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Monday, August 7, 2017

High Demand – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by Guest Reviewer

High Demand by David M Troop

An awkward girl scout employs the services of her older stoner brother to beat her arch nemesis in a cookie-selling contest.

We’ve all seen them. And we’ve all pretended not to be at home when they’ve come a-knockin’ at our door.

No, we’re not talking Seventh Day Adventists. It’s a breed more tenacious: Girl Scouts!

The ultimate sales persons – branded by green sashes and pigtails – these little “cookie” girls sell their wares constantly. At least, if they want their badges and rewards. Given the high pressure stakes involved, it’s a miracle more haven’t pursued questionable means. Not to mention black markets!

Maybe after reading High Demand they will – the tale of one Girl Scout that discovers a whole new clientele through her stoner brother with all the right connections.

The script opens up in a sweet and innocent setting: five girl guides sit through a pep talk, in preparation for their annual cookie drive. Among them is our young heroine Margaret, a 12-year old girl with a rather dismal sales record. But this year is different. This year, there’s a brand new bicycle waiting for the girl who can sell the most. With that one incentive, Margaret is sold. This is the year she proves herself!

Opposed by her wicked den-mother, her condescending den-sisters, and the general apathy of the human population, Margaret quickly learns that her Herculean task will not be easily overcome.

Enter Bud, her older stoner brother with an insatiable appetite for sweets. Thus begins a brilliant scheme to exploit the cravings of certain “patients”. Impassioned anew, Margaret strives to best arch-nemesis Sharlee and the rest of the mean girl clan, proving once again that the underdog should never be underestimated.

Make no mistake: this is no half-baked story.

Full of charm and wit, the relationship between Bud and Margaret is memorable not only for their quick and humorous banter. The kinship at its core becomes especially clear as the story nears its resolution. What Margaret wants is not just a bike. But the ability to believe in herself.

Why should you consider this script? Well, it’s more than just scoring Thin Mints as props.

Not only does High Demand pursue an original twist on the well-known reality of the Girl Guide, but it ‘s infused with positive reinforcements for a female audience with strong never-say-die heroines. Margaret is an easily lovable character with relatable issues, and has the potential to champion a few more short tales.

What more could you ask for? Well, aside from “glaucoma treatment” and Girl Scout cookies?

Budget: Moderate. A few locations and a handful of extras to support a small cast. They key is finding great young actresses and making sure the chemistry between Bud and Margaret really comes alive!

About the Writer: David M Troop resumed writing in 2011 after a twenty-five year hiatus.  Since then, he has written about 50 short scripts, two of which have been produced. Born on the mean streets of Reading, PA, Dave now resides in Schuylkill Haven with his wife Jodi and their two lazy dogs Max and Mattie. He can be reached at dtroop506 “AT” gmail!

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About the Reviewer: Faith Rivens is an aspiring author and filmmaker. New to the business, storytelling is a passion born innately within her. It doesn’t matter the genre, or the medium. What matters is the story woven within. Her first book Eléonore: An Iníonaofa Novella is available on Amazon. Want to drop Faith a line? Reach out to her at AliasFaithRivens.wordpress.com.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Original Script Sunday for August 6th and Who Wrote What in the July One Week Challenge - posted by Don

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

And a few weeks ago we had a one week challenge to write a short script on the theme of “Stranger in a Strange Land”. Rene’s In a Pinch (pdf format) was selected by his peers as the Writer’s Choice.

A woman returning home to take over her family’s legacy finds it’s much harder than she ever imagined. 11 pages

You can check out Rene’s and other scripts of the challenge here.

– Don

Friday, August 4, 2017

Alligator Tears – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by Gary Rowlands

Alligator Tears by Kirk White

A peaceful lake, a missing woman, a frightened child. A small-town Sheriff must enlist the help of his estranged son tofind out what…or who happened to a vacationing family.

Since virtually the dawn of time, father and son stories have been mainstays in literature and fiction.  Be the form film, book or play: familial tales of love, loss, deceit, betrayal and death will forever resonate.

From Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet, to Pixar’s Finding Nemo: the special bond between father and son provides a never ending source of drama.

And so it is with Alligator Tears.

Our story opens on a tragic tableau: a distraught father and son sobbing on a Florida beach. Where’s Mom?  Missing.

Crusty local Sheriff Mickey Nemar takes charge, but the boy (Charlie) is inconsolable. Momma went skiing with Dad, Charlie says.  And a huge alligator ate her!

As Mickey gently prods for clues, Aaron Ames arrives on scene – an agent for the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Not to mention Mickey’s bitter, estranged son.

Immediately the two clash; at loggerheads.   Aaron casts doubt on his dad’s findings (not to mention his character.)  He particularly scoffs at the idea of an animal attack; the lake’s too populated for a gator.

What follows is a deftly written war of words brimming with conflict and mystery.  Can father and son set aside differences long enough to crack the case? And what exactly did happen to Momma?  This is one script that positively shines with subtext just below the surface… like an alligator about to rise.

Drama directors: don’t miss this one.  Much like a missing persons report… the result can be a tragedy.

Budget: Moderate. All you need is a beach. Small boat. Couple of vehicles. And a small but talented cast to do this clever script justice.

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 QuiteFilm.com for all the juicy goodness.

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About the reviewer: Gary Rowlands cut his teeth writing sketch comedy for Spitting Image a hugely popular show broadcast on national television in the UK. He has since gone on to write several high-concept features and can be contacted at gazrow at Hotmail dot com

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Not Born a Monster – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by Guest Reviewer

Not Born a Monster by Bill Sarre

Joshua would try anything to start his life anew. Can a money-hungry, sex-craved tweaker be the one to help him change his ways?

Most people aren’t born monsters. But, what if you had become one? What would you do if you found yourself doing things you regret without any control over the situation? What if the memories of your evil deeds haunt you…constantly? Would you turn to medicine? Therapy? If all else failed, would you dare pursue a riskier procedure that promised to eliminate any recollection of the habits you’ve picked up, the lives you’ve destroyed, and the torture you’ve endured?

Joshua, the protagonist of Bill Sarre’s latest work, Not Born a Monster, would. This wealthy, meticulously-dressed, sixty-year old werewolf knows that he wasn’t always that way.

We’re not born monsters, you know.
You catch it, like a disease.
But it’s one that makes you feel good,
even though you’re sick.

Joshua has tried everything—even psychoanalysis—to no avail. (Of course, killing the shrink probably didn’t help much in his recovery process). Joshua figures that if he could just erase his memory to a time before he became a werewolf, life could be different. He could forget the evil deeds he has performed; forget the demands of a werewolf existence.

And, he finally could be freed of the urge to eat his grandchild. A boy he loves more than anything else in his hellish world.

So, Joshua makes his way to a very shady side of town, where he meets up with Felix, a sketchy, shaky has-been scientist who runs a business designed to erase memories…for a price. Felix is eager for business because it’s been awhile since he’s scored and maybe even longer since he’s been laid, both of which currently obsessively occupy his thoughts. Yet, he is nervous about accepting the job because he had never before performed the task of removing so many years of memories.

            JOSHUA
Everything…everything, after the age of ten.

     Felix throws his hands up in despair.

            FELIX
No way! That’s how I got shafted
last time. Keep it specific, man,
like a car crash, or beating up a
whore, whatever.

Yet, deleting fifty years of a man’s life takes time. And the process is rarely pleasant to see…

But, will the memory deletion contraption hold out long enough to finish the job? If Felix fails, this could turn out badly – for both men….

