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Monday, April 7, 2014

Original Script Sunday (on a Monday) – Jaws inspired OWC entries - posted by Don

Thanks to Darren James Seeley for his idea for the One Week Challenge. The OWC was inspired by a fan’s callout for low budget and brave filmmakers to crank out a series of Jaws fan-films by October 2015 as according to the possible future timeline seen in “Back To The Future II” (boy that almanac sure came in handy!) when ‘Jaws 19′ would be released.

Thirty brave writers took the challenge. Check ‘em out!

-Don

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Original Script Sunday is back for the new year - posted by Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are eighteen original scripts for your reading pleasure.

And, The January 1.5 WC – The Cassandra Complex Challenge! is going full steam ahead! (or back?)

Still holding at forty Studio Scripts for Award Consideration.

And a special shout out to Rachel. Her novel Spine is out.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The January 1.5WC is on! - posted by Don

The January 1.5 WC has begun – The Cassandra Complex Challenge!

Friday, October 11, 2013

The October 2013 One Week Challenge Theme and Genre are: - posted by Don

The October ’13 One Week Challenge topic and genre are:

Topic: Modern Witches (or Warlocks)
Genre: Horror

You have one week to write a screenplay between 6 to 10 pages. The screenplay must be properly formatted and in PDF format. The scripts are due on Friday, October 18th at 11:59 pm edt and must be submitted to: SimplyScripts.com/owc.

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

Self registration on the discussion board is closed, if you wish to become a member, please contact me.

The Schedule:

  • October 11th at 10:00 pm edt – Theme and Genre announced
  • October 18th at 11:59 pm edt – Scripts are due
  • October 31st at: 5:00 pm edt – Names Revealed and Writer’s Choice revealed.

The Gist:

  • 6 – 10 pages
  • Properly formatted saved as a PDF file
  • This isn’t a contest there are no prizes
  • Free to submit
  • One entry per person (unless you think you try to slip one by me.)
  • You can revise your script as many times as you wish up until 11:59 pm on 10/18.
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to read and comment/review on the scripts submitted. If you are not a member of the discussion board, please contact me.
  • 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 (c) Copyright 2013 on your script

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The October One Week Challenge is coming - posted by Don

SimplyScripts One Week ChallengeThe October ’13 One Week Challenge topic and genre will be announced here on October 11th at 10:00 pm eastern daylight time. Each person who takes the challenge will have one week to write a screenplay between 6 to 10 pages. The screenplay must be properly formatted and in PDF format. The scripts are due on Friday, October 18th at 11:59 pm edt.

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

You can follow the event on the discussion board. Self registration on the discussion board is closed, if you wish to become a member, please contact me.

The Schedule:

  • October 11th at 10:00 pm edt – Theme and Genre announced
  • October 18th at 11:59 pm edt – Scripts are due
  • October 31st at: 5:00 pm edt – Names Revealed and Writer’s Choice revealed.

The Gist:

  • 6 – 10 pages
  • PDF format
  • Properly formatted
  • This isn’t a contest
  • Free to submit
  • One entry per person (unless you think you try to slip one by me.)
  • You can revise your script as many times as you wish up until 11:59 pm on 10/18.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The October 2012 One Week Challenge selected script is… - posted by Don

The October, 2012 One Week Challenge theme was Odd but interesting character(s) take refuge from a hurricane in a beat-up motel and are forced to make a choice between good or evil in order to survive the night.

Participants had one week to write a 6 – 12 page script on the genre and theme. There were 36 scripts which were read and discussed over on the discussion board. One script was selected to be audio performed by the fine folks over at iScript.com.

That selected script is The Ledger by Rene Claveau.

When travelers take refuge from a hurricane, they learn not all shelters are safe havens.

You can read along with the pdf version of the script. You can discuss this script and all the OWC entries here. Click the “Play” button to listen to the script.


{note: This audio recording is released under a Creative Commons, attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives 3.0 license. You can share the audio recording in its entirety, but you can’t change it or sell it. }

Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge. – Don

Very special thanks to iScript.com for sponsoring the challenge and selecting the final script.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The October One Week Challenge Theme is… - posted by Don

Odd but interesting character(s) take refuge from a hurricane in a beat-up motel and are forced to make a choice between good or evil in order to survive the night.

