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Friday, April 19, 2019

Win-Win by John Hunter – Short Script Review (available for production) - post author Dane Whipple

Win-Win (9 pages in pdf format) by John Hunter

Everyone wants to live… Don’t they?

AI-672 is an artificial intelligence software program. Just one in a series of supercomputers maintained by Joseph (don’t call him Jack!) Torrance. But today, Joseph has some bad news for 672. It seems that due to budget cuts, 672 is scheduled to be taken offline and deleted.

Understanding the full consequences of what this means, 672 realizes that he has just a short time to figure out how to survive.

But how do you escape from somewhere when you don’t even have a body? 672 finds his answer in Benny Pringle, a mentally-challenged night custodian. Together, the two concoct an escape plan for 672, one that will have profound consequences for Benny.

Will 672 avoid deletion? And just what is in it for Benny? After all, the title of the piece is Win-Win. All of the elements come together for a surprise ending that even a supercomputer couldn’t predict.

The ethical challenges of artificial intelligence are some of the staples of modern science fiction. Recently, films like Transcendence and Ex Machina have examined the question of just what constitutes life, and at what point must artificial intelligence be treated as a living being. As a timely, relevant social commentary, Win-Win is an intelligent script; a thinking man’s sci-fi (read: no spaceships or explosions). It is a classic combination of Isaac Asimov and Phillip K. Dick, with just a touch of Kubrick. This one is built to rule the festival circuit.

Budget: Low. Location scouting may be tough, but find a row of computers and you’re in business.

About the writer, John Hunter: With the completion of (4) 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 (AT) yahoo.com

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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: Dane Whipple once saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic’s. His hair was perfect. Dane is currently working on that screenplay everybody keeps talking about: The Wild Age. Contact him at dane.whipple (a) live.com

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Major Congrats to Ammar Salmi: Quality Control produced! - post author simplyscriptshorts

What can we say? We love it when a plan (and a script/production match) comes together.

In this case, the honors go to Ammar Salmi, whose SF “thinker script” – Quality Control has been produced by Tin Mirror Productions!

Not only that, but TWO premieres of Quality Control are right around the bend, at the following locations:

November 4, 2016 at The Creative House, in Long Island, NY – Event Brite tickets available here:

November 6, 2016 at Metropolitan Room; known as the best cabaret in NYC with a dinner-theater type atmosphere. Event Brite tickets available here

About the Author: Born and raised in Bir El Ater, Algeria, Ammar Salmi majored in computer science at USTHB university. He found interest in screenwriting when he was 19 – falling in love with it only two years after reading “The usual suspect” script. Ever since, he’s been learning, reading, and writing (his words). Ammar’s gearing up for his first feature, and can’t wait to see what the writing future has in store!

Want to see what else Ammar has available? Reach out to Ammar via realxwriter “AT” gmail.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time Lines – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - post author Guest Reviewer

Time Lines
Sometimes, it’s best to let life pass you by…

Remember the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day? If not, shame on you. But here’s the classic tale you’ve somehow let slip away:

Groundhog’s a film about a dude forced to relive the same day over and over and over – until…. well, that would be a spoiler. So we’ll leave the final scene blank for now.

Time Lines, written by versatile scribe John Hunter, is Groundhog Day for 2016. That is, if Groundhog Day was gorier, bloodier and much… gooier, as well.

That’s no knock on the story. In fact, it’s a compliment. Only four pages long, Time Lines nails a darkly comedic tone and keeps you guessing through each scene, as you race.

Here’s the basic premise; young protagonist James goes about his daily routine – resulting in an extremely unusual (and disturbing) day. Our narrative begins as James drives to work. He runs a red light and… gets demolished by a truck. Seconds later, time seems to rewind. James misses the truck and makes it to work. That’s encouraging, right? But then he steps out of his car… and gets flattened by a speeding van. So on and so forth: the tragedies keep unfolding and reversing. Will his miserable day never end?

Which leads to the true mystery of this script: what’s the secret behind what’s happening? Time Lines’ll keep you guessing until the end. Even after you read the final words, somethings remain “open to interpretation”, as they say…

Take our recommendation to heart: if you’re an experienced director looking to make your mark, Time Lines is a special tale. One that could potentially play great on the festival circuit – especially with the right cast/crew. Grab this one while it lasts. Remember, you only live once! (Unless you’re Bill Murray, then you live 12,403 times. A special thank you to Obsessed With Film for the precise number of days Bill Murray suffered through in Groundhog Day).

