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Friday, January 29, 2016

Hero’s Gift – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Hero’s Gift

A young boy learns that not all presents come in a box with a fancy wrapper. Some of the best presents are not even wrapped at all.

Christmas is a time of joy around the world for little boys and girls.

At least… most of them.

Despite having a not so jolly family life, Joey (5) still has high hopes for a visit from Santa. Breaking out the milk and cookies, Joey waits with baited breath to see what Kris Kringle has left for him. But when the big day arrives, all that’s waiting under that tree is the harsh truth. And a family that’s far from merry.

Holiday dreams crushed, Joey heads outside to greet the day – and runs across Walter (55), a “special emissary” from the North Pole. Taking the boy under his wing, Walter gives Joey words of encouragement… not to mention a very special present.

A life affirming story, Hero’s Gift is a dramatic tale destined to warm your heart – without schmaltzing you to death. Directors take note: whoever unwraps this script first is bound to light up any film festival audience!

About the writer: Born and raised in Sweden, Pia Cook is director of the short film “Them That’s Dead and writer of produced feature films “Finders Keepers: The Root of All Evil” and “Blackout“. She started writing screenplays in 2006 and has written over sixty short screenplays and ten features. (Yeah… that’s not a typo. Six ZERO.) She can be reached at gatortales – “AT” – gmail.

Pages: 5

Budget:Low. Interior and exterior of a two bedroom house will do the trick for the entire production.

About the reviewer:Brett Martin is an unrepped writer living in Los Angeles. He sold an action/thriller to Quixotic Entertainment, which is associated with Zack Snyder. He’s working on two new features as he continues his quest to be a professional screenwriter. He can be reached at soleil.rouge13 – “AT” – gmail.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Lady Eva – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by Dane Whipple

Lady Eva
Part time reporter Tyler is about to have the interview of a lifetime.
Lady Eva’s life, that is…

A lady of the night who is just that: a lady.

Eva is a hooker. As a small-town prostitute, she is who the local faux-riche kids call when they’re looking for a good time. But tonight, she has a different kind of client.

Tyler is a part-time reporter for a local news magazine and is looking to do a story on the town’s thriving counter culture. During his first meeting though, Eva makes it clear that she is not some two-bit hustler looking to score fifty here and there. You see, she was once a member of the Lady’s Club, an elite escort service catering to the richest one percent. Trump? Naw, that was her friend, Cassie.

As the story develops Eva and Cassie introduce Tyler to the real counter culture, including coke, booze, and a particularly twisted situation involving a Speedo (and later lack thereof).

But behind it all, just who is Eva? Her trailer is littered with remnants of her formerly glam lifestyle. Particularly with souvenirs of a certain Sanderson (Sandy) Shore. The name sound familiar? Perhaps you’re read about the multi-millionaire in Forbes. It seems he and Eva have a special relationship, one that has survived the years and fates. As Tyler learns more about Eva, he learns just what a lady she is. Her story is definitely not what Tyler was expecting it to be.

Reporter driven narratives are all the rage today. This year alone, Spotlight, Truth, and Woman in Gold all used the reporter as an inquisitive tool into an otherwise difficult to access subject. Likewise, Lady Eva takes us by the hand and introduces us to a whole new world that was there all along. The script is set to be a prestige piece more Tangerine than Pretty Woman. Contemporary, relevant, and absolutely unflinching in its portrait of small-town prostitution while addressing larger issues of money, power, and the fall from grace.

So comb your hair, put on some cologne, you’ve got a date with a lady. Think you can handle her?

Pages: 29

Budget: Medium. Don’t be intimidated by the page count, the locations are limited. Diner, trailer, house. A flashback to a Park Avenue party and (spoiler) a funeral scene can be done on the cheap, or used as opportunities to show off.

About the writer: Based in upstate, NY, Steven Clark is the writer of over 30 short scripts, several of which are under option, in pre-production, or have already been made into films. On A Clear Night, a family Christmas feature aimed at a Hallmark Channel-type audience, is currently in the works. Steven can be reached at Steamroller138 (a) gmail.

About the Reviewer: Dane Whipple is an attorney based in Hamburg, Germany. He has over 10 years experience with film and film theory and once got to kick-in a door for the German equivalent of CSI. He is currently writing that screenplay everybody keeps talking about: The Wild Age. Contact him at dane.whipple “AT” live.com

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In Between – Short Script (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

In Between
No one said that (after) life would be easy…

Many people live their lives thinking that someday there will be a reckoning; a time to account for everything ever said or done. If you’ve been good, you get to go to where the good people go and if you’ve been bad, you can go to hell. Unless you are among a very select fictional few —like Jane Bingum from Drop Dead Diva—you don’t get another chance.

