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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Eighteen original scripts and 6 days left on the OWC - posted by Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page there are 18 original scripts up. Among them is Flash by Charles – Four girls driving on Halloween are chased after they flash at a car with no headlights on. It is a short script – 10 pages, in RTF format. It is an interesting take on the Gang High-beam Initiation urban legend. The premise is good. The execution does need some work – the usual – formatting needs to be cleaned up. Spelling, punctuation and grammar need a once over. The ending of the script is clever, however the discussion at the end seems to come out of nowhere. This is a good first draft that needs a lot of work, but shows promise.

You can check it out along with any one of eighteen other unproduced scripts on the Unproduced Scripts page.

The One Week Challenge was announced Friday night. The theme: Carving a jack-o-lantern, the genre: Comedy. A lot of folks who were keen on having a horror genre this go round were disappointed. The horror writers are a passionate bunch. I’m not expecting a lot of entries for this month’s OWC and I’m cool with that. Fewer writers in a smaller pool of submission means that your chance of getting your script selected to be read by iScript.com has just gone up. Who knows, maybe come the April OWC I’ll pick horror as the genre and piss off all the comedy writers on the site… There have been a couple of entries already for the challenge and as usual, and much to my delight, there is a broad interpretation of theme. So, if you think you can write a 12 page, properly formatted comedy script about carving a jack-o-lantern, you have until Friday, October 5th at midnight to submit it to the October ’07 OWC page. – Don

Cellular script - posted by Don

CellularThanks to Donovan and Daily Script read this early draft of Larry Cohen’s Cellular. Donovan writes, [This is] an early draft of Cellular which holds a lot of surprises if you’re familiar with the finished (and completely different) product. Cohen’s draft starts with the same premise, then veers off into unexpected territory. Enjoy.

The premise of the story is a young man receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman who says she’s been kidnapped, and thinks she’s going to be killed soon, along with her husband and son who the kidnappers have gone after next. The catch? She doesn’t know where she is and his cell phone battery might go dead soon…

Skip on over to the Movie Scripts page and check it out. – Don

{update: This is an early draft of Cellular. There is also a later draft of Cellular available on the ‘net that was heavily revised. }

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Better Days Episode 02 “Pop Up & Go” by Steven Cameron - posted by Don

Better Days Pub & Eatery 166 N. Main St. Wellsville, NY 14895Better Days Episode 02 “Pop Up & Go” by Steven Cameron
Read by iScript.com

Now that we know the characters a little better, Jason has bad luck with his computer, finds out a family secret, has a stroke of great luck and he may even get a job. Our cast grows to include Kenny’s father and others.

Short Series – Comedy
Rated R (for language)

Read the script (27 pages – pdf format). Discuss the script. Listen to the script:

{note: This audio recording is released under a Creative Commons, attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives 3.0 license. You can share the audio recording in its entirety, but you can’t change it or sell it. }

Friday, September 28, 2007

The October, 2007 One Week Challenge… - posted by Don

Listen to your script on iscript.com…is on! [cue dramatic music]

First the Theme and Genre and then, for the uninitiated, an explanation of the One Week Challenge (OWC).

The Theme is: Carving a Jack-o-lantern
The Genre is: Comedy.

Write a script that is 12 pages or less (in a generally accepted screenwriting format) on the theme and genre by 11:59 pm October 5th, 2007. Submit your script here. After you’ve finished your script, you can join the trash talk over on the October ’07 OWC Discussion Board.

Cost to enter: $0.00*
What can you win: Nothing (it is a challenge, not a contest, so have fun with it).

Around October 14th the true names of the writers will be revealed.

One script will be selected, through some criteria yet to be determined, and it will be recorded by iScript.com and released on MP3 on October 31st.

The One Week Challenge is being sponsored by iScript.com – Lets You “Hear Your Script”

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*It is considered good form that if you enter, you read and review at least three or more of your fellow entrants providing constructive criticism.

Simplyscripts on iTunes - posted by Don

Some of the more clever of you (or discussion board regulars) are already aware of this, but Simplyscripts has a podcast feed. currently the feed is limited to just audio performances of scripts found on the site.

