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Shootin' The Shorts

Shootin' The Shorts is run by J.E. Clarke a longtime prolific screenwriter who loves to give others a little boost in the marketplace by highlighting why she believes their short script may stand out. She brings with her a loyal band of readers who share the same compassionate attitude who have joined her cause as it's grown and grown to connect writers with filmmakers on a monthly basis. Now it finds a home here on Script Revolution.

This is all about highlighting what makes a script great by focusing on the positives. You'll find no negative criticism or lists of issues here. Submitting a short script for consideration couldn't be easier, simply scroll down to the bottom of your script edit page and tick the "Submit to Shootin' The Shorts" checkbox. Please note; it takes time to get through all submissions, everything is subjective, and we're by no means saying these are the best short scripts on Script Revolution, they are simply the ones that have found an admirer within this section - CJ

Final Release - What do YOU want to be remembered for?

Final Release
A dying man has a final request for his soon-to-be widow.

At a bedside setting lies a shell of a young man with a terminal illness, Cody, and around him are gathered family members of all ages. The sadness felt by them is clear for all to see, but the most heartbroken that stands before him is his wife, and mother to their children, Diana.

His final breaths are drawing near and Cody knows it. After a warm embrace from an elderly relative he finally arrives at Diana, who he embraces for what is the last time.

But even though he is on his way out Cody has one last request of his wife, one final ask that puts her in a terrible bind.

Cody weakly beckons to his wife, Diana (30's), who releases the hands of their two small children on either side of her as she rushes to the bedside, putting her ear close to his mouth.

CODY
(whispering)
Before I fade, my love, I need to ask one last favor.

DIANA
Anything, sweetheart- Anything.

CODY
(whispering)
I'm holding in a truly massive fart, but that ends once I'm gone.
I need you to take the blame.

Diana turns her head to look at Cody, aghast.

Love is a complex emotion, felt with varying hidden depths and strengths, but this one request from the dying Cody catches his dearly loved wife Diana off guard.

Will she rescue her soon to be deceased’s dignity, or let him pass in the painful knowledge that his last living action was to leave a stench that all of his generations will remember?

Final Release is a great little short that requires barely any budget, packs a punch when it comes to family tragedy and comedy, and despite being an exceptionally short single page in length it still manages to convey emotions that other scripts might struggle with over greater lengths.

If you’re looking for a funny, but emotional, comedy that is guaranteed to stick in the memory then look no further, and give Brent Woodroof’s Final Release a squeeze.

The Script

Final Release

A dying man has a final request for his soon-to-be widow.

About The Reviewer

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Surreal comedies are my release, but everyone else seems to like my dramas so I've put them up here for the sensible readers...

Recently graduated from the London Film School and I'm now attempting to get some of these wonderful pieces of work out there into the real world. If you're keen on any of them, or actually have comments and thoughts (they're genuinely always welcome), let me know.

Current masterpieces include a drama that stars a peacock and a single mother,...Read more

About The Writer

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ALL WORK AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON THE CONDITION YOU SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE DESCRIBING YOUR INTEREST - THANK YOU!

 

I am a hobbyist writer whose creative fires are stoked by surrounding myself with other creators. I want to devote more time to my writing in hopes of sharpening my skill set. Currently, I am focusing on short-form writing, including run times under a minute to help drill brevity with sufficient context and exposition.

 

I am extremely...Read more

Heiress - But To What Throne?

Heiress
Who really holds the reins as secret agendas and misgivings over
control of the family trust weave a web of deceit?

Families are tricky at the best of times, but throw a fortune into the mix and the fireworks can be quite impressive.

Melissa is a young lady who dons herself in the traditional attire and luxuries that are expected in her position as an heiress. As she steps out of her limo and enters an office building she is taken by an assistant, Joan, to meet her uncle and controller of the family fortune, Thomas. The mood is initially tense upon Melissa’s arrival before uncle Thomas, but then tensions increase as what seemed initially to be a regular shakedown of the family’s fortune takes a different turn.

Joan hands the "WELLINGTON GLOBAL QUARTERLY REPORT" to Melissa as she settles into a chair across from Thomas.

