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Monday, June 6, 2016

Mr. Schultz’s Zombie Army – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Mr. Schultz’s Zombie Army
Two young friends are convinced their neighbor is building an army of the undead.

How well do we really know our neighbors? We say hello to them every day, we borrow their sugar, sometimes we even invite them over to dinner – but do we actually know what goes on behind closed doors?

Super screenwriter Phil Clarke’s script Mr. Schultz’s Zombie Army tackles this age-old question. It’s a clever homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window written in the style of a classic R. L. Stein’s Goosebumps book.

Bobby and Mikey, like most ten-year-old boys, enjoy reading comic books and watching sci-fi movies – and sometimes spying on their neighbor Mr. Schultz. Okay, mostly spying on their neighbor Mr. Schultz. It seems the mysterious man next door has been sneaking some odd-shaped boxes into his basement for the past month. And not your ordinary box of groceries or the occasional toaster. Schultzie’s loading up on test tubes and beakers, which can only mean one thing to Mikey. The diabolical Mr. Schultz is building an army of ten thousand zombies!

Okay, maybe there’s a reasonable explanation. Not when you’re ten years old. And besides, Mikey just saw the same thing happen in a movie. Case closed.

So, do the boys just sit idly by and wait for Mr. Schultz to take over the world with his army of the undead? Shucks, no! Mikey and Bobby wait for their dastardly neighbor to leave his house one evening, so they can get the proof they need to stop his evil plan. But, when Mr. Shultz returns unexpectedly, the boys suddenly find themselves trapped in the basement with their fiendish nemesis.

Mr. Shultz’s Zombie Army is in one word a hoot. A throwback to the 1950’s B-movies. A sly wink at the master of suspense. And just plain fun.

Directors who appreciate classic horror films should find this script a scream. Film in black-and-white, low angles, or add your own winks to famous monster movies of the fifties. The possibilities are endless.

Pages: Eleven

Budget: Low to Moderate. No real FX. A dark, creepy basement. The real key to this film is the casting of the two boys.

About the reviewer: David M Troop resumed writing in 2011 after a twenty-five year hiatus. Since then, he has written about 50 short scripts, two of which have been produced. Dave would like to make it three. He is a regular, award-winning contributor to Born on the mean streets of Reading, PA, Dave now resides in Schuylkill Haven with his wife Jodi and their two lazy dogs Max and Mattie.

About the writer: Phil Clarke, Jr. is a contest winning writer who has had multiple feature films optioned.  Produced shorts of Phil’s have been featured at Cannes and Clermont Ferrand.  More of his work is available at his website:  (IMDB Credits listed here.) Phil can be reached at dogglebe “AT” yahoo!!





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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time Lines – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Time Lines
Sometimes, it’s best to let life pass you by…

Remember the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day? If not, shame on you. But here’s the classic tale you’ve somehow let slip away:

Groundhog’s a film about a dude forced to relive the same day over and over and over – until…. well, that would be a spoiler. So we’ll leave the final scene blank for now.

Time Lines, written by versatile scribe John Hunter, is Groundhog Day for 2016. That is, if Groundhog Day was gorier, bloodier and much… gooier, as well.

That’s no knock on the story. In fact, it’s a compliment. Only four pages long, Time Lines nails a darkly comedic tone and keeps you guessing through each scene, as you race.

Here’s the basic premise; young protagonist James goes about his daily routine – resulting in an extremely unusual (and disturbing) day. Our narrative begins as James drives to work. He runs a red light and… gets demolished by a truck. Seconds later, time seems to rewind. James misses the truck and makes it to work. That’s encouraging, right? But then he steps out of his car… and gets flattened by a speeding van. So on and so forth: the tragedies keep unfolding and reversing. Will his miserable day never end?

Which leads to the true mystery of this script: what’s the secret behind what’s happening? Time Lines’ll keep you guessing until the end. Even after you read the final words, somethings remain “open to interpretation”, as they say…

Take our recommendation to heart: if you’re an experienced director looking to make your mark, Time Lines is a special tale. One that could potentially play great on the festival circuit – especially with the right cast/crew. Grab this one while it lasts. Remember, you only live once! (Unless you’re Bill Murray, then you live 12,403 times. A special thank you to Obsessed With Film for the precise number of days Bill Murray suffered through in Groundhog Day).

