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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Heart of Coal – Short Script Available for Production - post author David M Troop

Heart of Coal

A renowned female psychologist ruminates over serial killer personalities – and the horror they’ve wreaked on her  life…

Narration. Voice-over. For some, it’s a film gimmick that grates on the nerves. But when done right, it can be spectacular. Don’t believe us? Try on a few of these films on for size.

Annie Hall: stand-up comedian Alvy Singer recounts his neurotic, titular love affair. Goodfellas: Henry Hill describes his evolution from small time crook to valued Mobster, and fall from grace to Informant. The Usual Suspects: Roger “Verbal” Kint weaves a tale of five random members from a police line-up, and the evil Keyser Soze. Speaking of Kevin Spacey and voiceovers, what about American Beauty?

All classic films told through the eyes of the narrator. And that’s the power of “V.O”. In the hands of a skilled screen writer, the voice of the narrator can lift a film to new heights. Add complex dimension to a story, and set the proper tone from page One… whether it be comedic, dramatic, or – in the case of Heart of Coal – downright chilling.

Dr. Lianne Berg’s life has had its ups and downs. A child psychologist who works with autistic children, she’s successful, young and gorgeous. A woman driven to succeed by horrors in her own childhood. Only nine when her mother was killed in front of her – stabbed to death sixty-seven times and beheaded. The serial killer never captured. Not surprisingly, the working of such dysfunctional minds became Dr. Berg’s obsession. As the script progresses, her voice drives the narrative; providing a glimpse into her separate worlds. Professional insights on the motives of such monsters, and her own nightmarish memories: how they’ve warped and shaped her life…

Stylishly written and streamlined, Heart of Coal is a deliciously demented script. And an amazing showcase for a thirtyish actress with just the right voice. With the right cast and smart editing, this script is an amazing find. Do this one right, and create a true horror masterpiece!

About the writer: Born and raised in Sweden, Pia Cook has SEVERAL produced features and shorts to her name (full IMDB credits here.) She started writing screenplays in 2006 and has written over sixty short screenplays and ten features. (Yeah… that’s not a typo. Six ZERO.)

Budget: Moderate. There are some locations inside a hospital and a Senator’s office. And a few extras to hire. Not to mention some blood and horror FX. But nothing to lose your head over. (Talk about an unfortunate choice of words!)

About the reviewer: 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.   Dave would like to make it three.  He is a regular, award-winning contributor to  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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7 Comments so far


The Keen Guy
October 27th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Just to shout that I enjoyed this. I like simple non complicated stories. I’m a simple guy. I might now write the next Aliens or Lady Hawk or Merlin, but I am simple.

The Keen Guy
Please support Jeff Lowell – his TV show just got cancelled. I liked it. Please show your support.


Angry Bear
October 27th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Hey Keen Guy.

I’m glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to give V.O. a try, which was the main reason for this story. 🙂


KP Mackie
October 28th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Tight-writing that grabs a reader by the throat…
Simple to film. Emotional, squirm-worthy story.


SimplyScripts - Movie Scripts and Screenplays » Congratulations to Pia Cook – Heart of Coal Optioned!
December 21st, 2014 at 12:38 pm

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Congratulations to Pia Cook – Heart of Coal Optioned! | Shared Viral
February 2nd, 2015 at 3:51 pm

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November 10th, 2015 at 8:59 am

The option expired. It’s available again. 🙂


KP Mackie
November 12th, 2015 at 7:58 pm

As chilling as ever… :/

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