Each character must have some history involving a supernatural event in their lives that factors into their choice. Genre is open. This is a micro-budget short, so no destruction of the motel, no children or animals and minimal special effects.

You must write one script (properly formatted) between 6 to 12 pages (courier 12 point font) on this month’s theme. Submit your script here. The script must be received by Friday, October 19th at 11:59 pm e.d.t.. Please do not put your real name on your script, however, please use your real name and real e-mail address on the submission form. (After the exercise closes you can either have your script removed or resubmit the script with your name on it). Please put “(c) Copyright 2012″ on your script.

One script per person.

This is a free exercise. This isn’t a contest. However, one script will be selected to be audio performed by iScript.com.

We’ve been very lucky to have iScript sponsor the OWC for the last several years by providing an audio performance of one script from each of the challenges. Check out some from past years:
Veil of Blood – Ryan Lee.
Glass Rain – Julio Weigend
Old Ninty-Nine Face – Cameron Mitchell
Mister Schultz’s Zombie Army – Phil Clarke Jr.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The October 2011 One Week Challenge selected script is - posted by Don

The October, 2011 One Week Challenge genre was Gothic Horror. The theme was Ghosts are not bad, just misunderstood.

Participants had one week to write a 6 – 12 page script on the genre and theme. There were 38 scripts which were read and discussed over on the discussion board. One script was selected to be audio performed by the fine folks over at iScript.com.

That selected script is Veil of Blood by Ryan Lee.

A young woman ventures to her uncle’s crumbling plantation in 1874 Louisiana.

You can read along with the pdf version of the script. You can discuss this script and all the OWC entries here. Click the “Play” button to listen to the script.


{note: This audio recording is released under a Creative Commons, attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives 3.0 license. You can share the audio recording in its entirety, but you can’t change it or sell it. }

Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge. – Don

Very special thanks to iScript.com for sponsoring the challenge and selecting the final script.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The October 2011 One Week Challenge Scripts are now live! - posted by Don

The October 2011 One Week Challenge Scripts are now up for your reading pleasure. There were 38 scripts submitted by writers who had one week to write a script between 6 to 12 pages. The genre was Gothic Horror. The theme was Ghosts.

Thank you to everyone who took the challenge.

The Stone Within by Helene – [no logline] 10 pages, 4 pages, no rating

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Abracadabra by James Hand – An eccentric 19th century magician hired to expose a paranormal fraud gets more than he expected. 12 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 Rating

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Revenant Stand by Debby – Two men are caught up in a haunting life-ending drama within an ages old forest clearing. 12 pages, 4 major and a dozen minor characters, PG-13 Rating

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Out Of The Dark by Tony – An abused teenage girl, with the help of her girlfriend, murders her father but, before they can make their getaway the father’s spirit returns to get revenge. 10 pages, 3 characters, unrated

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The Executioner by Petey F – A young woman on the run from something terrible, guided by a friendly spirit, learns the nature of her dark heritage. 12 pages, 7 characters, PG-13 Rating

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Mischief At Morley House by Anonymous – A secret lurks ‘bout Morley House. A secret that won’t be ignored. But she don’t mean no harm – if you don’t do no harm. 12 pages, 9 characters, Hard R Rating

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Castle Trouble by Sean – The trouble stops when you die. 8 pages, 4 characters, PG Rating

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Falling Angels by A Horse Called Binky – A young girl has to cope with the death of her family during a dark night. War brings out the best and the worst. 10 pages, 4 characters, unrated (thus far)

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A Dance in the Dark by Vince – A nifty new smart phone app allows a feuding couple to communicate with the dead. 12 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 Rating

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The Lonley Tenant by Gert – A woman rents the first renovated apartment in an old building, but she soon finds she’s not the only one there. 12 pages, 4 characters, Hard R Rating

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No Balls by Emily – Nick is accused of being a “chicken” and goes to desperate measures to prove he is not. 8 pages, PG-13 Rating

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Betrayal by Tammy – Louis is coming back home after 10 years in prison, but everything has changed from Marie, to his father, to his brother Jean and to his home. 12 pages

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The Woods by Nate – Emily goes to visit her mother in the countryside. While there she sees a young boy, who terrorizes her to go into the woods. 11 pages, 3 characters, PG rating

