Recovered

Apocalypses aren’t over when a cure is found….

Want a short screenplay that’s inexpensive to make, but will have a spine-tingling impact on the film festival crowd? Then give “Recovered” a read… if you dare.

Anyone familiar with horrors knows that certain formulas abound. Does Recovered feature a monster? Yes. How ‘bout blood and gore? Yep, that as well. What about innocent victims? Check. In fact, maybe more than one.

But what makes Recovered unique is what it doesnt have – the standard in-your-face jumps and screams. What takes its place is a quiet, emotional tension; best summed up in one simple question: What’s the matter with Amy?

The story opens in suburbia (already a chilling place to be.) Friends and family have arrived at Jim and Amy’s house for dinner – celebrating Amy’s recent hospital release. Jim greets guests cordially at the door. But a reluctant Amy remains upstairs.

She’s staring at herself in a mirror. Clearly not in a party frame of mind. Her once pretty face seems devoid of life, as she scratches at blotchy skin on her forearm.

What is it? An allergy? Is that why Amy refuses to leave her room?

As dinner conversation flows downstairs, the situation becomes more puzzling. Jim prattles on about Amy’s love of key lime pie. Which leads Uncle Frank to question: “She can eat? Regular food?” And the comments quickly get more pointed: “If your wife is so ‘cured’, why hasn’t she joined us?” Good question, Frank. We (the audience) were wondering the exact same thing.

Upstairs, Amy examines a framed photo on the nightstand. A picture of Her. Jim. And a little girl. Rummaging through the closet, she discovers a Raggedy Ann doll. Old. Faded. And blood stained.

So: what’s wrong with Amy? And is it something that can truly be cured? Read this script to find out. A fresh twist on a proven genre, Recovered probes into some deep questions. Can all sins be forgiven by society? And is redemption even possible, when the monster and the innocent victim are the same?

Pages: 7.

Budget: Very low. Easy locations. A few actors. Maybe a touch of FX.

About the writer: Known for her unique characters and plots, J.E. Clarke has placed QF and SF for feature lengths in Page, and has two feature length films optioned for 2015/2016: limited location horror  “Containment.” and SF feature “Stream of Consciousness.” More of Ms. Clarke’s work can be read at www.philclarkejr.com/jec.html. She can be reached at janetgoodman “AT” yahoo.

About the guest reviewer: Helen Magellan (a pseudonym) is a successful screenwriter with several produced short scripts under her belt.

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“Simpatico”

A Top Three Finalist in the LA Comedy Festival Screenplay Contest

Two know-it-all friends believing themselves to be the authorities on love, sex, dating, and finding ‘the one’ recount the events of a one night stand.

Tennis can be a difficult endeavor. Strength, endurance and determination are required to even mildly succeed. Footwork, hand-eye coordination and cunning strategy take no backseat. Factor in the dimension of doubles play and the complexities double equally. The court expands. Communication is paramount and the volleys require cat-like reflexes during the exhilarating, ping-pong-on-steroids shootouts.

Like tennis, Libby Chambers’ “Simpatico” challenges the senses, hitting point after relationship point. A classic Australian Open match on paper, its characters crush poignant forehand observations and trade clever backhand quips, making the script worthy of center court applause.

The story begins with “INT. HOTEL – BEER GARDEN.” This script had me at “INT.” When the dialogue is served and the love story unfolds, it feels like you’re sitting next to the characters, sharing a glass of wine with Melissa (a buxom, outspoken brunette) and Ann (short, round and modest). Melissa confides to Ann: “I felt something really real between us, you know?”

“What, his penis?” Ann returns. Game on.

It’s also “on” across the garden as we chug a pint with 30-somethings Bob and Chad, who tells-all about his previous night’s date, “If you’d asked me at the start of the night, I’d have said dust off that penguin suit, fella”,” but it was a rather awkward finale.”

And – speaking of awkward: Chad and Melissa are dishing gossip about each other, with no clue they’re sitting just a handful of seats away.

Chad: “She was a bit too full on, you know. Gave off this vibe.”

Melissa: “I really think this guy might be the one.”

