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Friday, June 30, 2017

The L Equation – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by Guest Reviewer

The L Equation by Anthony Cawood

A talented mathematician slaves over an equation that could change the face of humanity, as her dedicated assistant struggles to tell her exactly how he feels. 

Love is never logical. But wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where relationships were easy? If you knew from the start a relationship was “meant to be”, heartache becomes a distant memory.

The L Equation certainly tests out this theory. Like ‘Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind’, The L Equation aims to cut the hassle out of dating, by building the perfect equation for love.

As the script opens, dedicated mathematician Samantha slaves away in her lab. Her ambition? To discover an algorithm for love – creating perfect couples: A + B. A world where happiness is guaranteed and finding ‘the one’ is a breeze – surely that would be a marvelous thing. But while Samantha’s drive keeps her focused on work, her besotted and loyal assistant Brendan wishes she would concentrate on him instead. She barely notices his existence… leaving Brendan feeling side-lined. And very, very hurt.

But what’s Samantha’s real motivation? Her purpose, her reason for everything? You guessed it: Brendan. After months of gruelling work, Samantha finally finds the code she needs. But it fails to give her the answer she desires in her heart. Will she abandon logic and give chemistry a chance? Crack L open, and give it a read… Maybe there’s a happy answer to the equation after all.

A charming script, The L Equation’s as easy as pie to shoot. There’s nothing technical to be found here. But acting and chemistry – just like X and Y – those are essential ingredients!

Budget/Cast — Low. Only 3 characters, a few simple props, a couple lab coats, and you’re set!

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 AnthonyCawood.co.uk

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About the Reviewer — Elaine Clayton — is a London-based screenwriter, who has written several well-received shorts and is currently working on her first feature length scripts. Comfortable in a broad range of genres, Elaine has an innate sense of structure and arc development. Contact her at Elaine_clayton (AT) Hotmail(.)co(.)uk

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Heartbeat by Anthony Cawood - posted by Steve Miles

Heartbeat (7 pages in pdf format) by Anthony Cawood

A florist is asked to help connect an unrequited lover with the object of his affection, with unexpected results.

A quiet day in a quiet florists finds store assistant, Maisy, counting her every heartbeat in a bid to alleviate the boredom.

Enter Derin, scruffy yet sincere, and – more importantly – in the market for flowers. For Derin it’s a special occasion; he’s got love on his mind. A certain kind of love that requires a certain kind of flower and Devin’s darned if he knows his Tulips from his Roses in matters of floral arrays.

If only there were someone to guide him…

As luck (and training) would have it Maisy has the answer to his quest – Daffodils. Unfortunately for Derin what she doesn’t have is Daffodils. They’re not in season and try as she might there’s no second best for Devin when it comes to affairs of the heart. Devin leaves empty handed. Maisy gets back to counting the minutes.

One quiet day rolls into another and as Maisy turns up the next day to open shop she makes a surprise discovery. A certain kind of discovery that sets her heart to racing faster than she can count.

But anything more would be spoiling the surprise.

Anthony Cawood’s Hearbeat offers a sweet tale of a young man’s first step on the road to love. The offbeat and understated style doesn’t so much as grab you by the hand and take you for a ride as much as smile and ask you to follow. Straightforward with minimal locations/characters and a few handy flowers as props. Great for a filmmaker looking for a heartfelt short to win an audience over.

Production: Florist shop. Three Actors.

About the writer: Anthony is an award winning screenwriter from the UK with 2 features optioned and over 30 short scripts optioned, or purchased, including 8 filmed. Outside of his screenwriting career, he’s a published short story writer and movie reviewer. Links to his films and details of his scripts can be found at www.anthonycawood.co.uk.

About the reviewer: Steve Miles started writing scripts around five years ago after realizing that his social life was vastly overrated. He enjoys writing in a variety of genres but leans toward raw, grittier characters and the worlds they inhabit – from the deadly serious to the darkly comic. Drinks coffee, owns an unhealthy amount of plaid and uses a calculator for the most basic of sums. Check out more of his work at sjmilesscripts.webs.com

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mendelevium – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by The Merrows

Mendelevium (pdf format) by Erich VonHeeder

A “Battle of the Bands” helps two lead singers find love.

Mendelevium. It’s a synthetic element on the Periodic Table. Atomic Number: 101.

Don’t let the title lead you astray. There’s little science in Erich Von Heeder’s script, Mendelevium.

But tons of chemistry.

Incredibly engaging, Mendelevium is totally character-driven: an interview of Delores and Levi, two lead singers in rival punk rock bands.

When the couple first meet, it’s hate at first sight – an animosity of biblical proportions. As Delores articulates: “I was overcome with hatred for him. Like deep, blinding…” A helpful Levi completes the thought: “Murderous. Murderous hatred.”

