Presenting: Your Scripts! (vol 2)

Since we’re all part of one big writing community, I wanted to do my part to help support my fellow creatives and offer everybody the opportunity to show off one of their scripts.

A very hearty thanks to all the writers who sent in. A grand total of 88 scripts for film and television, along with a new category loaded with potential – webseries.

Genres of all types are represented here, so there really is something for everybody. If any of the scripts below catch your eye or sound intriguing, please don’t hesitate to contact the writer. I’m sure they’d be more than happy to send it your way.

Happy reading!

FILM

AMASAI AND THE MEANING OF EVIL

Austin Curreri

Animated Action-Adventure

After a near-death brawl, a street-punk turned monk Amasai fuses with the Angel of Justice, embarking on a journey into the Pit to beat up fallen angels, sinners, and Sin himself to end evil.

Screencraft 2019 Fellowship – semifinalist

Screencraft 2019 Animation – quarterfinalist

AustinJCurreri@gmail.com

AMERICA UNARMED

Shawn Madeiros

Drama

U.S. President plots a dictatorship using his secret covert force to create chaos so Americans vote to give up their 2nd Amendment rights. The American Gun Club uses its network of U.S. militias in hopes of saving the “Land of the Free”.

shawn.madeirosbiz@outlook.com

ANN & DALE GET MARRIED

P.J. Marino

Comedy

During the quarantine, two nerdy teenagers meet at a skate park, fall in love, and hatch a risky plan to leave their depressing town behind.

pjmarino@pjmarino.com

BEAUTIFUL LIE or THE UGLY TRUTH

Antonio Shorter

Drama

A male and a female live a happy life together as they dreamed of but jealousy is a common trait that people have and it can lead to consequences that no one wants to go through.

antonioshorter21@gmail.com

BORDERLAND

Ken Henderson

Horror

A young farmer struggles to survive a horrific dust storm and the hellish creatures hidden within it.

Screamfest Horror Film Festival – Finalist

kenhenderson@gmail.com

BRAINS

Paul Zeidman

Horror/Comedy

Stranded in the rural backcountry, eight high school overachievers find themselves in the middle of an outbreak of an intelligence-destroying virus that turns its victims into mindless savages.

paul.zeidman@gmail.com

BUFORD’S ALL NIGHT ZOMBIE DINER

Gregory Blair

Comedy-Horror

The graveyard shift at a lone diner becomes the hilarious, raucous battleground for some disco-dancing, man-eating zombies and a handful of young, hick hash-slingers.

Script World Screenplay Competition – Winner

GBMaximumZ@2writers.com

DEVIL I KNOW

Michael McCormick

Horror

Cedar Hills in Boston, the only cemetery in the world with a trolley running through the middle, disturbing the peace of the dead, creating lost souls.

mccmichael333@gmail.com

DIAMONDS

Peter Andrews

Comedy – short

Buying jewelry for his girlfriend becomes a hero’s quest when they visit the shop of a family friend.

Austin Film Festival – second rounder

andrews845@verizon.net

DO NOT DIVIDE THE DEAD

Jonathan Concepcion

Period Drama

After the Second World War, the USSR censored all information on the Jewish Holocaust. When her last surviving relative – her half-brother, a Photojournalist – goes missing, a self-hating Soviet Jewish survivor goes on a journey to find him, and confronts the identity she left behind.

2018-2019 UK FIlm Festival – Top 50 feature scripts

concepcionjonathan3@gmail.com

DREAM NO MORE

Ery De Jong

Horror/Science-Fiction

After a meteor impact, a lesbian couple and their daughter move onto a sailboat to escape civilization’s end, only to realize that an alien force is hunting them through their nightmares.

LGBT Los Angeles Film Festival – Winner – Best Feature Screenplay

erydejong@gmail.com

EDEN’S PARADISE

J.E. Swainston

Science-Fiction/Action

In a dystopian future, a young woman leads a small group of survivors, fleeing the dangers of the big city to find sanctuary and build a new home;  better to serve in heaven, than reign in hell.

janetswainston@gmail.com

EDISON’S GHOSTBOX

Travis Seppala

Biopic with Horror elements

When Thomas Edison creates a machine to communicate with the dead, it pits him against the most notorious skeptic of the day – Harry Houdini. [based on actual events]

2019 WRAC List – featured

2020 Shoot Your Sizzle – Top 100

2020 Screencraft True Story – quarterfinalist

2020 Table Read My Screenplay – top 100

2020 PAGE International – semifinalist

flannelmann@yahoo.com

ENEMY

Clint Williams

Western

After one of their own murders a Comanche boy, a small group of Spanish cavalrymen find themselves stranded without horses deep in hostile territory, facing the dangers posed by vengeful warriors, nature and each other.

clintwilliams3@gmail.com

ESET

Dina Mousa

Fantasy-Adventure

In the world of trickery and betrayal of ancient Egypt, an arrogant goddess-queen is forced into a life of hiding and later leads a battle of the gods to save the world from eternal darkness.

dinamamousa@gmail.com

EVIL MOM

Michael Raphael Salomon

Folk Horror

A young psychopath’s penchant for darkness comes full circle after hallucinogens, a pagan ritual in the forest and a series of unexplained deaths lead to the unearthing of his family’s hidden past—murder, insanity, incest and human sacrifice.

Austin Film Festival – Second Round

Tracking Board Launchpad – Second Round (still in contention)

dr.ms@earthlink.net

GOOD SAINT BINKY

Tom Batha

Dramedy

When a grief-stricken widower decides on suicide he must first travel cross-country to deliver his playful 110 pound Rottweiler to its new home.

Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest – winner

Lato1@comcast.net

GRAD NIGHT

John Henderson

Horror

A high school senior races to stop a killer who strikes each year on graduation night before she and her friends become the next dead students walking.

johnmichaelhenderson@gmail.com

INITIATE GOD MODE

Ash Willeby

Family Action

On one of the worst days of her life, a blacklisted video game developer gets imbued with her in-game-character’s powers; can she use them to get her life back on track? 

ashwilleby@gmail.com

LOCAL HIRE

Cindi Woods

Comedy

A struggling actress who can’t afford to work local hire hits on a sketchy plan to use a nursing home for free lodging but runs into bigger trouble when the plight of her elderly roommate threatens to derail her Hollywood dream.

cindiwoods@gmail.com

MABON

Simon Doyle

Horror/Thriller

An elderly woman worries that her frail husband is turning into a different person after leaving hospital, a condition which may be related to the appearance of a mysterious occult group in the area. The Shining meets The Wicker Man.

simon.doyle@doctors.org.uk

MARIDIA

John G. McGillivray

Science-Fiction/Horror

After an alien virus wipes out most of humanity’s presence among the stars, a young actor and her sole companion, a talking synthetic eagle, search space for survivors and hope.

john.mcgillivray@gmail.com

MECHCRAFT

Brian Fitzpatrick

Science-Fiction

A teen singularity is hunted by relentless enemies for his shape-shifting nanotech ability. It’s The Matrix meets Harry Potter.

The Script Lab Screenwriting Contest – quarterfinalist

Screencraft Sci-Fi/Fantasy – quarterfinalist

Final Draft Big Break – quarterfinalist

PAGE International – quarterfinalist

brianfitzauthor@gmail.com

MIA’S ACCIDENTALS

G. DeAngelis

Family-friendly Comedy

An awkward girl determined to lead an elite fife-and-drum corps is thwarted by its powerful director, so she forms her own corps of misfits, and rights an old wrong, when she leads them to a public showdown.

PAGE International – finalist

Humanitas Comedy Fellowship – finalist

deangelis.gina.m@gmail.com

MOSLEY MANSION

Stephen Tronicek

Horror

A dangerously obsessive horror fan is invited to her favorite director’s mansion, and must learn to let him go.

stephen.tronicek@gmail.com

NANA AND JAKE

Ross Allaire

Family/Science-Fiction

A retired first-grade teacher and her orphaned grandson must outwit an obsessed small-town sheriff in order to save who they think are refugee aliens on a doomed planet.

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, 2020 – Semi-finalist

rossallaire@gmail.com

OUTSOURCED

Tony Ferrendelli

Supernatural Comedy

After a man accidentally sells his girlfriend’s soul to Satan, he must go to Hell to retrieve it.

PAGE International – quarterfinalist

Houston Comedy Film Festival – nominee – Best Feature Screenplay

San Angelo Revolution Film Festival – nominee – Best Feature Screenplay

ISA Fast Track IX Fellowship – top 50 writers

Table Read My Screenplay (Park City) – semifinalist

ajferrendelli@gmail.com

OUT THE WINDOW

Lynn Matheson

Drama

A middle-aged woman’s cancer diagnosis becomes her coming of age story when she finally finds her voice and chooses how to live her life.

matheson.lynn@gmail.com

PATRIOT-1

Kevin Powers

Action

Disillusioned Delta Force Operator Ken Baker rediscovers the ideal that he fights for after finding himself embroiled in a conspiracy involving a dangerous new faction in Afghanistan, an energy corporation and a traitorous team member.

Recommended by Indie Film Hustle (coverage)

Recommended by WeScreenplay (coverage)

2020 Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Spring – semifinalist

kevinpowers70@gmail.com

PHOENIX

Chaise Gerber

Drama

One night long ago reshaped Maya’s life and forever changed the future of her and her family, and if she’s ever going to move on she must face her scars of the past and rise above.

2020 Screencraft Drama – semifinalist

chaisesgerber@gmail.com

PICK UP SIDNEY

Natalie Higdon

Comedy

After her life falls apart, a struggling actress goes on a haphazard journey with her estranged half-brother in order to pick up her late stepfather’s inheritance, forcing her to come to terms with the family she left behind.

2020 Nicholl Fellowship – quarterfinalist

LiveRead/LA – official selection

2020 Screencraft Fellowship – semifinalist

natalie.higdon@gmail.com

PING

Ryan J. Murphy

Horror

A journalism student stumbles upon a mystery involving a deadly spirit who is murdering rideshare drivers. Think The Ring without a videotape.

ryanjmurphy107@gmail.com

PLAYTHINGS

Brendon Udy

Horror/Thriller

A woman flees her abusive partner, only to find herself captive in a strange Victorian home. Now tormented by the larger-than-life homeowner, the woman must make a daring escape before her bones are ground to make bread.

brendon.u@gmail.com

QUICKLY QUIETLY

Jeff Haber

Action/Thriller

A federal undercover agent pursues a bomb suspect through a luxury hotel, but must do so in silence.

j.r.haber@att.net

REFLECTION OF VENUS

Rebecca M. Gintz & Sarah K. Croshaw

Horror

A young computer programmer’s life is in jeopardy after she purchases an antique that an evil entity is attached to. Being agnostic, she struggles to accept the paranormal activity in her home and seeks psychiatric help.

2020 Script Summit – Winner – Horror Feature

2020 Script Summit – Winner – Golden Age

joshrebeccagintz@yahoo.com

ROOMS OF EXPERIENCE

Steffany Sommers

Drama

An up-and-coming district attorney is compelled to confront her own painful past when she prosecutes an elderly woman who took the life of her severely disabled adult son.

