Submission Samples from the Coming of Age Genre

Title: CELEBRATION DAY

Logline: "Dazed and Confused" meets "American Beauty." Teenage mayhem and delusion ensue when four best friends organize (or disorganize) their first big blowout. Based on actual events.

Synopsis: What happens when a group of close teenage friends get together, during their height of experimentation in the early 90's, to throw a Spring Break blowout? Braden Larkin's parents have gone skiing, the house is all theirs, and the boys have to figure out how to avoid getting arrested, social humiliation, a blood-thirsty alligator, and bad acid trips, in order to reach the elite social status they desire. Juxtaposed with overly concerned parents, and overly conservative neighbors set to early 90's grunge and classic rock, Celebration Day sheds light on parent-teen, and authority-teen relationships in a hilarious and strangely poignant way.

Title: Justus

Logline: When the reigning social queen of an affluent suburban high school falls in love with a Harley-riding Bad Boy, a dark secret from his past threatens to tear them apart.

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Tracey Davis has it all. She's beautiful, rich, the reigning social queen of her high school, dating the quarterback -- but she wants none of it. Discontent with her predictably boring, pre-planned future she wants something different. She gets it in the form of a Harley-riding Bad Boy named Justus Holloway. A recent transplant from out of state, his secretive and enigmatic nature intrigues Tracey, drawing her out of her routine life and into his rebellious world. The more she tries to fight it the more his surprising charm and depth of character begins to win her heart. As Tracey's feelings for Justus take her places she's never been, she discovers that Justus has a dark secret -- one that will change both of their lives forever.

Title: Terror at Skull Manor

Logline: Terror at Skull Manor is a coming-of-age story about a group of young actors working at a year-round haunted house in downtown Orlando in the mid-late 1990's.

Synopsis: Terror at Skull Manor is a coming-of-age story about Heather and her co-workers, who work as actors in a year-round haunted attraction in mid-to-late 1990's downtown Orlando. The story is loosely based on actual, reported, perceived, and rumored events from three former and seasonal haunted attractions. What seems like just a fun, odd job for our main character, Heather, as well as the other aspiring actors, makeup artists, and just regular goth kids, becomes a transforming experience for all of them. Rivalries and unrequited love drive the story while we get an insiders view of what it's like to be the ones who get to scare grown adults on a daily basis and get paid for it. Dodging live rats, cleaning up urine, and frightening customers nearly-to-death is business-as-usual. For this group of young people getting hired here was only the beginning...

Title: The East Side Boys

Logline: Beatle mania has taken over the world, and fourteen year old Mickey wants to play guitar in a rock band.

Synopsis: It's 1965, and Mickey lives on the East Side of a small upstate New York mill town. With the help of a mystical old man who becomes his guitar teacher, Mickey forms The East Side Boys, and they enter a battle of the bands contest. Mickey's English teacher, Mr. Belmont, makes literature come alive, and Mickey begins to write the story of The East Side Boys. It is the beginning of a life's journey that continues thirty-eight years later when Mickey finds his journal in the basement of his childhood home. He begins writing again, trying to resolve the past and where it has taken him.

Title: Lesson Learned

Logline: Mason thought he learned his lesson when his sweetheart left him. Years later, someone catches his eye and he is stuck in the same situation all over again. Did Mason actually learn his lesson?

Synopsis: Mason had one high school sweetheart who dumped him a few days after the junior prom and swore he would never allow anyone to break his heart again. Damien, on the other hand, fell in love on his first try and has a love life you can only find in romantic films. Lesson Learned chronicles the lives of the two men who seemingly are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to love. Under the suggestion of Mason's friend, he visits a local coffeehouse only to have Damien take his breath away. The two eventually get to talking and Mason falls for Damien. However, like any "Hollywood" film, there's a catch. Damien is already in a successful relationship. Will Mason try to try to break Damien out of his relationship, leave Damien alone, or answer to his friend's unrequited love? Plus, while at opposite ends, what is the one connection between these two men?