Not Born a Monster interlaces the plights of these two sick men with a skill that will make audiences go crazy. It’s catching – just like an unstoppable virulent disease…

Budget: Medium. The opening shot requires futuristic-looking automobiles, including the interior of one car with computerized screens

About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat. Another short of his, The Grieving Spell, was recently grand prize winner of the London Film Awards. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT” gmail.com

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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 has always loved to write, but only recently has begun to work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mommie Dearest – Screenplay Two-fer - posted by Don

First walk, don’t run, to The Concluding Chapter Of Crawford: A Comprehensive Research Guide To ​Joan Crawford’s Life & Career After 1960. Thanks, “John” for the heads up on this. The site is chalk full of some great historical info on Joan Crawford including several scripts of films that Joan Crawford as in or were related to Joan Crawford, like…

Mommie Dearest – April 28, 1980 first draft script by Tracy Hotchner (based on the book “Mommie Deartest” by Chrstina Crawford) – hosted by: The Concluding Chapter Of Crawford – in html format

The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.

This draft was written during the period of time when actress Anne Bancroft was assigned to portray Joan Crawford. While several key scenes in this draft appears in the finished film, this version of the script is far-removed from the version ​filmed in 1981 with actress Faye Dunaway.​​

Mommie Dearest – December 22, 1980 shooting script by Frank Yablans & Frank Perry – hosted by: The Concluding Chapter Of Crawford – in html format

This draft was written following Faye Dunaway’s replacement of actress Anne Bancroft in the role of “Joan Crawford”. Prior to this draft, several screenplays had been written for the film, including drafts by Christina Crawford.

Information courtesy of imdb.com and The Concluding Chapter of Joan Crawford

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

La Solitude by Joseph Cahill – Filmed! - posted by Don

La Solitude (12 pages in pdf format in Spanish) Joseph Cahill

Javier, a street performer and ventriloquist is forced to make a tough decision when Chuy, his puppet and only friend refuses to speak.

imdb info

LA SOLITUDE Master PRO RES HQ SUB_QT OTHWF from Joseph Cahill on Vimeo.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

The Painful Side of the Pillow – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by Guest Reviewer

The Painful Side of the Pillow by Jason K. Allen

Pillow Girl is determined to fight to create a better society. But, evil is lurking in some very unexpected places…

Who has never experienced a desire for superpowers to miraculously make the worst of their troubles merely disappear? Most comic strip and film superheroes fall into “superherohood” because of some unplanned event-such as being born with superpowers, drinking some potion, or suffering an accident- that permanently alters their physical constitution and consequently limits their ability to pursue other less noble career goals. Sometimes reluctantly, other times enthusiastically, they choose to pursue their calling and bravely set out to eradicate evil.

For Tabitha, the protagonist in Jason K. Allen’s latest work, The Painful Side of the Pillow, becoming a superhero is a conscious decision. From a young age, she knows that she would like to deploy her budding pillow-fighting abilities “…to make a positive impact on society.” She determinedly develops her skills to become the superhero she always wanted to be …Pillow Girl.

In the tradition of superheroes like the Electric Company’s Letterman, Pillow Girl is a gentle superhero. She doesn’t kill off villains or save the world from total destruction. She simply encourages people to do the right thing. And, she achieves that with a superpower that is comic. Viewers will love the campy humor as Pillow Girl thwarts everyday minor transgressions to the raving praises of the witnesses to her noble deeds.

There is so much fun in this piece that viewers will be surprised when the story twists to reveal a dark side to Pillow Girl’s trajectory of which even she was unaware, along with an enemy she had no idea existed. The Painful Side of the Pillow proves both entertaining and extremely provocative as it probes common understandings about heroes and villains, strength and weakness, and good and evil. You won’t rest until you see this one!

Budget: Low to moderate.

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

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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 has always loved to write, but only recently has begun to work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Original Script Sunday for June 30th - posted by Don

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

– Don

Friday, July 28, 2017

Last Chance by Joseph Cahill – Filmed! - posted by Don

Last Chance (short thriller in pdf format) by Joseph Cahill has been filmed

Watch the film on Vimeo (passcode: 2017)

When a man is released from prison after fifteen years, he must choose between his old life and moving on. Though his inner demons won’t go quietly.

imdb info

Last Chance – Trailer from Daniel Santana Rodríguez on Vimeo.

Last Chance had its origins as an August ’07 One Week Challenge finalist as Second Chance (12 page thriller in pdf format).

Before moving away, a serial killer must make a decision.

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