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Well, you asked for it so here it is!  I’ve had my Top 25 scripts over on the right-hand panel there forever.  But we’ve finally had enough Amateur Friday reviews (over 100) to create a Top 10 Amateur Scripts List!  We need to celebrate you guys who have done what many consider impossible – impress the impossible-to-impress Scriptshadow readership.  Here’s how it’s going to work.  I’m listing all of the serious competitors below (scripts that had high “wasn’t for mes,” “worth the reads,” “impressives,” or any buzz) and you can vote for your Top 10 (or Top 5 if you haven’t read all of them) by e-mailing me at carsonreeves3@gmail.com with the subject line: “VOTE.”  Include your list from 1-5 or 1-10.  I’ll take votes up until 11:59 pm Sunday, August 31st and announce the following week.  Let’s take a trip down Amateur Lane. Good luck!

PATISSERIE
Premise:  A young Jewish woman in occupied France escapes the Nazis by changing places with a shop owner. But as her love grows for the other woman’s husband and child, so does her guilt.

LE PETITE MORT
Premise: An alcoholic stilt walker must save the small town that loathes him from an invasion of zombie midgets.

LORD OCKLEY AND THE ALIEN
Premise: A wanton English Lord hires a “hermit” to live in his garden (as was the trend in 18th Century England). An alien from another planet stumbles into this scenario, who the drunk Englishmen consider to be French.

360
Premise: After surviving a violent car accident, a woman is attacked in her home by a masked assailant and finds herself living out a time loop that has her experiencing the attack from several points of view.

SERVED COLD
Premise: A Detroit bank thief accidentally steals from the Canadian mob and is forced to lift a rare painting from the Detroit mob to pay them back.

HEMINGWAY BOY
Premise: Fatherless Copywriter, Nick Adams, uncovers a stash of immaculate love letters dated the year he was born and post marked from Key West and Havana, Cuba. Convinced he is Hemingway’s bastard love child, he travels to Key West with teenage son in tow to usurp his birthright.

OF GLASS AND GOLDEN CLOCKWORK
Premise: On the eve of the Third World War, a young soldier abandons his post to search out a robot claiming to have information regarding his father’s unsolved murder, only to discover these two are more connected than he ever could have imagined.

AESOP THE COURAGEOUS
Premise: When his mother is kidnapped and sold into slavery, the legendary fableist must overcome being a short, ugly mute and outmatch Greek philosophers and bloodthirsty kings to rescue her and save the kingdom.

ON THE CORNER OF RUE ST. ALOISE AND RUE DU CHEVAL
Premise: November 1944, Strasbourg, France. A Solider wakes up with amnesia in “La Zone Occupée”. The only thing he remembers is his duty to deliver a package on the corner of Rue St. Aloise and Rue Du Cheval at 10:30pm. No name, no date, and under no circumstances is the package to be opened.

BREAKING THE CHAIN
Premise: A gambler wins millions on a crazy bet, yet is unable to
 tell anyone. Instead, he resolves to secretly use the money to improve the 
lives of those closest to him, and win back the love of his long-suffering
 wife.

THE IMAGINEER
Premise: The life story of one of the most creative minds of all time, Walt Disney.

THE ALIEN DIARIES
Premise: A book appraiser working at an old farm mansion finds a diary that implies the family who used to live there 200 years ago may have come in contact with a crashed alien ship.

THE HOUSE THAT DEATH BUILT
Premise: A recently widowed cop reclaims an old property in a small southern town, only to discover that key figures in the town have been hiding a horrifying secret.

THE SLEEP OF REASON
Premise: After his wife goes missing, a man heads to the darkest reaches of Transylvania to find her.

I THINK MY FACEBOOK FRIEND IS DEAD
Premise: After receiving panicked messages from a girl he’s been Facebook-stalking, a meek agoraphobe wrangles together his closest internet friends and journeys into the real world to find her.

REAL MEN PLAY FUTEBOL
Premise: A teenage boy hoping to escape the poverty of his West African village finds the opportunity when a professional futebol scout comes to town.

TRIBUTE
Premise: A marginally talented tribute band finds itself magically/accidentally transported back to the year 1973 and seizes the opportunity to become actual rock stars by “stealing” the career of the group they’ve long made a living out of impersonating.

CAPTIVE
Premise: When a group of bank robbers kidnap his wife, an accountant must try and save her. But when they all end up in a strange Rube Goldberg-like trap-filled mansion, the kidnapping becomes the least of their worries.

THE HOSTAGE
Premise: (from writers) It’s a brilliant bank robbery plan. But there’s one contingency no one could have planned for: One of the hostages turns into a werewolf, turning the bank they’ve locked down to keep out the police into a deathtrap. And turning a criminal into a hero.

REUNION
Premise: At their ten-year reunion, a formerly bullied outcast decides to enact revenge on the cool kids who made his life miserable.

CHARMING
Premise: After beating out his twin brother for the throne, Prince Charming finally settles down with his new bride-to-be, Snow White. But when she ditches him for his brother, he will have to find a way to win her back.

THE AUGMENTED GEOLOGIST
Premise: (from writer) In Victorian England, a respected geologist studies a strange crystal artifact that grants him incredible powers, tears his life apart and sends him on a deadly chase to discover its unearthly origin.

REAL MONSTERS
Premise: The members of a small Irish town housing a supposed Lochness-like monster in their lake find their world turned upside-down when an American documentary crew arrives to find out if the monster is real.

MOVERS
Premise: A moving company specializes in moving humans.

EDEN’S FOLLY
Premise: A left-for-dead rancher wakes up in the middle of the desert with no memory of who he is. He goes off in a search to find out what happened.

THE INCREDIBLE SHAVING MUG FRACAS
Premise: (from writer) A lost cache of Nazi gold could save the crumbling hometown of a failed actor. But the key to the treasure, an antique shaving mug, is also the key to his doom. He must outwit, battle and defeat weird and dangerous Nazi sympathizers who have skulked into town searching for him and the treasure.

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER
Premise: After learning that his family is leaving the town he grew up in, a heartbroken 13 year-old boy convinces his best friends to go trick-or-treating one last time in a daring attempt to break their town’s unbreakable trick-or-treating record and become legends.

MAD DOGS
Premise: A repressed teen werewolf tracks down her estranged father — the sheriff of a resort that caters to the hedonistic pursuits of werewolves — but an outbreak of weaponized rabies turns their reunion into a fight for survival.

KEEPING TIME
Premise: (from writer) A for-hire time traveler who specializes in “preventing” bad relationships meets his match with a mysterious woman who claims to also be a traveler and is determined to stop him from completing his mission.

NINE TWELVE
Premise: (from writer) A man embarks on a relationship with a 9/11 widow after claiming to have lost his brother in the attacks.

ROSE IN THE DARKNESS
Premise: (from writer) A secluded boy’s way of life is threatened when he befriends Rose – the girl whom his parents have imprisoned in the family attic.

VERONA SPIES
Premise: (from writer) After landing a job at an escort service, a young woman learns that her first date is an international spy who’s just stolen a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical secret. She agrees to help him shake the assassins waiting outside of the hotel, and soon finds herself embroiled in a deadly game of corporate espionage.

GOODBYE GENE
Premise: (from writer) A demented 14 year old girl strikes up a weird relationship with a convicted sex offender. Shit gets crazy when they embark on a twisted road trip in a “rape van.”

INHUMAN
Premise: (from writer) After a radical exorcism leaves a possessed teen in a coma, a psychologist reluctantly helps the clergymen, who performed the rite, wake the child, but soon suspects foul play and finds himself trapped in a secluded monastery with only one person to turn to for help: his newly awakened patient.

WHITE LABEL
Premise: (from writer) When a young vinyl music store owner loses everything — love, friendship and vinyl records — he struggles to rebuild his life, hindered by pimp-like friends, a beautiful agent provocateur and an ex-girlfriend who refuses to let their relationship die until she finds a suitable successor. In the vein of HIGH FIDELITY and 500 DAYS OF SUMMER.

THE THALLUS OF MARCHENTIA
Premise (from writer): Based on a true story, a group of college kids in the 60s pose as royalty from a made-up country (Marchentia). What starts out as innocent fun, spins out of control when the media turns their arrival into the most important visit in the city’s history.

THE TRAGIC LIFE OF DEXTER STRANGE
Premise (from writer): A colorful but washed-up bad boy recounts his epic rise and fall in Hollywood on an online video blog.

MARLOWE
Premise (from writer): P.I. Sam Marlowe shows novice writer Raymond Chandler the realities of detective work, juggling gangsters, corrupt politicians and movie star Jean Harlow to find out who’s burning farms on the Arroyo Seco Canyon.

THE SAVAGE SOUTH
Premise (from writer): When a professional contract killer discovers he’s become the target of an assassination himself, he teams up with the would-be killer to figure out who set them up.

THE DEVIL’S HAMMER
Premise (from writer): When an outlaw biker, and soon to be father, attempts to leave the sins of his old life behind, he is pushed by a vengeful Sheriff into the arms of an ancient cult of disease worshiping sadists.

PRIMAL
Premise (from writer): After survivors of a recent hurricane relocate to a quiet Louisiana bayou town, a creature goes on a nightly rampage of terror and carnage. Convinced it is the legendary werewolf known as loup garou, an intrepid teen vows to discover the beast’s true identity and destroy it.

BARABBAS
Premise (from writers): In 30 A.D., a charismatic stonemason bent on revenge leads a band of guerrilla rebels against the Roman occupation of his homeland.

A BULLETT FOR MY BEST FRIEND
Premise: When a young gang of girls kills her brother, Dakota, a former member of the gang, vows revenge.

