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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Nightcrawler screenplay – for your consideration - posted by Don

Another script for Award Consideration

Nightcrawler – November 27, 2012 unspecified draft script by Dan Gilroy – hosted by: The Wrap – in pdf format

NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling – where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Free – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by David M Troop


An honor student begins the next phase of his life.

If time travel was scientifically possible, what would you do? Really?

Would you change the course of human history? Or simply go back and tell someone you loved them – one last time? Would you prevent a horrific accident from occurring, saving thousands of lives? Or spend the day with one special person, and change their life forever?

Time travel and its possibilities – it’s been the theme of some of the most popular movies in history (in a variety of genres): The Terminator travels back in time to eliminate an enemy by killing his mother. In Groundhog’s Day, an egotistical weatherman relives the same day again and again – until he learns the true meaning of love.

In his short script “Free”, Paul Williams explores a question we’ve all asked ourselves. What if we could go back and time, and undo a costly mistake?

Although only eighteen, Robert McKenna has a lifetime of accomplishment ahead of him. A brilliant and promising merit scholar, Robert studies quantum physics – specializing in the theory of time-travel. Staying at home with his mother and younger brother Timmy (12), Robert’s preparing for a four year trip. He whiles away the remaining hours working on equations and algorithms… making sure they’re absolutely right.

But Timmy won’t let him be. Seeking his big brother’s attention, he pesters Robert with questions. About the possibilities of time travel. And Robert’s own plans for the future. Has his big brother found a gateway to the past? And if so… what’s his motivation?

Free may have the sheen of Science Fiction. But at heart, it’s a tragedy. About families. Grief, loss and regret. And wishing you could solve life’s problems with a mathematical solution. If only it was that easy.

This is a script that every skilled director wishes for: subtle and deeply touching, with layers of rich symbolism. Properly brought to the screen, it’ll haunt your audiences for a long time.

About the writer: Paul J. Williams is a New Jersey-based multi-award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director with several scripts in various stages of film production. He has been a member of the New Jersey Screenwriter’s Group since 2009. His latest movie, “Case #5930”, which he wrote and produced, will be released in 2015.

He has also served as a decorated law enforcement officer for the past eighteen years, both as a Federal Officer with the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Police Officer for the City of Newark, N.J.

He can be reached at pauljwilliams9 “AT” yahoo. His IMDB page is available here:

Pages: 6

Budget: Low to moderate. One location: an upper middle-class home. And a pet bird. (Don’t ask – just read the script!)

About the reviewer: David M Troop resumed writing in 2011 after a twenty-five year hiatus.  Since then, he has written about 50 short scripts, two of which have been produced.   Dave would like to make it three.  He is a regular, award-winning contributor to  Born on the mean streets of Reading, PA, Dave now resides in Schuylkill Haven with his wife Jodi and their two lazy dogs Max and Mattie. He can be reached at dtroop506 “AT” gmail.





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Monday, December 29, 2014

Raspberry Ale – Short Script Review (Optioned!) - posted by wonkavite

Raspberry Ale

Two ex-coworkers chat about the future. But one of them has other plans in mind.

These days, films go overboard in the name of suspense. Buses wired to bombs. Nukes due to take out all of New York. Or all of Gotham City… J

But what is suspense? Really?

It’s that building tension. The ticking clock. The vibe that something’s coming just around the bend – and it ain’t gonna be very nice. And that can be accomplished with just two men… chatting casually (with sinister subtext).

Take Raspberry Ale for example. A simple tale of ex-coworkers, talking of what the future will bring. Jeff’s arrived at Frank’s house, intending to stay just briefly. You see, the company’s offered him a supervisor job in Jersey. And he’s come to say goodbye. Yet, from the minute he arrives on the doorstep, it’s clear something is awry.

Jeff asks about Martha, Frank’s wife. She’s getting her face ready for visitors, Frank tells him. You know how these women are. While they await Martha’s entrance, Frank (a homebrewer) offers Jeff a raspberry ale.   The two men sit in the living room. And chat.

A conversation that – on the surface – is quite friendly. How’s work going? What are your plans for next year? But the undercurrent’s far darker, hinting at unspoken things. Frank’s been laid off… under ugly circumstances. As for Martha and Jeff, it quickly becomes clear their relationship was once more than just friends.

And then Jeff begins to experience abdominal pains. Something in the beer’s not sitting right. As the clock ticks down, the tension climbs. Do these men have a future at all? Or will Jeff’s goodbye be … permanent?

Are you a filmmaker who adores Hitchcock? Then give Raspberry Ale a try. A sweetly classical thriller. With a hoppy bitter edge.

