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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In Between – Short Script (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

In Between
No one said that (after) life would be easy…

Many people live their lives thinking that someday there will be a reckoning; a time to account for everything ever said or done. If you’ve been good, you get to go to where the good people go and if you’ve been bad, you can go to hell. Unless you are among a very select fictional few —like Jane Bingum from Drop Dead Diva—you don’t get another chance.

In Noland Bryand’s latest work, In Between, afterlife determinations turn out to be much more complex. Omni Potent has been tasked with the difficult job of finding a place for this assortment of souls. His waiting room often looks like a gathering at the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars: Wickenites, beings from Black Eye Galaxy and the planets Cog, Klaken and Klax. Having to meet with so many clients who speak so many different languages and carry such long resumes sure makes staffing complicated: it would be so much easier if Jesus hadn’t hacked the system and if people could just die and then go to heaven…or hell.

Dead golfer Wilfred makes Omni’s job that much worse.

Wilfred closes the door behind him.

OMNI POTENT, a ball of majestic light, hovers over a large,
sturdy desk.

A large screen on the wall behind the desk.

OMNI POTENT
Take a seat.

A chair slides up behind Wilfred.
He sits down.

Finding a D class job for this man who completely messed things up on his last assignment is going to be a real drag. There is no way that Omni’ll be able to place him somewhere on Earth, despite Wilfred’s whining that special favor is in order for guys like him.

In Between combines the best of dramatic storytelling with its crazily creative construction of an alternate universe, with beings submerged in out-of-this-world circumstances. You won’t want to miss the chance to bring this one to life!

Pages: 11

Budget: Moderate. Some minor special effect work needed, such as hovering blobs of light…

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 begun work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

About the writer: New to STS (though not now!) Nolan B. can be reached at nolanbryand1 “AT” gmail.com.  Having studied film as a minor at university, Nolan took a particular shine to the screenwriting side.  He’s been in the workforce for ten years since  – but recently rediscovered his passion… and intends to stick with it as it blooms and grows!  :)

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

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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

 

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Coprophagia

A horror/satire about dog poop. Really.

GROSSOMETER ALERT – LEVEL ELEVEN – YOU HAVE BEEN DULY WARNED.

Some of you have read the title and are already cringing. Others of you – the ones with a less eccletic vocabulary… well, consider yourselves blessed. For now.

In a world where torture porn films are the norm, it’s hard to shock an audience these days.  Dismemberments. Exploding body parts. Grisly sexual assaults. And comedy is just as jaded.  After American Pie (both flute and pie), The Hangover and the Bridesmaid vomit scenes…  We’ve all become Comfortably Numb. You can’t reach us now.

Consider the bar raised. Once again.

The premise to Coprophagia is actually quite simple.  Protag Jeff is your stereotypical good guy.  He lives in the suburbs, has the hots for his neighbor Rachel, and owns a Golden Retriever named Buddy.  He only has one little problem: Buddy’s taken to eating his own poop.  (Quick note: this isn’t the horrible part. Anyone with dogs is used to charming acts like that.)  Fortunately, Jeff’s vet prescribes a new medicine, and it works like a charm.  Buddy stops chowing down, and Rachel agrees to come over for a home cooked meal.  Jeff – however – finds himself experiencing certain… cravings.  Ones that are becoming difficult to control.  Will Jeff overcome his insane obsession? Or will his date with Rachel go to, uh, sh*t?

As gross as it is, Coprophagia (the script, as well as the act) is difficult to explain.  It’s well written – and the story’s solid; with a satisfactory ending. (I won’t say it “explodes”.  That would just be too childish.) When reading this one, it pays to bear in mind that this is a world where the Human Centipede did well, and even spawned a sequel.  In the right hands, Coprophagia could be a gem of a dark horror comedy… one that your audience would *never* forget.

About the writer: Chris Shamburger was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival and finalist (Top 10) in 2013 for his recently-produced script, Hiccups. He was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Straight Twisted Horror Screenplay Contest and has been published in Twisted Dreams Magazine and Horror in Words. He lives in Marietta, GA with his partner and their Chow-mix rescue, Walter.

Pages: 14

Budget: Moderate.  Three main characters and a handful of supporting roles.  A number of suburban settings: outdoors, a house interior, and a vet’s office.  You’d have to do a bit of animal wrangling in this one, but nothing that requires “tricks”.  As for the FX?  Well, you’re on your own when it comes to props….

