Submission Samples from the Family Genre

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: LadyBug Girl

Logline: A 12 year old girl is given superpowers by ladybugs. She foils evil doers, resolves a world crisis, etc. At middle age, she renounces her special powers, but is successful in real life.

Synopsis: Writers Guild of America East Screenplay Registration #122240. It is summer in an American countryside when preteen MANDY receives special powers from ladybugs. She experiences a series of dangerous episodes she helps resolve. As a young adult, she is a member of a local rescue squad. MANDY is then hired to solve a major natural catastrophe. At mid-age, she decides to give up her superpowers, and senses her innate womanly powers. She marries, & has children. Due to her combined successful adventures, she is appointed special international diplomat for the United Nations. * Five original song lyrics move along this family based entertainment.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: His Mine

Logline: A fantastic emerald inspires struggle, relationships and social breakthroughs among a handsome gemologist, a ravishing female mine owner, oppressed workers and others during Carnaval in Bahia, Brazil.

Synopsis: NY gemologist NIELSON goes to Bahia for the opening of his brother LEANDRO's photography exhibit & to survey local mines for a new gem to revive his career. He and ruthless mine owner ROBERTO discover a huge, dazzling emerald right before a mine tunnel collapses around it, killing Roberto. During the ensuing chaos, rebellious mine foreman GABRIEL runs off with the stone. He hides at Padre PAULO's church, claiming that the miners deserve it, to make up for their awful working conditions. Roberto's ambitious widow, RITA, gets the brothers to help find Gabriel & the stone. Nielson soon spots it in the church's gem-encrusted ceiling. In between Carnaval parties, Leandro & friends help Nielson extract it, but it turns out to be a decoy and Gabriel gets away with the real one. Finally, Paulo appeals to Rita's conscience and she yields, allowing Nielson's museum to buy the stone from Gabriel, who uses the proceeds to build a soccer stadium/safe haven for the miners' children.

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: 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