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Here is the first batch of October, 2010 One Week Challenge Scripts. There were around 40 scripts received. I'll be posting five to six at a time every six to eight hours or so. The postings will be somewhat random. If you have submitted a script, you should have received a confirmation from me.
The first six are here:
Hoodie by Christopher Bohlsen (kurisuborosen) - Short, Horror - Tom and Jenny hear a knock at the door one night. Outside is a man waring a hoodie. - pdf, format
Pumpkinseeds by Darren J Seeley (darrenjamesseeley) - Short, Horror - A wheelchair bound man and his best friend are kidnapped by the witch Baba Yaga. They all go for a little death ride in her newly acquired walking house. - pdf, format
The Zombotard by Gary Murphy (murphy) - Short, Horror - An abandoned house provides a perfect hide out for two bank robbers on the run, until that is, a surprise dinner guest interrupts their plans. - pdf, format
Tomorrow II: Dusklight by R. E. McManus (rendevous) - Short, Horror - Hugh's back. Sore. Goes home. To a dump with an auld man in it. It ain't gonna be pretty. - pdf, format
One Stormy Night by Matt Layden (the usual suspect) - Short, Horror - Frank and Daniel hide out in an abandoned house preparing to leave a town they scammed when a little girl pays them a visit. - pdf, format
Three On A Match by Phil Clarke Jr. (dogglebe) - Short, Horror - All killers are not created equal. - pdf, format
A Very Manly Boo-Day by Michael Cornetto (mcornetto) - Short, Horror - Sometimes the things that frighten us can hold valuable but painful lessons, it all depends on how far you are able to stretch yourself in order to accommodate them. - pdf, format
Credit Where Due by Shawn Davis (ledbetter) - Short, Horror - An old man, an old house. Both condemned to be forever forgotten. But for one last night, he returns in order to set history straight. - pdf, format
House of Malvado by Stephen Wells (steveuk) - Short, Horror - Three teens visit an old abandoned house in search of ghosts. Are the stories of the blind specter 'Eleanor Malvado' true, or is someone playing tricks? - pdf, format
Devil's Night by Michael K. Snyder - Short, Horror - On a dark and stormy night three travelers breakdown outside an abandoned house. Soon, each of them find out that something very sinister resides there. - pdf, format
The Life Thief by Eric Napolitan - Short, Horror - no logline - pdf, format
The Kline Manor PledgeŠ by Baltis Sinclair Schuller (baltis.) - Short, Horror - Plauged with a laundry list of task, Dylan Yaegle will make his final pledge tonight... But he might not make it out alive. - pdf, format
Demons by Mario Perrotta - Short, Horror - A pair of ghost hunters encounter a strange presence inside an old house, prompting one of them to take a drastic step to rid the house of this presence. - pdf, format
Glass Rain by Julio Weigend (reaper creeper) - Short, Horror - A brother's been fatally mutated due to his sister's dabbling into the occult. What is to be done? - pdf, format
Shadows by Malcom Bowman (scoob) - Short, Horror - A brother and sister extract their revenge on the man who abused them as children - but all is not what it seems... - pdf, format
Cleansed by Steve McDonell (stevie) - Short, Horror - A man finds that the past can come back to haunt you. Especially on October thiry first. - pdf, format
Turned by Kenneth P Matovu - Short, Horror - She is determined to stay alive to see her 18th birthday but will the 'Things' let her. It's a story about a night a family is killed by cannibals called the 'Things'. - pdf, format
Killing Albert Einstein by Tim Ratcliffe (trojan) - Short, Horror - A young couple experience a night they'll never remember when summoned by an eccentric genius to an old, abandoned house. - pdf, format
The Old House by Rob Grotnick - Short, Horror - Three teenagers try to survive the night at a house haunted by evil clowns. - pdf, format
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine by Gabriel Moronta (mr. ripley) - Short, Horror - Three ghost hunters prowl the night for ghosts. They recieve more than what they were bargaining for. - pdf, format
The Thirty-First by Nathaniel Zignego - Short, Horror - no logline - doc, format
To Know by James Williams (jwent668 - Short, Horror - The adulterous wife of a psychotic crime boss learns a few things about death when he sends her and her lover on an errand. - pdf, format
Watching by Stephen Brown (stebrown) - Short, Horror - Ryan wakes to find himself lying in the decaying bedroom of a derelict house with no idea how he got there. Unfortunately for Ryan, that's just about the best the night has in store for him... - pdf, format
I'm waiting for him to finish the OWC so I can submit a feature...