SUNNY SIDE OF HELL
Premise: (from writer) When a woman is kidnapped in Texas during the Dust Bowl, her husband embarks on a harrowing odyssey where he’s forced to confront danger in the forms of Mother Nature and man and also the mysterious past he buried years ago.

SUBMERGED
Premise: (from writer) Trapped in a shrinking air pocket deep beneath the ocean’s surface, the survivors of a plane crash battle to stay alive long enough for the rescue teams to locate them.

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU
Premise: (from writer) When a child killer is sentenced to death under dubious circumstances, the investigating detective discovers that the very man being executed holds the keys that can solve the crime.

WARNING SHOT
Premise: (from writer) A mother and daughter held hostage at an isolated farmhouse struggle to survive as one of their captors grows increasingly unstable.

ECHOVAULT
Premise: (from writers) When an elite team of Allied forces assault a top secret research facility, they become trapped underground with a sadistic Nazi Colonel and a mysterious Machine which allows him to switch bodies, turning the team against one another as they desperately try to survive.

GUEST
Premise: After checking into a hotel to escape her abusive husband, a woman realizes guests in the next room are holding a young girl hostage.

PROVING GROUND
Premise: 9 strangers wake in a deserted Mexican town besieged by killing machines: they must discover why they’ve been brought there to survive.

FASCINATION 127
Premise: A group of men are hired by a mysterious client to remove Jim Morrison’s casket, give it to him for 24 hours and then return the casket into the ground before it is publicly exhumed to be moved to the United States.

FATTIES
Premise: When a lonely masochistic chubby chaser is abducted by two fat lesbian serial killers, it’s the best thing that ever happened to him.

UNDERTOW
Premise: Unhappy with her life, a housewife visits a physicist who transforms the way she views the world – and her own mind.

A LOT OF BLOOD
Premise (from writer): After two friends leave the bar after a night of drinking, they discover their car missing from the parking lot, an RV in its place, and a woman trapped inside.

IN THE FLESH
Premise (from writer): A woman fights to escape an isolated home controlled by an Incubus, a demonic force that feeds on sexual energy. A task made more difficult by her co-hostages, who are content to remain under the creatures spell.

  • Ryan Sasinowski

    A few of these sound REALLY good. I wish I’d been a regular here to get my hands on them. But alas.

    • carsonreeves1

      Many still have links inside the reviews. So click on titles and you might be able to pick them up.

    • Scott Crawford

      I agree; some of these loglines, maybe most of them, I can actually imagine as movies. I know the standard of writing is high. You know, I might break a habit and actually read some of these. Any recommendations? I like exciting, plot-driven stuff. Twists and turns, that sort of thing…

      • Steffan

        (Cough cough) Check out “Inhuman” (cough cough) but don’t read the review first… There’s a huge spoiler.

        Post your email, Scott, and I’ll send it to you.

        • Scott Crawford

          Got the script from the link, thanks! Good opening, I’d like the fact that you took your time to set the tone, THEN suck me into your story. I’ll keep reading…

          • Steffan

            Thanks, Scott! It’s a script I’m proud of. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Scott Crawford

    Oscar-nominee Chill Wills – “Win, lose, or draw, you’re all my cousins and I love you.”
    Groucho Marx – “Dear Chill Wills. Am happy to be your cousin, but I voted for Sal Mineo.”

    Good luck, everyone!

  • Steffan

    It’s a treat to wake up and find your screenplay up on Scriptshadow!

    I just checked, “Inhuman” (the script) isn’t linked–though the review is. If anyone wants to check it out just shoot me your email on the boards and I’ll send it to you later today.

    Good luck all!

    • Dan B

      Newer reader – so some of the more recent ones I haven’t seen yet. Could you shoot “InHuman” to me? dblixbreen@gmail.com

      • Steffan

        Just sent it. Anyone else?

  • BennyPickles

    Just as I was getting excited to vote for myself using 10 different email accounts… Oh well.

    (though I must say, even if it doesn’t make the list, ‘Reunion’ still needs to be remembered as the first ever great Amateur Friday script – that was a truly magical moment)

  • Bifferspice

    out of those, i most enjoyed undertow, marlowe, goodbye gene, fatties. i guess patisserie fills out my top five. i’d have liked to see the introvert’s playlist, and the reasonably recent one about the woman who stalks the guys who slag her baby off on facebook. wasn’t that by the same guy as did goodbye gene?

  • Matthew Garry

    Where’s “Real Monsters” ( http://scriptshadow.net/screenplay-review-real-monsters-grendls-script/ ) ?

    Also, if someone could send me a copy of “Rose in the Dark” (matt at courier12 dot org) I’d be grateful.

  • Casper Chris

    What about The Disciple Program and Where Angels Die? Are they considered ‘pro scripts’ now?

    1. The Disciple Program
    2. Fascination 127
    3. Where Angels Die
    4. A Rose In The Darkness
    5. 300 Days (I think this was the name… it was about a boy being adopted by an alien).
    6. Fatties
    7. California Dream
    8. Guest
    9. Grendl’s Real Monsters
    10. Proving Ground

    Honorable mention: The Devil’s Hammer

    • Bifferspice

      ooh, california dream’s a good shout

    • walker

      Three Hundred Years by Peter Hirschmann

      • Casper Chris

        Ah yes, it was years, not days. Thought something was off…

      • cjob3

        That was good. It was Amateur? Coulda fooled me…

    • Acarl

      Great list!

    • ThomasBrownen

      Yeah, I still think A Bullet for My Best Friend is a GREAT title. It sounds so cool!

    • carsonreeves1

      Yeah, those two I’m considering pro scripts now. We want to prop up scripts that haven’t quite made it.

      • Casper Chris

        I see. Maybe we need an Amateur Friday “Hall of Fame” then.

    • Steffan

      Don’t recall Inhuman, Casper!

      I urge you: give it ten pages… if you don’t want to keep on reading I’ll publicly apologize for wasting your time.

      • Casper Chris

        Fine, send it along :-) Did you change the ending? I see Carson complained about the third act.

        csprchrs@gmail.com

        • Steffan

          Casper,

          I’m actually in the throes of a major rewrite (which changes most of the 2nd and 3rd act)… I’m hoping for a comeback spot in the next four or so months; but, the script you’ll read is the original.

          I just sent it to you.

          And I’m serious, if you don’t like it; I will apologize for wasting your time.

    • Joe Marino

      Glad you liked “Rose,” Casper! :)

  • SinclareRose

    One of the first scripts I read when I started reading this blog was Verona Spies. Still love it. Fast read. Fun. Funny. Great characters.

  • Nicholas J

    I’m assuming Disciple and Angels are kept off because they sold, but didn’t Keeping Time also sell? And where’s Breaking the Chain?! Surely that had enough buzz to make the list.

    I’m forgetting a ton of these older ones, but I suppose if I liked them enough I’d remember them, such as Reunion. Not sure who has the better advantage here, the newer scripts because they’re fresh on everyone’s minds or the older ones because many people will be looking at them through rose colored glasses?

    Anyway, love the idea of a top amateur scripts list. Good luck to everyone!

    • Casper Chris

      Didn’t A Rose In The Darkness sell too? Or did the writer just get representation?

      • Joe Marino

        Just representation. No sale for that one just yet.

        • Casper Chris

          I see. Thanks for clearing that up, Joe.

          • Joe Marino

            It got the blessing/curse of being well-liked enough to be placed on production dockets but not enough to be the “current” project to do. *shrugs*

          • walker

            That’s a real good script Joe.

          • Joe Marino

            Thanks, bud.

        • Acarl

          Great script and you’re too humble, Joe: he didn’t just get any old rep from it, he scored the heavy weight champ of managers…

    • Nate

      As the writer of Time, I can tell you it was optioned, but no full sale yet. We are in the oft found dilemma of looking for financing. I’m flattered to be included on Carson’s list amongst so many great scripts and flattered even more that people remember my story.

      • Joe Marino

        Yo, Nathan!!! :)

        • Nate Zoebl

          Yo Joe.

      • Nicholas J

        Ah, I remember seeing it pop up on the Tracking Board’s Year in Review and just assumed it sold. Congrats on the success you have found with it though and here’s to making more progress on the financial front!

  • walker

    This is a great idea and I will vote officially, but after five years of reading my favorites are all scripts that didn’t make the ballot and/or never appeared on Scriptshadow.
    Going to Ninevah by Trevor McCall
    Frank vs. God by Stewart Schill
    Lost in the Supermarket by Rich Figel
    Haddegon Tales by grendl
    Hemingway Boy by Eric Brown

    • Awescillot

      I noticed Hemingway Boy not being on the list. I enjoyed reading that one, should have definitely been included.

    • carsonreeves1

      I’d like to check these out if you still have them, Walker. Please send. :)

      • walker

        I emailed you.

    • IgorWasTaken

      walker, after all this time, how about joining disqus? Then we’d know if it’s actually you posting.

      Maybe just me, but I tend to skim past unregistered names. And you raised a question recently about whether someone had posted here about other people’s scripts. I am NOT calling you out; but I do like to see stats for posters.

      • walker

        Hey Igor, I guess you have a point. I actually hadn’t considered that my guest status might undermine my credibility. But I am really me, and in fact unlike many posters here, this is the name on my scripts.

        • some dude

          walker’s scripts are atrocious

          • walker

            But I see what you mean.

          • Joe Marino

            That’s rude.

          • walker

            You too, Joe. Drop me a line at walker.mjh at gmail, I would be interested to hear what you are working on.

        • IgorWasTaken

          You may be you. But unless you post from a registered account, someone else may be you.

