A Friend in the End
A new friend gives an old lady cause to believe she is about to die.
But they always think that, don’t they?

Dustin Bowcott is no stranger to seeing his scripts on STS. His latest short, A Friend in the End, joins the ranks of his thoughtful dramas that put a twist on the familiar… delivering a magical result.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Gladys – an old woman residing at Village Green Residential Home for the Elderly. She’s not as independent as she used to be – but Gladys remains chirpy anyway. Not to mention reluctant to accept Frank, her new would-be helper, into her home and her life.

But Frank is pretty persistent, and he makes Gladys’ tea perfectly. When he takes her hand for a dance, it becomes clear Frank’s an even better chap… able to trip the light fantastic – transporting Gladys to a passionate time, when she was young.

But Gladys has been around the block, and is no fool. She knows exactly who Frank is, and why he’s traveled to her side.

The next time her son Warren visits, Gladys lays out her suspicions – ones Warren dismisses as the ramblings of senility. But is that really the case? Or is something else going on?

A realistic yet touching tale, A Friend in the End delves into the universal themes of old age, responsibility and death…with a deft and simple touch. Make it to “The End” of this story, and you’ll experience a sweet, satisfying conclusion. Just as Frank fits into Gladys’ life – this script may be just what you need.

Pages: 8

Budget: Low

About the writer: Dustin Bowcott is a self employed microbe retailer and father of four boys and a girl. He has enjoyed writing since the day he read his first novel. For Dustin, writing is something he has to do, when not writing, he’s thinking about writing and will absorb himself into multiple projects at one time. When he gets tired of writing one thing he moves onto another and has been known to work on three different stories in one day, writing for sometimes 12 hours straight and, on occasion, even longer. Dustin can turn his hand to any genre and has just finished first draft of a new children’s novel. Dustin is a BBC Writer’s Room finalist and a Shore Scripts finalist both in 2014. He is a produced and optioned writer, and has recently turned his hand to production, having produced his first short film with another in the pipeline that should be completed this year. Want to see what else he has in store? Give him a shout-out at dustin7375 “AT” gmail.

About the reviewer: Anthony Cawood is an award winning screenwriter from the UK with a whole bunch of short scripts sold/optioned/produced and has recently had his first feature script optioned too. Check out his website at http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk

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Please join STS in congratulating writer Rick Hansberry. Discovered through Simplyscripts/STS, Rick Hansberry recently partnered with Director Desiree Brajevich to provide magic writing touches on her new produced short, Wasteland.  Having premiered in April, Wasteland will soon be hitting the festivals and getting (we’re sure) lots of attention!

Other directors take note: Last Dance is still available for professional use, as are several more Rick-flavored scripts!

Cards (drama) –  A pair of copyrighters continue their career-long battle long after retirement.

Over the Lump (drama) – Objects in the mind’s mirror may appear larger than they are.

Freak (drama) – A simple wave and smile alters the life of a teenager.

By the Power Vested in Me (drama) – Will a power outage serve as a sign that a wedding shouldn’t happen?

Hello (drama) – Interesting what you can find in used bookstores – and often there’s a reason it’s there.

‘Til Death (Comedy) – A marital tiff erupts to epic proportions.

Burn the Ships (drama) – Life lessons alter the courses taken by a teacher and his student.

Taking the Reins (drama FEATURE) – A reckless equestrian struggles through personal and professional setbacks to try to make history as the youngest winner of the elite Rolex championship, but his destructive personality poses the biggest obstacle to claiming the title.

2) Rick’s SF feature length, Alienate, is now available for purchase!  Take a gander at the DVD review here!

Decisions
“A battered woman reconnects with the little girl she once was.”

Payback’s a bitch.

Pardon my French, but consider anytime you’ve heard or read about some poor woman being beaten by a demented husband or significant other. Don’t you just hope that the tables turn and the jerk gets his comeuppance big time?

Of course you do.

In J.E. Clarke’s drama, Decisions, 30-year-old Sophie’s situation isn’t new. Not to her, not to countless others. “Faded bruises mottle her arms. A blooming shiner on her face.” She’s being pummelled yet again by 40-year-old-loser Craig. For what this time? It doesn’t ever matter. But in Sophie’s case, apparently she hasn’t cleaned up the kitchen to Craig’s satisfaction.

But this time, Sophie may have help. Her younger brother Harry, who’s over for dinner, leaps to Sophie’s defense and confronts Craig.

HARRY
Don’t touch my sister, you useless fuck!

Craig won’t stand for anyone threatening him and loud accusations escalate into a brawl between the two. Sophie grabs a steak knife from the counter, paralyzed with fear as she watches Harry knee Craig in the groin.

HARRY
Sophie, run!

Which she does. Sophie bolts to the bedroom with the knife, slamming the door and locking it with a chain. It’s in the bedroom, screams emanating from the kitchen, that Sophie catches a glimpse of herself in the bedroom mirror and sees, “Blood on her face. Clothes and long hair askew.”

Then out the window, she spots a laughing 11-year-old girl on her bike playing with her friends. Suddenly everything changes.

