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Friday, October 21, 2016

Award season continues with “Manchester By The Sea” and “Love and Friendship” - posted by Don

Amazon Studios is next out the gate with:

Manchester By The Sea – March 10, 2015 final draft script by Kenneth Lonergan

Love and Friendship – May 22, 2015 Partially conformed shooting script by Whit Stillman (adapted from Jane Austen’s Love & Friendship -or- The Spirit of Jealousy & Perversity of Malice)

You will find these and more on the Scripts Studios are Posting for 2016 – 2017 Script Award Consideration page.

Frankenstein screenplay by Max Landis - posted by Don

On the lookout for Horror Scripts over on the Movie Scripts page. First off we have:

Frankenstein – May 23, 2015, second draft script by Max Landis – hosted by: Frankenstein – in pdf format

Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

Information courtesy of

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Award season continues with Zootopia - posted by Don

Award Season Continues…

We continue posting links to the scripts that the studios are posting for award consideration. Award season continues with Disney Studios.

Zootopia – June 21, 2016 unspecified draft script by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston

You will find this and more on the Scripts Studios are Posting for 2016 – 2017 Script Award Consideration page.

Friday, October 7, 2016

The October 2016 One Week Challenge Theme is: - posted by Don

Horrific Tales of my Childhood

Genre: Horror (or any subgenere thereof)
Rating: Children / Young Adult / Adult
Budget: Open

Retell your favorite Fairy* Tale as a horror story. Please include the source. Here is a list of fairy tales for inspiration.
*Can be children’s fable, myth, poem, or song.

The scripts are due on Friday, October 14th at 11:59PM EST and must be submitted to:

October 7 at around 8 est – Theme and Genre announced.
October 14th at 11:59PM EST – Scripts are due to
October 16th – Scripts Posted
October 21st – Writer’s Choices submitted
October 30th – Names and writer’s choice revealed.

The Gist

6 – 10 pages, properly formatted & saved as a PDF file, Script submitted anonymously, Free to submit*, This isn’t a contest. There are no prizes. One entry per person.

*Free to submit. But, you are committing to reading and ranking five scripts randomly assigned to you.

You can revise your script as many times as you wish up until the deadline.

Participants are strongly encouraged to read and comment/review on the scripts submitted.

Do not put your real name on your script. However, please use your real name when submitting your script. (After the challenge closes you can either have your script removed or resubmit with your script with your name on it.

Please put © 2016 on the bottom left corner of your title page.

Best of luck and I hope you guys have a lot of fun with this contest.

There will be a Writer’s Choice wherein the participants (and only the participants) will be asked to select the three scripts he or she likes the best.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Award Season has begun… - posted by Don

First out of the gate, as usual, is Universal Studios followed closely by Bleeker Street.

As we’ve done for the last 16 award seasons, we’ll be posting links to the scripts that the studios are posting for award consideration. You will find them on the Scripts Studios are Posting for 2016 – 2017 Script Award Consideration page.

Universal Studios:

Bridget Jones’s Baby – January 8th 2016 Final Shooting draft script by Helen Fielding and Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson (Based on the characters and story created by Helen Fielding )
The Girl On The Train – Undated, unspecified draft script by Erin Cressida Wilson (Adapted from the novel by Paula Hawkins)
Hail, Casesar – January 5th, 2015 blue revised draft script by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
My Big Fat Greet Wedding 2 – Undated, unspecified draft script by Nia Vardalos
The Secret Life of Pets – Undated, unspecified draft script by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch

Bleeker Street

Anthropoid – June 24th 2015 version 20 shooting script script by Sean Ellis and Anthony Frewin
Captain Fantastic – September 2, 2014 final draft script by Matt Ross
Denial – April 12, 2015 full blue draft script by David Hare (Based on the book HISTORY ON TRIAL by Deborah E. Lipstadt)
Eye In The Sky – September 12, 2014 revised yellow shooting draft script by Guy Hibbert

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I Can See You – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite



I Can See You

While delivering the mail, a joyless postal worker begins to see messages in the form of graffiti, then the seemingly harmless words take a dark turn.

There’s something about quirky scripts that’s just – charming.  Both to indie audiences and script reviewers.  Think about it: Juno.  Scott Pilgrim Saves the World.  Napoleon Dynamite.  Seven Psychopaths. Sure, raw drama has its place. But write something with character and a touch of mystery?  When done right, the result is magic… a film that’ll stay with your viewers long after the lights have gone up and the curtain down.

A solid example of that genre, I Can See You tells the tale of sad sack mail worker Carson Fox. Beaten down by life, Carson lives with his no-good brother Frank and Shelby (Frank’s too-good-for-him wife.) Though secretly crushing on Shelby, Carson knows he has no chance.  But Carson’s fate is about to change.  Assigned a new postal route, Carson starts to see strange signs… cryptic messages painted on the sidewalk and walls. Telling him how to win Shelby. Urging him towards other – darker – things.  Has Carson finally gone postal? Or is there meaning behind the madness?

Written with a subtle, humorous touch, I Can See You offers the best of what “quirky” has to offer. A unique premise and memorable/relatable characters.  What more can you ask for in a script?

About the writer: An award winning writer AND photographer, Marnie Mitchell Lister’s website is available at  Marnie’s had 5 shorts produced (so far) and placed Semi-final with her features in Bluecat.

Pages: 15

Budget: Medium.  There’s a variety of indoor and outdoor settings in this one… but not all that many characters.  And definitely nothing that requires FX.  Still – it’s not a script that an absolute newbie should attempt.  This one requires a touch of artistic experience.





