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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

Hannah
When a woman arrives at a domestic violence shelter,
she and her daughter must confront their twisted past.

There’s something very wrong with Hannah.

… But I’ll let you discover just what that is yourself as you read this horror chiller, penned by Brothers Grimm, David and John Beran.

As with most “fairytales”, the violence in Hannah starts immediately, with mom Violet assaulted by her ex. Barely escaping from Joe with her life, Violet flees to the steps of Leland House (a woman’s shelter), with young daughter Hannah in tow.

It’s not the first time they’ve been there. But Violet’s determined it’ll be the last. As she settles in and figures out her family’s next move, Violet sends Hannah off to play with other children. But Hannah’s definition of play is… let’s say – Strange.

Havoc and horror rain down on a number of Leland residents, quick. To the point that Violet and Hannah are told to leave; this time for good.

For better or worse, they might be checking out anyway. Especially after Joe discovers where they’ve been hiding, and breaks in to extract revenge.

A slow-burn horror with a nasty twist, Hannah would make the perfect short for horror conventions, or Halloween. But whatever you do or go – make sure you don’t read this one in the dark!

Pages: 24

Budget: Medium to high. Several locations (a Laundromat and a shelter – both interior and exterior sets). Several characters with speaking roles and a small makeup/effects budget for some of the gruesome imagery.

About the Reviewer: Mitch Smith is an award winning screenwriter whose website (http://mitchsmithscripts.wix.com/scripts offers notes, script editing and phone consultations. You can also reach him at Mitch.SmithScripts@gmail.com and follow Mitch at https://twitter.com/MitchScripts.

About the Writers: Brothers David and John Beran have optioned three feature screenplays together and separately David won Shriekfest’s Best Horror Feature Screenplay award for “Nevermore.” John’s script “The Secret Song” was named as a quarterfinalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope contest and the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.

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

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Eddie Whorl – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Eddie Whorl
An older trucker was just looking for some company on a long haul between Pittsburgh and New York City. After this ride, he won’t be picking up any more hitchhikers.

How many of us haven’t fantasized about packing in our stress-filled lives in office cubicles and hitting the road? We find ourselves imagining a different life, perhaps even a life as a trucker. Wouldn’t that be grand? To see the country, blast oldies on the radio for hours, munch on junk food, and pass the time picking up interesting people and conversation along the way?

If that appeals to you… think again.

Matt, the protagonist of Rob Barkan’s Eddie Whorl, will tell a tale that will dispel any lingering illusions about the joys of life on the road. Matt’s getting old, and tired. Even worse: he’s begun to realize that most of the money he makes goes right back into repairs and maintenance for the vehicle that keeps him employed. And, those interesting folks you meet along the way?

Well, that’s where Matt’s story begins.

Matt had felt sorry for the hitchhiker: he seemed so old and alone. A traveling tramp so short and frail, he could barely climb into the cab. And he seemed to have been out in the middle of nowhere for quite some time. To the point that the trucker imagined his new companion little more than an extension of the leaves and twigs that matted his clothes and hair.

Nor was the hitcher going to be good company. He barely spoke. And became easily confused by any reference to life beyond his own – which consisted primarily of waking up in places he’d never been before. When Matt does finally get the hitchhiker to break his silence, the old man gives him his name. “Eddie Whorl”, he wheezes, a horrible stench wafting from his mouth.

Matt’s compassion quickly turns to terror when he realizes his travel companion isn’t as harmless as he seems. Even if Matt escapes the horror that comes next, other monstrosities like Eddie Whorl may well be lurking on highways across the country – just down the endless road.

If you delight in stories well told, and chillingly twisted endings, you won’t want to pass up Barkan’s Eddie Whorl. This is one horror you should pick up, and not pass by.

Number of pages: 12

Budget: Moderate.

About the reviewer: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She always has loved to write, but only recently has discovered the joy of film and stage writing. She may be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

About the writer: A writer from the tender age of seven, Rob Barkan has had already seen publication with several of his prose horror and fantasy tales. Like Whorl and want to find out more? Email him at robbybarkan “AT” yahoo!

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

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Scripts of the August 2016 One Week Challenge - posted by Don

Wherein writers, on very short notice, were told they had one week to write a ten page screenplay based upon the theme of Trapped in a Cab (could be a car for hire, e.g., Lyft, Uber, Limo, or Tuk-tuck.

