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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: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?5kgcwy4cu91n2r5, 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.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Stranger Things Episode 5 Disconnect - posted by Don

Thanks to Earl Newton (Creator / Executive Producer of Stranger Things), we have the script (in pdf format) to Stranger Things Episode 5 Disconnect.

When their prize reality star goes missing, a monolithic network enlists the aid of the entire world to find him.

Written by Earl Newton. Story by Earl Newton and J. C. Hutchins

The rundown:
Watch Disconnect
Read the script (pdf)
Check Out the scripts to previous episodes of Stranger Things, the only science fiction anthology shot in High Def.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dante 01 - posted by Don

Just as the Bale scifi flick Equilibrium managed to slink quietly in and out of theatres before blowing out on DVD, Dante 01 is doing the same thing. Dante 01 was released early last year in Europe. Didn’t see a screen here in the states. Odd, considering this was written and directed by Marc Caro, who wrote and directed the cult classic The City of Lost Children

It just dropped on DVD today. You can ‘Flix it.

Here is the Synopsis:

DANTE 01:
At the edge of the galaxy, drifts Dante 01, a hellish space station designed to contain and study the worst of the criminally insane. After an unidentified mute inmate arrives on the ship, he begins to reveal frightening alien powers, and both captives and crew must decide whether he’s a monster or a Messiah.

From the acclaimed co-director of the post-apocalyptic The City of Lost Children, Dante 01 is a “visually riveting” (Lisa Nesselson, Variety) epic that takes sci-fi films to a whole new dimension.

Check out the trailer. Note: it is in French and there are boobies at the 26 second mark, so don’t get all freaky on me, ok?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Aileen – a short film by Michael Cornetto - posted by Don

Check out Micheal Cornetto’s Aileen, a playful look at the world of internet dating. This was a 2005 entry into Tropfest Australia.

Aileen was written and directed by Michael Cornetto. If you are curious to see how the sausague was made, you can read the two page outline/scriptment thing here (in Word Doc format).

Discuss the Short film

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Power Plays - posted by Don

PC’s script, Power Plays (pdf format) has been filmed.

“A congressmen scheduled for the witness stand before the senate investigative committee is target for all sides of the political spectrum.”

Short, Thriller, PG-13 for nudity

You can also listen to the script here


Shout outs and such can be made on the Discussion Board

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Stranger Things Episode 3 One Of Those Faces - posted by Don

Thanks to Earl Newton (Creator / Executive Producer of Stranger Things), we have the script (in pdf format) to Stranger Things Episode 3 One Of Those Faces.

A woman with a strange gift is forced to choose between losing that gift and the life of her nephew.

One Of Those Faces is based on the original short story “Rami Temporales” (which you can read here) by Gary Braunbeck.

Rundown:
Watch One Of Those Faces
Read the Script
Read the short story upon which the show is based.
Check Out the scripts to previous episodes of Stranger Things.

The Stranger Things series, in addition to being the first High Def internet show, has also made the leap from the web to the TV. The online anthology series will appear on cable channel Illusion On-Demand.

Lastly, check out Earl Newton’s appearance at BaltiCon with a sneak peek into the next in the anthology Stranger ThingsSingularity.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Stranger Things – Episode 02A: Sins of the Mother - posted by Don

Stranger Things – Episode 02B: Sins of the Mother – script- from: StrangerThings.tv

After an unsuspecting patient fails a background check, a second-year intern is forced to make a difficult decision…

First watch the episode, then read the script (annotated in pdf format).

Sins of the Mother is the episode of StrangerThings that really cemented my love affair with Earl and the folks behind StrangerThings. This is where the acting, production values and the story really came together to tell a story that surpasses not only Earl’s previous works, but just about anything that has come out of short speculative television in the last few years. Earl and the StrangerThings team hit their stride on Sins of the Mother and carry it through on the next episode, One of those Faces.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Stranger Things promo - posted by Don

I’ve posted a couple of the teleplays to the phenominal StrangerThings.tv science fiction video podcast. Thus far, I have have links to the premiere episode Sacred Cows and Discontent. I hope to have the later two in the series Sins of the Mother and One of those Faces soon. To get a better idea of the series, check out the teaser for the first four episodes.

WGA – Day 10 Deadline Hollywood Daily for news on the strike.

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