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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Bear – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by Guest Reviewer

The Bear (6 page in pdf format) by Steven Clark

An elderly woman faces torment and exploitation at her nursing home — until an unexpected friend comes to her aid.

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is always difficult. Learning of abuse at a facility can turn a family’s loving decision into a nightmare. One can only imagine how frightening it is for a senior who has no family to protect them.

Margo Fleming, the protagonist in The Bear, does her best to fend off Pete’s violence. However, she is old, frail, and terrifyingly alone. Pete – a sleazy orderly – is after Margo’s teddy bear, a stuffed animal that the old woman takes with her everywhere and fearlessly defends. As a result, Pete’s convinced that the bear must harbor something valuable in its stuffing. And he’s determined to get his hands on it. By violence, if necessary.

Staff at the facility where she lives sees what’s going on, but Pete effectively scares them off by threatening to use his powerful connections to retaliate if they intervene.

As Margo comes up with strategies to thwart Pete’s plans, someone is watching… and waiting for a chance to take matters into their own hands.

Will Pete’s horrible plans be thwarted? Or will Margo become yet another senior home statistic? And, what secrets does Margo’s teddy bear hold anyway?

Writer Steven Clark’s work is suspense-filled and touching – with just the right amount of comic relief as it navigates the difficult subject of elderly abuse. Viewers will love the layers of surprises that await them in The Bear.

And there’s no doubt in our minds that festival audiences will love it as well.

Budget: Moderate. Scenes with numerous actors in an assisted living facility.

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: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She has always loved to write, but only recently has begun to work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

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7 Comments so far

1.

KP Mackie
October 7th, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Lots of emotion here…
Felt the cruelty, real squirm-worthy.
Well done. 🙂

2.

Vinni
October 7th, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Excellent Steve. Just like KP said, I felt every emotion intended here. If this gets picked up some good actors will win you some awards at festivals. Best wishes.
Vinni
Ps
If you get a sec and don’t mind could you look at mine here: Mammima, Wrong People in the Wrong Jobs, Nothing Special, Take Back the Power (just submitted)

3.

Steven Clark
October 8th, 2015 at 7:55 am

Thanks KP and Vinni. Really glad you liked the script!

Vinni, I’ll take a look. Perhaps you can send me links so I can find them better or email me. Thanks.

Steve

4.

whytepirate
October 8th, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Otto is my hero.

5.

Steven Clark
October 9th, 2015 at 8:54 am

Thanks for reading, Why. And that’s exactly how I wanted Otto to be seen… As a hero.

Steve

6.

Mark
May 16th, 2017 at 4:21 am

Hi Steven,

A powerful script, well written and you get a lot across effortlessly in a short time. My only scratch head moment was the mousetrap, which seems a cumbersome and risky mechanism but it’s a minor quibble. This is excellent and I hope it gets picked up.

-Mark

7.

Steven
May 16th, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Mark,

Thanks for having a read of this oldie. Glad you liked it!

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