Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: A Parallel World

Logline: An arrogant business woman realizes that her life is not what it seems when she finds herself coming the the aid of people she despised.

Synopsis: Susan Conway is a very arrogant but successful business woman. As part of her company's management obligations, she volunteers her time at a rehab facility in the inner-city of Chicago, Illinois. When one of the facilities most promising resident's turns up dead, she finds herself reaching out to his family. During a visit to the victim's home, she notices a photo sitting on a table. Realizing that the man in the photo is her husband, she questions the fiance and begins to uncover a trail of secrets. With the help of an unlikely source, she finds herself coming to the aid of some unsavory characters.

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: 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: 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.

Title: The 30

Logline: Logline - After multiple policeman are gunned down, and a high profile criminal trial is dismissed, do to a dead witnesses, ten Philadelphia officers decide to take matters into their own hands.

Synopsis: Synopsis - The entire city of Philadelphia is in a state of panic stemming from drug violence. The murder rate is soaring toward a record high. Policemen are responding to calls only to be murdered in cold blood upon arrival on scene. And state witnesses, along with their families are being executed, in order to insure the absence of their testimony. Just when it seems as if the department and community are at its knees, ten policemen, are brought together by what at first, seems like coincidence and circumstance. Led by a rogue detective, these ten policemen construct a risky, but creative scheme to assassinate thirty high profile criminals, who are responsible for the majority of drug trafficking and murder, which has crippled the city. On Christmas Eve, they strike. Causing a media frenzy around the world, especially within the local government and law enforcement branches. As indictments are passed down, and a major Federal trial begins, an even larger and puzzling plot unfolds.

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: 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: Mask of Sanity

Logline: Baffled cops ask prominent psychiatrist for help with bizarre murders. As the clues are unraveled, the psychiatrist struggles with his abusive past, and a stunning deception is revealed.

Synopsis: Dr. Dillon Pierce, an expert criminal psychiatrist, is asked by the baffled police to assist in identifying the killer in a series of similar murders. In the course of the investigation, Dillon has to struggle with his own past emotional experiences, the deaths of his parents, and the fates of his two sisters. The police, too, have their struggles with balancing the demands of their professional lives with their families. The search for the mysterious cause of death, stumps the police, until a creative detective, and a dedicated coroner start to unravel it. The murderer is unmasked and a stunning deception is revealed.

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.