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

On the Pull - You May THINK You Know Where This is Going... But You Don't!

On the Pull

The hunt is on.

The hunted: A terrified woman.

The hunter: A thing. A thing that’s On The Pull.

The prey manages to dart through her front door, up the stairs, and into her bedroom, locking everything behind her that can be locked. She’s safe.

Until she isn’t.

You see, her predator can’t and won’t be stopped by mere locks.

And he’s a lot closer to her than she thinks…

Which may prove a problem when she attempts to reach the only safe way out: the window.

If she reaches it safely, the hunt will continue. If she doesn’t, she’ll be dragged into a nightmare from which there is no escape…

With two pages of tension building before an ending that’s out of this world (quite literally), On The Pull mixes the shock twists of Shyamalan with endless possibilities for Hitchcock-esque suspense shots, all packed densely into three pace-setting pages. Pull this beauty before anyone else can steal it from you!

The Script

On The Pull

A woman flees from an unstoppable force, that will stop at nothing to catch her.

About The Reviewer

Hamish Porter's picture
Real name: 
That guy who does a load of STS reviews and writes when he's not working or reading superfluous interesting articles. My filmmakers Rushmore is Nolan, Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Eastwood. Psychological thrillers, crime, and dramas are my thing, but I'm impartial to anything that's...Read more

About The Writer

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Craig Thomas is a UK-based screenwriter. Having written a number of short films, which are currently in various stages of production, is currently preparing a number of spec scripts and original features for a summer of competitions. Has also worked on the web-series Flat 666, which is currently...Read more

Crete and Barrel - You Think Ikea's a Maze? Hang onto Your Meatballs. It's About to Get WAY Worse...

CRETE AND BARREL

Ikea, welcome to chintz heaven - where your weekend goes when it dies. 

Think you're gladiator enough to survive the Ikea Challenge? You’ll need a map to guide you through the maze of home improvements - and frequent lingonberry refills just to keep your strength going for that extra mile.  

But for some, it’s more than adding that natural touch to your lounge with a set of cherrywood nesting tables. For young couples like Sam and Jackie, navigating the twists and turns of modern decoration's a sacred rite of passage for Life itself.

Sam and Jackie aren’t rushing into anything.  Buying furniture is a lot like dating on Craig’s List: choose wrong and you’ll find yourself forcing some dirty secret into a trunk and dumping it in a lake in the dead of night. 

But as closing time looms, Sam and Jackie's lack of compromise is starting to look like a worrying indictment of their love life.

Fortunately for them, furniture assistant Derek happens to be locking up tonight, and good ol’ Derek offers to let them stick around a little longer.

Now, it could be that Derek is of the old school - happy to go that extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction…

Or it could be that time of year when Ikea sacrifices a happy couple to appease the Minotaur. 

When one's looking for the perfect bookcase to complement one's bedroom set - the rules seem to be: anything goes.

DEREK (O.S.) 

Yeah... it’s not something we put in the commercials. But thank you for shopping at IKEA.

It turns out Derek’s a company man after all.

Soon, the doors lock and the lights dim.  

Unfortunate Sam and Jackie find themselves stalked through a labyrinth of home furnishings by a meat craving, half-man, half-bull. 

With their escape plans falling apart faster than medium-density fibreboard, the two must work together to escape before they go the same way as the meatball lunch platter.

Want to know what really happened last night in Sweden?  Read the whole script right here.

A wry swipe at modern relationships and furniture shopping with a classical Greek twist, Mike Revenaugh’s comic-horror Crete and Barrel quickly delivers the goods before throwing away the instructions and getting stuck into some fast paced comic-horror.  It’s played for laughs and you’re guaranteed to get some.  Will Jackie and Sam outsmart the Minotaur and escape from Ikea with their relationship intact? Keep your fingers - um, "hooves" - crossed!

The Script

Crete and Barrel

A happily engaged couple finds themselves locked in an IKEA after hours with a minotaur.

About The Reviewer

Steve Miles's picture
Real name: 
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...Read more

About The Writer

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Mike Revenaugh – Hat enthusiast, Dog aficionado and man about town. Mike is a comedy writer living in New York City. Raised in the frozen wastelands of Utica, New York, Mike’s earliest lessons in character building took the form of shoveling snow and mowing lawns. While an undergrad, Mike...Read more

Shark Fin - Lessons Lurk in Dark Waters

Shark Fin
An elderly fisherman teaches his grandson that sometimes in order to gain, you must lose something.