And so it goes, from opposite ends of the hotel.  Back and forth they lob insights and serve momentum, revealing Bob and Ann – who have not met – may actually be perfect for one another. But, will they ever discover they’re at the same beer garden? Will true love miss its chance by sheer meters?

Chad and Melissa do eventually spot each other and the story escalates in fine fashion:

“Do you suppose she followed me?”

“Do you suppose he’s stalking me?”

“Oh shit, is she headed this way? I’m off for a leak.”

“This is where I play it super cool and slip off to the lady’s room.”

Chad and Melissa sneak to their respective hiding holes without noticing the other’s doing likewise. Bob and Ann do the same, both headed for the bar…

As for “Simpatico”, it’s surely headed for production and a round of success. Game, set, and match – comic relationship fun at its best.

Pages: 21

Budget: Location cost is pint-sized – any non-fancy hotel or pub will do.

About the guest reviewer: An LA based writer, Zach Zupke can be contacted via email at zzupke “AT” yahoo

About the writer: 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 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 – and has another screenplay coming soon to STS – a family friendly coming of age Drama – ‘Scooter’.   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

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A special thanks to DanC for bringing this script to STS attention!

Freak

A simple wave and smile alters the life of a teenager.

High school trauma. The popular kids. The outcasts. The bullies. It’s a theme that’s been deeply explored in movies. The Breakfast Club’s an outstanding example, of course. But the cinematic list goes on and on. Which is only natural. Because finding one’s place in life and surviving the horrors of one’s teens? That’s a human, universal truth. In any generation you care to name.

Take Frank Reak for example (F.Reak, for those slow on the uptake.). Goth. And seventeen. A perfect target for bullying. As the script opens, poor Frank’s taking a toilet face bath in the men’s bathroom – courtesy of one of the all-stars of the football team.

The jock calls him a freak, and walks away. Leaving Frank simmering.

Later in the day, their paths cross again. This time, Mr. Jock’s on the field – celebrating his latest victory. And Frank’s in the stands with the rest of the geeks of the school band. Playing guitar on the sidelines.

And hiding a gun in the amplifier.

Will this end in tragedy? Another school shooting – more victims? Or does fate have something more in mind. For Frank. And his future…?

A micro short, Freak packs a lot of emotion into a single page. Perfect for a director on a mini-budget. But looking for maximum impact.

About the writer: Rick Hansberry has written/produced several short films, including the SAG Foundation award-winning “Branches.” He teaches screenwriting seminars and workshops in the Central Pennsylvania area and is presently available for hire for new story ideas, rewrites and adaptations. He can be reached at djrickhansberry – AT – msn, (cell phone 717-682-8618) and IMDB credits available here.

Pages: 1

Budget: Pretty minor. Two settings. A number of extras for the football game.

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That Smell

A young man with a passion for pleasant aromas is lured into the underground world of book sniffing.

Remember your first book as a kid? (Millennials need not apply.) I can. Vividly. Thinking back, I can still smell the aroma of the hard cover. The scent of every period and comma. The fragrance of the illustrations. Remember spending hours under the covers with a flashlight – inhaling each page like literary cocaine?

Okay, well, every kid’s experience may be different. But for bookworms, it’s a milestone in their lives.

And as physical books make way for PDFs, it’s a rite of passage that will be truly missed. Cause sniffing a Kindle? Not the same.

Writer Jason K. Allen takes the experience to the next level, with his short script That Smell. It’s the story of Nate and Trisha; two young people who find romance while comparing the aromatic qualities of a first-edition Steinbeck to a dime store graphic novel.

President of the local chapter of Aromas in Literature, Trish discovers Nate in the library, guiltily sniffing books in secret. Yep, he’s a newbie. Green in the gills. Rough around the edges – but with promising olfactory senses. Nate’ll need rigorous training to measure up to Trish’s rarified standards… and to qualify as a full fledged book sniffing member.

Will Nate and his nose make the grade? Or get abandoned in the paper recyclable trash heap of time? (And if Trish lets him in, will he join the A.I.L. volleyball team?)

