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3.61111111111111 The Gambler by Gary Howell (Gary in Houston) writing as Kenny Rogers - A man diagnosed with a terminal illness makes a drastic choice. - Short, Drama
Special Award* 2.83The Lady in Red by Kevin Lewis (Kevin_L) writing as Chris De Burgh - A man reminisces about a girl he went to school with. - Short
*optioned before the challenge ended.
3.58823529411765 A Little Bit of Sunshine by Paul Knauer (PKCardinal) writing as Ray - A lonely prisoner has a special responsibility. - Short
3.41176470588235 Freshbloom by Anthony Cawood (AnthonyCawood) writing as Sundara Karma - In a park filled with joy and laughter, strangers bond over their shared fate. - Short, Drama
3.1875 Stacy's Mom by Christopher Nash (Heretic) writing as Wayne Fontaine - Stacy's mom has got something going on...something terrifying. - Short, Horror, Comedy
3.17647058823529 Am I The Same Girl by Gary Kohatsu (Abe from LA) writing as Teddy Boys - A man haunted by the murder of a childhood friend, undergoes hypnotherapy to recall the girl’s face. As well as the killer’s. - Short, Psychological Thriller
3.06666666666667 Thank You by Michael Godby (D.A.Banaszak) writing as Just About Anybody - A man entering his golden years feels a need to be needed. - Short, Drama
3 Falling by Lew Sherwood (Big Lew) writing as Guy Little - A daredevil ventriloquist throws more than his voice to prove his love to a special woman - Short
And the rest (in no paticular order) Crazy Train by Rob Herzog (Rob) writing as A Model Railroad Enthusiast - An attempted theft of a model train set goes off the rails. - Short
The Great Pretender by Max Ruddock (Max Ruddock) writing as Sybil Dulcet - A man struggles to get a grip with who he in the real world and who he is online. - Short, Action, Comedy
Tears in Heaven by Matthew Taylor (Matt) writing as Eric Clapton - Sometimes anguish is too much to bear. - Short, Drama
The Medication Is Wearing Off by Steven A Clark (SAC) writing as Spoon & Rafter - After the death of his father, a small business owner comes to a crossroads about what to do next. - Short, Drama
Sympathy for the Devil by Colin Sharp (ColinS) writing as Can't get the song out of my head. - Satan has a new directive from above... and he doesn't like it. - Short, Comedy
I Will Always Love You by Kathy Cranford (kcranford) writing as Songbird - Across four decades, a devoted nurse secretly pines for a brilliant but emotionally distant doctor. - Short, Romance
We Will Meet by Sean Elwood (Zombie Sean) writing as Your Secret Admirer - We will meet, someday soon. It will terrify you. - Short, Horror
Call Me Al by John Stone (Stoneyscript) writing as blank - Conflict Diamonds are stolen to prop up a coup d'etat, but there is a price to pay. - Short, Adventure, Crime
Call Me The Breeze by RLH Arundell (Arundel) writing as Beans on Toast - An aging hitman picks an unusual way to remember his last job. - Short, Crime
Mexican Radio by Steven Dilworth (steven writing as Tom Tomali - The cool one of two best buds finds his acolyte is really on the cutting edge as they travel to the mall for some bitchin' pizza! - Short, Adventure
Welp. This was completely unexpected! I honestly didn't even know about the challenge until the day the scripts were due! But I had actually heard the Gambler on the radio earlier that day, and for some reason it just stuck with me and I wrote something out as quick as I could.
Very humbled by everyone's votes especially given the absolutely quality of the work entered in this one. Was amazed at how good so many of these scripts were so a shout out to everyone, especially to Kevin for getting optioned -- hopefully others will get picked up as well -- there are many worthy candidates for producers out there looking to make a quality film.
Also -- I told Paul I thought his script was one of the more original scripts I had seen on this site, and something totally different from I'm used to reading of his. He continues to amaze me with his work.
An utterly mediocre writer who somehow still falls bass ackwards into getting some of his scripts produced.
Gary, yours was the only script I forgot to read, so when I voted, having not read it, I only gave it a middling vote, but then I read it and was like "oh shit, this is much better than the vote I gave it!" So, I'm glad yours came out on top as it was my personal favorite of this batch of fine scripts!
Well, she guessed mine and even added a “duh” LOL. I have apparently become too transparent. I won’t be so evident next time, Libby. Game on!
Seriously though, big congrats to Gary - really loved your story. Well deserved Writers’ Choice to you! Also to Kevin L - wow! Optioned already! That is just awesome! Many congrats and can’t wait to see this once it’s filmed. And lastly, congrats to all the OWC writers who submitted. As others have noted, there was overall excellence displayed in the scripts this go round. Enjoyed each script and appreciate all the thought and work that goes into creating these. Kudos to all!
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Many thanks to everyone who reviewed my script. Thanks for the well wishes on the option. A university's film/television department is preparing to make a short film for festivals as their senior project. IF it gets made, I will def post it.
No matter what happens, I appreciate Don forwarding my info. That was very thoughtful since I'm not a very active site member.