Submission Samples from the Family Genre

Title: Christmas at Harvest Moon

Logline: A gated, over-ruled, no children allowed, over 55 retirement village comes to life when residents try to hide two small children for the Christmas holiday.

Synopsis: Everything in Jim and Patty Reilly's retired life was mundanely ritualistic until they found themselves sitting at a lawyers office just weeks before Christmas. They knew Jim's father was happy at the "Happy Moments" nursing home until his passing a few years earlier at age 80. No one really knew how happy until they were handed an ipad to watch two small children. It took a moment for Jim to understand he had a 5 year old half brother Jimmy, and a 4 year old half sister Gracy. The children had been living in foster homes since their mother passed away. Jim and Patty decide they have no choice but to take the children home with them for the holidays. Home to an over 55 only retirement community. If they take the kids they will have to move out of their home. They need to decide if they want to be brother/daddy and sister-in-law/mommy. While deciding, community rules are broken by residents who want to be around the kids for Christmas without the Board finding out.

Title: A Christmas Letter

Logline: A poignant Christmas story about one mother's life-changing decision and her daughter's struggle to forgive her.

Synopsis: Beth pulled out boxes of Christmas decorations and sorted through a variety of things as she hunted for the tree ornaments. She found a box that she didn't recall seeing before. She opened it to find a yellowed, dingy envelope. "I wonder what this is?" she said to the empty room. Immediately, she recognized her mother's looping script. Beth sucked in a deep breath. She hadn't seen her mother for ten years. She'd been angry at her mother for leaving their family to pursue her acting career, and Beth had never forgiven her. Her hands trembled as she pulled out the piece of notepaper and unfolded it. Her mouth went dry as she read the words This is a letter that will change her relationship with her mother drastically.Beth has no idea how much her life will change and the transformation she will experience.

Title: She's Mine

Logline: Two best friends turn to rivals when they both fall for the new girl at their middle school.

Synopsis: She's Mine is a coming-of-age film about two friends who learn the hard way that pals always come before gals. Best friends since Kindergarten, TREVOR and DYLAN, both 13, attend the same middle school. Dylan is a popular athlete who hates the obnoxious attention he gets from girls, and Trevor is a science-nerd who envies Dylan's luck with girls. Despite their differences these guys need each other and keep each other out of pre-destined cliques. On the first day of 8th grade they both fall for the amazing new girl, BETH. Initially trying to remain just friends with her, they compete for her attention at the back to school dance resulting in deep-rooted jealousies coming to the surface. The night ends with both boys beginning a quest to make Beth their girlfriend. Things get wildly out of control and the boys find themselves worse off without each other. When neither will back down, their friendship seems doomed unless they learn a lesson or two along the way.

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: 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: Birds of a Feather

Logline: Having a passion for the environment, a bodybuilder who thinks his marriage is perfect has to make a choice between loyalty to his wife or loyalty to their two children.

Synopsis: Leonard Henderson thinks that he has the perfect marriage. After marrying somebody with an undiagnosed mental illness, he is unprepared to deal with the realities that the person that he made a vow to for life has a personality disorder that makes her self-centered, egotistical, abusive, and exploitive of Leonard and their two children. Using the children as a pawn to get what she wants both monetarily and emotionally, it would appear that the wife in this story would get full custody of their two children on the basis that she is a stay at home mom with the father in this story working full time. However, she makes a stupid decision and crosses the line by putting the welfare of the two children in danger. The father ends up with full custody of his two children and the father and the two children move on to much better times.

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: Ground Effects

Logline: Log Line: Six teenage friends compete against each other in a grand prix racing series.

Synopsis: Not many American born pilots (drivers) are given the opportunity to get a drive in Formula One. Brandon Wells and Paulo Gilberto are two who were destined to be there. They along with their good friends, Pierre Dumas, Marc Gagne, Jason Chang and Juan Sanchez are looking to make their dream a reality. Our young pilots are cautious, intelligent, dedicated, and courageous. The intense competition takes their time, energy, and patience. But never their friendship. This story was written for the families that sacrifice so much for their children's happiness. Registered with WGAE

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: The Kingdom of Shanti: Twin Curse

Logline: The evil Sorcerer bares the same curse as the teenage girls who must defeat him and his mystical creatures while they save the Kingdom by finding their own magic without succumbing to the Twin Curse.

Synopsis: The twins learn that their enemies live when a kidnapping separates them on their 17th birthday. Their identities switched, and the wrong girl taken the secret begins to unravel. Through dreams, the sisters find each other and a rescue takes place. Then the real battle begins as strange powers rise within each and the destiny of the Twin Curse reveals itself. The Kingdom of Shanti has been called "highly imaginative and original work" by Producer Lee Levinson. There is a sequel in the works and a book on this film. Ranelle has completed various children's books, screenplays, freelance poetry and musical lyrics. Ranelle has produced and directed numerous theatrical productions. Her debut screenplay "Saying Goodbye to Joy" or "The Killing of Joy" inspired by a real-life story of a family member was called "heart wrenching" by a Producer. Ranelle truly loves her craft.