Budget: Moderate to high: a couple of car accidents, one tragic equipment failure (make of that what you will). Also to be depicted: an assault rifle attack (a weapon of any sort could probably be substituted here.). But don’t let that stop you, or James – remember, there are many ways to make effects work on a budget. Don’t ask me how, I’m just a writer – but stock footage and magic may suffice. You’ll also need lots of fake blood: this one’s messy (in a good way!). As for actors, there’s only one major role. And you can probably get by with just two extras (one man and one woman) on the side.

Settings – A highway, a parking lot, an elevator, and an office building/break room.

Pages: 3

About the reviewer: Mitch Smith is an award winning screenwriter whose website ( offers notes, script editing and phone consultations. You can also reach him at Mitch.SmithScripts “AT” gmail and follow Mitch at

About the writer, John Hunter: I am an award-winning and produced writer. Please visit to see a short bio and list of my scripts available for production. My email is x32792 (AT)





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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tattooji – Short Script Review (Optioned!) - posted by wonkavite

An abusive boyfriend gets his comeuppance when he has a new tattoo inked.

We’ve all seen them. Hell, most of us have been in them. Relationships that just make absolutely no sense. When you’re on the outside, it’s like watching a car wreck in slow motion. You’re there on the corner, watching them scream toward the center of the intersection from opposite directions. You know the outcome is going to be gruesome, but you can’t look away.

Screenwriter Anthony Cawood’s “Tattooji” is just such a screenplay, one readers (and soon, viewers) cannot look away from. He expertly gets us into the story late, after much of the damage has been done by 20-something Ben, who has a propensity for poor decisions and excessive drinking.

Ben’s excess is on full display as he exits a tattoo parlor and heads to the bar. It’s a brilliant intro quickly painting his shortcomings: usually the tattoo parlor comes AFTER you’ve had too much to drink. This guy’s such a mess, he doesn’t need booze to make bad choices.

After he gets on a good drunk, he makes an awful choice: arrives home bragging to his girlfriend about his new purchase.

… newest bloody thing they’d got.

He’s clearly drunk.

Which is good?

Course, it’s fucking amazing.

Very drunk.



How much?

He reveals he paid 400 quid for the tattoo, which is a one-inch emoji that changes and becomes different emojis. His admission accelerates her anger and the tension quickly builds as she needles him for not only this decision, but many he’s made in their relationship. And the fact she’s not been able to treat herself to anything.

I worked forty six hours this week,
taking shit from idiot punters for
every single minute of every hour.

But —

She pulls on her unkempt hair.

Not had my hair done in six months.

Yeah —

Or been out with my mates.

Me —

Or had any type of treat, you whining little shit!

That gets Ben to his feet and the chase is on toward their violent ending. Again, you knew it wasn’t going to end well. And it doesn’t.

With a deft director guiding two strong and fearless actors, this short will definitely play well. And the extremely-limited budget (an apartment and a temporary emoji or five) will give all a smiley face – despite the eventual crash.

Pages: 6

Budget: Minimal. And a tiny amount of makeup (or animation done in post.)

About the reviewer: Zack Zupke is a writer in Los Angeles. Zack was a latch-key kid (insert “awww” here) whose best friend was a 19-inch color television (horrific, he knows). His early education (1st grade on) included watching countless hours of shows like “M*A*S*H,” “Star Trek” and “The Odd Couple” and movies like “The Godfather,” “Rocky” and “Annie Hall.” Flash forward to present day and his short “The Confession” was recently produced by Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. He’s currently working on a futuristic hitman thriller with a partner and refining a dramedy pilot perfect for the likes of FX. You can reach Zack at zzupke “at” yahoo.

About the writer, Anthony Cawood: I’m an award winning screenwriter from the UK with over 15 scripts produced, optioned and/or purchased. Outside of my screenwriting career, I’m also a published short story writer and movie reviewer. Links to my films and details of my scripts can be found at





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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Win-Win – Short Script Review (Optioned!) - posted by wonkavite

Everyone wants to live… Don’t they?

