I dug through each and every logline that was submitted on Tuesday (and left comments on each one, so be sure to check those out) and ended up with 12 loglines on my short list. After careful consideration, I made my Top 4 selections. I will read the first 15 pages of each of those scripts, in the hopes that at least a few of them will compel me to read the entire submission.
Any scripts I complete that I feel deserve a ranking of 8 or above will be reviewed on the blog in the hopes of drawing more attention to them.
Last time I ended up reading four full scripts of the eight I
initially selected, so I didn't have any need to reach beyond the
original eight selections. However, in the event that none of the four
scripts really keeps me going beyond the first fifteen pages, I may
delve into some of the runner-ups, time permitting.
of course, I encourage anyone with Black List access to check out these
scripts and see if there's anything here that you like.
The Top 4 Selections:
Writer: Chris Drzewiecki
Genre: Contained thriller chock full of ghosts, sharks, treasure. All killer, no filler
After their boat is pulled to the bottom of the
ocean by a vengeful entity, a Father, his terminal son and a deranged
dive captain must find their way back to the surface while suffering
from nitrogen narcosis and a boat that is steadily filling with water. “The Descent” meets “Jacob’s Ladder” on the ocean floor.
Writers: Jeffrey and Susan Bridges
Logline: A disgraced Air
Force pilot is given the opportunity to join a group of sky pirates, who
use jet packs to steal millions from planes in flight. But she
discovers the head of the organization has a far darker goal, and she
must choose between the family she never had or a global nuclear war.
Writers: Sarah Carman, James Roland, David Veloz
Logline: When a young couple moves into a new house they find out it is haunted not from the past, but from their own future.
Title: AMERICAN ANTICHRIST
Writer: Maxwell Heesch
Genre: Supernatural Comedy
It's 'The Omen' by way of John Hughes when a mild-mannered kid
inadvertently sets in motion the End of Days at his high school after
discovering that he is the Antichrist.
The Runners-Up -
Title: THE HOTLINE
Writer: Greg Brainos, Joseph Stanton
Genre: Comedy, Dark Comedy
young humanitarian bent on saving the world loses sight of his goal when
he gets caught up in the big business of a for-profit suicide hotline.
Title: THREE PERCENT OF NOTHING
Writer: Andrew Friedhof
Genre: Drama / Crime Thriller
A sports agent fears his protégé turned nemesis could ruin him by
stealing his last few clients, so when the biggest name he reps – a
Lakers superstar – asks for his help in getting rid of a young woman’s
corpse, he reluctantly gets his hands dirty only to later watch his
entire life unravel.
Title: THE EUNUCH OF NOTTINGHAM
Writer: Thomas Serio
Sheriff of Nottingham uses a potion to change his timid, nice-guy image
in order to land his dream girl, Maid Marion, who'd rather be with the
town bandit Robin Hood.
Title: The Squire
Writer: Rod Thompson
Genre: Family Drama, Coming of Age, Man-Cry
An imaginative young boy enlists the help of a reclusive Iraq War
veteran to accomplish four 'feats of bravery' that he believes will save
his dying mother.
TITLE: Pop Hit
Writer: Jeffrey R. Field
Genre: Dark Comedy
Logline: When a one-hit
wonder singer-songwriter is hired to mentor the world's biggest teenage
pop sensation, he uses the opportunity to secretly sabotage the bratty
young singer's career. Think a contemporary AMADEUS with Justin Bieber.
Nicholl Semifinalist Script
Writers: Akil Goin and Kareem Richardson
Genre: Courtroom / Crime / Drama
An ambitious lawyer's heart, morals, career and relationship is tested
when she's seduced and blackmailed into defending an old flame for her
best friend's murder.
Title: Mom's Weekend
Writer: Tomasz Walkosz
aspirations of proving to the world they aren't some boring soccer moms,
three mundane women travel to their kids university with the single
goal of reclaiming their youth.
Title: CRITICAL INCIDENT, KENTUCKY
Writer: Chinaza Onuzo
Genre: Action Thriller
When a Mad Bomber takes a hospital in rural Kentucky hostage, Amos, an
FBI Agent and a recovering sex addict is pulled back into the high
stakes world of hostage negotiation and rescue.
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