Give Me a Break – Short Script Review (Available for Production)

GIVE ME A BREAK

Ten year old Michael comes up with an idea to get his bike back from the thieving hands of Wes; the neighborhood bully.

Whatever happens to good old short stories (or scripts) that gave the reader/viewer a fun n’ quirky slice of life? They seem to be in short supply these days: bumped to the side in favor of vampire and zombie flicks… and comedies that focus on wacky scenarios and bawdy sex antics. (Not that there’s anything wrong with those, mind you.)

Well, here’s a blast from the past.  A fun, straightforward story of a few innocent kids picked on by the neighborhood bully… and the ten year old who hatches a plan to stop the lunk in his tracks.  The script’s simple, fun and short – with a neat twist. Give this one a read, and consider it for your next project. It’s sure to leave you with happy viewers, who will remember this short long after the credits roll.

About the writer: Matthew Dressel recently wrote/produced/acted in his own web series Let’s Kill John Stamos! One of his feature films, Killing Daniel, has been optioned by Darius Films. You can catch more of Matt’s work at www.matthewdressel.com.

Pages: 7

Budget: Pretty micro.  All that’s needed are a few child actors (though we all know how difficult they can be!)

WANT TO READ THE SCRIPT?  CONTACT MATT AT WWW.MATTHEWDRESSEL.COM!

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Pet Names – Short Script Review (Available for Production)

Pet Names

Two guys try having a serious conversation about renaming their….you know…their junk.

Ah – what to say about Pet Names?  This one’s a simple little script; just five pages (six, if you want to count the title.) The topic: two college guys in a bar, discussing the best euphemisms to use for their… uh, special purpose.  This one’s definitely for the adults – quick and funny, and eminently easy to shoot.  All you need is a bar, and two decent actors with good comedic timing.  Perfect for an indie director on a budget.

About the writer: Phil Clarke, Jr. is a contest winning writer who has had feature films optioned, but no mainstream feature length productions as yet.  Produced shorts of Phil’s have been featured at Cannes and Clermont Ferrand.  More of his work is available at his website: www.philclarkejr.com.  (IMDB Credits listed here.)

Expected Budget: Micro

Primary Genre: Comedy

Page Length: 5

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

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The Economy Sucks – Short Script Review (Available for Production)

The Economy Sucks

To provide for his family, a cash strapped businessman makes a desperate deal.  Wall Street isn’t the only blood sucker out there… 

Laid off businessman Stephen Slater meets with two mysterious strangers at a bar, prepared to sign a business deal. As he reviews the paperwork, he muses about his family and how bad they were hurt in the 2008 crash. Money’s been more than tight, and he’d do anything to protect his children. Anything.

Is Slater signing a deal with the devil, or a pact with something even worse? Read the script (or between the lines) to find out. Only 5 pages long, Economy fuses current events with horror – and a major dash of dark comedy.

About the writer: A versatile writer in several genres, Janet G. Clarke has placed SF for features in Page, and specializes in unique characters and intelligent plots. Having recently wrapped her first mainstream spec, and optioned her feature length horror “Containment”, Janet has 10 additional feature lengths in her roster, and a variety of shorts. She can be reached at janetgoodman “AT” Yahoo. A full listing of her scripts can be viewed at http://www.philclarkejr.com/jec.html.

Pages: 5

Budget: Low. 3 main characters, and a bar. That’s all you need for this one…

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

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Tatyana – Short Script Review (Sold!)

Tatyana

A burned out novelist battles his inner demons – with the help of one special woman…

Sometimes, it can be hard to find a good script.  (Which, ironically, is the raison d’etre for this board.) One can ask for recommendations, but tastes differ radically.  One person’s gem is another’s trash.  To put it nicely. Such is the nature of the writing industry.  If it wasn’t, we’d all be writing torture porn or historical dramas.

But sometimes… a name pops up consistently.  That’s a rare event, and worth pursuing.  One such name is Matias Caruso.  As of today, Tatyana is his latest… a haunting little tale of a writer finishing his latest masterpiece; but hesitating to write “The End.” Simple with two locations and two primary characters, Tatyana is a script that will rely directly on the quality of one’s actors.  Find the right ones, and this could shine.

About the Writer: Matias Caruso is most often found at MoviePoet. His IMDB credits are available here.

Expected Budget: Minimal

Primary Genre: Drama

Page Length: Seven

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All screenplays are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. The screenplays may not be used without the expressed written permission of the author.

For more available scripts by Matias, check out The Dollmaker – showcased here on STS!

 

Just Coffee – Short Script Review – Sold!!

Just Coffee

A customer angers the assistant manager at a diner when he takes advantage of the restaurant’s “Free
Refill” policy.

Scriptwriters can sometimes get really hung up on action.  Everything has to be over the top. Exploding helicopters, bodies with implanted ticking timebombs. Drug lords. You know – crazy stuff like that.

This isn’t one of those scripts.

Rather, Just Coffee harkens back to a sweeter time. A time that makes you think of Andy Griffith, a whistling tune… and maybe a touch of sarcastic Mark Twain. Now that we’ve got your attention…

Just Coffee’s premise is simple. A man walks into Rosie’s Diner and orders a cup of coffee (refills are on the house.)  Things get sticky when that’s all he orders. Then reorders. And orders again.  His waitress, Marie, finds herself stuck between a rock and a hard-ass assistant manager, who wants this free-loader out of the way.  This one’s a wry comedy of errors – with a very satisfactory ending.

So – if zombie apocalypses aren’t your thing, and you skew to more humanistic shorts… Give this one a shot.  Served with a double espresso of gentle satire.

About the writer: Matthew Dressel recently wrote/produced/acted in his own web series Let’s Kill John Stamos! One of his feature films, Killing Daniel, has been optioned by Darius Films. You can catch more of Matt’s work at http://www.matthewdressel.com.

Pages: 13

Budget: Wow. Almost unnecessary (in qualified hands).  Get some good actors, and a diner – and you’re good to go!

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All screenplays are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. The screenplays may not be used without the expressed written permission of the author.

Want to get your hands on other scripts by Matt Dressel?  Take a look at these other reviews at STS!

Based on a True Story (dramedy feature) – A fictional film about non-fictional events that are entirely fictional.

Give Me A Break (dramedy short) – Ten year old Michael comes up with an idea to get his bike back from the thieving hands of Wes; the neighborhood bully.