Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

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: FOREVER

Logline: A high-powered business executive slips into dementia creating an alternate reality of strange locations, strange religion, power and lust. His ultimate destination becomes madness and murder.

Synopsis: Executive, Nicholas Sandarian, plagued by visions, pressured by work and relationships, decides to get away. On the plane an apparition appears, a beautiful woman. Disembarking he sees her. Countess Vadaszak, trophy wife of an ad hoc sovereign of a remote province. Nicholas is invited to their home, in Athelstan, a place frozen in time. Eccentric, Fitz Collingsworth, befriends Nicholas and teaches him the strange ways of Athelstan and the Counts power. Nicholas'changes the dynamic. Power is no longer the Count's. Peasant farmers begin to prosper. This brings a confrontation. Under the guise of a hunt, Nicholas and the Count stalk each other. Nicholas realizes his gun isn't loaded and flees into a garden maze. The Countess finds Nicholas but betrays him. Nicholas'firm carries on business as usual. The people he met in Athelstan are his colleagues. The journey occurred in his mind. Betrayals separate him from reality, leaving him insane.

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: 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: HAIR TRIGGER

Logline: Tension explodes in W. P. Crown

Synopsis: The mob movie that's never been made and the terrorist tale that hasn't been told, HAIR TRIGGER follows two rival capos, a US attorney and a CIA spook, all chasing a suitcase nuke disguised as a shipment of heroin in a pursuit that ends with a bang on Long Island Sound. To review the hardcopy script, reply with your postal address to crown77@earthlink.net.

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: Schop Sect

Logline: Members of an intellectual club begin an unconventional sexual relationship and are drawn into an excalating plot to surreptitiously sterilize men.

Synopsis: Marinda is a single woman with an aversion to marriage and children, and also a member of the Schopenhauer wing of the Carinas. Rob is a divorced father with a nagging vendetta against Al Qaeda terrorists. Both are members of the Black Band, a secret subgroup for single Carinas looking for safe sexual relationships. Like Schopenhauer, the Black Band discourages procreation but more assertively, requiring each male member to undergo a vasectomy. Through the Black Band, Rob and Marinda begin a relationship and Marinda applies a unique strategy to ensure the relationship's endurance. Meanwhile, more extreme members of the Schopenhauer wing devise a plan to secretly sterilize infant males. But they later abandon their plot when the sterilizing chemical proves to cause cancer. Except one member, an angry anti-Jihadist, conspires to continue the project, with plans to apply the lethal procedure to Muslim infants. Rob and Marinda discover and confront this Muslim maternity threat.

Title: REACT

Logline: React is an interactive sketch program in which actors play out various awkward and embarrassing situations, up to that most uncomfortable moment. WGAE 1248311

Synopsis: Eric and Denise are happily married with two children, and one on the way. One Saturday, after the two had been out shopping; Eric remembers that he forgot to pickup his dry cleaning. Denise decide's to stay in the car while he run's in. Eric couldn't ask for better timing, the dry cleaner's closes in ten minutes, and there's only one person in front of him, but this is no ordinary person. Standing in front of Eric is an extremely attractive woman. He quickly shoves his left hand into his pocket to conceal his wedding ring, and foolishly decide's to see if he's still got it. He doesn't have it. Having made a complete ass of himself; Eric pays for his clothing and heads for the door. Before exiting he peers through the storefront window and to his surprise, sees that his wife is now talking to the same woman he just ran off. Turns out the two know each other from the gym. Eric is terrified, the cleaner's is closing, and he has no way out. How are they going to REACT?

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: 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.