THE WALL IN THE GARDEN

The all too perfect lives of Helen and Harold are shaken when they discover something strange in their garden.

Ah, the quest for a perfect life – the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect lover. In Thorsten Loos’ The Wall In The Garden, Helen and Harold appear to be living the dream.

We open on a cozy cottage, sunlight streaming through the window into a warm and inviting home. Helen’s just woken from a perfect night’s sleep. Downstairs Harold is in the kitchen brewing coffee. When Helen joins Harold for breakfast it’s clear these two are very much in love.

Ever heard the phrase ‘too good to be true’? Well, there’s something about Helen and Harold’s union that’s just a little too perfect, and it’s enough to get your heckles up. Wouldn’t you know it, out of the blue, something big happens, something that threatens to rock these two to the very core of their foundation.

A wall suddenly appears in the back garden. Thing is, it wasn’t there before. Harold first notices it in one of Helen’s very delightful works of art. When the two of them investigate outside however they discover this ain’t no ordinary brick wall. It surrounds the entire house, not only that, it’s huge – as in verging on Great Wall Of China huge. Helen wants to turn a blind eye to it, nothing is going to shake her perfect world, but Harold’s not letting it go – he wants to know how the hell a wall could just materialize out of thin air, and he’s determined to get to the bottom of it… or rather to the top of it.

So, out comes a gargantuan ladder, or two, and Harold prepares to make his ascent.

And, you’ll never guess what he finds on the other side…

No, really, you won’t guess.

With The Wall In The Garden, Thorsten Loos deftly lulls his audience into a false sense of security, leads them down the proverbial garden path, then pulls the rug out from under them in a shocking denouement you won’t see coming.

If you’re a fan of the surreal tones of The Twilight Zone, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and The Truman Show, where everything is never as it first appears to be, you’re going to love The Wall In The Garden.

Filmmakers: Want to scale the heights to success? We predict a mad scramble for this one, so don’t be a flat-lander, get to your feet and reach for the summit.

Pages: 11

Budget: Mostly moderate. A bit of FX… but nothing huge, and definitely worth the payoff at the end!

About The Reviewer: Libby Chambers has been writing all her life – especially in her head, and on scraps of paper. It’s only in the last few years she began to get serious about screen-writing. Prior to this she worked in the Features Department for ABC TV as a Program Assistant, and trained as a FAD. She has also worked professionally as a freelance web-content editor and proofreader. She is thrilled her first ever entry (Simpatico) into a Screenplay Comp – The LA Comedy Festival ‘Short’ screenplay division took out Top 3 Finalist and hopes the high placing will be a continuing trend. :) Libby would love to see her words come to life on screen. She lives with her husband (also a screenwriter) in Sydney, Australia, and describes him as being both a good and a bad influence on her writing. You can contact Libby at libbych “AT” hotmail

About the writer: A German writer, Thorsten Loos initially studied computer science and ran his own software development company for a living. These days, he primarily writes tales and scripts in the Science Fiction, Conspiracy and Paranormal genres. (Though he does drift into different genres with his shorts.) Thorsten’s currently working on episodes for a webseries called Unearthly, as well as character scripts for an international TV series in development for a U.S. based production company. His pilot script Project Endolon made it to the semi finals of the Creative World Awards2015, and his pilot Mindwalker won a live table read by actors at Wildsound Festival recently. Want to learn more? Then reach out to him at loos.thorsten “AT” web.de!

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The Confession

Confession Day comes but once a year for a small southern family, but once too often for an abusive husband and father with a secret weakness.

Homespun stories with colorful characters. That’s what made Mark Twain so great. That and a heaping serving of sarcastic wit. (The Southern drawls were the icing on the cake.)

Well, Mark’s been gone for quite some time, and the world’s moved onto other things. Tarantino-esque crime stories. Gross out comedies. Torture porn. But every once in awhile one gets a hankerin’… for a good ole fashioned yarn. One where you can practically hear the picturesque crickets chirping in the yard. And Mark Twain snickering from his grave….

Fortunately, there are still scripts that serve up such fare. STS presents: The Confession.

A simple story, The Confession opens in church… the town gathered for a funeral service. The dear departed is Dwight Plickens, 45. Though we’re being somewhat charitable by calling him “dear”. As church attendees shoots the breeze, a clear picture of Dwight emerges. One that’s not so generous. An older guy married to a sweet young thang, and short on social graces. His greatest talent, according to the crowd? Inhaling a whole chicken in one serving. Leg, wings, bones and all.

And speaking of bones…. The rumor is one did him in. Yep, he choked on the gall-darned thing at the kitchen table. A doggone shame. What a tragedy.

The service starts. Church bells ring. Young widow Katie trails the casket, accompanied by ten year old son Tate. Their appearance causes more buzz among the assembled. They’re both dry-eyed. Not a single tear.

