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Monday, January 29, 2018

Quality Control – Short Script Review (Produced!) - posted by David M Troop

Quality Control by Ammar Salmi

…has been produced by Tin Mirror Productions.

A clone has to prove to an observer that he deserves a second chance in order to avoid incineration.

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Science Fiction – it’s such a complicated bag, full of staggering subcategories. Fantasy swordplay ala Star Wars. Swash-buckling action via Guardians of the Galaxy.

But the analysis of social conflicts – that’s what makes SF special. Ask any hardcore Science Fiction fan – the true beauty of the genre is the ability to examine hard-hitting social issues – spotlit by futuristic light. Along with the pleasures of Star Trek, are true classics such as these:

Soylent Green -a police detective discovers the government’s secret ingredient, designed to feed a world ravaged by the greenhouse effect, and overpopulation.

Planet of the Apes – an astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet dominated by primates – the theory of evolution turned upside down.

Minority Report – Tom Cruise solves homicides via a special police unit – who negate the concept of free will, and arrest murderers before they commit crimes.

Then there’s screenwriter Ammar Salmi’s Quality Control – depicting a futuristic society where clones are routinely grown – almost like slaves. At least, if they’re allowed to live…

Witness if you will, Clone 36. A “man” who’s been accused of a crime. Confined to a cell, and deemed chattel, our protagonist’s future dangles in the hands of Dave – a faceless pencil-pusher who would rather terminate the offending Clone… just to save himself needless paperwork.

As the script opens, the three hour observation breezes by. Will Clone 36 convince Dave of his innocence? Or suffer an animal’s brutal fate?

Heavy on the drama, but feather light on FX, Quality Control is limited location – and a sterling choice for directors with an intelligent bent. Like the best of breed in SF, QC is a thought provoking treatise about the dangers of the legal system. And the potential violation of human rights.

Budget:Low. One special effect done in post: overlays of charts and data on screen.

About the Author: Born and raised in Bir El Ater, Algeria, Ammar Salmi majored in computer science at USTHB university. He found interest in screenwriting when he was 19 – falling in love with it only two years after reading “The usual suspect” script. Ever since, he’s been learning, reading, and writing (his words). Though not produced yet, Ammar’s gearing up for his first feature, and can’t wait to see what the writing future has in store!  Interested in QC? Reach out to Ammar via realxwriter (a) gmail. 

Read Quality Control (five pages in pdf format)

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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.

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.  He is a regular, award-winning contributor to MoviePoet.com.  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.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

O, Brave New World! – The Scripts of the 2WC - posted by Don

We had a writing challenge on the discussion board.

Create a realistic world where a certain major world event never happened. At the same time, the altered event is not your story, your story simply takes place in the altered world.

This was a difficult challenge. I think we had more people drop out then entered. This topic engendered quite the lively discussion.

Thanks to Sean “Mr. Blonde” Chipman (writer of Christmas Crime Story for leading the challenge and coming up with a stumper of a theme.

ScriptWax is sponsoring the challenge this month and will be audio performing the “Writers Choice” script.

The scripts of the “Brave New World” Two Week Challenge

(note, each link opens the discussion thread. Once there, click on the title of the script to read the script in pdf format. The scripts are submitted anonymously. Writers will be revealed next week.)

Signal Fire by Neil Percival Young – How will anyone find their way in a brave new world? 13 pages (Short, Adventure)

A New Plan For Fat Man by Ny Name Here – Leaders of the United States Armed Forces debate whether they should declare war with Germany or stay home and savor their victory in the Pacific. 11 pages (Short, Drama)

Fire and Water by Deep Throat – Ben Bradlee’s decision to ignore the Watergate break-in comes back to haunt him four years later as Woodward & Bernstein try to prevent the Presidency of E. Howard Hunt. 15 pages (Short, Crime, Thriller, Drama, Political, Historical Fiction)

Sapere Aude by Kant – The leader of a boys’ club for troubled teens finds himself in a war with the most powerful, corrupt, cruel entity in the world, the unchecked Catholic Church. 12 pages (Short, Adventure, War, Religion)