Melissa fans open the report. Joan lingers over her shoulder. Melissa shoots her a suspicious eye.

MELISSA
And you're here, why?

THOMAS
Joan has been extremely helpful these past months.

They hang on her every expression and body movement.

THOMAS
You'll be happy to know the company experienced a four percent increase this quarter.

MELISSA
Last quarter it was over seven.

Thomas perks up with her recollection.

JOAN
Page twenty-three... manufacturing was slow during the post-holiday.

Melissa closes the report. Chooses her words...

MELISSA
I think it's time I take a more active role in the company.

Thomas remains even. Joan is taken by her words.

As the power play between Thomas and Melissa is played out in the open and clear for everyone to see, in the background rests Joan, who also appears to be keeping a keen interest in the family affairs and what money could be going where.

Against the backdrop of the boardroom setting, the piece builds to a crescendo of conflict and back stabbing within the group, and keeps the reader on their toes until we finally arrive and double crosses of those involved are revealed.

With undertones of the family dramas and conflict that has made Succession so successful, Heiress is a great little short that studies the weighting of family and fortune, when set against human greed.

If you’re a film maker who is looking for a dramatic short full of conflict and twists, then this could well be the one for you.

The Script

Heiress

Who really holds the reins as secret agendas and misgivings over control of the family trust weave a web of deceit.

About The Reviewer

Cam Gray's picture
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Surreal comedies are my release, but everyone else seems to like my dramas so I've put them up here for the sensible readers...

Recently graduated from the London Film School and I'm now attempting to get some of these wonderful pieces of work out there into the real world. If you're keen on any of them, or actually have comments and thoughts (they're genuinely always welcome), let me know.

Current masterpieces include a drama that stars a peacock and a single mother,...Read more

About The Writer

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As an art director for both marketing agencies and publications I have had a creative mix of visual as well as copywriting exposure to vividly convey many types of products, events and services. This experience led me to screenwriting, a longtime passion, which I have forged recent success and recognition in Page International and Austin Film Festival contest entries. I have completed several feature and pilot projects in the drama genre in which I have strong interest and I hope to fully...Read more

The Resident - Time to Leave

THE RESIDENT
When the apocalypse comes, one care home resident refuses to take it lying down.

In the bed, BEN (80s) lies awake, a towel and razor abandoned on his chest. Shaving cream flecks his face and his blank eyes stare at nothing. Next to the bed, an empty chair.

FOOTSTEPS approach from down in the hall, running. He looks to the sound.

A NURSE races by his door. Her footsteps fade. A door bangs.

Ben's eyes shift to the window. Outside, a car starts. The tires spit gravel as it peels away. Then silence again.

When his nurse fails to return, Ben investigates and soon discovers it’s more than his daily shave that’s been abandoned.  Grabbing his slippers, Ben negotiates the confines of the Burton Lodge Nursing Home, shuffling his way to freedom in a bid to see what all the fuss is about.

Outside, he finds a world of blue sky, lost dogs, and impending disaster.  For Ben, it’s a moment of clarity as the looming destruction awakens memories of lost love and a chance to reach into the past and live out his dreams one last time.

Dawn Johnston’s The Resident is driven by mystery and neatly wrapped up with a bittersweet nod to the past.  This dialogue-free short script packs a lot into its 3 pages, delivering a simple story with universal appeal.  A great short for both first-time filmmakers and more experienced directors looking to grow their portfolio with heartfelt, visual storytelling.

The Script

The Resident

An old man who's been abandoned in a locked ward finds his way to freedom.

About The Reviewer

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Started writing scripts around five years ago after realising his social life was vastly overrated. Enjoys writing in a variety of genres but leans toward raw, grittier characters and the worlds they inhabit - from the deadly serious to the darkly comic. Drinks coffee, owns an unhealthy amount of plaid and uses a calculator for the most basic of sums.Read more

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I’m a Canadian screenwriter who specializes in drama, dramedy and darkly comic scripts.

My short script, Goodbye Today was produced by a local filmmaker and my feature drama script, Mother, was a Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist. More recently, I am in development with director Barnet Bain on a modern adaptation of a classic book. I'm also working with producer Sean...Read more

Branded - What Good is Heaven... All Alone?

