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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Test – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by AnthonyCawood

The Test by Richard Russell

In a futuristic society, life changes for a teenager who can’t pass the test.

In my humble but clearly infallible opinion, Ray Bradbury wrote some of the best short stories. Ever in the history of the world. Case closed; that is all.

And Bradbury’s novels aren’t too shabby either. Take for instance, Fahrenheit 451 – a story of censorship and social control echoed in Richard Russell’s SF short, The Test.

Fade in on the script. The time: the plausible near future. And the humble setting: a middle class home, with an almost 50’s domestic vibe.

Iola is the mother – tooling around the kitchen with her trusty tablet, preparing the family’s meals. Everything’s colored coded. For instance, today’s dinner is “green.” Which is probably just as well, because Iola doesn’t appear to be all there…

Husband Ron arrives from work moments later, dressed in a cop-like uniform. He regales his wife about his day (he’s some sort of ‘inspector librarian’) – and asks Iola about their son Josh’s test. Important scores came in today. But Iola’s unsure where they are; she’s forgotten already. A fact which doesn’t surprise Ron. And so he grabs a beer, and heads to Josh’s room…

…to be confronted with some cold, hard facts. Fourteen year old Josh failed his test miserably. And that means dire consquences – including “Educational Camp”. A prospect that Ron fears at all costs…

After dinner, Ron escorts Josh to “old man Granger’s” house. A thin old man with “wispy hair”, and dusty secrets in his basement. To save Josh from his mother’s fate, Ron’s arranged a special trip…

And that’s where my summary stops. No need to spoil a great script.

Instead, take a read for yourself – discover the multi-layered narrative and well-drawn characters; each with their distinct voice. Despite the SF setting, this is one cautionary tale that would be easy to produce. There’s no elaborate special effects – and a very human story at its core. It’d be a winner at festivals. And Ray Bradbury would be pleased.

Budget: Relatively small, interior locations.

About the Writer: Richard Russell lives in North Carolina where he plays golf and writes.  He has been writing since college when his short stories appeared in the university literary magazine.  He loves writing screenplays, and THE CALL, written with his partner, Felice Bassuk, is one of their best.  They have written an award-winning feature, THE KOI KEEPER, which they hope to see on the screen in the not too distant future.  Richard has a trove of shorts and feature length screenplays and continues to add to the inventory.  Writing remains the sole source of sanity in Richard’s chaotic world.

Read The Test (12 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: 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 AnthonyCawood.co.uk.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fight Belle filmed as Fighting Belle - posted by Don

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Fighting Belle has been released!

 

And you can rent or buy it on Amazon Streaming!*

When a sassy Southern belle is stood up at the altar by her boxer fiancé, she dons the gloves hoping to salvage her pride by hooking up with her ex one last time – in the ring. 108 pages

Almost ten years ago Aimee Parrott & Antonio Gangemi submitted Fight Belle to the Unproduced Scripts page. About five years ago, Aimee told me that it has been discovered on SimplyScripts and was in pre-production with Integral Pictures. Fighting Belle premiered on Saturday, March 18th 2017! I think this is the first feature to get picked up from the site.

Sean Riley has graciously allowed us to post the draft as it was when it was discovered on SimplyScripts – Fight Belle (108 pages in pdf format) Filmed as Fighting Belle

Please check out the Fighting Belle Facebook page and get more information about the movie on the Fighting Belle IMDB page.

For you old-timers, you can check out the old thread on Archive.org.

(note: it takes a while to load.)