Miss Yemmie by Hollis Brown – The Soviet Union’s plan to restart its failed Sputnik Program prompts the United States to build a new space center at the remote home of an aging prostitute. 11 pages (Short, Drama)

Not Even God Himself by Buckwheat – When a travel agency undertakes the most ambitious voyage into space in the history of mankind, the men responsible are faced with the consequences of endangering a hundred thousand lives. 13 pages (Short, Sci Fi, Drama)

Operation Downfall by Night Train – The atomic bombings against Japan never happened. The invasion of Japan did. 15 pages (Short, Action)

The Broken Kingdom by Some Guy – Set in an alternate timeline in which Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators blew up parliament and overthrew the monarchy. On the 513th anniversary of this historical event, a French-American businessman, on his first visit to Great Britain, finds himself on the run and embroiled with terrorists after he inadvertently commits an act of heresy. 14 pages (Short, Fantasy, Historical)

The 13th Generation by E Pluribus Unum – Texting obsessions takes over a company’s communication as a car designer gets a promotion. 15 pages (Short, Comedy, Satire)

Full Circle by Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Logline – {no logline} 11 pages (Short, Drama)

Olympic by The Sullivan Brothers – Two US marines and two young schoolgirls must find a way to survive the American invasion of Japan. 14 pages (Short, War)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

90th Oscar Nominated Screenplays - posted by Don

I will clean this up later, but I wanted to get it posted now. Molly’s Game and Call Me By Your Name have yet to be posted by the studios. I’m sure they will soon. Of course, you can find other scripts studios are posting for award cosideration here.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me By Your Name (broken link) – Undated, unspecified draft script by James Ivory (Based on the novel by André Aciman) – hosted by: Sony Classics – in pdf format

In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
The Disaster Artist – Undated, unspecified draft script by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (Based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell) – hosted by: A24 – in pdf format

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Logan – undated final shooting draft script by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green (Story by James Mangold) – hosted by: CinephiliaBeyond.org – in pdf format

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world, and his legacy, are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Molly’s Game – Not yet posted

Mudbound – Undated, unspecified draft script by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees (Based on the novel by Hillary Jordan) – hosted by: Netflix – in pdf format

Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Best Original Screenplay

The Big Sick – Undated, unspecified draft script by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani – hosted by: Amazon – in pdf format

Kumail, in the middle of becoming a budding stand-up comedian, meets Emily. Meanwhile, a sudden illness sets in forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma. Kumail must navigate being a comedian, dealing with tragic illness, and placating his family’s desire to let them fix him up with a spouse, while contemplating and figuring out who he really is and what he truly believes

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Get Out – Undated, unspecified draft script by Jordan Peele – hosted by: Universal – in pdf format

It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Lady Bird – Undated, unspecified draft script by Greta Gerwig – hosted by: A24 – in pdf format

Christina “Lady Bird” MacPherson is a high school senior from the “wrong side of the tracks.” She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. LADY BIRD follows the title character’s senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college. 

Information courtesy of imdb.com
The Shape of Water – Undated, unspecified draft script by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor (Story by Guillermo del Toro) – hosted by: Fox Searchlight – in pdf format

An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Undated, unspecified draft script by Martin McDonagh – hosted by: Fox Searchlight – in pdf format

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Original Script Sunday for January 21st - posted by Don

We have a couple of batches of original scripts as we get back into OSS. Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are thirty scripts for your reading pleasure. And, over on the Last Weeks Unproduced Scripts page are thirty two original scripts.

There are enough scripts to keep you warm on these long, cold winter nights. Or short, hot summer nights.

– Don

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sony Hack Scripts on Wikileaks – Script Dump - posted by Don

Thanks to “John” for the heads up on this. I know the Wikileaks posted Sony docs isn’t new and these can all be found in an internet search, but I thought it was worth posting these links. These are screenplays and, for the most part, not shooting scripts. This is my preferred form of screenplay as they are usually devoid of camera angles and such that take the reader out of the story. Yes, you will see the use of “We see…”. It happens. And a camera angle or two. And some things that are unfilmable, “Her heart is racing…”

Market Research / Scripts is the main category that houses a mixture of scripts from released and unreleased films.

