Submission Samples from the Family Genre

Title: The Christmas Tree War

Logline: Two childhood best-friends-turned-arch-enemies compete to have this year's White House Christmas Tree chosen from one of their farms. The war is on. Merry Christmas.

Synopsis: When Ben White took over his father's Christmas tree farm, he had only one drea,...to one day have a tree in the White House. With the White House about to announce him a winner, Ben's life is turned upside-down when his childhood best-friend-turned-arch-enemy, charismatic, hometown hero, Vince McClausky, returns home to the tree farm next door. Using his connections, Vince convinces the White House that choosing a tree from between the two farms would make a great Presidential photo opp, setting the stage for a monster competition between the two farms. Ben and Vince duke it out with outrageous tactics and absurd gimmicks including rampaging reindeer, full scale musical numbers and a no-holds-barred tree man competition that nearly destroys the town. Consumed by the competition, they alienate everyone they care about. Together, they must learn that the love of their families is all that really matter if they are to realize their dreams and rescue the spirit of Christmas.

Title: A Girl's Order

Logline: A 17 year old female, who experience life at a group home/high school.

Synopsis: After the death of Carry Shaw's mother, Shaw was adopted by the superiors of Central High Group Home, an all girl's school. There, Shaw meets friends & foes as she patiently waits for the day when shes old enough to live on her own.

Title: Running in Place

Logline: In the "Rocky Meets the Golden Girls" story, a 65-year old grandma runs a marathon for the first time.

Synopsis: JODY(65), moves to Cape Cod to live with her daughter, a D.J. at a local radio station, and finds herself swept up in WCCD's marathon fund raiser. With the help of a neglected mutt named Brewster, Jody inadvertently inspires a community-wide "Grandmas Do It Longer" contingency and finds herself training with the handsome, younger radio news guys and a group of 80-something marathoners.

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: Lucy in London

Logline: A talented 12-year-old American girl wins the role of "Annie" in a professional London production without her mother's knowledge and must survive until opening night to prove her talent to her mother.

Synopsis: Talented and spunky Lucy O'Malley dreams of a life of stardom to escape two executive-level working parents who are never home and a mean teenage sister fed up playing the mom role. While accompanying their mother to London on a business trip, Lucy convinces her sister and English step-cousin to pose as her parents so she can audition for the role of "Annie" in the West End production. The show opens in six days and the young starlet just walked out leaving the production team in disarray. Lucy wows them and wins the role. For six action-packed and hilarious days, Lucy learns the role, pretends her sister and cousin are her parents, evades her mother, deals with the cast and crew (some friendly, some not) all to get her one chance to prove her talent to her mother. In a suspenseful yet meaningful ending, Lucy gets what she wants, but similar to "Orphan Annie," not in the way she expected. Top 13 Finalist, 2009 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition.

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: 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: 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: Healing Butte

Logline: A boy uses his stuffed animal yak to broaden his conservative mother's perception of God.

Synopsis: In early 80's Vermont, second-grader TOMMY FARRINGTON and his stuffed yak BUTTE are inseparable. Tommy's religiously conservative mother, SARAH, considers his attachment babyish and wants to ween him from Butte. When Tommy's disturbed older brother brings tragedy to the family, Tommy uses his imagination, with Butte, to enlighten his mother and bring the family back together. "Healing Butte" was a finalist in Screenplay Festival 2005 sponsored by Inktip. (WGAw registered)

Title: Kemo

Logline: A young girl, AMY GREEN, loses both parents to cancer, then must struggle to find meaning in life when her canine best friend, KEMO, suffers the same fate.

Synopsis: Abandonded in the grassland of Southern Colorado, a young Husky pup is rescued by widower cowboy-trucker JACK GREEN. Jack takes the pup home and gives him to his only child AMY who falls in love with the pup from day one. They name him Kemo, short for Kemo Sabe as in the Lone Ranger. A few years later, Jack is diagnosed with cancer and, despite treatment, dies. With help from family and her canine best friend, Amy grows to adulthood. In his older years, Kemo develops cancer and his illness and treatment mirrors the battle Jack went through years earlier. Devastated by all the loss in her life, Amy struggles to find direction and meaning in her future.