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Monday, May 30, 2016

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

Narrator
What if people at work knew what you were really thinking?

Kids often are taught that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. It’s a good lesson for adults too. Making it in today’s workplace unfortunately means just keeping your mouth shut much of the time. Sharing what you really think about the politics and people around you could easily result in career suicide.

But, what if it turned out to be good for your health to say what you really think about your idiotic boss and the co-worker you’ve been fantasizing about when you’re not too busy checking your social media accounts in your cubicle?

James Barron’s film, Narrator, offers up a hilarious scenario of what could unfold if an employee turns his workplace into a stage to broadcast suppressed feelings about his job and colleagues. Returning to work following a prolonged medical leave due to emotional distress, Dave is accompanied by a Narrator—a doctor-prescribed inner voice who narrates what Dave is truly thinking as he trudges through his work day.

MR. GREENWALD, 50’s, Dave’s uptight and passive aggressive
boss, marches over to his desk.

MR. GREENWALD
Could I have a word?

DAVE
Sure.

Mr. Greenwald glances warily towards the narrator standing a
few feet away.

NARRATOR
As his boss continued to drone on, Dave
became increasingly bored. He started to
imagine how it would feel to take his keyboard and smash
it over this tiny, smug man’s face.

Mr. Greenwald blanches. Dave also looks mortified by the overwhelming
truthfulness of his narrator.

The narration of Dave’s feelings is side-splittingly funny. Simultaneously taking shots at pop psychology and office politics and with an acute sense of the absurdity of contemporary workplaces comparable to Dilbert and The Office, Barron has taken workplace woes to a whole new level in a truly novel and entertaining way. The effect is just what the doctor ordered.

Pages: 12

Budget: Low to moderate. Scenes include an office.

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 always has loved to write, but only recently has begun to work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

About the writer: Newly discovered by STS (but already treasured), James can be reached at jbarron021 “AT” gmail

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Intersection by Brendan Beachman – Filmed - posted by Don

Intersection (22 pages, pdf format) by Brendan Beachman

(Short, Comedy, Dark Comedy) – The monotony of two road construction workers day is smashed with the violent arrival of an object from the sky.

INTERSECTION from Brendan Beachman on Vimeo.


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Friday, May 27, 2016

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

Requiem
A mentally-impaired teen mourns the death of a murdered classmate.

Churches hold a unique role in society: setting the final scene for births and deaths. Those attending such events experience a wild range of emotions – from ebullience to dark distress.

For the characters in Requiem, it’s sadly the blackest of nights. 14 year-old Rose lies motionless in her casket at church. Though now (presumably) at peace, Rose is the victim of a murderous assailant; not yet identified – much less caught. Her only companion in these last hours: developmentally delayed teen boy Elvin, his world rocked by the loss of his closest friend.

When others enter the vestibule, Elvin bolts away.

It’s his mother and the local Father, conversing nervously amongst themselves. About how Elvin’s been reported missing. In fact, he’s disappeared without a trace!

Not long after Elvin’s mother leaves, Rose’s father arrives. A grieving parent on the verge, Peter asks the Father to hear his confession. But when he collapses in the booth – a different voice filters through the screen.

Elvin’s there. Hiding. Ready to admit to certain “sins”:

ELVIN
(stuttering)
I did-didn’t me-mean to kill her.

Rose’s father storms out, intent on wreaking his revenge. But can a boy as troubled as Elvin tell the truth – or is he just saying what others want to hear?

Read the story to find out. Offering high drama on a low budget, Requiem is the “holy grail of scripts”: a tale of grief, redemption and revenge. One that – unlike Elvin (and perhaps others) – has absolutely nothing to hide!

Pages: 5

Budget: Low. Just some high quality actors (and a church) is all.

About the Reviewer: Hamish Porter is a writer who, if he was granted one wish, would ask for the skill of being able to write dialogue like Tarantino. Or maybe the ability to teleport. Nah, that’s nothing compared to the former. A lover of philosophy, he’s working on several shorts and a sporting comedy that can only be described as “quintessentially British”. If you want to contact him, he can be emailed: hamishdonaldp “AT” gmail.com. If you’d like to contact him and be subjected to incoherent ramblings, follow him on Twitter @HamishP95.

