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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Elle and Sing for your award consideration - posted by Don

Two more scripts for your consideration – Elle and Sing

Sony Classics brings us:

Elle – Undated, unspecified draft script by David Birke (Based on the novel “Oh…” by Philippe Djian)

and Universal Pictures brings us:

Sing – Undated, unspecified draft script by Garth Jennings

Check them all out on the Scripts Studios are Posting for Award Consideration page

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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

Becoming (pdf format) by Michael Cornetto

It was just a way to pay for college…

Law student Peter takes a summer job, chopping wood for a mysterious, unseen, but obviously wealthy employer.

As Peter works and sweats in the summer sun, he soon realizes that he is being observed. His rich patron remains a shadow, confined to the spacious mansion he inhabits. On payday, a neatly-placed envelope of money regularly appears, as does the occasional pitcher of lemonade on summer’s hottest days.

Then, one day, the usual packet of money is missing, and the mansion’s door – which has always remained closed – is left ajar, a seeming invitation into a here-to-for-unseen world of wealth, mystery, and intrigue.

As Peter puts it: “If I knew what was inside then, I would have turned and run…”

But Peter enters, and is brought face-to-face with his employer: a Gatsby figure drenched in rich cigar smoke, oozing with class and intelligence.

The conversation and the night that follows will change the course of Peter’s life forever…for better or worse.

Obviously, I’m being a little vague, but that’s only because under the story’s simple surface lies a subtle, sinister secret and a perfectly-plotted twist. The key here is mystery, and the script delivers it in Hitchcockian proportions. You won’t believe the twists and turns built into these spectacular six pages. Think Portrait of Dorian Grey by way of Scent of a Woman with a cool, confident, prohibition-era vibe.

Exactly the kind of intelligent, stylish, thinking-man’s thriller that proves timeless on and off the festival circuit.

So pour yourself a brandy, light a cigar, and sit down in your leather armchair for a terrific tale that is sure to light a fire with audiences everywhere.

Pages: 6

Budget: Low. Don’t be intimidated by the decadence. Find the right mansion and you are good to go.

About the writer, Michael Cornetto: Michael is a graduate of the New York School of Television Arts and has been screenwriting since 2005. A number of his short scripts have been produced and several have played the festival circuit… with over 70,000 views on Youtube. Drop Michael an email at mcornetto “AT” hotmail!

About the Reviewer: Dane Whipple can’t tell a verb from a noun, but he’s the nicest kid in town. He is currently working on that screenplay everybody keeps talking about: The Wild Age. Contact him at dane.whipple (a) live.com

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This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fruitcake – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by KP Mackie

Fruitcake (pdf format) by Steven Clark

Through the years, a boy has trouble accepting the truth about his family…

Remember when you were young and couldn’t wait to grow up? Every explanation for “no” was accompanied by, “Wait until you’re older.” Bet you felt that day would never come…

But – eventually it does. And, for most of us, not a second too soon. Grownup privileges? You bet. But, with the good stuff comes awareness. And that crucial concept: maturity.

In Steven Clark’s drama Fruitcake, young Doug Merill isn’t old enough to truly understand the reasons for his parents’ divorce. Looking back, he remembers tons of arguing and “icy stares.” Sure, his father Peter wasn’t the world’s most hands-on dad. And his mother Judy – a proficient baker – cried a lot. All the time, in fact.

But as time passes, Doug adjusts. Judy becomes the primary parent, and Peter takes Doug on weekends. Driving up to the front of the house, Peter honks the car horn and Doug rushes out to meet him; carrying a box of Judy’s fruitcake. Until one fateful day…

Conflict between a son and his father – it’s a familiar tale, for which growing up’s the only cure. There’s a joke that getting older’s a bitch – until you consider the alternative. Fortunately – for Doug at least – time and age provides clarity…

A sad, poignant tale, Fruitcake has a sweet ending nonetheless. Easy locations. Interesting characters. And universal appeal. Which makes the decision to choose this script a piece of cake. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist!)

Pages: 14

Budget: Low. A handful of talented actors plus extras will enjoy inhabiting these characters. One tantalizing baked good required. 🙂

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: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working hard on her animated feature.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Original Script Sunday for November 13th! - posted by Don

It’s been a slow week here at SimplyScripts. Only ten original scripts posted over on the Original Scripts page.

– Don

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Curfew by Richard Stephen Bell filmed by Dena and Pia - posted by Don

The Curfew by Richard Stephen Bell

    filmed by Dena McKinnon and Pia Cook

A curfew has been violated and a suburban mom and dad wait up late to deal with it.

The Curfew from Indie Me on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Predominantly Blue – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by David M Troop

Predominantly Blue (pdf format) by KP Mackie

A mother makes a special baby quilt.

Writing a short screenplay requires specialized skill. Hyper-streamlined language – evoking a maximum of visuals. A defined beginning, middle and (satisfying) end – contained in the tiniest of boxes.

Imagine the box just got smaller. Much like the introductory scenes of Pixar’s “Up”, Predominantly Blue has all the emotional power of a big Hollywood tear-jerker. Delivered in less than two pages. And a scant two lines of dialogue.

