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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The October One Week Challenge scripts are here! - posted by Don

Wherein writers were given one week to write a 6 to 10 page short Horror Fantasy on the following topic:

At sundown on October 31st the doorways to the Otherworld open, allowing the inhabitants to come into our world and also allowing humans to go to the Otherworld. Sunrise on November 1st, that door closes.

Limitations: Only one character can have dialogue. (Writer cannot use Voice Over, however the character can speak off camera.)

Here are the first ten. The names are Nom de Plumes. Click the title to go to the discussion thread of the script. On the thread, click the title to read the script. All scripts in PDF format

Fair Trade by Dr. Jeckyll – A terminally ill man inadvertently discovers a portal to a parallel world – and possible redemption for his family. (PG)

Halloween Baby! by The Other Purple One – A hip scientist invents a way to summon his dream girl from hell, but is she everything he’s dreamed of? (PG)

Impropriety by Richard Layman – A deaf, dumb and blind man, reveals his true motivations to a nurse on Halloween night. (R )

Je Me Sais Pas, Cozco by Avant Garde – After having his money stolen, a high schooler finds solace in an idiopathic Frenchman from another world who may or may not be a hitman. (R )

Reynard: Doors & Rings by Dark Stanley – An abusive husband pushes his wife to extreme action only to have him pursue her return from a world he belongs in. (PG)

Exchange Student by A Horror Author – A cocky college student investigating a dimensional portal on Halloween encounters an unexpected surprise.

The Price by Chocolate Kahuna – A desperate woman struggles with the high price of the one thing she wants most – her dead son brought to life. (NC 17)

Shamed by Koutius Vomitus – Two deceased, former high school students embarrassed by the school bully when alive seek revenge on Halloween night. (R )

Head by Albertus Magnus – Every girl wants to hear the words, “I love you”. Don’t they? (NC17)

Spiral by Hieronymush Bosch – Within its pages lie some of mankind’s best kept secrets. Many try to gain it. Many will fail. (R )

Dust by Cliff Diver – An orphan ventures through distant memories in search of the monster that stole her mother’s life. (PG)

Conversion by Stumpzian Farber – A 62-year-old woman faces a point of no return while seeking treatment for a forgotten early trauma. (PG)

Humanity Speaks by Habeus Corpus – The human race is being put on trial, and the only person who can save mankind is a mute girl. (G)

This Tornado Loves You by N.C. – A young woman, held in captivity, has one chance to ensure her freedom… and one last night to endure her captor. (R )

Forsworcennes by Dark I. Am – When the otherworld opens on sundown at October 31st, an old man uses its forces through dark magic from the Anglo-Saxon days to avoid losing his beloved farm. (PG)

Cold Alone by David Carol – A man receives a message from his recently deceased wife and visits her grave. (PG)

The Nightmare Door by Larry Huckenstuffit – A conniving Housemaster recounts a bedtime tale to a sleepless young student. (PG)

Justice at Sundown by Betsy Ross – A man wakes up, tied to a chair in a greenhouse on Halloween. With only a strange man to keep him company and even stranger things happening outside. (NC17)

Nathan Green by Adam Stein – When a woman struggling to deal with her recent separation buys a jacket from a thrift store, she inadvertently lets another bad man into her life. (R )

Liquide Bone Danse by Luther Rinn – It’s All Hallows Eve, and whilst attempting to cling to a worthless existence, an aging priest must come face to face with his sordid past, and the darkness it has begot. (R )

Trapped by Bud Wiser – A man trying to avoid Halloween has to help a horde escape their entrapment. (R )

Halloween Hijack by Javar Van Helsing – A troubled kid has no patience for the Halloween spirit. (PG)

For Her Lov’d Sake by Reads Way Too Much – In Victorian London, a grieving husband travels into the Underworld to rescue his wife’s spirit before he loses her forever. (PG)

Pins and Needles by Boone Helm – Desperate to save his afflicted wife, a tailor decides on a drastic last resort. (R )

Danny’s Coming Home by Vlad Dumichu – The dead are returning to the land of the living and Danny is dying to go home. (PG)

The Soul Cleaner Vs. Hitler Vs. Kevin by Jasper Kidd – On a Halloween rave, searching for the restroom, drugged up Kevin collides with an overchallenged cleaning power, and Adolf Hitler, whose plan is to send more Ebola to the living. (R ) (pdf – formatting: )

