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Thursday, December 31, 2015

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

Midnight Spaghetti

The owner of an Italian restaurant prepares a very late dinner for a very special guest.

A script that has “Film Festival Favorite” engraved in gold on its plate.

Written by talented writer Santi D. Spadaro, Midnight Spaghetti delivers a subtle story of conflicting emotions; a man’s tug-of-war between guilt and pride. Served with a plateful of Spaghetti Bellini – splashed with Barolo 1978.

A one location dramatic gem, Spaghetti takes place in NYC in a secluded Italian restaurant. As the script opens, married owners Ronnie and Jen (60s, 70s) scuttle about their kitchen in a frenzy. Because they’ve got an unexpected guest: famous opera singer Enzo Mirelli.

The couple’s pulling out all the stops: ultra-expensive truffles and vintage wine. But Ronnie’s anxiety seems to have special edge – even beyond their patron’s status and acclaim. Insisting on remaining anonymous, Ronnie gives the meal to Jen to serve and watches the unveiling from afar.

But when a delighted Mr. Mirelli asks to meet the cook, Ronnie’s trapped at a crossroads. Will he continue to hide in the kitchen… or step out and finally meet his past?

At STS, spoilers aren’t on the menu. So head to the table and sample this meal for yourself. For directors in search of a standout dramatic script, the ending to Spaghetti could well be your million dollar moment.

About the writer: Born and raised in Italy, Santi Spadaro now lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he works as a research mathematician. A former poet and co-editor of the Italian literary e-zine Nabanassar, he has been working on his craft as a “movie-poet” since roughly a year, with some help from the amazing group of screenwriters at www.moviepoet.com. Reach Santi at santidspadaro “AT” gmail!

Pages: 4

Budget: Low (assuming you can get access to an Italian restaurant).

About the reviewers: Scott & Paula Merrow are a husband and wife screenwriting team. Since 2006, they’ve written over 50 short screenplays, several of which have been produced. They tend toward family-friendly scripts, but they’ve written a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy,… the whole nine yards. They’re reachable at scott-paula “AT” comcast.net

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

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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

Boyarski Dance

Akar’s been abducted just hours before his wedding. Will he make it to the temple on time?

Wedding days can be stressful; dealing with millions of crucial, pesky details. The last thing one needs is to be abducted – only hours before you take your vows.

Yet that’s exactly the predicament Akar, the protagonist of D.W. Smith’s Boyarski Dance, unfortunately finds himself in.

For the life of him, Akar can’t comprehend what’s tossed him in such dire straits – hooded and tied to a chair. His captors demand he confess. But Akar has no clue what they’re talking about. How could an innocent such as him cause anyone to be upset?

The terrified groom-to-be pleads with the two anonymous men looming over him – dressed in black jumpsuits and goggles. But his kidnappers won’t divulge any information. They’re too busy bickering amongst themselves:

SHTARKER 1
How do you know you didn’t do it if
you keep saying you don’t know what
it is that you did when it was did.

SHTARKER 2
Done.

SHTARKER 1
Done what?

SHTARKER 2
What he done.

SHTARKER 1
That’s what I asked.

SHTARKER 2
No you didn’t. You said “When it
was did.”

SHTARKER 1
You grading on a curve?

SHTARKER 2
You’d still fail.

SHTARKER 1
Fail dees.

SHTARKER 2
Who’s Dees?

SHTARKER 1
Dees NUTS!
(Shtarker 1 grabs his crotch.)

SHTARKER 2
Real adult, ya putz.

Shtarker 2 smacks Shtarker 1 on the back of the head.

It’s a Three Stooges schtick, personified.

As his torment drags on, Akar increasingly despairs. His tormentors accuse him of snitching – about what? So, Akar continues to plead for mercy… Especially after they whip the torture implements out, and wave them in his horrified face.

Leaving one essential question: is Akar a lowly snitch? Or the mensch he claims to be? This day was supposed to be the happiest of Akar’s life. Now will it be… the last?

Audiences won’t believe how this story unfolds. You’ll be laughing so hard, you’ll plotz.

Pages: 8

Budget: Low. Three actors (with great comedic timing) and a “sinister” looking room – that’s it!

