Submission Samples from the Adventure Genre

Title: Nuclear War

Logline: George (a college student from Tennessee) and his closest friends are caught up in a "Nuclear War". Can they all survive and escape safely to the radiation free Caribbean island of Trinidad?

Synopsis: The story begins with George, a college student from Knoxville Tennessee, playing American Football in a crowded stadium. Soon after, a new eco-terrorist cult, called "Mother Earth", blows up a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. Later, a global "Nuclear War" breaks out when unknown computer hackers are said to trigger a planted computer virus in the world's nuclear defense computer systems that intentionally causes a world wide nuclear missile exchange. George, his girl friend Melinda and his black college teacher assistant Katherine initially seek shelter inside George's best friend Arthur's old underground nuclear bunker. Later, when Katherine informs them that radiation poisoning alone could kill them soon if they elected to remain in the severely hit U.S., they deside to take Katherine's hydrogen fuel cell powered car and journey to George's family wind powered sailing boat in Miami and then sail off to his family's home is the radiation free Caribbean island of Trinidad...

Title: Spinners

Logline: A story within a story giving it the structure and edge of PULP FICTION and the thought-provoking spirit in FIELD OF DREAMS.

Synopsis: A weird tale involving many individuals unrelated to each other and on their own personal quests. Somehow all these lives cross one another at the very end of the story. A hundred pages are devoted to them but they're not real people. They are fabricated by a group of friends who play a game called Spinners. We drift in and out of time, lives, and events on this spinning ride of action and black comedy. Each friend takes a turn, or spin, at telling a story. By degrees eccentric characters are introduced ranging from serial killers to an all-American couple with kids. We also have gangsters, a CPA, twins, a caretaker for a neon junkyard, and a babe. Circumstances and situations blossom from this brew of characters that flash flood into a river of surprises and quirks. As we get to know them we get to know the spinners as well. We become commodious with them and their quiet conversations like the soft comfort of a cozy campfire.

Title: Looking Back

Logline: A scientist and a reporter use a high tech camera in an attempt to stop an ancient prophesy of doom from coming true.

Synopsis: Jess Masters is a young UCLA physics professor who admires older women, loves to quote famous movie lines, and claims to be disinterested in applications of his invention of a camera that can look back in time. However, he does use the camera as bait to snag his fantasy woman, Willis Travis, a middle-aged newspaper reporter and avid recreational athlete. Jess's clever camera wouldn't allow him to change history but, with it, he can learn from the past and use that knowledge to anticipate the future more accurately. When a disastrous accident strikes his family, Jess and Willis use the camera to investigate and, in the process, uncover a plot that could ravage Los Angeles. The authorities doubt Jess's scientifically-based prediction that an ancient prophesy of doom for the City of Angels is at hand. In response, Jess, inspired by an attack of the "bird flew", sets a trap and enlists his students in trying to prevent a potential holocaust.

Title: Buccaneers of Brig O'Doune

Logline: Dying man passes on a long lost, Knights Templar secret-the existence of Brig O'Doune. One man, his daughter and brother are on the run to the bridge of time and the mythical treasure of the ages...

Synopsis: On Earth, there is but only one time, one place and one life, or is there... Michael McLachan a forty Seven year old Scottish ex-rock musician runs his craft shop in the Highlands of Scotland and awaits the arrival of his daughter, Julia to join him for the weekend. A weekend which will change their lives forever...for his older brother Danny, is on now on the run and undertaken to carry out a dying old man's last find the wealth which has proved elusive throughout the years. For the old man has seen it with his own eyes in...Brig O'Doune. He divulges a long lost Templar secret that mythical Brig O'Doune-the bridge that sleeps, holds the riches of human history... They set out on an age old quest over the mountains of Scotland. But they are on the run with many people hot on their trail...A comic tale unfolds of adventure and the search for treasure but the world is waiting and time is finally running out. Will our future hopes and dreams disappear with Brig O'Doune forever...

Title: Deadly Circle

Logline: FERDINAND MAGELLAN, a 16th century explorer,risks his life and naval career, and eventually dies on a tropical island, in an attempt to prove that the world is round.

Synopsis: 16TH CENTURY EUROPEČ. The widespread belief is that the world is flat and that at the end of which there is an abyss inhabited by monsters. In an attempt to prove that it is round, FERDINAND MAGELLAN is dishonorably discharged from the Portuguese Navy. With intent to test his theory, he goes to Spain and convinces the Spanish King to back an expedition to find the Spice Islands. Since the known route to the East passes through Portuguese territory, Magellan proposes to sail west on the other side of the globe. The expedition is assailed by Portuguese assassins, mutinous Spanish officers, and a devastating storm. Magellan is killed by hostile natives in the Philippines but the fleet reaches the Spice Island and returns to Spain, thus proving that the world is indeed round.

