Submission Samples from the Romance Genre

Title: 213 Melissa

Logline: After raising his daughter by himself, Scott Brooks loses her in a tragic car accident. Can beautiful Melissa put his life back together or is it the love of another little girl?

Synopsis: After divorcing, Scott Brooks loses his daughter in a tragic car accident. Emotionally distraught,he loses his job and goes to work as a Sales Counselor at the cemetery where Heather is buried. He meets Melissa who is going through a divorce and having emotional issues of her own. They connect but the timing isn't right and she drifts away. Feeling lonelier than ever, Scott leaves the cemetery and the city and becomes a Fire Fighter in Atlanta where he carries Sophie Tolliver out of a burning building. The smiling eight-year-old fills a void for Scott but had he seen "signs" that meant his relationship with Melissa was a matter of fate? 213 Melissa is a story of love, loss, laughter, redemption and heroes.

Title: It's Belissimo

Logline: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy loses girl because of peculiar family secret. Boy finds a way to win girl back.

Synopsis: In this time that we are living in there are two things that are true. The first thing being that life according to the news is depressing. The second thing being that a good film has the ability to restore lost hope. And hope is something that is needed in this time of economic struggle. My screenplay has the potential to be the type of film that can bring hope to our generation. Nicole is a recent college graduate who is ambivalent about her future. All she knows is that she wants to sing. But she is too scared to live her dream until she meets Giovanni. Giovanni is a music virtuoso visting from Italy, who is also ambivalent about his future. When Giovanni meets Nicole, he offers to teach her to sing, and by doing so, he brings Nicole and himself back to life. Nicole and Giovanni fall in love, but their love is never realized because of the other life that Giovanni is destined to live in Italy causes the demise of what would be. Giovanni overcomes the obstacles to win Nicole.

Title: Waltzing Emily

Logline: Emily's ordinary existence is no competition for her fantasy life, but when true love comes her way, these two worlds collide to give "reality" a whole new meaning.

Synopsis: Emily is dreading her 30th birthday. Unable to hold a job, lose weight or keep a man, her life is no match for her two wildly successful sisters - Tracy and Lila - and sex-crazed mother. The only escape from her dreary routine is her lush fantasy life of captivating a room at a 1920's speakeasy or having an all-consuming romance a la "Like Water For Chocolate." When Adam, a charming schoolteacher, moves into her run-down NYC walkup, Emily braces herself for a leap of faith, hoping real life will finally surpass her fantastical daydreams. But jealousy over Lila's engagement to Nathan drives her to muse about a steamy love affair with the gorgeous fiance. While Emily grapples with the guilt of having thoughts of such betrayal, her dueling worlds meld further and further into one confusing existence. Just as she is about to come clean, she learns that her sisters' lives are not as perfect as they seem, between Tracey's unwanted pregnancy and Lila's failing grades at law school.

Title: Eureka!

Logline: British actor Michael Cox conceals his identity when arriving in a small resort town in Arkansas. Little does he know this secret could cost him the only woman he has ever truly loved.

Synopsis: EUREKA Synopsis Miranda Garrison is a divorced woman in her early 40's. She owns her own shop in the Victorian resort town of Eureka Springs, AR. Although she is attractive, she does not conform to the media's image of beauty. She is a woman over forty with a real woman's body. She's kind, funny, and open but due to her past experiences, she does not readily trust men and she is resolved to spend the rest of her life alone never making the mistake of letting someone into her heart again. British movie star, Michael Cox, arrives home in London from location in Australia to find his young wife in bed with the director of his last film. Without confronting them, Michael returns to the airport where he makes a decision to travel to America to the Eureka Springs, AR, where his next movie is to be filmed in four months. Upon arriving in Eureka Springs, Michael finds that neither the residents nor the tourist recognize him as Mickey Cox the movie star. After not being able to even have dinner in peace in London due to his fame, he finds this fascinating and appealing. He soon meets Randa and her dog Bronte. Randa owns a retail shop in town and has an apartment to rent above the shop. Without revealing who he is, he takes a job in her shop and rents the apartment. Although Randa is wary at first, they become fast friends. Randa finds herself sharing all her thoughts as well as her dream of purchasing the old Victorian estate called Bellwood outside of town. Michael also op

Title: Movie Love

Logline: Average Joe is doting on a movie star. Using an old school friend he is even able to get to know the star but recognizes real love in his friend.