Who is this happy little girl? Has Sophie finally found the key to salvation from torment and abuse?

Sophie’s plight in Decisions isn’t new. Unfortunately, domestic abuse is way too common. But in Sophie’s case, she’s seen the light and enough is enough. Can this 11-year-old girl help give her the strength to take back her life?

Any director who relishes making a difference by tackling relevant social issues will love the challenge inherent in Decisions. Sentimentality is not a prerequisite.

Pages: 7

Budget: Low. Several actors to portray Sophie, Craig, Harry, and Sophie’s parents. Plus three child actors to play the 11-year-old girl and younger versions of Sophie and Harry. Three simple interior locations: a dilapidated kitchen, a living room, and the bedroom where Sophie takes refuge. A single exterior location provides important exposition.

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 2016/2017: 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. Ms. Clarke can be reached directly at janetgoodman “at” yahoo.

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working on her animated feature.

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Slacker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Life after the zombie apocalypse is harsh and uncompromising. But for two stoners holed up in an apartment with a lifetime supply of weed, it’s more like an inconvenience.

Remember when Seth Rogen and Co. faced the biblical apocalypse in This Is the End? A few of them stumbled successfully through doomsday, but how would they fare if they were faced with a zombie apocalypse instead? This is the very question asked by James Barron’s The Slacker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

The answer? Not too well. Not at all.

Faced with Z Day and barricaded in their dorm, three friends (Mark, Steve and Liam) find themselves in a terrible pickle when their food runs out, leaving them starving and trapped – or worse. They intensely debate what to do: Steve and Liam vote to hold out one more day… aided by hits from their favorite bong. But Mark, the sensible non-stoner, insists they need to send someone outside to gather supplies and do recon. But who should be the lucky one?

Borrowing a cue from This Is the End, the trio draw toothpicks: he who pulleth the shortest stick is doomed to venture into the great unknown. Unfortunately for Mark, he’s inevitably chosen to leave for the munchie run – through a terrifying, zombified world.

What happens next? Well, without spoiling the finish, things go about as well as can be expected. And definitely not as planned.

A fun, chuckle-a-minute script, Slacker’s Guide has lots of things: stoner humor, Millennial appeal – and zombie action (no kidding). Scoop this up now… or wait until you take another hit from your bong for creative inspiration.

Fair warning though: act fast. This script might be picked up faster than a bag of Doritos in a stoner’s dorm.

Budget: Mid to high. A few locations (dorm room, hallway, stairway, food store). Lots of zombies, three good buddies and some props. Although, if you’re packing weed, you’ve got one of the major props covered already.

Pages: 14

About the reviewer: Mitch Smith is an award winning screenwriter whose website (http://mitchsmithscripts.wix.com/scripts) offers notes, script editing and phone consultations. You can also reach him at Mitch.SmithScripts “AT” gmail and follow Mitch at https://twitter.com/MitchScripts..

About the writer, James Barron: Newly discovered by STS (but already treasured), James can be reached at jbarron021 “AT” gmail

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Course Listing Unavailable
An ambitious student signs up for an internship program promising real world, hands-on experience. Who knew bloodthirsty demons would be involved?

For today’s youth, the challenge of getting a good job has never been tougher. Many are determined to do anything that will enhance their resumes in the eyes of employers. Taking “useful” classes, getting internships, and doing extra-curricular activities are just a few examples of what diligent individuals do to spruce up that valuable sheet of paper.

The protagonist in Course Listing Unavailable, 17-year-old Gortat Emmanuel, is just another determined Ivy League freshman with a whiff of intelligent innocence about him. A mix-up in paying the tuition has meant he’s one class short of the minimum semester credit, and so he sees a counselor to get into a subject that appeals to him.

But every time the counselor enters the course he wants, there’s a problem.

Organic Chemistry? Unavailable. Biology? Unavailable. Ecology? Yup…unavailable. As a last resort, the advisor offers Gortat a chance for some real world experience: a month shadowing a service professional. Because the last guy who did it dropped out.

That’s all the information available. Apart from a name: Mr Shephard. Despite this, Gortat accepts, still eager to learn. And so on his first day, he’s dressed up as if he’s the President attending their inauguration.

However, Gortat’s destination isn’t as beautiful as the White House. Unless you’re into dilapidated buildings and tales of wasted lives in needle format littering the ground.

And the professional isn’t some smarmy doctor. Turning up in a classic American muscle with uninviting objects abundantly decorating the interior, Max Shephard invites Gortat in for his “education”. There’s no textbooks. No worksheets either. There’s only one rule, and it ain’t a typical one:

MAX
…no matter what happens
you will not puke in this car.

This may sound easy enough to obey until Max’s profession is revealed…demon hunter. Not quite what our Ivy League kid was expecting. In addition, it transpires that the supposed dropout dropped out of life…unwillingly. Oh, and for his first day on the job, he’s got to complete a practical helping Max eradicate the beast responsible for failing the previous student. Turns out “real world experience” means “other world experience” in this case.

