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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Original Script Sunday for October 8, 2017 - posted by Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are fourteen original scripts for your reading pleasure.

And a heads up. On Friday the 13th the Genre and Theme of the October One Week Challenge will be announced.

Don

Shore Scripts Definitive Screenwriting Course – Use discount code SIMPLYSCRIPTS to get 30% off - posted by Don

Shore Scripts Definitive Online Screenwriting has launched! Sign-up using discount code SIMPLYSCRIPTS to receive a 30% Discount. This also enters you in a chance to win one of 6 Free IMDB Pro memberships that Shore Scripts are giving away. Visit courses.shorescripts.com.

The course is Led by Richard Walter, UCLA’s premier screenwriting educator; learn to write, pitch, and sell your screenplay in just 30 days. With 2½ hours of video lectures, 150+ page of industry guides, real-life writing exercises, plus lots more, this is your opportunity to learn from the pros.


Note: I have not taken the course and as such can not vouch for the efficacy of the course. As such whatever compensation I would have gotten I’m passing on to the writer in the form of a higher discount off the price of the course.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ready or Not – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by KP Mackie

Ready Or Not by Tim Ratcliffe

“A little girl has an easier time hiding from her father than the harsh realities of life.”

You had me at “hello.”

Rather like Renee Zellweger’s infamous one-liner to Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, you’ll be had immediately with the first few lines of description in Tim Radcliffe’s sentimental short, Ready Or Not:

The girl in the photo, ABBY, four, curly hair, stands in the middle of the room. Her hands cover her eyes.

            ABBY
Eighteen, nineteen, twenty.

     Her hands fall away to reveal her face beaming with excitement.

            ABBY
Ready or not, here I come.

Who’s not a sucker for stories about adorable kids and their loving parents?

Abby and her dad Jack play hide-and-seek. A lot. And according to Abby’s mother Jenna, Jack is pretty good at it. On one particular occasion, Jenna tells Abby: “He’s hiding in a really good spot.” But young Abby is never deterred. “I’ll find him. I always do.”

Abby searches all Dad’s usual hiding places: a kitchen cupboard, under the dining table, behind curtains. Will she find him? Of course she will! Because this game has one indisputable rule: Jack ALWAYS lets Abby find him.

            JACK
You got some x-ray vision
that you’re not tellin’ me about?

And just like it’s supposed to be for an adorable daughter and her loving dad, Jack raises a giggling Abby over his head.

            ABBY
No Dad, I’m just good at this game.

So it goes… until the familiar and fun game of hide-and-seek isn’t just child’s play anymore.

Ready Or Not speaks volumes. Three words uttered — in most cases screamed — after counting to twenty in the popular kids’ game, signal the beginning of a game. In RON those words ultimately deliver an ironic ending: Sometimes there’s no fun and games whatsoever when it comes to the unpredictable game of life.

Are you a director with a soft spot? If so, be ready to be had by Ready Or Not too. Here’s a guarantee — you won’t be alone.

Budget: Low. Simple casting because ALL four-year-olds are adorable. Two loving parents required, plus one extra. Several interior shots could be staged for two common locations.

About the Writer: Tim Ratcliffe is an Australian writer who frequently travels the world in search of new adventures and experiences. A former journalist, he has written a number of short screenplays and had a few produced. A lover of all things creative, Tim has also tried his hand at acting, improv and stand-up comedy. He can be reached at tjames.ratcliffe ‘AT’ gmail.

Read Ready Or Not (5 pages in pdf format)

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This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working on her animated feature.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Forever Red – In Pre Production. Help a brother out - posted by Don

Help Forever Red by Steve “stevemiles” Miles Get Made!

Two former intelligence operatives are forced to confront a dark secret from their past. (10 pages, pdf format)

Grand Production Films | Baltimore Video Production Company plans on filming on Super 16 Film. They are in fundraising mode.

Their goal is to shoot on Super 16 film and they’ve launched a crowd-funding campaign through Seed & Spark to help secure part of the financing.

Aside from donations, if the project can reach 500 followers then the production receives support in both equipment and distribution from Seed & Spark. Signing up to follow is free and you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. Watch the pitch video below for an outline of the project and follow the link for further production details and to sign up to follow at SeedAndSpark.com/fund/Forever-Red.

In English. If you don’t have money to donate, you can still help by subscribing and following them on Seed & Spark.


