Submission Samples from the Adventure Genre

Title: The Odyssey

Logline: Odysseus and his men overcome monsters, temptresses, and the wrath of an angry god to return home.

Synopsis: After Odysseus blinds the cyclops, Poseidon becomes bent on keeping him and his men from ever returning from Troy. The crew is propelled out over the seas, encountering dangers such as the song of the sirens, the beautiful witch (Circe), and the undead at the edge of the world. Only a few loyal comrades and the goddess, Athena, stand by Odysseus' side. Meanwhile, a rowdy group of suitors plague his house. They demand that his wife, Penelope, take one of them and marry him in Odysseus' place. The suitors plot to murder his son, Telemachus, who journeys abroad for news of his father's fate. During the course of his journey, and against his will, he becomes his father's son. He returns in time to reunite with Odysseus after 17 years and bring the suitors' stay to a permanent end. The Odyssey is one of the greatest tales ever told. It's a story that we can all relate to, because, sooner or later, everybody wants to go home. It's about never giving up.

Title: The Destroyer

Logline: A feeble mental patient learns that he alone has the power to stop the antichrist from enacting the apocalypse, but to realize his true potential he must first overcome his crippling self doubt.

Synopsis: The world looms closer to absolute destruction with each passing day. The antichrist has taken the form of a powerful oil company CEO and covertly plays puppet master over the leaders of various warring nations as he secretly sets the stage for his coming apocalypse. Meanwhile, an aged prophet recues a young mental patient from an insane asylum and teaches him that what are perceived as symptoms of his disorder are actually unharnessed supernatural abilities and that he is the only one on earth with the power to stop the antichrist and save the human race. However, his inability to believe in himself continually prevents him from realizing his true potential and with every passing second the apocalypse becomes increasingly inevitable. It is only with the help of a serendipitous love interest that he is finally able to break the bonds of his self-imposed doubt and not only save the world but usher in a new golden age for mankind.

Title: One Day Too Late

Logline: A storm puts two couples relationships in jeopardy as it separates them from each other. One pair must move on with their life, while the other must struggle for survival on an uninhabited island.

Synopsis: Anthony, an overworked owner of an Italian delicatessen is told he needs a vacation. His wife, best friend Frank, and fiance convince him to plan a romantic getaway to Barbados. While out to sea a storm unexpectedly rolls in. During the chaos Anthony gets separated from his wife and Frank from his fiance. Shaken Frank and Jenna make it to the safety of the island. Anthony and Virginia are lost out to sea. Days after the storm, Anthony and Virginia are pronounced dead. Frank and Jenna move on with their lives. Anthony and Virginia make it to a small island; a graveyard for sunken yachts. There are ominous signs of piracy that foreshadow danger in the future. They adjust to the joys of island life, while preparing for the pirates' return. Over time, they form an unbreakable bond. Back in New York, Frank and Jenna have a sexual encounter. On the island, Anthony and Virginia fight the marauding pirates and make it home. In the end, both couples express their new feelings to each other.

Title: Long Way from Texas

Logline: Three on-the-run Filipino teenagers embark on a hair-raising cross country road trip to pursue their dreams of becoming professional musicians in this gritty adventure comedy.

Synopsis: My screenplay, "Long Way from Texas" is an emotionally compelling coming-of-age adventure that combines the humor and pathos of "Slumdog Millionaire" with the kinetic gravity of "Bonnie and Clyde". When three teenage musicians unwittingly commit a vicious assault they must flee their rural Philippine village. Traveling in a souped-up pedicab, their journey carries them from the rice terraces of Luzon's mountains to a music competition on the paradise island of Bohol. From rigging cockfighting competitions to petty theft to impersonating nuns to hair-raising chases, they fall into one predicament after another as they flee a vengeful and psychotic stepfather. Exotic setting and high concept story provide "Long Way from Texas" strong international appeal on a small budget. Please visit http://www.afarawaylifemovie.com for a promotional presentation of a previous (undistributed) narrative feature than I wrote, produced and directed in the Philippines in 2008-2009.