Yeah. I want to throw 'Mallory's Friend' up...and maybe one of my full lengths. I'll laugh myself crazy if I finish re-writing (and expanding) my OWC into feature length by the time the submission process is back into gear.
Chastity by Trent Carroll (theboywonder) - Short, Horror - A young man, Johnny, falls under the spell of the beautiful Chastity, only to be swept into a dark world of torturous love. - pdf, format
The Unconquered by Khamanna Iskandarova (khamanna) - Short, Horror - A young girl and her disabled boyfriend have to spend a night in a house known to awaken evil in the living. - pdf, format
You Can Never Leave by George Willson (tubkas) - Short, Horror - Chris stumbles into an old house for help and finds himself trapped. - pdf, format
A Hollow Hallow's Eve by Josh Geishert (violent josh) - Short, Horror - It's a dark and stormy night and Melinda is stranded. Luckily, what she always thought was an abandoned mansion appears to have a bit of life. - pdf, format
Untitled by Brian K. Millard - Short, Horror - A police constable confronts a papraplegic professor regarding his involvement in a series of grizzly murders along the English countryside. - pdf, format
First post ever on Simply Scripts, hoping you'll allow me to stick around...
I'd like to start off by apologizing twice, first for the lack of a title on my OWC entry. I've been prepping to film a short for the past few weeks now, so that's taken up the majority of my writing time. I finally had a chance to take a break from my prep work, on a slow Friday at the office, but in going through all of my scripts in progress I couldn't find any inspiration to work on any of them. Nor could I come up with anything new. So, I popped onto SS to peruse the script section, looking for anything that could jump start my brain, and I happened upon this awesome challenge and thought I'd give it a shot. This was 2 PM on Friday the 15th, the due date... For whatever reason, titles do not come to me easily, so rather than sit around trying to come up with one, I decided to invest all the time that I had to the actual story. Also, I have noticed a trend in the unproduced script section that suggested the logline would be more important than the title, as far as earning people's trust and getting reads. Still no "excuse" to not have a title, but that is the "explanation" and I apologize. It will not happen again.
I would also like to apologize for not having reviewed/replied to any of the other OWC entries as of yet, though I assure you, I have read all of batches 1 through 4 so far. In reading the general thoughtful follow up posts to each script in the OWC (as well as in the unproduced scripts section in general) it appears to me that most of the folks on here sort of know one another. You've built a rapport, read each other's work, possibly even collaborated in the past. I felt it would be disrespectful to you all if I were to chime in as some newb outsider who had yet to even post a script. I'm also a little shy... You know, new people. But, now that this script is up and starting to get a few reads, I'm sure I'll soon be comfortable enough to go back and start commenting on some of the unique, interesting, bizzare and quite good OWC entries that I've read so far.
Thank you for taking the time to be bothered with me and I look forward to gradually becoming a more active member on this board.
Genre: Horror Theme: It was a dark and stormy night Limitations: You only have three human actors - two male and one female. (adults who can play between the ages of 18 to 80). One male is in a wheelchair. All events must occur sometime between October 30th to November 1st. You can't use the word Halloween. Everything occurs in and around an abandoned, rundown house. You can do anything to the house, except burn it down. You must write a script (properly formatted) between 6 and 10 pages. No more, no less (courier 12 point font).
You guys are f#cking hillarious. (Poor Don. Some of you guys owe him a bottle of wine for Christmas, or something.)
