Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

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: 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: 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.

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: 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: 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: Flying Dragons

Logline: Cycling Group that has a ghost rider with the help from others must find the reason why he is left behind.

Synopsis: Colonel Henderson and Javier retired from the Marine Corp. They formed up a road cycling group named Flying Dragons. The group in three years has 185 memebers with forty miles rides on Saturday and Sunday. The Colonel still has all the qualities of A Marine. Before each ride with his morning formation with all the details of the ride. Javier is a person that is creature of habit to be a routine that his Border Collie has learned for the last two years. Javier whom at the last intersection of the route gets killed by a speeding car. The group commenced back riding would continually keep this segment on each route. Javier is reverting back as ghost in his bed as on the morning of his accident. His dog helps out from waking him up. Assist him to the time he exits the garage door. With his sensor on his collar that operates the door. Javier is still riding with the group on each ride, but doesn't realize he is a ghost.

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 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: 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.