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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Original Script Sunday has come on a Wednesday - post author Don

Over on the Unproduced scripts page are 23 original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Monday, March 4, 2019

For Now by Paul Knauer- Short Script Review (available for production) - post author LC

For Now (8 pages in pdf format) by Paul Knauer

A year after losing her husband, a widow struggles with whether to date again.

February, (along with all things Saint Valentine) may technically be coming to a close, but for all of you hopeless and hopeful romantic filmmakers out there we’re continuing along the RomCom theme with another pearl of a script just waiting to be picked up.

The Bridges Of Madison County, Harold & Maude, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hope Springs, (to name a few) are films with what in common? All are proof that just as Frankie (Sinatra) sang way back in 1965: Love Isn’t Just For The Young. Proof also that there’s a demographic you may not have thought of tapping into but that it’s one highly in demand.

And so, the spotlight for today shines on Paul Knauer’s romantic comedy, For Now.

The opening scene of For Now finds us in a retirement community with Adel, a widowed lady in her seventies sitting alone and nursing a cup of coffee. A very nervous Warren, also in his seventies, slides into the seat across from her…

It’s February 14th, and Warren has just summoned up the courage to ask Adel out on a date. Only trouble is Adel’s a hard sell. She feels blessed enough to have known her soul mate in life and she’s not looking for a replacement. No-one could possibly fill the shoes of her beloved Jimmy.

            WARREN
… Listen… I was wondering
if – maybe – you might want to go to
the Olive Garden tonight? With me.
Endless breadsticks.

            ADEL
     (shakes her head)
It’s Valentine’s Day.

     That’s kinda the point, says Warren.

            WARREN
… See, when a guy – that’s me
likes a gal – that’s you – sometimes
they eat breadsticks together. And,
sometimes, they do it on Valentine’s
Day.

At which point we discover that although Warren has eyes only for Adel he’s hot property amongst the other ladies in the retirement community. In fact a long line of eligible women are queued up outside his door all clamouring for his affections and they come bearing Valentine’s gifts.

As Jimmy says to Adel:

            JIMMY
This guy’s more popular
than a chocolate fountain at a
Kansas City brunch.

Huh? Now Jimmy’s talking to Adel? Who is this guy? Has Warren got competition from a dead man? But he dropped off the peg a year ago, right? Then again, maybe he’s alive. A huge bouquet of roses were just delivered to Adel and the name on the card reads: Jimmy.

Hmm, what’s going on? Well, you’re just going to have to delve into the script to find out.

Suffice to say, For Now is a heartwarming and touching romantic comedy sprinkled with whimsical dialogue gems and astute observations about love and loss, and finding love again when you least expect it.

Filmmakers: Want your own feel-good start to the year? Better get on it then, now!

For Now (previous title: Blessing) placed Writer’s Choice runner-up in the SimplyScripts Romantic Comedy challenge.

About the Writer Paul Knauer is an optioned screenwriter working from the Kansas City area. His primary focus is slightly absurdist comedy (features and pilots), but his portfolio also includes several thriller features, along with shorts in multiple genres. His first script, OH, BROTHER!, placed second in the Fresh Voices sitcom category and was subsequently optioned. You can see more of Paul’s work at PaulKWrites.com.

Read For Now (9 pages in pdf format)

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

Find more scripts available for production.

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.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Candu by Steve Burton – Produced - post author Don

Candu (7 page short, sci fi, fantasy script in pdf format) by Steve Burton (SBurton)

The subway doors open to emptiness and then vastness for a compelling journey.

“…changes from the original script were mostly about locations which got adapted to the needs of the productions.”

Discuss this script on the Discussion Board

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Crazy Love by Warren Duncan – Short Script Review (available for production) - post author LC

Crazy in Love (9 pages in pdf format) by Warren Duncan

A woman battling mental health issues learns to let her guard down with the help of a quirky patient in a similar position.

February is the month synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Hearts, flowers, chocolates, and of course sitting down to that old movie favourite, the Romantic Comedy.

