Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

Title: Our Time

Logline: The improbable story of the 2006 West Essex Knights High School baseball season.

Synopsis: Coach Scott Illiano has given his all for ten years, but has never won a championship. Sportswriter Al Williams, aligned with disgruntled parents, is intent on getting him fired. A wave of untimely adversities forces an overhaul of the team's lineup, and creates a greater sense of hopelesness. With their season on the brink, the Knights embark on a magic carpet ride winning 4 games in New Jersey's prestigious Greater Newark Tournament. To complete their Cinderella story they must now overcome future major league pitcher Rick Porcello, and the best team in the country, the Seton Hall Prep Pirates. Seton Hall has eight Division 1 scholarship players. West Essex has none. Can a team unranked in New Jersey really compete against this national powerhouse? Together, they make new discoveries, embrace adversity, and question whether their struggles are really with their opponents, or rather within themselves. No, they didn't have it altogether, but together they just may have it all!

Title: The Sons of Sheba

Logline: The first complete story of how we landed in the War on Terror comes to life in the long friendship of a maverick CIA operative with two Yemeni brothers. Former comrades-in-arms, 9-11 changes all.

Synopsis: No film or other media has presented a coherent picture of how we came to be in the War on Terror, the most important development of our time. There is not one film dealing with Middle Eastern Muslim terrorists directly. Why? Many reasons. First, pressure from Muslim-American groups. Also, who would be the hero, our government? Ha! But films like "United 93," "Syriana," and others, show that the climate has changed. And our hero here is a maverick operative who usually opposes government policy. The time has come. Based on actual events in the public record, THE SONS OF SHEBA brings to life the chain of events that brought the world to this precarious state. In 1972 a Special Forces/CIA operative goes from Vietnam to Yemen as an advisor and develops a close friendship with two young Yemeni Arab brothers that spans three decades. After fighting together in the Yemen and Afghan wars, they find themselves mortal enemies after 9-11, the USA vs. Al-Qaeda. The Iraq war in not involved.

Title: Arminius

Logline: "ARMINIUS" is the true story of the defeat of the Roman Empire by German peasants. Detmold Germany and New Ulm Minnesota have statues of Arminius. New Ulm,Mn remembers the 2000 year ann. of victory.

Synopsis: Arminius and his brother were Roman soldiers who may have been in Bethlehem during the birth of Jesus. After serving in the Army Arminius got out because of the cruelty he saw. He went back to his home and organized a revolt against Rome. He found and married his wife whose father was a traitor to Rome. She was kidnapped by her father and taken to Rome. Arminius confronted his brother who stayed in the Roman Army. His forces fought and destroyed 15,000 Romans in 9 AD. The Roman leader was beheaded. The head was sent to the German King. After other battles, the Romans withdrew from Germania for centuries. In my story, Arminius goes to Rome and rescues his wife and child. When they get back home they realize They have beaten Rome.

Title: M.I.G.

Logline: The true story of a Jewish servant to a rich Iraqi family who masterminded the heist of the century by helping the Israelis steal the Soviet's most coveted weapon--its M.I.G. 21 jet fighter.

Synopsis: In 1963, the Soviet Union tipped the scales of the cold war by unveiling its most formidable conventional weapon: the M.I.G. 21 jet fighter--faster, more versative and more heavily armed than anything possessed by the west. With the NATO powers on red alert, the threat was most real, however, to the Israelis who were now surrounded by hostile nations--namely Egypt, Syria and Iraq--who were given M.I.G.s by the Soviets. With its Arab neighbors preparing for imminent war, things seemed bleak for the tiny nation when, in 1965, a man appeared at the Israeli embassy in Paris and with a phone number. "If the Israelis want a M.I.G.," he explained "call this number" after which he turned and disappeared. The Israelis dispatched a young officer to Iraq who traced the number to an elderly butler--a Jew--to a rich Christian Maronite family living in Bagdad. Thus began the unlikely events that led to what could be called the most successful espionage mission of the 20th century.

Title: The Last Man

Logline: Two men travelling west with the Donner Party, James Reed and Lewis Keseberg, face life's most extreme challenges. One rises to greatness; the other begins his descent into madness.

