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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Award Season Has Begun! Universal out of the gate with Get on Up screenplay - posted by Don

The race for the gold statue has begun (well, at least with regard to the screenwriting awards). This is the season where the studios begin posting screenplays up for award consideration to their respective sites. Universal is first out of the gate. You’ll be able to find them as they go up on the Scripts Studios are Posting for Award Consideration page.

Get On Up – undated, unspecified draft script by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth (Story by Steven Baigelman and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth) – hosted by: Universal Pictures – in pdf format

On route to the stage, singer James Brown recalls a life with a turbulent childhood where music was his only constructive release for his passions. A chance demonstration of that in prison led to a new friend who helped get him out and into a musical career. With his fire and creative daring, Brown became a star who defiantly created new possibilities in show business both on and behind the stage in face of racism and conventional thinking. Along the way, James would also become a peacemaker who redefined and raised the African-American community’s feeling of self-worth when it was needed most. However, those same domineering passions would lead James Brown alienating everyone around him as his appetites became ever more self-destructive. Only after he hit rock bottom with a serious mistake does Brown realize what he needs to do make his life as the Godfather of Soul truly worthwhile.

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Xolotl’s Curse – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Xolotl’s Curse

Some lessons are learned the hard way…

Ah. Lessons taught by the horror genre. No matter how often they splatter across the silver screen, so rarely are they taken to heart. Don’t go on that isolated camping trip with your friends. Don’t answer that phone call while babysitting. Don’t open the creaky closet door. Leave that creepy-ass looking doll alone.

And don’t play with artifacts hidden under your grandpa’s bed. Well, we guess some folks will never learn…

Case in point: Xolotl’s Curse.

Billy’s Grandpa is a foul-mouthed, misogynistic bully who constantly berates Billy’s mom and emasculates his dad. In other words, he’s your usual relative. Now he’s moving in. And he has secrets.

See, Grandpa’s an old archaeologist – pushing 100, although he doesn’t look a day over 75. He’s keeping an ancient Aztec box locked up in his room that may belong to Xolotl, god of the dead and bad luck. Billy tries again and again to get his hands on the box. But Grandpa is always one step ahead of him. But some secrets are better left buried…

Chris Keaton – an old hand at clever macabre stories – sets this tale of terror in the day-to-day life of suburbia, with a keen ear for the trash-talking dialogue between a 12-year old and an old man who may as well be squabbling kid brothers. Despite the topic, this script’s got a slow, subtle (and often funny) burn – building to a chilling conclusion.

What happens next? Well, we’re keeping this review short and sweet. No spoilers for you lazy folks out there. Crack this one open far before Halloween arrives, and savor its bloody twist for yourself.

Xolotl’s Curse. A perfect script for either a seasoned horror director or any up-and-coming filmmaker who wants to dabble in the genre.

About the writer: Chris Keaton is an Air Force veteran living with his family in sunny Arizona. He’s primarily a screenwriter, but he does love diving into prose. He has had several short screenplays produced and go on to win awards. He’s optioned a few features screenplays and currently has a thriller feature in pre-production. A young-adult novel based on one of his screenplays is soon to be released. You can see some of his projects on his website, ( or follow him on Facebook (

Pages: 14

Budget: The script is light on the special effects budget, but you’ll want a good makeup artist who does their best work with some fake blood and a nail gun. Sets include one car scene and one house, and a multi-generational family of four – mom, dad, little Billy, and Grandpa.

About the reviewer: Pete Barry is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, actor, director and musician. His short plays have been published in numerous collections. He’s also a cofounder of the Porch Room, a film and theater production company, website available at  Please feel free to reach out to him with script requests at petebarry27 “AT” Hotmail.





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Monday, October 20, 2014

Count Down to Halloween – I Know What You Did Last Summer script - posted by Don

With Halloween fast approaching and writers furiously working on his/her October One Week Writing Challenge scripts, I thought I’d add some inspiration.


