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Monday, January 25, 2016

ISO – Spanish Short Scripts - posted by wonkavite

Hey kiddies! Great news… STS *now* has a very talented guest reviewer that’s in a position to include Spanish scripts in her already impressive repertoire.

Trust us – the only criteria that Shootin’ the Shorts cares about is this: is a script ready for prime time? Plus, who says that all writing talent is English based?  We’ll blow that assumption out of the water any day….

So – feel free to spread the word we’re looking for some really good Spanish tales. High quality indie stories? That’s not limited to any language. Let’s spread the good stuff far and wide… to every corner of the globe!

And – as a reminder – here’s where you can submit both recommendations, or your gems

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Steve Jobs by Aaron Sorkin – Golden Globe Winner for Best Screenplay - posted by Don

Thanks for the heads up on this script up for Award Consideration.

Steve Jobs – March 19, 2015 shooting script script by Aaron Sorkin (based on the book by Zwalter Isaacson) – hosted by: Universal – in pdf format

His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However his drive to revolutionize technology was sacrificial. Ultimately it affected his family life and possibly his health. In this revealing film we explore the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple inc. Steven Paul Jobs.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

In Search Of – Guest Reviewers for STS! - posted by wonkavite

In Search Of – Guest Reviewers for STS!

Writers out there, take note! STS (Shootin’ the Shorts) is in search of a few TERRIFIC guest reviewers. After all, readin’ and reviewin’ scripts is hard and sweaty work. We need all the talented help we can get.

What we’re looking for: Seriously good writers that can preferably commit to one review a week. Though if it’s less, we understand and still want to hear from you! (In terms of time involved, we’ve generally found that a review can be written and polished in about one and a half hours, if not less. Depends on one’s writing style.) And regarding that writing style – we encourage reviewers to have their own voice but follow the general STS formula. IE: positive, humorous or poignant reviews that market the script’s best attributes.

What we offer: Well, like most writers, we’re all rolling in the money. (Insert sarcastic eye roll here.) Yes, folks – it’s a volunteer position. Unpaid. But what you gain is two fold – for every script you write, you’ll have space for your own “About the reviewer” logline. And a bit of exposure for your work, in that space. And you also gain writing experience – something to put on your resume, and hone your snappy writing skills until they bleed and shine. And trust us: that’s a very, very good thing.

Anyone interested, please send a shout-out to moderator Wonkavite at janetgoodman “AT” Yahoo.* Feel free to just introduce yourself. Or send a sample of your writing work (in the body of your email, please.)

Spammers need not apply. Seriously. None of us at STS needs a knock-off Armani bag, a mortgage refinance, or six extra inches. At least not the last time we checked…


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Over the Lump – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite


Over The Lump

Objects in the mind’s mirror may appear larger than they are.

Not every script has to make a moral statement, or be over the top splashy.  Some dramas simply aim to provide their reader/audience with a slice of life…  a little peek into a character’s world and situation.  And when done right, that can be a fun and enjoyable ride by itself.

Over the Lump is one of those scripts – opening up on our protagonist Craig Bahl in the shower. While lathering up, Craig discovers, well, an anomaly in his nether regions; a bump that never used to be there.  Craig attempts to show it to his wife, but finds the situation awkward.  Running into a medical student at work, Craig works up the courage to flash the guy (in the men’s bathroom of course. Perverts!).  The kid’s assessment starts a chain reaction of doctor’s visits.  What will the diagnosis be?  Will Craig’s world right itself? Or is this the start of something far more grave?

Scripts about medical issues can be very serious stuff.  Over the Lump treads the line well… dealing with its subject with respect, while retaining a gentle humorous tone.  If you’re looking for a straight dramatic piece, this is one short you should open up.

About the writer: Rick Hansberry has written/produced several short films, including the SAG Foundation award-winning “Branches.” His first feature is set to be released in the summer of 2014. Trailer available here .  He teaches screenwriting seminars and workshops in the Central Pennsylvania area and is presently available for hire for new story ideas, rewrites and adaptations. He can be reached at djrickhansberry – AT – msn, (cell phone 717-682-8618) and IMDB credits available here.

