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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Congratulations to STS’ Anthony Cawood – SF Short Glitch Optioned! - posted by wonkavite

What can we say – this guy knows his stuff, and is on a roll!

Meanwhile, there are a few Cawood shorts still available. But we recommend grabbing them before they’re gone. So take a gander at these!

All My Love (aka Stuffed) (Horror/Drama) – A wronged woman takes a scorched earth approach to her revenge.

Graft (SF) – A grieving Doctor cannot understand why the skin grafts keep disappearing. She suspects a thief but the answer may be more macabre.

I-Robot (SF, Comedy) – It’s Man Vs. Roomba when Octogenarian Roy receives a surprise present from his daughter

Love Locked (Horror) – Two teenagers discover romantically painted padlocks on a bridge. Are they Valentines from a love-struck Romeo… or something more sinister?

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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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

Fully Insured

In the future, insurance covers almost every facet of life: home, auto and… heartbreak. But what happens when you’re not Fully Insured?

Ah, young love. So perfect. So pure. So full of hope. And so… utterly destined to fail?

Well, far be it from us to sound the clarion fart in church. But when it comes to reality, the cold fact is that numbers don’t lie. According to some generic poster we referenced on*, the average relationship lasts six months. And 50% of marriages end in divorce. (Mind you, that’s the lucky few that make it to the altar at all!) But such are the viscitudes of life. We make our choices. And hope for the best.

Of course, smart people get insurance.

After all, it’s only logical. In today’s complicated world, you can buy insurance for everything. Houses. Cars. Pets. Medical needs up to and including the old wazoo. Insurance companies pay for surgeons to mend the physical holes in our hearts. So why not the emotional ones, as well?

Writer Mitch Smith contemplates that very question in his script, Insured… through the eyes of his young protagonist, Alex. You see, Alex and girlfriend Hannah are in love. That annoying, deep forever kind. So when Alex’s metal-head roommate Blake recommends relationship insurance to his pal, Alex is quite sold on the idea. It’s worse than a prenup, the lad exclaims. It’s betting on your relationship to fail!

But sadly – most relationships do. Will Alex n’ Hannah prove to the exception to the rule? Or is our young paramour about to learn the hardest lesson of all: that even when love is on the line, deductibles still apply. And wise men hedge their bets. Even when it comes to Love.

Funny and wry, Insured is a simple shoot – two main characters, and a handful of apartment/office settings. Plus, it’s a theme that never gets old: humor and relationships? How can a short with such ingredients fail?

* Dude, cut us some slack. We’re fiction writers at STS. Not sociological research geeks!

Pages: 8

Budget: Moderate. A handful of actors, and simply settings!

About the writer: A senior Psychology student, Mitch Smith only began his screenwriting career about a year ago when he placed third in Script Pipeline’s “Great Movie Idea” contest. He has been working closely with Script Pipeline and has completed four feature length scripts and two shorts ready for circulation. He can be reached at Mitch.SmithScripts “AT”





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Monday, May 25, 2015

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


The murder of a historical figure leads to the birth of an equally famous personality.

Read enough scripts, and you’ll find they have certain… patterns. Conventions and tropes that constantly replay. Zombies. Vampires. Stories of family strife. Followed by human redemption. One of our goals at STS is to hack through the weeds for you, and find the gems. Every once in awhile, we find a script that’s oddly different. A bit deranged. Dark, twisted and evil? We’ll showcase that in a heartbeat.

Case in point, a script called Madd. It’s a strange, atmospheric piece; special in a quirky way.

Our story opens in a dismal hotel room. The year: 1849.

A man lies bound on the floor; a barrel of liquor pouring down on his face. With the rushing liquid comes the promise of Death by Alcohol. And not in a voluntary, fun filled way.

The man’s name? Edgar Allan Poe.

And his tormentor? A shadowy gent, who goes by the name of Jonathan Madd.

What are the motives for Madd’s insane actions? Even poor, drowning Poe doesn’t know. Fortunately, Madd – like scores of evil villains before him – is more than happy to tell.

What follows is a tortured tale of love, loss and mystery. A fun, gothic script full of literary Easter Eggs – all the way to the twisted end. It’s a short that’ll play great with ex-English majors. Or any dark, morbid crowd!

Pages: 9

Budget: Moderate. A bit of cash will be needed for the period costumes. But the rest should be easy.

About the writer: A 2013 Big Break Screenwriting Contest Quarter-finalist, Steven Ray Smith Jr. currently has a short film and web series in production based on his script “ZOMBLIVIOUS”. Quoted by the owner and CEO of Rum House Productions to be “a smart and engaging writer” and “quite readable”, Steven can be reached at stevenraysmithjr “AT” GMAIL.





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Sunday, May 24, 2015

The May One Week Challenge scripts are up - posted by Don

Over on the Discussion Board are thirty five original short scripts written on the theme of “in and/or around an elevator”. All of the stories take place in and around an elevator. These are low/no budget scripts.

