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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Someplace Nice and Dark – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite


Someplace Nice and Dark

A young delivery boy calls on a strange old man harboring a shadowy secret.

Finding a good horror short with something fresh to say can be difficult, to say the least.  Everyone’s seen the proliferation of vampire, slasher, exorcism and zombie scripts ad nauseum.  Is there anything left in this field to explore?

Well, here’s a short that does have something new, creepy and gothic.  Set in a trailer, “Someplace Nice and Dark” revolves around only two characters – Pinto, the urban delivery boy… and a old man who seems to have a strange aversion to the light.  (No, kiddies, this isn’t what you’re thinking.)  Done with the right actors and atmosphere, this is one script that could win some lucky director a horror festival.

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.)

Budget: Low

Primary Genre: Horror

Page Length: 9 pages





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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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

Friends for Life

A family’s move to a new neighborhood brings change they weren’t looking for.

Moving to a new neighborhood. It’s always so difficult… especially for a child. Forget the moving boxes, change of address, and the millions of mundane chores. It’s upending one’s social life that hurts the worst. A new school. Having to make all new friends. The result can be a nightmare. In more ways than one…

Fortunately for eight year old Jake, the new neighborhood comes with certain perks. His dad, Frank, built him a new treehouse. And then there’s Rob next door. An adventurous eight year old as well – Jake’s new best bud; a “ginger” with flaming red hair. Sure, the move’ll require adjusting. But Jake’s young. He’s got all the time in the world!

Despite it all, Jake’s mother Susan worries. And calls in professional help: Dr. Young – child psychologist. As Friends opens, Jake and Rob play outside. Dr. Young and Susan pour over Jake’s drawings at the kitchen table – discussing far more “adult” things. Everything’s under control. Or is it?

Forget splashy FX and gore. The hallmark of great horror is simplicity. The ability to take an innocent situation. And turn it – CRACK – on it’s head. Friends for Life is a textbook case of how to do that right. Horror directors take note. If you’re looking for a stylish, simple script… Friends for Life is chilling. And perfect.

About the writer: Paul J. Williams is a New Jersey-based multi-award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director with several scripts in various stages of film production. He has been a member of the New Jersey Screenwriter’s Group since 2009. His latest movie, “Case #5930”, which he wrote and produced, will be released in 2015.

He has also served as a decorated law enforcement officer for the past eighteen years, both as a Federal Officer with the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Police Officer for the City of Newark, N.J.

He can be reached at pauljwilliams9 “AT” yahoo. His IMDB page is available here:

Pages: 5

Budget: Very low. A handful of actors. A suburban setting with a treehouse.





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Monday, June 27, 2016

Evicted by Dustin Bowcott – Filmed! - posted by Don

Evicted (short, thriller – 6 pages in pdf format) by Dustin Bowcott hosted by Dustin Bowcott

Two drug addled squatters receive an offer they can’t refuse.

EVICTED – Short Film from Lee Howard on Vimeo.

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



A therapist has an unorthodox method for curing his suicidal patients… he tries to murder them!

Slasher films. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Usually penned from the “shallow end of the pool”, most slashers feature one dimensional characters interesting for only one detail – how they meet their grisly end. (Okay, sometimes there are boobies too. But that’s just an added guy-bonus.) As for the bad guys? They’re also pretty tightly defined. Jason wears a hockey mask. Freddy has Wolverine gloves, and Michael Meyers is channeling William Shatner.

After awhile, it seems like it’s all been done. How can a script differentiate itself? Especially after Saw and the Human Centipede?

Well, there’s always Psycho-Therapist – a script that brings a new meaning to “Shock Therapy.” Written in classic “cabin in the woods” style, PT follows a group of suicidal teens that have been sent to camp to deal with their issues once and for all. When they arrive, it quickly becomes apparent that their shrink – Dr. Jeffries – isn’t exactly by the book. For instance, he wheels in the corpse of a dead teen that killed himself with a shotgun… just to give his patients a reality check (not to mention some nasty smells.) But when one of the kids gets butchered in the night, it looks like the Doc has gone too far. The rest of the group run for their lives. With their Psycho-Therapist close behind…

Despite the 23 page length, this script reads fast. Lots of blood and death for the gorehounds out there – complete with a classic horror twist. Give Psycho-Therapist a read. It could be just what the doctor ordered….

 About the writer: Gary started out writing comedy sketches and has had several of them produced. He recently sold his short script ‘Death of an Icon’ to an Emmy nominated director. He has also penned several features and is currently putting the finishing touches to a high-concept zombie comedy that promises to bring something new to the genre. Aside from writing, his biggest passion is the English soccer team Everton F.C. He can be contacted at: gazrow – AT – hotmail.

Pages: 23

Budget: Not that bad. The setting’s basically one lodge, a van, and some external shots. You would need to set aside some money for effects. Especially the intro scene.





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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Original Script Sunday for June 26th - posted by Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are 26 original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Friday, June 24, 2016

How to Talk to Women – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

How to Talk to Women
When an old trunk is unearthed at his construction site, a lonely guy’s life takes a turn for the better.

Bradley Taylor is a lovely guy: kind heart, good job, real nice home. The problem is: it’s a home that’s empty. What Bradley’s missing is a lady love. Someone to share his life with. Sure, Bradley’s got a personality that makes him a keeper: but he gets tongue-tied each time a prospect comes along.

Still, Bradley’s being proactive – doing his best to improve his chances and skills. Including reading a self-help book – unimaginatively titled: How to Talk to Women.

A no-brainer, easy-fix.