“You cannot take what is not necessary unless you are willing to lose something that is.”

A wise phrase, spoken by an even wiser old man in Shark Fin. Don’t let the title fool you; this script isn’t another Jaws or The Shallows, thrillers pitting man vs monster.

Fin’s far more substantial than those tales.

The wise old man in question, Fong, has a lesson for 9-year-old grandson Yeng.

And Fong has exciting material to illustrate his teachings with – his memories as a fisherman. Memories that Yeng wishes to relive himself after he grows.

But Fong wasn’t a fisherman in the ordinary sense of the word. He was a shark finner, albeit a reluctant one. One who understood his job involved taking what is not necessary to take. A shark’s life for its fin.

One who understood his job was a crime against nature. And yet - did so anyway.

But, as Fong explains to young Yeng, nature delivers swift justice in many ways. First, it tormented his dreams with visions of his crimes. And eventually turned its wrath on him.

Sometimes, nature is willing to forgive those who lose… and learn.

What did Fong lose? And will Yeng understand his morality tale – even at his tender age?

A beautiful, highly visual fable which touches on a very real issue today, Shark Fin is sure to impress audiences with a penchant for socially conscious, captivating works.

Our recommendation: take what is necessary, and capture this script today!

The Script

Shark Fin

An elderly fisherman teaches his grandson that sometimes in order to gain, you must lose something.

About The Reviewer

Hamish Porter's picture
Real name: 
That guy who does a load of STS reviews and writes when he's not working or reading superfluous interesting articles. My filmmakers Rushmore is Nolan, Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Eastwood. Psychological thrillers, crime, and dramas are my thing, but I'm impartial to anything that's...Read more

About The Writer

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Shawn began writing in 2008 as a means to overcome a lifelong reading disorder. After several short scripts, he took on writing his first feature screenplay in 2009. Six years and several screenplays later, Shawn's highly acclaimed script Equal Retribution was reviewed and given one of the...Read more

Scarecrow - Think You're Scared... Now?

Scarecrow

An abused young girl is helped by a friend during a solar eclipse.

Scarecrows. Kind of like clowns in pop culture, they’re absolutely terrifying. Don’t believe us? Rent any number of Scarecrew titled films. Or even better: Jeepers Creepers.

And yet – must it always be so? After all, there’s that Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. That’s as benevolent as an icon it gets.

And so it is with Scarecrow, by Chris Keaton. His titular character isn’t evil. You might even say it’s a friend.

At least to little Carly. An eleven year old, growing up in poverty, in Middle America’s cornbelt. A country girl through and through, Carly doesn’t have many friends. There’s that Scarecrow she talks to from time to time. And her Pa Jim. But recently, Pa’s had his mind on other things. Chatting sweet with a woman from town, while Carly plays alone in the fields. And it’s kind of good to see Pa happy. Because when he isn’t, off comes his belt.

One night, Carly hears Pa talking on the phone with his new lady friend. Accusing her of easedropping, he gives his daughter a thorough thrashing. The next day, he uncovers an old water well in the fields. Sparking a monstrous idea. He lures Carly to the edge, shoves her in –

Leaving Carly abandoned and helpless in the middle of nowhere. Or will someone (or something) come to her aid?

Despite the sinister overtones, Scarecrow is actually a charmingly sweet script. A drama more than anything else. About the innocence of childhood, mixed with a tiny touch of magic.

 

The Script

Scarecrow

An abused child finds help from an unexpected friend.

About The Reviewer

J.E. Clarke's picture
Real name: 
Known for her unique characters and plots, J.E. Clarke has optioned her feature length horror, "Containment" with Primestar Film Group (director Mike Elliott of Scorpion King 4 attached) and her SF feature "Stream" with Purryburry Productions, starring John Noble of "Fringe...Read more

About The Writer

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Chris Keaton is an Air Force veteran living with his family in sunny Arizona. He began his writing career as a screenwriter, but decided that he'd like people to actually read his stories, so is expanding into prose. You can see some of his projects on his website, (www.Chris-Keaton.com) or at...Read more

Heartbeat - Can YOU hear it?

