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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Stranger Things teleplay – The Vanishing of Will Byers - posted by Don

Thanks John for this!

Stranger Things: Episode 101 Chapter one: The Vanishing of Will Byers – February 17, 2016 2nd pink draft script by The Duffer Brothers – hosted by: DailyScript – in pdf format

Something crawls out from an underground lab in the quiet town of Hawkins and kidnaps a local child. The whole town and the child’s friends embark in an adventure searching for him. A girl pursued by some shady agents will cross paths with the local kids.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Monday, October 23, 2017

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

The Hitman’s Retirement Party by John Hunter

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.

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

About the writer John Hunter: With the completion of (4) boffo features, a litter of riveting shorts, a one hour take-your-breath-away sci-fi TV pilot and first 30 minute episode for that series, I am now officially THAT guy — The one who really needs an Agent or Executive Producer. Contact me at x32792 (a) yahoo.com

Read Hitman’s Retirement (9 pages in pdf format)

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This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

About the reviewer: L. 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 currently works as a freelance web-content editor and lives with her husband (also a screenwriter) in Sydney, Australia.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Original Script Sunday for October 22nd - posted by Don

In the run up to Halloween we had screenwriting exercise – the One Week Challenge. It was lead by the productive and talented Khamanna. The theme was “Phobias” and the genre – Thriller, Drama, Horror. The scripts are submitted anonymously for the first week or so. (If you have any interest in any of the scripts before the writers are announced, please contact me.)

So, over on the Unproduced Scripts page are thirty original, short scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Beauty and the Beast screenplay – For Your Consideration - posted by Don

Thanks “Dean” for the heads up. Disney, oddly enough, is first out of the gate with Scripts Studios are Posting for 2017 – 2018 Script Award Consideration.

Beauty and the Beast – August 10, 2016 unspecified draft script by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos; Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (Based on the 1991 Animated Film “Beauty and the Beast” Screenplay by Linda Woolverton) – hosted by: Disney – in pdf format

As punishment for his actions, a young prince is transformed into a monstrous beast by a mysterious enchantress. Only condition is if he can learn to love someone and earn their love in return, the curse will be lifted. Enter young bookworm Belle, who stumbles upon the castle and is taken prisoner by the Beast while rescuing her father. With help from the Beast’s servants, Belle comes to appreciate and love the Beast all while evading a stalking hunter who wants to marry her.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

One Week Challenge – Submissions Closed - posted by Don

One Week Challenge scripts…

…are in the process of being posted. You can begin reading them on the discussion board.

– Don

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Help Debra get Downward Dog Webseries Pilot made! - posted by Don

While Downward Dog did not reach its funding goal, the team is still going ahead with the project. You can still donate via paypal to gatolocofilms@gmail.com
Debra writes:

With only 7 days left, it doesn’t look like we are going to make our goal and since this is an “all or nothing” campaign, those who generously contributed will not be charged on October 25th.

Therefore we would like to ask those who did contribute to still make their contribution through Paypal. You can do this after the campaign ends once you receive notice from Kickstarter.

Please use our email address to make your contributions – gatolocofilms@gmail.com

The rewards you chose will still apply. Thank you!

++++++++++++++++++

Debra Johnson is an award winning screenwriter. She currently has two shorts in pre-production and has written a few reviews. Check out her Kickstarter campaign to get the pilot of her webseries, Downward Dog shot filmed*. For as little as $5.00 which is the price of a Grande, Iced, Sugar-Free, Vanilla Latte With Soy Milk, you can help Debra get the pilot shot.

*Clarified asked for that one person who thought I was asking for assistance to help Debra euthanize her dog.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Scary Pumpkin NEEDS your help - posted by Don

Please go Vote for Pumpkin Nightmare II.

Voting ends Today! This is the short video that Dena and Pia filmed last year.


Pumpkin Nightmare II from Indie Me on Vimeo.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Stealing Moses - posted by Don

Stealing Moses (22 pages in pdf format)

The story of 2 fatherless boys on an unlikely journey of brotherly love. Josh needs to get little Moses to his Father, but in doing so he will jeopardise his own future. God is watching.

This award nominated short film was accepted into The British Urban Film Festival. Written by Bobby Stevenson and Directed by Martin J Pickering. British /urban Film Festival supported by Channel 4 UK.

Stealing Moses on IMDB

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Original Script Sunday for October 15, 2017 - posted by Don

Over on the Original Scripts page are twenty four original scripts for your reading pleasure.

Please note that regular script submissions are closed until October 23rd while the One Week Challenge is underway.

– Don

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