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Monday, November 30, 2015

99 Homes, I Smile Back and Learning To Drive for Award Consideration - posted by Don

Broad Green Pictures has waded into the fray with three scripts to consider. This brings us to 33 scripts up for award consideration. Check them all out on the Scripts Posted by Studios for 2015 Award Consideration.

99 Homes – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Ramin Bahrani & Bahrani Azimi – hosted by: Broad Green Pictures – in pdf format

Around the world everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash learns this the hard way when he is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker, Rick Carver. Humiliated and homeless, Nash has no choice but to move his mom and nine-year old son into a shabby, dangerous motel. All is lost. Until an unexpected opportunity arises for Nash to strike a deal with the devil – he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back.

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I Smile Back – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Paige Dylan and Amy Koppelman (Based on the novel I Smile Back by Amy Koppelman) – hosted by: Broad Green Pictures – in pdf format

Laney Brooks does bad things. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, and temptation everywhere, Laney makes one last desperate attempt at redemption.

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Learning To Drive – August 4, 2013 revised draft script by Sarah Kernochan – hosted by: Broad Green Pictures – in pdf format

Wendy, a self-absorbed New York book critic, is shocked to reality by the sudden end of her marriage. Always dependent on her husband for driving, she must now learn to take the wheel on her own. Her instructor Darwan is a Sikh Indian who watches with alarm as his pupil falls apart at the seams. He himself is contemplating an arranged marriage with a woman he has never met. As these two lives intersect, both will change in unpredictable ways.

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Beasts of no Nation screenplay – for your consideration - posted by Don

Netflix is in – Screenplays posted by Studios for award consideration

Beasts of No Nation – May 8th 2014 Shooting draft script by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Based on the novel By Uzodinma Iweala) – hosted by: Netflix – in pdf format

Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in an unnamed West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier.

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Pop Goes the Question – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite


Pop Goes the Question

A young man waiting to propose gets harangued and upstaged by his well meaning family and friends.

One of the most important rules of comedy is to riff on a relatable experience. To create a “character in a jam” your audience can sympathize with – and imagine themselves in the starring role.

Okay, a sense of humor’s important too. But hey – a writer’s gotta have priorities…

Fortunately, Pop Goes the Question has both these qualities. In spades.

Pop follows the story of Jeremy; an earnest young man about to propose. As the script opens, Jeremy waits for his beloved Helen to walk through the door. Unfortunately, a few visitors are in town. And none of them are Helen.

Among the intruders is Terence; Jeremy’s not-so-couth best friend. Following tradition, Terence arrives with something borrowed and blue – a porn DVD. Before Terence can be shown the door, both sets of in-laws make their entrance. Not exactly an optimal situation, given the proposal’s a surprise.

Meddling parents, embarrassing friends and porn? Needless to say, complications ensue. Can Jeremy take control of the situation before Helen arrives? Or will his question be rendered moot?

A delightfully charming character piece, Pop is chock-full of wonderful throw-away lines. (One example between the two mothers in law: “Pie doesn’t scream romance, Margaret. And we don’t want to bloat the bride.” “Helen’s prone to bloating? That doesn’t surprise me. No one in our family ever bloats, do they dear?”) Low budget and high in character, this is one comedy script you’ll want get a ring on – before the opportunity slips away.

About the writer: Elaine Clayton is a London-based screenwriter, who has written several well-received shorts and is currently working on her first feature length scripts. Comfortable in a broad range of genres, Elaine has an innate sense of structure and arc development. Contact her at Elaine_clayton (AT) Hotmail(.)co(.)uk

Pages: 6

Budget: About as low as it gets. (In a good way, that is.) Access to a living room is all you’ll need. And several actors with great comedic timing.





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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Original Script Sunday for November 29th 2015 - posted by Don

Just a few posted this week. I’m a bit behind getting scripts up. Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are seventeen original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Steve Jobs – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Thanks for the heads up on this script up for Award Consideration.

Steve Jobs – March 19, 2015 shooting script script by Aaron Sorkin (based on the book by Zwalter Isaacson) – hosted by: Universal – in pdf format

His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However his drive to revolutionize technology was sacrificial. Ultimately it affected his family life and possibly his health. In this revealing film we explore the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple inc. Steven Paul Jobs.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

For the Love of God – Short Script Review (Optioned!) - posted by wonkavite


For the Love of God

Two men of the cloth discuss a crisis of faith

Writing good scripts can be such a Catch-22. The best movies deal with important ideas… emotional and intellectual issues that get to the heart of what it means to be human. But when tackling such matters, a writer’s skill is sorely tested. You gotta give the topic the deep consideration it deserves. Yet subtly enough that your story doesn’t turn into a massive preach-fest, causing your audience to flee in droves.