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Demon.Star.31 by Great Dane – Neo Alchemists open a portal to Hell on a space shuttle orbitting Earth. (R ) (pdf – formatting: )

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A Burning Ring of Fire by Name of First Writer – A tough guy biker must battle demonic forces in order to escape their devious trap. (R ) (pdf – formatting: )

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Peanut Butter Kisses by Maria Avedici Santoya – After a Halloween party, an axe-wielding sociopath in a goat mask stalks a young woman. When she fights back, she finds he’s not exactly human. (R ) (pdf – formatting: )

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A Soldier’s Search by David Nigel – As a raging war threatens humanity, a soldier must find his family before the horrors of another world get to them. (R ) (pdf – formatting: )

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Lookin’ for a few good scripts and writers! - posted by wonkavite

Yeah, STS is on a roll…

Since the site went live, we’re thrilled to say our reviews have helped multiple writers get their short scripts optioned, as well as facilitating several indie director/writer connections, as well as several options-in-the-works.

But… we need your help, in two very important areas:

Give us some damn’ good scripts!

A site is only as great as its content.  So we need good scripts to review.  Lots o’ them.  Tons of them.  Short and feature length.  We wanna drown in (good) scripts like it’s a mega-budget producer’s slush pile. Our mission statement at STS is to find the best, highest quality short (and feature length) scripts for review.  So if you have a gem that’s really ready for prime time (or have someone you want to recommend), check out the link below for submissions. (Don’t forget to include a URL link to your script!)

http://simplyscripts.com/submit_your_script-sts.html

Give us a few damn’ good writers!

STS involves a ton of readin’ and reviewin’, so we’re gonna need a bit of help.  In addition to script showcasing, STS also features occasional interviews with indie directors and industry related book reviews.  If you feel you’ve got a knack for any of those three writing areas – and want to contribute – send us a sample of your work for consideration using the URL listed above.  No, it’s not paid.  But you’ll get credit for your article and press.  And in this biz, that’s a pretty good thing….

Friday, October 24, 2014

Annabelle screenplay – - posted by Don

The final lap for October One Week Writing Challenge. Scripts are due by 11:59 pm edt tonight!

Annabelle – October 7, 2013 unspecified draft script by Gary Dauberman – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

More scripts, horror and otherwise, on the Movie Scripts page.

Love Can Wait – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Love Can Wait

“Eric is tormented by the suspicion that love can indeed wait.”

Light, fresh… and lots of fun. Those are the key ingredients to a good rom-com. Sprinkle some sympathetic characters into the mix. (And don’t forget the comedic frosting. Vanilla-strawberry, if you please!)

It sounds simple… But one look at what passes for comedy these days will prove it’s not that easy. You need a good script to provide the foundation – to bind your components deliciously!

Fortunately, Love Can Wait by Manolis Froudarakis is the perfect recipe. As this light-hearted comedy opens, twenty year olds Eric and Julie relax on a hill, enjoying an afternoon picnic. Love is clearly in the air; they’re seconds from becoming engaged. Julie shows Eric the ring her grandpa gave to his beloved when he proposed. She reminisces how grandma promised she’d wait forever. However long it would take…

Sensing the perfect moment, Eric gets down on one knee – and slips the ring on Julie’s finger. But before either can say “I do”, a terrible accident occurs… landing Eric in the hospital!

As Eric wakes and struggles to clear his head, Julie’s the first thing he sees. But the woman before him is ancient… the diamond ring sparkling on a wrinkled finger.

Has their love stood the ultimate test of time? Could Julie have waited sixty years? A simple story with a clever twist, LCW is sure to be a hit with audiences. It’s short, endearing and funny. The perfect dessert for directors with a comedic sweet tooth!

About the writer: Relatively new in screenwriting, Manolis Froudarakis has won two awards in short screenplay competitions. His main focus is comedy – preferably, comedy with a little edge. You can contact him at: mfroudarakis@yahoo.gr

Pages: 3

Budget: Basic. Locations include a simple picnic setting, a space to replicate a hospital room – and three characters. Oh, and that diamond ring. (Real or prop, it’s up to you!)

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

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Last House On The Left screenplay - posted by Don

More inspiration for the October One Week Writing Challenge. Two days left to write.