Synopsis: In this romantic movie about people in their thirties average Joe is doting on a star. In funny daydreams he is planning on how to meet her best. At the end he is using an old school friend and he is even able to get to know and date her privately. But getting closer and closer to his 'movie love' he recognizes real love in his old school friend. WGA Registration Number 1171911 Since I had to give a face to the star I chose Ms. Aniston since she would perfectly represent a known and admired star by the target group. However, it also could be any well known actress. Please respond to rowagr@web.de Sincerely,

Title: LOVE IN THE TIME OF TERROR

Logline: Wes, an American, and Hayaam, a Muslim, overcome the objections of parents and friends and the post-9/11 climate of fear and prejudice to explore their growing love for one another.

Synopsis: Wes and Hayaam (a Muslim) meet during the tragedy of September 11, both in the same tower at the time. Meeting again on campus at NYU, where both are students, they begin having coffee together, taking walks, talking and sharing, and slowly become romantically interested in one another. But all their friends and family are against the relationship. A crisis is reached when Hayaam's father arrives from Indonesia and is temporarily detained as a suspected terrorist. He vows to pull Hayaam out of school and take her home. Hayaam is equally determined to spend her last night with Wes. A confrontation at the airport leads to an ending just short of tragic -- and in the end, their future remains possible. Charles Deemer teaches screenwriting at Portland State University. He is the author of PRACTICAL SCREENWRITING (Focus Publishing, 2005).

Title: Petals of the Midnight Rose

Logline: John and Lynn meet on a Mexican beach. They seem to know each other. They become involved in a tender love affair filled with mystery and healing in this lifetime and lives past.

Synopsis: The morning of his first dan in Mexican coastal town for cancer treatment John passes Lynn, an Asian lady, walking on the beach. They mysteriusly recognize each other. They come to believe they have known each other in a former lifetime, but a darkness haunts them. A blurred nightmare returns for John, reflecting an experience in Vietnam when he shot a young woman a Viet Cont machine gunner was using for protection. Lynn discovers she is a healer, giving care to John in their love making. She never stays the nignt and is seen entering the sea nude to return to land in the morning. Lynn disappears as John's treatment ends. He searches for her, discovering that a woman answering Lynn's description entered the water, not to return, weeks before John's arrival. Five years later, John returns, writes his love story to his children, goes to the water, undresses as Lynn emerges to take his hand. They enter the water. Two butterflies rise into the morning sun.

Title: Purple Dusk

Logline: To renew contact with the girl of his dreams, Rex Ford blunders into a scheme to embezzle money from her husband's bank.

Synopsis: Rex is hopelessly in love with Sarah who, although in a troubled marriage, would rather just use him; not only to help husband Angus payoff his gambling debts, but to keep the bookies' from making-good on their threats. Possessed of a single- mindedness, Rex obliges Sarah to whatever she wants, and the three enter into a high-stakes scheme of theft from the very bank that employs Angus.

Title: Flowers In Her Hair

Logline: A former Vegas showgirl resists the possibility she can find happiness with a quirky Elvis impersonator

Synopsis: At forty three Angel thinks life has passed her by. All she ever wanted was to be a Vegas showgirl. That came and went along with perky boobs. Rocky, wanted to be a singer. And he succeeded, as an Elvis impersonator, although that never got him past Bar Mitzvahs and weddings. What he's ever wanted is to meet the perfect girl to marry and have babies. The two meet one evening on the Brooklyn Bridge, where they consider ending it all. They decide instead to go for Chinese. Angel is Rocky's perfect fit, but she doesn't see a lot of security with him. He doesn't even have a job. Rocky needs a big break or he's going to lose her. After a couple of bombed auditions he makes it to the Big Break TV contest where he freezes on stage until his friend, Bum, who turns out to be a long secluded famous rock star, appears and strums a sizzling backup. The duo win the Big Break. The couple return to the bridge with a new baby named Presley. WGAW#1449349

Title: Tangled Hearts

Logline: Aidan, a young bachelor with a promising mortgage business partners with Nadia, a 40 year old gold digger. Heavy drinking, business woes and a shared denial of romance, creates an odd pair.

Synopsis: AIDAN, a 28 year old playboy who drinks a lot, has a promising mortgage business and loves the single life. NADIA, a 40 year old gold digger who married men for their money in the past, also drinks too much and values her independence. When they meet, Nadia uses her powers of seduction to convince Aidan to bring her into his business. The more time the two spend together, the more attracted they become to one another. They begin using pet names, speaking in romantic baby talk and having sex in public places, all while continuing to drink in excess. Aidan fears losing his freedom as a bachelor and resists the notion that he has fallen love. Nadia fears she has lost sight of her financial reasons for tangling with Aidan and she, too, resists the idea of love. As the mortgage industry collapses, money begins to run out and their jobs become less and less stable. Feelings of love collide with self-preservation instincts and a new chapter of their life together begins.