About the Writer: I’m a one time advertising copywriter who has fallen in love with screenwriting. I’ve written a handful of features, one has been produced as a Role Playing Game (RPG) and made its debut at CarnageCon. I enjoy writing short scripts since it’s a fun exercise for sharpening my skills; so far one of my shorts has been produced as a student film project, and I welcome the opportunity to have more of my work produced via participation on SimplyScripts. Sylvia can be reached at sylviedahl “AT” AOL.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Friend in the End – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

A Friend in the End
A new friend gives an old lady cause to believe she is about to die.
But they always think that, don’t they?

Dustin Bowcott is no stranger to seeing his scripts on STS. His latest short, A Friend in the End, joins the ranks of his thoughtful dramas that put a twist on the familiar… delivering a magical result.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Gladys – an old woman residing at Village Green Residential Home for the Elderly. She’s not as independent as she used to be – but Gladys remains chirpy anyway. Not to mention reluctant to accept Frank, her new would-be helper, into her home and her life.

But Frank is pretty persistent, and he makes Gladys’ tea perfectly. When he takes her hand for a dance, it becomes clear Frank’s an even better chap… able to trip the light fantastic – transporting Gladys to a passionate time, when she was young.

But Gladys has been around the block, and is no fool. She knows exactly who Frank is, and why he’s traveled to her side.

The next time her son Warren visits, Gladys lays out her suspicions – ones Warren dismisses as the ramblings of senility. But is that really the case? Or is something else going on?

A realistic yet touching tale, A Friend in the End delves into the universal themes of old age, responsibility and death…with a deft and simple touch. Make it to “The End” of this story, and you’ll experience a sweet, satisfying conclusion. Just as Frank fits into Gladys’ life – this script may be just what you need.

Pages: 8

Budget: Low

About the writer: Dustin Bowcott is a self employed microbe retailer and father of four boys and a girl. 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.

About the reviewer: Anthony Cawood is an award winning screenwriter from the UK with a whole bunch of short scripts sold/optioned/produced and has recently had his first feature script optioned too. Check out his website at www.anthonycawood.co.uk

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

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Great news for writer Rick Hansberry! (Wasteland Premiere) - posted by wonkavite

Please join STS in congratulating writer Rick Hansberry. Discovered through Simplyscripts/STS, Rick Hansberry recently partnered with Director Desiree Brajevich to provide magic writing touches on her new produced short, Wasteland.  Having premiered in April, Wasteland will soon be hitting the festivals and getting (we’re sure) lots of attention!

Other directors take note: Last Dance is still available for professional use, as are several more Rick-flavored scripts!

Cards (drama) –  A pair of copyrighters continue their career-long battle long after retirement.

Over the Lump (drama) – Objects in the mind’s mirror may appear larger than they are.

Freak (drama) – A simple wave and smile alters the life of a teenager.

By the Power Vested in Me (drama) – Will a power outage serve as a sign that a wedding shouldn’t happen?

Hello (drama) – Interesting what you can find in used bookstores – and often there’s a reason it’s there.

‘Til Death (Comedy) – A marital tiff erupts to epic proportions.

Burn the Ships (drama) – Life lessons alter the courses taken by a teacher and his student.

Taking the Reins (drama FEATURE) – A reckless equestrian struggles through personal and professional setbacks to try to make history as the youngest winner of the elite Rolex championship, but his destructive personality poses the biggest obstacle to claiming the title.

2) Rick’s SF feature length, Alienate, is now available for purchase!  Take a gander at the DVD review here!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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

Decisions
“A battered woman reconnects with the little girl she once was.”

Payback’s a bitch.

Pardon my French, but consider anytime you’ve heard or read about some poor woman being beaten by a demented husband or significant other. Don’t you just hope that the tables turn and the jerk gets his comeuppance big time?

Of course you do.

In J.E. Clarke’s drama, Decisions, 30-year-old Sophie’s situation isn’t new. Not to her, not to countless others. “Faded bruises mottle her arms. A blooming shiner on her face.” She’s being pummelled yet again by 40-year-old-loser Craig. For what this time? It doesn’t ever matter. But in Sophie’s case, apparently she hasn’t cleaned up the kitchen to Craig’s satisfaction.

But this time, Sophie may have help. Her younger brother Harry, who’s over for dinner, leaps to Sophie’s defense and confronts Craig.

HARRY
Don’t touch my sister, you useless fuck!

Craig won’t stand for anyone threatening him and loud accusations escalate into a brawl between the two. Sophie grabs a steak knife from the counter, paralyzed with fear as she watches Harry knee Craig in the groin.

