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: Enter Story

Logline: Simple boy, Remi, (20 years old) arrives live to UK. Eperience in UK, new lifestyle, new people, his English Teddy Bear

Synopsis: My name is Mr. Remigijus Miciulis ( English people use to call me just Remi ). I am foreigner from Lithuania. Since 2004, then Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland joined EU, UK has got many foreigners from these countries. As I heard, many people arrived to UK for money, some because in UK better lifestyle and some ... because it was a dream. Then I just arrived, UK was for me like absolutely different world. Different language, traditions, people, nature and so on. After 2.5 year I wrote screenplay about me self. How I feel, what I was thinking before I left Lithuania and what I got after I arrived to UK. Beginning of film a lot of facts, then 'adventures' in UK. I imagine it as a 2,5 good comedy with real facts.

Title: Toy Soldiers

Logline: Logline: A 13-year-old girl's family holiday turns into a freakish nightmare when a rebel group kidnaps her.

Synopsis: 13-year-old Mercy Ocen's family hails from Lira; a picturesque little town in Uganda's semi-arid north where the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), carves itself a stronghold. Operating out of southern Sudan, they relentlessly descend on unsuspecting small villages, maiming, raping, taking young girls as sex slaves, and kidnapping young men to further strengthen their numbers. In the early hours of that fateful morning, Mercy's father - Peter, receives a phone call from a stranger who tells him that during a rebel raid, his wife Joanna who was visiting with family was brutally beaten up and his children Mercy and Sammy have been abducted by the LRA. Consumed by sorrow and rage, Peter cancels a business trip to South Africa and heads to Lira on what seems like "a race against time effort" to rescue his family. Through the perilous terrain and mayhem of children murdering children, the unfolding events lead Peter to a darker side of humanity he never imagined existed.

Title: Adventure on a DARE

Logline: ADVENTURE ON A DARE has it all-from danger to near death, loneliness to love, even a Communist Cuban courtroom. It is a story of one man's journey in to the unknown, all with just a dime to his name.

Synopsis: All it took was a dime and a dare to discover the adventure of a lifetime. Based on the true-life story of Fritz T Sprandel, ADVENTURE ON A DARE fallows the journey of young Fritz, as he accepts a friend's dear that he couldn't go from Staten Island, NY to Los Angles, CA with only a canoe between him and the forbidding foam of the sea. ADVENTURE ON A DARE is more than just the retelling of an intrepid excursion into the unknown; it's the vehicle itself, transporting us back to the journeys of thoes who have lived, loved and lost befor us. Reminiscent of a great American classic like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Call of the Wild. ADVENTURE ON A DARE will bring you alone for the perilous ride, satisfying your continued cry for more than just the world around you. This full-length manuscript is available now for your perusal.If you would like to read ADVENTURE ON A DARE, please feel free to contact me directly. www.FritzSprandel.com Email: Adventureonadare@entermail.

Title: No Worries

Logline: A laid off, divorced, homeless and bankrupt 40 year old executive, teams with a group of illegal mexcians to start a business in their mutual pursuit to start anew and achieve the american dream.

Synopsis: This is the first paragraph of the treatment: Before the credits roll, 8 black Humvees full of heavily armed Immigration ICE officers surround an industrial building where we see and hear a voice over from BRIAN, a 40 year old man looking out the window and seeing they are here to arrest him and the illegal aliens working in his shop. In the shop behind him, 15 illegal aliens are rapidly climbing through a hole in a wall that will lead them to freedom. One, KALIMAN, a 35 year old, slightly overweight mexican man with a gentle face, yells to Brian if its ok to leave him. Brian nods and tells him to go, then Brian goes out to face the ICE officers. He is surrounded by ICE and his hands are up. He then hears the door open behind him as Kaliman walks out and clasps Brian's raised up hand as the officers handcuff them together. Fade out. The screen then says. TWO YEARS EARLIER. THE JOURNEY BEGINS....

Title: Becoming Quanah Parker

Logline: He is the last Comanche on the Great Plains and he must choose whether to live as a white man or die as a Comanche.

Synopsis: The son of a captured white woman and a Comanche chief, Quanah Parker terrorized the white settlers on the Texas plains in the late 1800s until Colonel Ranald Mackenzie of the U.S. Army arrived and began his pursuit of the wily Comanche chief. Determined to make a name for himself and to gain a promotion, Mackenzie chases Quanah and his warriors throughout a terrible winter and is finally able to force Quanah's starving little band onto the Oklahoma reservation. Mackenzie intends to hang Quanah for his depredations against whites, but Quanah escapes and leads his little band off the reservation and back onto the Plains in violation of Mackenzie's orders. Mackenzie has had enough, and he pursues with a vengeance. What Mackenzie finds out on the plains, however, so shocks him that he decides rather than to hang Quanah, he must change the stubborn Indian into a white man in order to save the Comanche Nation.

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: Mocho Girl Journey To A Mission

Logline: An abused young Jamaican girl, facing brutal oppression and insurmountable odds, survives her childhood and fulfills her dream of becoming of registered nurse in the United States.

Synopsis: At age 11, AGATHA, was brutally beaten by her father. With their lives in danger, her mother fled with two of her four children. Her mother found work as a live-in maid, but children were not allowed so Agatha lived with her aunt. There, Agatha was routinely starved and beaten almost to death. Frantically, her mother took the children and hid them in her room where she worked, but one day they were found. At age 12, Agatha was placed in a home as a live-in maid where she learned to support herself. Two years later, she was reunited with her mother and they were a family again. At age 14, however, Agatha was too old to attend public school. At age 18, Agatha moved to England pretending to have a high school diploma and she entered nursing school. After two years, she dropped out of school and moved once more to the United States. In the U.S., Agatha began a new life, received her high school diploma, attended college, and at age 35 achieved her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse.

Title: Strongbow

Logline: Dispossesed of his land and title, a 12th century Norman knight, promised the hand in marriage of an Irish princess, defies king Henry II of England by leading a deadly invasion of Ireland.

Synopsis: 1169. The Irish king Dermot of Leinster has many enemies, and a beautiful daughter, the princess Eva. Dermot obtains permission from Henry II to raise troops to help restore his kingdom, and Henry points him towards Richard de Clare, a Norman knight known as 'Strongbow', who agrees to lead an invasion on the promise of Eva's hand in marriage. Fearing the establishment of a rival kingdom on his flank, Henry reverses himself and prohibits it, but Strongbow defies him, and arrives to claim his prize. Everything is not as it seems in this strange land, and Strongbow must cast aside his own ambitions to help his new bride Eva. He and his knights lay seige to Dublin castle, fighting off Celts and Vikings, restoring Dermot to the throne of Leinster. When Dermot dies, Eva becomes Queen of Leinster, with Strongbow as her protector. They could have changed the course of history, were it not for a betrayal. WGA #L219832

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?