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Monday, December 17, 2018

22 July screenplay For Your Consideration - post author Don

Netflix has put back up 22 July. There are now 19 scripts studios are posting for award consideration.

22 July (provisionally titled “Norway”) – August 3, 2018 shooting draft script by Paul Greengrass Based on: “One of Us” by Åsne Seierstad – hosted by: Netflix – in pdf format

A three-part story of Norway’s worst terrorist attack in which over seventy people were killed. 22 July looks at the disaster itself, the survivors, Norway’s political system and the lawyers who worked on this horrific case.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Annanpurna scripts for your consideration - post author Don

Thanks to Richie for the heads up on these four from AnnaPurna.

If Beale Street Could Talk – undated, unspecified draft script by Barry Jenkins (Adapted from the novel by James Baldwin) – hosted by: AnnaPurna Guilds – in pdf format

Baldwin’s novel “follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first born child. It’s a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives.”

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Destroyer – undated, unspecified draft script by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi – hosted by: AnnaPurna Guilds – in pdf format

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
The Sisters Brothers – undated, unspecified draft script by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain (Based on the Book by Patrick deWitt) – hosted by: AnnaPurna Guilds – in pdf format

The Sisters Brothers revolves around the colourfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who’s being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer. 

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Vice – undated, unspecified draft script by Adam McKay – hosted by: AnnaPurna Guilds – in pdf format

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Find these and more on the Scripts Studios are posting for award consideration page.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mary Queen of Scots and On The Basis of Sex – For Your Consideration - post author Don

Thanks Barksid for the heads up on two more from Focus Features:

Mary Queen of Scots – undated, unspecified draft script by Beau Willimon – hosted by: Focus Features – in pdf format

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
On The Basis of Sex – undated, unspecified draft script by Daniel Stiepleman – hosted by: Focus Features – in pdf format

The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Original Script Sunday - post author Don

Over on the Original Scripts page are twenty-two original, unproduced scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Goodnight, Lake Regret - post author Gary Howell

I’ve been dreading writing this post for quite a while, probably because I’ve known it’s been coming.  But it’s time to say farewell to Lake Regret, at least the idea of the script and this particular blog. I definitely liked the concept of chronicling the journey of a script from idea genesis to the final marketing of the script, and I thought beginning writers could learn something from the fits and starts that Rick and I went through.

But under the law of unintended consequences, and maybe the other law of “no good deed goes unpunished”, it became clear over a period of time that the the original idea I had for a single setting script wasn’t working out the way we had anticipated, and the more I struggled to fix the problems with the outline or the idea, the more of a slog it became.  Consequently, it had an effect on the blog, because if you don’t have the right idea, you don’t have the right outline, and you don’t have a path forward, ultimately no matter how good a writer you are, you won’t be able to turn that sow’s ear into a silk purse. Or even a script.

So we’re moving on from the original idea we had. And as a writer, you should never be afraid of doing that. Don’t be so wedded to an idea or concept that you can’t see that it’s not working. And don’t be afraid to accept criticism of your concepts, your scripts, or your writing is general. The trick is being able to discern the good criticism from the bad. Sometimes you never know.

As for Rick and me, we’ll continue to write together in the future. There’s always the next great idea just down the road. But it’s probably safe to say I just won’t blog about it.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read our ramblings, and we wish you nothing but great success in your future writing endeavors — and even if you don’t have success, we hope that you will continue to write, if that’s what brings you joy. We can all use a little joy in our lives right now.

FADE OUT.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Eighth Grade and First Reformed – For You Consideration - post author Don

Here are two from A24

First Reformed – undated, unspecified draft script by Paul Schrader – hosted by: A24 Awards – in pdf format

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Eighth Grade – undated, unspecified draft script by Bo Burnham – hosted by: A24 Awards – in pdf format

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Check out these are more on the Scripts Movies Post for Award Consideration.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

BlacKkKlansman and Boy Erased – For Your Consideration - post author Don

Big thanks to Richie for the heads up on these two from Focus Features

Black Klansmen – undated, unspecified draft script by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee – hosted by: Focus Features – in pdf format

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Information courtesy of imdb.com
Boy Erased – undated, unspecified draft script by Joel Edgerton (Based on the memoir written by Garrard Conley) – hosted by: Focus Features – in pdf format

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Monday, December 3, 2018

Keeping it Fresh – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - post author Guest Reviewer

Keeping it Fresh (6 pages in pdf format) by Rick Hansberry

Ken and Ruth have done it all. Except this.

What are you willing to do to keep things fresh? That’s a question many couples in their 60s dare to ask, and Ken and Ruth do their best to answer.

Does Fresh mean honest? Or just exciting? And when the stakes are ‘whatever needs to be done to share one’s life’, how can a couple truly know?

As veteran writer Rick Hansberry’s script opens, we meet Ken and Ruth in their well worn family car; tersely discussing their “action plan.” Ruth’s awash with nerves – her hands playing with a folded piece of paper. Ken tries to be sensitive to her concerns, but fails miserably at every attempt.

Where is this duo going? And why?

Their destination – a grocery store. What on Earth could be nerve racking there?

Soon, we discover Ken and Ruth are in… a race. Of what kind? The truth’s unclear. But what unfolds next is a comedy of errors – a wondrous blend of anxiety and charm. Imagine the slapstick as Ken and Ruth dodge obstacles, friends, enemies, wet floors, and – of course – time.

What will the finish line reveal? We won’t spoil the surprise (or the produce). But you will find a warm, sophisticated comedy – ala a young June Squibb or Seymour Cassell.

This is a script with tons of buy-one-get-two-free.  Including: a budget friendly tale, featuring characters of a “specific” (and underrepresented) age. All of which makes this story stand out – and write it’s way into even old and jaded hearts.

Need some older actors? Consider giving your parents’ “cool” friends something to do for a day. But regardless of who you cast, you’ll charm your way into festivals with this Fresh, young-at-heart gem!

Budget: All that’s needed are two good actors, and access to a deli or supermarket – at least a few aisles.

About the writer: Rick Hansberry is a screenwriter, producer and director with more than 20 years of industry experience. His SAG Foundation award-winning Branches features narration by Daniel Stern and garnered international festival awards. In 2017 his thriller/horror film, Evil In Her was released on Amazon Video and Vimeo On Demand. His most recent short, inspired by true events, has won praise for its portrayal of one girl’s positive approach to handling her Type 1 Diabetes. You can view It’s Not Permanent free on YouTube. Rick has two shorts playing in the festival circuit now and has several other shorts and features available here and is presently available for hire for new story ideas, rewrites and adaptations. He can be reached at djrickhansberry – AT – msn, (cell phone 717-682-8618) and IMDB credits available here.

Read Keeping it Fresh

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

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About the reviewer: Rachel Kate Miller is a veteran of the feature animation industry, having worked on several Oscar winning films, bringing stories to life. In 2012, she left animation to move to Chicago and run the design department for President Obama’s reelection campaign. She is now living in New York, writing, consulting on various projects and creating an educational animated series for elementary students focused on engaging kids in science. Want to drop Rachel line? She can be reached at rachelkate.miller (a) gmail.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Original Script Sunday for December 2nd - post author Don

Over on the Original Scripts page are fifteen unproduced, original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

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