In Noland Bryand’s latest work, In Between, afterlife determinations turn out to be much more complex. Omni Potent has been tasked with the difficult job of finding a place for this assortment of souls. His waiting room often looks like a gathering at the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars: Wickenites, beings from Black Eye Galaxy and the planets Cog, Klaken and Klax. Having to meet with so many clients who speak so many different languages and carry such long resumes sure makes staffing complicated: it would be so much easier if Jesus hadn’t hacked the system and if people could just die and then go to heaven…or hell.

Dead golfer Wilfred makes Omni’s job that much worse.

Wilfred closes the door behind him.

OMNI POTENT, a ball of majestic light, hovers over a large,
sturdy desk.

A large screen on the wall behind the desk.

OMNI POTENT
Take a seat.

A chair slides up behind Wilfred.
He sits down.

Finding a D class job for this man who completely messed things up on his last assignment is going to be a real drag. There is no way that Omni’ll be able to place him somewhere on Earth, despite Wilfred’s whining that special favor is in order for guys like him.

In Between combines the best of dramatic storytelling with its crazily creative construction of an alternate universe, with beings submerged in out-of-this-world circumstances. You won’t want to miss the chance to bring this one to life!

Pages: 11

Budget: Moderate. Some minor special effect work needed, such as hovering blobs of light…

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: New to STS (though not now!) Nolan B. can be reached at nolanbryand1 “AT” gmail.com.  Having studied film as a minor at university, Nolan took a particular shine to the screenwriting side.  He’s been in the workforce for ten years since  – but recently rediscovered his passion… and intends to stick with it as it blooms and grows!  🙂

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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

 

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Coprophagia

A horror/satire about dog poop. Really.

GROSSOMETER ALERT – LEVEL ELEVEN – YOU HAVE BEEN DULY WARNED.

Some of you have read the title and are already cringing. Others of you – the ones with a less eccletic vocabulary… well, consider yourselves blessed. For now.

In a world where torture porn films are the norm, it’s hard to shock an audience these days.  Dismemberments. Exploding body parts. Grisly sexual assaults. And comedy is just as jaded.  After American Pie (both flute and pie), The Hangover and the Bridesmaid vomit scenes…  We’ve all become Comfortably Numb. You can’t reach us now.

Consider the bar raised. Once again.

The premise to Coprophagia is actually quite simple.  Protag Jeff is your stereotypical good guy.  He lives in the suburbs, has the hots for his neighbor Rachel, and owns a Golden Retriever named Buddy.  He only has one little problem: Buddy’s taken to eating his own poop.  (Quick note: this isn’t the horrible part. Anyone with dogs is used to charming acts like that.)  Fortunately, Jeff’s vet prescribes a new medicine, and it works like a charm.  Buddy stops chowing down, and Rachel agrees to come over for a home cooked meal.  Jeff – however – finds himself experiencing certain… cravings.  Ones that are becoming difficult to control.  Will Jeff overcome his insane obsession? Or will his date with Rachel go to, uh, sh*t?

As gross as it is, Coprophagia (the script, as well as the act) is difficult to explain.  It’s well written – and the story’s solid; with a satisfactory ending. (I won’t say it “explodes”.  That would just be too childish.) When reading this one, it pays to bear in mind that this is a world where the Human Centipede did well, and even spawned a sequel.  In the right hands, Coprophagia could be a gem of a dark horror comedy… one that your audience would *never* forget.

About the writer: Chris Shamburger was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival and finalist (Top 10) in 2013 for his recently-produced script, Hiccups. He was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Straight Twisted Horror Screenplay Contest and has been published in Twisted Dreams Magazine and Horror in Words. He lives in Marietta, GA with his partner and their Chow-mix rescue, Walter.

Pages: 14

Budget: Moderate.  Three main characters and a handful of supporting roles.  A number of suburban settings: outdoors, a house interior, and a vet’s office.  You’d have to do a bit of animal wrangling in this one, but nothing that requires “tricks”.  As for the FX?  Well, you’re on your own when it comes to props….

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Monday, January 25, 2016

ISO – Spanish Short Scripts - posted by wonkavite

Hey kiddies! Great news… STS *now* has a very talented guest reviewer that’s in a position to include Spanish scripts in her already impressive repertoire.

Trust us – the only criteria that Shootin’ the Shorts cares about is this: is a script ready for prime time? Plus, who says that all writing talent is English based?  We’ll blow that assumption out of the water any day….

So – feel free to spread the word we’re looking for some really good Spanish tales. High quality indie stories? That’s not limited to any language. Let’s spread the good stuff far and wide… to every corner of the globe!

And – as a reminder – here’s where you can submit both recommendations, or your gemshttp://simplyscripts.com/submit_your_script-sts.html

Friday, January 22, 2016

Honey Do – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Honey Do

A woman confronts her lazy husband with a long list of things he’s promised to do around the house. When he doesn’t budge, she decides to do them herself.

Ah, Mawwage. Mawwaiage… that bwessed awwangement. That dweam within a dweam. Twue wove… (Reviewers note: if this reference has you scratching your head, then shame on you. Go rent The Princess Bride right now.)