Synopsis: In the spring of 1846, 2700 people travelled by wagon across North America to the West. The Donner-Reed Party was the last. The bitter story of their entrapment in the Sierra brought westward migration to a standstill until the discovery of gold two years later. But weeks before the entrapment, the interactions between two men - James Reed and Lewis Keseberg - created the conditions that made survival unlikely. Similar in character - intelligent, well-educated, and proud - the two men share the same aspiration: a chance to establish themselves in a new world. But moments of great trial bring Keseberg to violence and Reed to murder. Each man struggles at great personal cost to redeem himself. One succeeds.

Title: PUT ME IN COACH

Logline: Average Americans compete against each other to win a pro sports contract.

Synopsis: PUT ME IN COACH is like AMERICAN IDOL meets pro sports. Regular Americans are given a chance to win a professional sports contract by first trying out for the show, then competing for a coveted spot on the, "DREAM TEAM," which will ultimately play against a pro team. One competitor is then awarded the pro contract if the "DREAM TEAM" should win the game. This show is designed to work with BASKETBALL, BASEBALL and FOOTBALL - the three most poplular sports in America. I believe this show will appeal to the mass audience of sports fans. How many fans have dreamed of becoming a pro ball player? The intensity of the competition, drama, conflict between competitors, as well as bonding of new friendships, will tap into the emotions of the audience and keep them coming back for more. Please let me know if I can send you the treatment. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Title: Chasing DaVinci

Logline: Based on the true story of Nikola Tesla, the man that dreamed at the speed of light.

Synopsis: A mysterious traveler boards an ocean liner in Marseille, France at the height of World War II, carrying a travel bag and a journal written by Nikola Tesla. The journal contains the triumphant account of the conflicts and adversities from peers and within Tesla himself-and includes his epic confrontations with Thomas Edison. Tesla credited these conflicts with what birthed in him the resilience and determination to become focused on a dream rather than to achieve fame. His dream would forever secure his work throughout history. He longed to love and be loved but was faithfully married to his work until death did he part. It is this work that continues to live today. What more could our traveling friend share with us?

Title: Rwanda 1994

Logline:  An ex UN Army Officer  returns to Rwanda and relives the violent days spent with the UN peacekeeping forces during the bloodiest civil wars that took the loves of 1 million people in 100 day.

Synopsis:   Act I:  Summary: Introduction to the events leading to the massacre.     It's 2011. A middle aged man arrives in RWANDA troubled by an inexorable wave of gory thoughts from his past. The scenes cut to the year 1994, and a plane carrying the President of Rwanda, is downed. A vicious blame game begins between the two main races, HUTUS and TUTSIS. Each one wants to use this opportunity to suppress the other.    ACT II:  Summary: Protagonists' relives the gruesome acts committed by the HUTUS and TUTSIS.    Following the attack, the nation tumbles into darkness as the TUTSIS and moderate HUTUS are slaughtered in the name of retribution.  Our young protagonist wades h

Title: One Chance at Life

Logline: The true story of a young mans transition into the harsh reality of being a patrol deputy in the New Orleans area, while struggling to find another chance at love.

Synopsis: The story of Chance Domino, who graduates from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Police Academy ready to save the world. After nine months on the street, he becomes a target of an attempted murder, as his dream of saving the world crumbles into a reality of survival. After being rejected by the love of his life, Chance enters the crazy world of dating. Doubting his career decision and convinced he miss his opportunity at true love, Chance transfers to the night shift in an attempt to revive his dream and hide from his personal life. With the support of "The Blue Brotherhood" Chance continues on the rollercoaster of life, which test his abilities as a police officer, a father and a man. Will he find the true meaning of "serve and protect" and get another chance at love to become a well balanced member of society?

Title: The Usurpers

Logline: Five men are in a struggle to seize power over the Roman Empire. They have grown tired of the foolishness of the reigning Emperor Commodus and look to put end to his madness.

Synopsis: The year is 193, and Rome has had enough of the antics of Commodus. Pertinax, one of Rome's finest generals, has decided to put an end to the insane emperor, and take the throne for himself. The only problem is that he can't afford to pay off the soldiers he promise for their services. That's when Didius Julianus steps in and seizes the throne by auction. Pertinax is silenced and all of Rome is outraged, along with three prominent Romans: Septimius Severus, Clodius Albinus and Pescennius Niger. The three men start a civil war within the Roman Empire. Pescennius believes he is entitled to the throne due to his Italian equestrian background. Clodius and Septimius both disagree. Their friendship is tested and they soon become enemies. The victor of this war will become one of Rome's greatest emperors ever; expanding the empire in regions such as Parthia, Britian and Northern Africa.