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Monday, July 27, 2015

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


In his twilight years, a teacher reminisces about one special student

“And so it stood, a warm and vivid patch in his life, casting a radiance that glowed in a thousand recollections.” – From the novel “Goodbye Mr. Chips” by James Hilton.

Prodigy, a script by veteran screenwriter Bill Sarre, casts a glowing radiance of its own. In the same vein as Goodbye Mr. Chips (as well as Mr Holland’s Opus and others), it tells a sentimental story about a beloved teacher in his waning years. In this case, the beloved teacher, a man named Ernest, is beyond “waning.” He’s 90 years old, and when we meet him he’s on his deathbed, reminiscing with a nurse who listens attentively while she does her best to make the frail old man comfortable.

His room is brimming with photographs, student photographs, taken over a lifetime of teaching, and although it’s clear that Ernest had high regard and affection for all of them (“I didn’t have my own kids,” he says, “so in a way, they became my children”), there’s one he’s especially fond of, a boy named Virgil. A prodigy.

When Ernest met Virgil the boy had issues. Serious issues. Abuse. Violence. And, ultimately, murder. The details were sketchy, even at the time, but six-year-old Virgil was found hiding under the stairs in the aftermath of the grizzly murder of his parents, and he never spoke another word after that.

Ernest rescued Virgil from this wretched existence. He took the quiet, damaged boy under his wing, and in time he found a way to break through to him. Music. The boy was a natural talent. Unfortunately, Ernest was not. But over the years, Ernest found ways to stoke the flames of Virgil’s musical genius. He found teachers, helped him enter competitions, and allowed the boy to spread his musical wings.

As Ernest says, “In the end, a teacher should learn to be part of a story’s beginning, but not the middle or the end. Allow them all to…fly away.”

Virgil did fly away. He went on to become a virtuoso pianist, touring the country, filling concert halls, and making records. Ernest watched the boy’s growing success with pride, but always from the sidelines. And now, as he lays dying, he tells the nurse, “I can think of no better way to go than having my children around me, with his music filling the air… and remember the joy I felt knowing I had once made a real difference.”

And at the very end, Virgil repays Ernest’s kindness with one last gift, but surprisingly it’s not only a gift of music.

It’s also a gift of words.

Prodigy has the two basic elements every indie filmmaker is looking for (or at least ought to be): first, it would be a fairly easy and inexpensive film to make. Second, and more importantly, it’s a film worth making. A story worth telling. Sentimental and poignant, it’s sure to please all audiences.

 Pages: 5.

 Budget: Fairly low.

 About the reviewer: Helen Magellan (a pseudonym) is a successful screenwriter with several produced short scripts under her belt.

 About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat.  Another short of his, The Grieving Spell, was recently grand prize winner of the London Film Awards. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT”





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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Original Script Sunday for July 26th - posted by Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are thirty one original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Friday, July 24, 2015

Chemistry of Life – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite


 Maybe Timmy’s brilliant ten-year-old mind can fix the horrors of his life.  Right after he re-animates his dead gerbil.

 We’re all familiar with Mary Shelley’s story of Frankenstein – the mad doctor who creates a living, breathing monster by reanimating a corpse.   The film version starring Boris Karloff is an American classic that’s been scaring us for almost one hundred years.  In that time we’ve seen countless remakes and re-imaginings .  Not to mention merchandising, cartoons, and comics – the Frankenstein monster is an icon even preschoolers can identify.

With all that diluting, it’s easy to forget the truly horrific question posed by Shelley.   If it were possible, would you bring a dead person back to life?  And even more important: should you?

Chemistry of Life asks that very question, albeit on a smaller scale.

Timmy is the ten-year-old mad scientist from Jackson Heights Elementary School, with a home life that’s less than ideal.  He lives with his drug-addicted mother and her boyfriend Spider in the remnants of a dilapidated home.  His older brother recently died.  And if that isn’t depressing enough, his only friend in the world is a gerbil named Ralph.

One day after school, Timmy decides he must fix the horrors of his life – even if that means Ralphie has to take one for the team.  So little Timmy unpacks his back pack full of borrowed equipment from the school lab, assembles his Dr. Frankenstein Junior Starter Kit, and gets down to grisly work.

What happens to poor Ralphie? And what further horrors lie in store? Give this script a read, and you’ll see. We guarantee some shivers down your spine.

Decanted from the mind of scriptwriter David D. Debord, Chemistry of Life is a unique take on Frankenstein. A mini monster movie begging to be “brought to life”!

