Submission Samples from the Family Genre

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: 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: 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: PEPE and the TENDERFOOT

Logline: A tender touching & passionate story that can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages w/a possible rating of (G or PG). A respectful caring tale of relationships between animals & a loving sincere family.

Synopsis: A race winning thoroughbred stalion named Pepe is stolen, beaten, tortured and sold as a wild bronco to a rodeo, until he almost kills a cowboy. Resold, he continues being mistreated, he finally is rescued by a New York Gentleman, a Tenderfoot who restores Pepe's faith in mankind. Two young twin loving, adorable boys, get into one mischievous adventure after another. Leading to a disastrous situation with the danger of one of them perishing over a waterfall. A mouse that sleeps in a match box, performes tricks for the boys entertainment. A rattle snake that invades the chicken's coup and a rooster that protects the hens with the prices of sacrificing his own life. A dog that gives his animal friends rides on his back. It also features a fourth of July shoot off. A ten mile race which Pepe wins. And of course there is a treacherous pompous villain creating mayhem to steal the tenderfoots ranch. This all takes place in the Oklahoma hills in the early 1900's.

Title: Last Chance

Logline: After a high dchool coach's secret, that he drafted an ineligible quarterback, is discovered, can that player help coach his team all the way against a team that plays by its own rules?

Synopsis: James Madison High School football Coach Romero will try anything when his team, the Tigers, continues to hold the record for the longest losing streak of any team in state history, even going so far as to give his players rabbits foots to carry around for good luck. The team's misfortune, however, finally turns around when he drafts Johnny Knight, a quarterback with a great arm - who happens to have already graduated from a high school in another state. When Johnny's secret is discovered and Coach Romero is unceremoniously fired, can Johnny take the Tigers all the way against a team that plays by its own rules? Using some unusual tactics of their own, they might just have shot at the championship.

Title: Last Night Stand

Logline: An anguishing, middle class husband and father, puts his passionless marriage on the line for just one night- a night which will turn his and his family's ordinary life upside down!

Synopsis: In Last Night Stand, middle class husband and father, Rick Millwood, who desperately longs for attention from his harried, professional wife Kim, anguishes over the temptations of greener pastures. While he and his wife finally get away to a couples only resort for a weekend, Rick is offered the rewards of a discreet, one-night stand by a vacationing counterpart- risk free! The title takes its name from the end result- which finds Rick with no way out after his "one- night-only" mistress dies in his arms! Last Night Stand, which is so relevant to today's marital/relational society, is my first completed screenplay. Though I have written small circulation type items over the years, it was mostly for leisure. This screenplay is registered with the Writer's Guild West (Reg.#1118021-3/10/06). I thank you for your time and consideration.

Title: Mia

Logline: A young bride exploring sex for the first time is haunted by visions of intergalactic war and the desire to conceive a child that she believes holds the key to the survival of the human race.

Synopsis: The story is about Mia, a young girl who has haunting dreams of a secret inter-dimensional life. When she marries her true love, Ryan, and begins exploring sex for the first time, she discovers that her orgasms have the mystical power to open portals to an anti-matter universe ruled by the tyrant Zayra. When Mia becomes pregnant, the visions increase, warning that the child she’s carrying has the power to defeat Zayra’s evil plans. Mia questions her sanity, but vows to battle Zayra to prevent her from conquering Earth. But unbeknownst to Mia, Zayra has learned of the mortal threat from Mia’s unborn child and plans to breach a cosmic portal and kill Mia and her baby.

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: 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: 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.