          • walker

            I will consider your suggestion that I register. In the meantime if you have any questions or issues you may always contact me directly at walker.mjh at gmail

      • gazrow

        I’m lucky enough to know Walker. He’s a cool guy and a very talented writer.

  • Somersby

    “The House That Death Built”? Trajent Future?? Carson, do you really want to open up that kettle of fish again?

    For those who don’t know, THTDB was one of the most contentious offerings EVER on Amateur Friday. It generated about 400 posts, many of them from the writer who ended up vigorously attacking anyone who critiqued his script, including calling Scriptshadow “a board that is pretty much looked down upon by other skilled writers, repped writers, pro writers and the like as being a board full of people who can’t write.”

    …The writer had a way of keeping it classy, didn’t he?

    Actually, it got pretty entertaining. You can check out the comments here:
    http://scriptshadow.blogspot.ca/2011/03/amateur-friday-house-that-death-built.html#disqus_thread

    But, Carson… for the love of God, why would you favour this over pretty polished offerings like “Breaking the Chain”, “Zombie Reserection”, “Real Monsters” and others that got generally okay feedback?

    • carsonreeves1

      You know I had to include The House That Death Built. :)

    • ripleyy

      God bless that post, it was the best entertainment I’ve see on this site.

  • Linkthis83

    Thank you, Carson — Now I can’t wait for the arguing to begin when the list comes out!

    I love that this is happening. This is a great day for amateur writers. Does it guarantee success? No it does not. Does it generate another avenue for the possibility of success? It absolutely freaking does!!

    Whether you make the top 5/10 or you don’t, be grateful today!

    Now writers won’t be shooting to make it into AOW, they are aiming for THE LIST!

    I also feel under-prepared all of a sudden with the above list – I guess my choices fit more along the lines of things I’d like to see developed. Hmm…I will need to keep that in mind with my votes.

    I am surprised that AESOP THE COURAGEOUS didn’t make this list nor THE CLOUD FACTORY. — Oh, and REAL MONSTERS as well.

  • Rachel Woolley

    I second (or I guess it would be third) what Nicholas J and Somersby both said – Breaking the Chain should be on this list.

  • Craig Mack

    Wow! Excited to be considered for the Top 25! Of course, I’m going to vote for myself… I mean I HAVE to right? Thanks for all THE DEVIL’S HAMMER support — I really appreciate it!

    • Scott Crawford

      Well, the PRESIDENT can vote for himself! I’d use a different name, though.

      Congratulations and I hope you do well.

      • Craig Mack

        I will not hide behind a pen name… If I’m going to vote for myself, I’m going to vote for myself. No shame, all pride!

    • MichaelWhatling

      How about I vote for you if you vote for me? :)

      • Craig Mack

        Michael — what did you write?

        • Casper Chris

          He wrote the great Patisserie.
          (which I had as an ‘honorable mention’, but which will make my top 10 once I get rid of The Disciple Program and Where Angels Die)

          • Craig Mack

            Thanks Casper, I’ll give it a read this week for sure!

      • Joe Marino

        Michael, you’re fucking awesome. Hope you win #1. “Patisserie” was something else. :)

    • Nick Morris

      Congrats on cracking the top 25, Craig! I haven’t read enough of these to vote fairly, but here’s hoping you take it. Good luck! THE DEVIL’S HAMMER rocks.

      • Craig Mack

        Hey a vote is still a vote! I appreciate it!

  • cjob3

    I remember REALLY liking both “Keeping Time” and “Reunion.” But I’m pretty sure they both sold, didn’t they? But I guess they were Amateur at the time…. I opened Reunion thinking it was a comedy but boy, it wasn’t. I was so hooked I kept reading anyway. I’d really like to see “Keeping Time” as a Stephen Merchant vehicle.
    (PS We’re keeping this to films, right? I felt NSFW got a high Wasn’t for Me…)
    As far as unproduced films, I really wish they’d do Norm: The Movie.

    • carsonreeves1

      Both were optioned. But Reunion’s option ran out, and I think Keeping Time’s did as well.

      • Nate

        Time’s option will be done in a couple months, then back on the market.

        • bex01

          Hey Nate, any chance I could have a read of Keeping Time? Time travel is one of my favourite things in film. If you wouldn’t mind, my email is babelfish79 at gmail dot com

      • cjob3

        Wow, that’s so disheartening. Both are unique concepts and I would think relatively cheap-to-produce. Should be slam-dunks. What more do these people want? Hollywood, you idiot!

  • cjob3

    Wow. Three, count ‘em, THREE werewolf scripts.

    • Scott Crawford

      They’re the ones that got 3 out of 5 or above, I guess.

    • Nicholas J

      Unless I’m forgetting one, there hasn’t been a good/popular werewolf film in over 10 years. Vampires and zombies are everywhere, but a good werewolf film seems long overdue.

      • Craig Mack

        UNDERWORLD was relatively successful. Twilight (cringe)…. and DOG SOLDIERS rules.

        • Nicholas J

          Dog Soldiers was 12 years ago and small time, Underworld 11 years ago and isn’t strict to werewolves, and Twilight isn’t exactly a werewolf film — aren’t they just shapeshifters and not even werewolves? Ginger Snaps is better than all those, but even that’s approaching 15 years old now!

          Where’s this generation’s American Werewolf?!

          • Linkthis83

            On the above list, perhaps ;)

          • Craig Mack

            MAN! You are making me feel OLD. Those movies feel like they cam out last year…. : /. I hated Ginger Snaps… I know I’m a minority there. The Werewolf in HEMLOCK GROVE is pretttty awesome.

          • Nicholas J

            Whaaaaaaat?! I watch Ginger Snaps nearly every October. It feels so 90s I love it!

            My favorite part is when they are playing field hockey in gym class and the bully girl knocks over one of the sisters and she falls into a super gory dog corpse that none of the other students had noticed up until that point even though it’s laying right in the middle of the field that they’ve been playing on for the past 15 minutes. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?

          • Rachel Woolley

            Love Ginger Snaps! Not just a great werewolf movie, but a werewolf movie that passes the Bechdel test

        • S_P_1

          Werewolf Warrior. It was on sale.

        • Nick Morris

          Yes! DOG SOLDIERS raised the modern werewolf bar (if there even is such a thing) for me. Whatever happened to the sequel?

      • cjob3

        Problem is, they’re usually not very complex characters. They’re like the Hulk.
        They’re a fun idea, but kinda thin. Hard to get right.
        Though they have shown up as side characters in the Twilight and Underworld films, as well as TV shows like Teen Wolf and True Blood.
        Whatever happened to the script about a biker gang that was all werewolves? I love that idea. Big hairy guys who travel in packs… it totally works.

      • Scott Crawford

        According to Wikipedia, The Wolfman lost $80 million, so I expect you won’t see a big-budget werewolf/wolfman movie any more than you’ll see Samurai films or movies about Mars.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_box_office_bombs#Biggest_box_office_bombs

        Lots of wolves on TV, though…

        • Casper Chris

          I love samurai. I think The Last Samurai is a better indication of the popularity of samurai (it did 450 million). The problem with 47 Ronin was that it wasn’t a samurai movie, but rather a bastardization of a famous samurai legend. I turned it off after 30 minutes.

          btw. there’s “samurai” in the new Ninja Turtles. They even mention the word samurai in the trailer ;)

          • Nicholas J

            And don’t forget Kill Bill!

          • Casper Chris

            Good point. That’s another 330 million. And I’m pretty sure the reason vol 1 did better than vol 2 is because it had more samurai ;)

          • Scott Crawford

            I like The Challenge. I remember how, after Mars Needs Moms flopped, John Carter of Mars became just John Carter. It was eight years from Cutthroat Island to Pirates of the Carribean.

            On the other hand, if you can make a film low-budget, you can do any subject you want. But you won’t get $175 million for a “samurai” picture (Turtles excepted).

          • Casper Chris

            You won’t get $175 million for most things, usually, unless the circumstances are just right regarding the material and the production team, at which point the suits won’t give a shit whether it’s a samurai movie or not. The Last Samurai had that budget (taking inflation into account) and it earned the money back several times over. If Hollywood learned anything from 47 Ronin, it’s that a) “samurai” sells better than “ronin” and b) not to trust a first-time director with a $175 million budget.

      • Scott Crawford

        Found two scripts – “The Wolf’s Hour” and “A Werewolf Ate My Homework” – if anyone wants to read them.

  • cjob3

    Why Undertow? It got a What the Hell Did I Just Read. Seems like it shoulda been Real Monsters instead.

    • Bifferspice

      it shouldn’t have got a “what the hell did i just read”. it was an “impressive” at least, for me.

  • NajlaAnn

    Oh wow. This is gonna take time to select. So many strong loglines and three of the screenplays I’ve already had the pleasure of reading.

    • Scott Crawford

      Two more and you can vote for your top five!

  • dawriter67

    Hi guys – it’s nice to see my old script “Alien Diaries” up there. There is a link to that review but I think the link to the script – I think – has long since been disconnected. However, before everyone casts their votes, I urge you to reconsider your vote. If you would like to read the latest draft. It has been over four years and Alien Diaries has been rewritten drastically. If anyone wants to read it, they can e-mail me at gjdevlin(at).gmail.com. I’ll send a PDF.

  • cjob3

    Love the premise of Tribute. If anyone has a copy, I’d love to have a look. The link is missing.
    cjob3(AT)Hotmail.com

  • Acarl

    Thank you for putting ‘Fascination 127′ in the top 25! I am honored.

    • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

      Haven’t seen you in a while… gotta get all us screenwriters together again when I get back to LA next month. Of course, our party planner, Marino has, or is taking off before I get back :/

      • Acarl

        Definitely, Rick! Let me know when you’re back.

