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Monday, November 30, 2015

Pop Goes the Question – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite


Pop Goes the Question

A young man waiting to propose gets harangued and upstaged by his well meaning family and friends.

One of the most important rules of comedy is to riff on a relatable experience. To create a “character in a jam” your audience can sympathize with – and imagine themselves in the starring role.

Okay, a sense of humor’s important too. But hey – a writer’s gotta have priorities…

Fortunately, Pop Goes the Question has both these qualities. In spades.

Pop follows the story of Jeremy; an earnest young man about to propose. As the script opens, Jeremy waits for his beloved Helen to walk through the door. Unfortunately, a few visitors are in town. And none of them are Helen.

Among the intruders is Terence; Jeremy’s not-so-couth best friend. Following tradition, Terence arrives with something borrowed and blue – a porn DVD. Before Terence can be shown the door, both sets of in-laws make their entrance. Not exactly an optimal situation, given the proposal’s a surprise.

Meddling parents, embarrassing friends and porn? Needless to say, complications ensue. Can Jeremy take control of the situation before Helen arrives? Or will his question be rendered moot?

A delightfully charming character piece, Pop is chock-full of wonderful throw-away lines. (One example between the two mothers in law: “Pie doesn’t scream romance, Margaret. And we don’t want to bloat the bride.” “Helen’s prone to bloating? That doesn’t surprise me. No one in our family ever bloats, do they dear?”) Low budget and high in character, this is one comedy script you’ll want get a ring on – before the opportunity slips away.

About the writer: Elaine Clayton is a London-based screenwriter, who has written several well-received shorts and is currently working on her first feature length scripts. Comfortable in a broad range of genres, Elaine has an innate sense of structure and arc development. Contact her at Elaine_clayton (AT) Hotmail(.)co(.)uk

Pages: 6

Budget: About as low as it gets. (In a good way, that is.) Access to a living room is all you’ll need. And several actors with great comedic timing.





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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Original Script Sunday for November 29th 2015 - posted by Don

Just a few posted this week. I’m a bit behind getting scripts up. Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are seventeen original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Steve Jobs – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Thanks for the heads up on this script up for Award Consideration.

Steve Jobs – March 19, 2015 shooting script script by Aaron Sorkin (based on the book by Zwalter Isaacson) – hosted by: Universal – in pdf format

His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However his drive to revolutionize technology was sacrificial. Ultimately it affected his family life and possibly his health. In this revealing film we explore the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple inc. Steven Paul Jobs.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

For the Love of God – Short Script Review (Optioned!) - posted by wonkavite


For the Love of God

Two men of the cloth discuss a crisis of faith

Writing good scripts can be such a Catch-22. The best movies deal with important ideas… emotional and intellectual issues that get to the heart of what it means to be human. But when tackling such matters, a writer’s skill is sorely tested. You gotta give the topic the deep consideration it deserves. Yet subtly enough that your story doesn’t turn into a massive preach-fest, causing your audience to flee in droves.

For the Love of God manages that balance extremely well. A simple script, FLG captures a conversation between two men of the cloth – Father Flynn and Brother Mike. Brother Mike, you see, is considering leaving the priesthood. ‘Cause he’s – well – kind of gay. Surprisingly, Father Flynn resists Brother Mike’s resignation, spurring a discussion about the ramifications of his colleague’s confession… both in light of Jesus’ teachings, and Brother Mike’s personal life. Despite the seriousness of the ensuing conversation, FLG maintains a light yet intellectually nuanced tone – all the way to its satisfying end.

Will you agree with the arguments of FLG? Maybe. Maybe not. But a script that can handle not one, but two controversial topics so adeptly? That’s top notch writing in our good book.

About the writer: Tim Westland, co-writer of the acclaimed graphic novel Chasing the Dead, received first place for Balls Out in the NNYM 15 page contest. His IMDB page can be found here.

