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Video Pitch for Shadow Brother, by George Tysley (Feature Film)

Title: Shadow Brother

Written by: George Tysley

Type: Feature Film

Genre: Crime

Logline: A deranged multi-millionaire murders himself and goes on a bloody revenge spree against his perceived enemies.

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Story themes are essentially self-destruction and opportunism that reveal the darker side of human nature.

Why should people know this story?

Like pretty well any story, the aim as to why anyone would be interested in this particular one has to do with igniting an emotional connexion and, hopefully, creating an entertainment.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Two words to describe: Shock Opening.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Movie most seen – probably Singin in the Rain.

How long have you been working on this story?

Hours spent on story – would guess at about 30.

How many stories have you written?

Stories written – about 30, with about 8 published, two winning in competitions and second place in another.

What motivated you to write this story?

Seeing a good idea was the motivation for writing the story, which would be pretty much the same answer for any story.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Other passions: movies, theatre, novels, short stories and screenplays,
jazz, politics, psychology – is that enough? – Oh, and the opposite sex.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Wouldn’t pump up to offer advice.

Video Pitch for Escape to Planet B346 by Thomas Thorpe (Feature Film)

Title: Escape to Planet B346

Written by: Thomas Thorpe

Type: Feature Film

Genre: Sci-Fi

Logline: Attempting the precise flyby of a black hole, untrained survivors of a lethal virus arrive in an uncharted region of our galaxy searching for refuge, but encounter an ancient race intent on eliminating outsiders.

WGA Registration Number: WGAE: 1293931

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Two survivors of a viral infected spacecraft are marooned on Planet B346 who’s inhabitants are caught up in a civil war. They discover their appearance could play a key role toward resolving the conflict.

Why should people know this story?

Tired of cookie-cutter movies, films driven by special effects, gratuitous violence or stories designed for adolescents? Please consider Escape to Planet B346 for a scientifically accurate, unique tale of adventure and mystery that will captivate viewers of all ages.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Sci-fy thriller

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Jaws, Star Wars

How long have you been working on this story?

Two years

How many stories have you written?

Nine

What motivated you to write this story?

Adventure, mystery, suspense, adaption of my published novels in the Darmon Mystery series.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I was the Project Manager of NASA’s highly successful Mars Global Surveyor Mission – a spacecraft that orbited Mars for nine years. In addition to managing Mars Missions dating back to Mariner 9, I have taught astronomy in Glendale College Extended Day for many years. Black Rose Writing has published seven historical mysteries by myself called the Darmon Mystery series about a couple solving international crimes during the 1820 to 1860’s. Three of these have been adapted into screenplays which have won awards and been finalists in a number of contests. Escape to Planet B346 is my first screenplay in the science fiction genre.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write every day!

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LOGLINE BASICS

Brevity is an absolute necessity of creating a good logline. You should go through many drafts to make sure every adjective is the most perfect and evocative and above all accurate. Get out your thesaurus find the best words for the job. You can’t afford a single extra character.

Choose your focus carefully. You need to pinpoint the most important through-line of your story. What you pick must be dynamic: you need to describe action, conflict, challenge.

The easiest way to phrase your logline is to state the genre, an attribute of the main character, and what the character needs to achieve to meet a challenge. Of course, you may see your script as a slice of life or a series of vignettes or something else that doesn’t lend itself to a clear statement in this form, but attempt it.

For example:

“The Last Thing She Did” is a romantic comedy in which a ditsy writer struggles to overcome her reliance on a dead friend’s advice in order to meet a deadline.

Try to avoid generalities. You want to nail what makes your script unique, so don’t waste your time comparing it to previously made films. Save that for your marketing pitch.

Your logline doesn’t need to tell the ending of the story. It just needs to impel a producer or reader to make the effort to open it up. Show you have an interesting and unusual protagonist who must meet an unusual and interesting challenge, and you’re already ahead of the game.

