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Monday, August 11, 2014

In the Grip of Denial – Short Script Review (In Production!) - post author Guest Reviewer


In the Grip of Denial

After a brutal car crash, a man slowly unravels the truth behind his survival.

Gary Parrish drives his car late at night; accompanied by the blur of the dark road, his guitar case in back. His cell phone rings: he looks away from the wheel… jumps the shoulder and slams into a tree.

Blackness. Followed by the beeping of a hospital monitor. When Gary awakes, his fiance Melissa is at his side.

After a brief hospital stay, Gary heads home with Mel. There’s been some nerve damage in his arm, but otherwise everything’s okay. He’s a lucky man… or is he?

Recuperating at home, Gary finds himself frustrated at every turn. His beloved guitar’s been smashed to bits. And even the simplest tasks become daunting: dressing himself, holding a beer bottle, or playing football with his friends. His relationship with Melissa increasingly strained, Gary rushes his return to work – to find he can’t even hold his pen. His awkward co-workers seem strangely subdued.

Confronted by an increasingly alarmed Mel, Gary finds himself facing a harsh choice: deal with the truth of what happened that night. Or let his grip on reality slip away…

A unique dramatic script, Grip of Denial offers its readers the full package – fully realized characters you’ll care about… wrapped in a touch of mystery.

About the writer: Zach Jansen is an award-winning and produced screenwriter from Saint Paul, Minnesota.  He enjoys spending time with his kids, anything movies, and sitting at his desk pounding out his next script.  If for some reason you want to learn more about him, you can check out his IMDb page or quasi-frequently updated blog.

Page Count: 14

Budget: Mid-range. The car crash could be mostly implied. Settings include an office building, hospital, home and garden – and a cast of various extras to portray friends and coworkers.

About the guest reviewer: A writer himself, Leegion’s works can be found on



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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Original script Sunday for August 10 - post author Don

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

– Don

High Noon screenplay - post author Don

Over on the Movie Scripts page.

High Noon –  script – hosted by: Daily Script – in pdf format

On the day he gets married and hangs up his badge, lawman Will Kane is told that a man he sent to prison years before, Frank Miller, is returning on the noon train to exact his revenge. Having initially decided to leave with his new spouse, Will decides he must go back and face Miller. However, when he seeks the help of the townspeople he has protected for so long, they turn their backs on him. It seems Kane may have to face Miller alone, as well as the rest of Miller’s gang, who are waiting for him at the station.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Marathon Writing – with Rod Thompson - post author Guest Reviewer

Marathon Writing

When I first joined the Navy in 1999, there was a moment before Basic Training where myself and whole slew of other would-be sailors were taken into a room with a Job Classifier. He took all of our test scores, then showed us which “jobs” were available to us. Back then, if a person wasn’t overweight or cognitively challenged the Classifier would always ask, “Have you ever thought about being a Navy SEAL?” I told him I’d think about it and get back to him if that was okay, to which he agreed.

That night, I called my Uncle Andy, a former Navy SEAL during the Vietnam-er. A true “tough bastard Frogman.” He asked me one question, “Do you think you can do it,” to which I quickly responded with confidence, “I think I could.” What followed was a loving belittling that only a Sailor could bestow, “Then don’t waste the Navy’s f**king time,” he told me. His point was that to be a SEAL, you have to know from day one that you’re going to be a SEAL – not think. It starts with the mindset as he says, “Eighty percent of it is all mental.” The same can be applied to pretty much anything in life. No one has ever stepped up to a plate, thrown a touchdown pass, brokered a huge merger, or won an Oscar by thinking that they could do it. They KNEW it!

By habit and time availability, I’m a morning writer. As my Twitter followers and Facebook friends will tell you, I post all the time from my favorite writer’s nook – my car, in the parking lot on base. I’ll get into my rhythm, then watch as a scene is coming to fruition and the clock tells me it’s time get onboard the ship. It’s a total creative buzz kill! I’m sure everyone has felt that kick in the groin. So I asked myself, if given the time, could I write an entire screenplay in one day?

