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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Shipwreck

Logline: Led onto an un-seaworthy boat driven by a severe-weather-crazed captain, five young boys find out what it takes to survive the elements and hopelessness of a deserted island.

Synopsis: One decision can make all the difference. That's what five young boys found out when they chose not to stand up to the self-proclaimed alpha male of the group, John Howard. John had gotten away with his bullying for the entire two-week camp expedition, and mild-mannered Miguel Landon had had enough. But when Miguel found himself standing on the dock with his friends, all of them prepared to reunite with their families, he chose to steer clear of confrontation. That decision prompted the group to follow John onto an un-seaworthy cargo boat driven by a severe-weather-crazed captain with no regard for staying on course...a decision that would change their lives forever. Near-death experiences and the hopelessness of an empty horizon would force the boys to work together to survive the elements as a group, while simultaneously dealing with their own private secrets and past wounds.

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: 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: 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.