Submission Samples from the Coming of Age Genre

Title: The Rings of Misfortune

Logline: Is he homosexual or not? Back home, it seemed that way. Even heroic action with the Marines in World War ll may not clear his name.

Synopsis: Eighteen year old Jack Scott, the most outstanding young man in a small town, has to confront problems with his sexual orientation. At the end of the war, he suffers from severe Battle Fatigue ( a story not previously filmed in any detail). A friendly psychiatrist and a corpsman are confused by his inability to recover in the usual manner until a sinister comrade appears. The story conveys sociological and psychological opinions that apply to military men in similar situations, even, today. Eroticism is at a minimum, but much of the the story is filled with action scenes of flying, white-water canoeing, military training, combat, and much more.

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: 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: I Promise Not To Tell

Logline: It is 1964 and a twenty-six-year old Catholic woman and sixteen year old girl desperately fight to love one another.

Synopsis: This is a story that has never been told. It is a feature length drama about the secretive, complicated, and forbidden love affair between a sixteen year- old girl and her twenty-six year old female lover. Inspiring, passionate, and complex, this 1964 love story is guaranteed to generate controversy and stimulate important questions for both gay and straight audiences. Three versions of this drama are available. More in line with The Reader, the first version tells the story of three pivotal episodes in the life of Reed, a 55 year-old woman, who has never quite recovered from the complications associated with this early relationship. The second version tells the story from the perspective of Reed as a young 20 year old who is struggling with her sexuality and trying to go forward in her life. Each of these versions include in retrospect (flashbacks), the story of Reed and Cara. The last version focuses exclusively on Reed and Cara, their love and all that creates in their lives.

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: 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.

Title: The GoalTender

Logline: A young hockey goalie struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a dysfunctional family life, unearths a horror far worse when he discovers a subterranean paradise to call his own.

Synopsis: 14-year-old Matthew Skalicky is a goaltender in the late '70s...a magical time of music, girls, and hockey...who struggles with teen life, an alcoholic father at home, and anxiety disorder. Obsessed with perfection, Matthew can't stand to lose, whether it's on the ice or in the confines of his own mind. Troubling thoughts plague him, compelling him to repeat things over and over; but like any good goalie, he tries to shut them out any way he can... One day while out wandering, he discovers a system of caves which lead him to an idyllic underground world, where he meets the girl of his dreams and her loving family. The marvels he finds there give Matthew renewed vigor, allowing him to excel in net and take his team to the league championship. But the tunnels conceal a horrible menace, waiting to explode from the earth and destroy his entire world. The GoalTender is a coming-of-age tale told with humor and fantasy and steeped in both the hockey and pop culture of the 1970s.

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: 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.