Script Summit – Debra Landwehr Engle Fellowship – winner

Diverse Voices Screenwriting Competition – semifinalist

steffanysommers@yahoo.com

SELDON SEEN

Peter R. Feuchtwanger

Romantic Dramedy

After starting at a new high school, a charmingly quirky teen with a delusional disorder, or “daydreaming on steroids,” falls quickly for another new student but, after finding that she has bipolar disorder, the two lovebirds struggle to find order in their disorders.

Screencraft Comedy – finalist

The Script Lab Free Screenplay Contest – finalist

Filmmatic Comedy Awards – semifinalist

Big Apple Film Festival – semifinalist

PRFProductions@gmail.com

SEVEN FOR AN AUGUST NIGHT

Nicolas Edelbach

True Crime – Drama/Black Comedy

The night after Sharon Tate and four others were murdered, Charles Manson, along with six family members, spends the night driving around Los Angeles county seeking two more homes to continue their kill spree; but not everyone in the car is on board with the plan.

nicolasedelbach@hotmail.com

SHADOW MEN

Kent Hill & Sean Francis Ellis

Action/Science-Fiction/Thriller

When his friend disappears in a secluded mountain town, a former Special Forces Soldier discovers the townspeople are being subjected to mind control experiments by a secret organisation.

deathstalker2rules@gmail.com

SILENT MOMENTS

Wesley Chambers

Drama

While mourning her sister’s suicide, a recently discharged soldier seeks to ruin the life of the therapist she blames for the death.

wesleypchambers@gmail.com

SOUL PASSAGE

Patrick Mediate and Kristin Ilagan

Adventure/Thriller/Horror

A clever ex-NYPD cop turned small town detective on the verge of retirement is forced to take on one last case when his teenage daughter is abducted. His investigation leads him from Suburbia to the underground world of Haitian voodooism where he finds out that the kidnappers’ intentions are darker and more sinister than he could have ever imagined. In a race against time, he must suspend his conventional beliefs and accept the world of the supernatural in order to save her from a fate worse than death.

Winner – New Orleans Horror Film Festival

Winner – Mile High Horror Film Festival

Winner – The Magic of Horror

Winner – The Los Angeles Film Awards

Second Rounder – The Austin Film Festival

Quarterfinalist – Screencraft Horror

…and over 15 additional Official Selections, Award nominations or wins.

patrick.mediate@gmail.com

SPACEMUTT: THE MOVIE

Anthony Moore

Animated Science-Fiction

The self-proclaimed greatest hero of all space and time is supposed to rescue a Prince from an enemy planet before his upcoming coronation, there’s only one problem, the kid doesn’t want to go.

Future Film Writers – 5-Page Read – winner

Flixze Film Festival – finalist

Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Festival – in consideration

techrat@live.com

STAKES FOR SUCCESS

Darcie Gray

Romantic Comedy

A woman strives for the dream career in male dominated 1980s NYC, but love could jeopardize everything in this high stakes world of blinding lights, fabulous fashion and electro beats.

dgray8228@gmail.com

SURVIVAL AS A GHOSTWRITER

Ericka S. Gomez

Comedy – short film

A lyrical genius decides his key to acceptance is through the Hip-Hop battles at his new high school until a popular senior threatens to ruin his life by forcing him to ghostwrite his lyrics.

Columbus Black International Film Festival – Winner – Best Comedy Short Screenplay

Houston Comedy Film Festival – Winner-Best Comedy Short Screenplay

Script Summit Film Festival – 3rd Place – Best Michigan Short Screenplay

Portland Film Festival – finalist – Best Comedy Short Screenplay

Summer In The South Film Festival – finalist – Best Comedy Short Screenplay

Filmatic Short Screenplay Awards – semifinalist – Best Comedy Short Screenplay

diversefilms79@gmail.com

THE AXIS NOXIOUS

Jay Han-San

Drama-Fantasy-Mystery

The perfect world of an angel of death turns upside down when he falls in love with an angel of life putting him on a path of self-discovery.

jayhanbooks@gmail.com

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

R.J. Anderson

Christmas Comedy-Drama

When a Christmas Spirit transfers into a young boy, two families struggle to return it before Christmas is forgotten.

rjandersonusmc@gmail.com

THE FAMILY JEWELS

Elizabeth Ditty

Romantic Dramedy

In the days before their mother’s funeral, a newly-jilted former trust fund kid leaves her siblings in the lurch when she embarks on an emergency road trip to discover the truth about her parents’ marriage, her mother’s massive jewelry collection, and herself.

Screencraft Comedy – quarterfinalist

Screencraft Drama – quarterfinalist

Austin Film Festival – second rounder

izzi.ditty@gmail.com

THE GRADUAL DETERIORATION OF WALTER TWIG

L.S. Garvey

Science-Fiction/Fantasy Romance

When his mirror image goes rogue and steals his girlfriend, a mentally ill cello prodigy struggles to control his reflection in order to save his girlfriend before he loses her to the other side of the mirror forever.

Austin Film Festival – semifinalist (top 2%) – advanced in comedy, sci-fi, horror, and Enderby (can be made for under $10M)

lsgarvey@hotmail.com

THE INTRUDER

Robert Rhyne

Horror

After moving into an isolated farm with a strange history of suicides, a newly-single mother discovers a ghostly intruder living there, and must protect her troubled teenage son from becoming his next victim.

Stage 32 Search for New Blood – first place

Horror Hotel Screenplay Contest – finalist

Shriekfest – finalist

After placing highly in the 13 Horror.com screenplay contest, “The Intruder” was published by the contest sponsor as a paperback and kindle e-book, now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart’s platforms.

randprhyne@aol.com

THE KEEPER

Kevin Nelson

Historical Drama

The incredible true story of Ida Lewis, a lighthouse keeper who saved dozens of lives while facing the struggles of a woman thriving during the Reconstruction Era. 

2019 ScreenCraft Public Domain & True Story – finalist

2020 Nicholl Fellowship – top 20%

2020 Launch Pad Feature Competition (Pending) – quarterfinalist

2018 Austin Film Festival – second rounder

2020 Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition – quarterfinalist

kevinnelsonwriter@gmail.com

THE LACKEYS

Johnny Dinh

Horror/Thriller

A group of ex-henchmen find themselves abducted by their old boss, and now must escape his lethal torture rooms. 

johnny_n_dinh@yahoo.com

THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH

Sean Francis Ellis

Horror/Science-Fiction/Adventure

A snowboarding champion must embrace his First Nations heritage to save his girlfriend from a legendary beast, which needs her DNA to restore its humanity.

2016 Toronto Horror Film & Screenplay Festival – finalist

2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenplay Competition – official selection

2017 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship – quarterfinalist

seanfrancisellis@gmail.com

THE MAN WITH A GLOVE

Suzanne Lutas

Supernatural Thriller

When a claustrophobic art intern is held captive, she must restore a mysterious painting which has more inside than just paint.

2018 Screencraft Horror – quarterfinalist

2020 The Script Lab Free Screenplay – quarterfinalist

2019 Pitch Now Screenwriting Competition – finalist – Thriller/Horror

2020 Miami Screenplay Contest – semifinalist

2020 Wiki Screenplay Contest – semifinalist

suzannebl@mail.pf

THE NETHER GLOOM

Amir Olin

Horror/Mystery/Supernatural

A priest breaks the seal of confession over a series of child murders and reveals it in a court. The murderer is sent to prison, where he gets killed by co-prisoners. Soon, something evil settles in the priest’s house.

amirolin@yahoo.com

THE RED ARROW

Mark Rodney, Ronald Wenick, and Anat Golan

Biopic Drama

A famous Grammy-nominated jazz musician by day and con-artist by night must sacrifice himself to save his son in 60’s  Vegas, after the two get in way over their heads with schemes involving the US Army, Howard Hughes, Sonny Liston, Sheriff Ralph Lamb, and the mob.

Sundance – finalist (special mention for finishing in top 4%)

StoryPros – finalist

Scriptapalooza – semifinalist

info@thewritescript.com

THE ROAD KINGS

Jerron Spencer

Horror/Comedy

Resurrected as avatars of Heaven, Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison fight evil– and their own sinful natures– as they battle to save a small town from the wrath of a vengeful demon queen seeking to create hell on earth.

jerronspencer@gmail.com

THEO JESSUP, TEEN “GENE”-IUS

Isaac D. Lucas

Action/Thriller

A savvy teen is forced to flee when a greedy scientist hunts him down to harvest his advanced DNA as a cancer cure.

kiwee@y7mail.com

THROWBACK

Rachel Woolley

Horror/Comedy

Adult girlfriends struggling to reconnect at an old-school slumber party must fight for their lives when the “dream dudes” from their dating board game manifest in the flesh…and turn out to be total nightmares.

Women In Horror Fest – Winner, Best Feature

Screencraft Horror – finalist

RachelWooley@outlook.com

VERMIN

Pat Semler

Horror

A world-weary oil wildcatter and a strident biology student must work together when a fracking drill site she’s documenting is overrun with radioactive carnivorous moles.

patriciasemler@gmail.com

WHEN IN ROME

Jeff Naparstek

Romantic Comedy

Embark on this zany romp through ancient Rome as a struggling farmer vies for the hand of the emperor’s daughter. Cat and mouse games abound in this wacky tale of love and sport. Buckle up for a fun ride!

2019 Houston Comedy Film Festival – winner

2019 Portland [Oregon] Comedy Film Festival – winner

2020 Austin Revolution Film Festival – semifinalist

2020 Indie Gathering Film Festival – 3rd Place – Rom-Com Category

2020 Page International Screenwriting Awards – semifinalist

2020 Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices – semifinalist – 2020

2020 Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards – semifinalist

propwriter1@gmail.com

TELEVISION

AIDA

Niya Kapree Johnson

Historical Horror

In 1720, Aida, a young enslaved African woman takes part in a ritual gone wrong, resulting in the creation of the first of her kind, werewolves. Fighting those who wish to oppress them is just the beginning of Aida’s problems when Captain Billy, a mysterious supernatural being, blows into town looking to cause trouble for Aida and her pack.

niyakapreehonson@gmail.com

AWAKENING

Zaelyna Beck


Drama/Supernatural – pilot

After getting fired from a temp agency, a chronic insomniac takes up meditation therapy, where she befriends a comatose girl and awakens a supernatural gift within her that could forge a new career.

zaelyna@gmail.com

BUBBY

Cari Haim

Comedy

Bubby, a recently widowed Jewish grandmother, moves into her daughter’s happy family home. Will their conflicts about religion, raising kids, and family traditions bring them closer together, or create a permanent rift?

cariteacher@hotmail.com

DEBT

Christopher J. O’Bryant

Crime Drama

Debt collection is a multi-billion dollar industry. Career collector, JOSH, life falls apart after he repossesses the wrong car and winds up confronted by dangerous men who will kill to keep their secrets.