So you say your script doesn’t fit into an easy category of genre or have a single or readily defined hero or heroine. That may be the way you think of your story, but another reader might have a different impression. Try describing the action of your script to a friend and see what shakes loose. It’s fine to know you’re written a masterwork that defies description, but you won’t have much luck getting it made unless you can find SOME way to explain it.

VIDEO PITCH for A Long Way Home by Marian Richardson Whetsell

A Long Way Home by Marian Richardson Whetsell

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

A Long Way Home
Screenplay by
@Marian Richardson Whetsell
Genre: Period Piece Drama
Logline: A young African-American girl in post-slavery era endures struggles & hardships to fulfill her dream to become a teacher.
Synopsis
Anna Maria is a typical mixed heritage child of the south who developed into a beautiful woman, from East Texas. She was from a poor but proud family who believed in hard work and deep Christian values. The civil war had recently ended & the thick smell of freedom electrified the air. Anna’s dream—to become a teacher! In the 1860’s change and reformation was the order of the day. The Indians and Black folks often co-habited together to survive. There was one particular family that aroused Anna’s interest. Why? Because, of a young brave by the name of Lonewolf. He was about the same age as she was and they seemed to hit it off right away. And, before long they were best friends.
Over the years, their friendship blossomed into love and one heated day, passion overtook them, resulting in her becoming pregnant, at the most difficult and unexpected time. You see, her family’s fresh planted crops, had been washed away by a sudden storm. Her father had borrowed money from the local white banker just to plant the crops.
Family discussions ensued about the two lovebirds and a decision was made for them to marry. A beautiful interfaith marriage ceremony took place in the community with all in attendance. But instead of an evening of wedded bliss, the newlyweds endured a night of pure hell. A Rusk insurgency sympathizer group attacked Lonewolf’s Cherokee encampment. Anna was rescued by her father and the Indians fled for their lives. Anna—a new bride—now a widow? She was alone, pregnant, enduring hardships and not knowing what, when or what to do! And, was still alone, when she bore a beautiful baby girl.
In the meantime, her family’s financial situation worsens. The family unit begun to disintegrate, after the local white banker’s demands became treacherous and seamy, taking direct aim at Anna’s pretty mother. In the ole’ south when money is owed—you pay—one way—or the other!
One day after discovering a lead on Lonewolf whereabouts, Anna struck out on horseback to find her long lost spouse. After a dangerous and frightful journey, she finally made to him—only to find, he had a new love—a maiden! Rejected and heartbroken, she returned home an embittered woman and threw herself into her studies. She graduated and was the only student accepted into college. Before long, Anna was off to her new life. There she found new friends and eventually a new love. But life always throws you a curveball, just when daylight is in sight. Her curveball—Lonewolf showing up at Tantamount College. When the old meet the new—fire ignites, in more ways than one. Anna Maria had some hard choices to makes and some difficult challenges to surmount. Would she be determined to meet her goal, or would she just plain give up. Which road would Anna take….Only Anna Maria knew—only Anna would know!

VIDEO PITCH for Jessica: The autobiography of an infant by Jeffrey Von Glahn, Ph. D.

Jessica: The autobiography of an infant by Jeffrey Von Glahn, Ph. D.

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

My client in her therapy re-experienced many psychologically dramatic
events from the earliest days of her life, and with her adult mind
described her experience at the time in words. It’s just like
listening to an infant who could talk describe every psychologically
dramatic moment of its life as it was happening.

Why should people know this story?

Prior to this book, infants did not have a voice or a spokesperson for
their experiencing. The life of an infant is far more exciting than you
can possibly imagine.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Absolutely spell-binding

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Lawrence of Arabia

How long have you been working on this story?

It took me twenty years to write it.

How many stories have you written?

This one.

What motivated you to write this story?