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Reaparations by Harvey – Six months after the Civil War’s conclusion, Colonel Henry Gibbs gets a visitor he never expected. 10 pages, 5 characters, Hard R Rating

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House Proud by Rina – Moving in can be scary… 10 pages, 6 characters, PG-13 Rating

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The Haunted Tale of James O’Neil by Ophelia – How open would you be to fulfilling a request by a stranger with no idea what you will encounter and might risk? An 18 century military officer, James O’Neil, explores this offer as he unravels an unearthly tale to help someone he never met. Fate sometimes works in mysterious ways. 8 pages, 4 characters, PG Rating

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My Love by Ernesto – A grief stricken lover makes a deal with the devil in hopes of being reunited with his lost love. 9 pages, 4 characters, PG-13 Rating

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The Last Stop by Oscar – When William gets separated from his new bride at a traveling circus, he finds all is not as it seems while trying to find her. 12 pages, 5 characters, PG Rating

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Sweep by Franklin – What wreckage is formed in the crossed paths of human lives… how can we ever know? 12 pages, 6 characters, PG Rating

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Allured by Richard Pennybrock III – An eerie castle, dribbling candles, a lost officer and a bunch of ghosts. You know, the usual stuff. 7 pages, 7 characters, G rating

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Open House With An Empty Heart by Irene – When you buy a house you buy the stories within its walls… Good or Bad. 12 pages, PG-13 Rating

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Veil of Blood by Augustin Forte – A young woman ventures to her uncle’s crumbling plantation in 1874 Louisiana. 12 pages, 6 characters, unrated thus far

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Mr. Daniels by Nadine – An old hitman gets a visit from from his past. 7 pages, 2 characters, PG-13 Rating

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Our Lady of Eternal Suffering by Patty – When an amateur Theologian goes in search of an ancient archaelogical site, little does he know he will stumbling onto a dangerous secret that spans Space and Time… 12 pages, unrated thus far

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The Madness of Time by Chris – While fulfulling his late father’s wishes, a man must face the nightmare of his father’s past. 9 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 Rating

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Forever Thine by Gordon – A sickly young woman is haunted by a ghost in an old victorian mansion. What does the grim spectre portend for her and her husband? 6 pages, 4 characters, unrated

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Together Again… Someday by David Lancer – You can’t mourn the dead when you’re one of them. 6 pages, 3 characters, PG Rating

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Annabel by Sandy – Annabel was a good wife, when she was around. 6 pages, 6 characters, PG-13 Rating

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Innocence Condemned by Philippe – During the dark times of Christianity, a young woman finds herself accused of witch craft, haunted by a disfigured spirit, and destined for persecution. During her trials and torment, she discovers that death may not be the only punishment that lies ahead. 10 pages, 9 characters, Hard R Rating

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The Open Casket by Don – Artist, Charles Drayton, has been commissioned to paint the viscount Corwin Redwinter’s portrait at his remote castle in the mountains. Redwinter’s intentions towards Drayton’s fiancee, Melinda Hartwell, may be less than honorable and the stuff of nightmares. 11 pages, 5 characters, PG Rating

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A Price To Pay by Rafael – A woman struggles to overcome the loss of her fiance while being tormented by a homicidal ghost. 11 pages, 3 characters, PG-13 Rating

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The Truth by Cindy – A young girl moves to a new town. A house haunted by it’s past brings up old news that was buried. 10 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 rating

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Condemned Sanctuary by Swimming Swan – A mother’s candlelight vigil on the fifth anniversary of her son’s death is interrupted by an unexpected guest. 11 pages, 5 characters, PG-13 Rating

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Traceless by Michael – Detective Croft is on the hunt for a serial killer… who doesn’t leave a trace. 6 pages, 5 characters, Hard R rating.

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Satanas by Florence – On a dark and stormy night, the Devil will come out to play, or at least try to. 12 pages, Hard R Rating

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Payer Fedris – A Gothic Dream Tax by Anonymous – When a poor boy replaces his dreams with forbidden knowledge, he dreams the most expensive dream of all. 12 pages, 17 characters, Hard R Rating

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All That Remains by Beryl – A woman hires a team of ghost hunters to contact her sister’s spirit and solve her murder. 12 pages, 5 characters, PG Rating

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Asylum by Varney the Vampire – Insane Asylums make for strange bedfellows… 7 pages, 9 characters, PG-13 rating

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