Lavender’s Blue

“A young thief finds compassion in the unlikely source of his arresting officer.”

Never underestimate the power of an effective film title. It’s the attention-getter. Titles can be quite literal (for instance Godzilla, The King’s Speech, or My Best Friend’s Wedding.) Or you may need to watch the movie to figure it out the reference: ala Enough Said, Jacob’s Ladder, and The Shawshank Redemption. Depending on who’s in control on movie night, sometimes the title is all an audience member knows going in. But – whichever direction you choose – the title needs to be relevant and stand out!

In Lavender’s Blue, the meaning of the title is subtle – emerging slowly as the drama enfolds. As the script opens, world-weary veteran Inspector Foster and young Sergeant Watts interrogate a sullen teen accused of stealing… of all things, a lavender scented gift pack of toiletries.

After a few grueling rounds of good cop/bad cop – and one rather sneaky maneuver on Foster’s part – they figure out the boy’s name: 17 year old Chris Turner. More digging uncovers the surprising reason for Chris’ theft. Foster and Watts find themselves faced with a decision: throw the book at the unlucky perp. Or take pity on the kid – bringing him (and his stolen loot) on an unexpected side trip…

An award winning tale, Lavender’s Blue is subtly written with multiple layers; perfect for any director looking to produce an emotionally complex drama that’ll stay with their audience long after credits roll.

About the writer: Boasting an MA in Scriptwriting for Film, Theatre, TV & Radio, MJ is an award winning writer, with shorts optioned and produced in countries as diverse as Croatia and Norway. Residing in sunny England, she is currently hard at work developing a series with the BBC Writersroom – as well as working on a number of features (including one low-budget horror and a fantasy adventure script.) Her website is available here: redcatwriter.wordpress.com/. MJ herself can be reached via mjhermanny – AT – gmail!

Pages: 5

Budget: Relatively low. Settings include an interrogation room and a “hospital” type setting. For your four main characters, make sure to get actors with a strong and nuanced emotional range. Because this script deserves to be done properly!

About the reviewer for Lavender’s Blue:California uber reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working hard on her animated feature. KP’s work is available at moviepoet.com!

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A Ghost in the Embers

It’s 1883. A lone cowboy beds down out on the open prairie and watches as the smoke from his campfire morphs into a ghostly shape. And not just any ghost — Billy the Kid!

There’s nothing more classic than a Western. Just picture it: a lonely cowboy out on the prairie, accompanied by his horse and howling coyotes. Even if you’re not a fan of the genre, scenes like that just have style. Pair those elements with a ghost story told around a crackling campfire? That’s one heck of a pairing; kind of like marshmellows and chocolate. Or – if you’re the protagonist of Ghost – a tasty can of beans…

…. maybe that’s not as good as S’mores, but it keeps a fella’s belly full. When Ghost in the Embers opens, our hero (the Cowpoke) has just settled down in his bedroll. Just him, his horse “Dastardly” and the vast open sky.

As the campfire crackles, a strange smoke rises from it – forming the ghostly shape of a man. Billy the Kid! For a dead guy, Billy looks good. And surprisingly active, too. Before our narrator can rub the sleep from his eyes, Billy’s dropped down into gunfighter pose. The Cowpoke “dead” in his sights.

A stand-off ensues… between an ancient cowboy, and the fastest draw in the West (even if he has been cold in his grave for two years.)

When the ghostly bullets fly, who will win?

Whoever snaps up this short. Western campfire tales have always been an audience pleaser. Paired with a dash of supernatural suspense, this is one mixed genre script that hits the bulls-eye.

About the writer: Scott & Paula Merrow are a husband and wife screenwriting team. Since 2006, they’ve written over 50 short screenplays, several of which have been produced. They tend toward family-friendly scripts, but they’ve written a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy,… the whole nine yards.

Pages: 7

Budget: Relatively low. Two main characters, a horse, and one location outdoors. The ghost effects are easily done in post.

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Snow Day

A grumpy old man spends a snowy day with his granddaughter.

In these jaded times, it’s easy to forget how lovable movies can be. Remember the first time you saw It’s a Wonderful Life? Christmas Story? Mary Poppins or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Even if you’re a movie buff who mainlines Quentin Tarantino for breakfast, there’s something to be said for taking a break… and catching a heartwarming flick every once in awhile.

