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Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Mighty Fire – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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A Mighty Fire

A blues-man seeks a legendary recording that may be nothing more than old rumors…or it might just be real.

When it comes to serving up memorable horror with unique characters and fresh concepts that haven’t been done to genre-death, it’s hard to beat Robert Newcomer.  Showcased previously at STS, “Bert” (as he’s affectionately known when we’re feeling cheeky) is also writer of Someplace Nice and Dark, a creepy little riff involving a delivery boy, a trailer, and an old man afraid of his own shadow.

In Mighty Fire, the setting is more exotic: a beat up old record shop in New Orleans.  Not the tourist section. The Seventh Ward.  Young blues wanna Jean Juneau arrives on the shop’s porch seeking the last record of blues legend Robert Johnson (rumored to have been recorded while Johnson was dying from a bad case of poison and a woman scorned.)  Known as Mighty Fire, the record is said to be the ultimate blues experience: agony and ecstasy all rolled into one.

Jean pawns his guitar and gets the recording.  Has he made the deal of a lifetime? Or a contract with the Devil himself?  Crack this script open, and find out!

About the writer:  Robert Newcomer recently received his first IMDB credit for another short, Them That’s Dead.  An intelligent writer, he has several other shorts and a horror feature length available for consideration. (IMDB credits listed here.)

Pages: 14

Budget: Moderate.  There are a handful of characters and settings: the record shop, a bar, and a room.  There may be some FX expense incurred to make sure one gets the atmosphere right. But for scripts like this, it’s worth the price.

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pee Buddies – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Pee Buddies
A man suffering from a bizarre phobia recruits a coworker to help him overcome his fear.

Man, is there anything worse in life than really, really, really having to pee? I mean, of course there’s much worse, like being taken hostage, being dismembered or losing your job.

But, for sheer physical and emotional agony, the inability to urinate when nature is calling, er, screaming to stream, is hard to top.

So are the comical moments in Shane Murphy’s short “Pee Buddies,” a story about, er, pee buddies – Don and Glenn. Don’s got urinary issues. He’s also got boundary issues at work because the opening scene finds him in the bathroom discussing his pissues (hopefully I’m the first to coin the phrase) with his young, happy-go-lucky co-worker Glenn.

GLENN
Don.

DON
I’m begging you. Two minutes of privacy.

GLENN
You can do this, buddy.

DON
One minute?

GLENN
Let’s just try again.

DON
Why are you torturing me?

GLENN
It’s not torture, it’s therapeutic. A licensed therapist told you to do this. Now get over here.

And they’re off (so to speak)! But nothing’s coming out, except genuine LOLs on every page as the momentum, suspense and pressure builds. Glenn even resorts to urinating next to him – really peeing there for Don.

DON
(annoyed)
Really?

GLENN
It’s for your own good. This isn’t so bad, is it?

DON
This is my nightmare.

GLENN
Come on, the hard part is over. You’re standing next to me, your unit is out—

DON
Stop saying unit!

You won’t stop smiling the rest of the way through Murphy’s story of a workplace thera-pee session gone very, very bad for Don and Glenn, but quite entertaining for the rest of us…and a co-worker who walks into the bathroom, unbeknownst to Don and Glenn.

I’m thinking Jack Black and Will Ferrell would be splendid choices to play Glenn and Don, respectively. If they’re not available, the right director could certainly pull the necessary performances out of any capable actors.

Pee Buddies” needs to be produced – if anything just so the marketing tag can be “Pee Buddies – streaming now!

Budget: Um, a bathroom. Two main actors with two “units” – though not necessarily on camera, please!

Pages: 9

About the reviewer: Zack Zupke is a writer in Los Angeles. Zack was a latch-key kid (insert “awww” here) whose best friend was a 19-inch color television (horrific, he knows). His early education (1st grade on) included watching countless hours of shows like “M*A*S*H,” “Star Trek” and “The Odd Couple” and movies like “The Godfather,” “Rocky” and “Annie Hall.” Flash forward to present day and his short “The Confession” was recently produced by Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. He’s currently working on a futuristic hitman thriller with a partner and refining a dramedy pilot perfect for the likes of FX. You can reach Zack at zzupke “at” yahoo.