For the Love of God manages that balance extremely well. A simple script, FLG captures a conversation between two men of the cloth – Father Flynn and Brother Mike. Brother Mike, you see, is considering leaving the priesthood. ‘Cause he’s – well – kind of gay. Surprisingly, Father Flynn resists Brother Mike’s resignation, spurring a discussion about the ramifications of his colleague’s confession… both in light of Jesus’ teachings, and Brother Mike’s personal life. Despite the seriousness of the ensuing conversation, FLG maintains a light yet intellectually nuanced tone – all the way to its satisfying end.

Will you agree with the arguments of FLG? Maybe. Maybe not. But a script that can handle not one, but two controversial topics so adeptly? That’s top notch writing in our good book.

About the writer: Tim Westland, co-writer of the acclaimed graphic novel Chasing the Dead, received first place for Balls Out in the NNYM 15 page contest. His IMDB page can be found here.

Pages: 7

Budget: Quite low. Two main characters, one setting. Doesn’t get more straightforward than that.





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Thursday, November 26, 2015

No BullScript Consulting – Danny Manus Script Review (Red Light) - posted by wonkavite

Recently, we reviewed Chris Shamburger’s horrific new slasher, Red Light. As readers of Shootin’ the Shorts are aware, our goal at STS is to find new and promising writers, and provide them with the platform they need to get their work seen (then hopefully optioned, and produced!)

One of our not-so-secret weapons in this quest is Danny Manus of No BullScript Consulting. Having worked as a development executive in Hollywood, Danny is an in-demand script consultant, named by Creative Screenwriting Magazine at one of the “Top 15” consultants in their “Cream of the Crop” list.   Partnered with STS, Danny provides wonderfully detailed and helpful notes for the monthly STS feature script.  This coverage is provided free to the writer, and can be posted our site or kept confidential – at the writer’s discretion. But wait – there’s more!  Any script that gets a coveted “recommend” from tough but eminently fair Danny will be featured in his monthly newsletter and may also receive further exposure to his production contacts…

Below – for your Thanksgiving-reading pleasure – please find Danny’s scoresheet for Red Light. (Please note: for this posting, we’ve broken with tradition and redacted the actual coverage notes.) TRUST US: Danny’s notes – as always – were insightful and detailed; an invaluable read.  But we’re allergic to spoilers here at STS. So we’re keeping THAT under our Turkey table today!

But a Strong Consider from No Bullscript?  You better damned well grab this gem while you can! 🙂 Contact writer Chris at cshamburger “AT” live dot com for a copy of the script!

**To submit a script, please visit STS at the page listed HERE. Danny can also be contacted directly via the No BullScript Consulting website at Or on Twitter @DannyManus.



 Title: Red Light

Type of Material: Screenplay

Author:  Chris Shamburger

Number of Pages: 102

Circa:  Present

Location:  Arizona

Genre:  Slasher/Horror

Coverage Date:   11/19/15

Budget Range: Low

LOGLINE: When three teens challenge a local ghost story by running a red light, they find themselves the next targets of a seemingly supernatural entity bent on revenge but the truth behind the legend may be even more deadly.



Elements Excellent Solid Needs Work Poor


Story   X    
Structure   X    
Conflict/Drama   X    
Consistent Tone X      
Pacing   X    
Stakes   X    
Climax   X    


Overall Characters   X    
Protagonist   X    
Antagonist     X  
Dialogue   X    
Transitions   X    
Format, Spelling, Grammar, Pg Count   X    
Well Defined Theme   X    
Commercial Appeal/Hook   X    
Overall Originality   X    
Production Value X      
International Appeal   X    

About the writer: Chris Shamburger was a finalist (Top 10) in the 2013 Shriekfest Film Festival for his recently-produced script, Hiccups. He has been a semi-finalist twice and has also been published in Twisted Dreams Magazineand Horror in Words. Chris lives in Marietta, GA with his partner and their Chow-mix rescue, Walter. Aside from writing, Chris has been teaching pre-kindergarten for the past six years. You can find him on IMDb here:  | Comments Off on No BullScript Consulting – Danny Manus Script Review (Red Light)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Inside Out screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Another Screenplay for Award Consideration.

Inside Out – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, & Josh Cooley (original story by Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen) – hosted by: Disney – in pdf format

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bridge of Spies screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Another script posted by the studios for award consideration. Find more on the Screenplays For Your Consideration page.

Bridge of Spies – December 17, 2014 final shooting script by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – hosted by: Dreamworks – in pdf format

In the cold war, A lawyer, James B. Donovan recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers that was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission- with a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel who was arrested for espionage in the US.

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