2020 Page International – finalist (top 10 best drama pilot scripts)

chris@obryant.ws

DOG MEN

Andrew Orillion

Fantasy Police Procedural

After being thrown out of his guild in the Medieval fantasy port metropolis of Dog’s Head, a former apprentice wizard finds a new lease on life when he joins the local police force known as the Dog Men.

andrew.orillion@gmail.com

EPHEMERAL

Justin Olson

Science-Fiction/Drama

A guilt-ridden physicist resurrects the hometown he destroyed decades ago inside a massive Time Sphere, giving himself just 27 hours to save his wife and son from nuclear catastrophe.

Write LA – finalist

nojustlions@gmail.com

FABRICATIONS

James Tichenor

Science-Fiction – pilot

A recovered addict hitching rides to track down her abducted six-year-old son joins forces with a mistrustful independent trucker to combat the first wave of an alien invasion hidden in his sealed cargo.

2020 TSL Free Script contest – semifinalist

2020 Screencraft Sci-Fi – quarterfinalist

james.l.tichenor@gmail.com

FLAGRANT

Isaiah Taylor

Half-hour Dramedy

A Black student-athlete from the West coast gets a culture-shock after receiving a basketball scholarship from a Midwest university. Now he must overcome racial prejudices to find his place and leave a lasting impact on the basketball team.

taylor.isaiahr@gmail.com

GARYTOWN

Seth Nelson

Comedy

An irresponsible deadhead taxidermist continues the prank of a lifetime, until a nosy talk-singing podcaster uncovers his true identity, sending his life into a depressive downward spiral of despair.

snelson1076@me.com

GROUNDLING

David Priest

Supernatural Crime Thriller

In a small Arkansas town plagued by mysterious disappearances, a doubting monk in search of cosmic meaning uncovers a secret tradition of his order that might save the townspeople, at grave risk to his own soul.

david.priest12345@gmail.com

HADES

Michael Boaks

Medical/Crime Drama

An ER doctor struck off. A crime boss diagnosed with cancer. Gangland tensions rising. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship…

2020 Austin Film Festival – second round

2020 LA International Screenplay Awards – finalist

michaelboaks@hotmail.com

HIRE POWER

Nick Burrows

Comedy/Drama pilot

A trainee recruiter quickly learns about the dark side of the industry when he pursues his future father-in-law as a client. As his personal and professional lives collide his future at the firm is thrown into doubt by a contentious merger with their biggest rivals.

ndburrows@hotmail.com 

I’M FINE

Teresa Warner

One-hour Dramedy

After her father commits suicide, Katie, must learns to navigate her grief and this new part of adulthood with the help of a suicide loss support group. Maybe with their help she can figure out if her father is actually haunting or she’s going crazy.

twarner@alumni.flagler.edu

MANTIS

Janese Taylor

Action/Thriller limited series

After freeing a group of teenagers from a sex-trafficking ring, a Black female vigilante’s own personal plans go awry when a Russian syndicate puts a price on her head.

San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition – semifinalist

Austin Film Festival – 2nd rounder

Coverfly Red List – #4 for Action Television in October 2020

janese16@gmail.com

MOODY & THE GHOST

Kim Hornsby

Dramedy/Suspense/Romance

After a horrific car accident that takes her sight and robs her of telepathy, a kickass ghost hunter with a popular YouTube show finds both senses restored in the presence of a sea captain ghost from 1850 who strikes a deal to enable her if she’ll help him pass on.

Austin Film Festival – 2nd rounder

Imaginarium Screenplay Contest – finalist

Table Read My Screenplay – top 100

kimhornsby@yahoo.com

OCCUPIED INTELLIGENCE

Collin Lieberg

Historical Drama pilot

Based on a true story. Two women risk their lives to rescue downed soldiers and translate Nazi intelligence as part of a civilian spy ring, only to face betrayal and capture.

Page Turner GENRE – quarterfinalist

Screencraft TV Pilot – quarterfinalist (still in contention)

collin.lieberg@gmail.com

PEREGRINE

Joan Albright

Science-Fiction/Action/Drama

Trapped in the demilitarized zone between warring American states, a disavowed soldier must keep her half-brother alive while evading the gangs which feud over the Zone’s meager resources.

joanalbrightwrites@gmail.com

PLAINSVILLE

S.E. McKendrick

Science-Fiction – pilot

Welcome to Plainsville, the town on the edge of the final frontier.

scripts2020@mail.com

SHELTERED

Layla Cummins

Supernatural Crime Drama

A homeless mother witnesses the strange murder of a political activist on the streets of Bristol and becomes the new target of a killer-for-hire summoned by society’s wealthy elite.

laylacummins@hotmail.co.uk

SLIM CHANCE

Erick Buckley

Fantasy

Chance Blood, a luckless, middle-aged Dad stumbling through a mess of a life, haplessly becomes the avatar of Eris, Goddess of Creative Chaos and must cope with Gods and Goddesses, Monsters and Demons, his kids and ex-wife, and his new place in this ever stranger Universe.

erickbuckley@gmail.com

SOUTHERN FRIED

Guy Crawford

½ hour comedy-dramedy

A prodigal daughter and her surprise fiance return to her small southern hometown to take over the family diner, setting up a collision of worlds and values that leaves everyone trying to figure out how to coexist  in the new normal.

You can take a peek at selected scenes of this LBGTQ-diverse cast script being performed on the Southern Fried episode at thethingforawd.com.

guyc2_2000@yahoo.com

TEACH

Michael Hager

Comedy

Two teachers grapple virtually with difficult parents, manipulative administrators, and absurd colleagues, all while maintaining a shred of a romantic relationship in the time of COVID.

michaelhag@gmail.com

THE DOLL HOUSE

Elisabeth Joplin

Drama – pilot

After walking away from a long term relationship, a young woman gets a job as a sex worker where the lines on morality begin to blur.

mslizjoplin@gmail.com

THE HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN

Alison C. Wroblewski

Drama/Period/Crime

When the Hollywood Canteen opens to fanfare in 1942, a secretary, soldier, and star decide if they still want “in” while a murderer lurks in the shadows.

WeScreenplay TV Pilot – quarterfinalist

alisoncrews@mac.com

THE KINGS OF SUBURBIA

Justin & Chris Cleroux

Crime Drama

A debt-ridden doormat of a suburban dad starts to seize opportunity after a chance encounter with two familiar, unexpected robbers.

justindcleroux@gmail.com

THE PATSY

Irene Platt

Crime – pilot

A senator’s wife is tortured through a cochlear implant she doesn’t know she has…

legalsurfer95@gmail.com

YUAN YUAN AND THE HOLLOW MONSTER

Catherine Chen

Family Animation

Eight-year-old Jackie is determined to protect her newest pet, a tiny turtle named Lucy, at all costs. Even if it means chasing down a massive hurricane called the Hollow Monster.

Student Academy Awards – semifinalist (short film)

Animation Block Party – Best Animation for Kids

yuananim@gmail.com

WEBSERIES

ALL SAINTS

Aray Brown

Drama/Thriller

When a brainwashed girl must kill her uncle and sacrifice his blood to a cult God, she joins forces with an unconventional cop to save her soul.

brown.aray@gmail.com

Presenting: Your Script!

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This was all about giving writers a platform to showcase the script they feel is the best representation of their writing, and a chance to help everybody expand their own personal network of writing associates.

I offered to list one script per writer, and the responses were many.

Boy, were they.

A whopping 130 scripts for both film and TV are here, with genres of all kinds represented. Trust me when I say there is A LOT to choose from.

So have at it. Read. Enjoy.  If something about your script catches somebody’s eye and they want to contact you about reading it (or potentially more), that’s why the email addresses are included.

A very hearty thanks to everybody who sent in.

And if there’s any interest, I might do this again later this year.

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FILM

8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD

Pricilla Devi Kumar

Dramatic biography

A young French wrestler uses his ailment of giantism to dominate the sport of American wrestling, becoming one of the most celebrated wrestlers of the franchise; a fated journey that leads to his premature and preventable death.

pricillakumar20@gmail.com

 

9 MONTHS

Kelly Tran

Dramedy, Coming of Age, Asian

A 23-year woman’s entire life changes in the span of 9 months, starting with her mother falling ill and then her own unexpected pregnancy. 

Screencraft Fellowship – quarterfinalist

Los Angeles International Screenplay – quarterfinalist

thatkellytran@gmail.com

 

ABSOLUTE CONTROL

Laika Lee

Psychological Thriller

This story is about Jane, a girl with persecutory delusion, and Ragen, a psychotic killer with OCD. Jane is abducted by Ragen and imprisoned in a small cabin deep in the mountains, who tortures her every day for fun. During their time together, Jane seemingly uncovers the other identity of the psychotic killer, which is a 6-year-old little girl named Sanja, and she realizes as long as she can control this little girl who comes out every night, she might just have the chance to escape…

7 on The Black List

laika.lee@hotmail.com

 

A CHRISTMAS CHEER

Clint Ford

Historical drama

Seven years after his redemption, old Ebenezer Scrooge passes away on Christmas Eve morning. When he learns the spirit of Jacob Marley – who helped to redeem him – still roams the earth shackled and chained, Scrooge chooses to put his own Eternal Reward at risk so to confront Marley’s Ghosts of Christmases Yet to Come, Present, and Past in an effort to return the favor to his friend.

Page Turner “First 15”  – quarterfinalist

American Zoetrope – Top-Rated Screenplays for February 2020 – first place

Dallas International Film Festival – semifinalist

Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards – semifinalist

Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship – finalist

theactualclintford@gmail.com

 

A LONG AWAITED DAY

Mary Kate Allen

Historical Drama

When a WW2 plane wreck is discovered, it unites a group of strangers who work together to bring home a missing person. Based on actual events.

Content Creators of Atlanta – Best Feature Screenplay

Women Who Write In Film International Screenplay Competition – winner

The Monthly Film Festival – semifinalist (pending)

Featured on Coverfly’s The Red List

Allen.mk7@gmail.com

 

ALPHA 8

Stephanie Elie

Sci-Fi Family Adventure

When your mom isn’t your mom but really looks like your mom – she just might be an alien. That’s what 12-year-old Daniel discovers. So he sets out on an adventure to get his “real” mom back with the help of his three siblings. And yes, the alien comes too.

seliecreative@gmail.com

 

AN UNBALANCED LINE

Kristy Leigh Lussier

Sports Drama

A female football prodigy makes history when she saves a failing program and becomes the first woman named Head Coach of a college football team.

Script Summit – Best Drama

Twin Falls Film Festival – Best Screenplay/Excellence in Screenwriting

Las Vegas International Screenplay – Best Sports Screenplay

West Texas Film Festival – Finalist, Best Screenplay

Filmmatic Drama – finalist

Screencraft Drama – semifinalist

WeScreenplay Diverse Voices – semifinalist

rockitmpc@gmail.com

 

AN UNDOCUMENTED RUMOR

Philip C. Sedgwick

Drama/Action-Adventure

A journalist for an US-based Arabian TV network heads to the Arizona border to sleuth out a rumor regarding a terrorist attack formulating in Mexico. When the rumor proves true, the reporter enlists a most unlikely team to intercept the attack and take on the even more unlikely forces behind the operation.