BRANDED
When a drug addict who has committed suicide enters her new 'post mortem' residence, her only objective is to find her baby.

Described as the great beyond, afterlife, or the hereafter, ever wonder what it looks like up there? In Natalie Ekberg's dramatic fantasy, Branded, apparently there's a lot of pink and purple. The gated entrance is "bright pink and glittery, decorated with intricate metal pieces that intertwine each other and create various shapes." A big WELCOME sign hangs over the gate. There's a greeter too, Carmelita.

Carmelita, a humanoid Unicorn, beautiful, pink and sparkling, sits at the gate. Between her forehead and her horn - a police-like cap, with letters ‘HV’ on it.

CARMELITA
Welcome to Happy Valley, your new residence.
I am Carmelita, your Immigration office representative.
Your name, please?

It all seems friendly enough. But contrary to its colorful exterior, Happy Valley has it’s dark side, too. It's a place where atonement comes at a price.

Waiting in line at the gate is a disheveled 28-year-old named Lisa Goodman. Clearly, her previous life on Earth was no picnic. After Carmelita checks Lisa's name off a list, she suddenly pulls up Lisa's jumper. Underneath are "multiple bruises and needle marks."

Carmelita's prepared. Retrieving a branding iron from a drawer, she grabs Lisa's hand and swiftly brands it with an "A" inside a circle.

Lisa snatches her hand away.

LISA
Aaaaw! Are you mad?

CARMELITA
Com’on, love. We both know you’ve been through more pain in your previous...ahm...place...

Carmelita hands Lisa a thick folder.

CARMELITA
Your welcome pack. The antiseptic cream is inside, use as needed.
No painkillers for you. Obviously.
Cottage number 50343. Any questions?

Lisa takes the package and looks around.

LISA
Yeah. Do you do any other colours in here?

Carmelita smiles.

CARMELITA
You ain’t seen nothin yet, sista. Enjoy! Next!

Passing through the gate and into an open meadow, Lisa finds herself surrounded by yet more pink and purple. Pretty quickly, Carmelita’s prediction proves (pardon the dark but sequined pun) dead right. Among the Alice in Wonderland characters Lisa encounters next:

  • Drink carrying dragons on pink scooters.
  • A Pegasus style horse that provides “taxi service” over purple cottages.
  • And not-so cheery Peter, who reveals he expired from a heart attack… after Lisa admits she “used a noose.”

Scratch this glittery fairy tale, and you find real world Hans Christian Anderson Grimness underneath. Adventure, too…

… Because Happy Valley isn’t all cherub angels playing harps in the pink sunshine. Looks can be deceiving – and treacherous. Will Lisa find her baby daughter? If so, what price will she have to pay?

Branded is a visual feast. Guaranteed to get creative juices flowing, it's a perfect fit for a filmmaker eager to put their stamp on a scintillating fantasy; one rich in visuals - and real life pain, all at once!  

 

 

The Script

Branded

When a drug addict who has committed suicide enters hew new 'post mortem' residence, her only objective is to find her baby.

About The Reviewer

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Über reader. I enjoy writing animated scripts, historical-fiction and westerns, when I'm not reading or researching new story ideas. So many ideas, so little time...

Script Revolution is a great place to interact with old friends and make new friends. It's all about networking!  ;D  
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About The Writer

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Hi, I am Natalie, a London based screenwriter. I started writing full time 2 years ago and have written a couple of feature films and a handful of TV projects so far.  I just had a short movie produced and can't wait to add another one to the slate!  I am excited to be part of 'Script Revolution', a great community for writers and creatives. Read more

Food Fight - Ready, Aim, and... Bon Appetite?

Food Fight
A young couple takes a unique approach in deciding who will choose where they eat for their lunch date.

I’m sure we can all use a good laugh right now while cooped up in isolation during these very, very strange times. And I’m sure once society kinda/sorta gets back to normalcy, we’ll still be in need of some laughter to keep our spirits bright as we continue to adjust.