I Know What You Did Last Summer – March 12, 1997 third draft script by Kevin Williamson (based on the novel by Lois ducan) – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

Adaptation of Lois Duncan’s thriller about four teenagers trying to cover up a hit-and-run. Love Hewitt plays Julie, a high school senior who goes trip with her friends and accidently hits a fisherman. They think he is dead and dump him into the waters. But later they get a strange letter that says “I know what you did last summer.”

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



Two strangers meet in a park…

There’s a complicated cat-and-mouse game at the heart of this tense psychological thriller. A high stakes balancing act, with hundreds of lives at risk.

Or maybe… just one.

As Martyr opens, a man named Kenneth waits on a bench. He’s adjacent to a lecture hall, watching it fill with college students. Strangely, he’s wearing a heavy coat – on a blazingly hot day. Ken’s sweating profusely. Mumbling and fidgeting like a crack addict. But it’s not drugs that has Kenneth agitated. It’s the bomb that’s strapped to his chest, just under his bulky attire.

Enter Zoe, a college student who makes the unfortunate decision to sit next to Kenneth on the bench. Quickly, she notices there’s a problem… and gets up to take her leave. But Ken won’t let her. “If you get out of this seat,” he warns her, “hundreds of people will die.”

But it’s not a threat. It’s a warning. Because Kenneth’s not a terrorist – he’s a pawn. He’s convinced terrorists are watching his every move. His bizarre task: to coerce the first person who sits next to him (the unlucky Zoe) to participate in a deadly experiment.

He shows the girl a gun, and informs her she has a choice. Shoot an innocent person, or the terrorists will remotely detonate the explosive; killing everyone. (Including both of them as well.)

Naturally, Zoe’s skeptical. With the clock ticking, Ken struggles to convince the girl that 1) He’s not crazy, 2) The stakes are real, 3) She’s the only person who can prevent the coming disaster, and 4) Both their options have run out. A daunting task; with multiple lives at stake. So, the cat-and-mouse game begins.

Will anyone escape alive?

About the writer: Jean-Pierre Chapoteau started writing feature length scripts in 2005 then focused on shorts in 2009. Since then he’s had three scripts produced and two more optioned. He has won several awards for his shorts and has become a moderator at the site MoviePoet, who specialize in the craft of the short scripts.  Jean-Pierre was a finalist in the RAW TALENT Competition for his faith based feature length script: ‘Far From Perfect.’ And was also a semi-finalist in the SLAMDANCE teleplay competition and a finalist in the OBSWRITER teleplay contest for his adapted teleplay, Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Guardian.  You can contact Jean-Pierre Chapoteau at:  Jeanpierre_4_25 “AT” msn(dot) com

Pages: 13

Budget: Very affordable. A bench. A prop gun. The exterior of a lecture hall. And two very impressive actors.

About the reviewers: Scott Merrow co-writes screenplays with his wife Paula. 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. Wanna give them a shout out? They’re available at scott-paula “AT”





All screenplays are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. The screenplays may not be used without the expressed written permission of the author.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Original Script Sunday for October 19th - posted by Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are twenty seven original scripts for your reading pleasure. Please note that scripts submission are closed until November 1st. This is so everyone can focus on writing his/her October One Week Challenge script.

– Don

Friday, October 17, 2014

The October 2014 One Week Challenge is on! - posted by Don

The October ’14 One Week Challenge topic and genre are:

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.

Genre: Horror Fantasy

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

You have one week to write a screenplay between 6 to 10 pages. The screenplay must be properly formatted (12 pt courier font) and in PDF format.

The scripts are due on Friday, October 24th at 11:59 pm edt and must be submitted to

There will be a Writer’s Choice wherein the participants (and only the participants) will be asked to select one script he or she likes the best.

You can follow the event on the discussion board. Self registration on the discussion board is closed, if you wish to become a member, please contact me.