About the Reviewer: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She always has loved to write, but only recently has begun work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

About the writer: D.W. Smith life’s goal was to leave something for his granddaughter to read after he was gone. During his 2010 tour in Iraq, while he was in a bunker under attack, that he started to write. Luckily he made it out alive, retired from the Military and has now published two books – Asim: Servant of Two Masters and Refuge. He is currently working on a full feature script along with other short scripts. He can be contacted at DannyNIraq “AT” hotmail.com

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

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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

Crash Evolution

A CIA executive comes clean regarding a dubious top-secret project.

Science. An intrusive exploration into the unknown. A continual penetration – prodding, probing, and peeling back of Nature’s layers. To some, science could be viewed as espionage into God’s greatest works. For thousands of years – beginning with ancient astronomers and alchemists – scientists have sought the answer to the universe’s mysteries. We plant our spying tools deep into space, under the oceans, and even journey into the microcosm of creation. Continually, and passionately trying to discover… just what exactly?

The perfect crossroads of Science Fiction, Religious Faith and Political Rhetoric, Erich Von Heeder’s gem, Crash Evolution, centers around CERN’s Hadron Collider – and the CIA’s covert, all seeing eyes. As the story opens, CIA Director Danilo Gregory presents himself to a panel of Senators, in a clandestine boardroom. Awkward tension fills the air – thick and palpable from page one. Danilo faces his silent, judgmental “jury”, opens a file and starts to read. What follows is so phenomenally written that to spoil the details would be a crime!

I’m dead serious. For that reason, my summary of the plot stops right here. You can (and should) read on, to uncover what exactly is revealed.

This much I can say: for all the future Neill Blomkamp’s out there, Crash Evolution is a must read, must option and must shoot. Period. It’s hard SF at its best; immersing the reader in scientific data so deeply that there’s no need for suspension of disbelief. Because that left town on page one. On a level with “Andromedia Strain,” Crash is like reading short-form Crichton at his best. By the time I read Fade Out, I was convinced. Erich Von Heeder’s story crafting ability could be a science of its own.*

“Screen Ready” is the greatest compliment a screenwriter can receive. You don’t need a microscope to see that Crash Evolution is that – and more!

* Bonus Reviewer Note: If you have a copy of Clint Mansell’s “The Fountain” score laying around, I highly recommend playing track four, “Stay with Me” as you read.

About the writer: Residing in Seattle, Washington, Erich Von Heeder can be reached at erich_vonheeder “AT” yahoo

Pages: 6

Budget: Reasonable – low. All that’s needed is one room for the committee – another generic space for the lab. As with most good SF, the heart of the story is drama and ideas… not specifically visuals. To the extent that it is needed, the minimal FX can be done in post.

About the Reviewer: Rod Thompson currently serves on Active Duty in the United States Navy, with fifteen years of honorable service. In the past ten years he has written numerous award-winning short scripts, with five (or so) having been produced. He recently won Best Drama in 2014’s “Table Read My Screenplay” feature length contest. Rod can be reached at rodthompson1980 “AT” gmail.com

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

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Congratulations to Breanne Mattson – Bruce Dern to Star in Warning Shot – and Great News for A Day With Death as Well - posted by wonkavite

Mucho Congratulations to Breanne Mattson!

Reviewed on STS back in March 2014 , her script A Day With Death was subsequently discovered by Asurf Oluseyi and Asurf Films, Ltd. The film was shot in Lagos, Nigeria – bringing terrific cultural flavor to an already charming script.

As of today’s writing, Day has been officially nominated for Best Short Film for the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards!  (AMVC).  Not bad at all – fully deserved! For yet more information, the film’s Facebook page is available here:  https://www.facebook.com/adaywithdeath

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Oh – and then there’s Breanne’s OTHER amazing news…  Her feature length thriller Warning Shot has now officially cast Hollywood fav Bruce Dern in a pivotal role.  Here’s what the press has to say: The character-driven drama/thriller Warning Shot starts filming in Los Angeles in early 2016 with Bruce Dern heading its cast. The project was brought to Dern by veteran Casting Director John Jackson, known for his work on the award winning films The Descendants and Nebraska. Dern, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the film Nebraska, can also be seen this December in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful EightIn Warning Shot, Dern will play a dying businessman whose legacy is in jeopardy.

The story centers on a single mother and her young daughter struggling to make ends meet until they inherit a farmhouse. When a family business rival sends armed men to take the water rights to the farm’s creek by force, the situation spirals out of control.