When the time comes and we’re all allowed to leave the house again, I’m sure one thing we’re all going to be looking forward to is being able to dine out again – I, myself, am growing tired of ordering take-out. And my cooking is just deplorable. But one topic of discussion that I’m sure will pop up, whether we’re with friends or with our significant other, will be choosing where to have our first post-quarantine meal.

In Christopher Stewart’s hilariously absurd comedy short, Food Fight, Lori and Adam, your modern, every-day, twenty-something couple, have run into this all-too-familiar pickle – deciding where to go for dinner. Yes, it seems like such a ludicrously mundane thing to debate over. But it can feel like a life or death decision once those tummies start growling at us.

Clouded with indecisiveness, Lori and Adam go back and forth, putting pressure on the other to decide. Trust me, I’ve been there before, myself. This type of debate can go on and on for hours. It’s actually ruined relationships.

But Lori and Adam’s relationship is a strong and healthy one. And, instead of continuing this potentially endless game of hot potato, they decide to settle this conundrum using a conflict resolution technique that they read about online; a technique that you’d probably only see in a WWE story line – an extreme rules, last-man-standing brawl.

Absurd? Yes. Hilarious? Insanely.

In one of Christopher’s perfectly timed sight gags, we then cut to a display of weapons laid along their coffee table: A taser. Baseball bat. Pepper spray. Baton. Steel pipe. Heavy chain.

LORI
No hard feelings, right?

ADAM
Of course not.

Adam grabs the chain and wraps it around his hand. He looks at Lori with genuine affection.

ADAM
I love you.

Lori picks up the steel pipe, admiring Adam’s handsome face.

Lori
I love you, sweetie.

They both suddenly yell out WAR CRIES as they charge right at one another.

If that doesn’t crack you up enough, the next perfectly-timed sight gag will have you in stitches.

As preposterous as this farce of a comedy short is, the premise is so simple and relatable that it just works. Part of the reason it works so well, outside of the sight gags, is because of Lori and Adam’s chemistry. Their dialogue is so nonchalant and casual throughout all of this, it’s actually kind of sweet and endearing – giving this Seinfeld meets Key & Peele-style sketch another unexpected dimension.

The Script

Food Fight

A young couple take a unique approach in deciding who will choose the restaurant they eat at.

About The Reviewer

Michael Kospiah's picture
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Hey, what's up? 

I'm an award-winning screenwriter based out of New York City who specializes in darker subject matter and themes. My first produced feature film, "The Suicide Theory" won the Audience Award at the 2014 Austin Film Festival as well as the Grand Jury Prize (Best Picture) at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. After a brief theatrical release and a three-year run on Netflix, "The Suicide Theory" is now available to watch on Amazon Prime, Itunes...Read more

About The Writer

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I am a licensed paramedic and a lifelong movie fan. As a random hobby, I taught myself how to write screenplays by reading thousands of produced movie scripts. Since then, I've been dabbling here and there with story ideas and original short scripts. My real passion is helping others polish their work and doing uncredited re-writes. After all, a great script never finds its best footing without multiple drafts and input of those who want to see it succeed. Iron strengthens iron.Read more

Here Comes the Bogeyman - Heads Up...

Here Comes the Bogeyman
When an evil entity demands that a single mother choose one of her two children for a blood sacrifice, she must find a way to save them both.

He said he’s coming tonight.

Kids say the darnedest thing, don’t they? It’s always unsettling when that darndest thing happens to be something super creepy. Yes, it’s a very familiar horror trope. But it’s a horror trope that never fails to weird me right-the-F-out every time I see it in a film. It just works… if done effectively. And in, Here Comes the Boogeyman, it most certainly works – to very, very creepy effect.

But that’s merely the set-up to writer, Zack Akers’ atmospheric bone-chiller, which centers around another familiar trope in horror films and campfire tales alike – the Bogeyman.

The story opens with single mom, Mary, tucking in her six and eight year-old sons, Tyler and Devin, respectively, to bed. But, for some reason, Tyler and his older brother choose to sleep in the same bed. When asked why, Devin falls to tears, afraid to tell his mother.

“The Bogeyman,” Tyler tells her, speaking up for his older brother.

