Shark Fin – Short Script Review (Available for Production!)

Shark Fin
An elderly fisherman teaches his grandson that sometimes in order to gain, you must lose something.

“You cannot take what is not necessary unless you are willing to lose something that is.”

A wise phrase, spoken by an even wiser old man in Shark Fin. Don’t let the title fool you; this script isn’t another Jaws or The Shallows, thrillers pitting man vs monster.

Fin’s far more substantial than those tales.

The wise old man in question, Fong, has a lesson for 9-year-old grandson Yeng.

And Fong has exciting material to illustrate his teachings with – his memories as a fisherman. Memories that Yeng wishes to relive himself after he grows.

But Fong wasn’t a fisherman in the ordinary sense of the word. He was a shark finner, albeit a reluctant one. One who understood his job involved taking what is not necessary to take. A shark’s life for its fin.

One who understood his job was a crime against nature. And yet – did so anyway.

But, as Fong explains to young Yeng, nature delivers swift justice in many ways. First, it tormented his dreams with visions of his crimes. And eventually turned its wrath on him.

Sometimes, nature is willing to forgive those who lose… and learn.

What did Fong lose? And will Yeng understand his morality tale – even at his tender age?

A beautiful, highly visual fable which touches on a very real issue today, Shark Fin is sure to impress audiences with a penchant for socially conscious, captivating works.

Our recommendation: take what is necessary, and capture this script today!

Pages: 10

Budget: Admittedly, this one’s opulent. But two wonderful options make this worth your while. 1) Clever editing and post OR 2) Perhaps render Fin in CG? Just imagine the festivals you’d win then!

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: Shawn began writing in 2008 as a means to overcome a lifelong reading disorder. After several short scripts, he took on writing his first feature screenplay in 2009.

Six years and several screenplays later, Shawn’s highly acclaimed script Equal Retribution was reviewed and given one of the highest screenplay ratings ever handed out by Carson Reeves of Scriptshadow.com

View full review here – http://scriptshadow.net/amateur-friday-what-doesnt-kill-you/

Equal Retribution has also been submitted to and placed highly in such prestigious contests as The Academy Nicholl Fellowship and The Page Awards. It was also chosen as a top script on Francis Ford Coppola’s website, Zoetrope.

Working with ambitious co-writer Jeff Bush, Shawn’s latest work, Chernobyl was recently completed and is now available for consideration.

Shawn’s script The Right Tract was submitted to the prestigious Kairos prize competition for spiritually uplifting scripts where it placed in the top 10%.

Shawn has written for and been optioned by Nancy Glass Productions, MTV as well as other production companies. Two of his previously optioned screenplays, Reprisal (Thriller) and Till Dawn (Thriller) have both been released and are also available for consideration.

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Too Short the Peace – Short Script Review (Available for Production!)

Too Short the Peace
Sandeep – a Sikh soldier who fought for England in WW1 – recalls events that took place in 1914 and the friend he made in a German soldier.

War. It ruins so much, with so little gained. War destroys lives, marriages, hearts, and friendships en masse. And what does war create? Graveyards. And little else.

But on Christmas 1914, “war” on the Western Front surprisingly destroyed nothing, created friendships, and healed hearts. For a far-too-brief span of time, British and German soldiers exchanged souvenirs, prisoners, and even kicked a ball about in No Man’s Land.

As the title suggests, the peace sadly didn’t last. But as Too Short the Peace itself suggests, memories of what happened lingered on.

Focusing on two soldiers on opposite sides, Sandeep (a Sikh fighting for the British) and Jurgen (a German), we see the men bond over candles, candy and Christmas during the temporary truce.

A candle that – over 70 years later – still sits in Sandeep’s living room. But it’s not the only souvenir he owns. He’s got Jurgen’s jacket too. And a Victoria Cross.

Why? Well, despite growing so close they share cherished photographs, Christmas is now well and truly over – the guns and shells silenced no longer.

But before Boxing Day is out, Sandeep and Jurgen will have one more encounter – on opposite sides. A moment that will strengthen their friendship. And an encounter that makes Sandeep regret it was their last.

Or was it? 71 years later, will these two reunite – and reminisce?

A short that doesn’t glorify war, but instead glorifies the universal goodness present in ALL humans, Too Short the Peace arguably deserves to be renamed Too Short the Script.

Trust us… it’s THAT good!

Pages: 12

Budget: Mid-range. Judicious, stylish editing can make the costs moderate for this. But please don’t skimp where it counts!

