Melville by J.B. Storey | Script Revolution

Melville

An FBI profiler learns that serial killers who never get caught eventually answer to Melville; A vengeful spirit intent on dispensing grisly punishment to the wicked.

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Murderers that get pinched and punished are the lucky ones. Those that slip into the darkness have the misfortune of meeting Melville. As he teaches them that killing has consequences. Some of this world. Some more supernatural.

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Creative World Awards 2018, Short Screenplay Category, Semi-Finalist
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Hollyshorts 2018 Screenplay Contest, 2nd Place - www.hollyshorts.com/screenplay-selections-2018

Zed Fest 2018, Finalist, Short Screenplay Competition - http://zedfest.org/

Shore Scripts Annual Screenplay Contest, Short Screenplay category – Quarter-Finalist - https://www.shorescripts.com/2017screenplaycontestwinners/

2017 Beverly Hills Screenwriting Contest, Short Screenplay Category -Finalist <https://beverlyhillsscreenplaycontest.com/awards/2017-official-finalists>

Oregon Short Film Festival 2018, Official Selection and Best Screenplay Award Nomination
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International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, Short Screenplay Contest - Official Finalist
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Austin Micro Shorts, Official Finalist
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2018 Bluecat Screenplay Contest, Reader Feedback: (HIGHLIGHTS)

"This is a harrowing, hallucinatory, intense psychological noir thriller about a world where a supernatural force takes shape as a Shadow Man who hunts evil people who are able to subvert the law (“You see, killing has consequences... some worldly, some other.”). The script brilliantly pieces together the distant memories of Louis to unravel his connection to the Shadow Man, peeling back the layers like an onion. The ending is up for interpretation – either the Shadow Man is a figment of Louis’ damaged imagination, or he’s a real force that teams up with mortal men to combat evil. Either way, what we have here is an intensely satisfying portrait of true justice – a world where there are forces working behind what the normal eye can see to make sure that those who cause suffering get what they deserve, and that those who suffer have guardian angels watching out for them.

The dialogue here is so good – like listening to wine and chocolate ooze out of each character’s mouth. There’s not one throwaway line here, not one line that doesn’t have some tinge of creativity and character."

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Submitted: August 27, 2017
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The Writer: J.B. Storey

I originally hail from the UK, but now reside in Seattle, WA. Over the years I've written award-winning feature length & short screenplays. As well as award-winning stage plays (Last Cup of Sorrow, Wolves at the Door). I've had four pieces of my work produced for screen and stage: An Angel Whispers (short film), Adrifting (short film), Good Deeds (short film), and Last Cup of Sorrow (stage play). These days I write, because it's a creative outlet, and I enjoy the process. I like telling stories. Exploring new worlds. Letting my imagination run wild. For me it really is about the journey. Not the destination. Go to bio
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