HAD TOO. Besides the uniqueness of Jessica’s experience, I heard and
watched it all. No one else has that experience.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being a psychotherapist, and hopefully one day living in a society that
has as its mission statement the well-being of all of its citizens.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Writing well is a learned skill, and just like any other skill it takes
constant practice to get better. The key to betting better is to
practice the weakest aspects of your writing. Hint: Study the writing of
an author that inspires/engages you. See if you can figure out how
it’s different from your writing.

Video Pitch for The Great Tragedy, Feature Film by Lisa Dunbar

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Get to know the writer Lisa Dunbar: 

1. What is your story about?

My story is about two young boys Daron Greenlay and Brutus Amos. Daron and Brutus become victims in an abused environment. When Daron’s Grandparents who are Vivian and Chandler Housing have Daron and Brutus in their home Vivian and Chandler end up putting Daron and Brutus in an orphanage. Daron lost both of his parents. Daron’s mother dies in a car wreck in the beginning of the story. Daron’s father hangs himself in the living room of his home. Daron and Brutus have no one to take care of them until a police officer who is Howard Carter and his wife Jodie ends up adopting the two boys at the end of the story.

2. Why should people know this story?

People should know this story because this story is about child abuse. Child abuse is something that people need to pay attention to. Some where every few minutes there is a innocent child being abused. Rather that abuse is emotional, verbal, or even physical it’s still abuse. No child should be abused and I wanted to bring up child abuse because it is something that should be taken seriously.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

I would describe this story as amazing and helpful. It’s amazing of what those two young boys go through. It’s helpful because it can help people learn about child abuse.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The movie that I have seen the most in my life would have to be “Enter The Dragon.”

5. How long have you been working on this story?

I wrote “The Great Tragedy” as a book it four months to write. “The Great Tragedy” was published in 2014. Then I wrote the screenplay. The screenplay took a month to write which was last year. Ever since last year I’ve been trying to find someone who could make it into a movie.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written six stories so far that are published. I have one story that I wrote that is not published. I have a book of poems that I have published.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

What motivated me to write this story is child abuse. I want people to know just how serious it is. Another thing that motivated me to write this story is that I wanted to make a difference in the world. No child should be abused. It’s one of the things that can be prevented.

8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Other than writing I am passionate about music, art, and history.

9. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

My advice to the other writers. Keep your head up. Don’t let no one stop you from doing what you love. Go for your dreams and aim high. Let your head touch the clouds. Your dreams can come true. Don’t give up. If you feel like you’ve failed. Keep trying. That’s what I tell my friends.

Video Pitch for BOALI, Feature Screenplay by Miroslav Atanasov

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Get to know the writer Miroslav Atanasov:

1. What is your story about?

It about the brutal history of the Congo Free State – exposing King Leopold’s cruel regime, and the heroic people – natives, missionaries, intellectuals, and investigative journalists who launched a powerful human rights campaign against it, which eventually led to its end.

2. Why should people know this story?

This story was virtually forgotten by history until 1998 when “King Leopold’s Ghost” was published by Adam Hochschild. Several books have been released since then and a couple of documentaries. The first feature that involved it just came out – “The Legend of Tarzan.” However, it is fictional and even though the story is the backdrop, we really need a good full feature film to describe the history more accurately. King Leopold II was one of the biggest mass murderers of history, destroying 10 million Africans, but still honored in Belgium, EU’s capital as the ” Builder-King.”

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Historical Justice.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Star Wars.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

About a year.

6. How many stories have you written?

This is my first feature film script. But I have done a lot more academic and journalistic writing.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

The real need for the world to know the story of the millions of innocent Congolese people who were terrorized by the infamous European King Leopold II under the front of humanitarianism. Western Europe, and especially Belgium, have been reluctant in admitting their horrific colonial crimes, but the time has come for them to be more honest with that dark past.

8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Issues concerning the poor around the world and those who suffer injustice, especially in Africa.

9. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write stories that you have passion for and such that would help people practically in their personal growth and moral development. Help make the world a better place though your story-telling.