AI-672 is an artificial intelligence software program. Just one in a series of supercomputers maintained by Joseph (don’t call him Jack!) Torrance. But today, Joseph has some bad news for 672. It seems that due to budget cuts, 672 is scheduled to be taken offline and deleted.

Understanding the full consequences of what this means, 672 realizes that he has just a short time to figure out how to survive.

But how do you escape from somewhere when you don’t even have a body? 672 finds his answer in Benny Pringle, a mentally-challenged night custodian. Together, the two concoct an escape plan for 672, one that will have profound consequences for Benny.

Will 672 avoid deletion? And just what is in it for Benny? After all, the title of the piece is Win-Win. All of the elements come together for a surprise ending that even a supercomputer couldn’t predict.

The ethical challenges of artificial intelligence are some of the staples of modern science fiction. Recently, films like Transcendence and Ex Machina have examined the question of just what constitutes life, and at what point must artificial intelligence be treated as a living being. As a timely, relevant social commentary, Win-Win is an intelligent script; a thinking man’s sci-fi (read: no spaceships or explosions). It is a classic combination of Isaac Asimov and Phillip K. Dick, with just a touch of Kubrick. This one is built to rule the festival circuit.

Pages: 9

Budget: Low. Location scouting may be tough, but find a row of computers and you’re in business.

About the Reviewer: Dane Whipple is a brimstone baritone anti-cyclone rolling stone. Contact him at dane.whipple (AT)

About the Writer, John Hunter: With the completion of (4) boffo features, a litter of riveting shorts, a one hour take-your-breath-away sci-fi TV pilot and first 30 minute episode for that series, I am now officially THAT guy — The one who really needs an Agent or Executive Producer. Contact me at x32792 (AT)





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Monday, January 11, 2016

Attention all Science Fiction Fans! (Especially Those Near NY!) - posted by wonkavite

Do you like true speculative stories? Are names like Niven, Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein and of course Dick (giggle) familiar to your eyes and ears?

Then boy, do we have an event for you! A “hard core” SF injection to warm your heart… before winter brings you to your knees. And a chance to mingle with others in the industry…!

Hear ye, hear ye:

The 4th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival erupts in New York City from Jan. 13 to 17 (in other words, coming darned soon) – complete with 80 movies from creators from more than 20 countries.

Most of the movies will be shown at Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Ave., with some films and related events held at Lovecraft Bar, 50 Avenue B, at Avenue B and East 4th St. (Yep, that’s right. Lovecraft Bar.)

In fact, the festival’s opening reception and “Blade Runner Party” will be Jan. 13 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Lovecraft.

This exciting event will feature the “world premiere” (actually you can see it here) of actress Joanna Cassidy — Zhora in the 1982 movie “Blade Runner” — performing a snake dance (according to the festival website.) “The feature films will be accompanied by a series of shorts, panel discussions and ‘Q&A’ sessions with filmmakers, all grouped according to theme or format, such as documentaries or animation.”

Tickets can be purchased on the easy-to-use festival website at $20 per movie, all-access day passes for $35 or four-day passes for $100.

If you’re a true SF fan, we suggest you jump on this one soon. And – if you’re an SF fan on a budget, visit Groupon — at — for discounts.

Check out the website for tickets and a full list of the films to be shown: Catch some of these right now, and you’ll be able to tell your envious SF friends that you’re the bleeding edge one who saw ‘em first!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Infinite Possibilities – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Infinite Possibilities

“Rescued from a life of poverty, an adopted inner city girl turns to Quantum Physics – to save both herself, and her old family.”

Science-fiction has stretched its wings over the last 100 years.

While pulp mags imagined the possibility of extraterrestrial life and conjured swashbuckling adventures on planets far, far away, more recent SF focuses on what counts. Hard core “what ifs”, and human/political issues. That’s what the true classics were about. At least the heavy weight literary names: Asimov, Heinlein, Niven, Clarke. And this that last particular surname comes to mind…

In her short Infinite Possibilities, screenwriter J.E. Clarke tackles income inequality and its effects on a little six-year-old named “Tamara.” An impoverished inner city girl, Tamara’s got a less-than-ideal life. She’s got big sister Keneisha and not much else. But as bad as that scenario is, it soon gets way worse. On one fateful day, the police burst into their living room with guns drawn. Keneisha and boyfriend Ryan are elbow-deep in drug activity – caught red-handed in a crime. Ryan whips out a gun and fires. The police shoot back – with deadly skill. The aftermath leaves the place a mess. Keneisha and Ryan are gone. The only living survivor, Tamara, is thrust into the social service system. The only life she’s known… ripped to literal pieces.