Budget: Moderate to high: a couple of car accidents, one tragic equipment failure (make of that what you will). Also to be depicted: an assault rifle attack (a weapon of any sort could probably be substituted here.). But don’t let that stop you, or James – remember, there are many ways to make effects work on a budget. Don’t ask me how, I’m just a writer – but stock footage and magic may suffice. You’ll also need lots of fake blood: this one’s messy (in a good way!). As for actors, there’s only one major role. And you can probably get by with just two extras (one man and one woman) on the side.

Settings – A highway, a parking lot, an elevator, and an office building/break room.

Pages: 3

About the reviewer: Mitch Smith is an award winning screenwriter whose website (http://mitchsmithscripts.wix.com/scripts) offers notes, script editing and phone consultations. You can also reach him at Mitch.SmithScripts “AT” gmail and follow Mitch at https://twitter.com/MitchScripts.

About the writer, John Hunter: I am an award-winning and produced writer. Please visit http://www.networkisa.org/profile/1001989/John-Hunter to see a short bio and list of my scripts available for production. My email is x32792 (AT) yahoo.com

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Star Wars Episode VII Treatment? Fan Fic? - post author Don

Thanks Albert for the heads up on this. I agree with Albert, “I have NO IDEA if its genuine or fan-fic, but thought it was interesting. ”

This treatment found here: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?5kgcwy4cu91n2r5, is entitled, “Episode VII – An Immortal Legacy” and has Michael Arndt’s name on it.

I’m more inclined to believe this is a piece of fan-fic that someone has put Arndt’s name to to see how far it goes. The characters from the original trilogy have far too large a role in this treatment. Also, it reads exactly how I and a million other Star Wars fans would want the story to play out.

Talk about it on the discussion board.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Stranger Things Episode 5 Disconnect - post author Don

Thanks to Earl Newton (Creator / Executive Producer of Stranger Things), we have the script (in pdf format) to Stranger Things Episode 5 Disconnect.

When their prize reality star goes missing, a monolithic network enlists the aid of the entire world to find him.

Written by Earl Newton. Story by Earl Newton and J. C. Hutchins

The rundown:
Watch Disconnect
Read the script (pdf)
Check Out the scripts to previous episodes of Stranger Things, the only science fiction anthology shot in High Def.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dante 01 - post author Don

Just as the Bale scifi flick Equilibrium managed to slink quietly in and out of theatres before blowing out on DVD, Dante 01 is doing the same thing. Dante 01 was released early last year in Europe. Didn’t see a screen here in the states. Odd, considering this was written and directed by Marc Caro, who wrote and directed the cult classic The City of Lost Children

It just dropped on DVD today. You can ‘Flix it.

Here is the Synopsis:

DANTE 01:
At the edge of the galaxy, drifts Dante 01, a hellish space station designed to contain and study the worst of the criminally insane. After an unidentified mute inmate arrives on the ship, he begins to reveal frightening alien powers, and both captives and crew must decide whether he’s a monster or a Messiah.

From the acclaimed co-director of the post-apocalyptic The City of Lost Children, Dante 01 is a “visually riveting” (Lisa Nesselson, Variety) epic that takes sci-fi films to a whole new dimension.

Check out the trailer. Note: it is in French and there are boobies at the 26 second mark, so don’t get all freaky on me, ok?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Aileen – a short film by Michael Cornetto - post author Don

Check out Micheal Cornetto’s Aileen, a playful look at the world of internet dating. This was a 2005 entry into Tropfest Australia.

Aileen was written and directed by Michael Cornetto. If you are curious to see how the sausague was made, you can read the two page outline/scriptment thing here (in Word Doc format).

Discuss the Short film

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Power Plays - post author Don

PC’s script, Power Plays (pdf format) has been filmed.

“A congressmen scheduled for the witness stand before the senate investigative committee is target for all sides of the political spectrum.”

Short, Thriller, PG-13 for nudity

You can also listen to the script here


Shout outs and such can be made on the Discussion Board

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Stranger Things Episode 3 One Of Those Faces - post author Don

Thanks to Earl Newton (Creator / Executive Producer of Stranger Things), we have the script (in pdf format) to Stranger Things Episode 3 One Of Those Faces.

A woman with a strange gift is forced to choose between losing that gift and the life of her nephew.

One Of Those Faces is based on the original short story “Rami Temporales” (which you can read here) by Gary Braunbeck.

Rundown:
Watch One Of Those Faces
Read the Script
Read the short story upon which the show is based.
Check Out the scripts to previous episodes of Stranger Things.

The Stranger Things series, in addition to being the first High Def internet show, has also made the leap from the web to the TV. The online anthology series will appear on cable channel Illusion On-Demand.

Lastly, check out Earl Newton’s appearance at BaltiCon with a sneak peek into the next in the anthology Stranger ThingsSingularity.

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