Like most children have at some point of their adolescence, Devin has been having nightmares about the Bogeyman. Mary comforts the boys, telling them it was just a dream and the Bogeyman isn’t real. Because of course it’s not. But that’s when Devin says that “darndest thing” – “He said he’s coming tonight.”

The comment seems to bother Mary as she talks about it over the phone with her boyfriend, Luke. He tells her there’s nothing to worry about, to which Mary reluctantly agrees – “Yeah, you’re right. I’m probably just overreacting.”

But later in the night, as Mary makes her way to bed, her doorbell rings… followed by four slow knocks at the door. This, indeed, turns out to be the Bogeyman – at least he knocked, right?

In what plays out like a cat-and-mouse home-invasion film, the Bogeyman has one unsettling request – “Give me one… or I’ll take them both.” Refusing to accept the “Sophie’s Choice”-option given to her, she decides to try and fend off the Bogeyman. But she makes some very bad decisions in the process, those moments that make audience members yell, “What the F are you doing?!” at the screen. This ends up resulting in the gruesome demise of the whole family.

Although it sounds like I just spoiled the ending for everyone, I assure you, it’s only just the beginning. And to see exactly what I mean, you’ll have to check it out for yourself. But I will say that it’s at this point that the story takes all these familiar horror tropes and uses them to create something truly unique and original. I especially came away impressed with how our protagonist, Mary, learns from her earlier mistakes (that so many horror characters tend to make). And, yes, I know I said she met her demise. But, again, read it for yourself. It’s soooo worth checking out.

This is the type of film I can see raking in some serious views on Youtube, Vimeo and maybe even Shudder, who I know lists short films from time to time. Atmospheric and suspenseful with some truly terrifying visuals and a gut-punch of an ending, “Here Comes the Bogeyman” is what nightmares are made of.

The Script

Here Comes The Bogeyman

When an evil entity demands that a single mother choose one of her two children for a blood sacrifice, she must find a way to save them both.

About The Reviewer

Michael Kospiah's picture
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Hey, what's up? 

I'm an award-winning screenwriter based out of New York City who specializes in darker subject matter and themes. My first produced feature film, "The Suicide Theory" won the Audience Award at the 2014 Austin Film Festival as well as the Grand Jury Prize (Best Picture) at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. After a brief theatrical release and a three-year run on Netflix, "The Suicide Theory" is now available to watch on Amazon Prime, Itunes...Read more

About The Writer

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I'm an aspiring screenwriter who has been writing for over fifteen years now. I'm a horror guy. Love to take old horror tropes and put a new spin on them. Am firm in my belief that horror should be, above all else, scary. I've written over thirty shorts, quite a few of which have been produced. Currently working with a couple of talented filmmakers on some very exciting projects.Read more

Dialled Up - Just Reach Out and Touch Someone...

Dialled Up
A grieving old man tries to hold off the bailiffs in order to answer one last call.

What would you do if you could go back in time? Would you right an old wrong? Go left where you once went right? Or maybe just take a moment to say I love you to someone who needs to hear it most. It’s a hard choice to make. Now, what if that same opportunity presented itself every single day?

Every single day. Same time. For 43 years.

That’s what happens with Frank, a man beaten down by life and on the verge of eviction. Perhaps he’s gone a touch mad, too, alone in that small apartment with the faded wallpaper and sickly green rotary phone. Yet, there’s one thing that keeps him waking up every day. A phone call he knows is going to come. A call he must take, and answer correctly. For if he answers incorrectly, his son dies. Again, and again.

Somehow, some way, that’s exactly the situation he’s in. The year is 1977 and an impatient Frank waits, anxious, wanting to know where his car has gone. But he knows the answer already. It’s Andy, his son. Always Andy, it seems. He took the car again, didn’t bother to ask permission, and now it’s getting on 3:00 and nary a peep has been heard.

That’s when the phone rings. That sickly green rotary phone you’ll see throughout this expertly crafted story. Frank’s anger boils to the surface as Andy tries to explain where he’s been. But Frank’s not having it. Not this time. He slams the phone down, maybe like he’s done a hundred times before. Beyond frustrated and so done.