      • Joe Marino

        “Has” taken off, sadly. May be back in October. I guess I shall see what the future holds professionally… and that will answer a more specific timeline.

        • Acarl

          You’ll be back sooner than you think and you know why…

          • Joe Marino

            hahaaaaaa I’m excited about that.

        • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

          If you can afford $400 a month or so, we might be able to figure something out. Looking for new living arrangements pretty soon.

    • Joe Marino

      You deserve it, Alex. Good luck!

  • Mike.H

    Any one has 300 years ALIEN SCRIPT… Please send pdf to… MAY1MSG AT GMAIL DOT COM. Thanks!

  • Altius

    And here the old BARABBAS comes back to haunt me…This is a cool idea, Carson. Though having done big rewrites on Barabbas, especially after seeing the response from the AoW review, I cringe at this old draft. Congrats to everyone whose script made the list!

    • andyjaxfl

      Barabbas was great. Any plans on posting the new draft?

      • carsonreeves1

        I’ve updated the review with the latest draft.

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

    So, I know tow of us Scriptshadowers made the top 10 for the Writer’s store this round… I know Paul is one, not sure who the other guy is, and they choose the winner next month…

    Who is submitting this round? I wasn’t planning on it, but probably will anyway…

    Anyway, if anyone has the time and wants to read my submission. Had a couple from my screenwriting group read it… this is the final draft I plan on submitting Saturday morning, unless it has major problems…. or it just plain sucks. Thanks in advance! And I’ll return the favor.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/lq49hpkv1dj6ycz/The%20Darkness%20Overhead%28Final%29.pdf

    • Kosta K

      Hey Rick, I’m the other guy :)

      I took a quick look, but only made it to page 5 (I’m at work). I can’t really comment on your story yet, but I can tell you that they analyze the shit out of your structure in that contest.

      After 5 pages, I can tell you that you need to clean up your descriptions, lose as many passive verbs as you can find, and get rid of the date at the top left :

      If I read the rest of it, I’ll send some more notes your way.

      Good luck! It’s a great contest.

      • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

        Hey, thanks. Yeah, I forgot about the date. That’s for me to know I am working on the latest draft. Hopefully you can get to the last ten. Story really starts on page 7. Thanks again.

        • Kosta K

          Just finished it… I don’t know where the story is going, but I hope you do, because if you win, you’re gonna have to see the whole thing through :

          Right off the bat, your descriptions need a major overhaul. Start with changing all the verbs to active ones and you’ll immediately see a difference.

          2 quick fixes: “sharpshooter” is repeated in an action line on p.8, and you’re missing a word in Alicia’s dialogue at the bottom of page 14.

          You need to fill the first 5 pages better. Start the story earlier. Maybe find another way to set Alicia’s situation up. I say ditch the soup kitchen angle. Just give her overdue bills, late rent, her daughter wants an expensive toy, etc. Have the other parents at the school look at her funny because of who her husband was…

          Screw the early deadline. Take your time. Do it right :)

    • pmlove

      Hey Rick – I somehow missed the new competition, despite checking regularly – guess I have some catching up to do. I’m guessing this is logline #3…

      A couple of thoughts:

      PACING

      From what Matty was saying (and others) re: a couple of rounds ago, there was some merit to starting the story as quickly as possible, throwing in a few twists and ending on a bang.

      I think you could get into this faster – as you say, the story doesn’t really start until p7 – you could trim down the ‘get us to like Alicia’ bit to the first page – they’re street poor, then have Steven arrive on scene and show Alicia’s love for Michelle through that. Maybe she fights with Steven, he escapes, then gets shot and Michelle dies. It’s a little more of an action opening and straight into the story.

      The ending is a twist, certainly, but without a set-up, it doesn’t really pay-off as an oh-my-god moment (not that that’s necessarily what you were wanting), more the start of the next sequence.

      DIALOGUE

      Most of this felt exposition heavy so far. Steven tells us the ‘program’ (or whatever it is) is bad; the Agents tell us the situation is bad; Alicia mainly is nice to Michelle; Blake gives Alicia’s back story. It’s all fine but I feel we could do with more personality for Alicia as our protagonist. She’s dirt poor and loves her daughter – surely there must be a good scene here where you could show a ruthless nature to survive etc?

      As always, only pay attention if it rings true, nobody knows anything least of all me etc.

      • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

        It hasn’t been open that long, so you have plenty of time ;)

        I only gave myself 5 days to write this. I spent a lot of time the time before the last one and made the top 15 (was a runner up), but I don’t have that kind of time this round. I have two features I have to do second drafts of. Half way through one, and still have another month at least until I’m done, and then start the next draft of another feature, so I gave myself until Saturday morning.

        I can make changes, but I don’t have time for a total rewrite. I did outline this first, but maybe a day of working through it wasn’t enough. Good practice

        Good luck on yours, and feel free to send it to me if you want. And I think you may be right, nobody knows anything. The more spec’s I read (many by unknowns) that sell that go against all the rules people preach on here and in book and on other forums, the more I have to agree.

        And thanks for the read. Will put them with the others and go over them again :)

        • pmlove

          Well if you’re coming runner up, sounds like you know what you’re doing. Best of luck!

          • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

            Didn’t do it alone. Had awesome people like you read and give me ideas and suggestions. As much as we think we do it alone and it’s a solo sport, I don’t think so. We all make each other’s stuff better. My opinion anyway. So thanks for the time reading, really is appreciated.

          • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

            I also spent a month and a half getting it right.

    • Midnight Luck

      Which of the 3 loglines is your story based on?

      • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

        The third. Am hearing my previous draft was better lol

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

    My preliminary vote goes for “The Savage South”

    Will try to read more… but shouldn’t the deadline be longer than just Sunday so we have time to read some of ‘em? :)

    • Joe Marino

      That was a good one.

  • Randy Williams

    Obviously Mrs. Scriptshadow was not a part of compiling this list. Not one Unicorn script to be found.

    I’m crushed.

    I’m new to most of these scripts. If I had to put my own money on a script and feel comfortable knowing I’d get a return on my investment, it would probably be “Down To The Wire” which is not on this list. I’ll be a vote, whore, though, whom should I vote for the top five?

  • Sullivan

    I have to champion Patisserie, one of the few dramas in the bunch. I think the tide is starting to turn on comic book and horror films if some of the recent box office receipts are anything to go by. I’m not sure drama will rush in to fill the void and take over as it certainly has on TV, but here’s hoping.

    • Awescillot

      I enjoyed reading it. I remember there was some discussion on the ending, but still, Patisserie should make the final cut.

      • MichaelWhatling

        I always felt the debate about the ending reflected how invested people were in the story. Everyone wants THEIR ending.

        • Awescillot

          Sure, everyone has their own idea of how a script should end.

          I also think that when a script is written well enough as to pull readers into the story, you (as a writer) have set up some expectations with regard to the ending.

          When you get emotionally invested throughout, those different emotions must all lead up to a single moment in your script where you present the conclusion of your story. And those final pages determine how a reader feels like when he lays down your script. If he feels like there’s something missing, the emotional setup and exploration weren’t sufficiently aligned with the final payoff.

          This doesn’t mean the reader’s initial thought is that they haven’t seen the ending they wanted to see personally, but they would want one that might fill up some of those expectations. I think people usually can’t express what’s actually missing, what feels better to them. People just try alternative endings that might come closer to what they feel isn’t there.

          I don’t think it’s clear cut though, it’s a feeling you have as a reader. It’s also very personal, and as a writer, very hard to comprehend at times (because you’ve made the ending in a way you felt best suited).

          I now realize that a simple upvote of your post instead of this block of text would have sufficed lol. Anyway, you’ve definitely got my vote. Good luck!

    • carsonreeves1

      This is one I really hope does well, one of my faves.

      • Andrew Parker

        Patisserie tops my list. So good I had forgotten it was amateur. My list is below:

        1. Patisserie
        2. Rose in the Darkness
        3. Guest
        4. Keeping Time
        5. Goodbye Gene

        WHAT I LEARNED (#1): All of these set up their stories pretty quickly. They don’t waste the reader’s time.

        WHAT I LEARNED (#2): Titles are important! With the exception of possibly “Guest”, they all have pretty memorable titles that helped me remember their stories without even looking at the logline.

        • MichaelWhatling

          I blush.

          • dawriter67

            Michael – may I read your latest draft? I had asked on the top of this thread but realized I think you are the guy. :-) Can you send it to gjdevlin@gmail.com? thanks!

        • Joe Marino

          Thank ya, sir. :)

      • MichaelWhatling

        Thanks, Carson! Your review certainly created a lot of interest in my work.

        • Guest

          As it should.

    • MichaelWhatling

      Thanks!

  • Linkthis83

    That’s really cool, Poe. Thank you.

    • Poe_Serling

      Hey Link-

      Since you’re in full horror mode, I thought you might want to check out the script from When A Stranger Calls.

      http://www.weeklyscript.com/When%20A%20Stranger%20Calls.txt

      The script/film was inspired by the urban legend of “The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs”

      I think the initial scenes/setup are great. And according to wiki, the main reason for the movie’s cult status.

      **The rest of the script and film never really live up to its slam bang opening.

      • Linkthis83

        This is much appreciated. I like the “matter of fact” descriptions that are in the script. I think that really helps set the “mood” for the scene. I would think if a writer’s voice is too obvious, it would lessen the effectiveness of the tension/suspense.

        I also love simple, but extremely bold statements. Such as:

        JILL
        What do you want?

        DUNCAN (O.S.)
        Your blood… all over me.