Burbank Film Festival – Best Feature Screenplay

San Antonio Film Festival – Best Feature Screenplay

StoryPros – finalist (2x)

Hollywood Screenplay – finalist

Richmond Film Festival – finalist

philip@philipcsedgwick.com

 

BARMAGEDDON

Jimmy George & Chris LaMartina

Horror Comedy

A faithless bar owner must rally a motley crew of patrons to defend her pub against the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

scriptbutcher@gmail.com

 

BARNSTORMING: A STORY OF SEX AND BASEBALL

Ronald J. Drescher

Historical Dramedy

In 1925, a hard drinking, rule bending English scandal reporter on the hunt in America to expose the lurid truth behind Babe Ruth’s worst slump must use all her wiles to save the Babe after discovering his true humanity and the sinister plot to destroy him.

Diverse Voices – finalist

Rondrescher@mac.com

 

BARRIO FIESTA

Donna Mae Foronda

Horror/Thriller

A young white man meets his Filipino girlfriend’s family for the first time and easily wins their approval, but in more ways than he ever could imagine.

donna.foronda@gmail.com

 

BLACKPILL

Ben Johnson & Jolie Noelle

Horror/Thriller

When a group of incels imprison several young women in an old fifties-era “dream home”, one woman must find a way to outwit her captors and escape their twisted fantasy.

Screencraft Horror – quarterfinalist

benjohnsonvideography@gmail.com

 

BOSTON LAWYER

Rhys Freeman

Drama

A determined, ‘no-nonsense’ lawyer looks for justice in a heart-breaking case. In his way stands the last man on earth you’d expect to be accused of such a crime, along with unexplainable questions. If justice does not prevail, closure for everyone will be hard to find.

Beverly Hills Screenplay – finalist

Hollywood Screenplay – finalist

rhysfreemanwriter@gmail.com

 

CARIBBEAN CRUISE VACATION

Jonathon Douglas

Comedy Adventure Parody

A white boomer must overcome his culture-centric dependence when he is forced to take a black teen on a family cruise in place of his estranged son and discovers the youth has the connections needed to bring his son aboard ship.

JonathonDDouglas@gmail.com

 

CHARLIE’S CHRISTMAS CAROLE

Diana Stout

Family Holiday

Christmas non-believer school principal Charlie Dickson must choose between keeping his job that removes the annual holiday pageant or his daughter who won the lead, his reunion with the play’s director, and an age-old reindeer with seemingly magical powers.

drdianastout@gmail.com

 

DARKNESS NEVER FADES

Gair Mcdonald

Horror-Supernatural/Thriller

A street-wise teen and her estranged mother, embarking on a road trip, are terrorised by a supernatural force, a cursed manifestation of family infidelity.

Next Generation Independent Film Festival – Winner, “Best Creature Feature”

Nicholl Fellowship – Honorable Mention

gairmcdonald123@btinternet.com

 

DARK OF THE MOON

Graham Holliday

Dramatic Thriller

At the climax of the next space race, an astronaut must decide what’s more important: landing on the moon first or revealing the hoax.

realgrahamholliday@yahoo.com

 

DREAM FILLER

Anat Golan

Science Fiction/Political Drama

After a nerdy medical researcher illegally impregnates a Dream Filler, a person who fulfills one’s desires, he must fight to save his unborn child and the Dream from termination by the hands of a ruthless government agent.

thewritescript@gmail.com

 

ELIMINATION AGENDA

Stuart Heimdal

Action-adventure

When a biological weapon to wipe out specific races is shopped on the black market, a CIA operative is tasked with locating it before it falls into the wrong hands.

Screencraft Action – quarterfinalist

heimdal@gmx.com

 

ELLSWORTH ’58

Graham Stone Johnson

Sci-Fi/Coming of Age

After aliens lay waste to a small town, a boy and his bully are all that remain. When the boy’s sister returns, aged 10 years overnight, she leads the trio on a perilous journey to locate the one thing that can save them.

grahamstonejohnson@gmail.com

 

EXODUS

Anthony Moore

Sci-Fi/Drama

A decorated FBI agent is assigned to find out why large groups of people are disappearing nation-wide and discovers that the answer is worse than he could have ever imagined, forcing him to question his own identity.

Black Screenplays and Stories Screenwriting Contest – grand prize

Filmmatic Drama – semifinalist

StoryPros – quarterfinalist

techrat@live.com

 

FAERIES: RISE OF THE SOUL EATERS

Chip Street & Sean Meehan

Horror Creature-feature

Four city-slickers lost in the wilderness are stalked by a pack hunting troupe of blood-thirsty faeries, and have to gamble on the erratic memory of an elderly local to find their way to the safety of a mountaintop ranger station before the creatures eviscerate them all.

Shriekfest – finalist

chip@chipstreet.com

 

FEVER DREAM

Jordan M. Horowitz

Timely Psychological Thriller

After being assaulted at an audition, a struggling actress lands the lead role in a film, but the further she delves into the dark mind of the character, the more her dream becomes a nightmare.

jordan@jordansfilms.com

 

FINDING CORA

Jalissa Cruz

Mystery/Suspense

A detective helps a victim link her past attempted kidnapping to a recent abduction, and with the help of her family and friends, they unmask a heinous small-town conspiracy.

yelissaaawrites@gmail.com

 

FLAT SQUIRREL

Fiona Ross

Animated comedy-adventure

When a determined but stranded flying squirrel joins a bunch of forest animals hooked on junk food, they battle the meanest-ever junk-food junkie who’ll kill them for the donut supply.

Florida Comedy Film Festival – Best Screenplay (Titanium)

Hollywood Screenplay Festival – Silver Award

fionafaithross@gmail.com

 

FOLLOW UP

Chris Watt

Drama

Over the course of an interview with a young music journalist, a broken and reclusive rock star reveals the secret behind his mysterious disappearance twelve years earlier, finding surprising inspiration for a possible comeback along the way.

Kosice International Film Festival – Honorable Mention, Feature Screenplay

British Independent Film Festival – official selection

New York City Independent Screenplay Festival – official selection

Rome Independent Prisma Awards – official selection

Austin Screenplay Awards – official selection

Indie Visions Film Festival – official selection

writeherewritenow80@gmail.com

 

FREEDOM FORT

Clint Williams

historic action-adventure

Two runaway slaves meet en route to a fort abandoned by the British following the War of 1812 and join a community of former slaves thriving under the protection of the fort’s cannons. But the growing village is threatened by a pending invasion by U.S. Army troops. Based on actual events.

Write LA  – grand prize winner

Nicholl – quarterfinalist

Final Draft Big Break – finalist; winner – historical/period/war

Black List score: 8

clintwilliams3@gmail.com

 

FULL MOON OVER THE NUDEY BAR

Daniel Bridges and Emily McGuiness

Horror-Comedy

Two vets head down South in search of their missing conspiracy theorist buddy only to find that he was “kinda right” and hiding in a seedy small town overrun by a pack of ’80s clad stripper werewolves.

Houston Comedy Film Festival – official selection

Portland Comedy Film Festival – official selection

Austin Comedy Film Festival – official selection

Screencraft Comedy – quarterfinalist

danielobridges@gmail.com

 

FUN AND GAMES

Ariel Relaford

Horror

Two adopted, teenage siblings receive a mysterious box. In order to save their own lives and the lives of others, they must race against the clock to solve the riddles it holds.

arielrelaford@gmail.com

 

HARBOR

Amina Divine

Suspense

A corrupted bed-and-breakfast owned by a Swedish couple hosted by a harbored African girl. Can she escape? Will she survive?

aminacarr@gmail.com

 

HOLY HARRY

Zach Witt

In the midst of a brewing revolution, the CEO of Heaven mysteriously vanishes, leaving a new arrival to keep the peace or face deportation to Hell.

Script 32 Comedy – quarterfinalist

zwitt87@gmail.com

 

IGOR AND FRANKIE

Jim Picariello

Animated family feature

Chaos abounds at the MIT women’s dorm when Igor mistakenly creates a serum that brings stuffed animals to life. When the formula’s stolen, she must team up with Frankie, her manic-inventor roommate-from-hell, to steal it back and subdue the resulting rampaging, fluffy abomination.

Nicholl Fellowship – top 10%

Austin Film Festival – second rounder

Stowe Story Labs Fellowship – finalist

jimpicariello@gmail.com

 

INCOMPLETE

Kenson Junicue

Drama

A self-depleted young black man lands an internship at a prestigious law firm and quickly becomes involved with his prejudiced boss.

Diverse Stories – semifinalist

International Independent Film Awards – finalist

New York Screenplay Film Awards – finalist

junicue@me.com

 

JACKSONVILLE

Jeffrey R. Field

Comedy/Thriller

A suicidal Army veteran rescues a mob princess from kidnappers, only to have her blackmail him into killing a key witness against her father. Of course, it’s Florida.

Screencraft Fellowship – winner

Nicholl Fellowship – top 50

jefffield88@yahoo.com

 

JUST MY IMAGINATION

Antonio Shorter

Short

One brother wants to be like the other, but the other brother wants him to be more and better than him.

antonioshorter.21@gmail.com

 

LAST DAY ‘TIL SUMMER

Jimmy Hurt

Slasher/College Drama

Seven sinful college students win a foreign internship lottery, only to be locked in the theatre by a cult of murderous professors on the last day of class.

jbirdsseets29@gmail.com 

 

LAWN BOYS

Steve Cleary

Comedy

An out-of-work ad man saves his buddy’s failing landscaping business by targeting lonely housewives but must become a champion of nature when a shifty artificial turf dealer shows up on the scene.

WildSound Festival For Comedy – table read

steve@stevecleary.com

 

LOCKDOWN AT ONKALO

S. H. Sadek

Sci-Fi/Psychological Thriller

In the distant future, a woman finds herself trapped in a nuclear waste repository for 20 years with a clone left there to protect it from the monsters outside.

s.hsadek.writes@gmail.com

 

LONELY BOY

Adam Argyrides

Queer Coming-of-Age Drama

A socially awkward loner struggles to realize his sexuality and personal potential amid the pressures and dramas of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

adamargyrides97@gmail.com

 

LOVE ME

Jordan Tate

Thriller

Traumatized and reclusive since a violent assault, a famed female screenwriter trying to return to her normal life accepts to write a screenplay for an independent and first time female producer who begins stalking her.

Jordantatescreenwriter@yahoo.com

 

MECHCRAFT

Brian Fitzpatrick

Science-fiction

A teen singularity is hunted by relentless enemies for his shape-shifting nanotech ability embedded in his DNA. The Matrix meets Harry Potter.

The Script Lab – quarterfinalist

Screencraft Sci-fi/Fantasy – quarterfinalist

Final Draft Big Break – quarterfinalist

PAGE International – quarterfinalist

brianfitzauthor@gmail.com

 

MIND BLOWN

Paul Jarnagin

Action-Thriller

A cybersecurity agent discovers a mind-control Trojan horse in a popular VR gadget and must stop the inventor’s wicked game plan to save her daughter’s life.