*I get a few pennies if you rent or buy the movie through the link.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Super Marios Bros. Movie Script Archive - posted by Don

Super Mario Bros. – multiple script by Multile Writers – hosted by: Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive – in pdf format

In case you’re curious about what went wrong with the Super Mario Bros movie, you want to see how it could be adapted, or you just want to see a good idea go bad, check out Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive script collection, which has PDFs of all the versions that came out in the early 90’s. There’s:

  • The fantasy version, written in 1991, a comedic fairy story, a Princess Bride style adventure, and
  • The 1992 pitch & script for a sci-fi based version of Mario Bros, what the film became, heavily inspired by Ghostbusters, and
  • The two darker versions, after the directors brought in Dick Clement & Ian la Frenais (this is the version that reportedly attracted Bob Hoskins and the other stars) with Mad Max visions of the future, and
  • The softer more romantic rewrite. The producers had this done after they panicked about the darker version. Rewritten by Ed Solomon (Bill & Ted) and Ryan Rowe (Charlie’s Angels), and finally,
  • The final “Rainbow” version after the directors brought back the original writers, a mix of voices.

Thanks to “John” for the info!

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Friday, March 10, 2017

Milkshake screenplay (distributed as American Milkshake) - posted by Don

Milkshake (American Milkshake) – September 28, 2011 unspecified draft script by David Andalman & Mariko Munro – hosted by: GAGOOSH Entertainment – in pdf format

Jolie is an avid hip-hop fan who romanticizes the tough backgrounds of rappers like Tupac Shakur, dreams of being a rich basketball star, in order to support his African American girlfriend, Henrietta, who is pregnant with another man’s baby. He makes the team due to a large donation from his well-off father, and believes that he is one step closer to becoming the one thing that he is not: Black.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sunrise – short film screenplay - posted by Don

Sunrise – Undated, unspecified script by Alanna Smith – hosted by: Sunrise – in pdf format

An Egyptian vampire gifted with the ability to create fire, is torn away from his one true love when turned into a vampire.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Monday, March 6, 2017

Christmas Story filmed as Christmas Eve - posted by Don

Christmas Story by Sean Chipman & Robert Chipman

A botched Christmas Eve liquor store robbery leads down a destructive path for a cop trying to reconcile with his estranged mother, an alcoholic mall Santa, a mentally unhinged man, his vindictive fiancé and her secret lover.

Congratulations to Sean Chipman (Mr. Blonde). Check out the trailer for Christmas Eve based on a Seven Week Challenge script he wrote

Christmas Eve (Trailer #1) from Richard Friedman on Vimeo.

Check them out and like them on the Facebooks. Leave a comment for Sean on the Discussion Board.

Friday, March 3, 2017

John Wick screenplay - posted by Don

Thanks to Phil again:

John Wick (Scorn) – Undated, unspecified draft script by Derek Kolstad – hosted by: Whoa is (not) me – in pdf format

A man called John Wick is grieving the loss of his beloved wife; Helen that has recently died of an illness. He goes to her funeral and receives the condolences from his old friend Marcus. At home, John receives a special delivery which is the last gift from his wife, an adorable puppy that becomes his pride and joy. One day, John goes to the gas station in his ’69 Mustang and the Russian; Iosef Tarasov asks the price he wants for his car. John advises that the car is not for sale and returns home. During the night, Iosef, who is the son of the powerful Russian mobster Viggo, breaks into John’s house with other gangsters and beat John, kill his precious dog, and steal his car. Iosef learns that John Wick was the unbeatable hit man who used to work for his father. Known as the guy you hire to kill the Boogy Man, Iosef soon realizes that he messed with the wrong person. Now, John Wick has lost everything he loved and wants the head of Iosef. Viggo decides to protect his son at any cost …

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Monday, February 27, 2017

Passengers Screenplay - posted by Don

Thanks Phil for the heads up on this one:

Passengers – Undated, unspecified script by Jon Spaihts – hosted by: Sony Pictures Awards – in pdf format

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

check out more on the Movie Scripts page

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Moonlight and Manchester By The Sea screenplay winners. - posted by Don

Moonlight – Undated, unspecified draft script by Barry Jenkins (Based on “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” By Tarell Alvin McCraney) – hosted by: A24 – in pdf format

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Manchester By The Sea – March 10, 2015 final draft script by Kenneth Lonergan – hosted by: Amazon Studios – in pdf format

An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Check out all award nominated screenplays on the Scripts up for award consideration page.

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