Snow Day is one of those stories. Cantankerous old Frank, 60s, isn’t the most pleasant person to spend time with… especially if you’re related to him. Unfortunately for his granddaughter Roxanne, Frank’s been charged with babysitting her for the day. Neither one’s looking forward to the experience. Barricaded inside the house on a winter’s day, the two resign themselves to an afternoon of crayons. But as snow comes down, the two bond. And Frank’s heart begins to thaw…

An intelligent little script with great dialogue, Snow Day is sweet and lovable. Sometimes, that’s exactly what we need.

About the writer: David M Troop resumed writing in 2011 after a twenty-five year hiatus.  Since then, he has written about 50 short scripts, two of which have been produced.   Dave would like to make it three.  He is a regular, award-winning contributor to MoviePoet.com.  Born on the mean streets of Reading, PA, Dave now resides in Schuylkill Haven with his wife Jodi and their two lazy dogs Max and Mattie. He can be reached at dtroop506 “AT” gmail.com.

Pages: 8

Budget: Some snow and a house. It doesn’t get easier (or more nostalgic) than this!

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Yeah, STS is on a roll…

A little over six months since the site went live, we’re thrilled to say our reviews have helped five writers get their short scripts optioned, as well as facilitating several indie director/writer connections and options-in-the-works.

But… we need your help, in two very important areas:

Give us some damn’ good scripts!

A site is only as great as its content.  So we need good scripts to review.  Lots o’ them.  Tons of them.  Short and feature length.  We wanna drown in (good) scripts like it’s a mega-budget producer’s slush pile. Our mission statement at STS is to find the best, highest quality short (and feature length) scripts for review.  So if you have a gem that’s really ready for prime time (or have someone you want to recommend)the link below for submissions. (Don’t forget to include a URL link to your script!)

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Give us a few damn’ good writers!

STS requires a ton of readin’ and reviewin’, so we’re gonna need a bit of help.  In addition to script showcasing, STS also features occasional interviews with indie directors and industry related book reviews.  If you feel you’ve got a knack for any of those three writing areas – and want to contribute – send us a sample of your work for consideration using the URL listed above.  No, it’s not paid.  But you’ll get credit for your article and press.  And in this biz, that’s a pretty good thing….

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dule Tree

A troubled young girl befriends a man condemned to death.

It’s hard to do a period piece right. Sadly, it usually ends up with powdered wigs, Halloween costume clothes, and far too many “yee olds” for modern comfort. But Odd Couple scripts? There’s an ingredient that works! Oscar and Felix. George and Lennie (Of Mice and Men, you heathens!). And – if you must be more current, Arya Stark and the Hound from Game of Thrones.

Speaking of gritty medieval stories… The Dule Tree is one script that has a distinctive George RR Martin vibe. Imagine a world so real you smell the festering dirt that lingers in the air. Come with us as you’re transported back 400 years to a lonely English field. Where a certain man’s life hangs by a thread…

The story opens on little Rose – a seven year old study in innocence. While wandering through the fields, she runs across convict Galle – imprisoned in a gibbet for some unspoken, heinous crime. (For those of you unclear of what a gibbet is, it’s a cage suspended from a tree. Don’t feel bad. Some of us at STS didn’t know, either.) Galle’s wounded, weak, starving – and tortured by passing children throwing rocks. After a few cautious words, Rose and Galle strike up an uneasy friendship. Over the next few days, Rose asks Galle questions and brings him bread. But what Galle really needs is to be free. Can he convince the girl to help him escape? And can he be trusted?

No matter the genre, the heart of all scripts is character. Is there chemistry? Will your audience care? Subtly written, the growing bond between Rose and Galle stands with the best of them. The Dule Tree is an effective dark short with tons of potential… sure to leave no dry eye in the house!

About the writer: Steve Miles decided to get serious about writing around three years ago. Since then he’s concentrated on putting together a collection of shorts with a goal of finishing up a feature or two by years end.  Oh, and giving George RR Martin a run for his money! Email him at stevemiles80 “AT” yahoo.co.uk

Pages: 9

Budget: Moderate. A field. Two characters. And a gibbet. Now that we know exactly what that is… J

About the reviewer: Anthony Cawood is an aspiring screenwriter from the UK with a number of scripts in various stages of production, two of which have just wrapped shooting. His script, A Certain Romance, recently won in the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (short script category). You can find out more at http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk.