Or is it too simplified? After all, the best laid plans of Mice and Men are often complicated by real Life.

Especially when Bradley finally meets the girl of his dreams: Agent Dana Parker. The setting: a construction site. The situation: the discovery of a dead body which may – or may not – be Jimmy Hoffa.

Almost immediately, Bradley sets out to impress Dana. But he’s busy being anyone but himself, and messing up… big time. Even funnier is the other side of the equation: that Dana’s perusing a self-help book herself: ‘ Be Irresistible to Men’. And she’s diligently following all the steps.

Even if that results in giving Bradley the world’s worst massage, in an awkward attempt to flirt:

Vinny approaches as Taylor tries to stand.

What da fuck happened to you?

Agent Parker gave me a neck rub.

Holy shit. She fucked you up.

You gotta help me. I don’t want
her to know she hurt me.

Ironic isn’t it? Kindred spirits and crossed wires. Two would-be lovers trying soooooo hard to connect that wrong signals and mixed messages whistle like missiles through the air.

In the end, neither knows where they stand. Or in Bradley’s case, how to stand.

Will these two losers in love end up winning hearts? Or at least score a first date?

Get this page turner under construction as soon as you can. Sure, the setting’s so unromantic it hurts. But if you wanna push boundaries on genres, then Marnie Mitchell-Lister’s your gal. With this short film, you’re building something meant to last. Think Two Weeks Notice – and hammer your way to festival success!

Pages : 6

Budget: The setting’s really up to you and how much of a construction site
you want. It’s easy to keep it real simple with the focus on the two main

About the reviewer: Elaine Clayton is a London-based screenwriter, who has written several well received shorts and is currently doing a Masters in Playwriting and Scriptwriting. 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: 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.





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Thursday, June 23, 2016

It’s A… Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by Guest Reviewer

It’s A…

Life Goes On – Even When the World’s Reached Its End

Man, the apocalypse is rough. For the X-Men – and everyone.

Especially if you’re pregnant. Never getting to see your child run, play, live… that’s hard news to swallow with little notice. Let alone fully accept.

This is the exact dilemma Anne and Sarah face in Anthony Cawood’s wrenching drama, It’s A…

Anne’s pregnant and about to pop. Sarah’s expecting too – though not so far along.

The news breaks while they’re in a hospital: the meteor is on its way, and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. Needless to say, Sarah and Anne find themselves powerless. And alone.
What do they say? What do they do?

How to accept that everything’s ending… demolishing their cherished plans…

Whiling away the time, Anne asks Sarah questions about the future they both know won’t come.

Things like: Did you want your baby to be a boy? A girl? A dancer? A singer? At first, Sarah is reluctant to answer. She never thought about the gender – she just wanted her child to be healthy. A dream that’s now turned into a nightmare.

Refusing to lay down and die, Anne promises Sarah they can find out the sex of the baby together – one last moment of joy before the end.

A rare contained apocalypse story, It’s A... is brimming with emotions; perfect for two up-and-coming actresses and a director looking to show what talent and drama they have inside.

Remember, the world doesn’t have to end with a whimper. Maybe just a lie.

Pages: 4

Budget: Low. Two actresses, one setting and few props. You might need some old news footage, but a clever director could stage that him/herself.

About the reviewer: Mitch Smith is an award winning screenwriter whose website offers notes, script editing and phone consultations. You can also reach him at Mitch.SmithScripts “AT” gmail and follow Mitch at

About the writer: I’m an award winning screenwriter from the UK with over 15 scripts produced, optioned and/or purchased. Outside of my screenwriting career, I’m also a published short story writer and movie reviewer. Links to my films and details of my scripts can be found at


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Anthony Cawood’s “How to… Sell Your Screenplay - posted by Don

Anthony Cawood has taken his article series You’ve Finished the Damned Script – Now What? and updated it, expanded it and changed the title to How to… Sell your screenplay

Anthony has sold or optioned over forty shorts and one feature in the last three years, so he is probably doing something right.

Not sure you want to drop $2.99 on this, yet? Check out the eight-part article series upon which is book is based – You’ve Finished the Damned Script – Now What? – if you find a few things in there you didn’t know before, you might find his book even more useful.

James Barron’s Narrator – Optioned! - posted by wonkavite

Okay folks – time to band together for a hearty congratulations to writer James Barron. His seriously satiric and stand-out comedy short, Narrator, has been officially optioned to Alexander D. Holland of Kemosabe Films.

And trust us – that’s just the beginning. James has far more work available – some of which has already aired on STS. And some of which is pending. Soon, my little precious, soon…

So before you miss the bandwagon, we recommend you grab one of these…

Avoidance — A socially anxious man goes to epic lengths to avoid having a conversation with an old acquaintance. STS Review here!

Grammar Nazi Killer — Three social media obsessed teenagers learn that grammatical errors and poor spelling can have deadly consequences.

Hair — A family man trying to keep his life from falling apart becomes obsessed with impending baldness.

Noob — A highly evolved, alien-made artificial intelligence system tries to teach a cantankerous 80-year old human how to work an iPhone.

Slacker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse – Life after the zombie apocalypse is harsh and uncompromising. But for two stoners holed up in an apartment with a lifetime supply of weed, it’s more like an inconvenience. STS Review here!

Course Listing Unavailable – An ambitious student signs up for an internship program promising real world, hands-on experience. Who knew bloodthirsty demons would be involved? STS Review Here!

About the writer: James can be reached at jbarron021 “AT” gmail. We suggest you do so – quick!

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