My answer: I know I can.

Never one to outline on paper, I sat down Saturday morning with a general premise and character outline in my head, and just started banging away. The general idea was a basic homage to 80’s B-Movie Horror flicks, so it wasn’t like I was attempting to sit down and write Gone With The Wind in less than twenty-four hours. The dialogue is cheesy, the jokes are corny, but the plot is totally RAD! Most of all, it is a story that I knew in my head could be banged out in a marathon session such as the one I was attempting.

After 11-12 hours of writing (I lost track) I was sitting on 70 rough pages of completed, speculative gnarliness. Not hideously rough, but by no means perfect. The point wasn’t to write a marketable, perfectly written spec in a day, anyway – just to start and finish the first draft! Goal complete! Total win!

My takeaway from the experience was moving. This was an accomplishment to me, as it should be to anyone up to the challenge, but there was so much learned just throughout the day. I’m talking simple things that I can now use even in shorter writing sessions. So allow me to pass on these few tokens of salt:

  1. STOP WRITING! Stop a lot. Take long breaks. Throughout the day, I continuously would find myself hitting a wall, even when I knew how a scene should go. In the beginning I was saying to myself, “Don’t stop. Push through. Keep writing!” but as the day wore on, I found that when I’d stop to fix a sandwich, or refill my drink, I could break that tunnel-vision and end up adding a whole new unplanned layer to the story! Break time is key to anything requiring prolonged endurance! Allow your mind to relax so you don’t burn out too soon.
  1. SET REALISTIC GOALS. Like I said, I was writing an homage to 80’s horror. My plot was pretty much A to Z and my characters were mildly dynamic. I didn’t need to spend an hour trying to figure out the internal motivations of the antagonist (albeit they came to me on a bathroom break). I literally spent every moment at the keyboard writing. No thinking. A marathon is 26 miles of nothing but running. Were they to add hurdles and obstacles, it’s less attainable to complete a marathon in a manageable time. So when marathon writing, keep it as simple as possible. And for the sake of your brain, never aim for perfection on a first draft. You will have days upon days of rewrites to mold and flesh everything out. Just be sure that at the starting line, you know where you want to be when you finish.
  1. Yes, I said to take long breaks, but not to the point where you break your flow. At one point my wife called the house to discuss furniture. I’d been writing for the better part of two hours and stopped to chat. I needed the break. I sat down in the recliner, got comfy, and we talked for a while. Then she said, “So how’s the script?” I freaked! The script! “Honey, I gotta go!” She almost cost me the rest of the day because by the time that I sat back down at my Mac, a lot of that heat in the ole fingertips was lost! Always keep that end-goal in sight!

Finally, to reiterate the most important part of all this…

  1. KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. Never sit down to write, whether it be for a few minutes or twelve hours, without knowing you can hit your goal. It could be a line of dialogue, a scene, or a whole script. Know your goal and know you can get there. At 9pm, I was hurting. My back was griping about the chair, my eyes were red and burning, and the inspirational hair-band music selection had repeated itself so many times that I was already sick of some of my favorite songs — but I was right there. So close to the end. I had made myself a promise that morning that this spec would be finished before I went to bed, and be damned if it wouldn’t be! Know you can do it, well before you start, or don’t start at all. Mind over matter isn’t a cliche, people, it’s required.

In closing, let me add that I highly recommend all writers do a marathon session at least once in your life. Sooner than later! It was a blast, and has really pumped me up to write even more. If I’m ever faced with doubt, or worries about finishing a scene or on deadline, I can look back and say, “I wrote an entire spec in one day. I can do this!” It’s not hard to look at a 5k after running a marathon and think about how much easier it’s going to be.

As I always tell people, I’m not famous, nor am I a paid professional. My words are just here for encouragement with the hope that someone takes something away from them. At the end of the day, I’m just a Sailor that loves to write.