Pages: 7

Budget: Quite low. Two main characters, one setting. Doesn’t get more straightforward than that.





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Thursday, November 26, 2015

No BullScript Consulting – Danny Manus Script Review (Red Light) - posted by wonkavite

Recently, we reviewed Chris Shamburger’s horrific new slasher, Red Light. As readers of Shootin’ the Shorts are aware, our goal at STS is to find new and promising writers, and provide them with the platform they need to get their work seen (then hopefully optioned, and produced!)

One of our not-so-secret weapons in this quest is Danny Manus of No BullScript Consulting. Having worked as a development executive in Hollywood, Danny is an in-demand script consultant, named by Creative Screenwriting Magazine at one of the “Top 15” consultants in their “Cream of the Crop” list.   Partnered with STS, Danny provides wonderfully detailed and helpful notes for the monthly STS feature script.  This coverage is provided free to the writer, and can be posted our site or kept confidential – at the writer’s discretion. But wait – there’s more!  Any script that gets a coveted “recommend” from tough but eminently fair Danny will be featured in his monthly newsletter and may also receive further exposure to his production contacts…

Below – for your Thanksgiving-reading pleasure – please find Danny’s scoresheet for Red Light. (Please note: for this posting, we’ve broken with tradition and redacted the actual coverage notes.) TRUST US: Danny’s notes – as always – were insightful and detailed; an invaluable read.  But we’re allergic to spoilers here at STS. So we’re keeping THAT under our Turkey table today!

But a Strong Consider from No Bullscript?  You better damned well grab this gem while you can! :) Contact writer Chris at cshamburger “AT” live dot com for a copy of the script!

**To submit a script, please visit STS at the page listed HERE. Danny can also be contacted directly via the No BullScript Consulting website at Or on Twitter @DannyManus.



 Title: Red Light

Type of Material: Screenplay

Author:  Chris Shamburger

Number of Pages: 102

Circa:  Present

Location:  Arizona

Genre:  Slasher/Horror

Coverage Date:   11/19/15

Budget Range: Low

LOGLINE: When three teens challenge a local ghost story by running a red light, they find themselves the next targets of a seemingly supernatural entity bent on revenge but the truth behind the legend may be even more deadly.



Elements Excellent Solid Needs Work Poor


Story   X    
Structure   X    
Conflict/Drama   X    
Consistent Tone X      
Pacing   X    
Stakes   X    
Climax   X    


Overall Characters   X    
Protagonist   X    
Antagonist     X  
Dialogue   X    
Transitions   X    
Format, Spelling, Grammar, Pg Count   X    
Well Defined Theme   X    
Commercial Appeal/Hook   X    
Overall Originality   X    
Production Value X      
International Appeal   X    

About the writer: Chris Shamburger was a finalist (Top 10) in the 2013 Shriekfest Film Festival for his recently-produced script, Hiccups. He has been a semi-finalist twice and has also been published in Twisted Dreams Magazineand Horror in Words. Chris lives in Marietta, GA with his partner and their Chow-mix rescue, Walter. Aside from writing, Chris has been teaching pre-kindergarten for the past six years. You can find him on IMDb here:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Inside Out screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Another Screenplay for Award Consideration.

Inside Out – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, & Josh Cooley (original story by Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen) – hosted by: Disney – in pdf format

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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Jasper and Mimi Forever – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Jasper and Mimi Forever

The curious tale of Jasper and Mimi, two wild n’ crazy outcasts in love

When it comes to love – true love – opposites attract. Both in real life and the movies, too. We’ve all drooled jealously over successful couples like Beauty and the BeastShrek and FionaKing Kong and Fay Wray or… Howard the Duck and Beverly? Okay, so the last one was a little questionable. But you get the funky drift.

So now STS readers have Jasper and Mimi Forever… introduced to them at midnight as Jasper wakes from the grips of a fierce nightmare! You know, the kind of midnight sweats that steals away your urge to sleep. Jasper recalls the dream and describes it to his true love Mimi, who rests soundly at his side. With a soft assuring voice, Mimi informs him gently – dearest Jasper, that’s all true!

