Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: Guardian

Logline: While working on his first book in years, a reclusive, mentally unstable graphic novelist ditches his medication and becomes caught in the crossfire between his two feuding main characters.

Synopsis: "Guardian" is a micro-budget script that punches well above its weight class. Written with economy in mind, "Guardian" takes place in one location: an old country home. Furthermore, the script requires only six speaking parts (two of which are very minor) and has only one scene requiring any extras. What "Guardian" lacks in big-budget conventions, it more than makes up for with rich subtext, a deft character-driven narrative, and a unique style that bridges grit and fantasy. After ditching his meds, Wyatt becomes caught in a vicious tug of war between his novel's swarthy, devil-may-care hero and its no-nonsense, all-business villain... and they aren't afraid of mixing things up. As he gets to know his characters and tries to resolve an appropriate ending to his incomplete series of novels, Wyatt realizes that both characters haven't turned out exactly as he had intended and becomes mired in the most difficult choice of his creative life: Which one will die in the final chapter?

Title: A Silent Cry

Logline: Justin Turner a wealthy and well respected psychologist suffers amnesia after saving a woman from abduction. He struggles to piece together the truths of his life.

Synopsis: In this gripping story Justin Turner rescues Sharon Visser from an attempted abduction that leaves Justin with amnesia and Sharon by his side racked with guilt. A growing attraction develops between the two as Justin tries to discover his identity. Through a series of voice recordings Justin senses a coldness behind his past raising the question of why he, a man of thirty-four years has always been alone? With the introduction of mysterious characters Justin puts together the pieces of a complex puzzle; a journey that has him chasing a serial rapist and questioning his sexuality. The mystery unravels itself in one confronting and emotional finale. A dramatic twist few will foresee. AWG Registration Number 9085 Please respond to enzodi@bigpond.com Sincerely, Vincenzo Di Dio

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: THE SECOND COMING

Logline: The year is 2112. On a cold winter night at exactly ten pm, every computer on the planet recieves the same mysterious email. It simply reads, I AM COMING! There is no listed sender.

Synopsis: The Second Coming is a techno-spiritual thrill-ride. Fast forward to the year 2112. The world is spiraling out of control; war, pestilence,natural disasters and terrorist plots are occuring with greater and greater frequency. When a simple yet mysterious email suddenly appears on every single computer around the globe, the world is quick to react. Some believe the email to be diretly from the hand of God, others think it is part of a world-wide terrorist conspiracy. The Whitehouse and the Vatican both beileve it to be nothing more than a computer virus and a hoax. Only two people know the truth; Father Daniel Harper, a discredited Vatican scholar and recovering alcholic, and Sohala Naruzi, a highly reguarded Inspector with Scotland Yard, and deep-cover Al-Qaeda operative. The arrival of this mysterious email sets in motion a race between the two, a race against time and against each other, with only the future of the world at stake beyond the finish-line.

Title: The Keeper

Logline: God's warrior on Earth doesn't want the job.

Synopsis: Jack Stone is 19 and anything but average. Blamed for killing his family 10 years ago and seeing a man that no one else can see, he is branded an outcast, but Jack can't remember what happened that night and blames the church for his family's death. After being killed himself, he is sent to purgatory where he discovers his true destiny and must stop the man who killed him, but Jack has other plans in mind and wants to find out the truth of what really happened to his family, even if it means facing his own demons. Is he really a monster like everyone's always believed or are there darker forces at work.

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: 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: The Unexpected

Logline: Two teenage sisters Chiffon and Sandra considers their best friend Denise their third sister until she gets out of an abusive relationship and begins secretly dating their father Roger.

Synopsis: Denise always liked older guys, but could never find the right one. Roger has been in an on and off relationship with Kia, a college student. After Roger and Denise fall for one another, all hell breaks loose. More hell breaks loose when Denise's single father Tony finds out. Roger and Denise finds themselves in a stalemate between their relationship and those closest to them. In 2010 this script was entered in the Script Pimp Contest, Big Break Final Draft Contest, Silver Screen Writing Competition, and Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival where it placed in the top 15 (Semi-Finals). I hope to hear from you soon. Have a blessed day.

Title: JAVIER LAST RIDE

Logline: Road cycling group that has a ghost rider, they must discover why Javier is left behind. WGAW# 1421967

Synopsis: Colonel Henderson and Javier retired from the Marines. They assembled a road cycling group named the Flying Dragons. The group in three years has 185 members with forty miles rides on Saturday and Sunday. Javier, whom at the last intersection of the route, gets killed by a speeding car. The group commences to ride once again, on the second week after he was killed. Javier is reverting as a ghost back in his bed as on the morning of his accident. He has no memory of the previous ride and doesn't realize that he is a ghost. Flying Dragons can sense his presence, by the flicking of the street lights and buzzards which are encircling. The Flying Dragons is planning an intervention with the help of Doctor Greenberg and the Ghost Seeker. They must have limited interaction with Javer not to frighten him away. They must keep the cycle of events, led him into the light, before designate time runs out.

Title: MAGDALENA - RISE OF THE INDIGO CHILDREN

Logline: It is the dawning of a New Age. Human evolution has taken on a drastic and exciting new form.

Synopsis: Eleven year old MAGDALENA is a child prodigy and the leader of a phenomenon known as THE INDIGO CHILDREN. Having been born with a Three Strand DNA these children find themselves with the ability to transform from human form to spirit at will. MAGDALENA, the daughter of ANGELA MARTIN, a Jewish immigrant finds herself in her mothers home country of Israel to meet with other INDIGO CHILDREN. While there she discovers a chest hidden for two thousand years in her grandmother's Cafe in Jerusalem. What's found in the chest turns the world upside down. In an exciting sub-plot, MAGDALENA discovers her grandfather, MORTICHAI RAPTOMOV is involved in a secret underground society whose main purpose is to undermine any efforts at true peace between Israel and the Palestinians. While they put a plan in place to draw the entire Middle East into a Nuclear showdown, THE INDIGO CHLDREN unite to save the world from complete annihilation.