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02/10/16

English (US)   Project of the Day: The Fur  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 11:56:10 pm

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"The Fur"
Written by Daryl D. Well (Italy)
Honorable Mention Feature Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: The usual group of friends runs into the usual maniac family. Unusually, one of the boys reveals himself to be a bloodthirsty werewolf.

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: The inevitable sense of frustration and impotence I get whenever I watch a horror involving boys and girls hunted down by the classic pack of rednecks/inbred. I wanted the bad guys to face something uglier and fiercer and through that reveal the humanity in them.

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?

A: More than the concept, I think it's the character's relationship, especially the family's. I'm currently rewriting it and I'm tinkering more with this aspect.

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?

A: Definitely to option.

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?

A: Wet dream: Paul Giamatti. I had him in my mind while writing Abraham's character. Sometimes it helps me make the characters more vivid in my mind.

01/19/16

English (US)   Project of the Day: Traumatized  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 11:26:06 pm

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"Traumatized"
Written by Kris Lippert (Australia)
4th Place Feature Suspense-Thriller Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: As the sole survivor of a serial killer is tortured by visions of her ordeal, she decides to conduct her own investigation only to realize that her former captor, whom she thought dead, might still be alive.

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: The idea for the story came to me in 2013 when the news broke of a man in Cleveland who abducted three women and held them prisoner for up to 10 years in his house. He raped and tortured them countless times while none of his neighbours, visitors and family members noticed anything. The women eventually escaped and the perpetrator was sentenced to life plus 1000 years in prison. One month into his sentence he hung himself in his cell. A year after their rescue, one of the survivors gave an interview, detailing how she was trying to put her life together and how she was dealing with the aftermath of her ordeal, which for all intents and purposes was never going to end.

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?

A: The idea of a woman being the sole survivor of a serial killer and dealing with the psychological aftermath of her trauma isn't usually explored as most films focus on the trauma itself, which is much easier to show. The post-traumatic aspects of the story make its premise both interesting and unusual.

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?

A: I always intended to produce it myself. TRAUMATIZED uses limited locations and cast, giving us every chance to deliver a high standard on a limited budget. I have two features under my belt, hopefully this will be my third. I'm currently looking for producing/financing partners to make it happen.

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?

A: I already have Viva Bianca (Spartacus: War of the Damned, X: Night of Vengeance) attached to star in TRAUMATIZED. She fits the role perfectly and I’m sure she could deliver the great performance I’m looking for.

For more information:
www.MovieRockets.com
klippert@movierockets.com

01/12/16

English (US)   Project of the Day: Let It Bleed  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 12:08:10 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"Let It Bleed"
Written by Scott Selden (Virginia)
Honorable Mention Feature Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: Callous attorney Johanna Palmer embarks to an isolated town where a grisly encounter with a client threatens both her life and sanity. As a Lovecraftian menace and monsters emerge, how will she meet her end?

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: In terms of narrative, I always envisioned this as an R-rated episode of The X Files starring just Scully by way of a less apocryphal Denzel's Fallen. I’m a fanatic for unsettling noir and creature feature sleaze, and the strange nexus where they sometimes meet entertains me the most. Shutter Island, Angel Heart, The Maltese Falcon, Gaiman’s Sandman, Blade Runner, Eric Red's The Hitcher, At the Mouth of Madness, Lovecraft’s The Festival and The Lurking Fear, old Twilight Zone episodes- the list goes is long.

In terms of craft, the scripts for The Matrix, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Looper, and 2013's Evil Dead really had a profound effect on me. The way each describes action and how it was later translated to screen is fascinating. Alexandre Aja's films assure me there's still a place for hardcore horror in theaters.

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?

A: A tough question for a concept so reliant on pop tradition. “The cold and calculating professional assigned to a witness no one believes, stumbles upon the occult in their pursuit for truth”. I would simply argue that there hasn't been a carnival ride constructed quite like mine, and it holds a fair amount of dark surprises.

On a more sad and cynical tangent, you don't see too many strong black woman roles in American film.

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?

A: I lack both the money and experience required to helm the technical side of production right now, so I'm trying my best to find a paid writing position in the industry. A guild sanctioned project would be a dream job.

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?

A: Sonja Sohn, no contest. Based solely on her performance in The Wire.

For more information:
www.scottselden.com
78by29@gmail.com

12/30/15

English (US)   Project of the Day: Rue  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 12:48:48 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"Rue"
Written by Kay Poiro (Maryland)
1st Place Pilot Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: A Creole grandmother in Louisiana sells her soul to the devil in exchange for a life long enough to kill every descendant of the man who murdered her family. Then, she finds out that she is the last surviving member and she's been tricked.

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: My inspiration for the script were the Louisiana roots of my mother's family tree. The family had a strong, seemingly ageless matriarch with several daughters. Although there were children, I never saw any men. As a youngster, I wondered what happened to them. Did they run off or was it something far more sinister?

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?

A: It's a horror television show that takes place almost entirely in a historical bed and breakfast in south Louisiana and the protagonist is a serial murderer black woman in her 60s.

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?

A: My goal is to produce it myself, but I'm certainly open to bringing in others who're just as passionate about the project as I am!

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?

A: Leslie Uggams. She's been a powerhouse on stage for decades and I wish I could see her more on TV.

12/06/15

English (US)   Project of the Day: Abigail  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 01:47:07 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"Abigail"
Written by Doug Kaufman (Michigan)
Honorable Mention Feature Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: When a fool tries to prevent the birth of a bastard child from inheriting his fortune, it backfires and costs him and his lineage everything!

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: I am a HUGE fan of King Diamond (Heavy metal artist) and all of his solo works are concept albums - he currently has 12 and I have been able to find a way to connect all of them together to make a large "saga" spanning over 2,000 years - the King Diamond fan community has been screaming for a movie to be made for any of his albums... since Hollywood would probably screw up the story lines for any album, the only way to keep the story the way it was intended is for a true fan of his work to create any or all of the screenplays based off of his work and I am that fan to do it!

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?

A: The way Abigail is... "born"

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?

A: I would choose to do this myself... I don't trust "Hollywood" to keep the story and vision in tact...

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?

A: There are five main characters: Jonathan LaFey, O'Brian, the old Count LaFey, Miriam Natias & Abigail... for those five, if money was no object, my choices would be:

Jonathan LaFey - played by Indie actor Jason McCallister

Since Miriam & Abigail look exactly the same, the same person can play both parts - played by Kristina Michelle. Reason: She has that look I want for these parts - very beautiful, on the short side, fun, playful, young & the natural long hair... "looking the part" is a very big deal for me and Kristina has that look!

Count LaFey - played by someone else I met at the Horror Hotel event - actor/screenwriter/director Tom Ryan... if he could play a deranged & psychotic killer in "Faces" then he can play an evil Count with no issues - just put him in makeup to make him look 30 years older and that's the Count's look... and he can act!

O'Brian - played by, again if money was no object - Lance Henricksen - he has the rough & rugged look - like he's been through hell and back but he also has that softer "protector" side... both of those traits are key to O'Brian's character... but since money would probably be a factor - then Indie actor Edward X. Young... again, it's that look I would be going for...

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