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: 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: 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: 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: Hollywood Ending

Logline: Allow me to present Hollywood Ending, my low budget, fast-paced, reality screenplay about a corrupt agent, cold murder, and the quick deceptive world of the movie industry.

Synopsis: 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'd 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.homestead.com.

Title: Sell Out

Logline: A brilliant young doctor and an earnest FBI agent uncover a conspiracy to market a miraculous muscle growing drug that is really a slow killer.

Synopsis: In Super Bowl XLII, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants behind the play of their MVP linebacker, Crandic Hayes. Two days later, the superstar is rushed to the ER in acute kidney failure and pulmonary edema. Dr. RENEE BRANDIMARTE saves his life but when Hayes dies mysteriously, she's accused of malpractice and thrown out of the hospital. Then Renee's mentor, Dr. Wie Lin, is killed and the murderer plants the gun in her apartment to frame her. Renee becomes a fugitive and is tracked by FBI agent, HARRISON TYLER, who suspects she's innocent. Together, and with the help of Haye's teammates, they uncover a conspiracy that began fifteen years ago in China and leads to the Director of the FBI and the head of the Intelligence Committee in the U.S. Senate. They are betrayed and Renee is kidnapped and Harrison is shot. They escape and trap the Director and Senator. In a final courtroom scene, Renee is vindicated. Renee and Harrison are heroes and very much in love.

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: 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: 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: 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.