Objects in the mind’s mirror may appear larger than they are.
Not every script has to make a moral statement, or be over the top splashy. Some dramas simply aim to provide their reader/audience with a slice of life… a little peek into a character’s world and situation. And when done right, that can be a fun and enjoyable ride by itself.
Over the Lump is one of those scripts – opening up on our protagonist Craig Bahl in the shower. While lathering up, Craig discovers, well, an anomaly in his nether regions; a bump that never used to be there. Craig attempts to show it to his wife, but finds the situation awkward. Running into a medical student at work, Craig works up the courage to flash the guy (in the men’s bathroom of course. Perverts!). The kid’s assessment starts a chain reaction of doctor’s visits. What will the diagnosis be? Will Craig’s world right itself? Or is this the start of something far more grave?
Scripts about medical issues can be very serious stuff. Over the Lump treads the line well… dealing with its subject with respect, while retaining a gentle humorous tone. If you’re looking for a straight dramatic piece, this is one short you should open up.
About the writer: Rick Hansberry has written/produced several short films, including the SAG Foundation award-winning “Branches.” His first feature is set to be released in the summer of 2014. Trailer available here . He teaches screenwriting seminars and workshops in the Central Pennsylvania area and is presently available for hire for new story ideas, rewrites and adaptations. He can be reached at djrickhansberry – AT – msn, (cell phone 717-682-8618) and IMDB credits available here.
Budget: Pretty low. There are a number of settings: Craig’s house, a bookstore, a few doctor’s rooms. The cast isn’t unmanageable either; Craig, his wife, a handful of doctors and extras. You get the idea. Certainly in range for a director that isn’t completely cash-strapped.
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