Submission Samples from the Family Genre

Title: Shipwreck

Logline: Led onto an un-seaworthy boat driven by a severe-weather-crazed captain, five young boys find out what it takes to survive the elements and hopelessness of a deserted island.

Synopsis: One decision can make all the difference. That's what five young boys found out when they chose not to stand up to the self-proclaimed alpha male of the group, John Howard. John had gotten away with his bullying for the entire two-week camp expedition, and mild-mannered Miguel Landon had had enough. But when Miguel found himself standing on the dock with his friends, all of them prepared to reunite with their families, he chose to steer clear of confrontation. That decision prompted the group to follow John onto an un-seaworthy cargo boat driven by a severe-weather-crazed captain with no regard for staying on course...a decision that would change their lives forever. Near-death experiences and the hopelessness of an empty horizon would force the boys to work together to survive the elements as a group, while simultaneously dealing with their own private secrets and past wounds.

Title: His Mine

Logline: A fantastic emerald inspires struggle, relationships and social breakthroughs among a handsome gemologist, a ravishing female mine owner, oppressed workers and others during Carnaval in Bahia, Brazil.

Synopsis: NY gemologist NIELSON goes to Bahia for the opening of his brother LEANDRO's photography exhibit & to survey local mines for a new gem to revive his career. He and ruthless mine owner ROBERTO discover a huge, dazzling emerald right before a mine tunnel collapses around it, killing Roberto. During the ensuing chaos, rebellious mine foreman GABRIEL runs off with the stone. He hides at Padre PAULO's church, claiming that the miners deserve it, to make up for their awful working conditions. Roberto's ambitious widow, RITA, gets the brothers to help find Gabriel & the stone. Nielson soon spots it in the church's gem-encrusted ceiling. In between Carnaval parties, Leandro & friends help Nielson extract it, but it turns out to be a decoy and Gabriel gets away with the real one. Finally, Paulo appeals to Rita's conscience and she yields, allowing Nielson's museum to buy the stone from Gabriel, who uses the proceeds to build a soccer stadium/safe haven for the miners' children.

Title: Shades of Bliss

Logline: When Santa loses his sunglasses, a jaded, narcissistic New York City divorced businessman finds them on Christmas. He sees the world through Santa's eyes and tries to reconcile with his kids.

Synopsis: After Santa delivers the wrong presents for some kids due to near-sightedness caused by manmade pollution, his elves create a pair of sunglasses for him. When his sleigh narrowly avoids a jetliner, Santa loses them. The sunglasses are found by a jaded, narcissistic New York City divorced businessman Owen Castor who has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Estranged from his family and friends and going through the motions again this holiday, Owen finds the glasses and sees charity and love all around him. He vows to repair all of his broken relationships, especially with his 13-year-old son Billy and 16-year-old daughter Delfina. But Owen's kids doubt his sincerity and his initial attempts at reconciliation fall flat. Meanwhile, Santa's elves track down the sunglasses and want them returned to Santa, but Owen refuses unless they agree to use their magic to help him regain the love and trust of his kids.

Title: Play Dead

Logline: A butler's servitude is put to the test when the family fortune is given to the family dog.

Synopsis: Butler James James and the James family have always served others and he takes great pride in that. Abigail Hunter is a mean old matriarch who feels that others are out for her loot so she devises a scheme to test loyalties. After she "dies" it is determined that she has willed everything to her dog Shama and has appointed James to be the executor. Her three adult children and others promptly set out to put an end to Shama. James' loyalty is put to the test and he enlists his teen son JJ to help out. James and JJ do their best to keep Shama alive, but fail...or so it seems. All hell brakes loose when Shama is lost at sea and Abigail gets what she was after - evidence that she was surrounded by rats. Shama returns and James and JJ learn that they have been part of a sadistic play...play dead. Abigail informs James that he passed her test and can continue to be his servant, but James decides to stop being the dog. When he stands up to Abigail she strokes and he gets his reward.

Title: PARADISE

Logline: A heartwarming family drama with rich characters about a man overcoming himself and his environment, transforming his selfish, commercialized view of Hawaii and helping to create prosperity for all.

Synopsis: The hero's new real estate development proposal is defeated. His son has a fight with a Hawaiian kid at school. And we find that his own reputation within the community blocks all further progress. Inspired by a local Hawaiian woman, he sees a different possible path to success. Repackaging his ideas with the buzzwords of our day--wellness, sustainability, eco-tourism--he presents them anew to the community. And he suffers another crushing defeat of his proposal. He has missed the lesson. There is much more to the Hawaiian healing culture than he can see from the surface. Only his son's "miraculous" cure from juvenile diabetes opens his eyes to the genuine power of the island and its people. With eyes newly open, the protagonist at last begins making his genuine connection. And he discovers that he can truly empower his community in a whole new way...if only they will accept it! Packed with roles for native Hawaiians, other minorities, women, children and the elderly.

