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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Mighty Fire – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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A Mighty Fire

A blues-man seeks a legendary recording that may be nothing more than old rumors…or it might just be real.

When it comes to serving up memorable horror with unique characters and fresh concepts that haven’t been done to genre-death, it’s hard to beat Robert Newcomer.  Showcased previously at STS, “Bert” (as he’s affectionately known when we’re feeling cheeky) is also writer of Someplace Nice and Dark, a creepy little riff involving a delivery boy, a trailer, and an old man afraid of his own shadow.

In Mighty Fire, the setting is more exotic: a beat up old record shop in New Orleans.  Not the tourist section. The Seventh Ward.  Young blues wanna Jean Juneau arrives on the shop’s porch seeking the last record of blues legend Robert Johnson (rumored to have been recorded while Johnson was dying from a bad case of poison and a woman scorned.)  Known as Mighty Fire, the record is said to be the ultimate blues experience: agony and ecstasy all rolled into one.

Jean pawns his guitar and gets the recording.  Has he made the deal of a lifetime? Or a contract with the Devil himself?  Crack this script open, and find out!

About the writer:  Robert Newcomer recently received his first IMDB credit for another short, Them That’s Dead.  An intelligent writer, he has several other shorts and a horror feature length available for consideration. (IMDB credits listed here.)

Pages: 14

Budget: Moderate.  There are a handful of characters and settings: the record shop, a bar, and a room.  There may be some FX expense incurred to make sure one gets the atmosphere right. But for scripts like this, it’s worth the price.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Wild Bunch screenplay - posted by Don

The Wild Bunch - February 7, 1968 unspecified draft script by Walon Green & Sam Peckinpah (Story by Roy Sickner) – hosted by: Daily Script – in pdf format

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the “traditional” American West is disappearing around them.

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

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Restraint

A father, trapped in a quarantined city, tries to save his daughter from a terrible fate.

With scripts, sometimes less is more.  Less characters. Less settings. Less FX.  In the right directorial hands, this strategy translates to focusing on what’s important.  IE: the drama between one’s chosen characters. The emotion, the conflict. The urgency.

That’s the essence behind Restraint.  The script opens with Doting Father Fenton sneaking out to a driveway with baby Jessica, strapped with care into her car seat.  He attempts to hotwire the vehicle. Quietly.  From his actions – and news alerts on his phone – it quickly becomes obvious that we’re dealing with a quarantine situation.  Possibly a mini World-War Z.

With armed soldiers on the way –  and infected unseen creatures everywhere – this script is the proverbial ticking time bomb.  Will Fenton and Jessica escape in time?  Or suffer some monstrous fate?

Whether one’s taste run to Romero or the Walking Dead, fans of the zombie genre know that some of the best writing comes from focusing on the human element, and surprise. Restraint pulls that off – successfully.

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: 5

Budget: Very low.  Characters include only Baby Jessica and Fenton. The setting: a driveway and a parked car. There’s a small amount of FX makeup, that could probably be done in post.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Original Script Sunday (on a Monday) – Jaws inspired OWC entries - posted by Don

Thanks to Darren James Seeley for his idea for the One Week Challenge. The OWC was inspired by a fan’s callout for low budget and brave filmmakers to crank out a series of Jaws fan-films by October 2015 as according to the possible future timeline seen in “Back To The Future II” (boy that almanac sure came in handy!) when ‘Jaws 19′ would be released.

Thirty brave writers took the challenge. Check ‘em out!

-Don

Trick of the Trade – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Trick of the Trade

When young Harry needs money to buy a gift, he learns that crime does pay, but in an unexpected way.

There’s something about scripts involving school boy crushes, and first loves.  Then again – who doesn’t like stories about disreputable (yet somehow charming) con men?  If you nodded to both of those statements, then Trick of the Trade is right for you.  Because this is a script that actually incorporates both of these elements into one package.

Little Harry Cartwright is a simple rural kid, growing up in Depression era Oklahoma.  The light of his life is Susie Clemons, a pretty little school girl and Harry’s first love.  Unfortunately for both, Susie’s family is moving to Texas. In just two weeks. A crestfallen Harry’s committed to getting her a school photo of himself as a keepsake.  Problem is, it costs a quarter.  And that’s way too expensive for him.