Heartbeat - A florist is asked to help connect an unrequited lover with the object of his affection, with unexpected results.

A quiet day in a quiet florists finds store assistant, Maisy, counting her every heartbeat in a bid to alleviate boredom.  As you can imagine – good luck there!

Enter Derin, scruffy but sincere, and - more importantly - in the market for flowers. 

For Derin it’s a special occasion; he’s got love on his mind.  A certain kind of love that requires a certain kind of flower. But Devin’s darned if he knows Tulips from Roses when it comes to floral arrays.

If only there were someone to guide him...

As luck (and training) would have it, Maisy has the answer to his quest - Daffodils. Unfortunately for Derin, Daffodils aren’t in stock.  They're out of season and try as Maisy might, there’s no second choice when it comes to affairs of the heart. So Derin leaves empty handed. Leaving Maisy alone – yet another flower to be ignored.

One quiet day rolls into another… until Maisy opens the shop and finds a surprise.  A certain discovery that sets her heart to racing…. faster than she can count.

But read it yourself from here. Anything more would spoil the surprise.

Anthony Cawood’s Heartbeat offers a sweet tale of a young man’s first step on the road to love. Its offbeat and understated style doesn’t so much take you for a ride - as smile coyly and ask you follow.  Straightforward with minimal locations/characters and a few handy flowers as props, Heartbeat is everything a filmmaker looking for heartfelt romance (and an audience) could desire!!

 

 

The Script

Heartbeat

A florist is asked to help connect an unrequited lover with the object of his affection, with unexpected results.

About The Reviewer

Steve Miles's picture
Real name: 
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...Read more

About The Writer

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Award-winning screenwriter with one feature in post-production, two further features optioned and currently working on a thriller which will shoot in late 2017 in Nigeria. In addition to features, he has over thirty short scripts sold/optioned - including eight filmed. Also pens screenwriting...Read more

Bailey Makes Three (But Is That a Crowd?)

Bailey Makes Three

When a lesbian couple has trouble conceiving, they fill the void with an unruly rescue dog who tests their relationship.

In today’s film climate, bombastic blockbusters rule the box office. But they rarely rule our hearts. It’s those idiosyncratic yet realistic dramas that have the strongest power over our emotions.

Especially ones with sympathetic protagonists facing a relatable dilemma, like Imani and Pritika in Bailey Makes Three, a couple who’d like to extend their family but have been challenged by both bureaucracy and bad luck.

But does family = humans only? Not in Imani’s world. She’s adopted a delightful young dog called Bailey without consulting Pritika. Well, a dog that the audience sees as a “hairy middle-age man in a shabby puppy ear hat.” Yeah.

If the audience sees the dog as that, Pritika sees him as a third-wheeling nuisance after a few…incidents, albeit ones that any playful pup would do.

Yet when they leave Bailey alone in their apartment for an evening, he’s so playful that his “antics” threaten to tear apart the family he was meant to add to. Future events, including a tragic mistake by Pritika, only make the foundations weaker until the whole relationship looks set to collapse.

Until both use Bailey to repair the cracks. But how?

Well, you’ll have to read on to find out. Along the way, you’re certain to enjoy the witty dialogue and amusing canine capers generously sprinkled in the script that make this simple story so memorable!

The Script

Bailey Makes Three

When a lesbian couple has trouble conceiving, they fill the void with an unruly rescue dog who tests their relationship.

About The Reviewer

Hamish Porter's picture
Real name: 
That guy who does a load of STS reviews and writes when he's not working or reading superfluous interesting articles. My filmmakers Rushmore is Nolan, Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Eastwood. Psychological thrillers, crime, and dramas are my thing, but I'm impartial to anything that's...Read more

About The Writer

Chris Courtney Martin's picture
Chris Courtney Martin hails from Philadelphia, where she was introduced to her craft. In high school, she placed in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights competition three years out of four. After receiving the prestigious Liberty scholarship, Martin started Drexel University's Screenwriting...Read more

The Enchanted Quill - A uniquely modern tale of retribution

No matter the setting or the time, Fairytales play on our most primal fears.

From our moral anxieties and deepest desires, to the monsters lurking in our subconscious, Fairytales resonate through the ages to serve as warnings to the frailty of human nature itself.

MILLY (V.O.)
Once upon a time there was a little
Princess who was betrayed by her
Prince Charming.

