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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Call for Content – STEP – Stand up. Take action. Embrace diversity. Promote change. - posted by Don

Stand up. Take action. Embrace diversity. Promote change.

STEP is a creative movement of people from all walks of life who want to celebrate diversity. Many groups of people – LGBTQ+, Muslims, Latinx, African Americans, women, and people with disabilities – feel that their voices are not being heard. And many people who are not part of those communities feel misunderstood as well.

STEP’s goal is to create a wide variety of content to help people who might not understand a different perspective STEP into somebody else’s shoes.

This is STEP’s first call for content.

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We want to kick off our project with a bang – with a short film that is the embodiment of our mission statement:

Stand up
Take action
Embrace diversity
Promote change

What does that mean? It means we want all of the following. In each case, submitted material should show diversity, give us an opportunity to step into a community or somebody’s life, or showcase how people have the potential to promote change.

  1. Film footage. We will be adding voice over and music so we don’t need a lot of dialogue. That said, if you have a great piece of footage that includes words, we still want to see it.
  2. Photographs. We want to look at places and faces that tell a story. Black and white, color – show us what you’ve got.
  3. Artwork. What have you made, or could you make, that would fit in with what we’re doing? This is a big world and there’s room for all kinds of expression. Send us an image of your artwork (digital photos or film).
  4. Writing. Do you have a poem or essay that fits in with our mission? Do you feel inspired to write something that does? We want to read it. We’re looking for pieces that we can use to create a patchwork narration that will match the footage and images that we choose. If you’re a slam poet and have film, we’d love to see that too.
  5. Songs. Are you a songwriter or a musician? If you have written a song – or would like to write one – that fits with what we’re doing, please send it.

If you know anybody who might like to contribute to this project, please share it with them.

The end result, we hope, will be a film that is as rich and diverse as possible. One that puts forward the idea that brought us all together in a unique and unforgettable way. Once we have sorted through the submissions, we’ll have an editor cut the whole thing together into a single film. Then we’ll add music and release our first official film.

We want to get started as soon as possible. You’ll have three weeks from today to submit footage. Please email files or links to Vimeo or YouTube to stepdiversity@gmail.com. We’re also setting up some project management tools to help us keep track of everything, so we’ll update you on those as soon as we can.

GO!

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If you have any questions, you can ask them below. I’ll update this post as more information comes along.

– Don

Arrival and Fences screenplays for your consideration - posted by Don

Paramount gives us two for your consideration.

Arrival – August 20, 2015 final shooting draft script by Eric Heisserer ( Based on the story “Story of Your Life” written by Ted Chiang) – hosted by: Paramount – in pdf format

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Fences – Undated, unspecified draft script by August Wilson (based on his play) – hosted by: Paramount – in pdf format

An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mollycoddled – Short Script (Available for Production) - posted by John Robbins

Mollycoddled (pdf format) by L. Chambers

After they’re turfed out, one man and his dog discover there might be trouble and strife at home, but out in the big wide world the Nanny state has gone haywire.

‘NO DRINKING. NO SMOKING. NO LITTERING. NO SKATEBOARDING. NO BIKES… NO DOGS.’

Rules are everywhere we go: airplanes, school, driving, work, relationships. And while some rules can be annoying, Brad now finds it harder than most to avoid all of them. Mollycoddled explores that line between fighting the rules, or embracing them.

Accompanied by his shaggy pup, Brad looks to take a break from the doghouse after being kicked out by his girlfriend. However, everywhere he goes—by the beach, at the park, on the bus—the law of the land beckons, and Brad learns that not every punishment fits its crime. As the offenses become more and more excessive, he isn’t even sure if pulling out his hair would warrant a fine.

At the crossroad of his comedic journey, will Brad choose to obey or rebel? Can he overcome the rules? Or are some rules worth it?

Pages: 12

Budget: Low

About the writer: L. 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 currently works as a freelance web-content editor and lives with her husband (also a screenwriter) in Sydney, Australia. You can contact L Chambers at libbych “AT” hotmail

About the reviewer: John Robbins is a screenwriter from Milwaukee, WI.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Ready or Not – Short Script (Available for Production) - posted by Ingrid Short

Ready or Not (pdf format) by Steven Clark

A simple game of hide-n-seek takes a turn for the worst.

Mom and her son play a fun game of hide-and-go-seek. But, what if what you find is not what you were looking for?

This micro short can be as scary as you want to be. Snap this up now.

It’s a perfect weekend shoot and an excellent calling card short film that, as written, can be a family friendly horror comedy or an very un-family-friendly horror.

Pages: 2

Budget: Shoestring budget, two actors – Mom and son, one interior location.

About the writer: Based in upstate, NY, Steven Clark is the writer of over 30 short scripts, several of which are under option, in pre-production, or have already been made into films. On A Clear Night, a family Christmas feature aimed at a Hallmark Channel-type audience, is currently in the works. Steven can be reached at Steamroller138 (a) gmail.

