Submission Samples from the Thriller Genre

Title: Brain Child

Logline: A female neuroscientist, who has invented a way to view images stored inside the human brain on a computer screen, must turn to this technology as her last hope for identifying her daughter's killer.

Synopsis: Dr. Nora Winthrop has discovered a way to view images stored inside the human brain on a computer screen. One evening, she returns home to find out her eight year old daughter has been mysteriously murdered. After a failed police investigation she has decided to take matters into her own hands. She will genetically recreate the little girl's brain in a desperate attempt to view her final moments of life and identify her daughter's killer. What she brings back, however, is not just the girl's brain, but her actual consciousness which, amazingly, she can communicate with via a computer. This incredible event sets off a series of frightening twists and turns as Nora attempts to come face to face with her deepest fears and emotions, not only in order to solve the mystery surrounding her daughter, but to also try and regain some kind of meaning in her own wounded existence.

Title: The First Banker

Logline: Peter is about to get married when CIA forces him to join a manhunt for his grandfather who is tampering with financial markets in the US, EU and Asia.

Synopsis: Peter thought his grandfather was dead but the truth is his grandfather and some old Army officers still run an operation that has suppressed Germany and Japan since the end of World War II. The secret operation tampers with financial markets in Germany and Japan to keep those countries economically linked to the US to insure they never fight the US again. But in 2008 his grandfather expanded the operation to create a worldwide financial crisis that might hurt the US, but would totally destroy Russia, which has yet again become too dangerous. His grandfather created the banking crisis being felt around the world and now CIA wants to stop the man who had been thier hero for the last forty years. So CIA tries to force Peter to join the manhunt, but Peter avoids CIA and Russian agents to find the truth on his own. And the truth is his grandmother and a renegade Colonel run the operation, and Peter must convince his grandmother to stop the Colonel before its too late for everyone.

Title: Survival Cards

Logline: Play your cards right on "Grand Island" or your last hand delt may be your last!

Synopsis: The stakes are high when Grand Island Palace Casino approches 15 professional card Players with a chance of a life time! A 5 day Texas Hold'em Tournament held on a secluded Costa Rican Island, with Luxury, beautiful woman and a opportunity to win a 50 million dollar cash prize. Card skills will be tested as players are challenged to advance by winning there daily Texas Hold'em table, thus ensuring there excemtion from a night of survival deep within the islands jungle, where they will not be alone! The player who is victorious over all elements will win the 50 million dollars and the title. Registerd with the writers guild of america #1462014

Title: Rogue

Logline: A detective loses his memory after an undercover operation goes wrong leaving him believing in his own criminal persona. He goes head to head with his former partner then his memory starts to return.

Synopsis: International criminal Donovan sets his sights on Glasgow, Scotland, as the latest city to add to his expanding trafficking empire. Decorated undercover detectives Nick Russell and Michael Otago have other ideas and they take on Donovan's operation. Russell goes undercover to try and infiltrate Donovan's gang but gets caught up in a brutal execution of an informant. The killer then turns on Russell leaving him badly beaten and with no memory. In his confused state he starts to believe in his own criminal alter-ego and goes on the rampage. Slowly he works his way into Donovan's confidence with the same flair that made him a good cop and he embraces the life of crime. Then his memories start to return. Meanwhile his former partner Michael Otago struggles with facing up to the events that robbed him of his partner. The net begins to close on Donovan and the paths of the two former friends begin to move back towards each other, heading for a dramatic showdown that neither man expects.

Title: The Dollmaker

Logline: A reporter who's cried "wolf" one too many times. A serial killer who's been dormant for 15 years. No one believes either man has any credibility or even exists. Who will succeed in their agenda?

Synopsis: Mike Broyles is a successful and arrogant reporter for the prestigious New York Examiner. Some of his stories are found to be made up and/or based on fraudulent information. He is promptly fired and returns to his hometown in Wisconsin. He plans on re-evaluating his life and trying to figure out how it all went so wrong. Little does he know that he's about to step into a mystery. The day after he arrives, the body of a missing 8 year old boy is found hanging from a tree. Yet the body dangles as if it were a marionette doll, his death having already been completed before being put up on the tree. This causes fear and panic in the little town, for 15 years ago, a series of 8 murders took place for a five year duration. The bodies were all found identical to this one but the killings stopped and the culprit was never found. Thus, Mike has found a story that could redeem himself and his career, yet the more he digs, the closer he may not live long enough to finish writing it.