Pages: 5

Budget:  Low to Medium.   The biggest cost will be the gerbil brain dissection scene.  (I told you this script was awesome.)

About the reviewer:  David M Troop has been writing since he could hold a No.2 pencil. In 2011 he began writing short films for and His produced short scripts include INSOMNIAC and THE DINER. Born on the mean streets of Reading, PA, Dave now resides in Schuylkill Haven with his wife Jodi and their two lazy dogs Max and Mattie. He can be reached at

About the writer: David D. DeBord has been a professional scriptwriter for twenty years. Recently he had three short film scripts produced, one in Fairfield, Iowa, a second in Houston, Texas and a third in Matulji, Croatia. In past years, his award winning scripts have been produced on radio, stage, television, and film. He is a past president and founding member of the Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance and lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, the best woman on the planet, Kris Sutton. Contact him at downtowndave “AT” att “DOT” net!





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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Congratulations to Lee O’Connor – The Brightest Star Update (Part 2)! - posted by wonkavite

Back in November, STS was thrilled to announce the optioning of Lee O’Connor’s short, The Brightest Star.

Last month, we provided STS readers with a glimpse of the produced film (still available for viewing at

But now we can add additional news to the mix. Brightest Star has been chosen as the Best Indie Film winner for the Top Shorts Online Film festival.

Congrats to both Lee and Grant. Well done!

About the writer, Lee O’Connor:

I am a writer from the UK for the screen and theatre. I have written several shorts which are in various stages of production. I am currently in the process of writing a feature film which will be shot in L.A early next year. Alongside that, I am in the process of working on two feature films which the genre and subject will remain a mystery.

I like to tackle subject matters that will pull on the heart strings, educate and open a your eyes. Although these genres are at the opposite ends of the spectrum I predominately write drama and sci-fi. I believe you write with what you know, so be yourself and don’t try to mimic another film or script you have read, create your own voice. I am reachable via email: lee.a.oconnor “AT” gmail

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A word regarding Shootin’ The Shorts and Janet - posted by Don


Janet Clarke a.k.a. Wokavite a.k.a. the Mastermind behind Shootin’ the Shorts is about to go into surgery. It will take her several days to recover from the procedure.

A lot of you here have benefited from your works inclusion in Shootin’ the Shorts. Countless scripts have been optioned, sold and produced as a result of the work that Janet and her team have done.

Please take the time to “sign this Get Well card”. You don’t have to be registered or signed in to reply in this thread.

I’ll be sending something to Janet later today that will be “From the Gang at SimplyScripts”.

Also, if you wanted to leave a little tip in Janet’s paypal account at janetgoodman (a) I’m sure she would appreciate it.


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

Time for Love

An elderly lady discovers an old flame in her shed

Sometimes, a script engages you from the first couple of sentences; usually for a combination of reasons. Its introduction piques your interest.. hinting at mysteries to come. Its story beats stimulate an easy empathy – compelling one to root for a character, even before you know their name. Such tales flow from simple beginnings, weaving a subtle narrative that never lets one disengage. Cracking stuff. When done just right.

Time for Love is such a script. A super-short four page piece, TFL follows Marjorie Flanagan (86), confronting an interloper in her shed. Armed with a stick, she prepares for battle – only to be hit with the shock of her life instead. Sitting in the middle of the barn is her husband, George; a time-traveling inventor who disappeared sixty years ago – vanishing into thin air, without a trace. But now he’s back. And he’s hasn’t aged. A twenty seven year old wanderer, tethered to a tempermental steam-punk time machine (a huge jerry-rigged kings wing chair). It’s a moment of sweet reconciliation for two long lost lovers. But with a caveat that threatens to ruin all. You see, George can’t stay in one place for very long. If he does, he ages. Badly. After decades of trying, he’s finally found Marjorie. And has only minutes to make up for a lifetime of lost memories.

Science fiction at it’s finest, Time for Love isn’t about gadgets or FX.   It’s a psalm to love, aging and loss, and the fragility of the human condition. Mixing in echoes of Dr. Who and classic literature, Bowcott infuses TFL with a real sense of poignancy… one that resonates on a universal level. A limited location classic, TFL has only one setting – a shed – two actors and a time machine. It’s sure to be a festival favorite – grab this one before the flow of time snatches it away!

Budget: Low. And designing that time machine is going to be fun in and of itself!