Vine Hill Productions Legendary Script – winner

StoryPros – Action/Adventure – 2nd place

milehiscribe@gmail.com

 

MINDSCAPE

Joao Alves

Film Noir/Horror

In 1941, two special agents must go inside the mind of a Navy sailor gone insane, to find who or what destroyed a naval base and left him as the sole survivor, re-living his memories and risking losing their own sanity in the process.

European Genre Forum – one of 10 scripts selected

joao.alves.anim@gmail.com

 

MOMOTAMI: RISING SON

Mista Martel, Mary Kate Allen, Samuel C. Connor & Steve E. Holbert

Historical Fiction

In 1918, a Japanese couple comes to the United States in search of a better life. After decades filled with prejudice, humiliation and human rights violations, when World War II ends, their son decides to run for President of the United States.

Content Creators of Atlanta – winner, Best Feature Screenplay

Black Film Festival Atlanta – finalist, Best Feature Screenplay

TMFF – The Monthly Film Festival – finalist, Best Feature Screenplay

Actormista@gmail.com

 

NANA AND JAKE

Ross Allaire

Family/Science-fiction

A retired first-grade teacher and her orphaned grandson must outwit an obsessed small-town sheriff in order to save who they think are refugee aliens on a doomed planet.

ross.rocknroll@gmail.com

 

NEURAL

Sarah Granger

Sci-Fi

An expert informant gets infected by an unusual cybernetic virus, giving her 24 hours to live. With nowhere else to turn, she goes to her ex, who recruits a team of hackers in a rush to find the viral code and take down the dark web boss who hurt her.

Fade In Sci-Fi – semifinalist

sarah (at) sarahgranger (dot) com

 

NICKED

Eileen Wilson

Short film

Santa, held up at the grotto, uses his magic to save a lost soul getting nicked.

Bloodstained Indie Film Festival – winner, Best Short Script

Top Indie Film Awards – nominee, Best Short Script

chorlton1and@gmail.com

 

NUMBER ONE

Rich Hammond

Drama

Afraid of losing everything, a fading rock star tries to save his career by faking his own death.

rich@richhammond.com

 

OH, MY LEO!

Jeff Naparstek

Dark Comedy

A man has the opportunity to spend twenty-four hours with his wife… three days after his funeral.

Georgia Shorts Film Festival – Best Feature Comedy

propwriter1@gmail.com

 

OLD WEST

John Henderson

Revenge/Thriller

An aging farmer saddles up to hunt down a Western outlaw and his gang after a shootout takes away the last of everything he holds dear.

johnmichaelhenderson@gmail.com

 

OPHIDIA (THE SNAKE)

Greg Tennant

Psychological Horror

A nightmare vision of a former activist getting over a bad breakup and becoming entangled with a woman who claims to be helping him but who threatens to feed him to a giant snake.

Oaxaca Film Fest – finalist

13Horror.com Film & Screenplay – finalist

Oregon Scream Horror Week Film Festival – official selection

Indie Suspense Horror Sci-Fi Film Festival – official selection

gjtennant@sbcglobal.net

 

OTHERSIDE

Marin Rymer

Sci-Fi/Thriller

A suicidal detective investigating a spate of missing persons becomes one herself when she’s apparently trapped inside a suspiciously perfect hotel run by a peculiar proprietor.

marin.rymer@yahoo.com

 

PIECES

Stephen Tronicek

Horror-drama

After accidentally causing the death of his brother, a renowned surgeon starts to cut pieces of himself off.

The Million Dollar Screenplay – semifinalist

Screencraft Horror – quarterfinalist

stephen.tronicek@gmail.com

 

RATIONAL PANIC

Robert Rhyne

Psychological Thriller

When a theater professor’s wife, who suffers a panic disorder, mysteriously disappears during Mardi Gras, the professor is sucked into a strange and deadly mind game with one of his students, who has written a play with an eerily similar character.
 

Horror Hotel – Best Horror/Thriller Script

Shriekfest – Best Thriller Feature Screenplay

StoryPros – finalist

Script Summit – finalist

We Screenplay – finalist

PAGE International – quarterfinalist

randprhyne@aol.com

 

REPRESSION

Minh-Anh Vo Dinh

Horror/Drama

While struggling with a dead end job to support his dysfunctional family, a young man begins to experience nightmare inducing sleep paralysis, in which malevolent forces and horrifying visions terrorize him.

Screencraft Horror – semifinalist

minhanhvodinh@gmail.com

 

ROUGH SURFACE

Tim Brennan

Drama

Based on actual events, a young reporter investigates the life and murder of a Lakota Sioux girl as the killer’s confession rock the foundations of a small town.  

Big Break Screenwriting – finalist

TSL Free Screenwriting Contest – finalist

tbrennan75@gmail.com

 

SANDHILLS, NE

Coral Rucker

Social Horror – short film

Isaac goes to Nebraska to visit his friend Luke. During his stay he experiences creepy and unnerving encounters with the townspeople of Sandhills.

coralaotw@gmail.com

 

SIMULATION THEORY

Mage Lanz

Drama/Sci-Fi/Mind-bending

A woman’s assumptions of reality are unraveled as she experiences different lives in different universes.

lanz.mage@gmail.com

 

SKIP TO MY LOU

P.J. Marino

comedy-drama

A man held prisoner in a futuristic desert penal colony befriends a soulful zombie hitchhiker, the last of many pets he names “Chrissy”, but Chrissy is jealous, and has a tendency to eat any new friend the man makes.

pjmarino@pjmarino.com

 

SLAYCAY

Bill Poore

Psychological Thriller

After discovering that her best friend is sleeping with her fiancé, an unstable Instagram influencer invites her cheating friend on an all-inclusive Jamaican vacation where she plans to take her revenge.

8 on the Black List

b.poore8@gmail.com

 

TERMINOUS 9

Stephen A. Rutkowski

Science Fiction

With the sun dying, a family joins an intergalactic mission to a new planet in hopes of restarting civilization. After an arduous journey that spans generations, they finally arrive at the new planet, Terminus 9, which has a healthy sun but may be uninhabitable for other, more sinister reasons.

s.a.rutkowski@gmail.com

 

THE FLASHLIGHT FARMER

Alison C. Wroblewski

Original Drama

A young widow must save her home and dairy farm with the help of her opioid-addicted father before the bank forecloses for a debt she didn’t know her dead husband accrued.

Richmond International Film Festival – finalist

Fresh Voices – semifinalist

The Black List x Women In Film Residency – semifinalist

Screencraft Fellowship – quarterfinalist

Screencraft Drama – quarterfinalist

Sundance Labs – second-rounder

alisoncrews@mac.com

 

THE INVADER

Phillip E. Hardy

Science Fiction/Film Noir

When several women are murdered in Texas, a small-town lawman suffering violent dreams and premonitions tries to prevent a growing body count, while hunting for what could be a serial killer from another world.

L.A. Neo Noir Festival – Winner, Best Iconic Neo Noir Screenplay

Mindfield Film Festival – Winner, Best Science Fiction Screenplay

Filmquest – Finalist, Best Script

Los Angeles Film Awards – Winner, Best Science Fiction Screenplay

Kapow Intergalactic Film Festival – Finalist, Best Screenplay

Shriekfest – Quarterfinalist, Best Screenplay

Hollywood Blood Horror Festival – Winner, Best Screenplay

phillip_hrdy@yahoo.com

 

THE IRON HORSE OF LUCY STEELE

Paul E. Zeidman

Western-Adventure

1874. A fiery train engineer relentlessly pursues the ruthless outlaw who has stolen her one-of-a-kind locomotive to pull off the biggest heist in U.S. history.

Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices – winner, western genre

Screencraft Action – top 10 finalist (2x)

Nicholl Fellowship – top 15% (2x)

Screencraft Fellowship – semifinalist

Tracking Board Launchpad – top 50

StoryPros – semifinalist, action/adventure

Worldfest Houston – Gold Remi – western screenplays

paul.zeidman@gmail.com

 

THE LAST TREE STANDING MOTEL

Howard Casner

Drama, Crime

After two hired killers murder someone at a remote motel, they receive a call from their boss telling them they can’t leave the motel until he gives them permission—but won’t tell them why; are their lives at stake, or is this some sort of sick joke. Whatever it is, tragedy is inevitable.

PAGE International – semifinalist

Austin Film Festival – semifinalist

All Access – semifinalist

London Screenplay – finalist

Glendale Screenplay – finalist

Beverly Hills Film Festival – official selection

hcasner@aol.com

 

THE MARIO PUZO STORY

M. J. Moore

Biopic/Drama

After his Depression-era youth in Hell’s Kitchen and his decades of postwar obscurity as a struggling novelist, author Mario Puzo triumphs in 1969 with “The Godfather,” which immediately became the fastest-selling novel in publishing history. 

 

 

THE PENNY

Roxanne Marchand and Sheila Brothers

Family, Coming of Age

11-year-old Harry’s estranged grandfather finds him sneaking around in the forbidden attic and is none too happy but the smallest of treasures and Grampa’s nostalgic stories take them both back to see the lives that were touched by this special coin while unknowingly forging an unbreakable bond between the two.

The Penny was honored and published in short story form in the book “Family Movies Hollywood Didn’t Make, But Should” by Young Films and Publishing.

roxmarch@bellsouth.net

 

THE PODESTA

Vic Sammartano

Historical/Biographical Fiction

A career politician under Mussolini faces revenge when his fight against the fascist regime is no longer tolerated. To avoid certain death, he and his family escape from Sicily, secreted on a commercial fishing boat, destined for French Morocco.Two years later the Nazis occupy France in WWII, setting in motion a series of life-threatening events as the story of three generations of his family unfolds.

Seeking feedback

yvic@comcast.net

 

THE PORTENT

Esther Agulian Carr

Drama

A Scottish Highlander in the 1800’s haunted by a dark spirit, must find the woman whose destiny is mingled with his, and yet it will take more than their love to break the phantom’s curse.

Screencraft Drama – finalist

Screencraft Public Domain – finalist

esthercarr9@gmail.com

 

THERE’S BLOOD ON THE DISCO BALL

Brian Flaccus and Chadwick Hopson

Dark Comedy

Four friends in crumbling relationships set out for a night of party therapy while hunting a serial killer.

brian@theknightsyoung.com

 

THINGS KEPT HIDDEN

Christopher O’Bryant

Western/Horror/Thriller

After being hired to locate a young woman, a new Pinkerton and a mysterious bounty hunter each with their own secrets, set out to find her, only to discover a cult will stop at nothing to keep her for themselves.

Breaking Walls Thriller – finalist

Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival – semifinalist

Screencraft Fellowship – semifinalist

chris@obryant.ws

 

TILLIE

David Chester and Blake Pinter

Coming-of-Age/Period Drama

When her tyrannical father forces her to leave school to work on the family farm, a gifted girl secretly embarks on a life-changing journey to follow in the footsteps of her beloved teacher.