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Monday, January 25, 2016

ISO – Spanish Short Scripts - posted by wonkavite

Hey kiddies! Great news… STS *now* has a very talented guest reviewer that’s in a position to include Spanish scripts in her already impressive repertoire.

Trust us – the only criteria that Shootin’ the Shorts cares about is this: is a script ready for prime time? Plus, who says that all writing talent is English based?  We’ll blow that assumption out of the water any day….

So – feel free to spread the word we’re looking for some really good Spanish tales. High quality indie stories? That’s not limited to any language. Let’s spread the good stuff far and wide… to every corner of the globe!

And – as a reminder – here’s where you can submit both recommendations, or your gemshttp://simplyscripts.com/submit_your_script-sts.html

Friday, January 22, 2016

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

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Honey Do

A woman confronts her lazy husband with a long list of things he’s promised to do around the house. When he doesn’t budge, she decides to do them herself.

Ah, Mawwage. Mawwaiage… that bwessed awwangement. That dweam within a dweam. Twue wove… (Reviewers note: if this reference has you scratching your head, then shame on you. Go rent The Princess Bride right now.)

But seriously. Marriage; what a sacred institution. That blissful experience of merging lives with another soul so utterly that you complete each others’ sentences – and totally lose any hesitation to make rude bodily noises in your beloved’s presence. ‘Course, it takes a few years to get to that stage… at least for most couples.

Unfortunately for Mindy – the protagonist of “Honey Do” – her marriage with Frank has gone beyond even that.   Frank’s retired, and Mindy’s put on a few pounds. These days, Frank’s lost all interest – spending day after day in his basement man-cave, watching Nascar and snoring on the couch. Despite Frank’s promises to fix up the house, things have really gone to pot upstairs. The car’s not working – and Frank’s looted the living room furniture for his “office.” Mindy’s at her wit’s end. Scrounging up a few pennies, she heads to her local hardware store – determined to find the tools and know-how to do it herself. But when she ventures between the shelves… will she find something she needs even more desperately?

A good-natured riff on marriage gone wrong, Honey Do is part Edgar Allan Poe, with a touch of Christopher Guest. It’s a well-written and fun combination – perfect for any director of comedy.

About the writer: An award winning writer AND photographer, Marnie Mitchell-Lister’s website is available at http://brainfluffs.com/. Marnie’s had 5 shorts produced (so far) and placed Semi-final with her features in Bluecat.

Pages: 7

Budget: Very basic. One house. One Home Depot-esque location. Three characters.

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

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Madison and Church – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Madison and Church

A boy takes a trip to the past to save his father, but soon realizes he can’t change what happens next.

Why does every time travel story have to be epic? You know – Terminators blowing holes in stuff, or going Back to the Future and having your super hot mom hit on you? (Er – “Epic’s” probably not the best word to go for, there…)

Point is, why can’t a time travel story take the subtle approach every once in awhile? Deal with issues that are more human, and less “tent-pole?”

A quiet little story, Madison and Church does just that… focusing on 12 year old Conor Davis (yes, that is an Easter Egg). Conor lives with his mom. His dad is – well – missing.   Conor’s visited one night by a fairy who grants him one wish. Anything. Conor answers “Madison and Church.” And the fairy knows what he means. In his dreams that night, Conor appears to be transported back in time – to the corner of Madison and Church. And a fateful day that will change his family’s life. But is altering the past a good thing? Even if it brings back someone you love?

Though not truly a time travel tale, Madison and Church is a gentle psalm to love and loss – seen through the eyes of a child.

About the writer: A writer since the age of 12, the first book that Steve Clark ever read was Amityville Horror. The second was Cujo. He’s been writing ever since, and is currently hard at work on two features. He’s reachable at SAClark69 “AT” verizon.net (or on Long Island, if you’re in the area!!)

Pages: 13

Budget: Not shoestring – but very reasonable. There are a handful of characters, extras, and some outside scenes (including a car accident, which could be implied off-screen.) Nothing that requires true FX.

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

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Original Script Sunday (has come on a Wednesday) - posted by Don

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

– Don

The Nu You – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

The Nu You
How far would you go to be beautiful?

Cindy’s world is full of beautiful people. They flash beautiful smiles and wear beautiful clothes while driving beautiful cars. Cindy, with her unibrow, rudder nose, and wonky boob, is sure of one thing: she does not belong. But could she? If she’s willing to pay the price…?