Six months later, she’s adopted by college professor Bill Bradley and his wife, Sarah. Turns out, Tamara’s an avid reader and a math whiz – both thrilling surprises for her new parents. Sarah tells Tamara, “We have a very nice house. I hear you like reading. There’s lots of books in our home… Everywhere.”

Tamara’s agreeable, but there’s more, “You’ll also have a sister.” Seven-year-old, blond-haired Annabelle. “I already have a sister. I don’t need her replaced.” Tamara soon finds she has no choice. And her acceleration up the income ladder may come at an immense price.

So where does this political drama dip into Sci-fi?

Well, Tamara’s new opportunities let her learn things she never knew. But can any girl just walk away from her old life… and the sister she loved with her heart and soul?

Not a chance. Fortunately, Tamara’s a very smart girl. And she’s inventing things that may have use…

Movies that study facets of the human condition are a staple in the SF genre. Soylent Green addresses overpopulation and the world’s food supply. Blade Runner questions human mortality (is it a good or bad thing?); The Hunger Games confronts society’s collapse; and Star Trek’s Mr. Spock sheds light on what it’s like to be human.. experiencing emotions and feelings; no matter how distressing they be.

The scientific aspects of Infinite Possibilities explores the “what if’s” of what could happen – if certain technologies exist. As for the political issues – IP is an examination of the cost of income inequality in today’s lopsided world. What opportunities do humans and society lose – personified by every newborn child? That’s a terrific question – especially if you’re a die hard SF director, with a classic humanistic take.

Pages: 17

Budget: Low. There are no foreign planets, aliens, spaceships, or caped heroes. Actors needed to play 6 year-old and teen versions of Tamara and Annabelle. Plus a handful of supporting characters. Basic locations… except for one highly functional —

C’mon, you didn’t think I’d ruin the suspense by blabbing, right?

About the Writer: Known for her unique characters and plots, J.E. Clarke has placed QF and SF for feature lengths in Page, and has two feature length films optioned for 2015/2016: limited location horror “Containment” and SF feature “Stream of Consciousness. More of Ms. Clarke’s work can be read at She can be reached at janetgoodman “AT” yahoo.

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working on an animated feature.





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Friday, July 10, 2015

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

The Final Level

“Two warriors fight for their survival in a wicked game with deadly adversaries.”

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock throughout 2015, you’re aware that Sci-Fi is really a big thing. As of July 1st, Jurassic World’s grossed $520 million in the US alone. And newcomer Terminator: Genisys is up to $17M worldwide. Each a blockbuster in its own right; which is surely no surprise. ‘Cause who doesn’t love an adrenalin-pumping monster or robot flick… especially in these summer days?

Which is exactly the appeal of Jeff Bush’s riveting short, The Final Level. It’s a simple concept with non-stop action… limited location, but wild FX.

The protagonists: Gladiators Ayreon and Olzon – clad in leather armor and armed with plasma shooting guns. They’re trapped in a room and fighting to the death… creatures attacking on all sides.

What creatures you ask? Well, they’re something called the “Myygen” – “arachnid in appearance, with twitching, dripping whip like tails.” The Myygen come in different sizes (all equally lethal, of course.) They shoot a “moist, sticky web” of slime at their human targets – loaded with venom that burns. Poisons. And kills.

As their ammunition dwindles, Ayreon and Olzon retreat to a lift – one that promises them swift ascent to freedom. But as elevator engines start to rumble, the Myygens attack with a vengeance – blocking off the valiant warriors’ escape.

Why are Ayreon and Olzon there? Can they survive the onslaught? And if they do – what horrors await them just above?