…a hatred which escalates to an on-stage scuffle, after Delores throws a pound of cocaine at Levi. Followed by a night in jail. Talk about auspicious first dates!

“Where did you get a pound of cocaine?” their puzzled interviewer queries.

“Where do fish get scales?” Delores replies. “I don’t know. I’m a rock star, dude.”

Holding hands, the couple reminisce about their whirlwind romance, shortly after making bail. Delores: “We were hotter than a pequin pepper. A rare pepper that grows in the remote Andes Mountains of Chile, and if you even touch it to your mouth you die.”

Levi rolls his eyes. “Doesn’t exist,” he confides to the camera.

Imagine a punk rock reboot of When Harry Met Sally… that’s Mendelevium in a nutshell. Packed with witty dialogue, the script is funny, fresh – a standout vignette of two non-conformists in love. As Levi says, “Love’s a jester, man.” And a script like this is bound to shine.

Pages: 5

Budget: Low-medium. All that’s needed is an interview room, an indie rock “stage”, a handful of crowd extras – and a couple with great chemistry.

About the writer: A humble denizen of Seattle (home of some amazing rock bands) talented writer Erich VonHeeder can be reached at erich_vonheeder(a)yahoo.com

About the reviewers: Scott & Paula Merrow are a husband and wife screenwriting team. Since 2006, they’ve written over 50 short screenplays, several of which have been produced. They tend toward family-friendly scripts, but they’ve written a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy,… the whole nine yards. They’re reachable at scott-paula(a)comcast.net

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Our Time Deserves a Love Song – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by simplyscriptshorts

Our Time Deserves a Love Song
An aging musician relives his first love when someone asks what inspired him to write a particular love song.

Fact: The worlds oldest song, an Ancient Egyptian melody in 1400BC, was a love song; a tribute from a man to his wife.

And judging by the current charts, the magic of love has and continues to perennially create thousands of spellbinding sounds for our ears to enjoy, many based on personal experiences of the artist.

Our Time Deserves A Love Song delves into the backstory of “Love Song”, an unreleased track by acoustic legend Adam Stern. Asked by a superfan on a chat-show TV interview about the origins of the tune, we’re whisked back over 3 decades to his teenage years in coastal South Africa.

At first, there’s not even a note of love in the sea air. His parents are divorced, and his middle-aged Dad’s driving him to his former other half. Also in the car is Father’s new girl, a beauty half his age. Of course, Adam’s parents end up relishing the chance to insult each other when they arrive.

But adults aren’t the only ones insulting one another – Adam’s non-conforming music taste and fashion sense sees him ostracized by the local cool kids.

Yet it’s at this point when the first verse begins:

GIRL (O.S.)
Don’t sweat them retahds.

Sure, it ain’t the most romantic sentence, but this girl, Mary, turns out to be perfectly in tune with Adam.

As they bond through their love of music and having family problems, it’s clear these two go together like guitar and drum, complimenting one another perfectly.

Sadly, as with all good songs, this one ends suddenly and far too soon. So Adam does the only thing he can do: compose a tribute to this brief romance that’s so beautiful the audience cannot help but applaud loudly when he performs it.

And if you show this film at festivals, real life audiences will have a similar reaction!

In fact, this is one script that’s already proven it’s appeal: As an August 2009 One Week Challenge selected script. And it’s been successfully table read as well. You can listen to that here:

Pages: 12

Budget: Moderate. Though, get a good tune for this one!

About the reviewer: Hamish Porter is a writer who, if he was granted one wish, would ask for the skill of being able to write dialogue like Tarantino. Or maybe the ability to teleport. Nah, that’s nothing compared to the former. A lover of philosophy, he’s working on several shorts and a sporting comedy that can only be described as “quintessentially British”. If you want to contact him, he can be emailed: hamishdonaldp “AT” gmail.com. If you’d like to contact him and be subjected to incoherent ramblings, follow him on Twitter @HamishP95.

About the writer: An award winning writer AND photographer, Marnie Mitchell Lister’s website is available at http://brainfluffs.com/. Marnie’s had multiple shorts produced and placed Semi-final with her features in BlueCat.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Dead Zingers – Script Review (Available for Production) – AND THERE’S MORE! - posted by wonkavite

Dead Zingers
After a brush with death, a woman gets another chance. Or two.

We all have been in these situations before.

Say you’ve just met the person of your dreams, and your first words were less than intelligible. Or worse, maybe you could only manage a grunt or an embarrassing bodily noise. Needless to say, you would give anything to have that moment over again so you could make it as perfect as you imagined it.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always allow us a second chance. Luckily, movies do.

In the comedy Dead Zingers, life not only gives you a second chance, it offers you a menu of alternative outcomes.

