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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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

Confiance

Preparing for the speech of his career, a young Bishop gets an unexpected call

Oh, the duplicitous lives we mortals sometimes lead. Growing up, we’re taught to aspire to conduct free from “sin”. Yet each of us is human, all the same. With urgings. Longings. Weaknesses. Needs. That’s a lot to contend with – for anyone. And how much worse must it be for those called to religious careers? And held to a far higher standard?

…Such it is with Tom Gray; the youngest Bishop ever in the Anglican Church. At the tender age of thirty-eight, he’s already made quite a mark. Hobnobbing with high-level officials, establishing parishes in far flung countries, like Kinshasha in the Congo.

Now, he’s about to take the biggest step of his career – a sermon at Westminster, standing at the Archbishop’s very side.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem. A girl from his African parish, named Keicha. And their infant son, William.

Waking up late, Tom’s scrambling to prepare notes. Coordinating with his wife, Elizabeth.

Which is when Keisha calls, terrified. Men are trying to break into the parish. She and the baby are alone; Tom’s bodyguards no-where to be found. Keisha suggests calling the police – but Tom nixes that idea. Real quick. Involve the cops, and his secret life will be revealed to the world; destroying everything he’s worked so hard for. Then the Archbishop calls on the other line – anxious about Tom’s whereabouts. The press is gathering. Where the HELL is he??

A panicked Tom tells Keisha to escape with the baby through a tunnel beneath the vestry. It’s safer (and more discrete). Even if the cops did arrive on time, the local authorities are corrupt, and likely to be as bad as the thieves.

But is escape possible – for Tom OR Keisha? Because when one lives a double life, the truth often gets twisted. In evil, dangerous ways…

Smoothly written by Tony French, Confiance is perfect for directors specializing in thrillers. A cap to anyone’s video resume; a delicious, dark and twisted tale.

About the writer Tony French: I’m a freelance film and TV editor by day and budding screenwriting by night. I’ve been writing off and on now for around five years with three features and a couple of shorts to show for it. Although the features will never see the cold light of day as I don’t feel the writing was good enough. I then took a year off from work to live with friends in LA where I went on various short writing courses and during that time wrote a short animation which got into the semi-final of Bluecat Screenwriting competition in Hollywood. This has given me the motivation and belief to continue to learn and create more stories. I’ve also written another couple of shorts, Confiance being one of them, which I hope to  find a manager/producer/production company willing to join forces and help get it made. Want to contact Tony about Confiance (or other work)? Reach him at tonydfrench “AT” gmail (www.tonydfrench.com.)

Pages: 13

Budget: Not expensive. One or two locations. A few terrific actors needed. :P

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adding Assault to Injury – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Adding Assault to Injury

After an innocent man is attacked by a dirty cop, he seeks justice from an even dirtier cop.

(Note to audience: review must be read with a Chicago gangland accent.)

All cops doity.  Doity I tells ya!

Well, not really. But in movies, they often are.

Matt Damon in “The Departed?” Doity.

Denzel Washington in “Training Day?” Doity as well.

And what about Doity Harry?  (Okay, he’s one of the good guys – kinda.  The cinematic exception that proves the rule.)

Fortunately, when bad apples like these pop up on screen, there’s always a good cop to bring ‘em down.  Like Al Pacino’s Serpico.

But what if there ain’t one around?  Or the good cop turns out to be the worse of two evils.  Boy, what a scumbag he would be!

Enter Micky Nemar, a crooked-as-they-come Internal Affairs agent, and anti-hero of the dark dramedy “Adding Assault to Injury.”  With cops like Nemar on the force, what’s an innocent guy to do?

Innocent guys like Guy Beckler: the victim of an attack outside a bowling alley.  His assailant? A doity cop. Of course.  As Guy’s getting patched up in the ambulance, Agent Nemar comes knocking on the door.  He’s the IA hero of the day – ready to throw a sinking Guy a buoy. To restore law and order to its rightful place  Right?

Nope. Guess again. ‘Cause Nemar’s got a few tricks up his unlaundered sleeve. And when he’s done, Guy’s gonna be wishing he’d stayed in the alley to bleed….