The Nu You clinic offers Cindy the chance of a lifetime. They can grant Cindy’s cosmetic wish list with a complete assortment of corrective surgery. And the best part is that she can sleep through the entire recovery process, and awake from her ‘beauty nap’ reinvented as her best self.

But just how much will all this cost, and is beauty the only thing that Nu You is selling? Behind an unassuming office door lies a sinister secret. One that’s waiting for Cindy’s appointment day…

Think the cerebral parts of The Island (though trust me, this ain’t no Michael Bay pic!) with a hint of Gattaca, and a smart, snappy, satirical slant.

Our world today is chock-full of rake-thin models, celebrity worship, and harmful body-image trends. As a scathing critique of our modern celebrity obsession culture, it is destined to be a contemporary festival darling. Perfect for a director with an understanding and affiance for dark humor with social commentary.

So come in, have a seat. The Nu You awaits. Are you – and Cindy – ready to take that step?

Pages: 11

Budget: Low. One main office setting with a brief outdoor montage sequence. A couple of inserts may require limited photoshop.

About the Reviewer: Dane is an attorney based in Hamburg, Germany. He has over 10 years experience with film and film theory and once got to kick-in a door for the German equivalent of CSI. He is currently working on a full-length screenplay that he describes as “a music bio-flick with a kick”.

About the writer, John Hunter: In six short years, I earned a four year degree from a large, brick and mortar university. My character driven, horror short, BABY SOUP, won the 2013 Florida Independent Filmmakers Contest, was adapted and produced. Last October my whimsical short, THE COMPANION SHOP was selected for production by the University of Illinois Media Department. Contact me at x32792 “AT” yahoo.com.

The best scriptwriting advice I ever got, “Just try to tell a good story— Everything else can be corrected later.”

First pages of available features: PRICELESSREDUCED PROFILE and SARAH ARIZONA:
BABY SOUPTHE COMPANION SHOPPRICELESSREDUCED PROFILE SARAH ARIZONA

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

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hitman’s Retirement Party – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

THE HITMAN’S RETIREMENT PARTY
Retiring is never easy…

A crim’, a clown, and a cat walk into a bar…

Sounds like the opening gambit of a joke, doesn’t it? But there is no bar, and delightfully these three characters are the headlining cast of John Hunter’s screenplay, The Hitman’s Retirement Party.

A rather gruesome opening scene introduces us to titular character – Bill, 60s, balding, glasses, – an ordinary looking Joe Blow, who if you met him on the street, he’d easily pass for an accountant, a bank manager, even a local handyman. But Bill’s anything but what he appears to be. Fact is, he’s a cold calculating killer, fast, methodical, deadly. At the front door of a mark’s house he takes out a small caliber pistol, pops the guy unceremoniously twice – a bullet in the eye, one to the head, one final parting shot to the temple for good measure. As Bill says: It’s nothing personal…

It’s just all in a day’s work. After forty years on the job however, Bill’s decided it’s time to hang up his holster for the last time. A quick call to management to inform them. Now it’s time to kick back and enjoy the spoils of retirement with his loyal sidekick, Buddy.

Buddy is Bill’s best friend, he’s been there for Bill through thick and thin. He’s the one Bill comes home to every night. You might say he’s his soft place to fall – always eager and happy to see his best mate, Bill.

As with all great sidekicks Buddy is the silent type, but don’t be fooled, there’s usually a lot going on – think: Jay and Silent Bob, Penn and Teller, Han and Chewie, The Chief and McMurphy.

There’s just one thing though… Buddy’s a cat. A meow, perhaps an affectionate coil around the legs, is likely about all you’ll get. Despite this, Bill believes he and Buddy share their own special repartee, a symbiotic relationship of sorts, least this is what Bill thinks…

But someone’s about to come between Bill and Buddy, test their loyalty and their future happiness. That someone is a clown named Terry who just so happens to turn up unannounced at Bill’s front door, dressed in fuzzy orange wig, big red nose, large floppy shoes, and holding a handful of helium filled balloons.

Has he come on behalf of management? Bill’s last phone call did lead us to believe he might be in line for a proper sendoff. Perhaps the clown comes with a parting gift, maybe a nice gold watch, or a little retirement bonus? After so many devoted years of faithful service, it’d be no surprise. Or would it?