        –To be honest, I fought with myself a lot on wanting to approach my story concept with a classic, chiller tone. However, I truly feel the concept begs to have some fun, so that’s what I’m attempting to do.

        I’m not worried about writing the greatest screenplay, but I sure want a story that gets people invested and wanting to stay with it.

        Out of curiosity, did you read the pages I posted for TOMMY TUCKER, MOTHERF*CKER when I was entering the IISC?

        • Poe_Serling

          “-To be honest, I fought with myself a lot on wanting to approach my
          story concept with a classic, chiller tone. However, I truly feel the
          concept begs to have some fun, so that’s what I’m attempting to do.”

          I agree. Your personal vision regarding the concept of the script (even if it is horror) should dictate the tone of the overall project. I remember one of Peter Jackson’s earlier efforts The Frighteners did a great job of balancing the scares with the lighter moments.

          “Out of curiosity, did you read the pages I posted for TOMMY TUCKER, MOTHERF*CKER when I was entering the IISC?”

          Huh, I don’t recall. On what SS thread did you post the link?

          ****One final thought on When A Stranger Calls… The ’70s version is famous for its opening scene and that’s about it.

          However, I do recommend the remake from 2006. It was directed by Simon “Con Air” West and features Camilla Belle in the lead role. What I really like about this new version – the high tech house where almost all the action takes place. It’s not only isolated waaay out in the sticks, but the filmmakers really do a nifty job in making the location both an asset and hindrance to the babysitter during her plight throughout the film.

          • Linkthis83

            When first saw The Frighteners, while working at a video store, I remember being disappointed. Only because I thought the story/concept was so great, and the evil so good, that they should’ve played it straight. That it could’ve been a fantastic horror movie.

            It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, so my opinions would probably be different now. :)

            It was my entry for the Sheldon Turner logline contest (the one Paul Clarke and Kosta K are currently still in):

            http://scriptshadow.net/10-screenwriting-tips-from-one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest/

            I was trying to determine if you have faith in my horror script because of my SS posts, you’re just a supportive person, and/or you had confidence because of the pages you read for TT,M. That’s why I asked.

            **I watched the remake, but when I was watching for entertainment only, and wasn’t entertained. I’ve now learned how to appreciate these things more. Especially when something doesn’t work for me, I like trying to figure out how I might’ve been able to make it better.

            Regarding WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, that opening scene really only works as a short, in my opinion. I can understand wanting to turn that into a feature, but you really aren’t going to get the same effect. And that moment is so intense, you want a break after :) Plus, it really capitalized on elements that make everyone feels safe and spins it with an element you’d never imagine happening and it simultaneously being plausible. When you can maximize those, the effects are wonderful. Like kids going to camp and getting murdered by a guy in a hockey mask.

          • Poe_Serling

            I’m heading out for the day… I’ll definitely respond to your post later tonight.

          • Poe_Serling

            Hey Link-

            >>Like you, I saw The Frighteners many moons ago. Back then, I thought it was a fun film – both scary and kinda silly. And if I watched it today? I just might be on your side of the fence.

            >>’79 When A Stranger Calls vs. ’06 When A Stranger Calls…

            When I saw the original for the first time, I was REALLY disappointed how the filmmakers dropped the ball after such a memorable opening.

            For me, the remake at least sustained some of the tension and momentum of the promising premise at the core of the film.

            The truth is both versions will never be hailed as ‘classic’ classics… just fun time killers (especially for kids and teens) if you are looking for something scary to watch with the lights out.

            “I was trying to determine if you have faith in my horror script because
            of my SS posts, you’re just a supportive person, and/or you had
            confidence because of the pages you read for TT,M.”

            These are my thoughts based solely on your SS comments…

            I find your posts to be well-written, well-thought-out, and more insightful than you probably give yourself credit for.

            So… without ever reading the Tommy Tucker script, I’m pretty confident in your ability to deliver a script of the same quality.

            But here’s the real kicker…

            Whether the final product clicks with the masses or just a few people, I guess that’s up to the screenwriting Gods to decide. ;-)

          • Linkthis83

            I watched the opening scene to the ’79 version on YouTube = Wow. That was really good. Carol Kane really delivered as well. And the music.

            Many thanks for the compliments. I do kind of miss running my mouth a little bit :) Although, I save that for the moments that call for it.

            I feel lucky to have SS and these conversations. Especially with sincere, respectful individuals like yourself. It’s helped me put into context what it is I’m actually striving for – and it’s really pointless to try to win the internet. I want to create relationships that might help me in the future, or where I can help somebody else. I want my work to be assessed with sincerity and not just to “put me in my place.”

            If you ever do check out TTM, I’d love to hear your thoughts. They’re the first pages I’ve ever written. After I finished them, I realized that I wasn’t exactly finished, but thought “Man, people do this time and time again for 100 pages?” – I only say that because I feel so responsible for everything. I need to just write the intentions first, then do the enhancements :)

            Thanks again, Poe. I appreciate you.

          • Poe_Serling

            I’ll definitely check out TTM… maybe even this weekend!!

          • Linkthis83

            Hmmm…I probably should’ve quit while I was ahead :) Just remember, my intention was to have fun – I loathed the logline and really wanted to make it something my own.

          • Poe_Serling

            Hey Link-

            Just finished TTM. Gotta say – just based on the Sheldon Turner logline – you really went outside the box and took a unique angle with your story.

            >>Title: TTM is an eye-catcher for sure. Could it possibly offend some people? Maybe. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it.

            >>In regard to style/format: A quick read. Nice balance of white space and text.

            Solid descriptive lines and character intros., especially Tommy’s.

            Even though it was just 14 pages or so, I started to get a sense of your creative voice – which is always a good thing my book.

            >>Dialogue – It worked for me. Kinda edgy and fun… sounded like kids talking to each other.

            Didn’t mind the VO… I thought it was a nice touch with the story being told.

            >>Storywise – enough things happening in the opening scenes to hold my interest.

            ** My one quibble falls under this section.

            I was bit confused at first were the story was headed. I wasn’t able to connect the dots until Tommy explained everything in that one speech at the end.

            However…

            If that was your intention to keep audience off balance and trying to guess what was going on, then, yeah, it worked.

            >>What impressed me most about the project – I thought it was an inventive and gutsy call to take that logline and try to build a story around a young kid.

            Well, that’s it…

            Besides that one issue on my part, I think you off to a promising screemwriting start if those are your first fifteen pages.

            Keeping writing and thanks for sharing.

          • Linkthis83

            Those are indeed my first fifteen. That’s not info I like giving out. I did here though because I wanted your assessment of my beginning.

            This a lot of feedback for fifteen pages. Many thanks. I realized after I was too far into it, that I was essentially cramming a first act into these pages. I knew I wanted to end on that line of dialogue and thought I had a good plan. As I thought more and more about each moment and scene, a bigger story started to unfold. So then I tried dropping indicators in that I knew where this could go. I was hoping it would help my chances and look like I had control of my story.

            I didn’t stand a chance tackling that logline head-on. I don’t usually like those stories and I certainly didn’t want to write one. Plus, I don’t know enough about police procedures to have made it credible. Once I got the Hall Monitor idea in my head, I couldn’t shake it. I think the angle I took was a big risk, but one I could certainly live with. I do hope to turn this into a feature. I enjoyed writing it. I was free to writer whatever I wanted, however I wanted. That’s a great way to write.

            Title: I loved the title and the reader who gave me notes did as well. I knew that if it ever became something, it would just become TOMMY TUCKER, so I thought I’d let it have its moment. It wasn’t for shock value or anything – it just summed up Tommy and his personality and the story overall.

            Style/Format: I had submitted the first 5 pages on SS and got a lot of great format feedback. It made them much cleaner. I think I was trying to be too clever in the beginning – the way I have it now is still a little too cute – probably will make it more straightforard.

            Dialogue: I had a lot of fun with the dialogue – The notes I got back from IISC said I shouldn’t spell out Dougie’s lines phonetically, but I thought, it makes it more real and that’s the intention – if he was a redneck, I’m sure they wouldn’t have minded – I do get it though – It could be somewhat offensive i guess.

            STORY – since that is the thing I care about most, it makes relieved that it held your interest. That will always be my primary focus. I can fix a lot of the other stuff, but the story has to matter.

            I have no idea how to type, craft a response that truly expresses my appreciation for you taking the time to read and respond = thank you.

            The review I got that just had me grinning from ear to ear was from Ximan:

            Link, I’m 3 pages in and I’m already smiling (starting with the BEAUTIFUL title!). And when Tommy quotes Shakespeare in his interrogation of Bert? LMAO. He’s an intriguing character that definitely is living up to the title.

            Pg 4 – When Tommy’s unsatisfied with Bert’s seated height and the continuation of his interrogation?? Seriously bro…LMFAO! XD You’re funny!!! More, more, more! :)

            “Vice Principial Philip Collins” XD — Dude, either you’re funny as hell, or you and I have the same sense of humor. Or both! (Methinks the latter.)

            “No detention for him. You’ve met your quota.” XD (MORE!)

            THEN you drop the “I can feel it coming in the air tonight”?! REALLY?! XD (Link, I am seriously DYING right now!! Your logline didn’t hint at a comedy AT ALL! Was this a trick to get the reader into a dramatic state of mind, so the jokes will land harder?? Well played, my friend :)

            “Dougie Downs”?? You CAN’T! (……but you MUST! XD )

            Pg. 10-11: Loved, loved, LOVED the surprise of the cops busting Tommy! And can I just say that your action writing is pretty slick and terse, yet descriptive. You are a WRITER my friend! (Hate to blow my own horn, but I knew you had the goods from your comments alone.)

