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Posted: February 24th, 2018, 3:19pm Report to Moderator

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Past Life by Rob McNeil - Drama, Mystery - A loner college student is thrust into a dangerous investigation when he suspects his biological family may have been involved in his hometown's most notorious cold case. 94 pages - pdf, format

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Rob: Issue to consider from the first half page.

-  You don't need the title at the top of the page - it's already on the Title Page.

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A JUNKIE WOMAN (40’s) sits alone in a car, shuts off the
engine and sits in silence for a moment. Our focus is not on
her identity, but rather, what is she after?

She is a rough woman, and a junkie. That much is clear.

- Not sure this should be EXT since the scene is inside the car.
- Could be more efficient. You have sits twice, don't need alone.

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The Junkie Woman pushes the car door open, steps out, and
slams the door shut.

She's in stealth mode - would she really slam the door?

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She slowly creeps up toward the house.
The Junkie Woman is holding a large, sharp kitchen knife.

Creeps and slowly really both the same (one doesn't creep fast) and again - could be more efficient. Also, I think it reads better by eliminating the ing words - i.e., she holds rather than she is holding. Reads more active that way. e.g.,

She creeps toward the house, a large, sharp kitchen knife in hand.

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She briskly stomps up the yard towards the front door.

Confused - she was creeping and now stomping?

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Don't need continuous - it's implied. Just use DAY

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The Woman carefully enters home brandishing a knife.

Carefully enters - a little vague. Maybe slips in.

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She is tiptoeing upstairs. After gliding through the
hallway, she carefully peeks through crack of door.

ing word again. Reads better as...she tiptoes up the stairs, glides through the hallway...

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INT not EXT. Don't need continuous. This is also a good place to use a mini slug since you are already in the house and it's just a different room. I would just go with:

She tiptoes up the stairs, glides through the hallway and stops at a door. She peers into


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Three little girls are playing with dolls in the kids’
bedroom through the crack in the doorway.

The three daughters are all laughing, giggling, chatting

Again - ing words slow this down. Also - GIRLS should be capped and we need to know a little about their ages. e.g., ALso - they are not playing in the crack of the doorway (as written). They are being viewed from there. It should be something like:

She tiptoes up the stairs, glides through the hallway and stops at a slightly ajar door. She peers into a


And spots three GIRLS (5, 7 and nine). They giggle and chat as they play with dolls.

The above issues are throughout.

Like the premise here a lot - needs tidying up script wise IMO. Hope this helps.

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