We can be found on Podcast Alley and Podcast Ready and iTunes. You can also use iTunes Oneclick to subscribe or you can subscribe to our main feed here.

What is holding this feed up is folks like Pia and Wesley and Spencer who have graciously allowed me to put their iScripts into the SimplyScripts podcast feed.

I have also gotten permission from several other writers to showcase their work on SimplyScripts to have their work turned into an audio presentation. I’ve been sending out queries to my favoriate podcasters in the podcasting community to see if anyone is interested in performing a short script in exchange for advertising. I shoot out about one every three or four days. Thus far, not a lot of responses which means that either my email has gone into their spam folder or they think I’m completely insane. However, it is still early and my list of favorite podcasters is long. I’ll keep you all uptodate on the progress. – Don

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Rosemary’s Baby script and the OWC is coming up - posted by Don

Thanks to “Vern” for the heads up on this one. Over on Horror Lair, thanks to “Anonymous P” you can read Roman Polanski’s final draft script of Rosemary’s Baby which is based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin. It centers on Rosemary Woodhouse, a young mother-to-be, who begins to suspect her elderly neighbors are not the kindly souls they appear to be. She soon discovers they are the leaders of a coven of witches and her husband, a struggling actor, allowed the devil to impregnate her in exchange for a successful career, but she is unable to convince anyone to believe her. She is eventually informed that she is the mother of the long-awaited anti-christ. You can check it out on the Movie Scripts page.

Just a heads up. Tomorrow at 11:59 pm eastern daylight time the genre and topic for the October, 2007 One Week Challenge will be announced. What is the One Week Challenge? The One Week Challenge is an exercise wherein you, the writer, have one week to write a short script based upon the genre and theme announced. It costs nothing to enter because it isn’t a contest and there are no prizes other than that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you meet the challenge. One script will be selected to be audio performed by the fine folks at iScript.com. You can hear the last OWC selectee’s script, Bull Creek to give you an idea what iScript.com can do for your script. – Don

Monday, September 24, 2007

Savage Frontier by Pia - posted by Don

Bowie KnifeSavage Frontier by Pia
Read by iScript.com

A timid father and shop owner finds encouragement in an unexpected hero to stand up against the town bullies and help put an end to their reign of terror.

Short, Western
Rated R Violent Imagery

Read the script (12 pages pdf format). Discuss the script. Listen to the script:

{note: This audio recording is released under a Creative Commons, attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives 3.0 license. You can share the audio recording in its entirety, but you can’t change it or sell it. }

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Outsiders and 29 more original scripts - posted by Don

I’ve finally cleared the backlog of unproduced scripts in the que. I’m caught up and it is a great feeling. However, even as I write this I see more scripts coming in. Over half of the scripts this week are shorts. It is so easy to feature a short and I’ve been leaning toward featuring shorts the last few weeks. It isn’t a major time commitment. However, this week James McClung’s thriller Outsiders caught my eye. It is a 102 page ‘short’ feature in pdf format. Yes, the word “Yakuza” is what drew me to it. An adopted Japanese-American and his best friend cross paths with a vicious Yakuza crime syndicate while on vacation in Japan.

You can share your thoughts on Outsiders on the discussion board.

As always, if feature length Yakuza crime thrillers aren’t your thing, there are another 29 scripts this week on the unproduced scripts page. – Don

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Better Days Episode 01 “Red Phoenix” by Steven Cameron - posted by Don

Better Days Pub & Eatery 166 N. Main St. Wellsville, NY 14895Better Days Episode 01 Red Phoenix by Steven Cameron

We meet Jason, Barbara and Kenny, 3 early twenties men and women just living life the only way they know how. The upcoming film Red Phoenix and The Seven Keys To Atlantis has Jason very excited to get in and meet the writer/director who has come to town for a Q and A session and a private screening. This episode introduces us to a world full of characters that will show up from time to time, have fun and remember it’s not for everyone.

Short Series – Comedy
Rated R (for language)

Read the script (27 pages – pdf format). Discuss the script. Listen to the script:

{note: This audio recording is released under a Creative Commons, attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives 3.0 license. You can share the audio recording in its entirety, but you can’t change it or sell it. }

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