The Gist:

  • 6 – 10 pages
  • Properly formatted saved as a PDF file
  • This isn’t a contest there are no prizes
  • Free to submit
  • One entry per person/team (unless you think you try to slip one by me.)
  • You can revise your script as many times as you wish up until 11:59 pm on 10/24.
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to read and comment/review on the scripts submitted. If you are not a member of the discussion board, please contact me and I’ll get you set up.
  • Do not put your real name on your script. However, please use your real name when submitting your script. (After the challenge closes you can either have your script removed or resubmit with your script with your name on it.
  • Please put (c) Copyright 2014 on your script
Jon Barton’s Colliteral Damage filmed as Finding Eric - posted by Don

Jon writes, The finished film has the title Finding Eric, and it played in a few film festivals in Europe

Colliteral Damage (filmed as Finding Eric) by Jon Barton (short, comedy. 13 pages – pdf format)

Most of us have to suffer for our art. Megan has to suffer for Eric’s.

Finding Eric from Red Bandit Productions on Vimeo.

VICTORIA is excited to see ERIC again after a break until she realises he’s not the man she thought he was. To complicate things, he’s not sure who he is either.

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App Happy – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite


App Happy

Two white-haired denizens of an old-folks’ home marvel at the wondrous capabilities of their cell phones.

 Smartphone technology; ain’t it a marvelous thing? Gimmicky gags. Addictive games. The freshest gossip on celebrities. She takes her kids to school! I take my kids to school! Famous people really are just like the rest of us! From Foursquare to Angry Birds, seems like there’s an app for everything.

Except for keeping people connected together. At least in any meaningful way.

What image pops into your head with this description? Eyes glued to the latest Smartphone/iPhone/Android/Fire Gizmo device, oblivious to the world around them? Probably a gaggle of teens at the mall – pants hanging down to their knees. If so, then App Happy has already usurped your expectations.

‘Cause the current generation isn’t the only one distancing itself from life….

Edging into his 80s, George parks his wheelchair at Deering Oaks Senior Living, wasting away his Golden Years hammering frantically at his phone. His latest obsession: Flaming Weasel, the hottest new game for the digital scene. His friend Maude doesn’t see the appeal. Her idea of fun (when not catching slasher films on movie night) is getting the latest updates on the Kardashians. Even the most trivial members of Team-K… from her newfangled Koo Koo Kardashian app.

Yep, today’s technology is a dazzling wonder. And it’s great to while away the time.   Who cares if you’re stuck in a senior home if you can focus on gathering Farmville Snorkers, or Twittering a Kardashian Chihuahua’s latest potty mishap.

Such things may be entertaining… but they distract us from a phone’s first and best function – the ability to call home. And connect us with our loved ones.

Written in a goofy, light-hearted tone, App Happy’s a satirical commentary on the modern world we live in – no matter our age. It’ll make audiences smile, and tug on your heart. Far more effectively than Grumpy Cat.

About the writers: 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 “AT”

Pages: 5

Budget: Low – an ideal fit for indie directors on a budget, but rich on comedic timing. One location – a few life-experienced actors, and a couple wheelchairs.

About the Reviewer: Zach Jansen is an award-winning and produced screenwriter from Saint Paul, Minnesota.  He enjoys spending time with his kids, anything movies, and sitting at his desk pounding out his next script.  If for some reason you want to learn more about him, you can check out his IMDb page or quasi-frequently updated blog.





All screenplays are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. The screenplays may not be used without the expressed written permission of the author.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Congratulations to Matias Caruso (Mr. Z) 2014 PAGE Awards Grand Prize Winner - posted by Don

2014 page awards imageCongratulations to Matias Caruso (Mr. Z) 2014 PAGE Awards Grand Prize Winner for his script Three of Swords.

Three of Swords started out as short about a tarot reading that exposes an undercover FBI agent who must escape a traveling carnival full of criminal freaks. Needless to say, it grew into something.

Congratulate Matias and talk about it on the Discussion Board.

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