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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Day With Death – Short Script Review (Produced) - posted by wonkavite

 

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A Day With Death

A cantankerous sixty-five-year-old woman has a few things to do before she goes and Death will just have to hold off. Along the way the two become unlikely companions.

On Shootin’ the Shorts, we try to provide a balance of genres.  A little gore here, a bit o’ violence there.  Punctuated with a slice of life in hometown USA, or a charming little piece about the human condition.  This script is one of the latter.

Margaret (like many old ladies on the silver screen) can sometimes be a cranky old coot.  She’s a nice lady – but a bit salty and opinionated. Unfortunately for Margaret, this script starts badly… with her almost-death.  She awakes to find herself with an unexpected guest.  We’ll give you one guess.  It’s Death – personified.

Interestingly enough, it turns out that this particular Reaper is a tall young lady whom Margaret quickly nicknames “Stilts.”  Being the charming lady that she is, Margaret convinces Stilts to accompany her through the town for one day – tying up “loose ends.”  Along the way, they develop a bond…

This one’s sweet, and well-suited for character focused directors.  You may be able to guess how it ends. Or maybe not.  Either way, crack the script open and read for yourself…

About the writer: Breanne Mattson is no stranger to accolades.  Her feature lengths have made Nicholl Quarterfinalist three times (yeah, that’s three times, beeyotch!) She’s also made semi-finalist in Bluecat, Final Draft and honorable mention in TrackingB.  She’s also received a “worth the read” from Scriptshadow.  Her website can be viewed at www.breannemattson.com (IMDB credits here.)

Pages: 24

Budget: Mid-range.  There are multiple locations and a decent cast population in this one – so it’s not a script for someone who just bought their first video camera.  But – despite the topic – the FX can be minimal or non-existent.  Day with Death is foremost a character piece; far more dependent on good actors than anything else.

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