– Don

Saturday, May 23, 2015

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!)

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, May 22, 2015

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


Apocalypses aren’t over when a cure is found….

Want a short screenplay that’s inexpensive to make, but will have a spine-tingling impact on the film festival crowd? Then give “Recovered” a read… if you dare.

Anyone familiar with horrors knows that certain formulas abound. Does Recovered feature a monster? Yes. How ‘bout blood and gore? Yep, that as well. What about innocent victims? Check. In fact, maybe more than one.

But what makes Recovered unique is what it doesnt have – the standard in-your-face jumps and screams. What takes its place is a quiet, emotional tension; best summed up in one simple question: What’s the matter with Amy?

The story opens in suburbia (already a chilling place to be.) Friends and family have arrived at Jim and Amy’s house for dinner – celebrating Amy’s recent hospital release. Jim greets guests cordially at the door. But a reluctant Amy remains upstairs.

She’s staring at herself in a mirror. Clearly not in a party frame of mind. Her once pretty face seems devoid of life, as she scratches at blotchy skin on her forearm.

What is it? An allergy? Is that why Amy refuses to leave her room?

As dinner conversation flows downstairs, the situation becomes more puzzling. Jim prattles on about Amy’s love of key lime pie. Which leads Uncle Frank to question: “She can eat? Regular food?” And the comments quickly get more pointed: “If your wife is so ‘cured’, why hasn’t she joined us?” Good question, Frank. We (the audience) were wondering the exact same thing.

Upstairs, Amy examines a framed photo on the nightstand. A picture of Her. Jim. And a little girl. Rummaging through the closet, she discovers a Raggedy Ann doll. Old. Faded. And blood stained.

So: what’s wrong with Amy? And is it something that can truly be cured? Read this script to find out. A fresh twist on a proven genre, Recovered probes into some deep questions. Can all sins be forgiven by society? And is redemption even possible, when the monster and the innocent victim are the same?

Pages: 7.

Budget: Very low. Easy locations. A few actors. Maybe a touch of FX.

About the writer: Known for her unique characters and plots, J.E. Clarke has placed QF and SF for feature lengths in Page, and has two feature length films optioned for 2015/2016: limited location horror  “Containment.” and SF feature “Stream of Consciousness.” More of Ms. Clarke’s work can be read at She can be reached at janetgoodman “AT” yahoo.

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





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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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


A Top Three Finalist in the LA Comedy Festival Screenplay Contest

Two know-it-all friends believing themselves to be the authorities on love, sex, dating, and finding ‘the one’ recount the events of a one night stand.

Tennis can be a difficult endeavor. Strength, endurance and determination are required to even mildly succeed. Footwork, hand-eye coordination and cunning strategy take no backseat. Factor in the dimension of doubles play and the complexities double equally. The court expands. Communication is paramount and the volleys require cat-like reflexes during the exhilarating, ping-pong-on-steroids shootouts.

Like tennis, Libby Chambers’ “Simpatico” challenges the senses, hitting point after relationship point. A classic Australian Open match on paper, its characters crush poignant forehand observations and trade clever backhand quips, making the script worthy of center court applause.

The story begins with “INT. HOTEL – BEER GARDEN.” This script had me at “INT.” When the dialogue is served and the love story unfolds, it feels like you’re sitting next to the characters, sharing a glass of wine with Melissa (a buxom, outspoken brunette) and Ann (short, round and modest). Melissa confides to Ann: “I felt something really real between us, you know?”

“What, his penis?” Ann returns. Game on.

It’s also “on” across the garden as we chug a pint with 30-somethings Bob and Chad, who tells-all about his previous night’s date, “If you’d asked me at the start of the night, I’d have said dust off that penguin suit, fella”,” but it was a rather awkward finale.”

And – speaking of awkward: Chad and Melissa are dishing gossip about each other, with no clue they’re sitting just a handful of seats away.

Chad: “She was a bit too full on, you know. Gave off this vibe.”

Melissa: “I really think this guy might be the one.”

And so it goes, from opposite ends of the hotel.  Back and forth they lob insights and serve momentum, revealing Bob and Ann – who have not met – may actually be perfect for one another. But, will they ever discover they’re at the same beer garden? Will true love miss its chance by sheer meters?

Chad and Melissa do eventually spot each other and the story escalates in fine fashion:

“Do you suppose she followed me?”

“Do you suppose he’s stalking me?”

“Oh shit, is she headed this way? I’m off for a leak.”

“This is where I play it super cool and slip off to the lady’s room.”

Chad and Melissa sneak to their respective hiding holes without noticing the other’s doing likewise. Bob and Ann do the same, both headed for the bar…

As for “Simpatico”, it’s surely headed for production and a round of success. Game, set, and match – comic relationship fun at its best.

Pages: 21

Budget: Location cost is pint-sized – any non-fancy hotel or pub will do.