The Last House on the Left – Undated, unspecified draft script by Mark Haslett (revisions by Adam Alleca, current revisions by Carl Ellsworth) (based on the film by Wes craven) – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

More scripts, horror and otherwise, on the Movie Scripts page.

Congratulations to Phil Clarke – Short Script Optioned (Pet Names!) - posted by wonkavite

Congratulations to Phil Clarke, Jr. on the recent option of his short, Pet Names! Given the pending spook season, horror directors should take note of a few other shorts available by Mr. Clarke, also reviewed on STS. For instance:

Roly Poly (Horror) – A vampire’s latest victim reminds him of who he once was.

Or if comedy is more to one’s taste, try out two scripts which recently placed in Funny or Die:

Anne Goes to Camp (Satire) – A Hollywood pitch meeting for a children’s film turns horribly dark….

Price Check on Film Noir A film noir spoof, telling the tale of a 1940’s tough guy waiting in line at the supermarket. “There’s no double-coupons when Nick Branson is on the job!” (The first script in the Film Noir trilogy)

More of Mr. Clarke’s work is available at his website: www.philclarkejr.com. (IMDB Credits listed here.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Black Christmas screenplay - posted by Don

More inspiration for the October One Week Writing Challenge. Three days left to write.

Black Christmas – October 19, 2005 numbered draft script by Glen Morgan (based on the film “Black Christmas” directed by Bob Clark and written by Rob Moore) – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

More scripts, horror and otherwise, on the Movie Scripts page.

You’ve Finished the Damned Script – Now What? (Anthony Cawood Primers for a Networked World) – Part 3 - posted by wonkavite

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANTHONY – for the recent optioning of TWO of his scripts reviewed on STS/SS: A Face in the Crowd and Fridge Feeder.  Two more that we (cough) hadn’t gotten around to have been optioned/sold as well: Terminal Z and From Time to Time.  Our point?  This, folks, is a man who knows how to market his stuff.  So tuck in for a read of the following words of wisdom.  Oh – and take a look at Anthoney’s Love Locked - that one hasn’t been optioned yet!
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A writer’s work is never done. Let’s see, where were we? Oh – that’s right. Marketing you and – most importantly – your SCRIPTS.

You got yourself an online presence. TICK.

You’ve used some of the handy sites we mentioned last time to garner feedback, and improve upon perfection. TICK.

So – here you stand (or more likely sit): armed with a finished, polished script. But now who’s going to make it? And how will they learn of its existence?

Well, our third article is here to help you out – providing you, the writer, with a host of sites and services especially geared to get your script out there. To be seen – and hopefully filmed. After all, that’s what we’re writing them for!

Isn’t it?

A few tips before we dive in.

  • On Forums and Message Boards, make sure you follow their rules and post in the right place. Nothing’s more offensive than a writer who barges in, and doesn’t bother to get the “lay of the land.”
  • Keep posts short and sweet – and watch them for responses.
  • As part of the “getting to know you process”, mention any achievements you may have. EG: My script won XXX award was filmed by John Doe Director in 2014. You know, that sort of thing.
  • Post your logline, and make it zing. After all, it’s the first thing a reader will react to.
  • Link to your website or IMDB page etc. That gives people a chance to check out your work.
  • Please note: I personally specialize in shorts, so the resources listed may be biased that way. But I’ve mentioned sites that focus on Features, too.

*Speaking of “getting to know you”, I’ve included in these listings the number of short scripts I’ve managed to option/sell/get made from the various sites. Just so you can get a sense of how active and successful they could be for you.

So onto the resources. And what better place to start, than …

Simply Scripts (SS)http://www.simplyscripts.com/submit_your_script_new.html

Submit a logline and your script. When you do, it’ll appear in two places.

The Discussion Board – lots of screenwriters frequent SS. It’s here that they’ll take a look at your work, and offer you their thoughts. These are great free reads. Perfect to use for your next revision.

Unproduced Scripts – A round up of all scripts submitted in the previous week.

TC Note: Your script will also be findable via the sites’ search engine, various genre links and (potentially) through SS’s ‘Random Short Script of the Day’.