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, Miletha Thomas: Milethia hails from England and works as a communication support worker/teaching assistant. She is an active writer, often to be found writing beyond the ‘witching hour’, and has placed in semi-finalist and finalist stages of competitions.

In 2011 she was the joint winner of the London Screenwriters Festival – “Four Nights in August” – competition and was able to experience the different approaches/interpretations that filmmakers took when filming the short script. Anil Rao’s version of the script won the best film – https://vimeo.com/30941061. Her short script ‘Bucket’ is currently in post-production with Penn Productions.

Presently, Milethia is one of 50 writers selected as winners of Create50’s ‘The Impact’ – http://theimpact.create50.com/theimpact – the filming stage of which will shortly open. This is an opportunity for filmmakers to be involved in creating a feature film. As well as writing screenplays, she writes plays – highly commended in the Trinity College playwriting competition in 2014 and shortlisted in Chesil Theatre’s David Bowie inspired short play competition 2016.

When not writing, she likes to tap dance and Lindy Hop.

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Under the Oaks – Short Script Review (Available for Production)

Under the Oaks

Two Civil War soldiers, one Union, the other Confederate, confront each other during the Battle of Appomattox.

Different shorts have different purposes.  Some are meant to shock.  Others are meant to explore a theme: a political issue, a moral quandary – or any one of a million ‘what if’ scenarios that can be dreamed up by the creative mind.  Then there are scripts that are a little simpler – just a slice of human life and emotion.  With the right director, and actors – sometimes those are the most effective.

Here for your consideration is Under the Oaks – a quiet little piece about two soldiers from opposite sides of the Civil War fence.  Facing mortality; together.  Nothing much is needed in the way of FX. A bit of gunfire sound effects, two Civil War costumes – and two actors that can really command a scene.

About the Writer: Living in CA, Ryan Lee can be contacted via ryanlee1800 AT yahoo. His IMDB credits can be viewed here.

Expected Budget: Minimal

Primary Genre: Drama

Page Length: Four

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

The Trench
In war, it’s important to retain one’s humanity.
Unless that leads to a mistake…

The Somme offensive of 1916 was planned as a swift and incisive battle that would lead to total Allied victory in World War I. Unfortunately, it was anything but: both sides incessantly shelled one another for four months, resulting in over a million fatalities.

In Chris Beadnell’s Trench, we’re taken to the mop-up phase after a successful British advance, aided by said shelling.

Looking for survivors in the German trenches, our two cleaners have one motto:

EASON
…Remember, no prisoners.

Yet this unwritten rule is challenged when in the last dugout they come across one moribund survivor. His leg deformed by shrapnel, he’s immobilized.

With neither bullet nor bayonet on them, the victors leave it to nature to finish the last German dying off.

With hindsight, there’s only one word needed to describe this decision: mistake.

Partially based on historical truth, a micro-script with a gigantic premise like this one deserves to have a great general directing the action.

So pick this one up and earn your film stripes!

Pages: 1

Budget: Minimum. Yes, you’ll need some costumes. But the rest should be easy.

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, Chris Beadnell: With a 30+ year paramedic career, bearing witness to the complete spectrum of human emotion, I would use the creativity of writing as an escape from the reality of such a high pressure occupation. Most of my writing was never seen by anyone except a very select group of family and friends, and sometimes not even them. However, a serious eye injury in 2015 had me off work for months and the boredom of not working gave me the time and desire to learn the craft of script writing, and the stories locked in my mind finally had an avenue to flow. Cbeadnell (at) ymail.com or https//:chrisbeadnell.wordpress.com

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The Dule Tree – Short Script Review (Optioned!)

The Dule Tree

A troubled young girl befriends a man condemned to death.

It’s hard to do a period piece right. Sadly, it usually ends up with powdered wigs, Halloween costume clothes, and far too many “yee olds” for modern comfort. But Odd Couple scripts? There’s an ingredient that works! Oscar and Felix. George and Lennie (Of Mice and Men, you heathens!). And – if you must be more current, Arya Stark and the Hound from Game of Thrones.