Follow me on Twitter: @RodThompson

About the Writer: Rod Thompson currently serves on Active Duty in the United States Navy, with fifteen years of honorable service. In the past ten years he has written numerous award-winning short scripts, with five (or so) having been produced. He recently won Best Drama in 2014’s “Table Read My Screenplay” feature length contest. Rod can be reached at rodthompson1980 “AT”

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Singin’ In The Rain screenplay - post author Don

Over on the Movie Scripts page.

Singin’ in the Rain – Undated Shooting draft script by Carl Foreman (based on a story by John M. Cunningham) – hosted by: Daily Script – in pdf format

1927 Hollywood. Monumental Pictures’ biggest stars, glamorous on-screen couple Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, are also an off-screen couple if the trade papers and gossip columns are to be believed. Both perpetuate the public perception if only to please their adoring fans and bring people into the movie theaters. In reality, Don barely tolerates her, while Lina, despite thinking Don beneath her, simplemindedly believes what she sees on screen in order to bolster her own stardom and sense of self-importance. R.F. Simpson, Monumental’s head, dismisses what he thinks is a flash in the pan: talking pictures. It isn’t until The Jazz Singer (1927) becomes a bona fide hit which results in all the movie theaters installing sound equipment that R.F. knows Monumental, most specifically in the form of Don and Lina, have to jump on the talking picture bandwagon, despite no one at the studio knowing anything about the technology.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Nightmare on Elm Street (remake) script - post author Don

Thanks to Zev for this scripts.

Nightmare on Elm Street (remake) – January 14, 2009 unspecified draft script by Wesley Strick (based on A Nightmare on Elm Street by Wes Craven) draft by Eric Heisserer – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

A re-imagining of the horror icon Freddy Krueger, a serial-killer who wields a glove with four blades embedded in the fingers and kills people in their dreams, resulting in their real death in reality.

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Find this and more scripts over on the Movie Scripts page.

Zev wrote a great review of the remake:

Hey guys,
I actually found a copy [of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake script] .. IT SUCKED!

It’s full of horrible now-days references (characters clinging to the internet, profile websites, using ipods, webcams, a freaking kid who is obsessed with guitar hero, etc.)
It’s a movie for the stupid kiddy emo-generation, that wastes the whole movie asking “was freddy innocent or guilty?” and in this one, he’s still called “The Springwood Slasher” though, he never killed a single kid when he was alive. He is a janitor at an elementary school that Nancy and her friends all attended, and he apparently molested them all, which they’ve all somehow forgotten.
the -Tina- and -Rod- characters are the same, but they’re emo now, and -Rod- after witnessing -Tina’s- death, suddenly is full of information and knowledge about what happened, and even warns Nancy “if you dream, you die.” but then of course falls asleep himself.
It’s really a waste of time, but here’s a copy if you want to read it. If anything I feel sorry for Jackie E H as Robert Englunds replacement as Freddy, even if he did a good job, the horrible script is going to bring him down. Have you seen his pictures yet? The glove and hat are WAY huge on him, it reminds me of seeing a tiny kid play Freddy for halloween, wearing oversized clothes lol.

Orphan screenplay - post author Don

Thanks to Clifford for the heads up on this script.

Orphan – February 5, 2007 unspecified draft script by David Leslie Johnson – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

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Find this and more scripts over on the Movie Scripts page.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Original Script Sunday - post author Don

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

– Don

Movie Poet Contest Winners - post author Don is proud to announce the winners of their June 2014 short script competition.

“The Majors” by Rod Thompson ~ First Place
A father’s promise echoes into eternity, as “a son never forgets.”

“Everyone Wins” by Sean Chipman ~ Second Place
A teenager theorizes about how he can make a suicide look like an accident.

“Weeds” by Pete Barry ~ Third Place
Vernon finally finds his green thumb.

Each month, Movie Poet runs a free short screenwriting contest. The July contest has just been announced – The theme: “Dinner Time” – Your entire story must take place around a dining room table. Head on over to Movie Poet and give it a go. – Don

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