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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A word regarding Shootin’ The Shorts and Janet - posted by Don


Janet Clarke a.k.a. Wokavite a.k.a. the Mastermind behind Shootin’ the Shorts is about to go into surgery. It will take her several days to recover from the procedure.

A lot of you here have benefited from your works inclusion in Shootin’ the Shorts. Countless scripts have been optioned, sold and produced as a result of the work that Janet and her team have done.

Please take the time to “sign this Get Well card”. You don’t have to be registered or signed in to reply in this thread.

I’ll be sending something to Janet later today that will be “From the Gang at SimplyScripts”.

Also, if you wanted to leave a little tip in Janet’s paypal account at janetgoodman (a) I’m sure she would appreciate it.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 PAGE quarter finalists - posted by Don

Congratulations to SimplyScripts members who had scripts in the 2015 Page quarter finals

Folks with two scripts in the quarter finals

Matias Caruso (last years’ Grand Prize winner)
Janet Clarke
David Lambertson

Folks with one script in the quarter finals

Dena McKinnon
Henry Christner
Jeff Bush
Rick Kinsella
Rod Thompson
Tim Westland

Let me know if I missed anyone. Check out the full list here. Thanks Pia for the heads up!

Say congratulatory stuff on Discussion Board

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A word about censorship and SimplyScripts - posted by Don

Certain events has compelled me to remind user that the SimplyScripts Discussion Board and Comments Section is privately run. Your freedom of speech and freedom of expression does not extend to this privately run discussion board or comments section.

While I am a huge proponent of freedom of expression and freedom of speech, if you post speech or symbols that I find offensive, I will delete them. If you keep doing it, I will ban you.

I promise you that I will not come to your house and stand in your living room and spew vitriol and brandish symbols offensive to you if you promise not to do it in my house.

You can also check out the rules that I use to govern behavior on the discussion board and comments section.

– Don

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lookin’ for a few good scripts and writers! - posted by wonkavite

Yeah, STS is on a roll…

Since the site went live, we’re thrilled to say our reviews have helped multiple writers get their short scripts optioned, as well as facilitating several indie director/writer connections, as well as several options-in-the-works.

But… we need your help, in two very important areas:

Give us some damn’ good scripts!

A site is only as great as its content.  So we need good scripts to review.  Lots o’ them.  Tons of them.  Short and feature length.  We wanna drown in (good) scripts like it’s a mega-budget producer’s slush pile. Our mission statement at STS is to find the best, highest quality short (and feature length) scripts for review.  So if you have a gem that’s really ready for prime time (or have someone you want to recommend), check out the link below for submissions. (Don’t forget to include a URL link to your script!)

Give us a few damn’ good writers!

STS involves a ton of readin’ and reviewin’, so we’re gonna need a bit of help.  In addition to script showcasing, STS also features occasional interviews with indie directors and industry related book reviews.  If you feel you’ve got a knack for any of those three writing areas – and want to contribute – send us a sample of your work for consideration using the URL listed above.  No, it’s not paid.  But you’ll get credit for your article and press.  And in this biz, that’s a pretty good thing….

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Support Space Rippers - posted by Don

Some info on Space Rippers

Saturday, May 2, 2015

New York Women In Film and Television Writer’s Lab for Women Over 40 now accepting applications - posted by Don

New York Women In Film LogoThe New York Women in Film and Television Writer’s Lab for Women Over 40 brings 8 women screenwriters over the age of 40 together with established mentors from the film industry for an intimate gathering and intensive workshop at Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George, NY from September 18-20, 2015. The Lab is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East. Read more about the background here.

Please read The Writer’s Lab Application Instructions for details on eligibility. At a high level: Applicants must be women who were born on or prior to June 1, 1975, and must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. The Lab seeks submissions from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups. Submissions must be full-length narrative screenplays in English. (No TV scripts, shorts or documentaries.) They are seeking a broad selection of screenplays across all genres of fiction. Scripts by more than one writer will be considered, but all writers must be female, and only one writer can attend The Lab.

There are a lot of women writers who are members of SimplyScripts and I can’t think of one who hasn’t produced quality, professional and engaging work. And, I know that all members would be delighted to lend any assistance in the way of reviews and proof reading to help our their friends on the discussion board.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bump in the Night – Optioned! - posted by wonkavite

STS is proud to announce that Anthony Cawood has scored yet AGAIN.  His reviewed short, Bump in the Night, is now officially optioned by a filmmaker in South Africa.  We promise to keep all and sundry up to date as the process moves towards production!

In the meantime, please take a look at Anthony’s other available work (if you can catch them before they’re inevitably snatched off the shelf!)

GraftA grieving Doctor cannot understand why the skin grafts keep disappearing. She suspects a thief but the answer may be more macabre.

iRobotIt’s Man Vs. Roomba when Octogenarian Roy receives a surprise present from his daughter.

Love LockedTwo teenagers discover romantically painted padlocks on a bridge. Are they Valentines from a love-struck Romeo… or something more sinister?

More about Anthony: Anthony Cawood is an aspiring screenwriter from the UK with a number of scripts in various stages of production, two of which have just wrapped shooting. His script, A Certain Romance, recently won in the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (short script category). You can find out more at

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Congrats to Tim Westland – For the Love of God has been optioned! (And there’s more…) - posted by wonkavite

…and is scheduled to begin filming August 22/23rd… in the same church used for Kill Bill! (To all you Quentin Tarantino fanboys, how frickin’ cool is that?!?) You can check out the script right here:

For the Love of God – Two men of the cloth discuss a crisis of faith.

And that’s not all. Plans are being finalized to give this highly worthy script even more exposure. For those interested in the fine details, head on over to and get the full scoop. :)

About the writer: Tim Westland, co-writer of the acclaimed graphic novel Chasing the Dead, received first place for Balls Out in the NNYM 15 page contest. A moderator at Moviepoet, he’s an outstanding writer with an eye for the details. His IMDB page can be found here.


For more Tim Westland script-goodness, check out the following scripts featured on STS…

C.A.R.L. – An elderly man needs someone to watch over him. The caregiver that comes to his door is not exactly what he had in mind.

Balls Out – Legendary Surfing Pioneer, Mick “Balls Out” Shelly, hasn’t hit the waves in five decades. But an opportunity to reclaim the spotlight takes Mick and people from his past on a trip down memory lane that none are likely to forget.

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!

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