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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Soul Shadows II – Coming soon - posted by Don

Coming soon

Soulshadows II is a weekly-ish supernatural anthology series.

Join Tanis as she highlights an item from her collection, each one containing the shadow of a very special soul…

Monday, April 27, 2009

April OWC selectee is… - posted by Don

Of Sound Mind by Cameron Mitchell
Read by: iScript.com

As you all know, in early April we had the April One Week Challenge wherein participants were asked to write a 12 page dramatic script about a secret revealed at a family picnic . We had 33 entries. The fine folks over at iScript.com were kind enough to select one script out of the group to be recorded.

The selected script is Of Sound Mind by Cameron Mitchell .

The wealthy Hogarth clan gathers for a picnic in the woods, to be followed by a reading of the patriarch’s will. The family will never be the same.

You can read along with the pdf version of the script here. You can discuss this script and all the OWC entries here. Click the “Play” button to 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. }

Thanks to everyone who participated in the April One Week Challenge. – Don

Very special thanks to iScript.com for sponsoring the challenge and judging the final scripts.

Picnic basket image courtesy of MD Resort Bed and Breakfast in Fort Worth Texas

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Candyland script produced - posted by Don

Congratulations to Val whose work Candyland (pdf format) was produced. A young woman inherits a strip club. She refuses to sell it to a rival, a brutal club owner. Instead she manages it while secretly donating profits to her church to fund a new daycare center. 100 pages

Val’s work was adapted to the stage by Merle Miller who writes, “I read this script as a screen play [on SimplyScripts] and thought it would make a great stage play… I contacted Val and got the go ahead, last month. I rewrote the script, secured a cast, and we just finished producing it (April 24, & 25, 2009) in less than 8 weeks from start to finish, at our small theatre in Laporte Indiana, and it was a big hit. Everyone was amazed at the hot air balloon scenes on stage. Some pictures and info are available at our website www.washingtonstage.org, and a Laporte Herald-Argus newspaper article on April 23, 2009.

Val was great to work with over the internet and phone. I wish her a lot of good luck in the future and look forward to seeing [Candyland] on the screen, or on broadway.”

Merle Miller, Washington Stage Theatre, Laporte Indiana.

Discussion board members can comment here.

Merel and Suzanne Miller renovated the old Washington Elementary School in historic La Porte, Indiana. It is a community-oriented venue where aspiring actors, script writers, musicians and performers of all ages can find a venue for their work. The theatre is actively looking for submissions. You can find more information about submitting your work here.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Script Girl Sales report for week ending 4/24 - posted by Don

Irresponsible failure prime suspect regarding the disappearance of his best friend, suburban family man in midlife crises finds man cave, ambulance chaser face of law firm and a Susan Boyle biopic?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ScriptShadow spec script reviews - posted by Don

Thanks 1987brian for the heads up on Script Shadow. Around since February of this year, Carson Reeves reads and reviews recently sold spec scripts, some of which have been mentioned on ScriptGirl. Most recently Carson has reviewed Pierre Pierre which sold for a million and is to star Jim Carrey. Other reviews include Jennifer’s Body and State of Play. The reviews for April are listed out on the site in the bottom right column below “Ongoing Top 25 Scripts (links will take you to original scripts)”. Be sure and also take a gander at script reviews done in February and March. I quite nearly overlooked them.

Another excellent screenwriting site, GoIntoThe Story, run by Scott Myers has an excellent interview with Carson Reeves of Script Shadow. – Don

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dante 01 - posted by Don

Just as the Bale scifi flick Equilibrium managed to slink quietly in and out of theatres before blowing out on DVD, Dante 01 is doing the same thing. Dante 01 was released early last year in Europe. Didn’t see a screen here in the states. Odd, considering this was written and directed by Marc Caro, who wrote and directed the cult classic The City of Lost Children

It just dropped on DVD today. You can ‘Flix it.

Here is the Synopsis:

DANTE 01:
At the edge of the galaxy, drifts Dante 01, a hellish space station designed to contain and study the worst of the criminally insane. After an unidentified mute inmate arrives on the ship, he begins to reveal frightening alien powers, and both captives and crew must decide whether he’s a monster or a Messiah.

From the acclaimed co-director of the post-apocalyptic The City of Lost Children, Dante 01 is a “visually riveting” (Lisa Nesselson, Variety) epic that takes sci-fi films to a whole new dimension.

Check out the trailer. Note: it is in French and there are boobies at the 26 second mark, so don’t get all freaky on me, ok?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Wire Bible - posted by Don

Thanks to a ton of people who sent this in: Here is the show bible for The Wire. Please note, it is 2.5 megabytes. This is from http://leethomson.myzen.co.uk/ which has quite a few pilot teleplays and other show bibles. – Don

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ScriptGirl scripts sales report for week ending April 17th - posted by Don

Art dealer captures criminals in his spare time, 19th century German youths with ‘ish’, rules for dating teenage girls and brother marries sisters high school nemesis.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Writers Revealed! - posted by Don

The writers of the One Week Challenge (OWC) scripts are revealed here.

For those of you who don’t know, the OWC is a challenge to write a script (properly formatted) 12 pages or less on the theme and genre chosen. This months theme and genre were:
Genre: Drama
Theme: A secret revealed at a family picnic

Each challenger had one week to write a script. Initially, the writers real names are not shown. This makes it fun trying to determine who wrote what.

Shortly, three scripts will be selected to send over to iScript.com where they will make the final selection and audio perform the selected script.

Thanks to everyone to took the challenge! – Don

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