            Pg. 17 — ….I’m kinda speechless right now. Those last few pages went by in a whirlwind of story, character development, and…truth! Tommy’s affliction grounds him, humanizes him, justifies his actions, and makes me love him all the more. WELL FUCKING DONE!!

            Beside the heartstring-tug at the end, this was super funny, Link! But because of it, I think this will be SO MUCH MORE! A real comedy in the truest sense (COMEDY = TRAGEDY + Time). My earlier notes reflect the moments when I DIED laughing, but there was LITERALLY a smile on my face for everything in between!! (“No Can Left Behind”–funny, yes, but also PERTINENT!!!) As lame as it sounds, I’m kinda proud of you for doing this. But then again, like me, you know you’ve got the goods already.

            BEST OF LUCK BRO!!!

          • Poe_Serling

            The Ximan review is the kind that you put in a nice frame and hang on the wall next to your writing area.

          • Linkthis83

            Definitely. When I told him that he got it exactly as I intended it he asked me “When a reader GETS you…Isn’t that an AMAZING feeling!!”

            He is absolutely correct. It sure is. Now I just need to finish something and have a studio/prodco/agent get me :)

          • Linkthis83

            Oh…I grant you 1000 upvotes and I know you already have an established group of readers/writers, but I owe you a read now, so if you ever want one, you’ve got it.

          • Poe_Serling

            Thanks, Link… I’ll keep that Get A Free Read card in a safe place.

  • carsonreeves1

    NEW SCRIPTS ADDED! – Aesop the Courageous, Hemingway Boy, Breaking the Chain, and Of Glass and Golden Clockwork.

    • carsonreeves1

      Oh, and Grendl’s “Real Monsters”

    • wlubake

      Saw some Twit-Pitch scripts in there (Fatties), but not others. Are they in contention too?

  • carsonreeves1

    You can never keep Trajent Future down. He will always come back!

  • klmn

    I read some of these and commented at the time, but I don’t remember enough to rank them.

    But congrats to all for getting another dose of SS fame.

  • ThomasBrownen

    You know what I liked, but didn’t make the list? It was the story about the origins of Curious George. The script’s execution needed some work, but I had no idea before reading the story that Curious George was almost lost to the Holocaust. There’s a fascinating story there, for sure.

  • ThomasBrownen

    But when do we get to read something Poe’s written?? You’re always such a gentleman in these parts of the woods.

    • walker

      I like Poe Serling better than I like Poe, or Serling.

    • Poe_Serling

      Hey Thomas-

      Thanks for the kind words.

      When it comes to on my own projects, I have a small circle of people (some in the industry, a couple of other bright ones that are not) that I usually go to for feedback, etc.

      Plus, over the years, I’ve seen both the upside and downside of having your work viewed on such a public site.

  • S_P_1

    I believe several sci-fi scripts aren’t on the list.

    The script about the old man and the young girl in the bunker about the EOTW.

    The script concerning the passage in the bible at the end about the gates of heaven.

    The script about the messenger who could change his facial appearance running through several gang territories.

    The forest bacteria script.

    The grendle script about the dream vortex.

    I apologize for being vague. I keep all the scripts I download in one folder instead of separating them into pro and amatuer.

    • Casper Chris

      The forest bacteria script.
      That is Gripper.
      http://scriptshadow.net/amateur-friday-gripper/

      The grendle script about the dream vortex.
      Undertow? It’s been featured under the name Tall, Dark and Handsome as well.

      I don’t think it was Carson’s intention to feature every Amateur script here. Just the best… or those who generated a lot of buzz.

      • S_P_1

        I didn’t read carefully. These are AF winners I thought these were AOW submissions.

        • Casper Chris

          Gripper was an AF winner. But it’s not just AF winners.

          I’m listing all of the serious competitors below (scripts that had high “wasn’t for mes,” “worth the reads,” “impressives,” or any buzz)

          • S_P_1

            Ok just making sure.

  • MichaelWhatling

    Wow! It’s been a year since “Pâtisserie” was reviewed here. Seems like years ago. I just finished a SP set in the war in Syria. Guess I found my niche. :)

    Thanks everyone who supports my work and for all the great comments I received here. They helped a lot. I’m a big proponent of rewriting–it DOES make a SP better.

    • Scott Crawford

      Sorry for being slow… what’s a SP?

      • Casper Chris

        Screenplay is my guess.

        • Scott Crawford

          That would be my guess, but… I type the word screenplay many times a day. Forget it… neologism!

  • Nathan Labonté

    Well… looks like I’ve got some reading to do.

  • Ryan Sasinowski

    So of all the ones that sounded interesting, I was only able to still download: The Savage South, What Doesn’t Kill You, A Lot of Blood, Real Monsters, Goodbye Gene, and The Tragic Life of Dexter Strange.

    • pmlove

      Submerged (from the same week as Sunny Side of Hell’s original entry) link is still up: http://www.mediafire.com/view/yecb19a6yi5mtlt/Submerged.pdf

    • Joe Marino

      What other ones were you looking for, Ryan?

      • Ryan Sasinowski

        Verona Spies, Fatties, 360, The Imagineer, The Alien Diaries, Captive, Reunion, Best Friends Forever, Keeping Time, Nine Twelve, Rose in the Darkness, White Label, and In the Flesh.

        A mouthful I know, but hey, they sound really good.

        • Joe Marino

          Email?

        • Marija ZombiGirl

          Hey :)
          Just sent : Fatties, Rose, Imagineer and Captive ;)

          • Ryan Sasinowski

            I got them. Thank you so much!!

  • dawriter67

    Unsure who wrote Patissire – can anyone send me the latest draft to gjdevlin@gmail.com? Love to read it.

  • andyjaxfl

    My Top-5
    1. Proving Ground
    2. Keeping Time
    3. Guest
    4. Aesop the Courageous
    5. Barabbas

    I haven’t read Fascination 127, Rose in the Darkness, Patisserie, A Bullet for my Best Friend, Fatties, or Verona Spies.

    • Joe Marino

      You should DEFINITELY read “Fascination 127″ (a great, unique heist tale), “Patisserie” (perhaps my favorite war story aside “Schindler’s List”) and “A Bullet for my Best Friend” (puts new meaning to the word “voice”).

      • MichaelWhatling

        When I make it, I’m going to have to consider hiring you as my publicist, Joe.

        • Joe Marino

          You don’t need me – just get on Twitter. The fans will come. Best thing I ever did for myself for building a “brand.” :)

  • IgorWasTaken

    Anyone have SERVED COLD?

    The link is bad from 4 years ago. The writer hasn’t posted here in 2 years (and I’m still pondering if that matters, since walker posted something about AOW and active members a few days ago). If you have it, please send a copy to yahoo. Preceded by my nom-de-disqus. Thanks.

  • Joe Marino

    What a cool idea!!! Here’s my personal list of my Top 10 go-to AF slices of awesomeness.

    1. PATISSERIE by Michael Whatling
    2. FASCINATION 127 by Alex Carl
    3. A BULLET FOR MY BEST FRIEND by Z. Airey
    4. FATTIES by Michael Ballen
    5. KEEPING TIME by Nathan Zoebl
    6. GUEST by Matthew Cruz
    7. EDEN’S FOLLY by Ryan Binaco
    8. CHARMING by Tom Albanese and Christopher Jones
    9. ON THE CORNER OF RUE ST. ALOISE AND RUE DU CHEVAL by Samuel Clark
    10. REUNION by Adam Zopf

    Honorable mentions go to “Goodbye Gene” and “The House That Death Built.” If the ending had been better, “Goodbye Gene” would have the spot as #1 for me. And I still love it quite a bit. As for “Death”… while the story had issues and some ridiculous execution choices, there was something very epic and atmospheric about it. Watching “True Detective” reminded me how this script dealt with gritty small-town carnage.

    • Beautiful Derek

      Thanks for the honerable mention, man. When Goodbye Gene got optioned last year the producers asked me to rewrite the ending. It turns out that doing so was the best thing for the story.

      • Joe Marino

        That script truly is a work of art, man. And even considering the ending, it didn’t sour what I had read before. That’s how I knew you were a writer I couldn’t wait to read more from. And glad to hear that!! I would love to read it if you ever feel like sharing. Do you do Twitter? If not, I’l send you my email somehow.

        • Beautiful Derek

          Thanks again, Joe. Hit me up at beautifulderek@gmail.com. I’d be glad to send you the rewrite. My newest script Tuesday’s Gone was featured in AOW a few months ago. Gonna offer it up as a “comeback script” soon (fingers crossed). If you’d like to check that out as well…let me know. Love for you to check it out. I took some of the SS community’s suggestions into consideration and threw down a rewrite on that one as well.

    • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

      So if the end kept it from making #1, shouldn’t it had still made it into your top ten? Or was the ending that bad? (of course, now that it has a new ending, maybe reading it will move it up the list?)

      • Joe Marino

        Curious to read and find out. And for me, yeah, it went against the very fabric of what I loved about the rest.

    • kenglo

      Wow…so late to the show I can’t even comment!! Good luck to all!!! Awesome specs throughout the last couple of years, I hope some or most are ‘in the works’ already!

      • Joe Marino

        Not too late, amigo – votes are accepted up until the 31st. :) Post your list!

        • kenglo

          Omg…just erased my post!!

          WAZZUP JOE!! Okay, I’ll put something down, only the ones I read –

          1. A Rose in the Darkness (‘natch!)
          2. Keeping Time – I wanna see this movie!!
          3. A Bullet for My Best Friend – I wish I thought of that title
          4. Patisserie – Probably the best written story I’ve seen in a while
          5. Anything Grendl…believe it or not, the dude’s got chops.
          6. Dexter Strange – gotta love the manic voice of the writer

          I can’t believe I’ve not read many of these, either was away or in my cave….but again – Good luck to all!!

