Dog Years – Short Script Review (Available for Production!)

Dog Years
The barrier guards at the Large Hadron Collider make a strange discovery that makes them stop and wonder… just for a moment.

I never understood the whole “take your dog shopping with you” thing. Especially since most stores and restaurants don’t allow pets inside. (What’s wrong with places like that, anyway? The presence of dogs makes everything better, you ask me.)

“Hey, Sparky, let me take you from the comfy air conditioned house and lock you inside the sweltering Ford death box. That way, you can watch me eat a foot long tuna sub through the window at Subway. Doesn’t that sound like lotsa fun?”

In fact, whenever I see a dog alone in a parked car, I prefer to imagine he had an argument with his owner, stole the keys, and drove himself there. Maybe he gnawed on a bone until it calmed him down, then drove back home to wag his tail and apologize.

Highly doubtful, I realize, but it makes me feel better than the alternative.

By now, you’re probably wondering how this all ties in with the new short script Dog Years, by super scribe Anthony Cawood.

It does. Trust me. Because maybe there are MORE explanations for such things than meets the eye.

Pascal and Antoine are two security guards at the Hadron Collider, who stumble upon a dog locked inside a car. Pascal thinks it’s weird the car’s been there all day, but Antoine dismisses it as “just someone’s pet.”

Pascal just might let it go at that, if it weren’t for “the sign.” Attached to the dog’s collar, it actually reads FROM THE FUTURE. Explain that one, smart guy.

Still, Antoine blows it off as a practical joke. Or maybe it’s one of those hidden camera reality shows. Still – ultimately – it’s just a dog.

So a defeated Pascal mopes back to the guard’s station.

I won’t expose the ending, but what happens next is a bit – extreme.

A fun quirky script, Dog Years will make you chuckle (and think twice) the next time you see a poodle sitting behind the wheel of that rusty mini van in the Walmart parking lot.

Comedy directors – especially those with a fondness of dogs (and security guards) – should scoot across the lawn, and lap this script up. Quickly!

Pages: 4

Budget: Low. A small cast of only three, and one of them will literally work for kibble. As for the Hadron Collider?  Stock footage can be subbed in. Or just another sign!

Disclaimer: The reviewer wishes to express that no animals were harmed during the writing of this review.

About the Reviewer: David M Troop has been writing since he could hold a No. 2 pencil. His short scripts have been featured on, Simplyscripts, and this here one. Currently, Dave is writing this review, but plans to write feature films in the near future and take Hollywood by storm. Well, not really storm – more like a sprinkle. He lives in the comatose town of Schuylkill Haven, PA where he is a proud grandfather, a father of two, and a husband of one.

About the Writer, Anthony Cawood: I’m an award winning screenwriter from the UK with over 15 scripts produced, optioned and/or purchased. Outside of my screenwriting career, I’m also a published short story writer and movie reviewer. Links to my films and details of my scripts can be found at





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The Revelator – Short Script Review (Available for Production!)

The Revelator
An investment banker meets his Maker… and the Maker’s ready to make a deal.

Many people believe that death brings a day of judgment. The Good go on to Heaven and the Bad go to Hell. Others don’t believe, and for them death is merely an end. Yet others come to find God in their final moments, fervently hoping that something awaits them in a Great Beyond.

And, sometimes, God finds them. Wall Street poster boy Mason, the protagonist of David Lambertson’s The Revelator, is on an elevator when he feels a sharp pain and collapses on the floor.

Enter Mason’s Maker.

Needless to say—given his chosen profession—Mason has not led a life of brotherly love and solidarity with his fellow human beings. And, not a believer, he becomes quickly enraged with the creator’s timely arrival:

Please, call an ambulance.

There is no need. You are not sick.

Just fucking do it! (yells)
I’ll sue your ass. Call the
paramedics now.

But, Speaker has other plans for Mason. On the verge of death, some have described how life flashes before their eyes. Mason’s doesn’t flash. Rather, Speaker initiates a torturous game of floor-hopping visits through the man’s past misdeeds. Mason vows to change. But, Speaker demands something more than mere promises.

Mason quickly realizes that Speaker means business; not exactly the type of higher power that Mason had imagined, nor the type that others so frequently describe. But, if Mason knows anything, it’s how to take advantage of others when making a deal. So, even in the face of death, his greed endures.

Will Speaker be forgiving and let this Wall Street scum survive? Or, will Mason be left on floor 39 to die? You won’t want to miss the chance to find out. Revelator provides a twisted opportunity to explore the limits of heavenly intervention. You think elevators are scary places? Until you read this – you have no idea.

Pages: 10

Budget: Moderate. Need for an appropriate elevator and medical team costumes

About the Reviewer: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She always has loved to write, but only recently has discovered the joy of film and stage writing. She may be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

About the writer, Dave Lambertson: I took up writing rather late in life having already been retired before I put pen to paper (okay – finger to computer key) for the first time. My favorite genres to read and write are dramedies and romantic comedies.

In addition to this short, I have written four features; “The Last Statesman” (a 2015 PAGE finalist and a Nicholl’s and BlueCat quarterfinalist), “The Beginning of The End and The End” (a PAGE Semi-Finalist). Taking Stock (a drama) and a new comedy – “Screw You Tube”. Want to learn more? Reach Dave at dlambertson “AT” hotmail! And visit his website at





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