Speaking of gritty medieval stories… The Dule Tree is one script that has a distinctive George RR Martin vibe. Imagine a world so real you smell the festering dirt that lingers in the air. Come with us as you’re transported back 400 years to a lonely English field. Where a certain man’s life hangs by a thread…

The story opens on little Rose – a seven year old study in innocence. While wandering through the fields, she runs across convict Galle – imprisoned in a gibbet for some unspoken, heinous crime. (For those of you unclear of what a gibbet is, it’s a cage suspended from a tree. Don’t feel bad. Some of us at STS didn’t know, either.) Galle’s wounded, weak, starving – and tortured by passing children throwing rocks. After a few cautious words, Rose and Galle strike up an uneasy friendship. Over the next few days, Rose asks Galle questions and brings him bread. But what Galle really needs is to be free. Can he convince the girl to help him escape? And can he be trusted?

No matter the genre, the heart of all scripts is character. Is there chemistry? Will your audience care? Subtly written, the growing bond between Rose and Galle stands with the best of them. The Dule Tree is an effective dark short with tons of potential… sure to leave no dry eye in the house!

About the writer: Steve Miles decided to get serious about writing around three years ago. Since then he’s concentrated on putting together a collection of shorts with a goal of finishing up a feature or two by years end.  Oh, and giving George RR Martin a run for his money! Email him at stevemiles80 “AT” yahoo.co.uk

Pages: 9

Budget: Moderate. A field. Two characters. And a gibbet. Now that we know exactly what that is…

About the reviewer: Anthony Cawood is an aspiring screenwriter from the UK with a number of scripts in various stages of production, two of which have just wrapped shooting. His script, A Certain Romance, recently won in the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (short script category). You can find out more at http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk.

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The Station – Short Script Review (Available for Production)

The Station

A soldier and his dog face the ultimate test in loyalty.

What can one say about The Station? This one, admittedly, has a mix of influences.  A bit of classic Twilight Zone, a touch of Dante’s Inferno… and even a touch of political relevancy torn from Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The story is simple – Captain Daniels has just returned from a tour in the Middle East. By his side is his faithful companion Virgil… a German Shepherd who has seen his share of combat as well.  They’ve arrived to catch the train home.  Or is this just the beginning of their travels?

Given the story, this is one script that you have to read – to try to explain gives too much away.  It’s a sweet tale, and one that deserves to make it’s way to the screen.  Warning:  dog lovers may get misty eyed.

About the writer: A prolific writer, Kevin Lenihan has a number of short and feature length scripts in his roster… and is always looking for the next great story and idea.

Pages: 12

Budget: Not for a newbie.  To do this right requires at least stock footage of a train,  some combat desert scenes…  and a photogenic German Shepherd. But for a director with a few quality produced shorts under their belt, this could be the perfect (train) ticket…

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Safe in the Countryside – Short Script Review (Available for Production!)

Safe in the Countryside

A lonely couple hide out on D-Day. But the war isn’t the only danger they have to fear…

Betrayal comes in many flavors. In war sides must be chosen; even if your survival – and the survival of your loved ones – depends on betraying allegiances.

As the Allies finally roll through Normandy in 1944, all Henry and Francine Duvall have to do is ride out the storm, holed up in their isolated farmhouse. An easy task. Isn’t it?

After all, they have a new baby to protect. Henry wants no part of the outside world until the fighting is over, and they can seek the approaching army’s protection.

But when a wounded German soldier turns up on their doorstep, the besieged couple must decide: do they risk the wrath of the now-victorious French Resistance if they take him in? Is it better to leave him to die, or does every human being deserve mercy?

But the soldier’s presence is more than a moral dilemma. Within a few precious minutes, his appearance unravels treacheries that Henry and Francine have committed during the long way; against their country, and each other.

A gripping drama from writer Bill Sarre, Safe in the Countryside is a wonderfully effective tale, exploring the nature of betrayal and the terrible acts we choose to commit when faced with extreme circumstance.  For a director that can invoke the grim mood of war and secrets, Safe in the Countryside is an excellent story to try your hand at. And an obvious festival favorite!

Pages: 6

Budget: The exteriors will require a farmhouse and some distant explosions, but the interiors are simple enough and the main cast is small – Henry, Francine and the soldier.

About the reviewer: Pete Barry is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, actor, director and musician. His short plays have been published in numerous collections. He’s also a cofounder of the Porch Room, a film and theater production company, website available at http://www.porchroom.com/.  Please feel free to reach out to him with script requests at petebarry27 “AT” Hotmail.

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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Of Mice and Monsters – Short Script Review (Available for Production)

Of Mice and Monsters

A Gypsy girl in a Nazi concentration camp uses magical powers to keep her grave ill brother alive

Whether a short or a feature, one of the things that good scripts do is make you really care for the main character – sucking you into their world and worries. Really making you root for them.