Title: The Devil's Work

Logline: A burnt-out NYPD Detective and a junky that claims to see ghosts try to stop a serial killer targeting psychics as a strange hurricane bears down on the city.

Synopsis: New York City. As a strange hurricane approaches, the body of MOIRA MOORE, an alleged fortune teller, is found strangled to death in her home, an X cut into her forehead. When Detective DRAKE REDDICK uncovers a mysterious sigil inked in blood hidden in the room he is lead to NICK, a smart-mouthed, pill-popping junky who claims to be able to see the dead. Together, Nick and Reddick work against the clock, and the doubts of the NYPD, to discover the identity of the murderer before the storm can wash the evidence away.


Logline: ENTER THE WILDERNESS OF FEAR- Fleeing the prospect of war torn Sudan, Marshall discovers the road to redemption is rife with terror when he rescues Star, a child prostitute and drives the AlCan.

Synopsis: Marshall had had it. His wife's current notion that they volunteer in war-torn Sudan is just another scheme to fill the deep void in their marriage. Marshall is out of there, headed nowhere, until Star, a child prostitute, provides direction. Their road to redemption becomes a terrifying journey up the AlCan Highway when forced to accompany an odd ensemble of fellow travelers, stalked by drug dealers set on revenge. Nigel, a burly oil field worker with a penchant for poetry, spins a chilling campfire tale, revealing his disturbing past and hints at their pursuers' motive. Adding to the impending sense of trouble round the bend, Star is assaulted by one of the men at remote Watson Lake. Raising more questions than answers is Athabaskan Indian and ex-con, Ozzie, and his earlier encounter with hardscrabble couple, Eugene and Rita. In command, is handsome Alaskan divorcee, Kiana. A suspense thriller with an unusual caste of characters and twist ending with an unexpected nemesis.

Title: 10 Days in Paradise

Logline: 10 Days in Paradise could kill you. On-the-edge, suspense/thriller rollercoaster ride into the dark world of drug trafficking. A cold-blooded drug dealer/loan shark sends a devoted couple to Columbia.

Synopsis: Carol Wilson an overworked,underpaid young waitress has become entangled with a vicious drug lord and is forced to smuggle drugs out of South America to pay back an outstanding debt. Her devoted boyfriend Steven insistance to find a way to protect her accompanies her and puts their love and lives on the line. This adventure set against the backdrop of the dangerous and exotic Columbian countryside, frames the unselfish power of love and the deadly consequences of money and greed.

Title: Sudden and Untimely

Logline: LOGLINE: An insecure girl makes contact with the ghost of a boy accused of killing several high school students fifty years earlier. She sets out to prove his innocence.

Synopsis: Soon after a boiler room investigation of a 50 year old school fire, Annie McGreevy's mother is stalked. Annie is with her as a grave situation develops. She watches her die in a suspicious accident. Throughout the story Annie's quest is to find the killer. In time she meets Frankie Spiletto in that same boiler room. Annie thinks she's hallucinating, but soon realizes he's a ghost, the person blamed for the fire. The same killer who stalked her mother now stalks her. Several perilous incidents nearly take Annie's life. Later we learn that Annie is Frankie's granddaughter. He had relations with the grandmother. The grandfather is the culprit. His increasing bitterness and jealously are motives for murder. In the end the police are forced to kill him. Annie briefly sees his ghost and the revelation is made that Frankie is innocent. Annie is left alone to deal with her grief and newfound family secrets. (WGA #948147)

Title: Catalyst

Logline: Two separate and passionate idealists from different world's embark on an unlikely journey, fueled by hate and revenge, to unleash the most destructive force the world has ever known.

Synopsis: Seth and Sahib are two disciplined and driven men who are hell-bent on filling inescapable voids in their lives for entirely different, albeit, conflicting reasons. While Sahib navigates his journey by land, sea and air, Seth prepares for his cross-country excursion, while tying up a few loose ends in the process. They seem to stay at least one step ahead of the FBI and CIA by demonstrating a mastery in deception, misdirection, and concealment. Three very important skills necessary when transporting a Nuclear Weapon. After Sahib penetrates the US Border under the cloak of darkness, while beating impossible odds, he meets Seth and they make their way to their target. When they arrive, they realize they are merely, "mules delivering a package", and must act before suffering the same fate as those they intend to harm. Whether Seth and Sahib are successful or not, entirely depends on one's vantage point. WGA Registration #I237531