Submission Samples from the Family Genre

Title: Cher Saved My Wedding

Logline: A young man gets in over his head when he marries into a traditional Armenian family.

Synopsis: Brian Culverson agrees to a traditional Armenian wedding only if it is a small, private, family affair. All the wedding plans quickly snowball out of control when the entire Armenian community of Southern California invites itself to the wedding of the girl who was once the Queen of the Tournament of Roses ...including Cher who wants to sing at the wedding.

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: Play Dead

Logline: A butler's servitude is put to the test when the family fortune is given to the family dog.

Synopsis: Butler James James and the James family have always served others and he takes great pride in that. Abigail Hunter is a mean old matriarch who feels that others are out for her loot so she devises a scheme to test loyalties. After she "dies" it is determined that she has willed everything to her dog Shama and has appointed James to be the executor. Her three adult children and others promptly set out to put an end to Shama. James' loyalty is put to the test and he enlists his teen son JJ to help out. James and JJ do their best to keep Shama alive, but fail...or so it seems. All hell brakes loose when Shama is lost at sea and Abigail gets what she was after - evidence that she was surrounded by rats. Shama returns and James and JJ learn that they have been part of a sadistic play...play dead. Abigail informs James that he passed her test and can continue to be his servant, but James decides to stop being the dog. When he stands up to Abigail she strokes and he gets his reward.

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: I'm Broken!

Logline: Henry Pepperknopf, hospital maintenance man, content, quiet, nearly crippled, ready to retire is befriended by an eight year old patient, Bailey. who shatters his world with a request. Will you fix me

Synopsis: Henry Pepperknopf is befriended by a orphaned hospital patient, eight year old Bailey, who is terminally ill. Henry begins to read to her and gifts her with one of his favorite books. The Little Princess. He reads to her every evening and is suddenly let go by a sinister boss that did not care for him. Furthermore, he is banned from the hospital. Henry makes it his final mission to see Bailey one last time so he spends a week writing a book for her. He sneaks into the hospital to give it to her only to find out that she is on life support. Henry begins to read at her at her bedside and they discover, that together, they can do anything. One adventure after another binds them as a father and a daughter. Then they both have to fight their final battle. At the moment all seems lost, Henry's past is revealed and Bailey learns that he once had a daughter much like her. She even gets to meet her. The hospital lets Henry adopt Bailey with a warm heartfelt ending.

Title: Apps

Logline: A dysfunctional family trapped in the Apps store learns to love again.

Synopsis: James has a crappy life. He's bullied in school, rejected by the girl of his dreams and to make his life really complete, has to take care of his younger sister. His parents should never have had kids and do their best to prove the point by never being around. James finds he can escape into the App store on his phone and have fantastic fun and adventures. The perfect escape especially because Ella, the beautiful girl he meets in the App store, has the hots for him. He decides to stay in the App store. Why not? The why not becomes apparent when Ella reveals her evil side, trapping James and his family in apps that will certainly kill them. Will James save himself and his family or die in the App world? Who is Ella and why does she need to kill them? Wouldn't you like to know?

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: 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: Birds of a Feather

Logline: Having a passion for the environment, a bodybuilder who thinks his marriage is perfect has to make a choice between loyalty to his wife or loyalty to their two children.

Synopsis: Leonard Henderson thinks that he has the perfect marriage. After marrying somebody with an undiagnosed mental illness, he is unprepared to deal with the realities that the person that he made a vow to for life has a personality disorder that makes her self-centered, egotistical, abusive, and exploitive of Leonard and their two children. Using the children as a pawn to get what she wants both monetarily and emotionally, it would appear that the wife in this story would get full custody of their two children on the basis that she is a stay at home mom with the father in this story working full time. However, she makes a stupid decision and crosses the line by putting the welfare of the two children in danger. The father ends up with full custody of his two children and the father and the two children move on to much better times.

Title: The Kingdom of Shanti: Twin Curse

Logline: The evil Sorcerer bares the same curse as the teenage girls who must defeat him and his mystical creatures while they save the Kingdom by finding their own magic without succumbing to the Twin Curse.

Synopsis: The twins learn that their enemies live when a kidnapping separates them on their 17th birthday. Their identities switched, and the wrong girl taken the secret begins to unravel. Through dreams, the sisters find each other and a rescue takes place. Then the real battle begins as strange powers rise within each and the destiny of the Twin Curse reveals itself. The Kingdom of Shanti has been called "highly imaginative and original work" by Producer Lee Levinson. There is a sequel in the works and a book on this film. Ranelle has completed various children's books, screenplays, freelance poetry and musical lyrics. Ranelle has produced and directed numerous theatrical productions. Her debut screenplay "Saying Goodbye to Joy" or "The Killing of Joy" inspired by a real-life story of a family member was called "heart wrenching" by a Producer. Ranelle truly loves her craft.