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Saturday, July 5, 2014

And they said it’d never last… - posted by wonkavite

Please join the staff of STS in a little, tiny cheer to celebrate the 100th post of Shootin’ the Shorts!  Yep, that’s right. 1-0-0.

We’ve got a lot in store for the second half of 2014 – a full roll-out of our feature review section – complete with coverage by Danny Manus of No Bullscript, and tons of new quality shorts just waiting for the right director to scoop them up.  So keep the submissions coming.  And drop us a line if you’d like to join our growing ranks as a guest reviewer/article writer as well!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Status Media 2014 Screenplay Competition - posted by Don

Grand prize is a $2000 option and purchase agreement.

Check out Status Media. Early Bird deadline is February 28th.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Shrieks, Chicks and Phil - posted by Don

Just a general update on neat stuff.

Phil Clarke’s The Devil’s Jokebook (which is a Shriekfest finalist) is up as candidate for amatuer Friday review on ScriptShadow.

Additionally, female writers – ScriptShadow has a call out for female screenwriters, Calling all female screenwriters – we want YOU to submit your best work for an upcoming Amateur Offerings Weekend that will showcase scripts written exclusively by women! Send a PDF of your script along with the title, genre, logline, and a ‘why you should read’ section in an email to ASAP!

And, Phil was on Shriekfest Radio last month. He says some nice stuff about you guys. He starts to talk about the 5:00 mark.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Off Topic – Not about Tony. About Aimee - posted by Don

I know that “SimplyScripts” is suppose to be about “Scripts” and “Screenwriting” and I try to stick to that. But, this has been going through my head for quite some time. So, before I post up the scripts from the 1+6 Week Challenge, I thought I’d get this down on paper. I’ve tried several times before and haven’t been successful. I’m going to get this down on paper and push it out and walk away.

Last December, one of the members of the SimplyScripts discussion board took his own life. I never met Tony Gangemi face to face. I’ve read his work that he and his writing partner and wife Aimee put out. I thought they were a great team and wrote some great stuff. Tony is my contemporary. Old people die. People you don’t know die. When someone I know, particularly someone very much like me, dies, it bothers me, tho I don’t choose to admit it to anyone.

Oddly enough, or perhaps not so oddly, I have found comfort in Amiee’s blog, SixWordsBlog. Her inaugural essay The Still Point is a frank and honest recounting of the events of December 21st. Amiee is very open about her feelings on what was, ironically, the longest night of the year. She has been posting regularly for the past few months. I admire her courage to put herself emotionally out there in writing.

Just got word that an online friend recently lost his father. I wrote to him, what I hope were encouraging words. I told him to talk about his feelings and get them down on paper. And, get someone to read it. Don’t worry if you got it right or not. I’m taking my own advice. Good luck, Jack.

Thank you for indulging me.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Server Migration Complete (for real this time) - posted by Don

Folks, If you are reading this, then the migration is complete. You can log into the discussion board.

Thank you for your patience.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Movie Poet contest winners - posted by Don announces the winners of the June 2012 short script contest: “Even More of Less is More” – In screenwriting every page, every paragraph, every sentence, and every word counts. Tell an entire story in one page during our annual micro-short screenplay challenge.

“Vicious Circle” by Greg Tonnon ~ First Place
Michael is crestfallen when an accident he caused takes the life of his new bride. Thirty years later, technology gives him a chance to make things right.

“His Future” by Matthew Fettig ~ Second Place
An unemployed father barters his last pretense of success for his son’s birthday gift.

“Going Up” by Derek Anderson ~ Third Place
A destitute victim of domestic violence finds solace in an act of kindness from a stranger.

Each month, Movie Poet runs a free online five page screenplay contest. On the first of each month a new contest is announced. During that month, you can enter your script. During the next month, you can read, vote, and comment on all the entries. Finally, during the third month, the results are announced.

Head on over to Movie Poet and give it a go. – Don

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jason Henderson’s Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead is now available – for real this time – - posted by Don

Some of you may remember Jason Henderson. He was on SimplyScripts Radio last year. The second in his Alex Van Helsing series comes out today.

Jason is hosting Castle Dracula Podcast tonight at 10:30 pm edt. It is a panel show on vampires, vampire movies, and anything cool in the horror genre. With “Alex Van Helsing” and “Sword of Dracula” author Jason Henderson, “Halloween Man” creator Drew Edwards, “Psy-comm” and “Clockwerx” manga creator Tony Salvaggio, and token female Julia Guzman, attorney.

You can check out more info on Jason Henderson and the Alex Van Helsing series on the Harper Collins website.

Update: Thanks to Darren for joining in as the “audience” You can listen to the podcast here:

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thank you everyone - posted by Don

On the eve of the Winter Solstice, I thought I take a moment to thank the moderators and members of SimplyScripts. Thank you for your contributions to the site and allowing me to share in your successes. I’d also like to thank the moderators of the discussion board George, Mike, Michael, Nixon, Topher and Steven.

I’d particularly like to thank Dr. Robert “bert” Newcomer who is really the unsung hero of the site. Not only is he an excellent moderator to cleans up and helps throttle the discussions so they don’t get out of hand, but he has on a number of occasions given me sage advice before I stick my foot in my mouth.

Bert and the other moderators do their work without compensation. They also are many times of target of the ire of folks unhappy with the decisions they have made.

So, as a small thanks, over the next month the theme for The Script of the Day will be Bert. I’ll be starting off with scripts that Bert has had a hand in. Starting December 25th will be “The 12 Days of Bert” featuring a work of Bert’s for each of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Thank you everyone for your contributions to this dorky little website.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sparrow Trailer - posted by Don

The trailer for the film Sparrow is up. It is based on Matt’s thriller script Camp Nightmare.

Six teenage friends take a camping trip to a forest which is the site of a presumed historic murder. But their disbelief in this urban legend is soon changed when strange happenings begin to occur to each of them…as well as other campers who are fortunate enough to spend the night there

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