Pitch Now Screenplay Competition – finalist

Screencraft Public Domain Screenplay Contest – finalist

Vail Film Festival – finalist

davidhalchester@gmail.com

 

UNBURIED (based on the play UNBURIED)

Rebecca Norris – both play & screenplay

Dramedy

A wisecracking chronic hoarder must face her complicated past when authorities give her 72 hours to clean up her home or be put out on the street.

O’Neill Theater Center – National Playwright’s Conference – semifinalist

Austin Film Festival – 2nd rounder

Screencraft Playwriting – quarterfinalist

beckaroohoo@gmail.com

 

WHAT KIND OF WOMAN

Elizabeth  Block

Dramedy – short

A young woman’s life is flipped upside down by secrets from her mother and she is forced to become the parent instead of the child.

Screencraft Film Fund – quarterfinalist

SF Indie Fest Screenplay – finalist

screenblock@gmail.com

 

WINTERBURG

Owen Stidman

Drama

When their post-high school lives don’t turn out the way they’d hoped, five millennials return to their small Rust Belt hometown in hopes of finding personal fulfillment.

owenhstidman@gmail.com

 

YOUR MOVE

Danny Aviv and Jeff Haber

Romantic Comedy

A former photographer, nervous about #MeToo culture, gains a new perspective on life and love when he meets his ideal woman at the chess shop where he works.

j.r.haber@att.net

 

TELEVISION

4-F: OPERATION UNDERWORLD

Greg Beck

Historical Crime Drama Espionage

The New York Mafia of Lucky Luciano & Meyer Lansky work with Naval Intelligence in World War II to stop the Axis powers. Focus on Lansky underling with ALS & his handler a Sarah Lawrence graduate and a member of Women’s Reserve. Boardwalk Empire meets Sicario.

Austin Film Festival – AMC Pilot Script – Finalist

Scriptapalooza – 3rd place

gbeck86@gmail.com

 

A GENTLEMAN’S HEIST

Alex Konz

limited series – Action/Adventure

A crew of nine engages the FBI, Catholic Church, and the Cuban regime in a complicated game of cat and mouse across the globe while in pursuit of the remnants of a long lost king’s treasure. 

Coverfly’s The Red List – #15 Adventure Television of the Year

ark4497@gmail.com

 

AKITA ON PAROLE

Jordan SuperMan Taylor (RIH), Sire Eminence Zakkiyyiah, Stacci D. Great

Dramedy Sitcom

Akita, an accomplished, strong-willed, ball-busting attorney formulates an exit program to combat recidivism because she’s very arduous of the judicial system’s failing track record for rehabilitating repeat offenders. Little did she know that the implementation of this program would be like a punch to the throat.

WildSound February 2020 – winner

Catalina Filmfest – finalist

1greatproduction@gmail.com

 

AMATEURS

Dan Phillips and Chris Townsend

Sitcom

A small group of misfits find their place in local amateur dramatics where relationships grow in the strangest of ways, in the strangest of costumes. 

drphillips86@gmail.com

 

ANGELS OF WAR

Natalie G. Bergman and Victoria E. Rau

pilot – Drama, World War II history, Medical & Military – diverse cast led by female lead role ensemble

The untold true story of a group of American nurses trapped behind enemy lines for over three brutal years in the South Pacific during World War II. Follow their heroism, relationships, endurance and survival.

The Golden Script Competition – semifinalist

roseandpearlproductions@gmail.com

 

BOUNTY

Gary M. Howell

Drama

When a deep-sea explorer goes missing, his son must unravel a mystery embedded in his father’s will, and doing so will entangle him in a world of drug smugglers, murderers and backstabbers.

WeScreenplay – semifinalist

Screencraft Pilot Launch – finalist

Atlanta Film Festival – semifinalist

PAGE International – quarterfinalist

garymhowell@gmail.com

 

CHICAGO OVERCOAT

Abby LaMarre

pilot – Supernatural Drama

On the south side of Chicago at the helm of Prohibition, a horror writer finds herself torn between two worlds when she stumbles upon a speakeasy run by vampires.

Austin Film Festival – second rounder

Screencraft Pilot Launch – quarterfinalist

Screencraft Fellowship – finalist

James A. Michener Fellowship – awardee

lamarreabby@gmail.com

 

CLAIRVOYANT DETECTIVE

C.J. Knapp

Crime Thriller

Murders trigger a latent gift in a hard-nosed tenacious Asian detective. As she investigates the bizarre killings, she uncovers strange amulets linked to the Chinese Zodiac – and the world of demons.

Script Summit Screenplay – Official Selection (pilot)

Script Summit Screenplay – Official Selection (pitch bible)

Extreme Screenwriting – Recommend

cjknapp11@gmail.com

 

COUNTERINTELLIGENT

Natalie Sayth

Comedy

A clumsy FBI analyst must overcome self-doubts and a dysfunctional bureaucracy to locate a compromised informant and gain her boss’s trust.

natalie.sayth@gmail.com

 

CURTAIN CALL

Kate Harbert

Comedy

“Curtain Call” follows a touring company of a failing musical as they struggle with low ticket sales, insane crew members, and an unreliable cast.

Rome Independent Prisma – semifinalist

harbertekate@gmail.com

 

DICK DOCS

Marc Blitstein & Brian Rousso

30-minute single-cam comedy

A once-promising urologist who abandoned his profession, now this underachieving pool cleaner, is forced to start practicing medicine again to prevent his estranged broke father from ending up on his couch.

emailmarc@mac.com

 

DOWNTOWN

DeShawn Hill

Drama/Dark Comedy

A tightly-wound, bottom-tier business man is thrown into the underbelly of his mundane city after he witnesses the unthinkable on a night out.

Officialdeshawnhill@gmail.com

 

DYSFUNCTION JUNCTION

Jim Mercurio

1/2 hour Dramedy pilot

An orally fixated neurotic psychologist falls for an anally retentive businesswoman and all sex breaks loose. Will this modern couple be able to navigate through self-deception, projection, codependency and anger to find love or will their relationship become a dysfunction junction. In the vein of auteur-driven half-hour dramedies such as Fleabag, Girls, Better Things, and You’re the Worst.

Currently #1 for Drama Television (Half-hour)s of the year on the Red List

JimMercurio@gmail.com

 

FRANKENSTEIN UNLEASHED

Neal Wiser

Sci-Fi

Years after the virus he created killed his wife and millions of others, Vik Frankenstein and his brother have to harvest organs from the dead to keep Vik alive long enough to take down his old friend, the scientist who actually unleashed the virus.

Screencraft Fellowship – finalist (pending – winners announced in July)

WriteMovies Screenwriting – grand prize winner, Winter 2020

Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship – winner (top 10)

Stage 32 4th Annual TV Writing Contest – quarterfinalist

nwiser@gmail.com

 

GARYTOWN

Seth Nelson

Comedy, Mystery

A successful podcaster reunites with a job-hopping childhood friend and exposes his brother’s true identity.

snelson1076@me.com

 

GOING STEADY

Robyn Paris

1/2-hour single-cam Comedy

Ladies’ man widower Sid Shineman, the former owner of a high-end women’s boutique, moves in with his fashion designer daughter Abby after the death of his wife. Together, they navigate the world of online dating, while weeding through advice from their flamboyant live-in housekeeper, Wanda. COMPS: Grace and Frankie, The Kominksy Method

Stage 32 Pilot Competition – quarterfinalist

robynoparis@gmail.com

 

HADES

Michael Boaks

Medical/Crime Drama

When Australia’s top ER doctor is permanently struck off, his life spirals into chaos. Desperate, he takes a job as private doctor to a secretly unwell Croatian crime boss as gangland tensions rise.

michaelboaks@hotmail.com

 

HANDBASKET

Matthew J. Kaplan

Supernatural

When a drummer’s deal with the devil results in the disappearance of the singer, the remaining bandmates must face their own demons in order to break the deal before the next singer vanishes.

kapmatt@gmail.com

 

HOW HEATHER SURVIVED THE APOCALYPSE

Amanda Graham

pilot- Comedy

A smart-but-sneaky teen girl stuck in a crazy Baptist cult in 1986 discovers the world will definitely end in two years’ time.

Screencraft Comedy – quarterfinalist

amandagraham@gmail.com

 

HOW WE ROLL

Katey Clausen

1-hour Drama

Trapped under the boot of her father, a closeted young woman who comes to find herself, and her sexuality, through roller derby in 1984 California.

cynthiakclausen@gmail.com

 

HUNTING VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN

M. Pepper Langlinais

1-hour Drama – pilot

A newly dead man, a mortician, and a cop work together to seek the source of local zombie activity in small-town Kansas.

Fresh Voices – “worthy of network consideration”

Creative World Awards – semifinalist

methos@gmail.com

 

INFINITELY YOURS

Darci Faye

hour-long Drama (adapted from the author’s play of the same name)

Emily is forced to go home for her father’s funeral. When Emily crosses paths with her ex-boyfriend, she is not sure which scares her most – the fear that he hasn’t changed a bit … or the fact that she still has feelings for him. An explosive new drama about the hidden cycles of violence in rural Maine.

Planet Connections Theatre Festival – nominee, Outstanding Playwriting of a New Script

dcf@bu.edu

 

INVASION OF THE CUBECUMBERS

Brannon Hollingsworth

Animated Children/Family Comedy

When an overzealous boy applies too much fertilizer to his father’s crop of cubecumbers, he and his family scramble to put the abundant crop to good use.

brainypixelproductions@gmail.com

 

KISMET

Ashwini Prasad

Comedy & Drama

A South Asian woman leaves her sheltered family life in Vancouver, BC to New York City after a series of events lead her to a calling for a new life and a new career path as she embraces her autonomy and her sexuality. 

ashwini_prasad01@yahoo.com

 

KRIMPS

Michael Paul Caruso

Drama

In Portland, Oregon, 1889, an atypical vaudeville producer works to become a bold voice for justice to fight against a ruthless band of pirates who capture citizens and sell them to work on ships.

myshacaruso@gmail.com

 

MATCHMAKERS

Erin Felton

Sci-Fi Sitcom

A workplace comedy about a PR woman representing a company of matchmakers who genetically engineer women for love, even though gene therapy technology is still often defective. 

Austin Film Festival – second round

erinhollyfenton@gmail.com

 

MORNINGWOOD

T. Gordon Stanley

Dark comedy, mystery

A disgraced intelligence officer, who steals three million dollars, goes underground in a peculiar small town, but loses his leg while setting up an illicit operation to unveil international corruption.

Table Read My Screenplay – Park City – semifinalist

tgordonstanley@gmail.com

 

MYTHIC QUEST: MIDNIGHT KINGDOM

August Isles

Comedy

Mythic Quest’s newest expansion “Midnight Kingdom” has leaked to the public and it’s not well-received. Co-creative directors Ian and Poppy blame each other while Davis tries to deal with Montreal.

aiwritestv@gmail.com

 

NAMAHAGE

Travis Seppala

pilot – Horror

After her American husband is killed in an accident, a Japanese woman must save his children from a pack of mythological demons.

Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards – quarterfinalist

Austin Screenplay Awards – quarterfinalist

Scripts & Scribes Logline Madness – top 24

flannelmann@yahoo.com

 

NO THANK YOU

Brittany Suzanne Kelly

Comedy

Tawnie, a plus-size Caribbean woman living in LA fed up with her romantic connections not panning out, drunkenly places an explicit personal ad that gets over 500 replies. She decides to date those who responded in hopes of finding her true sexual match. 

brittany@striketwicecreative.com

 

OCCUPIED INTELLIGENCE

Collin Lieberg

Historical Drama

Inspired by the true story of two women in Occupied Europe who spy for Allied forces by rescuing downed soldiers and translating Nazi intelligence, only to be betrayed and captured.

collin.lieberg@gmail.com

 

PARKMONT

Brandon Hull

Comedy

Probation forces a twentysomething to find work or go to jail. He finally lands a job, unbeknownst to him it’s with South Florida’s largest gun and drug runner.

BHWrites24@gmail.com

 

PAX ALPHA

Kevin Ryan

Historical Fantasy

As the Roman Empire collapses, a vengeful grandmother protects her grandchildren while on a warpath to the magical rulers that murdered her husband and son.

kevinryan333@gmail.com

 

PUBLIC INTEGRITY

Shawn Decker

Crime drama

A new detective unit tasked with criminal justice reform faces obstruction when they investigate police corruption and brutality, starting with an officer-involved shooting of an unarmed Black celebrity.

shawndoc1996@gmail.com

 

REAPER

Kayona Ebony Brown

hour-long pilot – Drama, Crime, Fantasy

After being demoted from her job as the Grim Reaper, Death uses her unearthly powers to exact vigilante justice for the soon-to-be-dead.

Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative – Winner/1st Place

kayona@kayonaeboynbrown.com

 

RESTING BITCH FACE

Dana Braziel-Solovy

1/2 hour comedy

When a people-pleasing starlet loses her ability to fake a smile, she must learn to embrace her inner bitch and rebuild her identity in a society that demonizes women who are not ready to make nice.

dana.braziel@gmail.com

 

‘SCRIPS

Craig Guerra and Jason Gardner (based on Craig Guerra’s memoir ALIVE and UNWELL)

pilot – Coming-of-age true crime drama

When his mother dies, a college student studying far from home struggles to reconcile with his estranged father while slipping deeper and deeper into the prescription drug trade.

craigguerra@gmail.com

 

SENIORS HIGH

Dave Goossen

1/2 hour pilot – Dramatic Comedy

After moving from Montana to North Carolina, a feisty octogenarian comes to terms (or not) with the “cliques” at his seniors home that parallel those of his grandson in his new high school and his daughter at her new job.

dave@davegoossen.com

 

SOUL SISTERS

Brandon Udy

Comedy

Ruth is psychic. Janine sees ghosts. Together, these middle-aged half sisters navigate LA life (and death), juggling relationships, careers, and the living and dead celebrities that frequent the city.

brendon.u@gmail.com

 

SOUTHERN FRIED

Guy Crawford

1/2-hour Dramedy

A prodigal daughter and her female fiancé return to her small southern hometown to take over the family diner, setting up a collision of worlds and values that leaves everyone trying to figure out how to coexist in the new normal.

guyc2_2000@yahoo.com

 

STAR DUCKS

Jake Lynch

Animated Sci-Fi Comedy – pilot (Quack Landing)

A crew of ducks crash their spaceship on an uncharted world under suspicious circumstances. Their lowest ranked crew member, reckless Sagittaria, sets out on an otherworldly journey to recover the missing ship pieces, find her missing crew and learn from the Scroops what it really means to be a true hero.

jakelynch25@gmail.com

 

SUBTERFUGE

Rich Andrew

Drama/Sci-Fi pilot

A scientist studying posthumanism goes on the hunt for a metaphysical artifact that could unlock a singular truth that’s been hidden from mankind by certain elites throughout history.

richandrew00@gmail.com

 

TEEN ZOMBIE SHOW

David Santo

half-hour pilot – Comedy

A small town girl with a razor sharp wit searches for the fairytale man of her dreams, but “happily ever after” gets tricky when her Prince Charming turns out to be a zombie, and her mother prohibits their illicit love.

Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition – 1st place, TV 

Firereel Film Festival – 1st place

The Crime List – 1st place

Hollywood International Moving Pictures – 1st place

Worldfest Houston – 1st place

ScriptXpert coverage at The Writers Store – double recommend

davidsanto@hotmail.com

 

THE EXPLORER

Heidi Stangeland

Historical Drama/Thriller

When Vikings accidentally discover North America, it’s not only unfamiliar and hostile territory they have to conquer but the clash of old and new religion that causes conflict throughout the crew.

Script Summit Screenwriting Festival – Best Character Category

heidi@vegvisur.com

 

THE FAIRY KNIGHT

Sam Tracton

pilot – Supernatural/Fantasy

A man seeking to heal his dying aunt absorbs a stockpile of magical energy, embroiling him in an ancient fairy warrior’s hunt for revenge.

ratiyusarmor@gmail.com

 

THE IMAGINATION OF BILLY COULTER

Garison Ellsworth Piatt

Teen/Adventure/Drama

A young boy escapes his dysfunctional life through his overactive imagination, until his daydreams become real…and out of control.

writer@garisonpiatt.com

 

THE MAINELAND

Kelsey Kyle

pilot – Drama

In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, three estranged siblings must move in together after their mother’s suicide is ruled a homicide. 

kelseykyle1@gmail.com

 

THIS COVIDIEN LIFE

Emily Lozano

Comedy

In the midst of a global pandemic, six employees of a failing retailer decide to quarantine together in their abandoned offices. Will they save the company? Will they get caught? Or will they drive each other insane?

emily@emilylozano.com

 

THIS IS AMERICA

Jared V. Walker Jr.

Fantasy/Adventure

To escape his immoral past, an unexpected hero must deliver a powerful child to a mystical hidden city while fleeing a diabolical scientist who will stop at nothing to recover her experiment.

jarevwalkerjr@gmail.com

 

UNSOCIAL

Nick Coffman

1/2 hour Comedy pilot

Evicted from her luxurious, virtual lifestyle, an aggrieved woman returns to a real world run by droids and smart cars.

ncoff10@gmail.com

 

UNTIL THE RIOTS COME

Naja Rayne

one-hour Historical Drama

A Chicago newspaper publisher fights against the federal government’s efforts to censor the Black press during WW2.

Sundance Episodic Lab 2nd rounder 

najaraynewrites@gmail.com

 

VAMPI E.R.

Luke Zwanziger

Comedy-Horror

When a socially conscious OHSU doctor in Portland, OR is turned into a vampire, she is ethically compelled to help the sick and injured at a mismanaged hospital for mythical creatures and monsters.

WW FilmLabTV – finalist

LukeZwan@gmail.com

 

WANDERLUST

Alicia McLachlan & Paul Winters

pilot – one-hour Drama

In the isolated Australian Outback, an Aboriginal hostel clerk with an identity complex must decide whether to take over the struggling family business with her enigmatic best friend or leave town to pursue a life of her own.

https://twitter.com/AliciaMcLachlan

 

WENDIGO

Sandrene Matthews

Fantasy Drama

A selfish, supernatural flesh-eater struggles to maintain her free-spirited lifestyle when she is forced to lead the family hunt to protect them from their own barbaric desires and the humans who wish to eradicate them.

Screencraft Sci-Fi/Fantasy – semifinalist

sandrenehatesspam@gmail.com

 

WHITE PLAGUE

Michael A. Levine

Science Fiction/Horror

When an anthropologist returns to her home in Milwaukee, a worldwide pandemic breaks out – unlike any other because it can be energized by electronic transmissions like smartphones and wifi. She knows someone she believes has a cure – the traditional healer of the tribe she was studying in the Nicaraguan rain forest. But to get to her she will have to travel 3,300 miles through plague-infested areas without modern transportation and needs the help of the one person she detests the most – the man she holds responsible for the death of her brother.

Stage 32 Read My Screenplay – Consider

QuantumW@gmail.com

Q & A with Ethan Ransom of Screenwriting Is Hard

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Ethan Ransom began writing at a young age, but didn’t find his way to screenwriting until college, when he had a glorious realization that people actually made a living writing the movies that he loved. Right then and there, screenwriting became his discipline. After finishing two feature scripts, getting married, and moving to LA, Ethan completed the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting, and then the Screenwriting MFA at The American Film Institute.

He was very fortunate to get repped right out of school, and has been hustling ever since. In 2016, he realized he needed to give back to newer screenwriters who were still struggling to learn what he had and began mentoring and coaching in earnest. He lives down the street from the Walt Disney and Warner Brothers studio lots in Burbank, California, with his incredible wife and three vivacious children.

What’s the last thing you read or watched that you thought was incredibly well-written?

THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK. Great dialogue and characters, great twists, gut punch of an ending. It puts you so squarely in the perspective of the characters, who are isolated, without information, operating on instinct, and doing the best they can, only to have rug pulled out from under them — and thus, us. Not a wasted word in that movie, and great performances to boot! Anyone looking to write a contained thriller should give it a watch and study why it succeeds!

How’d you get your start in the industry?

I made the move to LA after writing a couple screenplays, getting engaged, and getting invited to the UCLA Professional Program for Screenwriting (UCLA’s and USC’s grad programs declined my application). From there, I’ve worked a number of different day jobs — reality TV vault manager, post-production assistant, marketing production coordinator and writer-producer — all while continuing to write.

But my big boost was the screenwriting MFA at The American Film Institute, and specifically the two acting seminars that they made us take. That opened up my world as a writer and gave me a way into my craft that I hadn’t had up to that point. It helped me understand what I was actually trying to achieve on the page: a framework for real, performable emotion, created by the story I would write. I tell people that AFI made me three times the writer I was beforehand. From there, I was fortunate enough to find a manager thanks to my thesis script, and have been on the hunt ever since.

Is recognizing good writing something you think can be taught or learned?

I think everyone recognizes good writing intuitively. They feel it — they know it’s good, whether or not they can explain why. I think the ability to recognize why writing is good and to reproduce that in your own work is what’s difficult to learn. I think it can be taught and learned to some degree, but if you don’t have an innate writer’s instinct buried somewhere inside, all the classroom time in the world can’t teach you how to write well.

What do you consider the components of a good script?

Far and away, the most important component of a good script is compelling action lines and a rhythm of dialogue that creates the mood and flow of the story in the same way that the movie/TV show will. That’s what sets professional scripts apart: the action lines feel masterful, artful, and they take you through the movie in your mind’s eye in a specific and calculated way to mimic the feeling of watching the final product in your head. That’s the most important thing. That’s what makes for a compelling read, a page-turner, which to me is the best description of a good script.

What are some of the most common screenwriting mistakes you see?

Beyond bad grammar, bad spelling, typos, and improper format, the most common screenwriting mistake I see is action writing that describes the visual moments out of order, where we have to interpret the prose to figure out what we’d actually be seeing if we watched the filmed version of the script. That’s what screams “amateur” to me.