Check them out!

Friday, August 12, 2016

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

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Always Bad

A woman searches for her missing daughter… with a child predator on the loose.

Where is my child?

It’s a question – THE question – that no parent ever wants to have to ask themselves. Almost daily, parents lose track of a child for a few seconds. In those moments, your throat parches worse than the Sahara, the world spins like a Kaleidoscope, and the muscles in the back of your neck pull piano-wire taut. If you’re a parent, you’re familiar with the sinking feeling: the last fleeting microseconds before falling into the pit of pure panic.

Zach Jansen’s Always Bad evokes those distressing sensations… seen through the eyes of Mary, a single mother whose young daughter is lured away from home by a mysterious stranger known only as “Kevin.”

As the script opens, an exhausted Mary washes dishes in the sink – keeping one eye on her daughter Anna Beth, playing with dolls just outside. A lot can be read from the weariness in Mary’s eyes. There’s a darkness somewhere in her past. An evil that just won’t go away.

As Mary focuses on her chores, Kevin emerges from a wooded area nearby. A soft spoken man in nice clothes… clearly out of place. A Wolf in Grandmother’s clothing. Stranger Danger personified. Engaging Anna Bell in casual conversation, he asks her to help him find something he lost… and leads the unsuspecting girl away.

Mary looks up. Anna Beth’s gone. A parent’s worse nightmare!

Rushing outside, a terrified Mary searches the neighborhood – fearing she may already be too late.

One of the cardinal rules of film-making is to “show it, don’t tell it.” Words may be powerful… but visuals – when done properly – are mightier. And so it is with Always Bad, a story driven more by emotion than dialogue. Though he speaks little, Kevin’s character shines through before his third line of dialogue. And Mary? Well, her actions speak louder than words. Actors crave characters like these – as will your audience. With the right casting, Always Bad is one drama that speaks to the most primal of a viewer’s fears. For parents, anyway.

About the Writer: 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 – which of course you DO! – you can check out his IMDb page or quasi-frequently updated blog. He can be reached at Zach.Jansen “AT” mail.com

Pages: 5

Budget: Low-to-No Budget: only three characters, and two settings (an apartment and a yard outside.)

About the Reviewer: Rod Thompson currently serves on Active Duty in the United States Navy, with fifteen years of honorable service. In the past ten years he has written numerous award-winning short scripts, with five (or so) having been produced. He recently won Best Drama in 2014’s “Table Read My Screenplay” feature length contest.

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

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

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

Warmer
A curious toy designer picks a poor time to put his latest creation to the test

Dolls. Made as innocent friends to play with imaginary children, the typical fictional doll trope subverts this by adding a sinister, often fatal side to them. From Child’s Play to the evil Krusty in The Simpsons, dolls in fiction invariably are associated with horror.

However, there’s no “horror” in Steve Miles’ Warmer, at least from the audience’s perspective. There are no rogue dolls – just Heidi and Abby, twin blonde and brunette Barbiesque inventions by high-flying toy developer Chuck Dunker. Optimistic about his latest prototype(s), he’s ready to pitch them to the CEO of Morton’s Toys.

But just before the crucial dinner/demonstration, disaster strikes. An “accident” leads to Heidi’s head disappearing. Even worse, Heidi and Abby are an interactive hide and seek playing duo – without one, both are useless!

So the dinner/demonstration turns into dinner/description, without Heidi’s presence. Even so, when the daughter of Morton’s CEO brings out an Abby prototype and turns it on, Chuck starts acting awkwardly. Why?

Because Abby’s quest to find Heidi appears to be focused on Chuck – she won’t take her eyes off him!

Worse still, when Abby gets closer to Chuck, Heidi’s silence is broken, very much to Chuck’s discomfort…

HEIDI DOLL (O.S.)
(muffled)
You’re getting warmer!

Where’s Heidi hiding? And why is Chuck so anxious? Read the script and find out – the reveal of Heidi’s hiding place will warm up even the coldest of hearts in amusement!

Pages: 9

Budget: Moderate. Though you know – getting attractive dolls is key!

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: Steve Miles decided to get serious about writing around three years ago. Since then he’s concentrated on putting together a collection of shorts with a goal of finishing up a feature or two by year-end. Oh, and giving George RR Martin a run for his money! Email him at stevemiles80 “AT” yahoo.co.uk

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

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Welcome to the Machine – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Welcome to the Machine
A Job Seeker looking to work for The Machine isn’t happy when she doesn’t get the job she wants.