Title: Icarus Rising

Logline: Dr.Ged Flynn was not convinced by the Global Warming theorists,but things were certainly getting hotter for him by the day.

Synopsis: An environmental thriller about Dr.Ged Flynn,a brilliant but contrarian scientist.His research into global warming points to the chief culprit being,not man,but the undersea venting of huge methane deposits;but he has little supporting evidence.Then he meets Claire Wardle,a beautiful and gifted marine biologist,who provides him with an amazing record of evidence linked to historic sightings of sea serpents. Together,they travel to the deep ocean off Bermuda to find the proof they have predicted,but they are attacked by sinister forces whose interests are threatened. They analyse their findings and Flynn realises that global warming is a function of both nature and man,and that the two drivers are combining to move the earth towards an imminent tipping point of no return. Encouraged by the mysterious Professor Stirling,he realises that he alone can avert the coming crisis and he travels to the wastes of Antarctica to find the solution in a lake two miles below the ice cap.

Title: Spanish Lessons

Logline: A movie about an aging american, working in the real estate business, who comes to Latin America to resell a big house and falls in love with his Spanish teacher.

Synopsis: This adventure/melodrama film tells the story of the adventures of two Americans in Uruguay. Facing a new reality, new approach to life, love and money, they both change and make unexpected decisions in life. Mark is a crafty real estate businessman who buys old property, renovates it and sells it with considerable profit. He knows life and is very sure of himself and his cynical ways of dealing with people. Jim comes to Uruguay for two months as an investor to finance one of Mark's projects. Although almost 60, he is a very local, shy and naive person who has not had the chance or desire to experience life outside of his little world in the American suburbs. After the tragic loss of his family in a car crash he does not know what to do with himself and decides on traveling in an attempt to fill the emptiness of his existence. Jim starts taking Spanish language lessons in the local school rather out boredom.

Title: Bikel's Folly

Logline: Logline: To teach his grandchildren a few lessons about American History and selflessness, an entrepreneur has them participate in a series of outlandish adventures.

Synopsis: Kailey and David Bikel are coerced by their grandfather to partake in several historical adventures that will hopefully create in them a strong character and a better appreciation for their good fortune. Beginning with the Mayflower and ending at Guadalcanal, these adventures are staged with authentic sets and actors who are well-versed in their roles. In each adventure the teenagers are put to the test to see how they would react to calamitous situations. Slowly they exhibit a vitality of mind and body that their grandfather believes is akin to the youth of past generations. To his satisfaction Kailey and David have gone beyond his expectations. By the final adventure they are deeply entrenched in their character, perhaps a little too deeply. Because when the conditions become overly perilous, a dilemma is created. Just how far they travel out of the realm of reality is found in the unraveling. (WGA #1184150)


Logline: Two unlikely lovers bound together in a patriotic adventure. A white man on an unexpected vacation, finds his dull life changed forever by a chance meeting with a gorgeous, black actress.

Synopsis: an original screenplay by James R. Sanzo WGA NUMBER 130424-00 Could a white, laboring country boy, and a black hollywood starlet, possibly have anything in common? They can when their rendezvous leads to an unintended love, and then becomes a last obstacle between death and chaos for countless thousands of Americans. Reena Watson, a talented, but intolerant beauty, reluctantly agrees to a much needed time away at a newly opened resort in remote Ecuador. Sandy, a disillusioned hourly worker, too, finds himself attending the same resort after being chosen by lottery. Together, they become immersed in an international plot to bring America to its knees by way of its Golden Oldies Music. As commoners and blue-bloods, the young and the elderly, reminisce and move to their favorite tunes from the past, deadly action is programmed to occur in chosen targeted areas. Armed with only their savvy, affection for each, and love of their country, they fight to disarm the devlish plan.

Title: Atlantis

Logline: Myth... Legend... Swallowed by the Earth, Forgotten to History, and now the greatest tale never told... will be. Atlantis!

Synopsis: Worshippers of the thirteen Crystal Skulls of the Ancients, the great civilization of Atlantis was highly advanced in all fields of study; reaching across the sea to other civilizations including the people known as, The Pangeans. Civilizations enjoying a time of great peace, but peace is fragile. Cade is a young man with adventure in his heart and a destiny still unknown to him. Returning from Pangaea, the Queen falls ill; angering the ruler of Atlantis, King Pharaoh. Syn, the King's most trusted advisor, kills the man who returned the Queen; a Pangean Prince, triggering the Pangeans to declare war. Cade and his friend, Tyson witness Syn fire the first shot against the Pangeans, a mighty laser created by using only seven crystal skulls. Hearing of Syn's nefarious plot to overthrow the King; uniting all thirteen skulls to attack the Pangeans, and then turning them on King Pharaoh. Cade and Tyson must recruit help to steal the skulls, and save the only home they know, Atlantis!