Milton by Kevin Machate | Script Revolution


A sweet, poignant story of two elderly women on vacation in Santa Fe, struggling with their physical limitations while sharing memories of a life fully lived.



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I have added about 2.5 pages of backstory and made a few changes. It is still essentially the same story (90%) but since my restrictions were lifted once the entry was officially accepted, I decided to see if I could add the missing pieces. It would be considered a "single moment" story, where it is basically real-time, with only one small gap of time while they are traveling.

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This was my 2020 Round 1 entry for the NYC Midnight Short Screenplay Challenge.

The competition has very strict rules and parameters that must be followed. Considering the story, this could easily have been 10 or 15 pages, but the hard limit was 5 pages total. I wrote the first draft in about 1.5 hours. I revised it 4 times total with input from one other person, mostly to make sure the story flowed.

There was a lot more that I could have done with this had I more room to work with. I originally had a nickname for one of the ladies mentioned, but I realized that there would need to be context and backstory that I just didn't have room for. (EDIT: I added that back when I extended it to its current ~8 pages)

This script placed 3rd of 35 in my group.

My requirements were:

Genre: Drama
Location: A bed & breakfast
Item: A cactus

This script is available for option provided certain requirements are met.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Landed Entertainment Script Competition - Honorable Mention (4th Place) November 27, 2020
Landed Ent. is part of Raindance Film Festival - The prize was a drone package and £1000 from Raindance!

Official Selection - Florida Script Challenge 2021

Official Selection: Deep in the Heart Film Festival Waco, TX 2021

Winner - Best Drama Screenplay: Hollywood Just4Shorts Screenplay Competition Feb 2021

Winner - Diamond Award for Best Short Script: Mindfield ABQ Film Festival Jan/Feb 2021

Finalist/Nominee - Best Short Script: Mindfield ABQ Film Festival August 2021


Live reading of the script at the 2021 Deep in the Heart Film Festival
Submitted: October 2, 2020
Last Updated: July 25, 2021

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The Writer: Kevin Machate

Kevin graduated from the University of Texas, with a BA in American Studies and minor in History in 2015 and got his MBA in 2019. Not surprisingly, he uses none of these educational credentials for his job. Although he began his film career as an actor, he quickly moved into Producing and eventually Directing. Kevin's films have won numerous awards worldwide having been screened in various cities in the US, Europe, South America, Oceania, and Asia. Kevin has directed six short films and his credits as a producer have exceeded 50 at the time of this writing. His recent works include three short series starring Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Barry Bostwick and Saturn Award Winner Doug... Go to bio

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