Pages: 5

Budget: Pretty low.  There are a number of settings: Craig’s house, a bookstore, a few doctor’s rooms.  The cast isn’t unmanageable either; Craig, his wife, a handful of doctors and extras.  You get the idea.  Certainly in range for a director that isn’t completely cash-strapped.





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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Spotlight screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

From Open Road Films, another screenplay For Your Consideration.

Spotlight – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy – hosted by: Open Road Films – in pdf format

SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Congratulations to Matt Dressel – “Penny” Filmed… and there’s more! - posted by wonkavite

Congratulations to Matt Dressel, an STS reviewed writer that’s had quite a bit of production success with his always sweet n’ funny scripts!

Recently, Matt’s short Penny for Your Thoughts was released – and you can see the awwwwwwwww-some film right here.

A crafty ten year old boy opens up a unique business in suburbia only to find it threatened by a snotty girl with business plans of her own.

And if that catches your fancy?  Then give these two other scripts a try!  One’s a feature, the other a short.  And both display Matt’s unique charm…  😛

Based on a True Story (dramedy feature) – A fictional film about non-fictional events that are entirely fictional.

Give Me A Break (dramedy short) – Ten year old Michael comes up with an idea to get his bike back from the thieving hands of Wes; the neighborhood bully.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens script is everywhere - posted by Don


Gotten a number of heads up on this, first from SilverFox. There is a ‘studio’ copy of the screenplay. It reads like a shooting script, but is probably something put together after the film has come out, much like the studio drafts that studios are posting for Screenplay Award Consideration. With that being said, here is the google search for a dozen or so places to download the script. Scribd is probably your best bet.

– Don

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Approach – Short Script for Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite


The Approach

A young man negotiates for his heart’s desire.

No matter what a person has, there’s always gonna be some poor bastard that craves it even more. It’s a constant of humanity: woven into our genetic code. Whether it’s competing with the Joneses, or trying to get the old man’s blessing to marry his daughter. And where there’s a want, there’s usually a way!

In Matt Fettig’s “The Approach,” we witness the sad attempt of Harry (30s) as he tries to convince Charlie (60s) to hand over something more precious than the world to him – his beloved Sally.

As the negotiation unfolds, there’s some phenomenal character building on display.

Instant empathy’s developed for our two heros; from Harry’s desperation, to Charlie’s iron resolve. The young man may be a courtin’. But the old man ain’t givin’ away! The tension between Harry and Charlie is crystal clear – leading readers to wonder, just how long has this been going on? The richness of Fettig’s dialogue packages an entire story into a tiny script…

…which is only one page long!

And that’s the beauty of this gem. An exercise in brevity, The Approach is a director’s dream come true. One location – easily shot in an hour with limited crew. A humorous homage to the power of persistence… complete with two meaty actor roles. In other words, an ideal choice for the festival circuit.

Indie producers take note – this script’s likely to get snatched up fast. So you better move quickly. Or you’re gonna be the one wanting what someone else now has!

About the writer: Matthew Fettig got his start with short scripts at where his work has received high praise. With one short produced (Her Future directed by Rich Keel, which received an Honorable Mention award in MoviePoet’s annual short film contest in 2013), and one paid writing assignment under his belt (FPS, a short directed by Grant Lehmann in 2013), Matt’s hard at work on two feature re-writes, both thrillers, as well as two TV pilot concepts. A native of Washington, D.C., Matt now lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two kids. He can be contacted at

Pages: One. Seriously. Just one.

Budget: Craft service costs (bribery for good actors and cinematographers.)

About the reviewer: Rod Thompson currently serves on Active Duty in the United States Navy, with fifteen years of honorable service. In the past ten years he has written numerous award-winning short scripts, with five (or so) having been produced. He recently won Best Drama in 2014’s “Table Read My Screenplay” feature length contest. Rod can be reached at rodthompson1980 “AT”





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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Concussion Screenplay – For Your consideration - posted by Don

Another script for Award Consideration

Concussion – Undated, Unspecified draft script by Peter Landesman – hosted by: Concussion – in pdf format

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

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