If Frank had only known he would never see Andy alive again, he might have been inclined to take it a little easier on his son.

An accident has claimed Andy’s life, setting in motion a grim daily routine that will last for years and years. By some miracle that stretches the fabric of existence, Andy calls again nine days later. It’s the same call. He’s still late and he still has the car. At first Frank thinks it’s a sick joke, but as time goes by –call after call — he realizes it’s not. This is real. Somehow, it’s real.

Armed with that new knowledge, a curious question is asked…

What if he can stop it? What if Frank can save Andy’s life by saying something different this time? Telling him to make a left instead of a right. Or maybe just by saying I love you.

Maybe there’s a way. Besides, Frank only has the next 43 years to get it right.

With Dialled Up, Matthew Taylor has crafted a powerful, easy to film 7 page story – one actor, one location, and enough emotion to fill the movie poster with laurels. It’s available to the right director. 

The Script

Dialled Up

An old man tries to hold off the bailiffs long enough for one last call with his son.

About The Reviewer

Steven Clark's picture
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A writer since 13, I began screenwriting four years ago as a more direct outlet for my creativity. Since then, I've had two short scripts produced, and two more optioned. My writing style is subtle and understated, yet powerful in its emotional simplicity. I'm currently collaborating on a thriller feature -- and there's more to come. Much more. I can be reached at SAClark69@verizon.netRead more

About The Writer

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I am a new writer simply trying to bring interesting stories and characters to life.

I have no formal training, just a passion to write and hours spent researching and reading. I would like to get involved in the writing community so that we can all help each other to get our stories to the screen.

If you are interested in any of my stories, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

 

 

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The Other Side - Should We Peek... or Not?

The Other Side
A young woman and her boyfriend make the innocent mistake of playing on a Ouija Board and find out the hard way that the other side is not to be messed with.

Being home alone, especially at night, can be a little scary sometimes. It’s something we can all relate to, especially now, in our current climate. Even just the slightest noise can make us stop and conjure up the possibility, just for a moment, that maybe we aren’t the only ones there. Is it our minds playing tricks on us? Probably – which is what most of us tell ourselves in order to find comfort. But there’s always the possibility of a home intruder. Or, depending on personal beliefs, maybe something paranormal.

In Kirsten James’s spooky, supernatural horror short, The Other Side, it’s something much, much worse.

After having her boyfriend, Josh, over two nights in a row, Samantha finally has a night to herself. And she’s using her free time wisely – we’re introduced to her as she’s getting in a nice Stair Master workout while rocking out to music. Not a worry in the world…

We then see a messy coffee table, a mess she hasn’t yet cleaned up from the previous night – an empty wine bottle, some candy wrappers, an opened Ouija board, half a bottle of Jack Daniels …

Wait… a Ouija board? Oh, that can’t be good. In fact, specifically in horror films, the presence of a Ouija board is NEVER good. But Samantha doesn’t know she’s in a horror film. Just like in real life, people like to be scared for fun. And, often times, this “fun” comes in the form of a Ouija board – I am DEFINITELY not one of those people.

Right from the jump, unbeknownst to Samantha, there’s a dark, creepy figure just lingering in the shadows. Is it a person? Something worse? We don’t know yet. It could be anything. But it isn’t until a loud grinding noise from the kitchen grabs Samantha’s attention.

She inspects, discovering a planchette stuck in the sink’s garbage disposal. Immediately, perhaps to convince herself nothing is wrong, she suspects her boyfriend, Josh, is messing with her. As she looks around the apartment for Josh, she discovers more things that make her suspect that her hubby is playing a prank on her.

Fed up, she gives him a call – but we see that Josh is clearly at his own place (living with his mother), working on a college assignment. As things continue to go bump in the night, we come to find out that Josh and Samantha, under the influence of alcohol and munchies, may have conjured something up while messing around with that Ouija the previous night.

But there’s a problem – Josh says he wasn’t there the previous night. But… if he wasn’t there last night… who did Samantha have sex with? Did the Ouija board somehow conjure up some demonic doppelganger?

