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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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

Unrelated

A young man presents his new fiance to his family – only to uncover a horrible secret

Of all shared human experiences, love is the most compelling. How many memorable stories are cast around that traditional tale! You know the one I’m talking about: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy proposes to girl, boy finds out that girl is his sister. Wait, hang on just a sec!

Easy and breezy like its characters, Unrelated tells the story of a young man’s quest to find “the one”, a pursuit continually thwarted by the unending sins of his father’s past.

As Unrelated opens, our hero Stan is introduced as a young lad with a dreamer’s perspective. Giddy with newly discovered love, he presents newly minted fiancé Tilda to his parents at a family barbeque. His mother Lisa is pleasantly surprised. But father Hank – a flirtatious man with roving eyes – cannot abide by the news. For some mysterious reason…

All of Stan’s hopes for a future are dashed when Hank reveals the horrid truth: that Tilda was born of an affair he had with her mother. In other words, Stan and Tilda are brother and sister!

Needless to say, Stan is forced to foreswear Tilda and start again. And so begins a long pursuit to find a female whose lineage is not tied to his own… a woman to whom Stan is unrelated.

A well spun narrative with a clever resolution, Unrelated is a subtly subversive tale, not to mention an easy film to make: only three locations set in one home and a small cast of characters. What’s even more important is this story is one that resonates with a wide audience, relatable to the human experience of love.

This script is not one to pass on. Not if you want to wow them at festivals!

Pages: 5

Budget: Very low. Just invest in some good actors.

About the reviewer: New to STS – yet already wowing the editors, Faith Rivens is an aspiring author and filmmaker in her early twenties. New to the business, storytelling is a passion born innately within her. It doesn’t matter the genre, or the medium. What matters is the story woven within. With any luck, her first novel will be out on the stands in 2016. So keep a sharp eye out! Want to drop Faith a line? She’s available at faithrivens.writer “AT” gmail!

About the writer: Born and raised in Sweden, Pia Cook has four produced features, a fifth one in pre-pro, and twenty five shorts to her name (full IMDB credits here.) She started writing screenplays in 2006 and has written seventy short screenplays and ten features. (Yeah… that’s not a typo. Seven ZERO.) She can be reached at gatortales “AT” gmail!

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

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Monday, October 12, 2015

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

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Inner Journey

An unconventional counsellor seeks to explain to a new client the meaning of her inner journey, only to discover he is uniquely placed to help her.

Change. It’s a pivotal element in drama; in any fictional writing, really. Crack open any book on scriptwriting, and you’ll find a chapter on character arc. How do your characters grow? What is it that they strive for?

None of that’s surprising… because change is essential to the human condition. Something we struggle with everyday. How to keep growing. Not stagnate. Move forward when we need to – no matter how painful it may be.

A lot of Bill Sarre’s stories deal with change; one of the reasons they’re so successful. Inner Journey is no exception. A simple two character script, IJ follows a troubled young woman, Frankie, who has travelled across country seeking to meet up with someone from her past – a person she has never met.   Her research brings her to Terry– a psychotherapist who works from his home. The two end up talking and find they have more in common than suspected. Will Terry be able to help Frankie move forward from her past? Will he be able to do so as well?

A profoundly humanistic piece with a solid ending, IJ’s already experienced acclaim: Third Place in the Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competion, Finalist in the American Gem Literary Festival, a Page Awards Finalist and Bluecat Semi Finalist. All it needs now is to be produced by the right director – and take the film festivals as well.

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: 11

Budget: Minimal. One primary location, a few exteriors. But if you shoot this one? Make sure to get exceptional actors, who can handle this material with the subtlety it deserves.

 READ THE 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.

 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Original Script Sunday for October 11th - posted by Don

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

– Don

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Old Time Radio Saturday - posted by Don

The Campbell Playhouse: The Magnificent Ambersons – transcript- from: Microphone Plays

Spoiled George Amberson Minafer threatens the romance of his mother and the man she has always loved. Orson Welles, who later turned Booth Tarkington’s novel into a film, calls it “the truest, cruelest picture of the growth of the Middle West and the liveliest portrait left to us of the people who made it grow.”

