Submission Samples from the Family Genre

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: I'm Broken!

Logline: Henry Pepperknopf, hospital maintenance man, content, quiet, nearly crippled, ready to retire is befriended by an eight year old patient, Bailey. who shatters his world with a request. Will you fix me

Synopsis: Henry Pepperknopf is befriended by a orphaned hospital patient, eight year old Bailey, who is terminally ill. Henry begins to read to her and gifts her with one of his favorite books. The Little Princess. He reads to her every evening and is suddenly let go by a sinister boss that did not care for him. Furthermore, he is banned from the hospital. Henry makes it his final mission to see Bailey one last time so he spends a week writing a book for her. He sneaks into the hospital to give it to her only to find out that she is on life support. Henry begins to read at her at her bedside and they discover, that together, they can do anything. One adventure after another binds them as a father and a daughter. Then they both have to fight their final battle. At the moment all seems lost, Henry's past is revealed and Bailey learns that he once had a daughter much like her. She even gets to meet her. The hospital lets Henry adopt Bailey with a warm heartfelt ending.

Title: FAMILY MOVES

Logline: Life is a road. Drive it. Caution: Enjoy sudden turns.

Synopsis: A positive-thinking, 30-something couple faces a modern America and a final mortgage payment about to bounce. Out of options, the two decide resolutely over a messy pancake breakfast that they have to move across the country for a job opportunity in a distant Los Angeles. Our parental heroes are convinced this move is right, but the real work comes in wrangling their independent 14-year-old daughter who lives a double life that just keeps getting more bizarre; while, avoiding the aggressiveness of their overgrown 11-year-old son whose sudden menacing presence forces his father to try and bond with the boy in an attempt to survive the weeklong trip; made more difficult by the sprite-hearted roaming grandmother; and getting them All to the other side of the country in 2 two-seater moving vans, leaving the teenage heroin to battle on the floor and hold a tiny obsessive dog, who often "gets away". Families are funny...in a real kinda way.

Title: Cher Saved My Wedding

Logline: A young man gets in over his head when he marries into a traditional Armenian family.

Synopsis: Brian Culverson agrees to a traditional Armenian wedding only if it is a small, private, family affair. All the wedding plans quickly snowball out of control when the entire Armenian community of Southern California invites itself to the wedding of the girl who was once the Queen of the Tournament of Roses ...including Cher who wants to sing at the wedding.

Title: GOLDENDALE

Logline: A powerless sorcerer learns from a lonely little boy how to believe in his own abilities to make magic out of the ordinary and uses it to defeat an evil being bent on ruling the world.

Synopsis: Sometimes the only way to understand the true nature of power is to lose it completely. Through his own self-serving actions GOLDENDALE, a sorcerer from SkyWorld, causes a powerful magic wand to fall into the hands of an evil being. The Grand Council strips him of the supernatural and casts him down to EarthWorld where he struggles to survive and retrieve the wand. He encounters a lonely boy and his mother. His harshest lesson comes when he learns how his selfish actions dramatically altered their lives. (Registered WGAw)

Title: The Man Maker

Logline: A mysterious woman moves into an apartment building and changes the lives of two men and a young boys life forever.

Synopsis: Angela, arrives in the ghetto of Chicago. Mysteriously and unknown by any one in the neighborhood, she moves into an apartment building that brings her across the path of a newlywed couple, a grandmother and her granson, and a married man with five kids. As though on a mission from God she begins to impact the lives of these three men in a subtle way. She helps put these men on the right path to fulfill their purpose and reach their destiny in life. There is much opposition in carrying out her assignment, but Angela lets nothing keep her from completing her mission. Her only reward is to see these men succeed in life. The Man Maker recived an honorable mentioning award at the 75th Writers Digest Writing Competition. wga#I36388

Title: Princess For A Day

Logline: A deserving girl wins a date with a prince. WGA#1188457 WGA#1152946

Synopsis: Jenny was a high achiever whose life was the picture of suburban bliss until age 15, when it was shattered by her father's untimely death. By 18, she remain quite accomplished as a 4.0 student whose academic achievements were exceeded only by her status on the tennis courts. She was on the fast track for a Stanford scholarship. Jenny went about her daily activities with seriousness, and in isolation, never noticing she had forgotten how to have fun. Then, a magazine contest arrived in the mail. One lucky girl would become "Princess For A Day." Jenny dismissed the contest as a product of adolescent fantasy. Yet, her mother knew it was exactly what Jenny needed. The contest would serve as a catalyst, instigating a chain reaction of events that would reunite old friends, and break Jenny out of her shell. This story is about more than winning a contest. It is about dreams, hopes, and two girls who learn about themselves, one another, and the true meaning of friendship.

Title: Alabama Memories

Logline: J.D., now in his mid-fifties, returns to the small farm in rural Alabama where he grew up and recalls the events of 1965-66 - his senior year of high school.

Synopsis: Quite, strong, and reserved, 17 year old J.D. plays football and becomes president of the senior class. J.D. spends his spare time watching drag races with Wilson and Big John, two friends from a neighboring town. J.D. makes an appearance at the junior-senior prom - but he goes alone because Rebecca, his girl friend, accepted a blind date arranged by Joseph, his best friend. He leaves the prom early, but in separate incidences that same night he is shot at and attempts to elude the Alabama Highway Patrol in his 55 Chevy. J.D later endures his most embarrassing moment when a lighted candle burns his speakers' notes as he stands before a large group of peers. And as graduation approaches, J.D. and Joseph face possible expulsion for a stunt they pull during play rehearsal. Alabama Memories echoes the music, cars and theme of American Graffiti in a different setting. This script, set against a backdrop of hard work on a small farm and the Viet Nam War, was inspired by actual events.

Title: Peanut Butter Christmas

Logline: No one will ever forget the Christmas it was all about the peanut butter.

Synopsis: Friday Dec 24. Employees of Parthie's Peanut Butter factory await their usual yearly bonus. Retiring founder, William Parthie, feels his employees have lost their spirit. VP, E. Finch, pushed a merger on Parthie with the help of his lackeys, Frank, Judith and Tiddwell. Parthie informs the workers that their bonus is a jar of Parthie's Peanut Butter. Workers aren't happy. Many throw or give their jars away and some accept it in the spirit with which it is given. Finch gives his and his minion's peanut butter to a destitute man intentionally mocking him with this insincere gesture. On the 26th Parthie announces that the bonuses were in the peanut butter in the form of certificates that can be redeemed at the bank no questions asked. Those who threw their jars away search in vain. Finch, Judith, Frank and Tiddwell search the city for the bum with their jars. Whether by fate or by design, everyone gets what they deserve.

Title: Apps

Logline: A dysfunctional family trapped in the Apps store learns to love again.

Synopsis: James has a crappy life. He's bullied in school, rejected by the girl of his dreams and to make his life really complete, has to take care of his younger sister. His parents should never have had kids and do their best to prove the point by never being around. James finds he can escape into the App store on his phone and have fantastic fun and adventures. The perfect escape especially because Ella, the beautiful girl he meets in the App store, has the hots for him. He decides to stay in the App store. Why not? The why not becomes apparent when Ella reveals her evil side, trapping James and his family in apps that will certainly kill them. Will James save himself and his family or die in the App world? Who is Ella and why does she need to kill them? Wouldn't you like to know?