Title: Invisible Girl

Logline: Seventeen year old girl faces several obstacles that will challenge her decision to go away to college.

Synopsis: Laura is facing her last year of high school deciding whether she should stay or go away to college. Laura's mother faces problems with her marriage and her undiagnosed schizophrenic brother. Laura's schizophrenic uncle kills his wife before committing suicide and Laura's mom wants Laura and her sisters to comfort their cousin, Sandra. Laura's mom only concern is that Sandra is staying with her mom's side of the family which can project resentment towards the girls. This fear stems from Laura's mom's guilt of avoiding her sisters-in-law's cry for help days before the tragedy. Laura does not think that Sandra's family is any harm until she enters a relationship with one of Sandra's cousins, who ends up being abusive. Laura gets pregnant and must decide whether she will keep the baby. Her uncle's murder and suicide makes her realize that she can control her own life and that she must make a decision that will change or start her life.

Title: The Man Who Threw His Ears

Logline: The things that define you are sometimes the things you must throw away.

Synopsis: Born with a facial deformity and without ears, a young man takes the journey from being a teased and bullied youth to finding himself and finding the love of his life. Ben Nix is tormented from memories of being bullied and teased about his lack of ears in his youth, and due to those memories and anxieties about his looks, undergoes plastic surgery to not only gain prosthetic ears, but also to fix other facial deformities. In the process; however, he feels like he has lost his original self and has difficulty explaining to his new college friends the past that he had thought he never wanted to remember. The man in front of them is not who he really is. Ben finds himself, and in the process, realizes that he never needed his ears in the first place.

Title: Further Down The Trail

Logline: A musical journey through the heart of America.

Synopsis: Morgan Coe, a 21 year old musician who decides to walk from Virginia to California. During his trip he encounters a wide variety of characters and musicians. Each encounter leads to an oppurtunity for Morgan to rise above his fears and embrace his past. All the while putting aside his own goals to help others regain their hope. This script covers some of the questions that surround today's social climate. There are some musical numbers, each are contemporary and fitting to the setting. I feel that this script can speak to a wide range of audiences. Through self discovery and the passion music evokes in us.

Title: Firefly Catcher

Logline: World War II. Don is wounded. In the triage at the field hospital, his wounds are judged fatal and he is laid aside to die. While waiting for help that won't be coming, he relives a day of his youth

Synopsis: Belgium, Dec. 1944. Wounded in combat and waiting treatment, Don relives a summer day of his youth. Thirteen and a rascal, Don awakens at his grandmother's farm. Releases a jar of fireflies flashing their light. Off to town. Along the way, flirts with pretty Thelma. Sees the wind blowing around her. Rescues a girl from roughnecks. Gets a kiss and feels her titties as reward. Comes upon two bootleggers wanted for murder. Escapes. In town, fights the River Rats Gang. Helps a Federal lawman catch the murders. In the night walks Thelma home. persuades her to feel his prick. He ejaculates. She calls him a nasty boy. They kiss and laugh for sex is great fun. Stops at the family cemetery and talks to his dead grandfather, saying he likes pretty girls with sweet lips and soft titties. And that he is taking good care of grandmother. Back at the army hospital, the surgeons find Don still alive and treat him. Last. Don walking toward Thelma. Don't we see the wind blowing around her.

Title: Framers

Logline: A teen, sick of his mayor, decides he needs to remove him from office. He attempts to do this by doing crimes and framing the mayor for it. He is aided by his sarcastic friends.

Synopsis: Craig has it out for the mayor of his moderately-sized suburban city. Craig is sick and tired of his mayor's political double speak. With the help of his smart-ass friends who have plans of their own, he plans to frame his mayor of a crime. He hopes that this will make him resign. They must contend with the mayor's protection who would give their lives to save him. I have submitted this screenplay to the Scriptapalooza Feature Screenplay Competition. At the writing of this query, it was not selected for the quarterfinals. As this is one of my first screenplays I have not had much experience with competitions. I have registered it with the Writer's Guild of America West. The registration number is 1293843.