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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Stranger Things promo - post author Don

I’ve posted a couple of the teleplays to the phenominal science fiction video podcast. Thus far, I have have links to the premiere episode Sacred Cows and Discontent. I hope to have the later two in the series Sins of the Mother and One of those Faces soon. To get a better idea of the series, check out the teaser for the first four episodes.

WGA – Day 10 Deadline Hollywood Daily for news on the strike.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Monkey Bones Script, Writer’s Strike and What I’ve been reading - post author Don

Thanks to Leon for the heads up on the lastest over on Daily ScriptMonkeybone. This is a February 3, 1999 seventh draft by Sam Hamm (based on the comic book ‘Dark Town’ by Kaja Blackley and Vanessa Chong). Sam Hamm has written, in my opinion, some of the best unproduced scripts out there. A quick search of Sam Hamm in the Script Search shows he’s written unproduced sequel to Batman, as well as Planet of the Apes and Watchmen. Monkeybone, which came out in 2001, is about a cartoonist who finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, while racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone. The film starred Brendan Fraser and Bridget Fonda. Check it out over on the Movie Scripts page.

Thanks to “Tierney Cat” for his insightful posting on the discussion board on a breakdown of what a WGA writer might typically earn. I think this sums it up pretty well, I’m on strike for the future of my union, for my health insurance and my pension. Right now, it’s sadly not about the writing which I love but about the business of writing which always plays like black comedy. Check out the rest of his post here.

I’ve just finished listening to Bill DeSmedt’s Singularity and thought I’d share. You can listen to the book over at You don’t gotta have an MP3 player to hear the story. You can listen to it right on your computer.

On June 30, 1908, there was a massive explosion near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. It was called the Tunguska Event. The explosion felled an estimated 80 million trees over 830 square miles. Yes, it was a big boom. Against this back drop, Bill DeSmedt’s Singularity weaves a present day tale of an astrophysicist, a rookie agent and an analyst who unearth a scheme to capture the submicroscopic black hole that caused the Tunguska Event and use its awesome power to transform the world. If you enjoy Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton you will dig this taut, fast-paced thriller. It is well read by the author – voices and all with plausible near future science and technology.

WGA – Day 6 – Strike news and insight over at Diaretical Throw-Up by David Press

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We interrupt your regular programming… - post author Don

…to introduce a new audio book, Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty.

Playing for Keeps, launching November 1st, …tells the story of Keepsie Branson, a bar owner in the shining metropolis of Seventh City. Keepsie and her friends live among egotistical heroes and manipulative villains, and manage to fall directly in the middle as people with powers, but who just aren’t strong enough to make a difference. Or that’s what they’ve been told. As the city begins to melt down, it’s hard to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.

Playing for Keeps will be a unique podcast experience: you have the ability to subscribe to just the audio version of the novel or you can subscribe to the “PfK Experience”, where you will receive in the feed a PDF of the episode including art, links to content you can?t get on the audio feed, and a short supplemental podcast called “Stories of the Third Wave”.

Check out the site Playing For Keeps. The first espisode is available at Playing for Keeps.

Mur Lafferty is a North Carolina based writer who has written numerous short stories like my personal favorite, the funny and touching I Look Forward to Remembering You as well as the audionovel series Heaven.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Stranger Things TV: Episode 3: One of those Faces - post author Don

StrangerThings.tvAnother episode of the video television series Stranger Things is live. Watch Episode 3: One of those FacesA woman with a strange gift is forced to choose between losing that gift and the life of her nephew.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Better Days Episode 02 “Pop Up & Go” by Steven Cameron - post author Don

Better Days Pub & Eatery 166 N. Main St. Wellsville, NY 14895Better Days Episode 02 “Pop Up & Go” by Steven Cameron
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Now that we know the characters a little better, Jason has bad luck with his computer, finds out a family secret, has a stroke of great luck and he may even get a job. Our cast grows to include Kenny’s father and others.

Short Series – Comedy
Rated R (for language)

Read the script (27 pages – pdf format). Discuss the script. Listen to the script:

{note: This audio recording is released under a Creative Commons, attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives 3.0 license. You can share the audio recording in its entirety, but you can’t change it or sell it. }

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Stranger Things – Episode 02A: Discontent - post author Don

Stranger Things TVRead the screenplay (pdf) of Stranger Things Episode 2A Discontent. To appease his shrewish wife, Carl sets out to clone his dead mother-in-law.

