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Monday, May 12, 2014

Beowulf screenplay - posted by Don

Beowulf – May 20, 1998 draft script by Neil Gaimen & Roger Avary – hosted by: Sci Fi Scripts – in pdf format

The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel’s mother, who begins killing out of revenge.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother’s Day and Original Script Sunday - posted by Don

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

– Don

Need by Curtis Rainey has been filmed. - posted by Don

Need by Curtis Rainey (ambitioniskey) – A young woman craves love, but as her story plays out from present to past, tragic events warp her view of what the word really means. (Short, Drama – 11 pages pdf format)

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Kick-Ass screenplay - posted by Don

Kick-Ass – Undated second draft script by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn – hosted by: Sci Fi Scripts – in pdf format

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Notes from a Veteran Writer – The Logline List (P.J. McNeill) - posted by P. J. McNeill

The Logline List

 

I’m on vacation this week – in the beautiful, sunny Midwest – so this entry will be a short one.

One of the best bits of advice I ever received was on what to do when I can’t decide what my next screenplay should be about. I have a word document saved to my Dropbox called “Movie Ideas A-Go-Go” where I jot down any half or fully-fleshed out ideas I have. The problem is, I usually have trouble deciding what idea is worth pursuing when I’m gearing up to write my next script. So a pseudo-mentor of mine offered up this advice:

Take your 10 best ideas, put them as loglines in a list, and start handing the list out to people. Tell them to pick their 3 favorite ideas. Write the one that gets the most votes.

This is how I picked the last two screenplays I wrote, and I’m so glad I did. It allowed me to see which loglines really clicked with people (you know, people: the ones that will be shelling out cash to see the finished product), and which ones needed work. If a logline wasn’t generating a lot of votes, it didn’t necessarily mean that the idea was bad, it just meant that maybe it wasn’t as clearly defined as I thought it was. (If anything, the exercise is a great excuse to really hone your loglines.)

But it went beyond that: When I handed the list out, I had a drama logline that received ZERO votes. I was shocked, because I thought it was a really great idea. So I started talking it over with a friend, and realized that the idea might actually be better suited for comedy. So I switched the genre (not the idea), and suddenly it was generating a lot of interest. It was such a simple switch, but it quickly redefined the entire screenplay. If you really think the idea has legs, just tinker with it a bit and figure out what’s not sitting right with people.

One interesting twist I did with the list this time around was leaving off the genres. I told people not only to pick their favorite logline, but to tell me what genre came to mind for them when they read it.   I was surprised to find that a comedy idea I was particularly keen on was being seen by everyone as a horror film instead.

So, give this little exercise a try. Because remember: these are most likely the same people you’ll be pestering to read your script in a few months, so it helps to know they’ll WANT to read it.

About the writer: A talented writer and 10 year veteran of the industry, “P.J. McNeill” has seen it all (and he’s ready to kiss and tell.) Got a question, a comment or just general bile /praise you want to spew?  Email PJ at pjscriptblog@gmail.com. New to P.J. readership?  Click here for more articles!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Citizen Kane screenplay - posted by Don

Thanks to Gnocci for the heads up on this.

Citizen Kane – June 18, 1940 final draft script by Orson Welles, Herman J. Mankiewicz – hosted by: Cinephilia and Beyond – in pdf format

A group of reporters who are trying to decipher the last word ever spoke by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: “Rosebud.” The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane’s life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane’s life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man’s rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the “top of the world.”

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Waterworld screenplay - posted by Don

Waterworld – July 4, 1991 polished second revision script by Peter Rader – hosted by: Sci Fi Scripts – in pdf format

In a future where the polar ice caps have melted and most of Earth is underwater, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw “smokers,” and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.

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

Shark Dreaming

After the death of his partner, a fisherman is tormented by a life changing decision he must make.

Good stories are about people. The genre’s just window dressing. Aliens: an SF adventure about the mother/daughter bond between Ripley and Newt (and a boatload of pissed off Marines and Xenomorphs). The Shining: an artistic dissection of one man’s descent into madness. And Jaws? Honestly, the film’s as much about Brody as the titular character.

The same could be said of Shark Dreaming. The story follows Sharkie – a grizzled middleaged fisherman. Sharkie doesn’t have much in life: a run down bait shop, whiskey, and his fishing boat, Shark Dreaming. Not idyllic, but at least it’s routine.

But even that can’t last forever. Sharkie’s world is turned upside down when his long-time friend and partner David dies… leaving behind his eight year old son Jimmy (and naming Sharkie guardian.) As the time to accept or reject the position nears, Sharkie finds himself tormented with doubt. Is he capable of raising Jimmy as his own? Does he even want to?

Less about sharks, and far more about people, Shark Dreaming is a humanistic tale about examining where one is in life – and the ability to make a change.

About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat.  Another short of his, The Grieving Spell, was recently grand prize winner of the London Film Awards. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT” gmail.com

 Pages: 15

 Budget: It depends how you want to do it, and what you have at your disposal. The cast is tiny: three main characters. The main location is a shack – with a few exterior beach shots. You *will* need exterior shots of a fishing boat and potentially some underwater scenes (though there could be creative workarounds.)

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Suicide Theory - posted by Don

Michael Kospiah, who wrote The Suicide Theory that was work-shopped in part here on SimplyScripts several years ago, has been produced and is making the indie circuit.

Michael was a guest on The Cutting Room Floor. Check it out the podcast here. There is a shout-out for SimplyScripts, too.

I highly, highly recommend that anyone who has a project in production listen to this podcast.

Just sayin’.

The Suicide Theory will have its world premiere at the historical Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood at the end of May. You can check out the announcement here

In 2008, Michael Kospiah put up his script, The Suicide TheoryTwo outcasts form a bizarre friendship when one man’s suicide attempt interferes with a homicidal sociopath’s attempt at murder.

It has been produced as The Suicide TheoryA suicidal man hires a demented killer to assist him in suicide, but for some reason, miraculously survives each attempt on his life.

Like it on facebook.com/TheSuicideTheoryFilm and check out the Official Teaser Trailer for the upcoming Australian independent film The Suicide Theory. Starring Steve Mouzakis (Where the Wild Things Are, I Frankenstein) & Leon Cain (Terra Nova, The Straits) Directed by Dru Brown..


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