The script opens quietly. Karen (30s) works late into the night sewing a baby quilt. The color’s predominantly blue. Her husband Greg sneaks in to check on her. Together, they stand at the foot of their infant son Michael’s crib. The perfect family personified. But there’s a shadow of something else in the room. Remnants of something that is no more.

Within the next half a page, the full meaning behind author KP Mackie’s careful details are unveiled. Literally punching readers in the gut. Speaking as a veteran writer, I’ve reviewed hundreds of shorts. Yet Predominantly Blue has haunted me through the years. The sadness of the script never wanes. Your heart breaks over, and over again.

The perfect script for a “serious” director, PB features virtually no dialogue – relying on skilled cinematography and acting to tell its tale. Choose your talent for this one wisely. It’s sure to be a film festival favorite.

Pages: One+

Budget: Minimal. Three main characters. A house. A church load of extras. Make a small donation, and film on Sunday.

About the writer: California uber reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working hard on her animated feature.

About the reviewer: David M Troop resumed writing in 2011 after a twenty-five year hiatus. Since then, he has written about 50 short scripts, two of which have been produced. Dave would like to make it three. Born on the mean streets of Reading, PA, Dave now resides in Schuylkill Haven with his wife Jodi and their two lazy dogs Max and Mattie. He can be reached at dtroop506 (a) gmail.com.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Hunger of Pride – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by KP Mackie

The Hunger of Pride (pdf format) by Rod Thompson

“At the height of the American Revolution, two generals share dinner in a bid for peace.”

Ever watch black and white footage on PBS, and chuckle about how the “old times” looked? Those women in long dresses and bonnets. Men in handle bar mustaches and hats. Not to mention their primitive modes of transportation: horse and buggies, old streetcars. Didn’t they realize how silly it was? Nothing like modern day. With our power suits, and cell phones… The people back then seem so quaint. Almost less than human.

Antiquated lives – separated by centuries. But are we really so different? No matter the time period, humans have always been united by our motives, and values we hold dear. Such things never change. Nor do emotions, Such as Love, Anger – and Pride. As true in 1782 as today…

As The Hunger of Pride opens, stalwart General Batchelder peers out his window. A crucial event is about to take place. Canons blast in the background; the American Revolution in full swing. The American general watches as a carriage arrives, and General Barr exits. His sworn British adversary – surrounded by a swarm of red-coated guards.

The two men adjourn to the dining room to discuss their situation. But their motives aren’t in sync. Batchelder wishes to broker a truce. Barr aims for the American’s unqualified surrender. As they tuck into a generous meal, Batchelder explains his plans for attack. The result is sure to be bloody on both sides. In order to save the lives of their men, isn’t there room for compromise? But – as with the world today – negotiation can be tricky. Will mutual interest win the day? Or will Pride goeth before one warrior’s fall?

Historical fiction can be difficult; but when done right it’s a marvelous thing: Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Schlinder’s List. 12 Years a Slave. The tales don’t always have to be true. But they do need to be authentic… touching on universals of the human condition that resonate through time. Confucious once declared, “Study the past if you would define the future.” The Hunger of Pride may depict days long past. But its emotions still ring true.

Emotionally gripping, and tied up in a perfect twist, THP is perfect for directors interested in something that will stay with their audience… no matter what century they come from!

Pages: 5

Budget: Moderate, only because the Generals’ costumes and the ambiance need to reflect the Revolutionary War time period. (Horses are likely optional.) Add some historically-accurate props to an interior room, and huzzah!

About the writer, Rod Thompson: I have been writing creatively since I learned how to write. There is just something about telling a story that I can never get over. Storytelling in itself is like an old flame that occasionally comes to me and just says, “Use me.” The ability to watch a movie through words, or to craft a world in such a manner is the closest to Godliness that man will ever come. True story. Contact Rod at RodThompson1980 “AT” gmail.com

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working hard on her animated feature.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Horror Screenplay Catchup - posted by Don

Over on the Movie Scripts page are two Horror scripts from Horrorlair.com

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane – Undated, unspecified draft script by Jacob Forman – hosted by: Horror Lair – in pdf format

The orphan Mandy Lane is a beautiful, virgin and pure teenager raised by her aunt, desired by her schoolmates and a close friend of the outcast Emmet. After the death of their high school mate in a pool party, Mandy befriends Chloe, Marlin, Red, Bird and Jake. Red invites the group for a weekend party in the isolated ranch of his family, with all the boys disputing who would succeed in having sex with Mandy Lane. They meet the henchman Garth that takes care of the ranch and he asks the group to go easy on the drugs and booze. In the middle of the night, a stranger wearing a hood attacks Marlin in the barn; when Jake seeks her out, he faces the killer, beginning a night of bloodshed and terror.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Attack The Block – October 10, 2010 Final Shooting script by Joe Cornish – hosted by: Horror Lair – in pdf format

Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and and a gang of tough inner-city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into a war-zone.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Original Script Sunday - posted by Don

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

– Don

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