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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.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Monkey Bones Script, Writer’s Strike and What I’ve been reading - posted by Don

Thanks to Leon for the heads up on the lastest over on Daily ScriptMonkeybone. This is a February 3, 1999 seventh draft by Sam Hamm (based on the comic book ‘Dark Town’ by Kaja Blackley and Vanessa Chong). Sam Hamm has written, in my opinion, some of the best unproduced scripts out there. A quick search of Sam Hamm in the Script Search shows he’s written unproduced sequel to Batman, as well as Planet of the Apes and Watchmen. Monkeybone, which came out in 2001, is about a cartoonist who finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, while racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone. The film starred Brendan Fraser and Bridget Fonda. Check it out over on the Movie Scripts page.

Thanks to “Tierney Cat” for his insightful posting on the discussion board on a breakdown of what a WGA writer might typically earn. I think this sums it up pretty well, I’m on strike for the future of my union, for my health insurance and my pension. Right now, it’s sadly not about the writing which I love but about the business of writing which always plays like black comedy. Check out the rest of his post here.

I’ve just finished listening to Bill DeSmedt’s Singularity and thought I’d share. You can listen to the book over at Podiobooks.com. You don’t gotta have an MP3 player to hear the story. You can listen to it right on your computer.

On June 30, 1908, there was a massive explosion near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. It was called the Tunguska Event. The explosion felled an estimated 80 million trees over 830 square miles. Yes, it was a big boom. Against this back drop, Bill DeSmedt’s Singularity weaves a present day tale of an astrophysicist, a rookie agent and an analyst who unearth a scheme to capture the submicroscopic black hole that caused the Tunguska Event and use its awesome power to transform the world. If you enjoy Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton you will dig this taut, fast-paced thriller. It is well read by the author – voices and all with plausible near future science and technology.

WGA – Day 6 – Strike news and insight over at Diaretical Throw-Up by David Press

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We interrupt your regular programming… - posted by Don

…to introduce a new audio book, Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty.

Playing for Keeps, launching November 1st, …tells the story of Keepsie Branson, a bar owner in the shining metropolis of Seventh City. Keepsie and her friends live among egotistical heroes and manipulative villains, and manage to fall directly in the middle as people with powers, but who just aren’t strong enough to make a difference. Or that’s what they’ve been told. As the city begins to melt down, it’s hard to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.

Playing for Keeps will be a unique podcast experience: you have the ability to subscribe to just the audio version of the novel or you can subscribe to the “PfK Experience”, where you will receive in the feed a PDF of the episode including art, links to content you can?t get on the audio feed, and a short supplemental podcast called “Stories of the Third Wave”.

Check out the site Playing For Keeps. The first espisode is available at Playing for Keeps.

Mur Lafferty is a North Carolina based writer who has written numerous short stories like my personal favorite, the funny and touching I Look Forward to Remembering You as well as the audionovel series Heaven.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Stranger Things TV: Episode 3: One of those Faces - posted by Don

StrangerThings.tvAnother episode of the video television series Stranger Things is live. Watch Episode 3: One of those FacesA woman with a strange gift is forced to choose between losing that gift and the life of her nephew.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Better Days Episode 02 “Pop Up & Go” by Steven Cameron - posted by Don

Better Days Pub & Eatery 166 N. Main St. Wellsville, NY 14895Better Days Episode 02 “Pop Up & Go” by Steven Cameron
Read by iScript.com

Now that we know the characters a little better, Jason has bad luck with his computer, finds out a family secret, has a stroke of great luck and he may even get a job. Our cast grows to include Kenny’s father and others.

Short Series – Comedy
Rated R (for language)

Read the script (27 pages – pdf format). Discuss the script. 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. }

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Stranger Things – Episode 02A: Discontent - posted by Don

Stranger Things TVRead the screenplay (pdf) of Stranger Things Episode 2A Discontent. To appease his shrewish wife, Carl sets out to clone his dead mother-in-law.

Stranger Things: Episode 2A was written by Earl Newton and directed by Alex Traywick

In addition to reading the screenplay, you can view the video podcast of Discontent on your computer. You can also subscribe to the Stranger Things podcast via iTunes. However, if you don’t have a video iPod, you can still view each episode (as well as Earl’s engaging video updates) at StrangerThings.tv. – Don

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Stranger Things – Episode 01: Sacred Cow script - posted by Don

Stranger Things TVTwo priests uncover the horrifying truth about the nature of prayers.

And thus begins the premier of the video podcast series Stranger Things with Episode 1 Sacred Cow.

Stranger Things is a science fiction anthology video podcast created by Earl Newton. I am extremely honored that Earl has allowed me to feature the screenplay (pdf format) to the premier episode of Stranger Things – Sacred Cow here in Simply Scripts. This second draft script, which you can read here, also contains additional director’s notes about the evolution of the script from the page to the screen. This is a valuable resource for not only writers, but also folks looking to direct.

Sacred Cow was written by Earl Newton, based on an original story by Scott Sigler.

In addition to reading the script, you can view the video podcast of Sacred Cow on your computer. You can also subscribe to the Stranger Things podcast via iTunes, however if you don’t have a video iPod, you can still view each episode (as well as Earl’s engaging video updates) at StrangerThings.tv.

If you enjoy The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits or the recent short-lived anthology Masters of Science Fiction, then you will be quite at home with StrangerThings.tv. The writing, the acting and the production quality are top notch and on par with anything you are going to see on television today. This is, to my knowledge, the only video podcast you can watch in High Definition. This ain’t a blurry youtube vid. – Don

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