Morag is a church organist who narrowly escapes being struck by Aamir a texting motorist. As she stands paralyzed on the curb, Morag struggles to find just the right words for the hazardous driver. Two words immediately come to mind – but that’s just me.

What follows is a humorous mixture of Morag’s imagination, combined with an alternate universe gone haywire, and a smidge of Groundhog’s Day to boot. Morag relives the near accident again and again with increasingly hilarious results until the universe decides on a final outcome which suits Morag, Aamir, and a mysterious bearded man.

Writer KT Parker delivers a script which blends comedy, fantasy, and reckless driving. Not to mention a dance number straight outta Bollywood. No small feat.

Attention all filmmakers and directors — here is your opportunity to snag a quirky comedy, so don’t delay. Unlike Morag, you might not get a second chance.

Pages – 7

Budget – Moderate. Locations include a church and a street corner. There’s also a matter of that Bollywood number I mentioned.

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 MoviePoet.com. 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: KT Parker is a screenwriter and producer. She is currently producing her play, “The Chamber Of Beheaded Queens” (for the Page To Stage Festival in Liverpool, April 2016) and crowdfunding her way to Hollywood for the awards ceremony of Final Draft’s “Big Break” Contest, having won the period/historical/war category with her screenplay “A Face To Paint”.

You can connect with KT via a number of social media: 

Website: http://www.ktparker-online.com

IMDB page: http://www.imdb.me/ktparker

Twitter (me): https://www.twitter.com/lunaperla

Twitter (play): https://www.twitter.com/BeheadedQueens

Or shoot KT an email at KT “AT” ktparker-online.com

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But WAIT – there IS much, much more!

 

Why? Because – there’s that little, teeny tiny thing called “Final Draft’s Big Break” contest – of which KT is one of the TOP 5 GRAND FINALISTS this year, for her historical feature A Face to Paint! On February 11th, she’ll be flying from the UK to Los Angeles for the ceremony – and making some rather essential Paramount Studio contacts. Which raises the delicate question of funding.

Please know: KT’s put together a modest Indie Go-Go project to get her where she and her award winning script needs to be. (You know the problem with writers and income? Seriously – that stuff never ends…)

So – please – take a look at it here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/send-me-to-hollywood–3#/

Every little bit counts – and talent should always be awarded. Plus there are prizes for donations… of course!!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sex and Violins – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Sex and Violins

A young woman has difficulty finding love because of her unusual fondness for the violin.

It can be hard to write a love story… It’s been done so many times, in so many ways.* Romeo and Juliet. When Harry Met Sally. Titanic. Pretty Woman. The Notebook. Ghost. The list goes on. How to make such a time worn concept still seem fresh? Well, sometimes to pays to just it simple and sweet – with just a touch of kinkiness.

Jackie – the heroine of Sex and Violins – isn’t faring well in the dating game. When the script opens, she’s just been dumped… via Post-It note stuck to her forehead. You see, she’s got a few strange, um, habits that seem to drive men away. At the office, her best friend Bette tries to set her up with Tom. Jackie’s worried: if Tom finds out her dark secret, it’ll be game over once again. Despite her misgivings, Jackie agrees to go on a date. After all, Tom’s a cutie. Needless to say, the date doesn’t go as planned. But is that a bad or good thing?

Written with a gentle – and slightly twisted – sense of humor, Sex and Violins has tons of memorable lines. (For instance, Jackie telling Bette about getting dumped: He didn’t even tell you to your face? No. He left me a note.). A little gem, S&V offers everything a comedy director could wish for. Empathetic characters, a touch of sex… and a fresh twist to the age-old tale of love.

About the writer: 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 MoviePoet.com.  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.

Pages: 8

Budget: Reasonable. Two main characters (and a few supporting ones), coupled with a handful of settings. Nothing exotic; just a bedroom, office, restaurant and a room with a stage…

* Folks, get your minds out of the gutter. We’re talkin’ love stories, not sex scenes! Well… mostly anyway.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Clone Wife – Feature Length Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Clone Wife

A lovesick scientist clones his estranged wife, but when she unexpectedly comes out nine years younger, his broken marriage gets a magical reboot.

Remember when movies were fresh and fun? Big colorful premises that mixed comedy with drama and that needed touch of soul? Classic films like Splash and Big – such tales don’t grow old; they still charm and entertain today. Let’s face it, folks: gross out comedy like The Interview has a (very) limited shelf life. But Honey I Shrunk the Kids? That stuff stands the test of time…

And speaking of goofy scientists… There’s always room for one more. Especially when they’re wrapped in a warm n’ heartfelt rom-com, with action and drama on the side. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, timing doesn’t get better than this.