But seriously. Marriage; what a sacred institution. That blissful experience of merging lives with another soul so utterly that you complete each others’ sentences – and totally lose any hesitation to make rude bodily noises in your beloved’s presence. ‘Course, it takes a few years to get to that stage… at least for most couples.

Unfortunately for Mindy – the protagonist of “Honey Do” – her marriage with Frank has gone beyond even that.   Frank’s retired, and Mindy’s put on a few pounds. These days, Frank’s lost all interest – spending day after day in his basement man-cave, watching Nascar and snoring on the couch. Despite Frank’s promises to fix up the house, things have really gone to pot upstairs. The car’s not working – and Frank’s looted the living room furniture for his “office.” Mindy’s at her wit’s end. Scrounging up a few pennies, she heads to her local hardware store – determined to find the tools and know-how to do it herself. But when she ventures between the shelves… will she find something she needs even more desperately?

A good-natured riff on marriage gone wrong, Honey Do is part Edgar Allan Poe, with a touch of Christopher Guest. It’s a well-written and fun combination – perfect for any director of comedy.

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

Pages: 7

Budget: Very basic. One house. One Home Depot-esque location. Three characters.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Madison and Church – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Madison and Church

A boy takes a trip to the past to save his father, but soon realizes he can’t change what happens next.

Why does every time travel story have to be epic? You know – Terminators blowing holes in stuff, or going Back to the Future and having your super hot mom hit on you? (Er – “Epic’s” probably not the best word to go for, there…)

Point is, why can’t a time travel story take the subtle approach every once in awhile? Deal with issues that are more human, and less “tent-pole?”

A quiet little story, Madison and Church does just that… focusing on 12 year old Conor Davis (yes, that is an Easter Egg). Conor lives with his mom. His dad is – well – missing.   Conor’s visited one night by a fairy who grants him one wish. Anything. Conor answers “Madison and Church.” And the fairy knows what he means. In his dreams that night, Conor appears to be transported back in time – to the corner of Madison and Church. And a fateful day that will change his family’s life. But is altering the past a good thing? Even if it brings back someone you love?

Though not truly a time travel tale, Madison and Church is a gentle psalm to love and loss – seen through the eyes of a child.

About the writer: A writer since the age of 12, the first book that Steve Clark ever read was Amityville Horror. The second was Cujo. He’s been writing ever since, and is currently hard at work on two features. He’s reachable at SAClark69 “AT” verizon.net (or on Long Island, if you’re in the area!!)

Pages: 13

Budget: Not shoestring – but very reasonable. There are a handful of characters, extras, and some outside scenes (including a car accident, which could be implied off-screen.) Nothing that requires true FX.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Original Script Sunday (has come on a Wednesday) - posted by Don

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

– Don

The Nu You – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

The Nu You
How far would you go to be beautiful?

Cindy’s world is full of beautiful people. They flash beautiful smiles and wear beautiful clothes while driving beautiful cars. Cindy, with her unibrow, rudder nose, and wonky boob, is sure of one thing: she does not belong. But could she? If she’s willing to pay the price…?

The Nu You clinic offers Cindy the chance of a lifetime. They can grant Cindy’s cosmetic wish list with a complete assortment of corrective surgery. And the best part is that she can sleep through the entire recovery process, and awake from her ‘beauty nap’ reinvented as her best self.

But just how much will all this cost, and is beauty the only thing that Nu You is selling? Behind an unassuming office door lies a sinister secret. One that’s waiting for Cindy’s appointment day…

Think the cerebral parts of The Island (though trust me, this ain’t no Michael Bay pic!) with a hint of Gattaca, and a smart, snappy, satirical slant.

Our world today is chock-full of rake-thin models, celebrity worship, and harmful body-image trends. As a scathing critique of our modern celebrity obsession culture, it is destined to be a contemporary festival darling. Perfect for a director with an understanding and affiance for dark humor with social commentary.

So come in, have a seat. The Nu You awaits. Are you – and Cindy – ready to take that step?

Pages: 11

Budget: Low. One main office setting with a brief outdoor montage sequence. A couple of inserts may require limited photoshop.

About the Reviewer: Dane is an attorney based in Hamburg, Germany. He has over 10 years experience with film and film theory and once got to kick-in a door for the German equivalent of CSI. He is currently working on a full-length screenplay that he describes as “a music bio-flick with a kick”.

About the writer, John Hunter: With the completion of (4) boffo features, a litter of riveting shorts, a one hour take-your-breath-away sci-fi TV pilot and first 30 minute episode for that series, I am now officially THAT guy — The one who really needs an Agent or Executive Producer. Contact me at x32792 (AT) yahoo.com

First pages of available features: PRICELESSREDUCED PROFILE and SARAH ARIZONA:
BABY SOUPTHE COMPANION SHOPPRICELESSREDUCED PROFILE SARAH ARIZONA

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

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