After the service, Katie pulls the Reverend aside. It’s been awhile since her last confession, and she wants to get a few things off her chest. The Reverend agrees. After all, there’s plenty of time before the burial. And where’s the harm in a few words? But secrets run deep in certain Southern communities. And Katie’s confession’s a real doozy…

Indie directors, prick up your ears. Confession’s a cool breeze on a hot day. A script with charm if there ever was one. Memorable characters. Wry humor. All you need bring is lemonade…

About the writer: Zack Zupke is a writer in Los Angeles. He can be contacted via email at zzupke “AT” yahoo

Pages: 12

Budget: Relatively low. A church. A casket. One home scene. And some actors with great dialogue delivery.

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Tick Tock Toe
An elderly man plays tic tic toe with his granddaughter resulting in an unexpected outcome

Life isn’t a game you win or lose.

Rose is a born loser. An awkward, angsty, acne-ridden 14-year-old. After a long day of being ridiculed by the popular kids at school, she stops by the nursing care center to visit her grandfather, Sidney.

Sidney is a born winner. Or at least he was, until he got put out to pasture here at the old folks home. Here, his winning days exist only as faded photographs of yesteryears. Nowadays, Sidney is a bit of a curmudgeon. He calls things like he sees them, and what he sees is that Rose could use some life lessons.

To kill some time, Sidney and Rose decide to play a good old game of Tick Tac Toe. Sidney plays to win. Rose plays not to lose.

Naturally, game after game ends in a draw. What’s the point of a game you can’t win?

As the two trade moves on the board, they swap stories, as well. Sidney’s time in the war has given him a unique perspective on life, and some advice for Rose on how to live it. Following draw after draw, Rose begins to adopt a new and positive outlook, and Sidney realizes that perhaps it is time for him to try a new approach to the game of life. He knows all too well that if you kill enough time, it may just kill you right back.

In the tradition of Gran Torino and Little Miss Sunshine, Tick Tock Toe is a classic mentor/mentee character-driven drama, examining what the young can learn from the old and vice versa. There is also an element of life mirroring the game ala Searching for Bobby Fisher. The script offers a profound meditation on the nature of life, death, and everything in between. The kind of weighty rumination that would make Terrence Malick proud, TTT is surely set to be a standout on the festival and awards circuits.

If you are looking for a real winner, play a game of Tick Tock Toe!

Pages: 13

Budget: Medium. One central location, the nursing home, with a short school scene and a (spoiler) casket shot.

About the Reviewer: Dane Whipple is living in a powder keg and giving off sparks. He is currently working on that screenplay everybody keeps talking about: The Wild Age. Contact him at dane.whipple (AT) live.com

About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat. Another short of his, The Grieving Spell, was recently grand prize winner of the London Film Awards. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT” gmail.com

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THIS LONG VIGIL
The lone spaceman aboard an interstellar Ark and his only companion, the ship-wide artificial intelligence, count the hours until his impending and unending hibernation. 

Does every Sci-Fi story need to have over the top heroes saving the universe, or aliens running amok across a war-torn Earth? We don’t think so.

And neither will you after reading This Long Vigil.

The year is 2334. The Earth? It’s long gone.

And for Orion, life aboard the Hermes – a massive transport vessel containing thousands of fellow humans in suspended animation – is downright drab.

As the ship’s monitor, and the only fully conscious human, Orion is tasked with keeping an eye on the ship’s inhabitants: keeping up with a myriad of maintenance routines.

His only company is the Hermes’ super computer, DAN, who (like 2001’s HAL) is wired throughout the vessel. Dan keeps Orion occupied with conversation – and the occasional witty riddle to keep his mind sharp… even on the boring days.

The Hermes zips through space in search of a new planet to call home – but a storm is brewing inside.

Orion is about to turn fifty. Back on Earth, that would be cause for celebration, but not here. And not now. According to Dan, Orion must choose his replacement soon – and join the rest of the occupants in eternal “sleep.”

Facing that reality, Orion decides existence on life support is not for him.

ORION
I believe that people should be born in fluid, not die in it.

And so a plan is set into motion. With the light of a distant sun shining through his portal, Orion overrides Dan and grabs a space suit. With only fifteen minutes of oxygen left, what could faithful Orion be up to?

Perhaps we’ll find the answer to that in a riddle.

Written in a prose-like fashion, Rhett Bruno’s This Long Vigil contains the best elements of sci-fi and drama, complete with a satisfying finish that is bound to make some noise at Festivals…

Unlike the eternal silence of Space.

Pages: 27

Budget: Mid-range. Granted, this one will need some FX. Though judicious editing may make that easier than you think!