About the writer: Shane Murphy is a writer and comedian from Toronto, Canada. For contact information and stand-up dates please visit shanemurphy.org.

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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

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The Station

A soldier and his dog face the ultimate test in loyalty.

What can one say about The Station? This one, admittedly, has a mix of influences.  A bit of classic Twilight Zone, a touch of Dante’s Inferno… and even a touch of political relevancy torn from Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The story is simple – Captain Daniels has just returned from a tour in the Middle East. By his side is his faithful companion Virgil… a German Shepherd who has seen his share of combat as well.  They’ve arrived to catch the train home.  Or is this just the beginning of their travels?

Given the story, this is one script that you have to read – to try to explain gives too much away.  It’s a sweet tale, and one that deserves to make it’s way to the screen.  Warning:  dog lovers may get misty eyed.

About the writer: A prolific writer, Kevin Lenihan has a number of short and feature length scripts in his roster… and is always looking for the next great story and idea.

Pages: 12

Budget: Not for a newbie.  To do this right requires at least stock footage of a train,  some combat desert scenes…  and a photogenic German Shepherd. But for a director with a few quality produced shorts under their belt, this could be the perfect (train) ticket…

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

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

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Eleven Eleven

Shortly after being tricked into activating a curse she thought was to bring good luck, a young woman learns she has eleven hours and eleven days to reverse the spell before a demon comes for her soul.

After you’ve read a significant number of shorts – especially in the horror genre – certain patterns tend to emerge.  Usually, it’s a monster or creature we’ve all seen before.  Vampires, zombies, serial killers; the usual suspects.  Also, the stories tend to be pretty simple and brief…focusing on a quick twist at the end.

Eleven-Eleven avoids both of these clichés.  Yes, the “big bad” is a monster-demon type entity – but one that’s unique.  And, at 23 pages, this is one horror script that develops its world – weaving a complete story that’s more than just a literary jump scare.

Although there’s a cast of characters, Eleven-Eleven primarily follows Tina, a personal fitness trainer.  Tina’s world gets turned upside down when she witnesses her blind date’s strange habit – touching something red whenever the clock strikes 11:11.  He tells her it’s for good luck. Needless to say, Tina finds his belief off-putting and weird- but gives it a try, just as a joke.  At which point her world gets turned upside down…

Days later, Tina finds herself fighting for her life – and struggling to find the answers that will help her lift a deadly curse…

Want more?  Then you’re gonna have to open this one. Because I’m not going to give it away.

About the writer: Our very own James Williams (IMDB credits here.) With both shorts and features to his name, James is perhaps best known for the So Pretty vampire trilogy of shorts – the third installment now in production!

Pages: 23

Budget: A number of characters and scenes.  While not overly expensive, this one shouldn’t be done on the cheap.  As for the FX – latex would be nice, but not really necessary.  There’s nothing here that some well-placed shadows couldn’t handle…

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Scripts of the October 2015 One Week Challenge - posted by Don

Scripts of The October ’15 One Week Challenge are live on the Unproduced Scripts page.

Topic: Classic Horror Monsters with a modern twist
Genre: Horror
Limitations: Low budget. Present Day. One good makeup effect.

Check ’em out on the Unproduced Scripts page.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Old Time Radio Script Saturday - posted by Don

The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy: The Bum – transcript- from: Generic Radio

Information courtesy of Generic Radio


The Eternal Light: The Light in Darkness – transcript- from: Microphone Plays

Before becoming Helen Keller’s “Miracle Worker,” Anne Sullivan spends her childhood in a Massachusetts poorhouse surrounded by the mentally ill. A biographical sketch from a public service series that tried to promote religious tolerance with what the New York Times called “fine and sensitive dramas which stand very much on their own merit as radio plays.”