Now, before you blokes out there switch off and decide RomComs are chick-flicks, only to be indulged to get into the good books of your significant other, it might pay to bear in mind two things: the first is that despite the plethora of action, shoot ’em up and CGI movies, the overwhelming popularity of the RomCom is enjoying a resurgence. Thanks to the success of romance channels like Hallmark, Passionflix and Lifetime and with Netflix Originals hot on their heels there’s a inbuilt audience ready for filmmakers to tap into.

Another important fact to note is that romantic movies don’t always have to feature sugar-coated storylines of boy meets girl with their gorgeous airbrushed lead actors.

Do you prefer your RomComs with a little less saccharine and a bit more edge? Less You’ve Got Mail and Love Actually, and more Silver Linings Playbook, and The Big Sick? Well, writer Warren Duncan, has artfully created the perfect antidote to too much sugar with his dark Romantic Comedy: Crazy In Love.

We open on Henry, a handsome young guy wearing a white-lab coat and roaming the halls of a psych ward. At first we don’t know what to make of him. Is he doctor, patient? Through some very clever voice-over we become privy to Henry’s thoughts, his self deprecating humour, his witty asides and one liners, and his often face-palming and clumsy overtures in his quest to win over Ruby.

Ruby’s the new kid on the block. To say Henry’s instantly smitten is an understatement. As with all good romantic stories however, the road to true love may be paved with obstacles and Ruby’s damaged veneer indicates she may well be a hard nut to crack.

Crazy In Love is a cleverly constructed and out of the box love story. It’s a touching tale about the human condition and about finding love in unexpected places whilst bearing the literal scars of life. With its carefully balanced mix of nuanced humour and its underlying message of hope and love triumphing over adversity this is one love story you don’t want to pass up.

Filmmakers: Feeling any creative woes over which path to take? Well, we have just the remedy. Dare I say, you’re gonna’ need your head read if you don’t snatch this one up fast.

Crazy In Love placed first as Writer’s Choice in the SimplyScripts Romantic Comedy challenge.

About the Writer Warren Duncan is an aspiring screenwriter from Australia who has had multiple shorts produced. He typically enjoy writing in the darker genres like horror, thriller, or drama. Please feel free to contact him at warren_duncan (a) hotmail.com.

Read Crazy in Love (10 pages in pdf format)

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

Find more scripts available for production.

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, February 24, 2019

Original Script Sunday for February 24th - post author Don

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

And, if you are watching the Oscars, you can check out Scripts studios are posting for award consideration.

Best Adapted:
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

Best Original
The Green Book – Undated, unspecified draft script by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly – hosted by: Universal Pictures – in pdf format

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

– Don

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Blood and Feathers by Dena McKinnon - post author Don

Blood and Feathers (4 pages in pdf format) by Dena McKinnon

How far would you go to save your savior?


A short film by Pale Yellow Productions in association with Pika Productions.
For the Ladies in Cinema Film Fest Jax, February 2019.
Produced by Dena McKinnon.

Discuss this script on the Discussion Board

Sunday, February 17, 2019

January 2019 One Week Challenge – Writer’s Choice and Who Wrote What - post author Don

Writer’s Choice

Crazy In Love by Warren Duncan (Warren) writing as The Mad Hatter

A woman battling mental health issues learns to let her guard down with the help of a quirky patient in a similar position. (Short, RomCom, Dark) pdf format

Discuss this script on the Discussion Board

Check out the rest and who wrote what.

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Cold Season by Steve Miles has been filmed - post author Don

The Cold Season

An ex-cop, tormented by his past, makes a final attempt at finding peace in the company of the man he never caught.

The filmmaker is Josiah Stendel working with the Reel Difference Film School.

THE COLD SEASON Official Trailer (2019) from Reel Difference Film School on Vimeo.

Follow the progress on Facebook.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Original Script Sunday – The Scripts of the One Week Challenge - post author Don

We had a challenge.

Write a short script in one week on the theme of “Love/Romance”.
Genre: Rom-com
Challenge: Roses, chocolate and something red must be in the script. They should not be mere props in the background, but play some part, even if small.

Read them on the Unproduced Scripts page. Follow the drama on the Discussion Board. Come back in a couple of weeks to see who wrote what.

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