All those questions are answered in what plays out like a chillingly clever mash-up of Paranormal Activity meets Jordan Peele’s Us. Packed with all the things you look for in a horror story, The Other Side is a mind-bending, frightening read and that would translate even better on screen. I highly recommend it to any filmmaker looking to make some noise in the horror film festival circuit.

The Script

The Other Side

A young woman and her boyfriend innocently play on a Ouija Board only to discover the other side is not to be messed with.

About The Reviewer

Michael Kospiah's picture
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Hey, what's up? 

I'm an award-winning screenwriter based out of New York City who specializes in darker subject matter and themes. My first produced feature film, "The Suicide Theory" won the Audience Award at the 2014 Austin Film Festival as well as the Grand Jury Prize (Best Picture) at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. After a brief theatrical release and a three-year run on Netflix, "The Suicide Theory" is now available to watch on Amazon Prime, Itunes...Read more

About The Writer

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In 2014 Kirsten was inspired by a friend to start writing short stories. After a year she realized she wanted to see her stories on screen and turned one of her shorts into a screenplay. She has never forgotten the rush of excitement she felt the moment she typed her first ever ‘FADE IN’. It was as if something clicked. Since then, Kirsten has written several shorts, mostly in the horror genre, with a couple of comedies and dramas thrown in. She’s had a few picked up for production. A short...Read more

Driver Les - Is Less More?

Driver Les
When their getaway driver leaves them stranded after a bank robbery, two thieves unknowingly hijack a driverless car with a mind of its own.

As a middle-aged man who grew up in the 90’s, it’s insane to think about just how much technology has advanced over the years. I was just watching Total Recall – the good one, with Arnie and the lady with the three mammaries – and I remembered, as a child, having my mind seriously blown by all the computers and holograms and neat, futuristic gadgets. One of those scenes that really captured my imagination as a child was when Arnie’s character hitches a ride with a computerized taxi cab (Johnny Cab, it was called).

“No way!” Is what I was thinking. Even in the mid 2000’s, I never thought a self-driving car would be a possibility in my lifetime. Maybe my imagination just wasn’t vivid enough …

Self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles, are indeed a thing. Kinda. It’s getting there. There’s been trials and experiments, to the best of my knowledge – with mixed results.

In Larry Postel’s highly-amusing Driver Les, two bumbling bank robbers find out for themselves just how mixed those results can be. Right after robbing a bank, the two nincompoops make a run for the getaway car. But there’s a problem – the getaway car is not there.

With time of the essence and the fuzz in hot pursuit, the two robbers have no choice but to hijack a vehicle. But when they do, they quickly find out that they’ve hitched a ride with a driver-less vehicle named Driver Les. The driver’s seat empty, all they hear is a robotic voice.

With zero time to waste, the two masked bandits try to make the best of their situation. And, to their pleasant surprise, Driver Les is quite the host…

DRIVER LES (V.O.)
Would you care for some music? We have
R and B, country and western, blues,
smooth jazz, show tunes, classic hits
from the 70’s, best of the Eagles
volume 1…best of the Eagles volume 2…

ROBBER 1
No… no music.

DRIVER LES (V.O.)
No music selected.
(pause)
Would you care for a beverage? I have Coke,
Coke Classic and Diet Coke in my trunk.

ROBBER 1
I could go for some Mountain Dew. You got that? 

Driver Les turns out to be quite the gentleman. The robbers feel so comfortable around their new robot friend that they even decide to take off their masks…

DRIVER LES (V.O.)
They have no reason to check my photo
memory unless I report suspicious activity.
(pause)
But you gentlemen are very pleasant.
There is no suspicious activity here.
(pause)
Other than the fact that you are skiing
in the middle of July.

The rest of their getaway goes about as smooth as a getaway can get. So much so that the two robbers make an appointment with Driver Les for their next heist.

But what would a story be without conflict? During their next trip, our masked morons find out that, just like any regular Uber ride, things can go terribly, terribly wrong… in the most hilarious way possible. Packed with side-splitting, back-and-forth banter, especially the dialogue between the robbers and their new robot friend, Driver Les is sure to provide some much-needed laughs.