About the reviewer:  Anthony Cawood is an award winning screenwriter from the UK with a bunch of short scripts produced, optioned and/or purchased. He is currently trying to get someone to make one of his three feature scripts. Links to his films, scripts and other goodies can be found at

About the writer: Dustin Bowcott is a self employed microbe retailer and father of four boys. He has enjoyed writing since the day he read his first novel. For Dustin, writing is something he has to do, when not writing, he’s thinking about writing and will absorb himself into multiple projects at one time. When he gets tired of writing one thing he moves onto another and has been known to work on three different stories in one day, writing for sometimes 12 hours straight and, on occasion, even longer. Dustin can turn his hand to any genre and has just finished first draft of a new children’s novel. Dustin is a BBC Writer’s Room finalist and a Shore Scripts finalist both in 2014. He is a produced and optioned writer, and has recently turned his hand to production, having produced his first short film with another in the pipeline that should be completed this year. Want to see what else he has in store? Give him a shout-out at dustin7375 “AT” gmail.





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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Brendans “Intersection” filmed - posted by Don

This just in from Brendan,

I posted my short script, “Intersection” years back while I was still struggling to raise funds and get the project off the ground. I just wanted to check in to let you know that I finally shot it, and recently screened it at the Palm Springs International ShortFest. Thanks for posting it on your site! Here is the first minute and a half of the film –

Intersection (Short, Dark Comedy – 22 pages in pdf format) – by Brendan Beachman The monotony of two road construction workers day is smashed with the violent arrival of an object from the sky.

Intersection opening from Brendan Beachman on Vimeo.

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

Sweet Poison

A jaded demon hunter sets out to trap the Incubus who killed the woman he loved…

“Humanity”. That’s such a simple word – describing a staggeringly complex reality.

Us humans are such fragile creatures. We need air to breath. Food to eat. Sex to continue our race and satisfy our desires – at least temporarily. The dominant species of Planet Earth, we’re perceived as masters of our world… at least on the surface. But what of the darker world that might exist below: gods, devils, angels and demons – supernatural entities poised to use our imperfect emotions and animal needs for their own nefarious needs. Drain our souls. Our life force. Spiritual food for pure evil.

In Matias Caruso’s “Sweet Poison”, we’re sucked off into the dank, desperate world of Logan. A noir demon-hunter by trade, the only affection in Logan’s life comes from his time with rent-an-hour prostitute Maxine. It’s hot and heavy – but to Logan, it feels real. At least until Maxine turns up dead.   The main suspect in her demise – a dream lurking demon who visited her after hours; draining her life force with every deadly thrust.

Bent on revenge (and cajoled by Maxine’s nervous co-workers) Logan sets off on his own tantric investigation to find the creature and bring it to justice. Discovering it to be gender and shape-shifting demon, Logan lures the now-Succubus to his bed, using his own body as the bait. Battling against his own unresolved carnal needs, Logan struggles to kill the monster… before it can claim him as it’s next victim.

Soft, slow and smooth like a Succubus, Sweet Poison pulls a reader in – teasing them with tempting shadows, and sweet drops of sin-stained story. Another gem in Caruso’s award-winning crown, Sweet Poison is a treat both for the reader and the screen. Tight dialogue and concise, flowing narratives – all combine into a beautifully disturbing story – rich in supernatural erotica.

And if that doesn’t sound like a festival winner… well, you haven’t read Matias yet!

Pages: 7

About the reviewer: I have been writing creatively since I learned how to write. There is just something about telling a story that I can never get over. Storytelling in itself is like an old flame that occasionally comes to me and just says, “Use me.” The ability to watch a movie through words, or to craft a world in such a manner is the closest to Godliness that man will ever come. True story. Contact Rod at RodThompson1980 “AT”

About the writer: An optioned and award winning screenwriter, Matias Caruso has far too many accolades to name. So we’ll stick with just one: he’s the 2014 Grand Prize Winner of the International Page Awards Contest. Not to mention an all-around terrific guy. Interested in Matias’ work? Email him at matiascaruso32 “AT” gmail





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Monday, July 20, 2015

Marks “My Doctor” wins a prize! - posted by Don

My Doctor (Short, Sci Fi, Fantasy 40 pages in pdf format) by Mark Renshaw won a fan fiction prize in the Wildsound Film Festival over in Toronto, Canada. The prize was a table read, which they’ve recorded and posted on their website.

A 50th anniversary special episode of Doctor Who starring every incarnation of the Time Lord. An ordinary day finds Mark in a café eating breakfast when in walks Matt Smith dressed as the Doctor. Bemused and starstruck, Mark plays along until Matt insists on a tour of his TARDIS to prove he is the real deal. Realisation soon hits home – This is no ordinary day, Mark is in very real danger and the only person who can save him is a fictional mad man in a box.

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