Well you’re going to have to get to the punch-line – I mean denouement – yourself. Suffice to say John Hunter weaves a Hitman story with a difference, cleverly executed through dark comedy, tongue in cheek dialogue, the element of surprise, and some rather lovely dry wit.

Our parting shot? That Hitman’s Retirement Party is a killer script, sure to draw even the best filmmakers out of retirement.

Pages: 9

Budget: Very reasonable. A cat. Two guys and a smoking gun. Oh, and a really evil clown costume….

About the reviewer: Libby Chambers has been writing all her life – especially in her head, and on scraps of paper. It’s only in the last few years she began to get serious about screen-writing. Prior to this she worked in the Features Department for ABC TV as a Program Assistant, and trained as a FAD. She has also worked professionally as a freelance web-content editor and proofreader. She is thrilled her first ever entry (Simpatico) into a Screenplay Comp – The LA Comedy Festival ‘Short’ screenplay division took out Top 3 Finalist and hopes the high placing will be a continuing trend. :) Libby would love to see her words come to life on screen. She lives with her husband (also a screenwriter) in Sydney, Australia, and describes him as being both a good and a bad influence on her writing. You can contact Libby at libbych “AT” hotmail

About the writer, John Hunter: In six short years, I earned a four year degree from a large, brick and mortar university. My character driven, horror short, BABY SOUP, won the 2013 Florida Independent Filmmakers Contest, was adapted and produced. Last October my whimsical short, THE COMPANION SHOP was selected for production by the University of Illinois Media Department. Contact me at x32792 “AT” yahoo.com.

The best scriptwriting advice I ever got, “Just try to tell a good story— Everything else can be corrected later.”

First pages of available features: PRICELESS, REDUCED PROFILE and SARAH ARIZONA:
BABY SOUPTHE COMPANION SHOPPRICELESSREDUCED PROFILE SARAH ARIZONA

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

FOR YET MORE SCRIPTS AVAILABLE FOR PRODUCTION:

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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.

Monday, January 18, 2016

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

Beyond Treatment
A man needs help. But, what if the treatment works TOO well?

Surviving a traumatic experience doesn’t always mean you move on with your life. One may be haunted by the memories of the incident … for years or decades to come. Triggering events, nightmares, an inability to cope with everyday challenges – life becomes almost literal Hell.

And it’s that much worse when you feel responsible for the tragedy. Then guilt slips into the equation; building an ominous nest in your mind…

And that’s Larry’s situation. The wheelchair-bound protagonist of Thorsten Loo’s Beyond Treatment, Larry’s suffering a serious case of PTSD, following the violent murder of his wife. Larry’s troubles are mounting day by day: complaints about his outbursts threaten to have him committed. And his therapist has exhausted her standard techniques. Now, she’s at a complete loss. And Larry’s at his wit’s end:

Emilia lays her glasses down on the desk. Eyes him with worry lines on her forehead.

EMILIA
Really, Larry – I don’t know what else I could do for you. I’ve tried just about anything I could think of. I think you’re beyond treatment.

Or is he? Sometimes extreme problems demand radical solutions. Larry just might get through this.

There are a number of good films that tastefully capture the struggles of a person living with PTSD. For instance, The Deer HunterJacob’s LadderMystic RiverBrothers and a personal favorite – spoiler alert! – Stay. In a related vein, Beyond Treatment focuses on what treatment could look like: everything that could go right…and wrong.

Interested in investigating that visually? Your audiences will appreciate the sensitive look at PTSD that Beyond Treatment provides. Not to mention a bit of something else: a script that’s totally engaging and provocative – with just the right dose of irony. And a twist of “fate’s” evil knife…

Pages: 7

Budget: Low to moderate. Needs a room where you can nail boards to the walls.

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 begun work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

About the writer: A German writer, Thorsten Loos initially studied computer science and ran his own software development company for a living. These days, he primarily writes tales and scripts in the Science Fiction, Conspiracy and Paranormal genres. (Though he does drift into different genres with his shorts.) Thorsten’s currently working on episodes for a webseries called Unearthly, as well as character scripts for an international TV series in development for a U.S. based production company. His pilot script Project Endolon made it to the semi finals of the Creative World Awards 2015, and his pilot Mindwalker won a live table read by actors at Wildsound Festival recently. Want to learn more? Then reach out to him at loos.thorsten “AT” web.de!

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

FOR YET MORE SCRIPTS AVAILABLE FOR PRODUCTION:

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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.

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