Written by talented scribe Kirk White, “Adding Assault to Injury” is part Tarantino. Part Law and Order. And 100% attitude. The script’s chock full with sharp dialogue – both what’s said and implied.

Not to mention that grizzly Lemar is a character actor’s dream. Pick the right actor for this one, and he’ll steal the show!  (Like we said. He’s doity!!)

And you’ll have a spectacular short film to showcase!

About the writer: Kirk White is an independent film maker, web sen”sation” and figure of note in the world of global logistics.  He is currently in pre-production on his second feature, The Soul Garden, which will basically be the art-house version of Re-Animator.  If you’re into that sort of thing, or just love movies with no fear…no limit…no budget,  check out http://www.quitefilm.com for all the juicy goodness. Kirk can be emailed at quitefilm “AT” gmail

Pages: 5

Budget: If you can find a bowling alley parking lot for a credit in the end titles, you’re half way there.  A donation to a local fire company might get you use of an ambulance and a paramedic.

About the reviewer: David M Troop has been writing since he could hold a No. 2 pencil.  He’s a contributor and award winner on websites such as MoviePoet.com, WriterArena.com, and this here one.  This just in!  Dave and his wife Jodi will be first time grandparents in the very near future.

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

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Congratulations to Debra Johnson – Lost and Found OPTIONED! - posted by wonkavite

Well, that didn’t take long!  Shortly after announcing Lost and Found’s win at Brightside Tavern Film Festival, Debra was contacted by a filmmaker in Madrid that felt in love with Lost, and negotiated for rights.  We’ll keep you apprised as to the status of production, ’cause we’re sure it’ll be a short worth seeing!  For those of you who “lost” out, do bear in mind that we’ve got more of Debra’s work on the STS site.  So if you haven’t done so yet, take a look at Riddle Me This – another recently reviewed Johnson original!  :)

Riddle Me This

A man addicted to a game kidnaps the programmer’s wife. He demands the answer to the game’s riddle – or an innocent woman will pay with her life.

Monday, March 23, 2015

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

Dakota Territory

Abigail’s search for her father takes an unexpected turn when she crosses a werewolf’s path.

Fairy tales – everyone knows them…. Though they’ve been sanitized over the years.  But the original Grimm stories; now there was some good scary readin’.  Twisted tales of blood, dismemberment. Magical spells and monstrous beasts.  We don’t make much stuff like that anymore – horror that’s rich in visuals, and dark spells whispered over a campfire…

As with most good fairy tales, Dakota Territory opens in the forest, and centers on a child in distress. The little girl’s name? Abigail.  She and mother Maddie have ventured into the woods, in search of her missing Pa – a family man who left for the day to pawn trinkets.  And, mysteriously, never returned. Town rumor is Pa met up with a Native Indian trader… no sign of him has been seen since.  Maddie and Abigail’s desperate search has turned up nothing.  Nothing… except danger.

…for a monstrous wolf-like beast has tracked them through the forest.  It leaps for Abigail; slavering to make her it’s prey.

As the two match rifle and wits against the beast, another figure joins the fray. It’s the Indian Trader himself; a man of dark magic.  But what are his motives?  And what secrets lie hidden in the woods, guarded by the Beast?

Visually written by Brian Wind, Dakota Territory evokes graphically rich films of yore.  Pan’s Labyrinth. The Company of Wolves (obviously.)  No, Dakota isn’t for newbies.  But perfect for an experienced horror director, itching to really make his (or her) mark.

About the writer: Brian Wind can be contacted at bwind22 “at” yahoo!

Pages: 6

Budget: Significant, but doable.  Action scenes. Wolf-FX.  But some of this can be implied, with a solid cinematographer.

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

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Original Script Sunday for March 22, 2015 - posted by Don

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

– Don

Friday, March 20, 2015

Help a fellow SimplyScripter out – Watch “The Seamstress” - posted by Don

Hey Folks. “The Seamstress” is a short horror film Sham wrote with filmmaker Tyler Mann for Horror Block Film Fest 2015.

How can you help? Watch the film online, and if you think the film deserves it, give it a thumbs up on YouTube to cast your vote.

Congratulations to Mark Lyons – 2911.21 Optioned! - posted by wonkavite

STS sends out a resounding congratulations to Mark Lyons, whose reviewed script 2911.21 has been optioned and is going into production with Sunil Kulkarni and NexGen Films. 