Information courtesy of Microphone Plays


Escape: A Shipment of Mute Fate – transcript- from: Generic Radio

A zoologist wants to bring a dangerous animal aboard an ocean liner. This popular thriller was repeated several times on “Escape” and its sister show “Suspense.”

Information courtesy of Generic Radio


Little Old Lady: Lights Out – transcript- from: Generic Radio

Alice and Lona, two college students, visit Aunt Harriet, a mysterious old lady with an unusual cat.

 

Information courtesy of Generic Radio


The Damon Runyon Theater: Princess O’Hara – transcript- from: Generic Radio

A fable about a Central Park “princess” and a racehorse named Gallant Godfrey.

Information courtesy of Generic Radio


The Big Story: Manhunt in Manhattan – transcript- from: Generic Radio

A crime reporter witnesses a hold-up and thinks he can identify the gang leader. This weekly anthology series featured dramatizations of true newspaper stories from the point-of-view of the journalists involved.

Information courtesy of Generic Radio


Friday, October 9, 2015

The End of the Tour and Ex Machina for your consideration - posted by Don

Scripts up for award consideration.

The End of the Tour – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Donald Margulies (Based on “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace” by David Lipsky) – hosted by: A24 – in pdf format

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Ex Machina – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Alex Garland – hosted by: A24 – in pdf format

Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Check out more on the Scripts Up For Award Consideration page.

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

Bloom

A young rapper enters a rap battle in hopes to win the ultimate prize.

“The reveal.”  That’s the point in the movie where the audience drops its jaw and realizes that for the past ninety minutes they’ve been watching a different film altogether.  If done correctly, it can turn a great movie into a classic film.

Bloom, written by Jean-Pierre Chapoteau, takes us to the inner city projects – a setting we’ve already seen in such films as Boyz In The Hood and 8 Mile.  As the intro scene unwinds, two teenagers – Jeff and Darnel – head toward a house-party with thumping rap music blasting out the windows.

Darnel intends to challenge an infamous rapper named Clips, but Jeff warns Darnel that one false move or even one bad rhyme could get them both killed.

Jeff pleads with Darnel to take things slow, “plant the seed,” and live to rap another day.  However, Darnel has his eye on the prize, and taking on Clips in a rap battle is the only way to win.

Clips accepts Darnel’s challenge and his two hundred dollars.  After Clips’ rhymes bring the crowd to frenzy, he turns the mic over to Darnel – who finds himself trapped in a lion’s den with only his words to save him.

Darnel takes the mic, exhales slowly, and instructs the DJ to kill the beat. And something unexpected and quite wonderful happens then.

The reveal.

At that crucial point, author JP Chapoteau pulls the rug out from under the audience and turns the script on its head.  After we’re able to close our mouths, a smile slowly forms. Permanently.

Bloom is the perfect screenplay for a director who knows and appreciates the world of rap music.  And it’s also a chance to tell the story of a young urban man who risks his life so that he may live it. For real.

Pages: 5

Budget:  Small to medium.  A house-party and DJ.  Two very talented young actor/rappers.

About the Guest 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 MoviePoet.com.  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!

About the Author: Jean-Pierre Chapoteau started writing feature-length scripts in 2005, then focused on shorts in 2009. Since then he’s had three scripts produced and two more optioned. He has won several awards for his shorts and has become a moderator at the site MoviePoet, who specialize in the craft of the short scripts. Jean-Pierre was a finalist in the RAW TALENT Competition for his faith-based feature-length script: ‘Far From Perfect.’ And was also a semi-finalist in the SLAMDANCE teleplay competition and a finalist in the OBSWRITER teleplay contest for his adapted teleplay, Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Guardian. You can contact Jean-Pierre Chapoteau at: Jeanpierre_4_25 “AT” msn(dot) com

READ THIS SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Killer Klowns From Outer Space screenplay - posted by Don

More from Horror Lair.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space – April 7, 1987 unspecified draft script by Charles Chiodo and Sstephen Chiodo – hosted by: Horror Lair – in pdf format

When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople, no one takes them seriously. Why? The aliens all look like circus clowns, use weapons that look clown like, and all have painted on smiles. Only a few of the young people in the town realize the danger and of course no one believes them. Armed with an ice cream truck they try and rescue their friends.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Find more scripts on the Movie Scripts page.