Milly was once a young, free-spirited innocent – that was until she met Malcolm:

YOUNGER MALCOLM
Your parents said they would be late.
They asked me if I could give you a
lift home.

Princess Milly unwittingly accepts, and so finds her young life destroyed; locked in a cycle of tragedy and abuse as she’s passed from one monster to the next.

The years pass and the abusers move on – leaving Milly to struggle with the horrors of a childhood destroyed.

One day she stumbles upon a dark forest (known as the internet, or the ‘web’) where a magic app called The Enchanted Quill sings her a siren-song promise of revenge.

Of course, a deal like this comes at a price, but what’s 5% of your soul per wish when sweet vengeance is at hand?

And this is where we join the tale. Not in an enchanted kingdom far away, but an abandoned warehouse where Malcolm and cohorts find themselves trapped… with Milly wielding her Enchanted Quill to control everything they do.

And this Princess is in no mood for forgiveness:

MILLY
Fuck yeah! Let’s get the endgame
rolling. Enchanted Quill obey my
whim, give Malcolm a compound arm
fracture, through the skin! Woo, I
did a poem!

Milly proceeds to recount her tale, jumping from the past to the present as she puts her tormentors through their own personal (and much deserved) Hell. From the visceral to the surreal: fingernails are removed, arm bones gnawed. Even the repetition of mundane tasks takes a torturous form.

Imagine taking off your shoes only to put them back on again – over and over and over… until they bleed.

Drawing out the darker aspects of a little known fairytale called The Enchanted Quill, writer Mark Renshaw delivers a uniquely modern tale of retribution replete with monsters, tortured souls and unflinching violence.

If you like to wring every last drop of blood from your horror, then Quill is a pure classic for you.

The Script

The Enchanted Quill

A troubled young woman seeking answers about her dark past discovers a magic software app that allows her to make wishes comes true, but at a price - each wish costs her a fraction of her soul.

About The Reviewer

Steve Miles's picture
Real name: 
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...Read more

About The Writer

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Mark has been escaping into his own personal version of reality he calls his Mindverse since he was a youngling. Sometimes these adventures escape into our dimension in the form of scripts and stories. At other times they just drool out of his mouth. Despite the drool, his scripts and short...Read more

A Kindness - Sometimes it's Cruel to Be Kind (In the Right Measure)

A Kindness
Sometimes, it's Cruel to Be Kind. In the RIGHT measure...

One page.

One location: the death chamber/a prison cell.

Two people: a doctor, and a desperate patient.

One dilemma: the patient wants to die. The doctor doesn’t quite know why.

DOCTOR: How is death a kindness?

Sure, the Chinese conquest is audible outside - but who wishes for death because of that?

It's not just that. There’s one more reason. A reason far less noble than avoiding capture. A reason the doctor understands... deep down.

And it's reason that may factor into his decision... even with soldiers pounding on their door.

What's that reason? Will the needle find his patient’s arm? Take a minute out of your day to read A Kindness and find out!

And grab it for option before the opportunity (and life) slips away.

The Script

A Kindness

A prisoner who sees death as his best chance of escape doesn't count on a Doctor who is ready to pass his own form of judgement.

About The Reviewer

Hamish Porter's picture
Real name: 
That guy who does a load of STS reviews and writes when he's not working or reading superfluous interesting articles. My filmmakers Rushmore is Nolan, Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Eastwood. Psychological thrillers, crime, and dramas are my thing, but I'm impartial to anything that's...Read more

About The Writer

Tim Westland's picture
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Howdy... my name is Tim Westland. I am an award winning writer, with multiple feature and short scripts placing highly in Page, Screencraft, BlueCat and other well respected competitions. Several of my short scripts have been produced, most recently “For The Love of God”, a topical LGBT-friendly...Read more

Rock Bottom - You Ain't There YET....

ROCK BOTTOM:

In a social media obsessed world, fame and infamy can find us at the click of a button.  Our every moment from the monumental to the mundane can be captured, shared, and scrutinized into emoji hell - often whether we like it or not.  Welcome to the age of viral video.

