Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: CW-2 The Second Civil War

Logline: CW-2 The Second Civil War - Madman or genius that is the question as Brabdon Wade proceeds to create a nation within a nation leading the United States to its Second Civil War; who will survive?

Synopsis: As politices in the early twenty-first-century America becomes more embitted and embattled the minds of many are wondering about the future of the United States. What seems all too painfully clear is that we cannot continue on the present course. Based on the novel CW-2 The Second Civil War by Larry Johnson, the screenplay takes us back to the mid 90's where the foundation of todays politics took root. During these times, federal power for the first time since the civil war was challenged with the shutdown of the federal government. Since then, political debate at the national level has become more heated and emboiled leading to recent shutdown of the federal government. The screenplay brings these heated dabates to life by creating a consevative leader who emerges from the religious right of the Tea Party. Brandon Wade is the main character who creates the Central Alliance of American States to settle once and for all State Rights in America; leading to CW-2. Who will survive?

Title: Alias Johnny Dark

Logline: An investigative reporter decides to help a mental patient. As he starts to uncover the truth someone is trying to stop him. It becomes clear that his life is in danger.

Synopsis: Investigative reporter Deuce Denton works for a major New York paper. He hasn't had a case for some time and then a letter arrives.It is from a man being held in a mental institution. He pleads for Denton's help claiming to have amnesia. The man calls himself Johnny Dark. Denton is skeptical but the letter is compelling so he decides to go forward. The doctors and the police tell him that Johnny Dark (real name Art Jamieson) has committed a brutal attack on an innocent victim. Denton's search to uncover the truth leads him to the west coast and also into the sinister side of the thoroughbred horse racing world. As he gets closer to the truth it becomes obvious that someone is trying to stop him. When the victim dies and the heat turns up, he get beaten up out west and assaulted in an alley in New York. If his plan to expose the killer goes wrong he will surely be killed.

Title: Illegal Capacity

Logline: An attorney revives his floundering criminal practice by turning in his former clients so they will rehire him.

Synopsis: Seth Thompson's law practice has taken a downturn. He commiserates with an old classmate, Jake, who mentions that his practice was also failing until he began turning in his clients so they would rehire him. Seth is shocked at this breach of ethics, but tries it himself in desperation. He tips police about drug sales at the home of a client convicted of possession a year earlier. The client is arrested and hires Seth to represent him again...for a stiff fee. Seth is hooked. He rifles through old files, inventing new crimes to report, and the money pours in. He and Jake become partners and move into a large suite. Things are going well until guilt overcomes Seth. He wants out of the scam, but Jake won't let it end quietly. Winner: Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute's Monthly Screenwriting Contest. (I have 12 scripts total, various genres.)

Title: The Note

Logline: In 1933 Howard Hughes recieves a letter from Al Capone, simply stating "Thanks for the Mythology." Regarding the film Scarface, that Hughes produced, now over seventy years later the note resurfaces.

Synopsis: Three main characters; a New York mob boss, a computer software billioniare and a Hip Hop mega star all bid for the last remaining piece of nostalgia that exists from Al Capone. These main characters will go to any lengths to obtain this "note" and hold onto it. Including kidnapping, murder, bribery,extorsion and deception. The viewer gets to see the path of the note as it bought by the billionaire at Christies in New York and then changes hands several times there after. As these three high profile individuals go down this dark path they start to loose touch with moralality and reality. As there egoes start to get in the way of each other,it begins to cloud their judgment and effect their lives in catastrophic ways. It is not until the shocking end that the puzzle is pieced together and the veiwer sees how far the main charachters will actually go to obtain this mere piece of paper.

Title: Unit Nine

Logline: Doug's internship in a mental hospital, forces him to confront the darkly humorous world of mental illness, the deaths of his family, and the identity of Sunshine, a psychotic patient.

Synopsis: As Doug's internship begins, he treats Hilda who has "too much personality," Sunshine, identity unknown, and a veteran who sees patriotic bugs. Doug meets Dr. Yocum, the cold authoritative hospital director, Nurse Byrnes who tries to keep order in the midst of madness, and Dr. Sheldon Holmes Erskine, who fancies himself as Sherlock Homes. As Doug treats Sunshine, she flicks a wad of paper back at him, and he knows she can communicate. He romances Lindi, his attractive neighbor, but Doug's boyfriend from college shows up, and Doug tries to work through his confusion with his own sexual preferences. His work with Sunshine is inexplicably shut down by the hospital director, Doug is taken prisoner, tortured, but inadvertently rescued by Dr. Erskine, bumbling around in his search for his mortal enemy, Dr. Moriarty. In the trial that follows, Sunshine's identity is revealed, and the persons responsible for the deaths of Doug's family are brought to justice.

