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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love Glow – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by Guest Reviewer


Love Glow (5 pages in pdf format) Marnie Mitchell Lister

Weird things can happen when love is involved.

Love is a powerful motivator – whether it pertains to friends, family or significant others. What people will not do for loved ones is a short list; and it has the possibility of becoming even shorter, when that bond is tested ‘til it breaks.

In Marnie Mitchell Lister’s short script Love Glow, Rick Turner is your typical easy going twenty-something guy who is focused on one typical thing: his dream girl. As far as he’s concerned, Laura’s the best of the best – and deserves nothing but the best in return. Expensive mansions, luxury cars, unlimited shopping sprees – the sky’s the limit, he thinks.

There’s just one problem…Rick is broke. Painfully so. There isn’t even a glimmer of available funds in his bank account, and Rick can feel his dream life fizzling out before it becomes reality.

So Rick does what any “sane” person would do: he checks himself into an experimental medical trial for a few weeks, one that promises to fund his new life. Success! Or so it seems.

Weeks later, Ricks completes the trial, collects his check, and enlists the help of best friend Matt to give him a ride back home. But there’s one thing he’s neglected – side effects.

Despite giving Matt a “glowing” review of his experience, Rick quickly finds his body going wrong. Coughing fits. Luminescent sweating spells. And that’s when Rick’s ears start to melt.

Will Rick turn into a radioactive pile of goo? Will his dream girl find his ever worsening body desirable? And will Matt ever be able to clean his car?

Love Glow isn’t your typical love story. Instead, it’s a hybrid of the best kind – balancing light humor with the universal theme of love, and a bit of over-the-top sci-fi flare. If you like your SF mixed with comedy, snag this one before it melts away!

Budget: Mid-range. Yes, there’s a bit of FX involved. But it’s worth it for the festival raves (and laughs)!

About the writer: Marnie Mitchell Lister is an award winning writer AND photographer, her website is available at BrainFluffs.com. Marnie’s had multiple shorts produced and placed Semi-final with her features in BlueCat.

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About the reviewer: Karis Watie is a writer from Texas who got accidentally transplanted in New England. She is coping by eating dangerous amounts of doughnuts and closely studying television shows that she hopes to one day emulate as a screenwriter. She is pursuing a second bachelor’s degree while not on the couch, to help her dream along. If you want to talk television or drop Karis a spoiler or two, she’s at watiekaris at yahoo & @kn_watie on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thank You For Your Service screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Broken link fixed….

Thank You For Your Service – Undated, unspecified draft script by Jason Hall (from the book by David Finkel) – hosted by: Universal – in pdf format

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Original Script Sunday has come on a Wednesday? - posted by Don

I took some time off. Unannounced. I had a great time. Apologies for the delay in getting these out. I have a bunch more coming.

So, over on the Unproduced Scripts page are twenty eight original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Pilot Teleplay - posted by Don

Thanks to the Mysterious Mr. E. for the heads up on this fantastic site – ScriptSlug.com.

Check out the pilot to the Golden Globe winner for best television series, musical or comedy…

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Pilot – October 1, 2015 Revised Writer’s Draft script by Amy Sherman-Palladino – hosted by: Script Slug – in pdf format

Set in 1950s Manhattan: Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a sunny, energetic, sharp, Jewish girl who had her life mapped out for herself: go to college, find a husband, have kids, and throw the best Yom Kippur dinners in town. Soon enough, she finds herself exactly where she had hoped to be, living happily with her husband and two children in the Upper West Side. A woman of her time, Midge is a cheerleader wife to a man who dreams of a stand-up comedy career, but her perfect life is turned upside down when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman. Completely unprepared, Midge is left with no choice but to reevaluate what to do with her life. When she accidentally stumbles onto the stage at a comedy club, she soon discovers her own comedic skills and decides to use this newfound talent to help her rebuild a different life for herself.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Martin McDonagh wins for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri - posted by Don

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Undated, unspecified draft script by Martin McDonagh – hosted by: Fox Searchlight – in pdf format

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Initiation – Short Script Review (Back on the market) - posted by Guest Reviewer

Initiation by Pia Cook

A car, a man and a girl. And a life-ending threat if you don’t… drive!