Title: Changing the World

Logline: A quarter, a nickel, and a penny's purpose is to change their owner's life before being given to another. The smallest change can do wonders, and money does solve problems, but in their own way.

Synopsis: Changing the World is a story about three coins who are given as change to different people in each adventure: a nickel named Nick; a penny named Penny; and a quarter named Chuck. Each story begins with these three coins in a new situation, such as being handed as change to an elderly woman at a checkout stand; given to a troubled youth passing through a toll booth; found by a homeless person; or as part of an allowance to a shy boy who is being picked on at school. Nick, Penny and Chuck never know how each day will begin or end, who their new owner will be, or what other money characters they will encounter along their journies in the money world and the rules that money must live by. However, at the end of each story, the three coins will have changed the world of their owner for the better, obtain a new owner, and a new story will begin.

Title: Marry me.Gameshow.

Logline: People seek the right person to marry in different ways like matchmaking programs. There are alot of matchmaking programs,but there is none for only "seniors".

Synopsis: The contestants will be 55 who seek love again.They will apply for being a contestant. They will be invited to the show after their background check is done. Additionally,at least two references (possibly their children), who will be called during his/her turn for appearance on the show, will be required. Basically,the host will make each contestant introduce themselves,talk about their life and the qualities of the person he/she is looking for. The audience in the studio who are the other contestants will listen and offer to get to know each other if they like the person who is talking there. At this point, people who are watching the show in their houses can call in and ask for getting invited to the show to meet that person. When there is a good match,they will get together in the studio,and we will watch their conversation.If the first person likes and wants to know about the one who has been invited,she/he will anounce it.Otherwise,they will be seated in the audience.

Title: Pond Puckster

Logline: A spoiled city youth hockey star must leave his home and spend a winter with cousins on a rural Maine farm, where the only hockey is played on a pond.

Synopsis: Ten year-old Jason lives for hockey and has everything that a young star could ever want - the best equipment that money can buy, and a spot on the prestigious Junior Terriers. But months after the death of his father, Jason's dream season crashes to a halt when his mother tells him that they have no more money. Forced out of their wealthy suburban Boston home, Jason must move in with his stoic Uncle John, his wise and loving (and heavy) Aunt Susan, and his six rough-and-tumble cousins in northern Maine. The older boys scare Jason, working in the potato fields is awful, and being fifty miles from the nearest indoor rink, Jason can't even play organized hockey! The screenplay follows Jason through his winter in Glenville, where the only hockey is played on a pond. It chronicles the joys, sorrows, excitement and fun of that "most important time" of Jason's life. We see a young Acadian boy raised far from his roots learn more about family, life and hockey than he had ever dreamed.

Title: The Guardian of Secrets

Logline: A gripping historical family saga spanning four generations in, love, murder, betrayal and war.

Synopsis: A historical family saga spanning four generations, from 1912, Kent, England, to Spain and its 1936-39 civil war. Celia and Ernesto's two sons march under opposing banners, whilst their daughters take different paths, one to the Catholic Church and the other, following her heart onto to the battlefields. In the shadow of war, an evil figure from the past watches and waits for an opportunity to destroy the entire family. In exile, Celia and Ernesto can only wait and pray for their children and their safe return home... This is a fast paced story in, which the protagonists not only have to survive their own challenges but also a war, where the hand of evil sits not only with bombs and bullets but also with a man whose only mission in life is to take his revenge, no matter the cost.

Title: LadyBug Girl

Logline: A 12 year old girl is given superpowers by ladybugs. She foils evil doers, resolves a world crisis, etc. At middle age, she renounces her special powers, but is successful in real life.

Synopsis: Writers Guild of America East Screenplay Registration #122240. It is summer in an American countryside when preteen MANDY receives special powers from ladybugs. She experiences a series of dangerous episodes she helps resolve. As a young adult, she is a member of a local rescue squad. MANDY is then hired to solve a major natural catastrophe. At mid-age, she decides to give up her superpowers, and senses her innate womanly powers. She marries, & has children. Due to her combined successful adventures, she is appointed special international diplomat for the United Nations. * Five original song lyrics move along this family based entertainment.