Jeanine’s screenwriting career is going nowhere fast.  It seems like everyone’s getting a break out there but her.  Unknowns wake to find themselves online superstars with six figure deals; while Jeanine can’t scrape together enough loose change to temper the scorn of teenage grocery store clerks.  Agents remain indifferent; dinner is a packet of duck sauce on toast, and it seems even the sofa is on the receiving end of Jeanine’s dwindling finances. 

What does it take for a girl to get a break?

Street-robbery, apparently…

Forced to flee her roach infested apartment, Jeanine discovers the universe has been saving up for one last kick when a mugger snatches her phone.  But in a fortuitous stroke the picky thief deems her device unworthy and throws it back.

For Jeanine it’s the final indignity.  She snaps, taking off in pursuit, hell-bent on a dose of street justice.

In an age of instant uploads and viral stardom it’s a decision that leads to the most unlikely of consequences...

Read Rock Bottom to discover more.

Chris Courtney Martin’s Rock Bottom captures the hopes and frustrations of a young creative struggling to make her way in the modern world.  Humorous and heartfelt it’s a must read for any filmmaker looking for a smart yet straightforward short to add to their portfolio. 

The Script

Rock Bottom

After a down-on-her-luck screenwriter reaches wit's end, she turns a breakdown into a leg up.

About The Reviewer

Steve Miles's picture
Real name: 
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...Read more

About The Writer

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Chris Courtney Martin hails from Philadelphia, where she was introduced to her craft. In high school, she placed in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights competition three years out of four. After receiving the prestigious Liberty scholarship, Martin started Drexel University's Screenwriting...Read more

Mollycoddled - You Never Know What You Have...

Mollycoddled

After they're turfed out, one man and his dog discover there might be trouble and strife at home, but out in the real world the Nanny state has gone haywire.

Ever been so drunk you used the wardrobe for a toilet? Me neither, I swear.

But that’s exactly what’s landed Brad in the dog house at home.

In Mollycoddled, Brad and his loyal canine sidekick “Dog” get thrown out of the house by very angry girlfriend Diane. Mainly because of the toilet training issue. Brad’s, that is – not his K-9.

It’s terrible to be booted out of house and home (especially in the middle of the night). But after thinking it over, Brad reckons they’re better off without fussy Diane in his life.

Under the delusion that life with man’s best friend will be an awesome escapade, Brad and dog set off for adventure.

Unfortunately for Brad, everything goes… downhill from there.

In the world outside Diane’s four walls: rules, by-laws, regulations and ‘polite notices’ suck out all the fun out of freedom. Wherever Brad and his best friend venture, paper pushers and bureaucracy reign supreme. Not only is the grass not greener on the other side of the fence, in certain areas it’s crappy brown.

Too proud to admit he’s wrong, Brad and Dog soldier on. Resulting in a collection of fines from beach attendants, park attendants, policemen etc. and a feeling of being just plain unwelcome anywhere.

After awhile, Brad realizes life with Diane isn’t so bad. In fact, except for the wardrobe/toilet malfunction, she practically mollycoddled them. By the end of their day on the outskirts, both Brad and Dog hope Diane might just forgive and forget.

There’s no denying everyone loves a shaggy dog story. With Mollycoddled, think Littlest Hobo meets Groundhog Day. But will Diane let the tramps back in? Will Brad’s puppy dog eyes earn him a second chance? Head on over to the doghouse to read this script and find out!

About the reviewer: Elaine Clayton is a London-based screenwriter, who has written several well received shorts and is currently doing a Masters in Playwriting and Scriptwriting. Comfortable in a broad range of genres, Elaine has an innate sense of structure and arc development. Contact her at Elaine_clayton(AT) hotmail(.)co(.)uk

The Script

Mollycoddled

After they're turfed out, one man and his dog discover there might be trouble and strife at home, but out in the real world the Nanny state has gone haywire.

About The Reviewer

J.E. Clarke's picture
Real name: 
Known for her unique characters and plots, J.E. Clarke has optioned her feature length horror, "Containment" with Primestar Film Group (director Mike Elliott of Scorpion King 4 attached) and her SF feature "Stream" with Purryburry Productions, starring John Noble of "Fringe...Read more

About The Writer

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L.Chambers has been writing all her life – especially in her head, and on scraps of paper. It’s only in the last few years she began to get serious about screen-writing. Prior to this she worked in the Features Department for ABC TV as a Program Assistant, and trained as a FAD. She currently works...Read more

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