A devastated fourteen year old confronts the violent neighbor who killed his dog
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read these two words: Old Yeller? Right, sadness, maybe anger. Maybe gas, depending on what you ate today.
The point is, everyone is familiar with the tragic story of Mr. Yeller and (almost 60 year old spoiler warning here) knows why he had to be put down.
But what if Old Yeller didn’t get rabies? What if, instead, he was killed by a stranger in a random act of violence? What would you do if someone killed your best friend?
That is the exact question that faces Tommy in the compelling drama Gravel Heart, written by talented scribe Michael Curtis.
And Tommy is no pushover. He grabs a shotgun and heads out to extract revenge on the man who took his best friend, a yellow mutt, away forever. And really – who can blame him?
What will Tommy ultimately decide? Will he indulge his darker side? Or learn that “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind?”
Without giving anything away, Gravel Heart is a tragic story, but also a great meditation on pain, loss and how revenge will never fill the void… no matter how tempting it may be.
The wonderful thing about this script (besides the top notch writing) is how ideal it would be for an experienced director – especially if you partner with a young actor who likes to chew scenery.
Budget: Moderate. A few actors – two animals – a couple of settings (gas station, home, another home with a garage). You may also want to save a little bit of the budget for effects/props. Or if you happen to have an old truck you don’t mind destroying, you’re set. However, if you happen to be a director who lives – or knows someone who lives – in the country and can find two homes ready for filming, you have most of the locations squared away.
About the reviewer: Mitch Smith is an award winning screenwriter whose website (http://mitchsmithscripts.wix.com/scripts) offers notes, script editing and phone consultations. You can also reach him at Mitch.SmithScripts “AT” gmail and follow Mitch at https://twitter.com/MitchScripts.
About the writer: Michael Curtis is a writer/director living in the Atlanta area. “Gravel Heart”
is his first screenplay. IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4950542/?ref_=pro_nm_visitcons (email mc “AT” edit lab DOT com.)
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