About the writer: Michael O’Farrell is a mathematician who worked on the Space Shuttle Program and now writes fiction. He can be reached at michael.ofarrell “AT” knology DOT net

Pages: 10

Budget: Very affordable. The two high quality actors, a house – and a bit of brewing equipment on the side.





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Friday, December 26, 2014

Pins and Needles – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Pins and Needles

Desperate to save his afflicted wife, a tailor decides on a drastic last resort.

Horror’s changed quite a bit over the years. Once the venue of Bela Legosi and Boris Karloff, the genre’s – well – mutated. Over the top FX in the 80s – followed by the rise of slashers and torture porn.

Yet, some of the best horror remains simple. Haunting tales, focused on unassuming characters – faced with fate, loss. Tragedy.

A story of love and sacrifice, Pins and Needles harkens back to that traditional time. The protagonist in the story: a stocky little tailor named Marvin. At sixty-four, Marvin’s a simple man. A small business owner with modest dreams. And despite being married for over forty years, still deeply in love with his wife, Tess.

But fate can be unkind. Four years ago Tess had a stroke; leaving her a vegetable. Unable to walk or communicate – though awareness remains in her eyes. Marvin’s taken Tess to a million doctors. Prayed. But nothing’s worked.

And now – Marvin’s ready to take drastic measures.

As the script opens, Marvin waits in the store basement, accompanied by his wife… and a “guest”. Twenty something Rebecca – duct tape on her mouth, her hands tied. You see, Marvin’s done his research, and uncovered a demonic sacrifice that will restore Tess to her glory days. The price may be grisly… but worth it to save the little man’s True Love.

But will everything go as planned? Or does Fate have something else in store?

A sweet little story in its own way, Pins and Needles is perfect for horror directors who want a classic tale – of love, demons and sacrifice.

About the Writer: Living in CA, Ryan Lee can be contacted via ryanlee1800 AT yahoo. His IMDB credits can be viewed here.

Pages: 11

Budget: Some demon FX to do in post – but most of P&N’s straightforward. Three characters. One basement!





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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Price – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

The Price

A desperate woman struggles with the high price of the one thing she wants most – her dead son brought to life.

Movies. They’re both a complex and a simple thing. Films today are an intricate web of creative arts – writing, directing, cinematography, FX. Stories chock full of complicated twists and turns.

Yet –when one digs down deep… The most successful films work off a simple formula – dealing with basic, raw human emotion. Love. Loss. Tragic grief.

Such is the case with The Price: a supernatural story of a woman who lost her son. And would do anything to get him back.

Ostensibly set in medieval times, The Price opens with middle aged Berith – giving birth in a lonely cottage. Her elderly mid-wife assists as best she can. But in the end, the act is futile. Berith’s child – a son – is stillborn.

An outcast in her village, Berith buries the infant alone. She grieves alone, as well – having lost the only thing that matters in her world.

…until Berith happens upon a traveling Mystic. And strikes an awful deal. In return for certain “favors”, the Mystic teaches Berith how to summon her son. Via a spell that works only once a year. And requires payment – in blood.

Over the years, Berith visits her son’s grave… bringing fresh victims as sacrifice. As time drags on, the demands of the spell grow more numerous. More corpses for the demons. And yet Berith perseveres; content to watch her son age with the years. Two. Six. Fifteen. Eventually, he’s a young adult. Handsome. Proud. Perfect.

…but the grisly crimes have changed Berith as well. Has the Price finally become too steep – denying Berith her Son’s love as well?

A poetic psalm to love and loss, The Price is sure to be a crowd pleaser, especially with the right atmospheric touch!

About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT”

Pages: 13

Budget: Although FX heavy as written, The Price’s story is adaptable to lower budgets – with no loss in effectiveness.





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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Original Script Sunday for the Winter Solstice - posted by Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page there are twenty three original, unproduced scripts for your reading pleasure.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Congratulations to William Boehmer – One True Love is Optioned! - posted by wonkavite

And… the magic of STS strikes again. Well, actually it’s the magical charm of William Boehmer’s short script One True Love – which has now been optioned with filming to start spring of 2015!

Want to see what else William has available?  Write to him at list “AT” and see!!  🙂

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Unbroken screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Unbroken – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson (Based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand) – hosted by: Universal Pictures – in pdf format

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Gambler screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

The Gambler – January 19, 2014 unspecified draft script by William Monahan (Adapted from THE GAMBLER by James Toback) – hosted by: Paramount – in pdf format

Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

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