About the Reviewer: A writer since the age of 12, the first book that Steve Clark ever read was Amityville Horror. The second was Cujo. He’s been writing ever since, and is currently hard at work on two features. He’s reachable at SAClark69 “AT” verizon.net (or on Long Island, if you’re in the area!!)

About the Writer, Rhett Bruno: Rhett has been writing since before he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic stories when he was young to show to his friends and family. He currently works at an Architecture firm, but that hasn’t stopped him from recording the tales bouncing around inside of his head. Rhett is the author of “The Circuit Series” and “Titanborn.” He can be reached at rcbruno44 “AT” outlook.com. OR – visit his information chocked website at http://rhettbruno.com, and Twitter: @rcbruno44.  Also – you may very well want to see the short story that Vigil itself began life as – now available at Amazon (complete with rave reviews) via the following link: http://www.amazon.com/This-Long-Vigil-Rhett-Bruno-ebook/dp/B019LZJ5H8/

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World’s Toughest Librarian
Public enemy number one just got a new job…at the public library.

One of the best parts about growing up is playing pretend. Perhaps you dressed up for a tea party or fashion show. Maybe you and your friends went out riding as cowboys and Indians.

Eight-year-old Angelo is playing dress up too: as a gangster. More specifically, he is playing a former mafia boss trying to go straight. But, getting out of the mob lifestyle isn’t as easy as he had hoped. To help transition back into “civilian life”, Angelo gets a job at the local library.

What follows is a veritable laugh-a-palooza, as Angelo’s mob attitude clashes with library patrons. He’s got no patience for your yappin’, and certainly isn’t going to cut you slack for overdue books.

In true noir fashion, just as Angelo is getting the hang of things, his world is rocked by a classic femme fatale.

Will the two find love…or at least a play date? Can Angelo handle his new job at the library, or more importantly, can the library handle him?

Some of the best comedic scripts pay homage to a more serious subject. Playfully riffing on staples of the gangster and film noir genres, World’s Toughest is what festival audience awards were made for. Picture Bugsy Malone with a dash of Analyze This (or That), with the cute factor cranked up to eleven – years, that is.

So – leave the gun, but grab the canolis. With the right director, this is one script that’ll make audiences an offer they can’t refuse.

If you are looking for a light-hearted crowd-pleaser, then say hello to my little friend, the World’s Toughest Librarian!

Pages: 7

Budget: Low. Though, you may need to charm your local librarian for a film permit.

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

About the writer: Jason K. Allen is a writer and filmmaker from Nashville, Tennessee. His produced short scripts include AMERICAN SOCK, which won Best Screenplay at the 2014 San Diego Film Awards, and AUTUMN LOVERS, winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Artlightenment Festival in Nashville. He also wrote the feature film LUCKY FRITZ starring Julia Dietze (IRON SKY) and Corey Feldman. In June 2015, Jason’s feature script “Brother Nature” advanced to the semifinals of the ScreenCraft Comedy competition. See IMDB for his complete credits: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3021924

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The Buyer

When it comes to empty houses, sometimes buyers should beware….

As Rod Serling used to say each week, “You unlock this door with the key of imagination.” And so it is with the best of scripts. Before you begin reading this one, take a moment, close your eyes, and imagine the theme music from The Twilight Zone. Then (after a short commercial break) start reading, because this story is definitely Serling-esque. In the best possible way.

It all begins in a picture-perfect living room, with dust gently drifting through rays of sunshine. Two women – one a realtor, the other a prospective buyer – move slowly through the space. There’s subtle tension in the air…

…and an eerie dynamic lurking just outside our awareness, involving the two women and the house. Stay alert to pick up details. Why does the cell phone signal fail at certain times? Whose overturned picture lies on the shelf? Most importantly, who (or what) is the mysterious woman seen briefly in the hallways?

Could it be a ghost? We’ll never tell. But we will paint a picture for you. Imagine The Others meets The Uninvited. Weaved together with poetic skill.

If you’re in search of a low-budget spine tingler with a humdinger of a twist, this script could be what you’re looking for. One location – an empty house. All interior. No special effects. And meaty roles for three 30-something actresses. What more could a director ask for?

About the writer: I’ve been writing for about four years now. I always loved it but managed to get constantly side-tracked by silly things like: finding a real job, getting married, having kids, a mortgage… I finally decided to stop making excuses (not completely) and write “for real”. I made it to the quarter-finals of the Nicholls Fellowship last year, the semi-finals of the Screencraft Fellowship earlier this year, and am currently in the finals of the Industry Insider competition featuring Sheldon Turner. I’m still pretty wet behind the ears, but for the first time in a long time, I actually refer to myself as a writer. I can always be reached at kostak “AT” kostak.com

Pages: 7

Budget: Very affordable. One house, three actresses – and you’re set.

About the reviewer: Scott Merrow co-writes screenplays with his wife Paula. 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.

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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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