Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: The Pico Village Volunteers

Logline: Fighting against fires. Fighting for their lives. It takes a Village.

Synopsis: It's not easy living in Pico Village. But losing the love of his life and only child to a fire is killing RODNEY GEORGE. Could a better funded, more dedicated fire department have saved them? Rodney has brooded over that question for two long years. But with more budget cuts looming, it's time to act. Selling all his worldly possessions, Rodney funds his own volunteer fire department. A chronic underachiever, a manic depressive, a single mother and his nephew, fresh out of prison round out the team. But how will Rodney react when he learns that the fire that killed his family was set on purpose? Plus, recent fires suggest that the ARSONIST is still on the loose. Rodney and the team must battle fires as well as personal demons to bring hope and serenity to an embattled city and to their own lives. I am submitting this original screenplay for your consideration. If interested, please contact me via email. Thank you for your time.

Title: Corruption (Tv Series)

Logline: A Belief is Indestructible.

Synopsis: In the present day, there are groups that hold deep secrets. They control the fate of the world. Morality is subjective. Right and wrong have no meaning to those who are corrupt. People struggle everyday with the options that shape their future. This isn't a story about a cult leader who can't be stopped. It's about combating an ideology.

Title: The Texas Sand Trap

Logline: After traveling to Port Aransas, Texas. A female professor from Denton, Texas learns mysteriously how Lyndon B. Johnson and his men set up the perfect crime to kill John F. Kennedy. Film set in 1961.

Synopsis: MARGARET retreats to the coast after two of her friends mysteriously die in a fire. A bad storm hits and from the cottage window, sees ELEANOR FIELDS, daughter of Senator WILLIAM H. FIELDS, running into the Gulf. MARGARET runs to save her but nearly drowns. ELEANOR revives her and later, reveals to her pieces of information about the fire. She runs away leaving MARGARET to ponder. MARGARET enters the Chamber and finds a photo of her friend who died standing next to Senator FIELDS and MAC WALLACE- a suspected murderer. In a store wine cellar, MARGARET notices a door left unlocked, reading FIELDS & ASSOC. A box reading-ASSASSINATION PLAN 1963 catches her eye. ELEANOR enters the cellar and is shocked to see MARGARET. ELEANOR notices the unlocked door and runs in and steals the tapes linking ED CLARK, and WALLACE'S plan to kill JFK. The two women conspire to set up FIELDS by disguising MARGARET as RFK's undercover man HARRY PARKER, ELEANOR'S lover, who was shot & never found.

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: STANDPOINT

Logline: Two dedicated Israeli and Palestinian leaders have their worlds shaken when they learn they were switched at birth and must now struggle with their true identities.

Synopsis: Forty years ago, two expecting couples, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, are visiting New York City. Unknown to each other, the women go into labor giving birth to beautiful, healthy baby boys, on the same day and in the same hospital. With their newborns, both couples return to their homes in Jerusalem to raise their respective sons. ISAAC grows to become a devout Orthodox Jew, and ISHMAEL develops an unshakable belief in Islam. While children, they develop an uncommon friendship. As the years pass, the boys grow to become proud leaders of their nations. Today, with terrorism around every corner and war looming ever closer, vital decisions much be made to save the region from total destruction. Suddenly, the two men have their lifelong religious faiths shattered when they discover they were switched at birth. Now, they must confront the truth about their identities, their families and their religions. With so much at stake and the whole world watching, what will they do?

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: SWAY (a Scriptapalooza finalist!)

Logline: After falling under the spell of a charismatic radical, a happily married woman must survive a brutal cult indoctrination and keep her grip on reality or she may never see her family again.

Synopsis: MITCH and ELLEN are a happily married couple who think they have everything; a beautiful home, great friends and a darling new baby boy. But Ellen's past makes her secretly worry she's not good enough for her husband-- maybe even her life. On a rare night out together at a party, Ellen has a chance meeting in the hallway with JONAS, a passionate and charming young radical with a piercing gaze and an eerie ability to read her inner most fears. But what seems like a profound connection entangles her family in the web of this charismatic man when Ellen is kidnapped and forced to live under the brutal rule of Jonas's "family." Battling to keep her grip on reality, Ellen must survive her "reeducation" while Mitch struggles to find a clue that will lead him to his wife before all is lost. Inspired by the stories of Elizibeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, I wrote Sway because I am riveted by what their experiences reveal about human nature and couldn't wait to explore this in film!

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.

Title: DEAD AT 11

Logline: Is reality real? The Cape's only anchorman needs to know, as a bullet blasts past Ted Kennedy's head and splatters the brain of a reporter. Can Matt's screenplay...DEAD AT 11...be playing out?

Synopsis: Anchorman Matt Nelson has been on Cape Cod longer than he planned, but it's such a great place to raise a family. He's been contemplating a screenplay for years called, DEAD AT 11, figuring he can make the big bucks writing for the big screen. The central scene is a line of TV crews setup at the Kennedy Library in Dorchester waiting for Senator Ted Kennedy to announce his retirement. Kennedy is to be live at the top of the 11 o'clock news. A shot rings out. It justs misses Kennedy and splatters the brain of a Channel 5 reporter all over his camera lens. The assumpion is it was meant for Ted. Kennedy is rushed off, as the cameras turn their focus to the downed reporter. In downtown Boston, the Channel 5 newsroom is in chaos. When another reporter is gunned down in Providence, all bets are off. Nelson is sent to cover Kennedy's actual retirement, and Matt's mind is blown as his screenplay unfolds right in front of him. Reality gets hazier as the killer and his bond to Matt unfolds.