The Script

Driver Les

When their getaway driver leaves them stranded after a bank robbery, two thieves unknowingly hijack a driverless car with a mind of its own.

About The Reviewer

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I'm an award-winning screenwriter based out of New York City who specializes in darker subject matter and themes. My first produced feature film, "The Suicide Theory" won the Audience Award at the 2014 Austin Film Festival as well as the Grand Jury Prize (Best Picture) at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. After a brief theatrical release and a three-year run on Netflix, "The Suicide Theory" is now available to watch on Amazon Prime, Itunes...Read more

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Larry is an award-winning (WGA) screenwriter and advertising copywriter.  Three of Larry's original spec screenplays -- FLIP TURN, HIGH HOLIDAY and THE MAIN EVENT -- were produced in 2019.  THE MAIN EVENT was released as a Netflix Original on April 10, 2020.   

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Rear View - Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear... Well, You Know!

Rear View Mirror
An elderly gent with distinctly modern tastes wishes he’d never got a car with a reversing camera.

As technology continues to become more and more advanced each day, the more technologically dependent our society becomes. Many of these innovations change the world we live in and help us to perform tasks with great efficiency, making our lives easier. But when these neat, innovative gadgets we depend on break down and malfunction, it leaves many of us helpless.

For Ross, the protagonist in Anthony Cawood’s ultra-creepy micro-short, Rear View, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Always up to date with the newest advancements in technology, Ross is a well-off gentleman who finds out that one of his devices might be working a little TOO well.

In Ross’s case, that device is a built-in rear-view camera feature in his brand new, fancy-schmancy white Range Rover Evoque. Breathing in that still-fresh new-car smell, Ross is about to head out for a nice cruise around town to show off his new wheels.

But, as he backs out of his driveway, he glances into his rear-view camera and hits the brakes just in the nick of time – two small children in all black just stand there with their heads bowed. Despite almost getting plowed over, they don’t seem to be bothered in the slightest. In fact, it’s almost as if they’re purposely keeping Ross from leaving his driveway.

Annoyed, Ross looks into both rear-view mirrors – but the kids aren’t there. He turns, looks out his back window – nothing. He turns back to the camera and sees the creepy children again – a boy and a girl, no older than 10. And this time, they’re looking directly into his rear-view camera. Staring. Their eyes dark and soulless…

I don’t know about you, but the thought of seeing any children appear suddenly, out of nowhere, being super creepy, makes me shudder. And when you seem them in a horror flick, it’s never a good thing. But Ross doesn’t know he’s in a horror flick. Thinking it’s some punk kids playing a prank, Ross leaves the car only to see that the creepy little bastards are nowhere to be seen – What gives?

I won’t give away any more details, but Rear View has that creepy, skin-crawly vibe I got from popular horror micro-shorts like Lights Out (which later became a successful and pretty solid feature film) and Selfie From Hell (almost 30 million views on Youtube).

Like the shorts I just mentioned, Rear View is all about the scares and the creep factor. And it really nails it. Very easy to film (a lot of newer model cars have the rear-view camera feature built in), this could be that next viral horror hit – of course, in the hands of a capable director with a panache for nightmarish visuals.

Playing off the popular black-eyed children urban legend, Rear View is sure to make you think twice before using your rear-view camera feature again.

The Script

Rear View

An elderly gent with distinctly modern tastes wishes he'd never bought a car with a reversing camera.

About The Reviewer

Michael Kospiah's picture
Real name: 

Hey, what's up? 

I'm an award-winning screenwriter based out of New York City who specializes in darker subject matter and themes. My first produced feature film, "The Suicide Theory" won the Audience Award at the 2014 Austin Film Festival as well as the Grand Jury Prize (Best Picture) at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. After a brief theatrical release and a three-year run on Netflix, "The Suicide Theory" is now available to watch on Amazon Prime, Itunes...Read more

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Award-winning screenwriter with one feature produced and a further four features optioned or in pre-production. In addition to features, over forty short scripts produced/sold/optioned - including ten filmed. Also occasionally pens screenwriting articles, interviews with writers and filmmakers, and even a short story or two. You can find out more at www.anthonycawood.co.ukRead more

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