Imagine this scenario: You’re a black man who just accepted a promotion; about to “pop the question” to your lady. Which is when a 14 year old white girl hops in your car, and starts barking orders. She’s going to scream rape if you don’t…. drive!

How can a guy get out of a situation this grave? How can one fight back, yet emerge unscathed?

Reminiscent of 1997’s The Game (Michael Douglas and Sean Penn), Pia Cook’s Initiation takes us on a nail biting car ride; one which has no brakes.

Nico’s the captive driver. And Amara? The out-of-control teen calling the shots.

When we first meet Nico, life seems to be going his way. There’s that promotion he’s worked his tail off for. He’s on the phone with his girlfriend – sharing the news, and planning the evening’s festivities. On his celebration short list: roses, chocolates, wine.. and a shiny engagement ring. In fact, Nico’s just bought condoms. Tonight’s going to be perfect. He thinks.

But that’s when skinny blonde Amara hops in: issuing orders and threatening Nico instantly.

Fearing for his livelihood, a terrified Nico complies. As he steers the car, Amara tears through his newly purchased gifts with abandon. Spilling wine, eating chocolates. Throwing condoms around the car. Nico’s so cowed by Amara’s random threats that he’s willing to do every little thing he’s told.

Things get particularly tense when the cops pull them over. Amara insists Nico follow her lead. He’s got to trust her, and keep his mouth shut. If so, she’ll get him out of trouble. Maybe.

What’s the game Amara’s playing? And whatever it is, will Nico survive?

A perfect short thriller, Initiation’s got all the ingredients you need: a fast paced script with a simple setup – one that delivers tons of conflict, emotional range and a spectacular twist. Despite featuring only two actors, there’s tons of meat to dig into here. Just imagine – the dramatic timing of The Game, with the intensity of Speed. Speaking of which: speed up and grab this one – before some other lucky Director wins the race!

Budget: Pretty low. Make sure your actors have perfect timing and chemistry!

About the writer: Born and raised in Sweden, Pia Cook is director of the short film Them That’s Dead and writer of produced feature films Finders Keepers: The Root of All Evil and Blackout. She started writing screenplays in 2006 and has written over sixty short screenplays and ten features. She can be reached at gatortales – “AT” – gmail.

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This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

About the reviewerRachel Kate Miller is a veteran of the feature animation industry, having worked on several Oscar winning films, bringing stories to life. In 2012, she left animation to move to Chicago and run the design department for President Obama’s reelection campaign. She is now living in New York, writing, consulting on various projects and creating an educational animated series for elementary students focused on engaging kids in science. She is now heavily engaged in her new project, being a Mom.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Thank You - posted by Don

I’m off enjoying the holidays, but I wanted to say a brief thank you to everyone who has supported the site over the year. Particular thanks to Pia, Bert and Sean without whom the discussion board would not exist. Thank you to everyone who has run a challenge and commented on a script. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the screenwriting community. There are too many people to name so I will not try.

It has been a banner year for members getting work optioned and produced. By my best rough count, there have been over a hundred scripts optioned as a result of being on the site. This says more about us as a community helping each other out than it does about the site itself. The community is not the site, but the people who contribute to it.

Also, since the advertising on the site has been more than enough to cover hosting and bandwidth, we’ve been able to donate roughly $800 over the course of the year to film projects and writing labs.

Best wishes of the season to all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

– Don

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Get Out screenplay – For Your consideration - posted by Don

Thanks Dean for the heads up. Universal has finally released…

Get Out – Undated, unspecified draft script by Jordan Peele – hosted by: Universal – in pdf format

It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Nothing Like the Sun screenplay - posted by Don

Thanks to N. Nguyen for the heads up on the screenplay to his film, Nothing Like The Sun that is making the festival circuit and will be release early part of 2018. Also, check out Horsehead Cinema for background info on the film.

Nothing Like The Sun – April 9, 2016 final shooting draft script by Nguyen Nguyen & Steven J. Morrison (based on “Misfit Affection: The Strange Case of Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward” printed July 19, 1892 by the Aurora Daily Express) – hosted by: Horsehead Cinema – in pdf format

In the mid-20th century, a lesbian estranged by her family struggles to get them back by falsely adopting the faith of a Christian household where she takes shelter, but finds herself infatuated with their daughter.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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