Confused yet? Don’t be. A kinky combination of Dead Poets Society and Fifty Shades of Grey, That Smell is a comedy for all five senses. And custom made for quirky directors.

Pages: 8

Budget: Minimal. All you need is a local library or bookstore (if you can find one). Just remember to use your inside voices.

About the guest reviewer: 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

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. Jason is also a wilderness guide, nature photographer, and published author. See IMDB for his complete credits: www.imdb.com/name/nm3021924

 READ THIS SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!

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In Search Of – Guest Reviewers for STS!

Writers out there, take note! STS (Shootin’ the Shorts) is in search of a few TERRIFIC guest reviewers. After all, readin’ and reviewin’ scripts is hard and sweaty work. We need all the talented help we can get.

What we’re looking for: Seriously good writers that can preferably commit to one review a week. Though if it’s less, we understand and still want to hear from you! (In terms of time involved, we’ve generally found that a review can be written and polished in about one and a half hours, if not less. Depends on one’s writing style.) And regarding that writing style – we encourage reviewers to have their own voice but follow the general STS formula. IE: positive, humorous or poignant reviews that market the script’s best attributes.

What we offer: Well, like most writers, we’re all rolling in the money. (Insert sarcastic eye roll here.) Yes, folks – it’s a volunteer position. Unpaid. But what you gain is two fold – for every script you write, you’ll have space for your own “About the reviewer” logline. And a bit of exposure for your work, in that space. And you also gain writing experience – something to put on your resume, and hone your snappy writing skills until they bleed and shine. And trust us: that’s a very, very good thing.

Anyone interested, please send a shout-out to moderator Wonkavite at janetgoodman “AT” Yahoo.* Feel free to just introduce yourself. Or send a sample of your writing work (in the body of your email, please.)

Spammers need not apply. Seriously. None of us at STS needs a knock-off Armani bag, a mortgage refinance, or six extra inches. At least not the last time we checked…

 

Yeah, STS is on a roll…

Since the site went live, we’re thrilled to say our reviews have helped multiple 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!)

http://simplyscripts.com/submit_your_script-sts.html

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….

Deal Breaker

A woman risks sabotaging the perfect date when she confesses a terrible secret.

If there’s one movie genre we can all identify with, it’s gotta be romantic comedy.

After all, love (or the pursuit of it) is universal. We’ve all longed for that perfect partner to meet. Someone to fall in love with. Break up with over a silly misunderstanding. Followed by a musical montage of regrets. And a long, lonely walk on the beach. After that? Reconciliation and happily-ever-after are sure to follow. Fade Out. Viola. Credits roll.

It works that way in real life, too.

Doesn’t it?

A romantic comedy with a twist, Deal Breaker focuses on that most romantic night of all – that frightening, nauseating first date.

Though, as far as first dates go, Alice and Louis are doing just fine. Dinner at a French café. (Check.) Wine and charming conversation (double check.) Everything’s darned near perfect.

Until Alice – required by law – discloses she’s a registered sex offender.

Dead silence from Louis. A stack of plate crashes somewhere in the restaurant. A record needle scratches – loud.

Though Alice explains the situation aptly, the news lands like the proverbial fart in church.   The woman of Louis’ dreams… has a very fatal flaw.

Will Louis be able to man up and deal? Or high-tail it down the nearest fire escape?

An intelligently written comedy, Deal Breaker’s full of witty dialogue. Not to mention posing the age old question: Is it proper dating etiquette to Google your date during the main course? Or should you wait until the check arrives?

Directors with a flare for comedy and keen dialogue would do well to add this to their menu. ‘Cause this one’s a special that won’t be available for too long.

Pages: 10

Budget: Low. A nice restaurant. A small cast with some extras. One minor special effect.

About the guest reviewer: 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

About the writer: Brett Martin is an unrepped screenwriter and freelance reader living in Los Angeles.  He sold an action/thriller to Quixotic Productions, which is owned by Brett Stimely (Watchmen, Transformers 3). He’s recently finalized a tentpole action feature & a brand new bi-weekly cartoon web series, Robots Love Movies, as he continues his quest to be a professional writer.

READ THIS SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!

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