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – John Dalberg-Acton

Such is the theme of the great metaphorical script Welcome to the Machine, by talented writer Dustin Bowcott.

This grisly tale starts out with something we’ve all been through: a simple job interview.

A young woman named Angela waits nervously while Teufel, her potential boss, looks over her application. Lucky for her, she gets the job. Once Angela begins her job training, however, things take a… bizarre turn.

You see, in this world, a huge monster exists who must be fed to be appeased. And this monster is hungry… for human flesh. So Angela and Teufel head down to the cave and watch as hordes of people are herded into the creature’s mouth.

Images of Nazi Germany come to mind as Angela sees someone from her past, about to be fed to the monster’s cavernous maw. Will she be a hero and rescue the man from certain death? Or turn her back on humanity and embrace the beast?

The surprise comes when Angela finds out what job she’s really being offered. Spoiler alert: it’s not quite what she (or the reader) thinks.

Just know that the end highlights that age-old question: how far would YOU go to get ahead?

Pages: 6

Budget: High, but still possible, and worth the bang for the buck. Lots of actors (though only three speaking parts) and some CGI or other effects for the monster. But a savvy director could probably make this for less, though there will still be some cost attached.

About the Reviewer: Mitch Smith is an award winning screenwriter whose website (http://mitchsmithscripts.wix.com/scripts offers notes, script editing and phone consultations. You can also reach him at Mitch.SmithScripts@gmail.com and follow Mitch at https://twitter.com/MitchScripts.

About the Writer: Dustin Bowcott is a self employed microbe retailer and father of four boys and a girl. He has enjoyed writing since the day he read his first novel. For Dustin, writing is something he has to do, when not writing, he’s thinking about writing and will absorb himself into multiple projects at one time. When he gets tired of writing one thing he moves onto another and has been known to work on three different stories in one day, writing for sometimes 12 hours straight and, on occasion, even longer. Dustin can turn his hand to any genre and has just finished first draft of a new children’s novel. Dustin is a BBC Writer’s Room finalist and a Shore Scripts finalist both in 2014. He is a produced and optioned writer, and has recently turned his hand to production, having produced his first short film with another in the pipeline that should be completed this year. Want to see what else he has in store? Give him a shout-out at dustin7375 “AT” gmail.

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

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dog Years – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Dog Years
The barrier guards at the Large Hadron Collider make a strange discovery that makes them stop and wonder… just for a moment.

I never understood the whole “take your dog shopping with you” thing. Especially since most stores and restaurants don’t allow pets inside. (What’s wrong with places like that, anyway? The presence of dogs makes everything better, you ask me.)

“Hey, Sparky, let me take you from the comfy air conditioned house and lock you inside the sweltering Ford death box. That way, you can watch me eat a foot long tuna sub through the window at Subway. Doesn’t that sound like lotsa fun?”

In fact, whenever I see a dog alone in a parked car, I prefer to imagine he had an argument with his owner, stole the keys, and drove himself there. Maybe he gnawed on a bone until it calmed him down, then drove back home to wag his tail and apologize.

Highly doubtful, I realize, but it makes me feel better than the alternative.

By now, you’re probably wondering how this all ties in with the new short script Dog Years, by super scribe Anthony Cawood.

It does. Trust me. Because maybe there are MORE explanations for such things than meets the eye.

Pascal and Antoine are two security guards at the Hadron Collider, who stumble upon a dog locked inside a car. Pascal thinks it’s weird the car’s been there all day, but Antoine dismisses it as “just someone’s pet.”

Pascal just might let it go at that, if it weren’t for “the sign.” Attached to the dog’s collar, it actually reads FROM THE FUTURE. Explain that one, smart guy.

Still, Antoine blows it off as a practical joke. Or maybe it’s one of those hidden camera reality shows. Still – ultimately – it’s just a dog.

So a defeated Pascal mopes back to the guard’s station.

I won’t expose the ending, but what happens next is a bit – extreme.

A fun quirky script, Dog Years will make you chuckle (and think twice) the next time you see a poodle sitting behind the wheel of that rusty mini van in the Walmart parking lot.