Title: Another Hollywood Ending

Logline: Allow me to present "Another Hollywood Ending", a low-budget, fast paced screenplay about a struggling actor who believes he has caught a break, but instead unknowingly is cast in a reality show.

Synopsis: Another Hollywood Ending begins in an L.A. bar surrounded by cops where Johnny is planning his escape. The story takes you back days earlier, a time when Johnny actually thought he had caught his first break and was going to star in the movie "The Heist". The problem? His agent, Reggie, felt Johnny needed help in researching the role so he put him in touch with Rasheed, a psychotic bank robber. The research quickly turns into an actual bank robbery where a man is shot and the group flees to the bar. The story climaxes with the foursome in the bar. Rasheed is smoking blunts, Victory is singing Tina Turner songs, and Johnny is planning his escape. As planned by Rasheed, Johnny crashes through the doors expecting to hear gunfire, but instead gets the surprise of his life when he learns that he has been the star of a reality set all along. For more information on my writing please go to http://www.davidsgrant.com.

Title: THE WOODS

Logline: 1972. The death penalty is abolished and someone is killing young women in Northern Michigan. Someone else doesn't like that at all. NATURAL BORN KILLERS meets THE UNFORGIVEN.

Synopsis: The motivation behind THE WOODS was my own reaction to the violence in suspense and action films. I love it. I love, along with everyone else, the catharsis. Then it occurred to me that anyone who can kill a bunch of human beings without a shred of remorse and jump into bed with his/her love interest or go out and party with his/her (remaining) buddies is some form of sociopath. I think THE WOODS is a commercial story with very good catharsis and a very sympathetic hero but there is something more underlying the suspense and the action and a shocking twist at the end. Bio: I am a member of Garry Marshall's "core group" (his words). I did some story editing work on NEW YEAR'S EVE. I attended the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State. I have a degree in English literature. I also have another script ready to go. A Supernatural/Comedy/Buddy movie titled DARK TOWN. (THE LOST BOYS meets a combination of BAD BOYS and LETHAL WEAPON 3.)

Title: Mirror, Mirror

Logline: Crystal Ashenly is given visions of the future. She does not see them, she hears about them from Emily, her six year old daughter, when she talks in her sleep.

Synopsis: As a single mother in Washington D.C., Crystal Ashenly is starting over. She has just recently moved to get a fresh start on life with her little girl, Emily. Crystal's world begins to unravel as Emily starts to predict the future while talking in her sleep. When awake, Emily remembers nothing, so Crystal must try to piece together the clues she is given with the help of police lieutenant, Shawn Romane, who cares for both of them very deeply. As Emily grows more restless and frantic each night, Crystal and Shawn fear that something terrible is about to happen in the world...and they are running out of time to stop it.

Title: Martydom

Logline: The time when the Roman Empire is arising is a tme when the Catholic church is becoming known.

Synopsis: During the reign of the Roman Empire, a group of missionaries are making their way through the Roman Empire on a journey to Rome, spreading christianity. On this journey, these men are risking their lives from the persecution and captivity of the Roman Authorities that are held against them for defying the worship of the Roman Emperor. Soldiers of Rome become determined to find them. As crowds of people are praising the Emperor, these men become more of a threat to the Roman Empire as they continue their way through to Rome and government temples begin to be burning down. One young man of the church decides to leave the rest of them to go out on his own. We follow through his path to where he finds love, friends, and riches and onto his struggle to find his way that is meant for him.

Title: Encroachment

Logline: Mick Jackson, star high school athlete, discovers his perfect life is based on a series of lies that could prove deadly to everyone close to him.

Synopsis: Mick Jackson, star high school athlete, discovers he is a pawn in a deadly government experiment. In order to survive he must be willing to kill everyone he has ever loved. I have studied creative writing for two years at Louisiana State University and screenwriting for two years at Louisiana Film Industry. I have written four screenplays and one novel. I would like to submit this screenplay for your consideration and can be contacted as listed below. WGA1367799 Thank you.