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Believing Isabelle

How do you deliver a very special Christmas gift, when you’re stuck in an airport on Christmas Eve?

When it comes to telling the perfect Christmas tale, there are a few essential ingredients. Precocious kids, family bonding, and some sort of crisis that brings the brood together, just in time for the holidays.   (You know, like almost losing the family bank, Jimmy Stewart style.)

Mix in a sprinkle of one, half a dash of the other… and voila! You’ve got a heartwarming story for the ages.

Oh – and it helps to be a good writer, as well.

Fortunately, auteur Sally Meyer has all those ingredients in her kitchen. And the skill to bake them into a sweet holiday treat.

As Believing Isabelle opens, a family gathers at the airport… racing to catch a last minute flight for home. In attendance are dad Daniel and bickering siblings Mike (10) and Isabelle (6).

Also in line at the ticket counter is elderly matron Betty, on her way to visit her even more aged mother. Betty’s hubby is on a business trip, and she’s feeling kind of… abandoned.

When Mike and Daniel head off to grab a snack, Betty and Isabelle are left alone. A fast friendship forms; the old woman charmed by Isabelle’s chatter. But when the family finally reaches the front of the line, there’s seriously bad news in store. The flight’s sold out – they’ll be celebrating Christmas on plastic seats and in front of warm Starbuck’s Venti cups.

That is… until Betty comes up with an unexpected solution; proving Isabelle to be wise beyond her years.

Smoothly written – with some great sibling dialogue – Believing Isabelle is like a holiday treat. Fun to unwrap. And very sweet to eat.

About the writer: Born and raised in England, Sally Meyer has had three screenplays filmed.  IMDB Credits available here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2946574/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Pages: 6

Budget: Not marginal, but not too high, either.  You’ll need access to an airport (or reasonable facsimile), and a decent sized cast of characters.  But – except for maybe a bit at the end, nothing will be needed in the way of special props.

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Thicker Than Water

“A successful drug dealer gets the shock of her life when her estranged younger sister shows up.”

Anyone who’s got a sister or brother knows it’s a given — an unwritten rule that you love them. Or at least you like them. A little bit. That’s how it’s supposed to be anyway… Interactions with siblings can be complicated. More likely than not, your mutual feelings probably run the gamut on a daily basis – somewhere between undying love and hate. (Don’t worry… we won’t tell your sister.)

But in MJ Hermanny’s award-winning drama Thicker Than Water, there’s more at stake than a few conflicted feelings.

It’s after midnight when the buzzer sounds at Trina’s plush London penthouse, and she’s stunned to hear Cassie’s voice, her younger sister. Trina hesitates at first; she and Cassie have been estranged for six years. Besides, Trina’s busy… counting the money from her drug business. But she hides the loot and lets Cassie in.

You can cut the tension with a knife as the two struggle to find common ground. Trina’s fancy surroundings are no longer a lure for Cassie. She’s been there, done that – and gotten out. And she wants the same for Trina. Well, actually, she demands it. Using her Metropolitan Police badge as leverage.

Trina challenges Cassie, “You wouldn’t bust your own sister!” The unwritten rule hangs thick in the air. Sisters are supposed to have each other’s back. Aren’t they?

Will Cassie succeed in changing Trina’s path? Or are these sisters heading for a showdown that makes sibling rivalry look like child’s play?

Similar to movies like August: Osage County, Rachel Getting Married and In Her Shoes, the relationship in TTW is intensely relatable. Simple to film, TTW delivers a compelling story with two strong female characters. So grab this one now — it won’t last long!

About the writer: Boasting an MA in Scriptwriting for Film, Theatre, TV & Radio, MJ is an award winning writer, with shorts optioned and produced in countries as diverse as Croatia and Norway. Residing in sunny England, she is currently hard at work developing a series with the BBC Writersroom – as well as working on a number of features (including one low-budget horror and a fantasy adventure script.) Her website is available here: redcatwriter.wordpress.com/. MJ herself can be reached via mjhermanny – AT – gmail!

Pages: 4

Budget: Low. Only two characters and one room. This story’s an easy shoot – with an up close and personal feel.

About the reviewer for “Thicker Than Water”: California uber reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working hard on her animated feature. KP’s work is available at moviepoet.com!

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