EBO by L.E. Coleman | Script Revolution


A young husband finds the cure for his wife’s incurable disease sitting in an old tanker inside a junkyard, but the owner of the yard is not about to let him leave with it.



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by L.E. Coleman

A young husband finds the cure for his wife’s incurable disease sitting in an old tanker inside a junkyard, but the owner of the yard is not about to let him leave with it or let the rest of the world know he has it.


Matt and Shana Reed are a young newlywed couple who moved away from a small town to the big city and who were forced to return to their roots when the Grand Conjunction occurred – the alignments of the nine planets in our solar system.

The various radioactive particles emanating s from the combination of the planets in the sky, mixed with the sun’s rays, produced a radioactive skin disease called the Shimmers. It was thought at first that sunscreen would protect the population, but little did anyone realize—until it was too late—the chemicals in the sunscreen acted as a catalyst to making the disease full-blown. A vaccine called EBO was created to counter the radiations’ effect, but people fought and killed each other over it. Soon, EBO became almost nonexistent as people hoarded it for themselves and their families.

Because aluminum salts like aluminum hydroxide and aluminum phosphate are common adjunctive properties to help stabilize the other chemicals in the vaccine, people took it upon themselves to melt down any aluminum they could find and inject it into themselves to build up their body’s immunity to the disease.

Shana has contracted the Shimmers. As a last-ditch effort, she and Matt break into a junkyard to find aluminum scraps to treat Shana. Matt is cornered at gunpoint by the yard’s owner, Creek Butler, an old redneck who’s seen more than his share of thieves, but Shana gets the drop on Creek. The couple force Creek to take them to his home behind the junkyard to use a common contraption called a COOKER to melt down the aluminum to inject into Shana’s veins, heroine style.

When the couple removes their face masks and skull caps inside Creek’s home, Creek recognizes them because he was friends with Matt’s deceased parents. Creek gets on them for his mistreatment and agrees to help them. He brings them his cooker, and Matt melts down a piece of an aluminum side-view mirror to inject into a weak Shana, who’s almost at death’s door.

Creek, knowing that the metal is toxic and killing more people than it is helping, knocks the aluminum out of Matt’s hands. He tells him there’s a better way. He takes them back out into the yard and rolls back a tarp covering a sludge-covered, rusted-out tanker marked EBO, which he hijacked a while back. Only a couple of sips of the EBO are all it takes to heal Shana, and she does a black-flip in the yard to show her power and energy. The acid rains, a common occurrence since the alignment, begin to fall, and the three head back to Creek house for shelter.

While the couple sleeps, Creek comes back out into the yard in the morning to get more EBO for the couple to take with them. During the night, the acid rain washed away the sludge and rust from the old tanker revealing the tanker's true content.

Creek sends the couple on their way with a couple of coolers of the EBO without revealing his secrets.

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All Accolades & Coverage: 

International Screenwriters' Association - Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2021

Coverfly all-time overall percentile badges for Top %10
Coverfly top 6% of discoverable projects

Winner Best Short Script: Sunday Shorts Film Festival 2022
Winner, Best Short Script - International World Film Awards 2022
Quarterfinalist, PAGE Awards - PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Competition 2021
Quarterfinalist, The Script Lab - TSL Free Screenplay Contest 2021
Semifinalist, Outstanding Screenplays Shorts Competition 2021
Semifinalist, Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Fall 2020
Quarterfinalist, WeScreenplay Shorts Contest 2021
Semifinalist, Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards Season 6
Top 100, Emerging Screenwriters - Shoot Your Short Screenplay Competition 2021
Semifinalist, Screenwriters Network - SWN Screenplay Competition Goldman Award
Finalist in the 2021 International Horror and Sci-Fi Short Screenplay contest
Finalist in the 2021 Imaginarium Independent Film Festival

Submitted: May 4, 2022
Last Updated: December 13, 2022

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The Writer: L.E. Coleman

L. E. Coleman is a screenwriter from Indianapolis, Indiana, who has placed in over thirty competitions including placements in the Nicholl, the Final Draft Big Break Contest and the Austin Film Festival. He loves writing sci-fi scripts and character-driven dramas and comedies that shine a spotlight on the human condition and many of the social ills that plague our society. He was a Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative Recipient in 2018, and was selected as one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021 by the International Screenwriters Association. Go to bio

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