Readers, meet Travis Wonders. A classic inventor type with his nose buried in textbooks and computer screens… his head perpetually in the clouds. For ten years, he’s been hard at work in his basement lab, attempting to clone woodpecker DNA. Assisting in the process: a little fluffy white dog named Algernon, and a pair of robotic arms nicknamed Eli and Emma. Then there’s Travis’ wife of nine years, Renee. Though she’s gone the corporate route, Travis can always depend on her support.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

Unbeknownst to the poor professor, marital trouble’s a-brewing. Tired of Travis’ never-ending tinkering, Renee’s accepted a position in Japan. An extended separation. Probably divorce. She just… hasn’t quite told her husband yet.

The couple heads to dinner at Montana Tony’s, a restaurant owned by Renee’s flamboyant brother Stig. Renee’s whole family’s there. Her acerbic mother Astrid throws barbs at Travis and sips martinis. And mentions Renee’s ex-boyfriend – Guy Ducharme. The successful author of Marry Your Prom Queen (hint, hint), Guy’s in town for a book signing. Not to mention the upcoming high school class reunion. Wouldn’t Renee just love to see him again? After a tense exchange, Renee’s secret spills. She’s leaving Travis. And there’s nothing he can say.

Not that Travis doesn’t try. He does: epically. But the day of Renee’s fateful departure arrives all too soon. Despite her husband’s pathetic pleas, her mind hasn’t changed. Renee drives off to the airport with Stigs, leaving a forlorn Travis with Algernon. Struck by a sudden misgiving, she forces a promise out of her brother. Check up on Travis. Make sure he’s okay?

Left alone, the professor falls into a funk. And far deeper into his research. Until an accident results in breakthrough! Doggy Algernon is cloned. Voila: Clone Al (dubbed “Alfredo.”). But what good is success without someone you love to share it? Renee still won’t return Travis’ calls. A drunken Travis extracts a lock of Renee’s hair from an anniversary photo album. It’ll take years to sequence her DNA – but he vows to start over again, rambling into a video to record his thoughts. Leaving the lab, he heads upstairs to sleep.

But a storm’s abrewing. Literally. As Travis slumbers, a bolt of lightning hits the backyard… supercharging robot arms Eli and Emma. And resulting in – Clone Wife.

A nine years younger model. With all of Renee’s memories up to that time (including a still unsullied love for Travis). And – thanks to the video – Clone Wife’s quite aware of who she is.

Needless to say, Travis receives a rude awakening… and one hell of a dilemma. A second chance – with a younger woman. Who in the world wouldn’t want that? But is Clone Wife really Renee? Where does Travis’ love and alliance really lie?

And the equation’s about to get more complex. Struck by unexplainable twinges, Renee boards a flight to the States to see Travis again. Then there’s the upcoming reunion. And slippery, sleazy Guy Ducharme, who’s coming home to claim his ex-prom queen. And nothing’s gonna stop him this time….

Chock full of over-the-top comedy and colorful characters, Clone Wife is the kind of classic comedy ride that audiences crave. But – like all true clones – CW is more than a sum of its parts. Because under the gloss and slapstick, there beats a far more poignant theme, embodied in the characters of Renee and Clone Wife: learning to face yourself (literally) – all your choices and mistakes. And blazing your own path in life and love… no matter who you’ve been “programmed” to be.*

* And speaking of the titular character – that’s a major strength to this script as well.  *TWO* strong, meaty female roles in one?  Get Jennifer Aniston on the phone!  🙂 Orphan Black ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

About the writer: (story by Brett Martin and Ben Liska) Brett Martin is an unrepped screenwriter and freelance reader living in Los Angeles.  He sold an action/thriller to Quixotic Entertainment, which is associated with Zack Snyder. Once optioned by Destiny Pictures, his comedy feature, CLONE WIFE, just underwent a major face lift. He’s also developing a tentpole action feature & cartoon web series as he continues his quest to be a professional screenwriter.

Pages: 103

Budget: Mid-range. Yes, there’s the lab to create – but most of the scenes are set in simple locations. Houses, school auditoriums, a restaurant. Locations that can be obtained easily. The most important factor – getting a crew of actors with terrific comedic timing.

About the writer: (story by Brett Martin and Ben Liska) Brett Martin is an unrepped screenwriter and freelance reader living in Los Angeles.  He sold an action/thriller to Quixotic Productions, which is owned by Brett Stimely (Watchmen, Transformers 3). He’s also developing a tentpole action feature & cartoon web series as he continues his quest to be a professional writer.

Pages: 103

Budget: Mid-range. Yes, there’s the lab to create – but most of the scenes are set in simple locations. Houses, school auditoriums, a restaurant. Locations that can be obtained easily. The most important factor – getting a crew of actors with great comedic timing.

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