. Stream will leave you second guessing to the end. And long beyond Fade Out.

A must read for hard core science fiction fans and directors.

Indie SF Directors, take note. Limited location and easy to shoot, Stream of Consciousness has also been expanded to feature length, available here. Perfect for fans of Primer!

About the writer: A versatile writer in several genres, J. E. Clarke has placed SF for features in Page, and specializes in unique characters and intelligent plots. Having recently wrapped her first mainstream spec, and optioned her feature length horror “Containment”, Janet has 10 additional feature lengths in her roster, and a variety of shorts. She can be reached at janetgoodman “AT” Yahoo. A full listing of her scripts can be viewed at http://www.philclarkejr.com/jec.html.

Pages: 10

Budget: Low. One lab – two characters. And a bit of FX for the Amplifier.

About the reviewer: Rod Thompson is an award winning screenwriter of both features and shorts. His feature, “The Squire” won Best Drama for the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay contest, and he has placed numerous times for his shorts at MoviePoet.com. His short scripts “Gimme Shelter” and “A Memory in Winter” have both been optioned through their exposure on SimplyScripts.com’s “Shootin’ The Shorts.” He is also “the most humble man alive.”

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Unbroken screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Unbroken – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson (Based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand) – hosted by: Universal Pictures – in pdf format

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Eulogy – Short Script Review (Optioned – but Feature Available!) - posted by wonkavite

STS Editor’s Note: Folks, we’ve got good news/bad news!  Good news – the short Eulogy’s been optioned to Leo-PR Jatinder Bhan, and will be producing it in early 2015.  (Though, that’s bad news for other directors at the same time.)  But they can still take solace in other ways – ’cause the feature length for Eulogy’s available.  So we urge you to read the short to get a feel for this story – then navigate to the feature for the main meal. 

After all, every storm has a silver lining.  And a script for the silver screen….

Eulogy

When a cantankerous woman is given only months to live, the town scrambles to see who will write her Eulogy – and inherit her vast fortune.

When I was given this script to read, I was told it’s based on a feature length. As friends and foes will tell you, I’m not the easiest reviewer to impress. Yet – having read this – I can honestly say I’m eager to read the long version, as well.

In both it’s long and short forms, Eulogy tells the story of Ruby Mae Morgan – a well-to-do spinster with no family of her own. The closest thing she has to a friend is the granddaughter of her gardener; a seven year old girl nicknamed Tadpole. Even reading it cold off the page, the relationship between these two is incredible. Tadpole’s innocence and childlife wisdom proves the perfect foil for Ruby’s cranky personality. (It’s just so easy to imagine the late Jessica Tandy in this role.)

When Ruby learns she’s dying, she issues a proclamation in the town paper: whoever can give her the best eulogy (while she’s living and able to judge) will inherit the vast fortune she owns. Needless to say, the town goes crazy! People who barely know her, people who hate her – all sharpen their bullshit pencils and get writing.

There’s no real surprise as to who wins this competition. But the simplicity and grace of the story – and the authentic chemistry of the characters – makes reading this script supremely worth-while.

If you’re a director interested in quality drama, look absolutely no further. Eulogy’s the tale to tell.

And if you’re looking for a feature length film (available for viewing here), then snap up this gem while you can. Because there’s bound to be some Sundance creds in your future…

About the writer: As a new writer, Dena McKinnon has had her share of luck (her word). She has had four shorts produced. One of her shorts, The Box, directed by Sascha Zimmermann, has racked up numerous awards and will screen at Comic-Con this month in San Diego. Dena has optioned one feature, Doggone, a buddy script cowritten with Kevin Lenihan. Currently, Dena has one feature in production, The Last Call, with Leo-PR, and is writing on assignment for an undisclosed TV producer.  Dena’s IMDB Credits and Website are available at the following links:

http://www.denamckinnon.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5053184/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Pages: 21

Budget: I don’t see this script as being expensive to produce. Locations include a plantation/southern mansion and many locations (which can be easily substituted.) The cast includes ten or fifteen people. Most have small background parts. Two main characters: an old woman who pushes people from her. And the little girl who insists on getting closer.

About the reviewer: Phil Clarke, Jr. is a contest winning writer who has had multiple feature films optioned.  Produced shorts of Phil’s have been featured at Cannes and Clermont Ferrand.  More of his work is available at his website: www.philclarkejr.com.  (IMDB Credits listed here.)

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!

FOR YET MORE SCRIPTS AVAILABLE FOR PRODUCTION:

PLEASE SEARCH SIMPLYSCRIPTS.COM 

OR THE BLOG VERSION OF STS HERE.

All screenplays are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. The screenplays may not be used without the expressed written permission of the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Gambler screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

The Gambler – January 19, 2014 unspecified draft script by William Monahan (Adapted from THE GAMBLER by James Toback) – hosted by: Paramount – in pdf format

Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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