Simply Scripts, Shooting The Shorts (STS)http://www.simplyscripts.com/category/scripts-available-for-production/

I’ve separated this out from the main SS site/service since it represents a different service and opportunity. Submit your script for review here (a link that’s separate from the main Simplyscript’s submission page.) If selected, a full review will appear a few weeks (maybe a month) later. Built as a showcase, all reviews are positive – giving potential film makers a taste of what’s in store when they crack open that PDF. It’s so much better than a simple logline on the site! (Submit finished/final drafts at – SimplyScripts.com/STS)

So far STS has been responsible for at least 14 scripts getting optioned/made. And that’s just the ones they know for sure!

Between SS and STS I’ve had 3 scripts sold/optioned so far.

Inktip - http://www.inktip.com/

Inktip is primarily for indie, lowish budget Features. From what I’ve heard it’s got a pretty decent track record of connecting screenwriters with producers and getting things made. They also provide a host of other services including script tracking, an online magazine, a competition portal and a whole lot more. Some things are paid for, others free.

To date, I’ve gotten five shorts sold/optioned through Inktips. Submit your short for free via http://www.inktip.com/sa_short_script_listing.php

Blacklisthttp://www.blcklst.com/

A site definitely geared for the Feature screenwriter. My experience of it is non-existent, but some writers have had success. Blacklist takes the approach of evaluating and scoring scripts by at least two of their readers (the site’s reader evaluations are paid for by the individual writer. Any resulting industry reviews are free.) This allows prospective film makers to get an opinion of a script in advance – though some writers have taken issue with evaluations and scores.

Reddit, Produce my scripthttp://www.reddit.com/r/producemyscript

There’s a forum for everything you could ever think of on Reddit, and that includes Screenwriting. The ‘Produce my Script’ forum has been set up to connect writers with filmmakers. The filmmaking side tends to be students and gifted amateurs. But give it a try. You never know where the next Tarantino will emerge from. I’ve had three successes here thus far.

WinningScriptshttp://www.moviebytes.com/ws/

Sister site to MovieBytes (Great competition portal). WinningScripts offers writers a great opportunity to get their scripts listed and seen by industry professionals. One can list an unlimited number of scripts on the site for a modest annual fee (currently $29.95). Included in that is a logline, synopsis and script excerpt. Interested film makers can contact you to request full scripts. There’s also a Top 10 section based on scripts that have won or placed in competitions. I’ve not had a script success from here yet, but I remain optimistic.

Stage 32http://www.stage32.com/

A great online community for all aspects of film making. Once you’ve joined, you can upload loglines. People can check them out and contact you if interested. I’ve had two shorts optioned by other Stage 32 members to date.

International Screenwriter’s Association (ISA)http://www.networkisa.org/

Upload your script’s logline and other details, which are visible via the site’s database. The site also has a ‘Jobs’ section – more on that in the next article. I haven’t had any success with this site as yet, but I have had a few read requests.

Script Boutiquehttp://www.scriptboutique.co.uk/

A relative newcomer from the UK. It’s similar to Inktip in that as you can list your logline and synopsis for viewing. Script Boutique is free for screenwriters from all round the world. No successes so far, but it’s a new site which will probably grow over time.

There are also some other sites/forums that I regularly post on. No luck with these so far… but then again, you never know! ;-)

Screenwriter’s Market - http://bproducersseekingscreenplays.runboard.com/f2

Indietalkhttp://www.indietalk.com/forum.php

Student Filmshttp://www.studentfilms.com/

Done Deal Prohttp://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/index.php

Screenwriting Goldminehttp://www.screenwritinggoldmine.com/forum/

Film Maker Forumhttp://www.filmmakerforum.org/script-marketplace/

Happy writing to the STS community. And until next article – get those damned scripts out there!!

About Anthony: Anthony Cawood is a new(ish) screenwriter from the UK with two produced short films, two in post production and another seven sold/optioned. His script, A Certain Romance, recently won in the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (short script category), and two other scripts have recently placed 2nd and 3rd in the FilmQuest Screenwriting Competition and Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition respectively. Links to his films and details of all his scripts can be found at www.anthonycawood.co.uk.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Candyman screenplay - posted by Don

More inspiration for the October One Week Writing Challenge. Four day left to write.

-Don

Candyman – August 1991 ‘corrected’ draft script by Bernard Rose (based on Clive Barker’s The Forbidden) – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror. Of course, Helen doesn’t believe all this stuff, but the people of the area are really afraid. When she ignores their warnings and begins her investigation in the places that he is rumored to appear, a series of horrible murders begins. Could the legend be true?

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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