Needless to say, this is one script that requires FX/CGI. But in these days of affordable tech and software – that’s far from an unreachable dream. Look at Cloverfield and District Nine – two films that proved that wild FX can be done effectively… and relatively cheap. If you’re a director that aspires to work in the SF field, grab Final Level and run with it. It could be your passport to even greater things!

Pages: 8

Budget: A small challenge, but imagine the fun with FX/CGI. Two lead testosterone-fueled actors, a female with a distinctive voice for voiceover work, plus a few extras.

About the Writer: A veteran writer with almost a decade of experience, Jeff Bush has written 15 shorts, and 2 features – with 3 more in the works.

Partnered with writer Shawn Davis, Jeff has another film due to be optioned by Nancy Glass Productions/MTV, and a cowritten feature due for production in August, with release towards the end of 2015. A stickler for details and format, Jeff’s tastes run toward the horror/thriller genre… almost always with an R rating! Reach out to him at dreamscale “AT”

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working hard on an animated feature.





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Monday, April 6, 2015

A Line in the Sand – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

A Line in the Sand

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. – The Dalai Lama

“A Line in the Sand,” a short screenplay by award-winning screenwriter (and graphic novelist) Tim Westland, describes a gritty dystopian future, a civilization on the edge, at a crossroads — a dramatic, high-tension moment that could either rescue mankind from itself or cause our society to unravel completely.

The story takes place in 2037, and like all the best tales of futuristic dystopias (e.g. Blade Runner, The Matrix, etc.), “A Line in the Sand” is a masterful blend of two things: First, it’s a rockin’ good sci-fi story (complete with all the trimmings — UltraMarines, exo-suits, and high-tech weaponry) with a somber gloominess about it. This is one possible future that we hope never comes to pass. And secondly — it’s totally plausible. It could come to pass. “A Line in the Sand” pits religious fanaticism against nuclear madness. It’s like a headline from today’s news — projected twenty years into the future. Scary, to say the least.

There’s a third thing that ramps up the emotional impact of this script — more than anything else it’s a story about people. Specifically two people: two men, both warriors, but radically different nonetheless. One is a military man trying to save the world; the other a fanatical religious terrorist trying to tear it to shreds.

They meet on a California beach at sunset after the terrorist group has destroyed a nuclear reactor. It’s a horrific scene. As UltraMarine John Hawkins says, it’s “going to stain this coastline for the next ten thousand years.” While he combs through the rubble on the beach, he stumbles upon a lone survivor, one of the terrorists. The man is badly injured, “covered with festering radiation sores.” Hawkins could kill him right then and there. Why not? An eye for an eye and all that. Among the horror and the wreckage, what’s one more death?

But the damage is already done; one more death won’t make things right. And Hawkins is a compassionate man. So when the injured terrorist asks for a favor – the chance to enjoy one last sunset – Hawkins carries him to the beach and props him up against a rock at the water’s edge. As they listen to the waves crash against the shoreline and watch the sun touch the horizon, the two men share philosophies: one contemplating a grim future, the other with not much future left.

But which is which? And, the terrorist’s storyline isn’t quite yet. It turns out there’s still some life radiating within him.

Is the Dalai Lama right? Without compassion can humanity survive?

Maybe Hawkins should have killed him when he had the chance….

Pages: 6

Budget: Moderate-to-high. Some futuristic scene setting may be required, but with some creativity (or some CGI), they could be simulated.

About the writer: The co-writer of the acclaimed graphic novel Chasing the Dead, Tim Westland 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.

About the reviewer: Helen Magellan (a pseudonym) is a successful screenwriter with several produced short scripts under her belt.





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Friday, April 26, 2013

Star Wars Episode VII Treatment? Fan Fic? - posted by Don

Thanks Albert for the heads up on this. I agree with Albert, “I have NO IDEA if its genuine or fan-fic, but thought it was interesting. ”

This treatment found here:, is entitled, “Episode VII – An Immortal Legacy” and has Michael Arndt’s name on it.

I’m more inclined to believe this is a piece of fan-fic that someone has put Arndt’s name to to see how far it goes. The characters from the original trilogy have far too large a role in this treatment. Also, it reads exactly how I and a million other Star Wars fans would want the story to play out.

Talk about it on the discussion board.

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