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Original Script Sunday for October 1, 2017 - posted by Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are twenty-two original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Until Midnight by Max Ruddock filmed as Until Midnight - posted by Don

Until Midnight posterMax Rudduck’s Until Midnight has been filmed as Until Midnight by Pratik Patel. It showed up on the boards in April of last year.

Placed in an slightly awkward predicament, a cleaner has to try and talk a suicidal business man out of killing himself, even though he’s not entirely against the idea of it.

The film has been released and you can watch it on:

iTunes
Amazon Streaming

A businessman with a hidden agenda, a janitor, and a mystery woman get entangled in an unusual situation that must resolve itself before midnight in this introspective dark comedy.

imdb page.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Random Saturday – Mega Kizomba - posted by Don

Listen to Mega Kizomba – NOTE: the streaming channel may be down.

MEGA KIZOMBA | Official radio of fans and lovers of Kizomba, Tarraxinha, Zouk and Semba. Visit them at MegaKizomba.com or listen to them streaming

Kizomba, originating in Angola, means “party” in Kimbundu, an Angolan language. Kizomba New generation is today influenced by Semba and French Antillean compas.

Tarraxinha is the sexy, percussive cousin of kizomba; the name means “little screw in a bolt”.

Zouk is a fast jump-up carnival beat originating from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Semba is a traditional type of music from Angola. Semba comes from the singular Masemba, meaning “a touch of the bellies”, a move that characterizes the Semba dance.

– Don

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Visit With Pearl – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by Guest Reviewer

A Visit with Pearl by Jason K. Allen

When a lonely old man visits his beloved wife’s grave, he encounters a charming little girl who lifts him out of his doldrums and gives him hope.

Love and loss; it’s an age old theme brought to life with an elegant touch in Jason K. Allen’s A Visit With Pearl.

The scene: a cemetery in the country. A lonely grave. The name etched on the headstone: Pearl.

Old and barely able to walk (let alone sit down), Preston’s just mustered the courage to visit his wife’s resting place. A widower after fifty-five years of marriage, Preston still feels the fresh sting of grief, one year after her death.

At a loss, Preston talks to Pearl. Communing with nature… and silence.

Until company intrudes… in the form of a precocious pigtailed girl. Ignoring her mother a few feet away, the little girl skips over to Preston – filling his solemn moment with vibrant life. Not to mention the usual flurry of questions a child asks; innocent, straightforward and naively sweet.

Which ultimately makes Preston realize there’s more to life than loss. And that the world’s – sometimes more than what it seems.

Grab this one and do it justice. It’ll bring more than one tear to your eyes.

Budget: You’ll need one location and three actors. The closer you can match Preston to the old man in Up, the better. Couple him with a small role for a woman and a spirited girl. And lots of nostalgia, as well.

About the writer: Jason K. Allen is a writer and filmmaker from Nashville, Tennessee. His produced short scripts include AMERICAN SOCK, which won Best Screenplay at the 2014 San Diego Film Awards, and AUTUMN LOVERS, winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Artlightenment Festival in Nashville. He also wrote the feature film LUCKY FRITZ starring Julia Dietze (IRON SKY) and Corey Feldman. Jason is also a wilderness guide, nature photographer, and published author. See IMDB for his complete credits:

Read A Visit with Pearl (8 pages in pdf format)

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This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

About the reviewer: Rachel Kate Miller is a veteran of the feature animation industry, having worked on several Oscar winning films, bringing stories to life. In 2012, she left animation to move to Chicago and run the design department for President Obama’s reelection campaign. She is now living in New York, writing, consulting on various projects and creating an educational animated series for elementary students focused on engaging kids in science. Want to drop Rachel line? She can be reached at rachelkate.miller (a) gmail.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Christmas Crime Story by Sean Chipman – Preorders open - posted by Don

Christmas crime story poster gunChristmas Crime Story by Sean Chipman

…has been filmed and you can pre-order it on iTunes. The film opens worldwide on October 24th

How the sausage was made:
Christmas Story (pdf) started out as a 7 Week Challenge Script* written by Sean & Robert Chipman

A botched Christmas Eve liquor store robbery leads down a destructive path for a cop trying to reconcile with his estranged mother, an alcoholic mall Santa, a mentally unhinged man, his vindictive fiancé and her secret lover.

A few years later it was revised as Christmas Story (pdf)

A few years after that, it was picked up for production.

Be sure and like the Facebook page and talk about it on the Discussion Board and check out the other inline presences:
imdb
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Wikipedia

*The 7 Week Challenge is a writing challenge wherein writers come up with a feature script in 7 weeks.

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