Submission Samples from the Action Genre

Title: A Necessary Evil

Logline: Frank Ward, a C.I.A special agent has kidnapped a man who plans on killing Presidential Candidate: Varnardo Caringal. Frank must find the other members involved with this plot as well.

Synopsis: Frank Ward has a special type of skill that very few possess. He has the ability to obtain information from people who choose not to give it up. His methods are different than others. He does not use pain to get information from his prisoners. He uses patience and various methods to get the information that is needed. Clyde Barnes has been abducted by Frank Ward and feels he can hold off without giving up information. Frank Ward must find out the other members who are trying to assassinate the Presidential Candidate. Anthony Barnes is Cylde's cousin who is also involved with the assassination attempt. Anthony is now worried about Cylde's dissapperance and may have to take matters in his own hands now that the trigger man is now missing. Time is ticking and Frank's methods may compromise the mission. Pete Manchin, Frank's partner is getting worried and may try a more brutal method of getting information from Clyde. Frank may have to give in to Pete's demands.


Logline: When ruthless human traffickers kidnapped a daughter he didn't know he had, a recently released killer must confront the demons from his past in order to save her.

Synopsis: Tommy Justice is a tough as nails killer who spent 22 years behind bars after committing double murder. After half his life behind bars, he now tries to start a new life. It all changes when a run in with an ex-girlfriend, Daniela Biaz. The one face that has haunted him for years is asking for help to find her missing daughter who disappeared the night before. After a visit to the hotel she stayed at and the night club partied in. He learns his quest will take him halfway around the world to see a surprising place and a familiar face. A face he hoped he’d never see again, his father’s. He soon gains allies to take on a band of cutthroats and sex traffickers in the Russian Mob to find the girl and bring her home. How can a man be so ruthless and deadly for a girl he’s never met? He’s not hunting Daniela’s daughter, he’s hunting his own. How does a father measure a love for a daughter he never knew he had? With pure, blinding, violence.

Title: Underestimated

Logline: A group of handicapped men, locked up in a high security facility since birth, start to question the real reaosn they are there when one of the men finds out he has super human powers.

Synopsis: JASON, a palsied man that shakes uncontrollably, and three other handicapped men, have lived their entire lives in a high security facility ran by a dark and secretive DOCTOR. Their daily routine is interupted when JASON accidentally discovers he has the ability to move at super human speeds. The DOCTOR, in an attempt to clear JASON's head of any thought of being "special", utilizes the torture skills of his security captain, MATHESON. BETH, a nurse in the fcility that has been lead to believe the men she cares for are too dangerous to be set free into the world, starts to question the real reason these men have been locked up. JASON and BETH have to figure out a way to get them and the three other men out of the facility. In order to do that JASON needs to learn to control his super powers and find out what secrets are hidden inside his three life long friends and roommates. But locked away deep in the facility, the DOCTOR has a secret of his own. WGA Reg#1292983

Title: Contest - WGA #1077950

Logline: Adam is accepted for a TV show that promises to be the "mother of all reality shows". Things get ugly quickly when contestants start dying. It's a game to the death.

Synopsis: Seven contestants are selected over thousands and flown to a remote island for an "extreme" reality show. Once there, they learn it's a game to the death with the last one standing winning $10 million. It's a sham. Only Adam, a bored criminal defense lawyer and Bobbie, a clinically-depressed large animal vet are real contestants. The other five contestants are shills, there to drive the action. Show's goal: document Adam's and Bobbie's reactions to extreme and deadly circumstances. Carlos, one of the shills, goes berserk and starts killing for real. What was meant to be fake has become terribly real. HBO yanks the show but the website showing live webcasts becomes the top hit site on the Net as a violence hungry world watches in real time.

Title: World Champion

Logline: An All-American racing team sets out to challenge Formula One.

Synopsis: Pablo Cruz and Derek Grier are two American pilots who live out their dream by driving in Formula One. Backed by real estate mogul, Lawrence Stein and famed car builder, Frank Moreau, the two teammates and friends will share the passion, courage, and horror that is Formula One. The heart of the pure racer is shown in this story through the pits, helmets, and fans of every F1 circuit across the globe.

Title: Search For Madness

Logline: An engineer rescues a ten year old girl with amnesia. He becomes a reluctant participant in the search for her parents. Along the way, he befriends a psychopath with a secret that can destroy them.

Synopsis: Luke finds Amy unconsious on a rainy night. He meets her spinster aunt Lizzie and sparks fly. He is reluctant to search for Amy's parents. They are forced to spend the night in the woods. They find a burning car that belongs to Amy's parents. Luke hitches a ride with Larry. But Larry is hiding a secret that could kill them. Luke and the others struggle for survival with a killer on their heels.

Title: Second Place Hero

Logline: (A Nicholl Semifinalist) A bipolar theater geek heads to school and gets thrust into a role he never expected to play: a real-life hero who must stop a band of goons from kidnapping a fellow classmate

Synopsis: It is my privilege to share with you my 2013 Nicholl Semifinalist (and Top-Rated Black List) script, Second Place Hero. If I had to describe my script in seven words, it would be: "Imagine if John Hughes wrote Die Hard." A Black List reader called Second Place Hero "evocative of early Shane Black: pitch black comedy and high-octane action," with villains that "rank right up there with Hans Gruber." From another Black List reader: "This is a strongly imagined script that creates a unique and highly visual world that feels fully fleshed out and consistent, which speaks to the author's unique voice and vision. The script has a great sense of wit and a dark comic streak that makes for an exciting plot whose direction is difficult to predict." I thank you for a piece of your busy time, and for your consideration, and I hope you'll agree with the Black List reader who declared: "this (Second Place Hero) deserves to be seen." Sincerely,

Title: Necessary Action

Logline: Two friends get more than they expect when they take a job from a car salesman who

Synopsis: Mitch and Kevin are at the end of their ropes. Or are they? They run across a man who claims to be the answer to their problems and are offered a job working for him on the wrong side of the law. Pressured by cheating wives and financial trouble, they reluctantly accept his offer. When the two decide they want out, they must face the inevitable, a showdown with the man who hired them.

Title: Be Counted

Logline: How far would you go to bring the world back to peace and how long would you run after insanity?

Synopsis: set out over a few rollercoaster months either side of Christmas.In it, it tells of one man, Edgar Stanislav's, bid to unite separating nations and take control of the world by using different ruthless tactics. This includes attempting to take control of the world's oil to starve powerful coalitions opposed to the plan by launching different satellites into space to control the world communication with cunning, merciless diversion to throw the collation off his master plan.So it's up to a small Special Forces task group to track, fight and outclass an overwhelming ruthless multi force enemy led by Edgar Stanislav through the once beautiful world and he isn't the only problem that puts the team on the back foot - not knowing what's round the next corner as they fight to repel the invasion. First in a potential franchise.

Title: X-Men: Rise from Ashes

Logline: When confusion and fear lead to anger and revenge, tremendous forces will breed a new line of defense.

Synopsis: Two years have passed since the war at Alcatraz when the X-Men discover another mutant who quickly proves to be a valuable asset. Magneto is slowly regaining his rise to power with the assistance of an ally of his own, Scrier, whose origins date back to the mid 18th century. Past mutants resurface and keep us questioning their intentions as this twist and turn of events, adrenaline rushing rollercoaster of entertainment unfolds and the X-Men saga continues, all while Mystique stealthily plots her revenge against Magneto only to be faced by Xavier's champions and Spider-Man.