Market Research / Scripts / Released is the sub cat containing scripts from released films. There are some multiple drafts which I find useful for seeing how ideas change over time.

Market Research / Scripts / Misc

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love Glow – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by Guest Reviewer


Love Glow (5 pages in pdf format) Marnie Mitchell Lister

Weird things can happen when love is involved.

Love is a powerful motivator – whether it pertains to friends, family or significant others. What people will not do for loved ones is a short list; and it has the possibility of becoming even shorter, when that bond is tested ‘til it breaks.

In Marnie Mitchell Lister’s short script Love Glow, Rick Turner is your typical easy going twenty-something guy who is focused on one typical thing: his dream girl. As far as he’s concerned, Laura’s the best of the best – and deserves nothing but the best in return. Expensive mansions, luxury cars, unlimited shopping sprees – the sky’s the limit, he thinks.

There’s just one problem…Rick is broke. Painfully so. There isn’t even a glimmer of available funds in his bank account, and Rick can feel his dream life fizzling out before it becomes reality.

So Rick does what any “sane” person would do: he checks himself into an experimental medical trial for a few weeks, one that promises to fund his new life. Success! Or so it seems.

Weeks later, Ricks completes the trial, collects his check, and enlists the help of best friend Matt to give him a ride back home. But there’s one thing he’s neglected – side effects.

Despite giving Matt a “glowing” review of his experience, Rick quickly finds his body going wrong. Coughing fits. Luminescent sweating spells. And that’s when Rick’s ears start to melt.

Will Rick turn into a radioactive pile of goo? Will his dream girl find his ever worsening body desirable? And will Matt ever be able to clean his car?

Love Glow isn’t your typical love story. Instead, it’s a hybrid of the best kind – balancing light humor with the universal theme of love, and a bit of over-the-top sci-fi flare. If you like your SF mixed with comedy, snag this one before it melts away!

Budget: Mid-range. Yes, there’s a bit of FX involved. But it’s worth it for the festival raves (and laughs)!

About the writer: Marnie Mitchell Lister is an award winning writer AND photographer, her website is available at BrainFluffs.com. Marnie’s had multiple shorts produced and placed Semi-final with her features in BlueCat.

Read Love Glow (5 pages in pdf format)

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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.

About the reviewer: Karis Watie is a writer from Texas who got accidentally transplanted in New England. She is coping by eating dangerous amounts of doughnuts and closely studying television shows that she hopes to one day emulate as a screenwriter. She is pursuing a second bachelor’s degree while not on the couch, to help her dream along. If you want to talk television or drop Karis a spoiler or two, she’s at watiekaris at yahoo & @kn_watie on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thank You For Your Service screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Broken link fixed….

Thank You For Your Service – Undated, unspecified draft script by Jason Hall (from the book by David Finkel) – hosted by: Universal – in pdf format

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Find more scripts on the scripts studios are posting for award consideration page.

Original Script Sunday has come on a Wednesday? - posted by Don

I took some time off. Unannounced. I had a great time. Apologies for the delay in getting these out. I have a bunch more coming.

So, over on the Unproduced Scripts page are twenty eight original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Pilot Teleplay - posted by Don

Thanks to the Mysterious Mr. E. for the heads up on this fantastic site – ScriptSlug.com.

Check out the pilot to the Golden Globe winner for best television series, musical or comedy…

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Pilot – October 1, 2015 Revised Writer’s Draft script by Amy Sherman-Palladino – hosted by: Script Slug – in pdf format

Set in 1950s Manhattan: Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a sunny, energetic, sharp, Jewish girl who had her life mapped out for herself: go to college, find a husband, have kids, and throw the best Yom Kippur dinners in town. Soon enough, she finds herself exactly where she had hoped to be, living happily with her husband and two children in the Upper West Side. A woman of her time, Midge is a cheerleader wife to a man who dreams of a stand-up comedy career, but her perfect life is turned upside down when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman. Completely unprepared, Midge is left with no choice but to reevaluate what to do with her life. When she accidentally stumbles onto the stage at a comedy club, she soon discovers her own comedic skills and decides to use this newfound talent to help her rebuild a different life for herself.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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