Comedy directors – especially those with a fondness of dogs (and security guards) – should scoot across the lawn, and lap this script up. Quickly!

Pages: 4

Budget: Low. A small cast of only three, and one of them will literally work for kibble. As for the Hadron Collider?  Stock footage can be subbed in. Or just another sign!

Disclaimer: The reviewer wishes to express that no animals were harmed during the writing of this review.

About the Reviewer: David M Troop has been writing since he could hold a No. 2 pencil. His short scripts have been featured on MoviePoet.com, Simplyscripts, and this here one. Currently, Dave is writing this review, but plans to write feature films in the near future and take Hollywood by storm. Well, not really storm – more like a sprinkle. He lives in the comatose town of Schuylkill Haven, PA where he is a proud grandfather, a father of two, and a husband of one.

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 www.anthonycawood.co.uk.

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

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Monday, August 8, 2016

SpaceCats in Space! And now for something completely different. - posted by Don

Every once in a while I post something unrelated to screenwriting, but yet still related to story telling and thus posting it to the site. Sometimes its graphic novels (comic books) and sometimes it gaming. This is one of those gaming times. And, I introduce to you:

I had the opportunity to meet Alex Lau, Lead Programmer and CEO of Robtic Potato an indie game studio, and Rachel Lewis, Animation Director of the SpaceCats in Space! project. SpaceCats in Space! intriqued me. I love cats and I have dropped many thousands of American dollars, one quarter at a time, into hundreds of top down shooters beginning with one of the original top down shooters Atari’s Asteroids. I was utterly captivated by SpaceCats in Space! It’s a top down shooter with an engaging story line.

SpaceCats in Space! is an animated twin-stick shooter feline epic that takes place among the stars. The Kingdom of Meowfyre is under attack, and it needs your help right meow! Play as Princess Angelina Contessa III, and blast your way to meowgical glory in no-holds-barred space warfare against the canine Grolich Empire!

It has engaging gameplay and a good story line. However, what impressed me even more is how well this little indie game studio is run and how well the game and launch has been planned out.

If you have a little coin to throw their way, please do. If you don’t, still check out the SpaceCats in Space! Kickstarter page for a blueprint on how to put together and market a unique indie game.

– Don

For Customers Only – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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For Customers Only

A man and a clerk haggle over store policy.

Wanna know the magic bullet for writing a good comedy script? Sorry, there isn’t one. Thanks for playing. Next!

But if you want to get close, here’s a tip – write a script that highlights a universal frustration, then go over the top and lambast the living hell out of it. That’s why satire is so effective: one of the purposes of humor is that it functions as a psychological defense; providing us poor humans a way to deal with the million miserable things that happen to us regularly – and keeping us from going postal.

Fortunately, there’s no limit of stuff to rag on. And close to the top of the list? Not having access to a bathroom during an… emergency.

That’s the focus of For Customers Only, a short that deals with bathroom humor – in a very literal sense. When the script opens, poor Trent Page is having a bad day.   And it’s about to get even worse. He’s waiting for the bus when his stomach gurgles, signifying… well, you know. He heads to a nearby convenience store to use the bathroom, only to be informed it’s for “Customers Only.” But Trent doesn’t have his wallet. And the old clerk, Carl, is standing firm. Trent attempts to give Carl his phone as collateral. No dice. Upping the ante, he hands over his Rolex. That sacrifice buys him the needed permission; at least until another customer arrives – intent on robbing the store! Things only get, uh, shittier from there…

Admittedly not a high-brow, For Customers is a humorous rollercoaster of fun…all the way to it’s over the top conclusion. If you’re looking for a comedy, give this script serious consideration. After all, it’s a tale your audience can relate to.

About the writer: Brett Martin is an unrepped screenwriter living in Los Angeles that specializes in cross-genre thrillers. He sold an action/thriller  to Quixotic Productions, owned by actor/producer Brett Stimely  (WatchmenTransformers 3). Mark Castaldo of Destiny Pictures  recently hired Brett to write an inspirational sports drama. Montreal-based CineVita Films is producing a concept short for Brett’s new contained thriller spec, which is a unique modern take on a classic public domain fairy tale that Hollywood’s never cracked – yet.

Pages: 8

Budget: Pretty cheap. You just need a convenience store to shoot in (maybe the Clerks location’s available?) That – and a handful actors – should do the trick!

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

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