Here, for your consideration, is ‘Of Mice and Monsters’ (recently retitled Mirela): a period piece set in the dismal Buchenwald Concentration Camp.  This twelve page script follows the story of Mirela, a seventeen year old Gypsy girl who uses her ancestor’s magic to find a form of escape…  as the horrors of her world begin to close in.

Given the black and white evil that the Holocaust represents, it would have been easy to write a script full of Inglorious Bastered Nazi stereotypes.  Of Mice and Monsters avoids that entirely – and all the obvious cliches.  Instead, the script is a poignant character piece… one which is likely to stay with you long after reading.

About the writer: A prolific writer, Kevin Lenihan has a number of short and feature length scripts in his roster… and is always looking for the next great story and idea. (Mice and Monsters is currently being developed as a feature length.)

Budget: Potentially high, due to the setting – but surmountable with smart use of public domain video clips for outside shots.

Primary Genre: Historical, drama, fantasy

Page length: 11 pages

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Congratulations to Elaine Clayton – Christmas Spirit Produced!

A warm holiday congrats to talented writer Elaine Clayton, whose fun and festive script Christmas Spirit was recently produced! Fortunately for the film community, there’s more where that came from.

Directors looking for their next project are urged to check out other scripts of Elaine’s on our site:

Pop Goes the Question (comedy) – A young man waiting to propose gets harangued and upstaged by his well meaning family and friends.

Stowaway (historical drama) – Anne Boleyn has escaped the Tower of London and seeks safe passage out of England. With the help of a young fishmonger, can she evade capture by Charles Brandon? A man determined not to fail his king…

Or contact Ms. Clayton directly…

About the writer: Elaine Clayton is a London-based screenwriter, who has written several well-received shorts and is currently working on her first feature length scripts. Comfortable in a broad range of genres, Elaine has an innate sense of structure and arc development. Contact her at Elaine_clayton (AT) Hotmail(.)co(.)uk

 

 

The Hunger of Pride – Short Script Review (Available for Production)

The Hunger of Pride

“At the height of the American Revolution, two generals share dinner in a bid for peace.”

Ever watch black and white footage on PBS, and chuckle about how the “old times” looked? Those women in long dresses and bonnets. Men in handle bar moustaches and hats. Not to mention their primitive modes of transportation: horse and buggies, old streetcars. Didn’t they realize how silly it was? Nothing like modern day. With our power suits, and cell phones… The people back then seem so quaint. Almost less than human.

Antiquated lives – separated by centuries. But are we really so different? No matter the time period, humans have always been united by our motives, and values we hold dear. Such things never change. Nor do emotions, Such as Love, Anger – and Pride. As true in 1782 as today…

As The Hunger of Pride opens, stalwart General Batchelder peers out his window. A crucial event is about to take place. Canons blast in the background; the American Revolution in full swing. The American general watches as a carriage arrives, and General Barr exits. His sworn British adversary – surrounded by a swarm of red-coated guards.

The two men adjourn to the dining room to discuss their situation. But their motives aren’t in sync. Batchelder wishes to broker a truce. Barr aims for the American’s unqualified surrender. As they tuck into a generous meal, Batchelder explains his plans for attack. The result is sure to be bloody on both sides. In order to save the lives of their men, isn’t there room for compromise? But – as with the world today – negotiation can be tricky. Will mutual interest win the day? Or will Pride goeth before one warrior’s fall?

Historical fiction can be difficult; but when done right it’s a marvelous thing: Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Schlinder’s List. 12 Years a Slave. The tales don’t always have to be true. But they do need to be authentic… touching on universals of the human condition that resonate through time. Confucious once declared, “Study the past if you would define the future.” The Hunger of Pride may depict days long past. But its emotions still ring true.

Emotionally gripping, and tied up in a perfect twist, THP is perfect for directors interested in something that will stay with their audience… no matter what century they come from!

About the writer, Rod Thompson: I have been writing creatively since I learned how to write. There is just something about telling a story that I can never get over. Storytelling in itself is like an old flame that occasionally comes to me and just says, “Use me.” The ability to watch a movie through words, or to craft a world in such a manner is the closest to Godliness that man will ever come. True story. Contact Rod at RodThompson1980 “AT” gmail.com

Pages: 5

Budget: Moderate, only because the Generals’ costumes and the ambiance need to reflect the Revolutionary War time period. (Horses are likely optional.) Add some historically-accurate props to an interior room, and huzzah!

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working hard on her animated feature. KP’s work is available at moviepoet.com!

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