Written by Breanne Mattson, the script was a Nicholl quarterfinalist in 2011. Dustin Fairbanks will make his feature debut as director with Ross Otterman (Gutshot StraightExcision) producing. Executive Producing is DJ Dodd, whose film 10,000 Saints premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

But WAIT – THERE’S MORE!  (Oh so much, much more…) Directors in search of their next big thing should be aware that Breanne’s got more shorts available. Reposted for your consideration, please find The End in Sight – a gritty crime thriller by Ms. Mattson that’s just aching for the right producer to see it, er, visualized…

The End in Sight

A hired killer tries to finish one last job before going blind.

A bad guy with a soft spot – looking to do something right after a lifetime of mistakes…  What the heck is it about characters like this that captures the imagination?  Because they do. Every time.  They’re just so… more interesting than vanilla good guys. Hit men especially.  Watch the Professional or In Bruges, and dare to disagree.

The End in Sight is a short script that “hits” that exact note perfectly.  Enter Hugo – the consummate hit man.  He’s killed efficiently all his life. Now – unfortunately – he’s going blind.  Which, one could imagine, is really bad ju-ju for a man who relies on visual acuity…

Hugo’s trying to finish one last job before he retires: kill a gangster, and return a wayward prostitute, Winter, to a rival pimp named Skarda.  Needless to say – things get emotionally complicated and go horribly wrong.  Given the setup, this could have been a cliche script.  But The End in Sight does things right; pulling out twists and character beats that make the whole trip worthwhile. So if crime and thrillers are your forte, crack this one open. It’s got a killer ending…

About the writer: Breanne Mattson is no stranger to accolades.  Her feature lengths have made Nicholl Quarterfinalist three times (yeah, that’s three times, beeyotch!) She’s also made semi-finalist in BluecatFinal Draft and honorable mention in TrackingB.  She’s also received a “worth the read” from Scriptshadow.  Her website can be viewed at www.breannemattson.com (IMDB credits here.)

Pages: 35

Budget: Okay. This one’s no “newbie” script.  Thirty five pages long, it features plenty o’ squibs and bullet hits,  stunt car driving, and both inside and outside locations.  But in experienced hands, this script could be amazing.

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

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Concussion Screenplay – For Your consideration - posted by Don

Another script for Award Consideration

Concussion – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Peter Landesman – hosted by: Concussion – in pdf format

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Friday, December 25, 2015

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

Bowel Sounds

A patient experiences malevolent gastric distress

Ever sit in a quiet classroom or church… and suddenly your stomach makes one of those really loud gurgly sounds? Whoa. How loud was it, you wonder? Did anyone else hear it? Are they staring at you? Grossed out or giggling? And then… it happens again. G-u-R-g-L-e. And again. Sheesh, what are those sounds, anyway? What’s going on inside you that’s making so much ruckus? Could something you ate really cause that much commotion?

Or perhaps something’s eating you!

That’s the premise of the riveting comedy-horror, Bowel Sounds, by Robert G. Newcomer. Sad sack Tucker thinks something’s eating him up – from the inside out. And admittedly, he don’t look good. Even his family physician’s taken aback by his haggard appearance. But after listening with his stethoscope, Dr. Morgan concludes it’s just normal bowel sounds. You know, an undigested bit of beef. Or something Lewis Carroll-ish…

But Tucker ain’t buying it. He can feel something in his innards. Rolling. Squirming. Biting. And when he listens through the stethoscope, he hears an evil voice. Taunting him!

Questioning his patient’s marbles, Dr. Morgan slips from the room to order a sedative. But while he’s gone, Tucker takes matters into his own hands. Literally.

What follows next solves poor Tucker’s problem. But it sure ain’t pretty.

Memo to any doctors who might read this: Don’t leave surgical tools lying around when there’s a crazy person in the room. And one more word of caution: if you see a bloody trail leading to a trash can, and the trash can moves – keep your distance.

Horror directors, take heed. If you remember Reanimator with fondness, Bowel Sounds is the perfect tale for you. Darkly comedic, and bloody fun!

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.) Other scripts by Robert (also horror) reviewed at STS include:

A Mighty Fire

Someplace Nice and Dark

Pages: 5

Budget: Low. Three actors, a “doctor’s room” and buckets of blood!