Don's clarifications (largely grouped by subject): - What happens on that dark and stormy night is entirely up to you. Re: You're giving us a really narrow theme. dogglebe - Deserted house you can't burn down. Re: Can you at least allow us one more location besides the abandoned/rundown house? screenrider - Deserted house you can't burn down. Re: Where is the rundown house located? The middle of nowhere? Suburbia? Can we put it where ever we want? Nixon - Deserted house you can't burn down. Re: How about you get to use an old deserted prison as well? Dreamscale - Deserted house. Re: Deserted IHOP or Hamburger Hamlet? dogglebe & Dreamscale - You can't burn the house down. Re: Can you set fire to the house in any way other than a fireplace? Mr. Blonde - Clarification Re: Can we burn up the wheelchair, or at least the rubber wheels on the wheelchair? Or is it alright if 1 of the character's eyebrows catch on fire at 1 point in the script? Dreamscale - Everything occurs in and around an abandoned, rundown house. Re: When you say "in and around the house", how around are we talking? Only the property line, and if so, how do you determine that? What if we write an abandoned house on a 25-acre plot of land including a private lake? Would it count? Mr. Blonde - It doesn't. It can be barren and uninhabited. Here, this should help clarify things. Re: Why does the house have to be in the desert? Shelton - No, you don't have to do anything to the house if you don't want to. Re: Since you said "you can", "anything" includes "nothing" right? I mean do I have to do something to the house at all? khamanna - You are the screenwriter only. You will not be directing or producing the script. Re: CGI? mcornetto - Yes. Effects are within the budget. Re: Are effects within budget? mcornetto - Yes, but don't go crazy with it. Re: Can special effects be employed to duplicate characters, such as used in The Prestige and Moon? RayW - It's horror. Re: Can it be comedy/light horror? Baltis- - It's horror. Didn't say I couldn't LOL. Re: Can't be funny at all? If you laugh even One time it won't meet the requirements? Baltis- - No children. Re: Are they children or can we make them adults? Baltis- - How you use or don't use your talent is entirely up to you. In short, you have a pool of three actors. Two male and one female. One male is in a wheel chair. How you use them or don't use them is up to you. Re: Do we have to include all three characters? I know the boy in the wheelchair is a must, what about the other two? Coding Herman - You have three actors. Two males. One Female. One male is in a wheelchair. How you use your actors is up to you. Re: Can the three people be zombies? How about just the guy in the wheelchair? stevie - You have three actors. Two male, one female. The male actor is in a wheelchair. How you use your actors is entirely up to you. Re: How the heck does the guy in a wheelchair get into a rundown/abandoned house? If it's so rundown then chances are there's no wheelchair ramp. screenrider - You have three actors. How you use them is up to you. Re: Don, it's three characters only, correct? No more, no less? Mr. Blonde - You have three actors. How you use them is up to you. Re: You mean, like, up the butt? Shelton -There are three actors. There are two males and one female. How you use them is up to you. Please note that I've modified the requirements (for the n'th time) to specifically indicate that the three actors are human. If you have any other questions regarding this, please reference this. Re: When you said we have up to 3 characters between 18-80, that shouldn't preclude non humans. Are you now saying we cannot include any non humans into our horror script? Dreamscale - A total first. You have three actors. Two actors are males. They have penises. One actor is a female. She does not have a penis. She has a 'sideways smile'. One male actors with a penis can not walk. He sits in a wheel chair. The three actors are human. How you use them is up to you. Re: What about half-humans? Are you now saying we cannot have an antag that is not human? screenrider & Dreamscale - You have three actors. The actors are human. Re: I too have an animal in my script, he has quite an important part too. Murphy - The male actor is in a wheelchair. Re: Maybe he doesn't become wheelchair bound till the second page? stevie - No, I said, You have three (3) actors. How you use them is up to you. Re: We cannot have any other sort of character to play the role of antag, meaning no creatures, monsters, demons, animals, or ghosts. Dreamscale - Your actors are human. How you use them is up to you. Re: You said they all had to be human, meaning no non human characters. You said no whales, no rats, all human. Did you not? Dreamscale - Updated the limitations to the theme, "three human actors..." Re: ...the Sperm whale... Dreamscale - No, I said, there are three human actors. I did not say three human characters. Re: Three human actors = three human characters*. DarrenJamesSeeley (Ray's note: Many people seem to have great difficulty distinguishing between ACTORS and CHARACTERS.) - You can't use the word "Halloween". Re: We can't mention "Halloween"...but...what about Samhain ???? DarrenJamesSeeley