Stranger Things: Episode 2A was written by Earl Newton and directed by Alex Traywick

In addition to reading the screenplay, you can view the video podcast of Discontent on your computer. You can also subscribe to the Stranger Things podcast via iTunes. However, if you don’t have a video iPod, you can still view each episode (as well as Earl’s engaging video updates) at – Don

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Stranger Things – Episode 01: Sacred Cow script - post author Don

Stranger Things TVTwo priests uncover the horrifying truth about the nature of prayers.

And thus begins the premier of the video podcast series Stranger Things with Episode 1 Sacred Cow.

Stranger Things is a science fiction anthology video podcast created by Earl Newton. I am extremely honored that Earl has allowed me to feature the screenplay (pdf format) to the premier episode of Stranger Things – Sacred Cow here in Simply Scripts. This second draft script, which you can read here, also contains additional director’s notes about the evolution of the script from the page to the screen. This is a valuable resource for not only writers, but also folks looking to direct.

Sacred Cow was written by Earl Newton, based on an original story by Scott Sigler.

In addition to reading the script, you can view the video podcast of Sacred Cow on your computer. You can also subscribe to the Stranger Things podcast via iTunes, however if you don’t have a video iPod, you can still view each episode (as well as Earl’s engaging video updates) at

If you enjoy The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits or the recent short-lived anthology Masters of Science Fiction, then you will be quite at home with The writing, the acting and the production quality are top notch and on par with anything you are going to see on television today. This is, to my knowledge, the only video podcast you can watch in High Definition. This ain’t a blurry youtube vid. – Don

Friday, August 17, 2007

Silent Universe episode 7, A Man Called Rejoice and a Ton of OTR scripts and transcripts - post author Don

It is a flood of radio scripts! Silent Universe has release the pre-production draft of Episode 7: Hello World. Now is the time to get your input into the story before it goes to production. The teaser is Some thought that the dawn of the Second Space Age would unite humanity in a common cause. Dreams of grand utopias, fevered the minds of visionaries and futurists, who proclaimed that the stars would save us from ourselves… They couldn’t have been more wrong.. The production values on Silent Universe are fantastic. The scripts are not read, they are performed by voice actors that do this for a living. I highly recommend you sci-fi fans check it out.

On another note, more back to earth, James Whyle has release the script to his radio play A Man called Rejoice which has been broadcast numerous times by the BBC Radio 3. I haven’t found an audio copy of the play online, but you can buy it for a buck at The Home of MiDor. Personally, I’d love to see the audio play released under a Creative Commons license. James’ work has been published as Rejoice Burning by Aurora Metro Press in New South African Plays.

Thanks so much to Marie for the heads up on these, too many to list here, scripts and transcripts from the Golden Age of Radio. There is the ‘manly espionage thriller’ David Harding, Counterspy, a handful of Sci Fi dramas like The Planet Man and Tales of Tomorrow as well as more recognizable series like Little Orphan Annie, Mark Trail and Escape. It is folks like Generic Radio Workshop and Early Radio that makes this stuff available to you, the reader.

So, skip on over to the Radio Scripts and transcripts page and do some reading. – Don

Monday, July 23, 2007

Lost scripts, Dr. Who, Drive and unproduced scripts - post author Don

Thanks to Ron and the two anonymous individuals for their kind and generous donation to SimplyScripts.

Shout out to John and Renee, two scriptarians who attended the Harry Potter party at the Whistlestop Bookshop friday night.

For those hunting around for the lost Lost scripts (not transcripts) those can now be found here.

Updated the TV Scripts and Transcripts database where in you will find, among other things the first episode of season three of Dr. WhoSmith and Jones. This comes from BBC’s Writer’s Room which also has teleplays of episodes of Life on Mars, Casualty and Hustle. Find also on the TV Scripts page, thanks to Weekly Script, episode 2 of Deadwood and, thanks to TimMinear[dot]net, you can read the last to episodes of Drive. (You can also watch the last two episodes of Drive on the Fox Myspace page.

Lastly, I’ve cleared out the backlog of Unproduced scripts which you can find on the unproduced scripts page. – Don

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