HARRY
Sophie, run!

Which she does. Sophie bolts to the bedroom with the knife, slamming the door and locking it with a chain. It’s in the bedroom, screams emanating from the kitchen, that Sophie catches a glimpse of herself in the bedroom mirror and sees, “Blood on her face. Clothes and long hair askew.”

Then out the window, she spots a laughing 11-year-old girl on her bike playing with her friends. Suddenly everything changes.

Who is this happy little girl? Has Sophie finally found the key to salvation from torment and abuse?

Sophie’s plight in Decisions isn’t new. Unfortunately, domestic abuse is way too common. But in Sophie’s case, she’s seen the light and enough is enough. Can this 11-year-old girl help give her the strength to take back her life?

Any director who relishes making a difference by tackling relevant social issues will love the challenge inherent in Decisions. Sentimentality is not a prerequisite.

Pages: 7

Budget: Low. Several actors to portray Sophie, Craig, Harry, and Sophie’s parents. Plus three child actors to play the 11-year-old girl and younger versions of Sophie and Harry. Three simple interior locations: a dilapidated kitchen, a living room, and the bedroom where Sophie takes refuge. A single exterior location provides important exposition.

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 2016/2017: limited location horror  “Containment.” and SF feature “Stream of Consciousness.” More of Ms. Clarke’s work can be read at www.philclarkejr.com/jec.html. Ms. Clarke can be reached directly at janetgoodman “at” yahoo.

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working on her animated feature.

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

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Slacker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Slacker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Life after the zombie apocalypse is harsh and uncompromising. But for two stoners holed up in an apartment with a lifetime supply of weed, it’s more like an inconvenience.

Remember when Seth Rogen and Co. faced the biblical apocalypse in This Is the End? A few of them stumbled successfully through doomsday, but how would they fare if they were faced with a zombie apocalypse instead? This is the very question asked by James Barron’s The Slacker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

The answer? Not too well. Not at all.

Faced with Z Day and barricaded in their dorm, three friends (Mark, Steve and Liam) find themselves in a terrible pickle when their food runs out, leaving them starving and trapped – or worse. They intensely debate what to do: Steve and Liam vote to hold out one more day… aided by hits from their favorite bong. But Mark, the sensible non-stoner, insists they need to send someone outside to gather supplies and do recon. But who should be the lucky one?

Borrowing a cue from This Is the End, the trio draw toothpicks: he who pulleth the shortest stick is doomed to venture into the great unknown. Unfortunately for Mark, he’s inevitably chosen to leave for the munchie run – through a terrifying, zombified world.

What happens next? Well, without spoiling the finish, things go about as well as can be expected. And definitely not as planned.

A fun, chuckle-a-minute script, Slacker’s Guide has lots of things: stoner humor, Millennial appeal – and zombie action (no kidding). Scoop this up now… or wait until you take another hit from your bong for creative inspiration.

Fair warning though: act fast. This script might be picked up faster than a bag of Doritos in a stoner’s dorm.

Budget: Mid to high. A few locations (dorm room, hallway, stairway, food store). Lots of zombies, three good buddies and some props. Although, if you’re packing weed, you’ve got one of the major props covered already.

Pages: 14

About the reviewer: Mitch Smith is an award winning screenwriter whose website (http://mitchsmithscripts.wix.com/scripts) offers notes, script editing and phone consultations. You can also reach him at Mitch.SmithScripts “AT” gmail and follow Mitch at https://twitter.com/MitchScripts.

About the writer, James Barron: Newly discovered by STS (but already treasured), James can be reached at jbarron021 “AT” gmail

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

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Course Listing Unavailable – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Course Listing Unavailable
An ambitious student signs up for an internship program promising real world, hands-on experience. Who knew bloodthirsty demons would be involved?

For today’s youth, the challenge of getting a good job has never been tougher. Many are determined to do anything that will enhance their resumes in the eyes of employers. Taking “useful” classes, getting internships, and doing extra-curricular activities are just a few examples of what diligent individuals do to spruce up that valuable sheet of paper.

The protagonist in Course Listing Unavailable, 17-year-old Gortat Emmanuel, is just another determined Ivy League freshman with a whiff of intelligent innocence about him. A mix-up in paying the tuition has meant he’s one class short of the minimum semester credit, and so he sees a counselor to get into a subject that appeals to him.