After his request is rebuffed by his father, Harry sets off to the local Pharmacy to see if he can steal the dough.  He’s stopped by Roscoe – a local con man and n’er do well – who tells him to leave the stealin’ to more capable folk.  Undeterred, Harry glues himself to Roscoe, determined to earn his pay… in addition to that damned quarter.

The result?  A combination of Ocean’s Eleven meets Mark Twain.  It’s a satisfying story with a lot of character… perfect for a director looking to prove their storytelling chops.

About the writer: Gary Howell is an attorney who has been writing as a hobby for years, and his short “The Family Man,” led to a connection with an Australian film director. The two collaborated on a feature film, “Broad Daylight,” which is currently in pre-production, with filming to begin in New Orleans in July. He is currently working on two new features.

Pages: 18

Budget: Moderate to Average.  Trick of the Trade is a period piece.  And there are a variety of locations, and characters. Despite that, there’s not much needed in the way of FX – this script is far more character/actor focused than anything else.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Field of Dreams screenplay - posted by Don

Field of Dreams - March 9, 1988 final draft script by Phil Alden Robinson (based on the novel by W. P. Kinsella) – hosted by: Daily Script – in pdf format

Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice in his corn field tell him, “If you build it, he will come.” He interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm, upon which appear the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago White Sox players banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series. When the voices continue, Ray seeks out a reclusive author to help him understand the meaning of the messages and the purpose for his field.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Gone With The Wind screenplay - posted by Don

Gone With The Wind - January 24, 1939 final shooting draft script by Sidney Howard – hosted by: Daily Script – in pdf format

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Lion in Winter screenplay - posted by Don

The Lion In Winter - 11 October 19XX revised draft script by James Goldman – hosted by: Daily Script – in pdf format

Christmas 1183–an aging and conniving King Henry II plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor. He summons the following people for the holiday: his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons (Richard, Geoffrey, and John), all of whom desire the throne; and the young but crafty King Philip of France (who is also Alais’ brother). With the fate of Henry’s empire at stake, everybody engages in their own brand of deception and treachery to stake their claim.

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Widow’s Walk – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Widow’s Walk

A woman struggles against a demon from her past.

Sometimes, you just need a good old fashioned ghost story.

These days, other horror flavors are in vogue: zombies, exorcisms, torture porn of every possible shape and size.  But there’s something about tales of haunting that’s just…  classic.  It’s a genre that’s got a great pedigree; boasting films from The Haunting, The Changeling, The Shining, and beyond. (They tend to start with “The”, don’t they?) Stories that generate visual images destined to stay with viewers long after the credits roll – as opposed to serving up a simple jump scare.

And that’s the family of horror from which Widow’s Walk springs: A classic ghostly tale of revenge, and redemption.

The story starts with James – a solitary visitor to a rundown Victorian mansion, off the seashore.  It’s an impressive house, which has seen better days.  Marble floors, a widow’s walk balcony, and a family portrait of the long-dead previous inhabitants: Deborah, her crippled child Miles, and Edward – an imposing man with a cutlass.  Did we mention?  Miles’ wheelchair still sits in the foyer.

Once inside, James lights candles, settles into the wheelchair – and begins to channel Miles.  The ghost of Deborah appears, and attempts to comfort her frightened “son.” Because something evil is on its way – and only Deborah can stop it….

Interested as to what comes next? Well, spoilers aren’t our style.  So crack open WW and give it a read.  Preferably by a campfire.  :)

About the writer: Brett Martin is an unrepped writer living in Los Angeles. He sold an action/thriller to Quixotic Entertainment, which is associated with Zack Snyder. Destiny Pictures currently holds the option to Brett’s comedy feature, CLONE WIFE. He’s working on two new features as he continues his quest to be a professional screenwriter.

Pages:  11

Budget: This script has a wide potential range.  Only three characters: James, Edward and Deborah.  The location itself is opulent, but with possible workarounds.  The same can be said for the FX.  A director could go all-out, or use tricks of the trade (and post) to get the visuals across.

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