You’ve Finished the Damned Script – Now What? (Anthony Cawood Primers for a Networked World) – Part 8 - posted by Anthony Cawood

You’ve Finished the Damned Script – Now What?

(Anthony Cawood Primers for a Networked World)

Part 8: Scriptwriting Software

If you ask a bunch of screenwriters what software they use, you’ll get a cacophony of different views. Each one strident and strong. No matter the software, they’ll claim it’s the best. It’s industry standard, they say. You’d be mad not to use it. It’s the tool that makes writing… easy!

Needless to say, an article that examines the main contenders would be great. So here is my offering and personal experience – with opinions thrown in for good measure.

** Note – as I always do – it’s best to travel to the official websites of each: look at key features, current prices, file formats, supported Operating Systems and other details. Research is a very good thing. Especially where software is concerned.

First up, we have:

Final Draft

Price – $250

Demo – 30 Day Free trial available

Mac/PC – Both

Mobile/Device – Available for iPad and iPhone

Pro Advocates – Darren Aronofsky, J.J. Abrams, Robert Zemeckis

Final Draft considers itself the industry standard. In fact, it’s used by scores of professional screenwriters – but not all of them.

It’s feature rich to say the least. Anything FD doesn’t include probably isn’t needed.

It has over 100 script templates, integrates index cards well and even has a feature that reads the script out aloud – with different character voices!

FD’s also very customizable, with reports coming out of its ears. Plus, it imports and exports in a plethora of file types and formats.

One of the other good features – IMO – is the ability to save to Dropbox. That’s great if you use multiple devices, as it ensures you’re always working on the most up to date version of your masterpiece.

Yes, Final Draft does pretty much everything. It even has iPhone/iPad versions, currently on sale for $14.99.  (Note: mobile versions sync scripts with Dropbox. Scripts can also be stored locally, emailed, printed etc.)

The only real downsides to Final Draft? Well, the price – though it’s often discounted – and the relatively slow development timetable for enhancements.

You could always just buy the iPad version and play with that if the price tag puts you off!

Website: http://www.finaldraft.com/

Movie Magic

Price – $170 (current sale price)

Demo – 5 Day full demo available

Mac/PC – Both

Mobile/Device – Not currently

Pro Advocates – Paul Haggis, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, Evan Katz

Another high cost option that purports to be the industry standard. MM has a bunch of pro-screenwriter endorsements and it’s apparently the preferred format of WGA West.

From a features perspective, Movie Magic has much of the same as FD: including Text to Speech, a ton of templates and online collaboration features. And – this software has extensive (and free) support and a couple of features not found in FD.

It does, however, feel a little old these days – an overhaul seems overdue. And the inclusion of other popular hardware devices would be nice.

Downsides: price and lack of a mobile app (though their website says that’s in consideration).

Website: http://www.screenplay.com/p-29-movie-magic-screenwriter-6.aspx

Celtx

Price – Basic – Free

             Standard – $9.99 per month

            Plus – $19.99 per month

Mac/PC – Online application – yes to both.

Demo – Standard & Plus have 15 day free trials

Mobile/Device – Yes

Pro Advocates – Kirk Suttles – Head of Production at Lifechurch.tv

Celtx used to have a desktop version, but they’ve gone completely online of late (if you have the desktop version, it isn’t supported anymore). But if you just want a basic online screenwriting product, then the free edition is perfectly fine. Many people happily use Celtx for spec scripts.

The Standard version comes with more production type features, such as Shot Blocking, Scheduling, Budgeting, etc. The Plus version has even more features, including Live Chat support. They have a big focus on collaboration and team working as well – that’s not just a FD/MM thing!

