Submission Samples from the Teenage Genre

Title: Castle For Keeps

Logline: Chaos ensues when two American teenagers try to prevent a cruel English military officer from trrorising a poor defenceless old man.

Synopsis: Two American teenagers on holiday with their father in England investigate a local myth surrounding a mysterious castle. They become embroiled in a battle with a wicked, cruel army captain after being transported back to 1648 and the English Civil War. After making friends with the castle owner, eccentric Sir Humphrey, they vow to help him overthrow the captain and his troop of men. A fierce battle ensues with some thrilling sword fighting, and a helping hand from a flock of geese.

Title: Harvest Moon

Logline: Missy is an awkward teen who's life becomes everything she's ever wanted when a foreign exchange student moves in and teaches her how to become a witch.

Synopsis: MISSY BERG is an overweight, awkward high school girl who's spent her whole life not fitting in. Being a teen-ager sucks. Though when an exchange student, LAETITIA, arrives, she proves to be an unexpected ally. While she is everything Missy is not: thin, pretty, desired by the boys and envied by the girls. She takes an interest in Missy and the two quickly become like sisters. Then Laetitia reveals that she's a witch and here for a specific, nefarious reason. Missy has no one or anything but the knowledge that she helped start something evil. Oddly though, it's Laetitia's own motto that Missy starts to take to heart: You create your own power, that saves the day.

Title: CALL OF KI-WOON

Logline: His Korean roots gave him powers. His American culture gave him chances. A contest will give him the journey of a lifetime.

Synopsis: An American teen adopted from Korea, develops into a charismatic youth with amazing talents. Earning a trip to a Korean video game contest, Ki-woon is drawn into a futuristic cyber-reality of gigantic proportions. The stressed teen runs away in search of his 'real' family, hoping to find answers to his past. But instead, he finds only heartache. And then, then unthinkable happens. *Named 2008 Semi-Finalist in The Screenplay Festival (www.screenplayfestival.com)

Title: When We Were Champions

Logline: Terri Taylor, the best female AAA high school basketball player in Washington State history, loses hope of a scholarship to Duke in her senior year, after transferring to a tiny school of 63 students.

Synopsis: Terri Taylor, the best female basketball player in Washington State history has just helped Seattle's AAA Stealth Warriors win the state championship. Terri's life changes when her family is transferred to tiny Apple Valley. Her dream of a Duke scholarship fades with her new school of just 63 students and only 7 on the girl's team. Terri meets Jennifer Jones. Jennifer wants only one thing, a winning season. Terri wants only one thing, to go back to Stealth. Terri & Jennifer become close and share the pain of Jennifer's little sister Betsy, being killed by a drunk driver. Terri is then cleared to go back to Stealth as she had wanted. Tragedy and now bitter disappointment face the Cougars. Terri relents & comes back from Stealth and helps Apple Valley win its first State B Championship. After the championship game, Terri receives a surprise visit from Duke's recruiter who flew in to see the game and offers Terri a scholarship. WWWC is inspired by two true stories.

Title: GO GREEN OR DIE

Logline: Our planet is dying and it will take one teen to save it. But she never thought saving the planet meant losing her self.

Synopsis: Corey Parker, a teen violin virtuoso with a popular blog, is abducted and held hostage by sophisticated eco-terrorists dead-set on saving the earth. But by the time she is found, she has become one of them. The struggle to rescue Corey from her self will involve mad science, lunar bases, extinct creatures, alternative fuel sources and the end of the world as we know it.

Title: ENDANGERED YOUNG LOVE

Logline: A screenplay of happier times, based on a true story with the spirit AMERICAN GRAFFITI. A nostalgic look back into the high octane action of the 50's.

Synopsis: Heartbreaking incest that comes back to shatter a young girls repution. High School romances warm and beautiful. Revoling with wild humor exploding sex crazed hormone affaires, with a typing teacher and her young male students to break their imaginary cherrys. Car drag races to inflate male and females self esteem egos. Car chases to remove unwanted sexual coronary seduction competition. Argumentatively, the best cars, the best of times and the best teen music ever recorded, energized through out this movie.

Title: The Kids Are All Right

Logline: Four high school friends drive around on a Friday night while an extremely dangerous terrorist threatens their town.

Synopsis: A group of seventeen year olds drive around their town on a Friday night looking for beer so that they can go to the party of the year. Each unsuccessful attempt turns into a mini adventure for them with consequences they never expected. Meanwhile a terrorist is active in the area and the FBI is hunting him down in a chase that will change life in the town forever.

Title: The Ugly Club

Logline: The Uglies take on the Pretties: "Ugly Betty" meets "Election."

Synopsis: To strike a blow against lookism, an ugly teen convinces the cheerleading coach to let him and two other ugly kids become cheerleaders. The pretty people, led by last year's gorgeous, brilliant, and ruthless star cheerleader, don't like that one bit. Lew Hunter, famed chair of UCLA's screenwriting dept wrote about The Ugly Club: "I have had the uniquely pleasurable experience of reading the latest of Marty Nemko's scripts. It will make a $$$derful teen or crossover feature film. It has characters you care about, a novel premise, high stakes, funny yet smart writing, rising drama, twists, and an audience-rooting 3rd act. Most important, we can all relate to its theme: feeling unattractive. I vigorously encourage you to give serious consideration to The Ugly Club and to Marty Nemko as a client." I have other scripts in inventory, my 5 books have sold 240,000 copies, I'm Contrib. Editor at U.S. News & World Report, and producer/host on NPR in San Fran.

Title: The Normals

Logline: A teenage boy struggles to keep his sanity despite an emotionally unstable mother, high school politics, and delusions involving characters from The Wizard of Oz.

Synopsis: Patrick Dooley is your average American teenager, well on his way to becoming either a great guy or a deranged killer. His chances for a bright future are jeopardized by his drug-addled mother and her affair with his sister's 17 year old prom date, by his knack for finding trouble at school, and by the unique company he keeps: Glenda the Good Witch, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man. The script opens with Patrick onstage wielding an ax during a disastrous high school performance of The Wizard of Oz. The story cuts away from the scene before Patrick can bring the ax down on another student, only to circle back round to the completion of the scene and an answer to the question: is Patrick Dooley a killer? An earlier draft of this script was semifinalist at the 2003 Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Competition. WGA# 1596144

Title: The Dude with the X-rated Eyes

Logline: A nerdy high school senior receives a pair of alien sunglasses that give him X-rated vision...A scifi "Porky's" with heart.

Synopsis: Stuart Hornaday was just five years old when his father Tom Hornaday (and his dachshund Sherlock) mysteriously disappeared near Area 51. Now, thirteen years later, Stuart is a nerdy high school senior with an inferiority complex, raging hormones and a crush on a girl (the school's reigning hottie) who doesn't even know he's alive. His dream? To become a photog for a lingerie catalog company. Then one day Tom Hornaday returns, the victim of an alien abduction. He gives his son a special gift: sunglasses that give the boy X-rated vision. Suddenly Stuart can see all the nude (and scantily clad) women his eyes can stand and his life changes for the better, until aliens (two sexy black divas) visit Earth to get the glasses back. Such is a quick look at our fanciful teen comedy scifi script "The Dude with X-rated Eyes." The story was written by me and my LA-based writing partner, Mike McCulloch.