Submission Samples from the Family Genre

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: 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: 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: 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: Brooklyn Science

Logline: When a global warming catastrophe threatens the fate of mankind, Jonas Chalk, a pharmacist and wannabe scientist, must convince world leaders that his miracle cures can save the world.

Synopsis: Jonas Chalk, a pharmacist and wannabe scientist, must convince world leaders that his miracle cures, made from simple, over-the-counter medications, are capable of reversing an extreme global warming disaster that threatens the fate of mankind.

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: 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: LET ME PLAY

Logline: Eight year old Kathern has the mind of a genius and the heart of a little girl. She is forced to study all the time but wants to play outside and make friends before her childhood runs out.

Synopsis: When Kathern's parents drop her off at summer prep school, she sees the opportunity to escape with a doll and a map to her estranged aunt's home. Kathern's anti-social aunt never had contact with her niece before this. She understands the girl's need to play, but has no idea what it takes to find friends and playmates. With the help from a roommate, the house becomes filled with kids who don't know how to interact because they have spent their lives hidden behind electronics. In the process, the kids come with meddling parents, social events, and nosy neighbors. The kids learn to dream and play while the adults remember what it is like to be a kid again. True friendships are made that will change the course of many lives.

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: 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.