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Stand Tall! by Vincent Paterno - Romantic Comdy, Comedy - A Vegas waitress tripled in size falls for the scientist who accidentally enlarged her, sacrificing newfound showroom stardom to save him when he's kidnapped by her abusive ex, a blackmailing mobster and a haughty former showgirl. 99 pages
contest: Winner, Best Character in a Screenplay, Die Laughing Film Festival; Finalist in Los Angeles CineFest, IndustryBOOST; Finalist Las Vegas International Screenwriting competitions; Selection: Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Competition; Oaxaca FilmFest; LA LIVE FilmFest; Page Turner Screenplays. - pdf format
Yeah, it's bizarre, but in a sweet way, I hope. My thought behind STAND TALL! (note the exclamation point, which I presume couldn't be included in the subject line for stylistic reasons) was to create a homage to the popular sci-fi subgenre, the "giant woman" movie -- but to make it a full-fledged romantic comedy, with a lovable, supersized heroine who would rather entertain people than attack them. Hope you enjoy it.
Vincent: I read five. THere are real issues with the dialogue IMO - it is unnatural. Anyway:
INT. BRYSON CASINO, LAS VEGAS - DAY
A real nit - but "Bryson" for a casino name is pretty unappealing/bland. Unless it is named after a character somewhere down the line I would consider a change.
COLLEEN COSSITT (3, a pert blonde in skimpy blue lingerie, sheer-to-waist nude pantyhose and blue suede pumps, sensually dances and sings on a mini-stage.
A bell rings; she stops.
Given the action later - I think a bit more description of the room would help. e.g., something like (just making this up).
INT. BRYSON CASINO, LAS VEGAS - DAY
Older, smaller and more rundown than the modern casinos.
POKER TABLES and SLOT MACHINES fill the room. A Bar and a mini-stage sit at the end of the room. On that stage, COLLEEN COSSITT (3, a pert blonde in skimpy blue lingerie, sheer-to-waist nude pantyhose and blue suede pumps, sensually dances and sings. She is paid little attention by the patrons.
A bell RINGS. Collen stops.
Not the above exactly - but something to show us the logistics of the room so that it makes sense when Collen grabs that tray and starts serving drinks.
SUPER: The Bryson Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, June 1
Unless June 1 is important story wise - I would not be that specific on the date. Just say Summer of Spring - or nothing.
Look for opportunities to pop your action lines a bit. For example:
Colleen goes to a poker table where KESWICK FLETCHER (40), in an elbow-padded tweed jacket, sits eyeing his hand, and her.
Rather than the pedestrian - "goes" - use something more descriptive - e.g., sashays, or strolls.
I had problems with the dialogue. It is way too expositional and unnatural. Collen has known this guy forever and the first line exchange is:
COLLEEN Ten years ago today, the Bryson began this “super server” program. She gives a man seated at Keswick’s left a glass of water.
KESWICK To serve, sing and dance.
That is not going to be the first greeting. It's going to be - Hey, how you doing? Or - I brought you the usual. I know you're trying to get the background stated - but this is not the way to do it.
COLLEEN I was in that first class. Not the showgirl job I’d wanted-- KESWICK Too short, unlike that lady you just, uh, met?
Again - not a natural conversation amongst people who know each other. The entire scene here has this issue, IMO. GO through it and ask yourself - am I including this dialogue for exposition purposes - or it it how they naturally talk to each other?
From what I can see - this is an issue throughout. For example:
COLLEEN The son I'll never have, thanks to my ex. And the money I don't have, thanks to him, too.
They're sisters - they already know this - they would not say it.
INT. COLLEEN’S LAS VEGAS APARTMENT, KITCHEN - DAY MAUREEN COSSITT (44), a blonde like her sister, albeit far more world-weary in appearance.
MAUREEN (V.O.) Ivan’s back in I-C-U.
If you are doing an Intercut you don't need the V.O.
And in response to one of your comments, June 1 is an appropriate date to begin the story. It's near the end of the school year when 8-year-old Ivan Black is hospitalized. Then, as he's recuperating over the summer in Keswick Fletcher's warehouse turned home/laboratory, he, his mom Maureen Cossitt and the scientist's assistant Belinda Austin travel to Vegas to see the July 4 fireworks on the Strip, leaving Colleen Cossitt and Keswick alone for the first time since her growth into a giant. That evening, they confess they're in love with each other.
I should also note I named the casino the Bryson because from my former apartment in Los Angeles, I could see the Bryson, built in 1913 and first of the many mid- to high-rise apartment buildings on Wilshire Boulevard. (For several years, it was owned by actor Fred MacMurray, who was quite active in LA real estate.)
I would love feedback -- especially since I've substantially revised the story after receiving coverage suggestions. The new version, which I'll try to upload here, can be found at https://filmfreeway.com/projects/476988.