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Friday, October 23, 2015

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

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5 Comments so far

1.

Debra Johnson
October 23rd, 2015 at 8:11 am

My favorite line in the script – which made me chuckle and nearly choke on my coffee – “Never heard of him, dude. Is he a
porn star or something?” Really enjoyed it Tim. 🙂

2.

Chris Ramsdell
October 23rd, 2015 at 10:26 am

Great premise for a movie. I can see it happening. Very well written.

3.

Tim Westland
October 23rd, 2015 at 11:02 pm

Debra and Chris – Thanks so much!

This was written for the NYMM 1 week challenge and I have to say, “Surfing Mockumentary” was not what I expected to draw in that contest.

I’m glad you enjoyed it and appreciate that you took the time to read and comment.

Best,
Tim

4.

KP Mackie
October 25th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Love ths story.
So well written that the visual aspects jump off the page.
Top-notch quality from beginning to end… 🙂

5.

Tim Westland
October 26th, 2015 at 12:36 am

Aw Thanks, KP!!! If only I had the gumption to film my own stuff. This would be one I’d love to tackle. The closing scene is likely my favorite of anything I’ve written.

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