Steal the Words by AC Maki | Script Revolution

Steal the Words

On the outskirts of a booming oil town, a dried-up, compliant oil man wrestles with a set of bizarre tasks to keep control of the situation at hand.



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Present Day
Midland, TX
Logline: On the outskirts of a booming oil town, a dried-up, compliant oil man wrestles with a set of bizarre tasks to keep control of the situation at hand.

"First they steal the words, then they steal the meaning" - George Orwell, 1984


There are the new oil fields and the old ones. The old ones were tapped so much they went dry years ago, but that didn't mean everyone pulled up stakes... especially not former oil boss, BOUTY(80s).

Bouty is healthy as a horse; except for the bulging prostate in his shorts and milky blue eyes. He still wears his cowboy hat in the house along with his tie, fitted shirt, shorts and slippers. He's got a new stay-at-home, "government" job, and it's all for the greater good and mankind he tells himself. Bouty started out by keeping the animals of the world under control... "managed" like they should be, with the butt end of a gun. Now he has dedicated the rest of his life to "managing" women--especially his wife in the bed, with the best weapon of all--words.

Producers: 95% of this script takes place in one room. 1-2 Actors. If you're looking for more of a stage play kind of feel, you might want to check this one out.

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WGAW registered 2021

Submitted: April 24, 2021
Last Updated: June 10, 2021

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The Writer: AC Maki

Mäki’s time working on the racetrack provided inspiration for her feature script and American Zoetrope quarterfinalist, IN YOUR BLOOD. Maki got her start in San Francisco, working in the deadline-heavy world of TV News. The Nebraska native holds an MFA in screenwriting from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Go to bio
Lawyer: Brian J. Murphy - Attorney & Counselor at Law

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