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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Deathlife – Short Script Webisode for Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite


A zombie Iraq War veteran and his band of misfits cope with their decaying bodies as they hunt for unaffected survivors of a worldwide plague in a desperate effort to reverse their fate.

It’s often said there are no new ideas under the sun. Or in Hollywood, at least. Nope, just the same old stories, again and again. A never ending go ‘round of recycled monsters. Sad and wrinkled. Past their prime. Not to mention the parade of cliché concepts and characters. In the horror genre, it’s particularly bad. How many times can one see demon possessions, vampires and living dead lurch across the screen – before there’s nothing left to say?

Yet, sometimes a script surprises you. Imbuing fresh blood into an old, rotting idea. The sub-genre in this case is – if you haven’t guessed – Zombies. With his webisode series Deathlife, writer Rob Barkan’s given it a whole new spin.

In the pilot episode, we meet Iraqi war veteran Sol, accompanied by a weary band of survivors. Yes indeedy: the Zombie Apocalypse has arrived. Pretty cliché stuff, right? We’ve seen this before. Or have we? There’s just one tiny detail. Sol and his friends are the Walking Dead. And not in any figurative way. They’re corpses. On the other side. But don’t starting grumbling Dead Like Me. Cause there’s yet another twist in store. These zombies are intelligent. Sane. Acutely aware – trapped inside putrifying, rotted shells. In this zombie world, society has still collapsed. But it’s the zombies that have been forced to flee – the ultimate in social outcasts. They’re just trying to hold themselves together – literally – while seeking a cure to save their “lives.”

As is his daily routine, Sol leads a team of armed zombies into the woods in search of food (venison, not people!). His biologist zombie girlfriend Kate is on the hunt as well. For uninfected human blood. She needs several vials for medical experiments. Needless to say, there are no volunteers.

The group stumble across a mansion. Well lit, with generators. And scores of amenities. That fact’s suspicious enough. But it gets even more dubious when a truck pulls up to the door. With a struggling Warmblood (human) hostage inside.

Sol and his team zero in to investigate. It’s search – and possibly rescue. But will what they discover be too horrific to stand? Even for the Living Dead?

An honestly fresh take on the zombie genre, Deathlife’s a shock of fresh air. You like zombies, and want to make your directorial mark? Then get your FX team assembled – stat. Deathlife’s your ticket to something unique!

About the writer: A writer from the tender age of seven, Rob Barkan has had already seen publication with several of his prose horror and fantasy tales. Like Deathlife and want to find out more? Email him at robbybarkan “AT” yahoo!

Pages: 14

Budget: Not too low. You really want to do this right. It doesn’t have to be AMC level – but decent FX are a must!





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Friday, July 29, 2016

So Dark the Series - posted by Don

Awesome news from Mark Renshaw

I thought I’d share a bit of good news which all started off on Simply Scripts.

Back in 2012, a script found on this website called So Pretty was produced. It was written by our very own James Williams and I helped produce it. A sequel followed called So Dark. Since then, development has slowly continued behind the scenes.

Recently it was repackaged and relaunched on Amazon as a web TV mini TV series in development. In only two months, these two ‘episodes’ have had over 210,000 views and yesterday was given a 100 Stars Award by Amazon.

See the Official FB page for further details.


Monday, July 25, 2016

A Visit With Pearl – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

A Visit with Pearl
When a lonely old man visits his beloved wife’s grave, he encounters a charming little girl who lifts him out of his doldrums and gives him hope.

Love and loss; it’s an age old theme brought to life with an elegant touch in Jason K. Allen’s A Visit With Pearl.

The scene: a cemetery in the country. A lonely grave. The name etched on the headstone: Pearl.

Old and barely able to walk (let alone sit down), Preston’s just mustered the courage to visit his wife’s resting place. A widower after fifty-five years of marriage, Preston still feels the fresh sting of grief, one year after her death.

At a loss, Preston talks to Pearl. Communing with nature… and silence.

Until company intrudes… in the form of a precocious pigtailed girl. Ignoring her mother a few feet away, the little girl skips over to Preston – filling his solemn moment with vibrant life. Not to mention the usual flurry of questions a child asks; innocent, straightforward and naively sweet.

Which ultimately makes Preston realize there’s more to life than loss. And that the world’s – sometimes more than what it seems.

Grab this one and do it justice. It’ll bring more than one tear to your eyes.

Pages: 8

Budget: You’ll need one location and three actors. The closer you can match Preston to the old man in Up, the better. Couple him with a small role for a woman and a spirited girl. And lots of nostalgia, as well.

About the reviewer: Rachel Kate Miller is a veteran of the feature animation industry, having worked on several Oscar winning films, bringing stories to life. In 2012, she left animation to move to Chicago and run the design department for President Obama’s reelection campaign. She is now living in New York, writing, consulting on various projects and creating an educational animated series for elementary students focused on engaging kids in science. Want to drop Rachel line? She can be reached at rachelkate.miller “AT” gmail!

About the writer: Jason K. Allen is a writer and filmmaker from Nashville, Tennessee. His produced short scripts include AMERICAN SOCK, which won Best Screenplay at the 2014 San Diego Film Awards, and AUTUMN LOVERS, winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Artlightenment Festival in Nashville. He also wrote the feature film LUCKY FRITZ starring Julia Dietze (IRON SKY) and Corey Feldman. Jason is also a wilderness guide, nature photographer, and published author. See IMDB for his complete credits:





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