About the guest reviewer: An LA based writer, Zach Zupke can be contacted via email at zzupke “AT” yahoo

About the writer: Libby Chambers has been writing all her life – especially in her head, and on scraps of paper. It’s only in the last few years she began to get serious about screen-writing.  Prior to this she worked in the Features Department for ABC TV as a Program Assistant, and trained as a FAD. She has also worked professionally as a freelance web-content editor and proofreader. She is thrilled her first ever entry into a Screenplay Comp – The LA Comedy Festival ‘Short’ screenplay division took out Top 3 Finalist and hopes the high placing will be a continuing trend. :) Libby would love to see her words come to life on screen – and has another screenplay coming soon to STS – a family friendly coming of age Drama – ‘Scooter’.   She lives with her husband (also a screenwriter) in Sydney, Australia, and describes him as being both a good and a bad influence on her writing. You can contact Libby at libbych “AT” hotmail





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A special thanks to DanC for bringing this script to STS attention!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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


A simple wave and smile alters the life of a teenager.

High school trauma. The popular kids. The outcasts. The bullies. It’s a theme that’s been deeply explored in movies. The Breakfast Club’s an outstanding example, of course. But the cinematic list goes on and on. Which is only natural. Because finding one’s place in life and surviving the horrors of one’s teens? That’s a human, universal truth. In any generation you care to name.

Take Frank Reak for example (F.Reak, for those slow on the uptake.). Goth. And seventeen. A perfect target for bullying. As the script opens, poor Frank’s taking a toilet face bath in the men’s bathroom – courtesy of one of the all-stars of the football team.

The jock calls him a freak, and walks away. Leaving Frank simmering.

Later in the day, their paths cross again. This time, Mr. Jock’s on the field – celebrating his latest victory. And Frank’s in the stands with the rest of the geeks of the school band. Playing guitar on the sidelines.

And hiding a gun in the amplifier.

Will this end in tragedy? Another school shooting – more victims? Or does fate have something more in mind. For Frank. And his future…?

A micro short, Freak packs a lot of emotion into a single page. Perfect for a director on a mini-budget. But looking for maximum impact.

About the writer: Rick Hansberry has written/produced several short films, including the SAG Foundation award-winning “Branches.” He teaches screenwriting seminars and workshops in the Central Pennsylvania area and is presently available for hire for new story ideas, rewrites and adaptations. He can be reached at djrickhansberry – AT – msn, (cell phone 717-682-8618) and IMDB credits available here.

Pages: 1

Budget: Pretty minor. Two settings. A number of extras for the football game.





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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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

That Smell

A young man with a passion for pleasant aromas is lured into the underground world of book sniffing.

Remember your first book as a kid? (Millennials need not apply.) I can. Vividly. Thinking back, I can still smell the aroma of the hard cover. The scent of every period and comma. The fragrance of the illustrations. Remember spending hours under the covers with a flashlight – inhaling each page like literary cocaine?

Okay, well, every kid’s experience may be different. But for bookworms, it’s a milestone in their lives.

And as physical books make way for PDFs, it’s a rite of passage that will be truly missed. Cause sniffing a Kindle? Not the same.

Writer Jason K. Allen takes the experience to the next level, with his short script That Smell. It’s the story of Nate and Trisha; two young people who find romance while comparing the aromatic qualities of a first-edition Steinbeck to a dime store graphic novel.

President of the local chapter of Aromas in Literature, Trish discovers Nate in the library, guiltily sniffing books in secret. Yep, he’s a newbie. Green in the gills. Rough around the edges – but with promising olfactory senses. Nate’ll need rigorous training to measure up to Trish’s rarified standards… and to qualify as a full fledged book sniffing member.

Will Nate and his nose make the grade? Or get abandoned in the paper recyclable trash heap of time? (And if Trish lets him in, will he join the A.I.L. volleyball team?)

Confused yet? Don’t be. A kinky combination of Dead Poets Society and Fifty Shades of Grey, That Smell is a comedy for all five senses. And custom made for quirky directors.

Pages: 8

Budget: Minimal. All you need is a local library or bookstore (if you can find one). Just remember to use your inside voices.

About the guest reviewer: David M Troop resumed writing in 2011 after a twenty-five year hiatus.  Since then, he has written about 50 short scripts, two of which have been produced.   Dave would like to make it three.  He is a regular, award-winning contributor to  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 dtroop506 “AT” Gmail

About the writer: Jason K. Allen is a writer and filmmaker from Nashville, Tennessee. His produced short scripts include AMERICAN SOCK, which won Best Screenplay at the 2014 San Diego Film Awards, and AUTUMN LOVERS, winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Artlightenment Festival in Nashville. He also wrote the feature film LUCKY FRITZ starring Julia Dietze (IRON SKY) and Corey Feldman. Jason is also a wilderness guide, nature photographer, and published author. See IMDB for his complete credits:





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