Title: The Rose of the Winds

Logline: A young traveler in Old Mexico is awakened by local police on Ash Wednesday to find that he is a suspect in a rape that occurred the night before.

Synopsis: Jake Burgundy is a young American traveler enjoying Carnival season on a Caribbean island resort just off the coast of Mexico. That is until he is hauled in by the local police and accused of a rape because he closely resembles the perpetrator. Jake is cleared of the crime, but still ends up as a key figure in a manhunt that traverses several Latin American countries, some of which are in the throes of revolutionary fever. Working with Jake is Francis LaRue, a French archaeology buff and militiaman. Together, they track the wanted man across some of Central America's poorest and most spectacular places.

Title: Galaxy Scouts - Ready For Anything

Logline: In 2509, five boys and three girls travel through space to a Scout Jamboree. Waylaid by pirates, the scouts escape, landing on a planet chased by pirates. By their wits, they learn how to prevail.

Synopsis: Ben (15) takes command over seven other Scouts after their adult leader is killed helping them escape a pirate attack. Ben manages their few resources with the skills of the Scouts to set traps and kill the pirates who pursue them as they trek through the wilderness of a lost planet in search of help. One of the Scouts, Peter (14), has a shameful secret which may betray the Scouts when they are most counting on him. The Scouts make spears for defense and seek food as wild animals create problems for the scouts as well. As the Scouts are about to find civilization and help, the last pirate intercepts them. In a final showdown, Ben is shot but Peter overcomes paralyzing fear and attacks the pirate with his spear, killing him. The Scouts are safe, but their heroic, inspiring leader is dying. They are stricken with grief after such a harrowing adventure. The young Scouts are all heroes who banded together and used their talents to prevail over great adversity.

Title: Evenflow

Logline: Two friends fight to save the river they love from destruction by developers.

Synopsis: David and Ben discover the sport of whitewater kayaking. They realize that it is more than a sport as they challenge themselves to think counter intuitively in order to master whitewater skills and learn to work and play in harmony with the river. They find new respect for the wonder and power of nature, and in their humility are able to love and be loved. They journey to Chile to paddle some of the most pristine rivers in the world, but instead witness the imminent damming of a river which will not only destroy the ecosystem, but also the way of life of the indigenous people. They take a stand and fight.

Title: Pandoria : The Destined Alliance

Logline: Five Friends. Two Worlds. One Destiny

Synopsis: The year is 21 Z... Kagero Onimaru, the last descendant to the Macabre Clan and master of the Macabre Flame was released from his five hundred year imprisonment in a tiny crystal. When a man is gunned down before his eyes, he found his purpose in this new world. "This is what the world has come to? Relying on metal and electricity to live?" . Unhappy, moreover unaccustomed to the developments the world had undergone, Kagero would return the world to the way he saw fit. In the present year, 1Z... The Legionnaires have been at battle with the Macabre Confederacy for liberation of the OUTSIDE WORLD. When a new batch of recruits enter into the ranks, A renowned strategist, a tech-savvy air pirate, a tough as nails mercenary, a powerful mystic-psychic and a young warrior born to a legendary family are drawn together. Through it all, they realize that their destines are for more than battle. They find that they have become a "Destined Alliance." for a far greater cause.

Title: RUNE SAGA

Logline: Based on true events two brothers lead a Viking voyage to America and leave their story carved in stone.

Synopsis: Norway... 1362. Nicholas, a Catholic friar, returns from religious studies in England to accompany his brother, Paul, on a voyage of discovery. Torn between his duty to the King and a growing love for a childhood sweetheart the handsome young man soon finds himself thrust to the far side of the world. Beyond any maps, Nicholas, Paul, and crew venture deep into wilderness, while a gathering menace of strange brown men, 'skraelings', shadows their expedition. In a desperate last stand the men fight a climactic battle in hope of returning to loved ones in their far-off home. An inscribed stone telling of such a journey was discovered in Minnesota in 1898.

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!