          • Nate Zoebl

            Thanks again Ken for getting me here.

          • kenglo

            Dude…YOU got you there….I just gave you a nudge. All of the people who got a shot, did it with their own talent, their own drive. Personally, I can’t wait to see this one fly….I say 30M at the boxoffice, easy!! LOL

  • carsonreeves1

    A trip back to the Trajent Future days. I miss them! – http://scriptshadow.blogspot.com/2011/03/amateur-friday-house-that-death-built.html

    • Joe Marino

      I only caught up after the fact, but man, that was something.

      • carsonreeves1

        read all the comments, Joe. That’s where the fun begins. :)

        • Joe Marino

          I did. ^_^

          • cjob3

            I guess it’s just me then, but I for some reason can’t see the comments.

  • Stephjones

    1 breaking the chain
    2 patisserie
    3 the devils hammer

    Break…more to follow

  • Stephjones

    4 California dream

  • Stephjones

    5. Real monsters

  • IgorWasTaken

    I don’t know if it matters, but

    CARSON’S POST SAYS TO E-MAIL YOUR VOTES.

    So if you post your list here, all fine and good. Just be sure to also e-mail them.

    • carsonreeves1

      Yes, e-mail your votes to carsonreeves3@gmail.com. And in case anyone was wondering, I’ll be on the lookout for suspicious e-mails giving numerous #1 votes to scripts that nobody else seemed to like. I’ve gotten pretty good at sniffing out sneaky writers trying to prop up their work. :)

  • carsonreeves1

    Patisserie and Devil’s Hammer in the early lead.

    • Craig Mack

      Unexpected. But appreciated!

    • MichaelWhatling

      Well there’s the kiss of death. :)

      • Craig Mack

        Pucker up!

        • MichaelWhatling

          Stranger danger! Stranger danger!

  • Malibo Jackk

    Not sure what to call this.
    The Green List?

    (The best un-produced amateur scripts)

    • MichaelWhatling

      As long as no one calls it “The Black Hole List.”

  • pmlove

    OK, so I have a week, I’d like to catch up on as many of these as possible before voting.

    If you have any of the early ones (anything with a broken script link) and feel the inclination, drop me a line at lovepeterm, gmail etc.

    (Don’t suppose the all encompassing zip file has been produced yet?)

    • Steffan

      PM,

      Just sent you Inhuman. Hope you enjoy.

  • Paddy

    out of the ones I’ve read, which isn’t many

    1. Fascination 127
    2. Keeping Time
    3. The Savage South
    4. The Real Jeff Spencer (I remember enjoying this despite the rating)
    5. Guest

    • Acarl

      Thanks, Paddy!

  • Gregory Mandarano

    OT Post:

    Calling all screenwriters!

    A friend of mine has recently created a company dedicated to helping indie filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters network and find each other.

    The site is: http://www.FilmSyrup.com

    I would like to invite screenwriters to participate in the following ways.

    I want to feature interviews with amateur screenwriters. Something where writers can introduce themselves, and discuss why they chose to write screenplays, their interests, experiences they’ve had with writing, and anything else regarding their journey of studying the craft.

    Screenwriters that we interview will have their interviews posted on the site and articles promoted on the facebook page.

    I also plan on creating a section where writers who have been featured can upload some of their scripts / loglines to the site, and upload more as they create them.

    Ideally, the best scripts to upload would be ones that indie filmmakers would be able to film themselves. I recognize most people here at SS, myself included, write feature scripts with high budgets, but we’re all talented individuals, and sometimes the best way to make a name for yourself is to have either shorts, or micro budget features produced.

    However anyone who wanted a non-indie oriented feature script uploaded just as a representation of their writing skills – that works too! Any exposure is good exposure!

    I’d also like to invite people who are interested in writing articles about anything in the film industry to contribute. Articles that fit the bill would be posted on the site.

    It is a brand new indie company, but I’m participating in any way that I can to help screenwriters like you guys both promote themselves and their work, as well as network with other like-minded individuals.

    The site is based in Long Island, New York, but ultimately will connect people from all over.

    If anyone’s interested feel free to respond to this thread, or send me an e-mail at GregoryMandarano@aol.com. Or you can e-mail Colleen, the webmaster and founder of the site at colleenhalecatherinerowe@gmail.com.

    I hope some of you are interested! I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to have some amateur interviews and provide a chance for screenwriting articles to be published, and that’s why I thought of everyone here at SS first.

    –Greg

    • Gregory Mandarano

      Just as an expansion to this, I will be querying the authors that get the amateur friday spots here each week to have an interview featured on filmsyrup. I think itll be a good synergy in promoting writers, their work, and both fs and ss sites.

  • walker

    Real Monsters/Haddegon Tales has been added to the list; I also liked Offline by Gary Rowlands and The Turning Season by Monique Mata.

    • gazrow

      Glad you liked OFFLINE! Seems you were one of the few who did?! :)

  • Charlestoaster

    I have a soft spot for Aesop. Power to the little ugly man!

  • gazrow

    Thanks for mentioning OFFLINE, Poe. It’s very close to being optioned so it seems somebody else likes it too! :)

  • carsonreeves1

    I’m already receiving some fake votes (which are pretty easy to spot). Guys, DO NOT SEND FAKE VOTES. If I figure out a script is getting too many fake votes, I will disqualify it.

  • Gregory Mandarano

    Dont judge me.
    1- bullet for my best friend

    2- fatties 

    3- patisserie

    4- real monsters

    5- Marlowe

  • Logline_Villain

    Will email to Carson as well – and figured worth sharing with the board. IMHO, and have to dig deep into the memory bank for some of this, so sincere apologies in advance if I’m off on a thing or two. More importantly, CONGRATULATIONS to every writer whose script was rightfully recognized by Carson today:

    1a) Fatties – There’s something to be said for writing that MEMORABLE script; I remember Fatties as well as any pro script I read in the past 5 years; that the writer made me care about these characters in such a twisted tale is to his credit; in fairness, it was a
    virtual tie with —

    1b) Keeping Time – Pro-level all the way; well-written and technically efficient script was a fresh take in a well-trod genre and is a superb example of how one’s script must look in order to break in. Perhaps more than any script on the list: THIS should be made into a motion picture!

    3) Patisserie – Not the type of script normally in my wheelhouse but this understated drama with an intense focus on character carried some serious emotional heft. Lyrical writing…

    4) The Devil’s Hammer – Yes, some plain old-fashioned horror on the docket – fan of Craig’s writing and think it’s only a matter of time ’til he gets that writing credit.

    5) Inhuman – Wait, this was written by a school teacher from New Jersey?! Great work, Steffan…

    6) Guest – Be my guest, this is how to tackle a (mostly) contained thriller…

    7) Rose In The Darkness – As I recall, first impressive by Carson for an amateur script… ? Impressive work indeed…

    8) Goodbye Gene – From that logline, I was worried – how wrong I was. Has that memorable “Fatties” thing going for it…

    9) Real Monsters – g can comment like no one else – oh yeah, and dude can write, too…

    10) Tribute – If it’s not the No. 1 complaint about amateur scripts, it’s near the top: STRUCTURE. As well-structured as any amateur script I’ve read…

    11) Whatever Poe recommends – his faithful/insightful comments and opinions through the years are always welcome…

    P.S. Since Carson has now reviewed some amateur TV pilots, I’m giving a shout out to CARTELLA (not reviewed but definitely deserving of one – I’m floored by Brianna’s talent, she churned this out in one week) & NSFW (potential for long-running series was evident in fun pilot)

    • Craig Mack

      Hey, thanks for the kind words man! I appreciate it!

    • Steffan

      Do high school teachers from New Jersey have a bad wrap out in Hollywoodland or is it just everyone from NJ?

      Thanks for the support regardless!

      • Joe Marino

        Apparently, it’s a similar rap that country boys from Ohio get. :P

    • cjob3

      Yay! Shout-out! Thanks!

  • Gregory Mandarano

    Id love to see a rewrite of ship of the dead based off the insights of $$ commenters. I liked that script a lot for all its faults.

    • Poe_Serling

      A short time back, I remember seeing the Ship of the Dead script placing in a couple of contests.

      Carson should introduce a Where Are The Scripts Now? feature. ;-)

  • dawriter67

    Hi guys – Just a reminder that it has been four years since Alien Diaries was last reviewed here on SS and I would still like folks to read the most recent draft and determine if it is worthy of a top ten. It has been rewritten since with Carson’s input and those who read and commented on it four years ago.

    If you would like to read the
    latest draft you can can e-mail me at
    gjdevlin@gmail.com. I’ll send a PDF.

    Congrats to those who appear to be leading in the votes!

  • Dan B

    Any one have a copy of Verona Spies, Fascination 127, Keeping Time, Bullet for my Best friend? All before my time – and the links aren’t working. Would love to read them.

  • Bluedust

    I’m gonna throw my votes out to Thallus of Marchentia, Marlowe and The Devil’s Hammer. But now, after hearing the buzz, I simply must read The House that Death Built and see what a Trajent Future looks like.

    • Dan B

      Read Black Autumn in one sitting – that was entertaining – and I generally don’t like pure horror – the military aspect made it very cool for me.

      • Bluedust

        Thanks for the read, Dan.

    • Craig Mack

      Thanks BD — loved both your scripts. Got my vote.

  • Dan B

    Link to Best Friends Forever – link wouldn’t work – but I know Oak Park so I’m interested in reading it. Wonder if these kids ever run into any trouble with some dudes from Austin – which is the worst neighborhood in Chicago, and just next door to Oak Park.