Information courtesy of Microphone Plays


The Columbia Workshop: Air Raid – transcript- from: Generic Radio

Archibald MacLeish’s poetic dramatization of the threat of an air raid on a small town. Premiering a few nights before the Mercury Theatre’s “War of the Worlds,” this play is cited by John Houseman as an influence on that famous broadcast.

Information courtesy of Generic Radio


Arch Oboler’s Plays: Another World (aka Alter Ego) – transcript- from: Generic Radio

A frequently-revived “Lights Out” thriller about a woman with an evil alter ego driving her into madness.

Information courtesy of Generic Radio


Calling All Cars: The Execution Of John Dillinger – transcript- from: Generic Radio

Broadcast three days after the gangster’s death, this is a not-entirely-accurate dramatization of Dillinger’s criminal career.

 

Information courtesy of Generic Radio


Friday, October 23, 2015

Pawn Sacrifice and I’ll See You In My Dreams screenplays for your consideration - posted by Don

A couple more from Bleecker Street Media .

Pawn Sacrifice – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Steven Knight (Story by Stephen J Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson and Steven Knight) – hosted by: Bleecker Street Media – in pdf format

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

I’ll See You In My Dreams – March 16, 2014 pink revised draft script by Brett Haley & Marc Basch – hosted by: Bleecker Street Media – in pdf format

In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends , Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man, pursuing a new love interest, and reconnecting with her daughter.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Balls Out – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Balls Out

Legendary Surfing Pioneer, Mick “Balls Out” Shelly, hasn’t hit the waves in  five decades. But an opportunity to reclaim the spotlight takes Mick and  people from his past on a trip down memory lane that none are likely to  forget.

The search for a perfect script can be harder to come by than the perfect wave. Winds, tides, breaks, and rips. Balls Out accounts for these elements, and the experience is a worthwhile ride.

Mick Shelly, once a surfing legend, now spends his days with an ear to the ocean, waiting for it to whisper his name one more time. However, there is one critical lesson Mick never bothered to learn: how to swim. Failure was never an option, and it’s in those stakes an ordinary kid is commissioned into surfer lore. As Mick’s career begins to ride high, he commits an innocent sin against the quaint culture of the 50’s, which in turn bans him from professional surfing for life. Most would ask if his punishment fits the crime; furthermore, why he wouldn’t appeal it in the court of rebellion. For whatever reason, Mick chose to remain dry for the next half century.

In the barrel of its wave this script displays humor, heart, truth, delusion, and a bitter surfer who longs to catch one last wave on the wet pave. Can he borrow your board?

About the writer: Tim Westland is an award winning writer and 2015 and 2014 Page International Quarter-Finalist, as well as a 2015 Screencraft Semi-Finalist.  Tim co-authored the acclaimed comic book series / graphic novel, “Chasing The Dead” and recently completed a write-for-hire adaptation of the New York Times Bestselling novel “Quantum Lens”, by Douglas Richards. He can be reached at timwestland “at” hotmail!

Page Length: 16

Budget: Needs surfers to perform stunts; improbable Kelly Slater cameo

READ THIS SCRIPT HERE – AND DON”T FORGET TO COMMENT!

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All screenplays are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. The screenplays may not be used without the expressed written permission of the author.

 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Danny Collins and Trumbo screenplays for your consideration - posted by Don

Bleecker Street Media has thrown a hat into the right with:

Check out these and more on the Scripts Studios are post for Award Consideration.

Danny Collins – August 1, 2013 Cherry Revised draft script by Dan Fogelman – hosted by: Bleecker Street Media – in pdf format

Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Trumbo (iBook and Kindle formats) – Unspecified “Published” Draft script by John McNamara (based on the biography by Bruce Cook) – hosted by: Bleecker Street Media – in pdf format

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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