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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

22 Miles to Trenton – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

22 Miles to Trenton
Penny races to Grover’s Mill to save her sister from impending doom.

Where were you when Kennedy got shot?
Where were you on September 11th, 2001?
Where were you when the Berlin Wall came down?

If you were sentient enough at the time, you can answer these questions instantly.

But did you know that to many Americans, it once seemed like October 30th, 1938 would become an unforgettable date?

Take Penny Connors, for example: the 15-year-old comic book and sci-fi loving protagonist of 22 Miles from Trenton.

A small town New Jersey girl with an adventurous imagination, she’s nothing more than a weird loner according to Veronica, her older (and more socially “normal”) sister.

But there’s no time for these two siblings to trade insults; Veronica’s got a party in Grover’s Mill to attend!

Home alone in 1938, there’s nothing for Penny to do but listen to the radio. Yet – what she hears on the live news this fateful night wouldn’t sound out of place in one of her comic books.

A strange object’s fallen to Earth. Unknown entities are emerging from its shell. And the location of this alien phenomenon is…

(to herself)
Grover’s Mill…

Terrified but determined, Penny grabs her bicycle and sets off on a rescue mission to save her sister, meeting fellow adventurers along the way.

While all of them are determined to discover the truth, the truth is also determined to hide itself from them; until they’re up against … possibly the most monumental event humanity has ever faced!

Will Penny rescue her sister? Will this experience bring the siblings closer together? Or will Penny and Veronica be torn apart…permanently? Or literally?

Partially based off true events, Trenton is a thrilling and well-paced script that offers outer space sized creativity to a director and their team in terms of shots and style.

Combine this with a simple and inspiring message, and you’ve got yourself a sure-fire winner. One that – like what happened at Grover’s Mill for reals – will truly stand the test of time!

Pages: 18

Budget: Not bad at all. Just find a rural area, and go from there!

About the Reviewer: Hamish Porter is a writer who, if he was granted one wish, would ask for the skill of being able to write dialogue like Tarantino. Or maybe the ability to teleport. Nah, that’s nothing compared to the former. A lover of philosophy, he’s working on several shorts and a sporting comedy that can only be described as “quintessentially British”. If you want to contact him, he can be emailed: hamishdonaldp “AT” If you’d like to contact him and be subjected to incoherent ramblings, follow him on Twitter @HamishP95.

About the Writer, Michael Field: Been writing for 20 years. I started doing little skit shows with my friends right out of high school and eventually moved on to making a feature film with them (Save the Forest, 2003). From there, it’s been shorts, a couple web series, a book and tons of scripts.

I’m always writing or talking about writing. Recently, my feature script, “Kiddo“, was a quarter-finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship. I’m currently developing a web series comedy, “Life Ends at 30.” as well as working on several new writing projects.

Trust us: you want to meet Michael. Email him at mdfield “AT”





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1 Comments so far


KP Mackie
August 25th, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Pretty cool. What a fun story!
Could envision all the scenes, especially those taking place amid all the chaos and mayhem.
Knew what was coming, but that made the climax that much more powerful.
Really entertaining! 🙂

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