About the reviewer: < crickets >

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Original Script Sunday for December 4th 2016 - posted by Don

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

– Don

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sully screenplay for your consideration - posted by Don

Warner Brothers is out of the gate with:

Sully – November 18, 2015 blue revised draft shooting script by Todd Komarnicki (based on the book “Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters” by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III and Jeffrey Zaslow) – hosted by: Warner Bros – in pdf format

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed “Sully” glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Jessup – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by AnthonyCawood

Jessup (pdf format) by Mark Lyons

After an outburst at work, a young man obsessed with control is ordered to see a therapist, who might just be as equally manipulative as he is.

As screenwriters, we’re constantly told to “show, don’t tell”. And that talking heads should be avoided like the plague.

Well, someone also once said that “rules were made to be broken.” Mark Lyon’s Jessup does that – in spades. It’s a script with just two characters. A verbal fencing match, across a desk.

And it’s that dialogue which makes these one worthy. As uncomfortable and disquieting as it may be.

Meet twenty-something Jessup: malcontent extraordinaire. He’s been a disruptive influence at his workplace. But he’s got talent worth retaining. Thanks to that one saving quality, Jessup earns himself a trip to the company psychologist – instead of the unemployment line.

An experienced head-shrinker, Ronald Simplot’s a piece of work himself. In his forties, he’s seen it all – and Jessup’s manipulative tricks are an open page. As the conversation between the two morphs from pleasantries to battle, Simplot lays it all on the line. Jessup’s a whiny little brat. One that deserves a major spanking. His career may force him to talk to losers like Jessup… but there’s no reason he can’t tell it like it is. He laces into the youngster; refusing Jessup’s request for a “psychological break.” And he tells the boy just what he thinks of him – revealing a surprisingly sadistic side…

But battles of wits are fluid. And how quickly tables can turn. Who will win in this fight? Doctor or Patient? And who are we rooting for, anyway?

If you like your stories with multiple shades of gray, then Jessup is ideal. Crackling dialogue imbued with tension. A subversive power struggle – and an unexpected plot twist. Give this one a read. Unless you have delicate sensibilities!

Pages: 10

Budget: Pretty cheap to film: limited locations and a cast of two.

About the writer: Mark Lyons is a screenwriter from Youngstown, Ohio. He’s written several scripts, most notably ‘Best Film’ award winner “God’s Empty Acre”, which was filmed as ‘Girl(s)’, at the 2013 Winter Shorts Film Festival and Best Drama at the 2013 World Independent Film Expo. He has also written the feature “Thistles” which was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2013 Bluecat Screenwriting Competition and the short “Ginger” which was a Finalist at the 2013 Shriekfest Film Festival. He can be reached at markielyons “AT” yahoo

About the reviewer: Anthony Cawood is an award winning screenwriter from the UK with over 15 scripts produced, optioned and/or purchased. Outside of his screenwriting career, he is also a published short story writer and movie reviewer. Film links and details of his scripts can be found at AnthonyCawood.Co.UK.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Comedian for your consideration - posted by Don

Sony Classics is the gift that keeps on giving with:

The Comedian – Undated, unspecified draft script by Art Linson & Jeff Ross and Richard Lagravenese and Lewis Friedman (story by Art Linson) – hosted by: Sony Classics – in pdf format

Jackie Burke, an aging comic icon, has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother and his wife, Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony, the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul, and the two find inspiration in one another.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Along the Roadside – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by AnthonyCawood

Along the Roadside (pdf format) by Brian Wind

A murderous drifter meets his match along a desolate stretch of rural road.

Gotta love any script that manages to intertwine a geriatric crocheting in the back seat of a sedan with serial killer butcherings…

Which is exactly what Along the Roadside, from Brian Wind, manages to great comedic effect. Of course that’s comedy as black as the La Brea Tar Pits!

Let’s join sweet old couple Parker and Taylor as they take a leisurely drive down a rural road. A figure in the distance waves them down, so they stop to offer the stranger a lift. That lonely figure is Yancy – the kind of hitcher the geriatric couple should leave stranded at the curbside, choking on their diesel dust. But hey – they’re old, naive and trusting. Just what Yancy’s counting on.

Did I mention that Yancy kills people who pick him up? Yep – that’s his standard M.O.

In fact, he mentions that detail to his over friendly benefactors, who seem to take it far too well (beyond a Waltons-esque exclamation or two). Even Yancy is puzzled. For awhile.

You can probably work out the twist by now. Or at least part of it. But there’s an Easter egg or two in this one, pertaining to Taylor’s name…

A great example of less being more, Along the Roadside packs a hell of a lot into five pages and limited characters. With an overload of dark humor.

Pages: 5

Budget: A very affordable shoot: limited location – small cast. We’ve only got one warning: budget for a quick trip to the grocery store.

About the writer: Brian Wind can be contacted at bwind22 “at” yahoo!

About the reviewer: Anthony Cawood is an award winning screenwriter from the UK with four shorts produced, two in post production and another 10 short scripts optioned/sold. You can find out more at AnthonyCawood.Co.Uk

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