Will Gortat pass his practical? Will he break the one rule? Will he even survive? Only one thing’s assured: direct this one well, and judges at film festivals will be giving you full marks!

Pages: 16

Budget: Okay, there’s a bit of FX involved in here. But nothing a skilled director can’t – and won’t want to – tackle!

About the reviewer: Hamish Porter is a writer who, if he was granted one wish, would ask for the skill of being able to write dialogue like Tarantino. Or maybe the ability to teleport. Nah, that’s nothing compared to the former. A lover of philosophy, he’s working on several shorts and a sporting comedy that can only be described as “quintessentially British”. If you want to contact him, he can be emailed: hamishdonaldp “AT” gmail.com. If you’d like to contact him and be subjected to incoherent ramblings, follow him on Twitter @HamishP95.

About the writer: Newly discovered by STS (but already treasured), James can be reached at jbarron021 “AT” gmail

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Becoming
It was just a way to pay for college…

Law student Peter takes a summer job, chopping wood for a mysterious, unseen, but obviously wealthy employer.

As Peter works and sweats in the summer sun, he soon realizes that he is being observed. His rich patron remains a shadow, confined to the spacious mansion he inhabits. On payday, a neatly-placed envelope of money regularly appears, as does the occasional pitcher of lemonade on summer’s hottest days.

Then, one day, the usual packet of money is missing, and the mansion’s door – which has always remained closed – is left ajar, a seeming invitation into a here-to-for-unseen world of wealth, mystery, and intrigue.

As Peter puts it: “If I knew what was inside then, I would have turned and run…”

But Peter enters, and is brought face-to-face with his employer: a Gatsby figure drenched in rich cigar smoke, oozing with class and intelligence.

The conversation and the night that follows will change the course of Peter’s life forever…for better or worse.

Obviously, I’m being a little vague, but that’s only because under the story’s simple surface lies a subtle, sinister secret and a perfectly-plotted twist. The key here is mystery, and the script delivers it in Hitchcockian proportions. You won’t believe the twists and turns built into these spectacular six pages. Think Portrait of Dorian Grey by way of Scent of a Woman with a cool, confident, prohibition-era vibe.

Exactly the kind of intelligent, stylish, thinking-man’s thriller that proves timeless on and off the festival circuit.

So pour yourself a brandy, light a cigar, and sit down in your leather armchair for a terrific tale that is sure to light a fire with audiences everywhere.

Pages: 6

Budget: Low. Don’t be intimidated by the decadence. Find the right mansion and you are good to go.

About the Reviewer: Dane Whipple can’t tell a verb from a noun, but he’s the nicest kid in town. 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, Michael Cornetto: Michael is a graduate of the New York School of Television Arts and has been screenwriting since 2005. A number of his short scripts have been produced and several have played the festival circuit… with over 70,000 views on Youtube. Drop Michael an email at mcornetto “AT” hotmail!

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The Patch-Up Kid

Scavenging dead bodies and fixing people was all that the Patch-up Kid knew, but a cowboy in Nino Sangre has one more test for him.

When you’re twelve years old and you live in a dusty, wild west town called Niño Sangre (Child Blood) you need skills. Plenty of ‘em.

Meet the Patch-Up Kid. He’s twelve. And sure enough – he’s got skills. Like plugging up bloody bullet holes in gunfighters’ bellies. Or yanking the gold teeth from the mouths of the other guys – the still-warm losers who didn’t walk away from the gunfight. Assisted by friends Fingers, Squeak and Mule, the Kid does the dirty deeds that others twice his age won’t do…

A kid’s gotta make a living, right?

Yep, the Patch-Up Kid’s a survivor. Y’gotta be when you’re half-white, half-Native American, and grotesquely scarred with only one good eye (the result of a grizzly bear attack, or a drunken father – depending on who’s telling the tale.)

And speaking of tales… imagine a gritty portrait of a street kid – told old west style. Expertly painted by screenwriter Rustom Irani, TP-UK is a poignant story about a hard-luck kid with True Grit, with light-heart touches of humor crusting the dusty edges.

This particular script focuses on the Kid’s run in with big n’ burly Dawson – a wounded desperado who blackmails the young gang to dig a bullet out of his chest (and arrange for a quick get-away outta town.) Just five pages long, it’s a colorful intro to the character.

But ambitious directors take note. This is one world that has plenty left to explore. The Patch-Up Kid works beautifully as a stand-alone story. But it’s also ideal as the intro for a feature length movie. Or TV series for the right producer! So grab the opportunity while you can. ‘Cause nothing stays still in the Wild West for too long…

About the writer: A film and video aficionado based in Mumbai, Rustom Irani works as a freelance editor and screenwriter for projects ranging from narratives, commercials, and documentaries to corporate and music videos. His website is available at www.planetrusty.com, and he can be reached at rustyirani “AT” gmail.com!

Pages: 5

Budget: Low to moderate. We would have said low, but it’s a period piece – which might drive the cost up a touch. (All those six-shooters and Stetsons, y’know?)

About the Reviewers: 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.

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