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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Brian Butterworth’s Bedroom – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Brian Butterworth’s Bedroom

Brian Butterworth wants to see the eclipse. But his mom has to work, and he’s got to find a way to see it by himself.

One of the great things about childhood is its sense of wonder. That everything is possible, with fantastical playmates around each corner. There’s something to be said for scripts that bring back that fleeting feeling… if only for a little while.

Though sickly, Brian Butterworth hasn’t lost his sense of wonder. As the script opens, 8 year old Brian lies in bed, staring up at glow in the dark ceiling stars. A solar eclipse is on the way. And starstruck Brian can’t wait. Something (a pet?) patters across the floor – but hides when Brian’s mom enters the room.

She’s got awful news. She has to work; the family’s finances depend on it. So she can’t bring Brian to the eclipse. He’ll have to wait for the next one (however many decades that would be.) Though disappointed, Brian doesn’t complain. He’s a good boy, after all. And he has his unseen companion to keep him company.

The next day finds Brian lying in a field. He watches the eclipse with his unnamed pet… awestruck by the rare sight. That night, Brian’s mother visits his room. She offers to take Brian out to the garden to look at the stars. It’s least she can do.

When she helps Brian out of bed, a surprising secret is revealed; one that raises a million questions. For childhood holds many mysteries. Some which need not be explained.

A unique tale that audiences will remember for a long time, BB is a sweet story with just two characters – and just the right dose of magic.

About the writer: Born and raised in England, Sally Meyer has had three screenplays filmed. Her personal website is Poppypro.com, IMDB Credits available here.

Pages: 4

Budget: Minimal.  A bedroom and a field are all you need. (And a tiny bit of post for the eclipse.)

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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

The Price

A desperate woman struggles with the high price of the one thing she wants most – her dead son brought to life.

Movies. They’re both a complex and a simple thing. Films today are an intricate web of creative arts – writing, directing, cinematography, FX. Stories chock full of complicated twists and turns.

Yet –when one digs down deep… The most successful films work off a simple formula – dealing with basic, raw human emotion. Love. Loss. Tragic grief.

Such is the case with The Price: a supernatural story of a woman who lost her son. And would do anything to get him back.

Ostensibly set in medieval times, The Price opens with middle aged Berith – giving birth in a lonely cottage. Her elderly mid-wife assists as best she can. But in the end, the act is futile. Berith’s child – a son – is stillborn.

An outcast in her village, Berith buries the infant alone. She grieves alone, as well – having lost the only thing that matters in her world.

…until Berith happens upon a traveling Mystic. And strikes an awful deal. In return for certain “favors”, the Mystic teaches Berith how to summon her son. Via a spell that works only once a year. And requires payment – in blood.

Over the years, Berith visits her son’s grave… bringing fresh victims as sacrifice. As time drags on, the demands of the spell grow more numerous. More corpses for the demons. And yet Berith perseveres; content to watch her son age with the years. Two. Six. Fifteen. Eventually, he’s a young adult. Handsome. Proud. Perfect.

…but the grisly crimes have changed Berith as well. Has the Price finally become too steep – denying Berith her Son’s love as well?

A poetic psalm to love and loss, The Price is sure to be a crowd pleaser, especially with the right atmospheric touch!

About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT” gmail.com

Pages: 13

Budget: Although FX heavy as written, The Price’s story is adaptable to lower budgets – with no loss in effectiveness.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

One True Love – Short Script Review (Optioned!) - posted by KP Mackie

One True Love

” Two witches wonder if they will ever find the men who will fulfill their destinies and grant them eternal youth.”

Love stories – it’s a genre that’s surprisingly complex. Couples’ personalities vary, of course. Their psyches. Their circumstance. Then there’s the emotion of love itself – impossible to categorize. At times, love’s stormy, tragic or wistful. Other times – sweet and dreamy. But above all else, no matter the tale, Love is simply magic…

Especially in William Boehmer’s award-winning short, One True Love.

You see, Esther and Vivian are witches. Both in their seventies, the two have been Bosom Buddies for years. Through thick and thin, and far too many wrinkles. Recently the septugarians have been on a search for the final ingredient in a spell that will revive their long-lost youth: the kiss of “One True Love”.

Sadly, that’s easier said than done. Especially in these modern times.

The two go about their quest differently. Able to (temporarily) look young and beautiful, Vivian frequents bars – enjoying the company of multiple men. Esther combs the neighborhood one guy at a time. But neither crone has had success.