But every time the counselor enters the course he wants, there’s a problem.

Organic Chemistry? Unavailable. Biology? Unavailable. Ecology? Yup…unavailable. As a last resort, the advisor offers Gortat a chance for some real world experience: a month shadowing a service professional. Because the last guy who did it dropped out.

That’s all the information available. Apart from a name: Mr Shephard. Despite this, Gortat accepts, still eager to learn. And so on his first day, he’s dressed up as if he’s the President attending their inauguration.

However, Gortat’s destination isn’t as beautiful as the White House. Unless you’re into dilapidated buildings and tales of wasted lives in needle format littering the ground.

And the professional isn’t some smarmy doctor. Turning up in a classic American muscle with uninviting objects abundantly decorating the interior, Max Shephard invites Gortat in for his “education”. There’s no textbooks. No worksheets either. There’s only one rule, and it ain’t a typical one:

MAX
…no matter what happens
you will not puke in this car.

This may sound easy enough to obey until Max’s profession is revealed…demon hunter. Not quite what our Ivy League kid was expecting. In addition, it transpires that the supposed dropout dropped out of life…unwillingly. Oh, and for his first day on the job, he’s got to complete a practical helping Max eradicate the beast responsible for failing the previous student. Turns out “real world experience” means “other world experience” in this case.

Will Gortat pass his practical? Will he break the one rule? Will he even survive? Only one thing’s assured: direct this one well, and judges at film festivals will be giving you full marks!

Pages: 16

Budget: Okay, there’s a bit of FX involved in here. But nothing a skilled director can’t – and won’t want to – tackle!

About the reviewer: Hamish Porter is a writer who, if he was granted one wish, would ask for the skill of being able to write dialogue like Tarantino. Or maybe the ability to teleport. Nah, that’s nothing compared to the former. A lover of philosophy, he’s working on several shorts and a sporting comedy that can only be described as “quintessentially British”. If you want to contact him, he can be emailed: hamishdonaldp “AT” gmail.com. If you’d like to contact him and be subjected to incoherent ramblings, follow him on Twitter @HamishP95.

About the writer: Newly discovered by STS (but already treasured), James can be reached at jbarron021 “AT” gmail

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

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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

Becoming
It was just a way to pay for college…

Law student Peter takes a summer job, chopping wood for a mysterious, unseen, but obviously wealthy employer.

As Peter works and sweats in the summer sun, he soon realizes that he is being observed. His rich patron remains a shadow, confined to the spacious mansion he inhabits. On payday, a neatly-placed envelope of money regularly appears, as does the occasional pitcher of lemonade on summer’s hottest days.

Then, one day, the usual packet of money is missing, and the mansion’s door – which has always remained closed – is left ajar, a seeming invitation into a here-to-for-unseen world of wealth, mystery, and intrigue.

As Peter puts it: “If I knew what was inside then, I would have turned and run…”

But Peter enters, and is brought face-to-face with his employer: a Gatsby figure drenched in rich cigar smoke, oozing with class and intelligence.

The conversation and the night that follows will change the course of Peter’s life forever…for better or worse.

Obviously, I’m being a little vague, but that’s only because under the story’s simple surface lies a subtle, sinister secret and a perfectly-plotted twist. The key here is mystery, and the script delivers it in Hitchcockian proportions. You won’t believe the twists and turns built into these spectacular six pages. Think Portrait of Dorian Grey by way of Scent of a Woman with a cool, confident, prohibition-era vibe.

Exactly the kind of intelligent, stylish, thinking-man’s thriller that proves timeless on and off the festival circuit.

So pour yourself a brandy, light a cigar, and sit down in your leather armchair for a terrific tale that is sure to light a fire with audiences everywhere.

Pages: 6

Budget: Low. Don’t be intimidated by the decadence. Find the right mansion and you are good to go.

About the Reviewer: Dane Whipple can’t tell a verb from a noun, but he’s the nicest kid in town. He is currently working on that screenplay everybody keeps talking about: The Wild Age. Contact him at dane.whipple (AT) live.com

About the writer, Michael Cornetto: Michael is a graduate of the New York School of Television Arts and has been screenwriting since 2005. A number of his short scripts have been produced and several have played the festival circuit… with over 70,000 views on Youtube. Drop Michael an email at mcornetto “AT” hotmail!

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

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