About the reviewers: Scott & Paula Merrow are a husband and wife screenwriting team. Since 2006, they’ve written over 50 short screenplays, several of which have been produced. They tend toward family-friendly scripts, but they’ve written a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy,… the whole nine yards. They’re reachable at scott-paula “AT” comcast.net

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.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Les Garcons – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by Gary Rowlands

LES GARCONS

A notorious French thief breaks into a museum and gets an unexpected surprise.

Crime capers. We love them so! Nothing captures a viewer’s imagination more than a priceless artifact, ferreted away by a daring cat burglar. Hollywood feeds our fancy with this genre regularly, treating us with star-studded movies such as The Oceans Eleven series, To Catch a Thief, The Score, Entrapment and of course The Thomas Crown Affair – an art theft film so popular they made it twice!

What do each of these entertaining films have in common (besides the pilfering of objets d’art?) A charismatic anti-hero who relies on style and stealth over violence.

Talented writer Jean-Pierre Chapoteau continues this grand tradition in Les Garcons. His worthy protagonist? The masterful and dashing “Jean-Luc The Great.”

As debonair as they come, our suave “master of all thieves” is blessed with great cunning and flamboyant skill. His daring criminal exploits include pilfering jewels right off the Pope, and “lifting zee necklace off of zee Queen of Spain as she dined in a room of one-hundred friends.” Not bad for a career cad’s resume.

His current target? The valuable painting “The Tree and the Fly”, displayed at a local museum. Unfortunately for this Master of Shadows, his best laid plans quickly go awry.

Jean’s caught red-handed by Tye – a young star-struck security guard. Tye triggers the alarm… then asks if he can have his picture taken with the criminal mastermind.

Have his picture taken? Never! Jean-Luc denies his ardent fan’s request. In a cunning game of cat and mouse, he demands to be taken to the “closest room of rest.” Guided into the break-room, an increasingly concerned Jean-Luc bargains with his captor. Let him go free… and perhaps a picture’s not out of the question.

Footsteps approach. All seems lost. But a clever twist proves the old saying: “never, ever trust a thief!”

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

Pages: 6

Budget: Low. Two actors. A few cheap props. A school hall or all purpose room dressed to look like a museum.

About the reviewer: Gary “Rolo” Rowlands cut his teeth on sketch comedy and was a commissioned writer on Spitting Image, a hugely popular sketch show in the UK that regularly attracted audiences of 8-10 million a week. He has several features available and is currently rewriting his contained supernatural thriller Offline. He can be contacted at gazrow at hotmail dot com

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

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Congratulations to Matias Caruso – Win/Lose optioned! And a TON of other stuff… - posted by wonkavite

Not surprisingly, Matias’ pivotal boxing drama short Win/Lose won… a director that’s guaranteed to bring it all the way to the final round! Which is far from shocking, given Mr. Caruso’s battle-tested writing chops.

But as long as we’ve got you on the ropes, STS now directs your attention to a few more Matias gems. Grab one of these in a head-lock quickly: anything you produce from them is bound to be a knock-out!

Oh – and before you take a gander at these?  Here are a few more things to bear in mind:

  • Our dearest Mr. Caruso recently signed onto CAA.  Seriously.  CAA!!
  • And… his script Carnival made it onto this year’s one and ONLY BLACKLIST!!

Translation – you DO want to grab these. Don’t you?!? 🙂

Sweet Poison (Noir Horror) – A jaded demon hunter sets out to trap the Incubus who killed the woman he loved

Like a Moth to a Flame (Drama) – A woman attempts to exorcise her lost lover. But is his pull too powerful to wish away?

About the writer: An optioned and award winning screenwriter, Matias Caruso has far too many accolades to name. So we’ll stick with just one: he’s the 2014 Grand Prize Winner of the International Page Awards Contest. Not to mention an all-around terrific guy. Interested in Matias’ work? Email him at matiascaruso32 “AT” gmail

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Danish Girl screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

The Danish Girl – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Lucinda Coxon (based on the novel by David Ebershoff) – hosted by: Focus Features – in pdf format

Copenhagen, early 1920s. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar Wegener, as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda’s support, Einar – or Elbe attempted first-ever male to female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. A childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil, shows up and starts a complex love triangle with the couple.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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