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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Forbidden Planet screenplay - post author Don

Forbidden Planet – September 8, 1954 final draft script by Cyril Hume (based on a story by Irving Block and Allen Adler (based on “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare – hosted by: Daily Script – in pdf format

When Adams and his crew are sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, he finds all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira have somehow survived a hideous monster which roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery, and has no intention of sharing it (or his daughter!) with anyone.

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Screenwriters Lecture Series - post author Don

Thanks Rebecca for the heads up on the Screenwriters Lecture Series from BAFTA Guru – Inspiring Minds in Film, TV and Games.

Lectures from notable writers such as William Nicholson, Charlie Kaufman and John Logan.

Friday, November 6, 2015

King of the Beasts – The Lion King early draft screenplays - post author Don

Thanks to Jimminy for the heads up on these two early drafts of The Lion King

The Lion King – May 23, 1990 draft script by J. T. Allen & Ronald Bass and The Lion King – January 19, 1990 draft script by J. T. Allen – hosted by: Lion King Original Screenplay – in pdf format

A young lion prince is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. The King is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame. After years of exile he is persuaded to return home to overthrow the usurper and claim the kingdom as his own thus completing the “Circle of Life”.

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I’m Not Mandy – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - post author wonkavite

I’m Not Mandy

Two teenage sisters realize that being popular… rocks!

Teen coming-of-age stories will never get old. No matter the decade into which you’re born, the experience is universal. Popularity. Unpopularity. Coming to grips with who you are… no matter what your peers may think. Some classics have come out of this fount of angst: The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink. Buffy. The Twilight Series (well, kinda.)

And there’s I’m Not Mandy. Teen Sandy – our protag – isn’t a model of awesomeness. Chubby and plain. Glasses and acne. She’s got nerd written all over her. Which is a real embarrassment to her sister, Mandy – whose perfect face makes her the coolest girl at school. When the script opens, it’s Sandy’s first day of high school. Mandy makes it clear that her sister should keep her distance, and not breathe a word about their blood bond.

Not a good way to start the day. Things quickly get worse when Sandy bumps into Adam Jones… the boy that Mandy’s been crushing on. Glasses get broken. Curses fly. Next thing you know, it’s all out war… With peace nowhere in sight.

How will it end? With blood – or redemption? Open the script… and find out.

About the writer: Born and raised in England, Sally Meyer has had 6 features filmed,  produced and released to television and dvd.  (And 8 shorts as well!)  Her feature The Elving Project is slated to begin filming January 2016, to be released next Christmas. Her IMDB Credits are available here:  And feel free to contact Sally directly at sallymeyer0 “AT” gmail!

Page Count: 5

Budget: Relatively low. Settings include a house, and a school. You’ll need a decent number of extras, and one actress who’s good at action/martial arts. (Hard to explain – better that you read the script!) 🙂





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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hiccups – by Chris Shamburger filmed - post author Don

Hiccups by Chris Shamburger

A man attempts to cure his girlfriend’s hiccups by scaring her. 5 pages short horror in pdf format

Hiccups from Karson Holbrook on Vimeo.

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A Face to Die For – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - post author wonkavite

A Face To Die For

A man with the ability to make people laugh with a funny face finds his gift his worst nightmare when his loved ones suffer the consequences…

In A Face To Die For, Jeff has a secret weapon. A unique skill: His face is funny. Not just funny “ha ha”. Seriously funny – you could literally die laughing when Jeff pulls ‘his special face’ on you.

Which may sound dire… but it’s a skill that gets Jeff out of any scrape:

  • Can’t pay the rent? Pull the face.
  • Is a cop approaching your vehicle – speeding ticket in his hand? No problem. Pull the face.
  • Didn’t finish your work? Performance evaluations are due. And the dreaded Boss is on your case? Easy peasy. Pull the face.

You get the idea. Jeff gets what he wants, when he wants. All due to that simple, secret gift.

But what does Jeff want most? To make his girlfriend Yhanna and her young daughter Betty happy all the time. So Jeff pulls ‘the face’ every day, in order to keep them amused… until one terrible day when tragedy strikes. Leaving Jeff to realize: power is no laughing matter. Not when lives are at stake.

Which leaves Jeff to make hard decisions in his life. What should he do to protect himself? And the ones he loves most of all?

Written by Jean-Pierre Chapoteau, A Face to Die For has an awesome hook. Wow, is this a doozy! If you know – or consider yourself – a young Jim Carrey, imagine the possibilities! A talented actor could bring brilliance to this performance – and the script itself is razor sharp. So don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. Get to reading A Face to Die For. Now!

Pages: 6

Budget: Minimal. 4 main speaking parts (and extras for the montage).

About the Reviewer: 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

About the Writer: 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





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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pan Am and Person of Interest pilot teleplays - post author Don

Pan Am – January 24, 2011 network draft pilot script by Jack Orman – hosted by: DailyScript – in pdf format

Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants who once made Pan Am the most glamorous way to fly.

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Person of Interest – February 4, 2011 draft pilot script by Jonathan Nolan – hosted by: DailyScript – in pdf format

An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes–including the civilians’ roles–are left a mystery.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Getting to Know You – Short Script Review (Optioned!) - post author wonkavite


Getting to Know You

A man and a women meet by chance and quickly find out they have a lot in common. Perhaps TOO much in common…

A couple meets-cute outside a Starbucks wanna-be.  Venturing inside for a chat and a brew, they quickly discover they’ve a lot in common; sharing the same taste in music, films, books – even ordering the same concoction for their Venti cups.  Is it a match made in heaven – or something far more sinister?

That’s the premise of Getting to Know You.  Simple, but this script packs a whole lotta character into 5 slim pages.  The settings on this are minimal, which is always a plus in the indie world. (Who doesn’t have access to a coffee shop for a shoot? If you’re a director and you don’t… well, then, double dumb-ass shame on you.)  What’s most striking is the degree of depth that writer Marnie Mitchell Lister manages to give her characters and dialogue.  (One example: “I guess I could sit for a minute. I’ve never met an enigma before.”) By page one, you’ll crack a smile.  And the pluses keep on coming.  Solid writing. Two main characters. Limited location, with a satisfactory ending? What’s there not to love?

If you’re a director in search of drama with a touch of suspense, you’d better crack this one open quick.  ‘Cause it’s not likely to be on the market long…

About the writer: An award winning writer AND photographer, Marnie Mitchell-Lister’s website is available at Marnie’s had 5 shorts produced (so far) and placed Semi-final with her features in Bluecat.

Pages: 5

Budget: Very low. Two characters, and a few settings – with the café being prominent.  You’ll need one special location.  But you’ll have to read the script to find that out.





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Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Golem – 1915 - post author Don

Thanks to Marie for the heads up on this blast from the past. Screenplay for Paul Wegener’s lost 1915 German film DER GOLEM of which only about two minutes are known to exist.

The Golem (auf Deutch) – word for word translation transcript by Paul Wegener and Heinrich Galeen – hosted by: Kinematographie – in html format

In this version of the golem legend, the golem, a clay statue brought to life by Rabbi Loew in 16th century Prague to save the Jews from the ongoing brutal persecution by the city’s rulers, is found in the rubble of an old synagogue in the 20th century. Brought to life by an antique dealer, the golem is used as a menial servant. Eventually falling in love with the dealer’s wife, it goes on a murderous rampage when its love for her goes unanswered.

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Fragments of the original film

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