The men are dropping – literally passing out – at their feet!

Consoled by Vivian, a frustrated Esther hatches a plan. Maybe she’s been doing things wrong. Why hit on just young men? Perhaps maturity has it’s benefits…

Appearing for once as her true self, a seventy year old Esther targets old man Theo in the park. Bewitching him with her charms, she leans in for the kill (uh, we mean “kiss.”). But with this latest man be her Prince? Or just the last frog in a line of failures…?

Clever and comedic, OTL’s an easy story to film. A sweet script with an unexpected twist. A timeless tale of searching for love – that begins and ends with a kiss.

About the writer: Talented writer William Boehmer can be reached at list “AT” dangerousbillymasters.com

Pages: 6

Budget: Simple. Some exterior shots with a park bench. A house with Victorian decorations. Four female characters required: Esther and Vivian (old and young.) And a few kissable guys of all ages.

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working hard on her animated feature. KP’s work is available at moviepoet.com!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ruby and the Lamp – Short Script for Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Ruby and the Lamp

A cleaning lady discovers a suitcase filled with diamonds and a genie lamp; she gets three wishes but isn’t careful what she wishes for.

Every see the Twilight Zone? Not the TV series remake, or the Spielberg flick – the original series, hosted by Rod Serling in good ‘ole Black and White. If not … you owe it to yourself to do a binge marathon. Even those who are already fans might get a kick at watching the series all over again. It’s surprising how much holds up after all these years.

One of the main reasons is that Twilight Zone relied on classic storytelling. Some of the tales were pretty straightforward. But they worked; and usually featured some kind of ironic twist at the end.

Ruby and the Lamp harkens back to that kind of pedigree; following the simple tale of Ruby – a cleaning lady that finds a magical lamp in a hotel room. She rubs it, and the Genie appears… resulting in the standard offer of three wishes. There’s a touch of modern humor in this one, giving the story a fresh feel. What will Ruby wish for – and how horrifically will it go wrong?

Open the script to find out. But make sure it doesn’t cost your soul…

About the writer: Darren J. Seeley contributes regularly to Movie Snitch, and is writer of the recently produced short Forced Donation. Contact Darren at Darrenlives – AT – myfrontiermail – DOT – com or Darren7Seeley (twitter).

Pages: 9

Budget: Relatively low. Only two main characters, and one setting (the hotel room.) There’s a *little* bit of FX that’ll be needed on this one. But nothing that can’t be done with ingenuity and some talent in post!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Day With Death – Short Script Review (Produced) - posted by wonkavite

 

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A Day With Death

A cantankerous sixty-five-year-old woman has a few things to do before she goes and Death will just have to hold off. Along the way the two become unlikely companions.

On Shootin’ the Shorts, we try to provide a balance of genres.  A little gore here, a bit o’ violence there.  Punctuated with a slice of life in hometown USA, or a charming little piece about the human condition.  This script is one of the latter.

Margaret (like many old ladies on the silver screen) can sometimes be a cranky old coot.  She’s a nice lady – but a bit salty and opinionated. Unfortunately for Margaret, this script starts badly… with her almost-death.  She awakes to find herself with an unexpected guest.  We’ll give you one guess.  It’s Death – personified.

Interestingly enough, it turns out that this particular Reaper is a tall young lady whom Margaret quickly nicknames “Stilts.”  Being the charming lady that she is, Margaret convinces Stilts to accompany her through the town for one day – tying up “loose ends.”  Along the way, they develop a bond…

This one’s sweet, and well-suited for character focused directors.  You may be able to guess how it ends. Or maybe not.  Either way, crack the script open and read for yourself…

About the writer: Breanne Mattson is no stranger to accolades.  Her feature lengths have made Nicholl Quarterfinalist three times (yeah, that’s three times, beeyotch!) She’s also made semi-finalist in Bluecat, Final Draft and honorable mention in TrackingB.  She’s also received a “worth the read” from Scriptshadow.  Her website can be viewed at www.breannemattson.com (IMDB credits here.)

Pages: 24

Budget: Mid-range.  There are multiple locations and a decent cast population in this one – so it’s not a script for someone who just bought their first video camera.  But – despite the topic – the FX can be minimal or non-existent.  Day with Death is foremost a character piece; far more dependent on good actors than anything else.

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