You like dark, raw, no-holds-barred scripts?  Then reach out to Mark and see what else he’s got available.  Because 2911.21’s the tip of the (bloody) iceberg…

Read the review for 2911.12 here.

2911.21A down-and-out squatter seeks refuge in an abandoned house.

About the writer: Mark Lyons is a screenwriter from Youngstown, Ohio. He’s written several scripts, most notably ‘Best Film’ award winner “God’s Empty Acre”, which was filmed as ‘Girl(s)’, at the 2013 Winter Shorts Film Festival and Best Drama at the 2013 World Independent Film Expo. He has also written the feature “Thistles” which was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2013 Bluecat Screenwriting Competition and the short “Ginger” which was a Finalist at the 2013 Shriekfest Film Festival. He can be reached at markielyons “AT” yahoo

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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

Fair Share

Fay and Eddie find out their relationship is built on lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Modern mobile computing; ain’t it great?  These days, there’s an app for every intimate aspect of one’s life.  Apps to help you build muscle, lose weight. Improve your performance in bed.  And if that doesn’t heat things up – apps’ll analyze your relationship in other ways…

…but have we finally gone too far?  Have we created a digital Frankstein’s monster that’ll bite us in our fat, tech-savvy ass?

Fay and Eddie are about to find out – the hard way. Like many couples in post 2008, Fay and Eddie have a non-traditional livingsituation. Fay works her corporate 7 to 8.  Eddie’s been downsized and stays at home. Cleaning (when he’s forced to). And playing lots of video games.

…which is what he’s up to when Fay arrives one fateful night.  She’s worked late. And Eddie forgot  make dinner.  Needless to say, Fay’s uber pissed.  She texts her friend, Tammy, for a bitch-fest. Her pal recommends the Fair Share app: a program that gives stats on all relationship numbers: anything you could dream to ask. (Seriously. Anything.)  It worked wonders for her and her boyfriend, Tammy claims. So Fay agrees to give it a try.

She downloads the app, and ambushes Ed.  The Fair Share timer counts down: they’ve got nine minutes to lob some questions.  The accusations start flying immediately.  How many hours has each partner worked?  How many dishes have they cleaned?  Then it starts to get personal.  How many times have they insulted each other?  Contemplated cheating?

Needless to say, this won’t end well.  But as the bickering careens towards a disastrous conclusion, one thing IS for sure. This is one comedy skit that’ll tickle your funny bone. And that’s about as personal as it gets!

About the writer: 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 http://www.porchroom.com/.  Please feel free to reach out to him with script requests at petebarry27 “AT” Hotmail.

Pages: 6

Budget: Very low. Two actors. An apartment.  (And a tiny bit of post.)  That’s it.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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

Bottled

A woman struggles for rent as she battles with alcoholism and the loss of her child.

Not every script needs a last minute twist.  Or some grand, mind blowing theme.  Some scripts are simply about being human.  Making those inevitable mistakes, and surviving for another day.  That’s what drama’s about, isn’t it? Spotlighting a life.  And its agony…

In Bottled, the life belongs to Kacey (30s).  And from the very first line, her problem’s painfully obvious.  The script opens at the liquor store – with Kacey buying her next “meal”.  She’s a bit short on change, but the cashier spots her the difference.  After all, she’s a regular customer. He knows she’ll be back for more.

A relieved Kacey heads for home, only to find an eviction notice on the door.  Which isn’t exactly surprising; she lost her job weeks ago. She’ll be out on the street in a few days – or into a shelter (again). Kacey mourns the news with her new purchase – and visits her empty daughter’s room.  It’s been untouched for a long, long time. But Kacey’s preserved it like a museum. Just like her memories.

A dark situation, with little hope. But there is a call she can make.  Kacey reaches for the phone…

Smoothly written by Jean-Pierre Chapoteau, Bottle’s a simple story.  You’ll find no pat (or cliché  happy) endings here. But for the right drama director, it’s perfect. An honest spotlight on a troubled life…

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: 8

Budget: Very simple. A few run down locations.  Some solid actresses (and actors) for the roles.

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

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