Teaching with Violence – Short Script Review (Available for Production)

Teaching with Violence

In my day (warbles the ancient reviewer) horror was simple to classify. You had ghost stories. Creature features. And, of course, Slashers. Ah – the good ole days. * Now things have gotten more varied. Found footage. Torture porn of every shape and size. Hostel. Saw. Every Wayan’s spoof ever made (now that’s real torture, folks!) As a horror subgenre, sadism can be tricky. It’s easy to write. And very easy to get wrong. Audiences will inevitably cringe when characters are threatened. But one slip of the keys, and a psychologically effective script can easily descend into mindless sadism… usually tinged with misogyny. Teaching With Violence is one script that treads the thin line successfully. Yet doesn’t lose its shock value.

A simple premise, TWV follows bartender Sarah as she closes up for the night. Before leaving, waitress Emily drops off a cell phone left behind by a careless customer. She offers her friend a ride home – but Sarah’s waiting for her boyfriend. Left alone in the bar, Sarah idly browses the phone’s picture gallery – and finds horrifying photos. Next thing she knows, a man arrives at the door looking for the phone. Sarah lies and says it’s not there; but he spots the phone on the bar. And can easily guess what she saw. Sarah calls 911 – but the man’s already broken in… Will Sarah survive the ordeal that follows? What does the stranger want, anyway?

Straightforward and shot in one location, TWV lives up to its name. It’s violent. But it teaches a valuable lesson: that brutality can work in short films. When handled intelligently.

* Just to clarify… we’re talkin’ 80s here. Don’t put the STS staff in Depends yet. (Unless you’re kinky that way.)

About the writer: Our very own James Williams (IMDB credits here.) With both shorts and features to his name, James is perhaps best known for the So Pretty vampire trilogy of shorts – the third installment now in production!

Pages: 13

Budget: Very low budget.  Only two main characters, and two supporting characters (three, if you consider a boyfriend lying on a couch support.) Oh – and one setting. A bar.  Doesn’t get simpler than that.

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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

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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…

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