Website: http://www.celtx.com/

Fade In

Price – $50

Demo – Yes

Mobile/Device – Yes (including Android)

Pro Advocates – Craig Mazin

Though a newer entrant to the market, Fade In is feature rich for the price and has some unique advantages (like Android support, a Linux version, EPUB exports etc) that make it a definite contender. It also has Dropbox support, so you can switch between desktop versions and mobile devices easily.

Fade In also also seems to have a really responsive developer, Kent Tessman – who happens to be a screenwriter too*. Additional features are added quickly and frequently, something that Final Draft and Movie Magic have been criticized for (frequently) in the past.

*Check out Kent’s great script, Chrome Noir on the Black List Table Reads podcast. It’s well worth a listen!

Downsides: I think it has fewer features in total than FD or MM, but I’m not sure they’d be missed!

If you are new to screenwriting and want a solid desktop based program, then I think Fade In is worth the look.

Websitehttp://www.fadeinpro.com

Storyist

Price – $59

Mac/PC – Mac only

Demo – Yes

Mobile/Device – Yes

Pro Advocates – Michael Brandman, New York Times Bestselling Author

This one is Mac only (including iPad/iPhone). I haven’t had chance to look at it, but to be thorough, I thought it fair to list it anyway.

Geared for novelists as well as screenwriters, this one is a word processor with built in screenwriting functionality. It has outlining functionality, as well. You can add images and things like that to a story, just to give it more color in your mind. You can also create ePub and Kindle books via this software.

In certain ways, Storyist seems to be more of a writer’s tool. But if you are a Mac fiction writer who dabbles in screenwriting as well, it might be what you’re looking for!

Website: http://storyist.com

WriterDuet

Price – Free version (restricted features)

            $7.99 per month (or $99 Lifetime fee)

Mac/PC – Online application (so yes to both).

Demo – Has free version

Mobile/Device – Yes

Pro Advocates – Ed Solomon, Andy Nyman

I believe this is the newest in the collection. Like Celtx, the developers have chosen an online route. But they recently added a desktop version, providing good cross platform support. WriterDuet also incorporates cloud saving to ensure you are always using the most up to date version of your script.

One of the key features of the software is real time collaboration. You can work on scripts with a writing partner in real time – no back and forwards, or issues with version control.

One of the other good things is that the developer – Guy Goldstein – is very accessible and currently has an AMA going on Reddit (screenwriting). So he’s pretty active in general.

No, WriterDuet doesn’t have the production level features of some of its more established competitors. But to perfectly honest: if you’re an aspiring writer engaged primarily with spec scripts… do you need colored revision pages and page locking to get by?

Website: http://writerduet.com/

So here you go. Check out the websites yourself. Try the free versions and find out what you like!

Admittedly, this article isn’t an exclusive list, but it discusses the main tools in use. Apologies if I’ve missed your favourite, but feel free to post in the Comments box!

My personal view? That if you’re just starting out and have a limited budget, then WriterDuet is a good choice. If you are looking for something with a little more and you have the bucks to spend, then Fade In’s the option I recommend. Then: if you want whistles and bells, the kitchen sink and don’t mind paying a hefty price, then Final Draft’s in your sights.

In the interest of full disclosure… I currently use Final Draft on PC and my iPad. But I’ve also written scripts with Celtx, WriterDuet and Fade In. So I’m agnostic with my software! UPDATE: I’ve changed what I use to Fade In on PC and iPad, loving it.

About Anthony: I’m an award-winning screenwriter from the UK with over 15 scripts produced, optioned and/or purchased. Outside of my screenwriting career, I’m also a published short story writer and movie reviewer. Links to my films and details of my scripts can be found at www.anthonycawood.co.uk.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

More scripts up for award consideration - posted by Don

A couple more Scripts Up For Award Consideration

Legend – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Brian Helgeland – hosted by: Universal – in pdf format

Focusing on the relationship between Reggie Kray and Frances Shea, told from France’s’ point of view as someone who knew him best, as well as the mental health issues Ronnie Kray faced and their rise to power as the notorious gangsters of London.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Slow West – November 7, 2013 unspecified draft script by John Maclean – hosted by: A24 – in pdf format

‘Slow West’ follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Check out more on the Scripts Up For Award Consideration page.

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