Submission Samples from the Family Genre

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: 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: 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: Changing the World

Logline: A quarter, a nickel, and a penny's purpose is to change their owner's life before being given to another. The smallest change can do wonders, and money does solve problems, but in their own way.

Synopsis: Changing the World is a story about three coins who are given as change to different people in each adventure: a nickel named Nick; a penny named Penny; and a quarter named Chuck. Each story begins with these three coins in a new situation, such as being handed as change to an elderly woman at a checkout stand; given to a troubled youth passing through a toll booth; found by a homeless person; or as part of an allowance to a shy boy who is being picked on at school. Nick, Penny and Chuck never know how each day will begin or end, who their new owner will be, or what other money characters they will encounter along their journies in the money world and the rules that money must live by. However, at the end of each story, the three coins will have changed the world of their owner for the better, obtain a new owner, and a new story will begin.

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: PARADISE

Logline: A heartwarming family drama with rich characters about a man overcoming himself and his environment, transforming his selfish, commercialized view of Hawaii and helping to create prosperity for all.

Synopsis: The hero's new real estate development proposal is defeated. His son has a fight with a Hawaiian kid at school. And we find that his own reputation within the community blocks all further progress. Inspired by a local Hawaiian woman, he sees a different possible path to success. Repackaging his ideas with the buzzwords of our day--wellness, sustainability, eco-tourism--he presents them anew to the community. And he suffers another crushing defeat of his proposal. He has missed the lesson. There is much more to the Hawaiian healing culture than he can see from the surface. Only his son's "miraculous" cure from juvenile diabetes opens his eyes to the genuine power of the island and its people. With eyes newly open, the protagonist at last begins making his genuine connection. And he discovers that he can truly empower his community in a whole new way...if only they will accept it! Packed with roles for native Hawaiians, other minorities, women, children and the elderly.

Title: Going For Home

Logline: A career minor league pitching prospect and his fed up wife split after years of marriage. Determined to get them back together, their young boy enlists the help of his grandfather's ghost.

Synopsis: Cal Douglas, eight-years old, throws a ball against a barn door while his parents argue about baseball. Dad is a minor league pitcher who refuses to give up his dream of making it to the bigs and mom is fed-up with his refusal to grow up and get a real job. She tells him to choose baseball or family. He chooses baseball and is thrown out of the house. That very same day he's sent up to the bigs. She pretends to be over him by convincing a friend to help find the perfect man. He becomes an instant sensation and adoring women throw themselves at his feet. She becomes an instant sensation in Penciltown and the locals pine for her affection. Cal prays for help. His recently deceased grandpa returns to earth and performs all sorts of ghostly acts, but to no avail. Cal works hard to sabotage mom's budding relationships but his dastardly deeds fall short when mom meets Mr. Right. Reconciliation seems improbable until magically, on a dilapidated baseball field, the unimaginable happens.

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: 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: 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.