    • cjob3

      I have it if you want. Email me at cjob3(AT)Hotmail.com

      • Dan B

        Thanks!

  • Dan B

    Does Hemingboy end with the protagonist finding out his birthright is hereditary alcoholism?

    • walker

      Hey there’s an Oak Park angle there too.

      • Dan B

        You’re right! I think a premise featuring Unicorns with jaundice searching for buried treasure in Oak Park may buy me a “AOW” bid.

        • walker

          Dude you are not going to believe this but Carson is from Oak Park.

          • Dan B

            I read that in the BFF review -

          • walker

            Actually Hemingway Boy is a great script.

          • Dan B

            If you’ve got it – would love to read it. Just read the review – link is broken though.

          • walker

            Sorry I looked through my old scripts files and I don’t have it anymore. I think the writer signed with CAA last year so it might not be available online anymore either.

          • Dan B

            Bummer city- except for the writer, Congrats to that guy!

  • bex01

    Damn, thought the links might be posted up again.

    Anyone got the scripts for Keeping Time, Fascination 127, Charming or The Imagineer? Would like to make a well-informed vote! My email is babelfish79 at gmail.com

    Also, am I just blind or did California Dream miss out? I think it should be given a chance!

  • Guest

    Off topic (kind of!):

    The Devil’s Hammer was nominated a finalist at the MILE HIGH HORROR FILM FEST and the TRINDIEFEST of Trinidad 2014. I will be attending both if anyone is around. Beers on me.

    Thanks everyone for the notes and advice.

    • Craig Mack

      Er, tried to take this down…..

      • Rimbaud

        of course you did.

  • NajlaAnn

    Good idea. I hope the author uploads it. I don’t seem to have a copy although I thought I did.

  • Joe Marino

    I’d like to take a moment to focus on a couple SS AF submissions that may have not made the Worth The Read or higher rating but are DEFINITELY worth the time/effort of reading. My personal favorites (a couple of which I’d put among the highest rated on the site):

    MORPHINE by Michael Kospiah
    STATE OF DECAY by Nathan Zoebl
    THE TURNING SEASON by Monique Mata
    PRECIPICE by Larry Santana
    SECOND PLACE HERO by Will Hare

    • Gregory Mandarano

      Morphine’s a great script.

    • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

      Monique’s script was good… haven’t read the others.

  • Chiefton

    Great initiative Carson and stoked that ECHOVAULT made the short list! Appreciate the support. From looking at the comments it looks like a lot of people may have missed our script so if anyone wants to read hit me up and we can send it through! Good luck to the other writers!

  • kidbaron

    Holy Cow!!! It’s great to find MAD DOGS on this list. I’ve been quite but still read the site on a weekly basis.

    Hicks and I rewrote MD with all the notes we got. Would it be possible to post the updated version? Funny, I was drafting up and email to Carson to pull the old draft of MD because we’re about to write new short stories based on the world. Guess I’m going to sit on that for a while.

    We’ve been pitch in a lot of animation nowadays. We had some success in that before turning to screenplays. And we made a short film. It was a successful exercise. You can find it here: http://antixpress.com/post/94938971902/the-last-fade-out-is-a-short-film-i-wrote

    Thanks for the chance Carson!

  • Joe Marino

    Thanks for the inclusion! Good luck on the Top 10!! :)

  • Joe Marino

    Would have loved to see your official list.

    • Poe_Serling

      I’m keeping that hush-hush. But I will say this – there might’ve been a rose in my bouquet to Carson. ;-)

  • Ryan Sasinowski

    Reading “Fatties” now. Haven’t laughed this hard since “Van Damme Vs. Seagal.”

  • cjob3

    A few of the scripts I can’t find but would like to… Submerged, Guest, Tribute, Nine Twelve

  • Dan B

    I can send Golden Clockwork – email?

  • carsonreeves1

    sh*t. I forgot that one. dammit. I will add it.

  • Malibo Jackk

    Not one script about Ninjas.
    Not one about Turtles.
    What’s wrong with you people?

    OK. My top six. No particular order:
    GUEST
    PROVING GROUND
    FATTIES
    ROSE IN THE DARKNESS
    KEEPING TIME
    FASCINATION 127

    Those on my yet to read list:
    THE IMPOSER
    THE MILKY WAY
    INHUMAN
    SUBMERGED
    BULLET FOR MY BEST FRIEND
    HOUSE THAT DEATH BUILT
    A LOT OF BLOOD
    PRIMAL

    • dawriter67

      I have the latest draft of Alien Diaries if you need it. I can be reached at gjdevlin@gmail.com I’m hoping the latest draft will show how much it has been re-written since Carson’s review.

      Since this was four years ago, it looks like AD will be out of the running for the top ten because of the new crop of scripts.

    • scriptfeels

      The twin’s link is still up btw

  • Sean Ryan

    What about my one? (+ yes I did several rewrites): http://seanryanmovies.blogspot.ie/2013/04/swap-spec-feature-screenplay.html

    • Ryan Sasinowski

      Sounds cool, man. Nice site, too!

  • Dan B

    That’s the one I have – looking for an updated one?

    • scriptfeels

      i’ll be okay with the old version I guess, I don’t know. I’m trying to read 10 of these scripts before casting a vote and i’ve made it through 3 all the way with a couple part way through, i just dropped inhuman because it was too scary for me. I can’t really stomach horror movies.

  • Ryan Sasinowski

    Just finished “Reunion” yesterday, and damn, Carson, you were right! That last flashback really DOES stay with you!

  • ScriptChick

    Hi, I’m looking around for these scripts. Send them my way if you can, thanks! botts100@gmail.com

    Reunion
    Keeping Time
    Fascination 127
    Goodbye Gene
    Hemingway Boy
    Tribute
    Marlowe
    The House that Death Built
    Charming
    On the Corner of Rue St. Aloise and Rue Du Cheval

  • Nate Zoebl

    They’ve been very supportive and helpful. Just wish money would fall into everyone’s laps to clear the next hurdle.

  • Joe Marino

    Watched up to episode 4 and I 100% believe SOD is way better in both compelling pacing and intriguing quality. Leftovers is SUPER slow. Ugh.

    • Nate Zoebl

      It is fairly slow and brooding. Lots of sad people being sad. At least mine had zombie violence.

      • Joe Marino

        Yours was good because it had MULTIPLE mystery boxes built AROUND compelling characters, not one-note characters built around ONE mystery box.

  • Ryan Sasinowski

    Just finished :Captive.” Best of the three I’ve read. Maybe best Amateur script I’ve read yet!!

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1888937/ Rick McGovern

    Here are my five (in no particular order): Hope to see at least one, if not all, of you up there!

    Rose in the Darkness

    Patisserie

    Verona Spies

    The Savage South

    Fascination 127

  • Shawn Davis

    Been off the grid for some time finishing a couple scripts when a friend emailed me about the voting. To be considered for WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU is an honor. No matter if I make the top 10 or not, thank you for the shot in the arm. It came at just the right time.:)

  • scriptfeels

    Is carson including scripts from his ‘favorites week’ articles he did back in 2010? Or are these before the time of amateur fridays?
    “The Translation” – worth the read (link to script is up)
    http://scriptshadow.net/favorites-week-the-translation-2/

    “cylinder” – impressive (link to script is up)
    http://scriptshadow.net/favorites-week-cylinder-2/

    “nine gold souls – worth the read (link to script is up)
    http://scriptshadow.net/favorites-week-nine-gold-souls-2/

    “The incident” – ‘worth the read’ (links down)
    http://scriptshadow.net/favorites-week-2-the-incident-2/

    • Ryan Sasinowski

      Thanks for the tip! “Cylinder” and “Nine Gold Souls” sound really good!

  • scriptfeels

    I couldn’t find a link to the script, but I’d love to read it! –

    scriptfeels@mailinator.com

  • scriptfeels

    I got it, thanks for getting back to me though! I really enjoyed reading the script and loved how it was easy to read. I felt it was a simple story executed well.

  • scriptfeels

    Out of the amateur scripts I read, here are my top 10

    1. A Rose in the Darkness
    2. Fatties
    3. The Savage South
    4. Barabbas (updated version)
    5. Submerged
    6. The Tragic Life of Dexter Strange
    7. A Lot of Blood
    8. Of Glass and Golden Clockwork
    9. Best Friends Forever
    10. Goodbye Gene

    Honorable Mentions:
    Inhuman, I loved the writing and characters, but exorcisms not my genre, so by page 25 it was too scary so I dropped it and haven’t had the courage to keep reading it… deserves a spot on my list, but I only included screenplays I read from beginning to end.

    The Alien Diaries, I can definitely see this as a film, but wasn’t as engaging to me compared to those on my list. I disliked how the majority of the script was a flashback, but was happily surprised by the ending. I was also confused on the relationship between Colin and Maddy.

    Wanted to read (in no particular order), but couldn’t find:
    Fascination 127, Proving Ground, The Thallus of Marchentia, Keeping Time, The Disappearing World, California Dream, The House that Death Built, Patisserie, The Augmented Geologist.

    I haven’t submitted my vote to Carson yet, so if anyone has them feel free to send them to:
    scriptfeels@mailinator.com
    thx :3

  • ScriptChick

    I’m trying to find:

    CHARMING
    TRIBUTE
    MOVERS
    THE IMAGINEER

    Anyone with the scripts please send them my way!

    • Ryan Sasinowski

      Sent!

  • Ryan Sasinowski

    Only had time to read four scripts, and I’ll be damned. “Rose in the Darkness” came out on top! I really hope this one gets made! The world has NEVER seen anything like this.