In the word’s of The Twilight Zone’s iconic Rod Serling, imagine if you will: a private conversation between two lovebirds – of a very peculiar kind. This story is heartwarming, funny and yes – odd. Especially when there’s a vegetable involved for a certain body part. And here’s a clue: that’s not Jasper’s nose!

But far from gratuitous, Jasper and Mimi Forever is pure unique. And bound to get the attention of many directors and producers (much like writer Jason Allen’s other quirky tales). So warning: don’t let this one pass through your fingers. Or you’ll be having nightmares that will drench you in your sleep!

Pages: 5

Budget: Low. One location, some Halloween props and – a carrot. A big carrot. Hopefully. If you’re feeling generous and cocky, that is.

About the Reviewer: Debra Johnson is an award winning screenwriter. She currently has two shorts in pre-production, which were found on STS. For more information on Debra, visit her website at

About the Writer: Jason K. Allen is a writer and filmmaker from Nashville, Tennessee. His screenwriting credits include the short films 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. You can contact Jason at allen.jason.k (at) gmail. See IMDB for his complete credits:





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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bridge of Spies screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Another script posted by the studios for award consideration. Find more on the Screenplays For Your Consideration page.

Bridge of Spies – December 17, 2014 final shooting script by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – hosted by: Dreamworks – in pdf format

In the cold war, A lawyer, James B. Donovan recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers that was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission- with a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel who was arrested for espionage in the US.

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Not Born a Monster – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Not Born a Monster

Joshua would try anything to start his life anew.

Can a money-hungry, sex-craved tweaker be the one to help him change his ways?

Most people aren’t born monsters. But, what if you had become one? What would you do if you found yourself doing things you regret without any control over the situation? What if the memories of your evil deeds haunt you…constantly? Would you turn to medicine? Therapy? If all else failed, would you dare pursue a riskier procedure that promised to eliminate any recollection of the habits you’ve picked up, the lives you’ve destroyed, and the torture you’ve endured?

Joshua, the protagonist of Bill Sarre’s latest work, Not Born a Monster, would. This wealthy, meticulously-dressed, sixty-year old werewolf knows that he wasn’t always that way.

We’re not born monsters, you know.

You catch it, like a disease.

But it’s one that makes you feel good,

even though you’re sick.

Joshua has tried everything—even psychoanalysis—to no avail. (Of course, killing the shrink probably didn’t help much in his recovery process). Joshua figures that if he could just erase his memory to a time before he became a werewolf, life could be different. He could forget the evil deeds he has performed; forget the demands of a werewolf existence.

And, he finally could be freed of the urge to eat his grandchild. A boy he loves more than anything else in his hellish world.

So, Joshua makes his way to a very shady side of town, where he meets up with Felix, a sketchy, shaky has-been scientist who runs a business designed to erase memories…for a price. Felix is eager for business because it’s been awhile since he’s scored and maybe even longer since he’s been laid, both of which currently obsessively occupy his thoughts. Yet, he is nervous about accepting the job because he had never before performed the task of removing so many years of memories.


Everything…everything, after the age of ten.

Felix throws his hands up in despair.


No way! That’s how I got shafted

last time. Keep it specific, man,

like a car crash, or beating up a

whore, whatever.

Yet, deleting fifty years of a man’s life takes time. And the process is rarely pleasant to see…

But, will the memory deletion contraption hold out long enough to finish the job? If Felix fails, this could turn out badly – for both men….

Not Born a Monster interlaces the plights of these two sick men with a skill that will make audiences go crazy. It’s catching – just like an unstoppable virulent disease…

Pages: 11

Budget: Medium. The opening shot requires futuristic-looking automobiles, including the interior of one car with computerized screens

About the Reviewer: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She has always loved to write, but only recently has begun to work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

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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