Second to that, I often see dialogue that doesn’t factor in character reactions — as in, the emotions of the lines don’t follow each other moment to moment. One character says something, and then the other character says something that simply would not follow from what the other character said, but is rather what the writer wants or needs to happen. That takes the reader out of the scene, out of the script, out of the story. You just can’t make that mistake and expect your script to work.

What story tropes are you just tired of seeing?

None, really. I love tropes, as long as they’re executed in an original, fresh way. I think tropes exist because certain types of stories just work, but with how much content is being created right now, when you use a trope, you better put a spin on it, or it’s going to be absolutely dull, no matter what trope it is

What are some key rules/guidelines every writer should know?

You never need as many words as you think. Cut as much as you can.

Find your writing routine and stick to it. Defend it zealously.

Let early drafts be bad — no one will see them but you! Don’t try to be perfect on the first pass, it’ll just slow you down, and no matter WHAT you do, the first pass will suck!

Ultimately, don’t ascribe to anyone else’s method for writing. Take in their ideas, experiment, and find your own.

Don’t get too caught up with prep work or logistics work — the finished script is what you’re aiming to create. Everything else must serve that goal. Set aside anything that isn’t.

Have you ever read a spec script that was an absolute, without-a-doubt “recommend”? If so, what were the reasons why?

Sadly, I haven’t, but the elements that might earn a script a “recommend” are as follows: a unique concept and point of view, stellar writing, a tight and compelling plot, rich characters, and as a bonus, the subversion of genre conventions.

How do you feel about screenwriting contests? Worth it or not?

As long as you know that winning a contest will never get you a career — you’re basically paying for the chance to, at best, be rewarded with prize money and exposure, and at worst, be told your work isn’t good enough yet — heck, go for it. I think it can be helpful for exposure purposes and getting read in certain places, but like this business, there are no guarantees. Only spend what you’re willing to lose.

How can people find out more about you and the services you provide?

Email me at ransomwriting@gmail.com, or find me on the socials — @ransomwriting (Screenwriting Is Hard) on Facebook (my services are posted on this page).

People can also follow me on Instagram (@ransomwriting), Twitter (@ethanwransom), and subscribe to my YouTube Channel Screenwriting Is Hard.

I also do mentoring sessions as well as notes on completed work, and am always posting helpful info and links!

Readers of this blog are more than familiar with my love/appreciation of pie. What’s your favorite kind?

French silk. Mmmmm. Oui, oui.

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Q & A with Dominic Carver

Dom Carver

Dominic Carver is a screenwriter, script consultant, and script editor.

In 2008 his first short film, AGN, was produced by Split Edit in Norway and broadcast on Norwegian TV. His second short film written in 2010, the mystery thriller THE TRAVELLER, was a collaboration with Dubai-based director Musaab Ag. In June 2011, Dominic won the Prequel To Cannes Feature Screenwriting Prize for FAITH, a bleak unflinching look at the life of a London street prostitute.

Dominic has since been commissioned for six feature screenplays and has also worked as a script editor on other projects, including the feature THE DYING EYE (2013).

Dominic continues to place highly in many competitions most notably the FINAL TEN of FINAL DRAFT’S BIG BREAK 2016 FEATURE COMPETITION – FAMILY/ANIMATED, the FINAL TEN of STAGE 32 TV WRITING CONTEST 2017 and the FINAL TEN of Idris Elba’s GREEN DOOR, GREEN LIGHT INITIATIVE 2017.

What’s the last thing you read or watched you thought was incredibly well-written?

DUBLIN MURDERS by Sarah Phelps. Utterly spellbinding, a haunting examination of loss set in and around the search for the murderer of a young girl. Sarah’s work is wonderfully paced and her dialogue frighteningly good. She writes beautifully dark, complex characters, and with THE ABC MURDERS she breathed new life into the well visited character of Poirot.

How’d you get your start in the industry?

I have always loved stories, often reading a novel a day during my teens. On one particularly slow and boring day at work, I decided I’d had enough and needed to do something other than rot away in a dead-end job, so I signed up to do the Scriptwriting for Film & TV degree at Bournemouth University. Skip forward a few years and I won the Prequel To Cannes Screenwriting Competition, and one of the judges recommended me to a producer, who offered me my first feature commission.

Is recognizing good writing something you think can be taught or learned?

A very interesting question. I believe that to be a truly great writer you have to have a certain amount of natural storytelling talent. You can be taught how to create characters, develop ideas, write characters and dialogue to a reasonable level and to recognise what works and what doesn’t, but if that natural storytelling ability isn’t there. you’re going to struggle and will only ever be average.

Good storytelling is instinct; getting to the emotional core of your characters and their journeys and being able to put that on a page to move and manipulate your audience in ways they weren’t expecting. It’s easy to spot a good screenwriter – they stand out from the crowd. From the hundreds of scripts I’ve read over the years, only four really made me sit up and pay attention and go, ‘This writer has real talent!’

What do you consider the components of a good script?

The characters and the journey they’re on. If your audience doesn’t feel for your characters or their journey, then you’ve lost them before you’ve even begun.

The film JOKER is the perfect example. He’s the most despicable character, a psychopath you would go out of your way to avoid in real life, but on the screen we understand and can empathise with the circumstances that made him. Even when he goes on a killing spree at the end of the movie, regardless of how horrifying and distasteful it is, we understand why and empathise with him. If, as a writer, you can make even the most despicable character sympathetic, that’s masterful writing.

What are some of the most common screenwriting mistakes you see?

Where do I start? Poorly developed characters. If you don’t know who your characters are, how can you expect your audience to? Generic storylines. A popular one at the moment seems to be the ‘mid-life crisis’ and the search for meaning in characters’ lives.

If you don’t approach it from a unique angle, give the audience something they haven’t seen before, then why bother as your screenplay will be lost amongst a sea of similar scripts. Static scenes where characters share their secret feelings around a table and a cup of tea. It’s a visual medium, people sitting around chatting about their feelings is boring to watch. Busy those static scenes up. And when have you ever opened up to a stranger and told them your inner most feelings? Never! People just don’t do that, unless verbal diarrhea is a character trait.

If new writers took more care in developing their characters and their stories, rather than copying what has come before and populating those tired stories with generic characters, there would be a lot more interesting stories out there.

What story tropes are you just tired of seeing?

The mid-life crisis. The hero whose family is murdered and they go on the hunt for revenge. And that’s just two. There are so many more, I’d be here all day listing them. Dig deeper, people!

What are some key rules/guidelines every writer should know?

-Spend time on developing your characters and ideas.

-Don’t write great chunks of dialogue or scene description. Less is more. You’re writing a screenplay, not a novel.

-Study people. Find out how people tick.

-Don’t try and write a Tarantino (or another writing hero) movie. Write your own, what appeals to you. Find and develop your own voice.

-Always, always, always have your work read by a professional screenwriter before you send it out into the wider world. Yes, it will cost you money, but you need to know if your story and characters work as it will save you a lot of time and effort. Far too many writers send work out before it’s ready and they wonder why they experience so much rejection.

-Write the first draft quickly without over thinking it too much. The following draft will be a lot better. Just get those ideas on the page and then worry about reworking them. A page of crap is easier to rewrite than a blank one.

-Don’t make a tit of yourself on social media. Be kind, be polite, be inquisitive but never ever pester others to read your work. If you are friendly, polite, respectful and get to know them as friends, people will start to ask to read your work or even recommend you to others.

-Rewrite! Rewrite! Rewrite!

-Network like your life depends on it… because it does.

-Never take rejection personally. It’s never about you, it’s just that your script isn’t a fit with that person at that time. If you get rejected, rework your screenplay and then send it out to two more people. Developing a thick skin is an absolute must for being a writer.

Have you ever read a spec script that was an absolute, without-a-doubt “recommend”? If so, what were the reasons why?

Yes, and it still puzzles me why it hasn’t been made. I don’t usually mention clients I read for, or their work, as it’s confidential, but in this case I’m going to name the script and the writer. It’s MINOTAUR by ADEWOLE ADEYOYIN.

I hate horror movies, I don’t see the point of watching something that you know is going to scare the poop out of you, but Ade’s script stood out because of its characters, story, themes and its depth. It took a well-explored genre and turned it into something original and compelling, a thrill ride from start to finish.

If any producer out there reads this and is looking for a cracking monster movie, get in touch and I’ll pass it on. It needs to be made!

How do you feel about screenwriting contests? Worth it or not?

Yes! Not only do they test your work, but if you do well they can help propel your career forward. A friend and I wrote a feature from conception to finished second draft in twelve days back in 2016. She wrote the first draft in seven days and I spent the next five rewriting. We entered it into Final Draft’s Big Break and made it through to the final ten in the family category. If it had been entered in the historical category, I think it would have gone even further. Every competition we entered this script into it made at least the quarterfinals, so we knew we had something special.

But which competitions to enter? Pick the well-known ones, the ones with an impressive lineup of judges or that offer access to industry players. Paying for feedback is a great idea, but how well your screenplay does in the competition will also be a great indicator of how good your writing is.

How can people find out more about you and the services you provide?

From my website at www.thescriptwriter.co.uk. It needs updating, but as usual I’ve been busy. I’m sure I’ll get around to it at some point. Maybe next year.

I’m also on Twitter – @DomCarver

Readers of this blog are more than familiar with my love/appreciation of pie. What’s your favorite kind?

Steak and kidney… nothing beats it!

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Assorted ends & odds

Woman Food Shopping
Nothing like a little variety – and at such reasonable prices

A lot of developments on several fronts around Maximum Z HQ this week. Don’t want to go into much detail, but among the highlights:

-outlined a horror-comedy short, and have now moved on to writing it. Seriously considering making it, so watch this space for further developments.

-working on the short, plus some inspiring and motivating comments from a few colleagues, makes me weigh the option of revising the horror-comedy spec I wrote last year. This would be done with the intent to lower the potential budget – smaller number of characters and locations. Defnitely doable.

-I’ve always been a fan of the The Flash TV show, and came up with a story idea I think would be fun to see. So, I’ve decided to attempt to write a spec episode about it. Since I’ve never written for TV before, this will be quite the learning experience.

-forgive the self-promotion, but my western took the top spot in its category for Creative Screenwriting’s Unique Voices contest. I’m quite thrilled, and even if it doesn’t take the grand prize, it’s still something I’m very proud of having accomplished.

-Here a few external items of note:

-There are lots of screenwriting retreats, but how about one at a 5-star game lodge in South Africa? Networking. Mentoring from industry professionals. A safari. All the details at scriptoafrica.com.

-Chris Gore of Film Threat has launched a crowdfunding campaign for his documentary project ATTACK OF THE DOC. If you were a fan of G4TV and/or Attack of the Show, this sounds right up your alley. Donate if you can!

-last, but not least. Yours truly is one-third of a trio of hosts of the new Creative Writing Life podcast, which offers up our thoughts on all sorts of writing and writing-related topics. Co-hosts include author/friend-of-the-blog Justin Sloan and author P.T. Hylton. As of this writing, it’s on Spotify, and we’re working on getting it onto iTunes. No matter what platform you use, feel free to give it a listen!

Hope you have a great weekend. Go write something.