Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

Title: THE WORLD ON A STRING

Logline: On the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean strung between The U.S. and Europe lies one small wire. This is the remarkable true story of a man who spent a decade to put it there and why it changed the world.

Synopsis: In a time of the Pony Express, and painfully slow communication between nations by steamship, Cyrus Field, a visionary man from New York had the audacious idea to make communication across the Atlantic instantaneous with his TransAtlantic-Telegraph. Framed around the 1860's Civil War, this true historical/adventure chronicles the enormous obstacles Cyrus Field had to overcome. During his decade long attempt, he was dogged by intrigue, sabotage and deaths. His family and NYC home were attacked by angry mobs of the draft riots and his personal bankruptcy loomed over him. There was lack of funding, derision from peers, and the threat of a competing project. His biggest obstacle was the might of the Atlantic herself. He would need to utilize the largest ship in the world and technology that did not yet exist if he were to ever realize his dream to lay the cable. First and foremost we discover the truth behind the deep emotional suffering that drove Field to complete his project.

Title: Dear Zora

Logline: Adventures of Zora Neale Hurston, African-American author, anthropologists, and playwright; who traveled in the south and abroad during the Harlem Renaissance.

Synopsis: Nothing was ever ordinary about Zora Neale Hurston; who was born in 1891, in Eatonville, Florida, the first, all black, incorporated town. Her Godfather was a white man. Her father, John Hurston, a handsome, womanizing, preacher was also mayor of Eatonville and never understood Zora's "Wild and independent ways." John forbade her to listen to those untamed stories woven by the locals on the steps of Joe Clarke's store. Zora's mother, Lucy Hurston, adored her and told her to "Reach for de sun." But, Lucy's untimely death would change Zora's life forever. Sent to boarding school, then later abandoned, Zora would find her niche after winning a writing competition and moving to Harlem, where she would befriend Langston Hughes and the quirky "Godmother." Zora soon would travel and write about her adventures. After two failed marriages and a huge scandal she would die penniless; but with no regrets. Her trailblazing spirit will go on forever. Dear Zora, a true American heroine.

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.

Title: Them

Logline: A true story of the most horrific and somtimes beautiful history between competing tribes of extraterrestrials and their association with hominids and eventually humans on Earth.

Synopsis: The Logline is enough. If interested contact me. DO NOT bother me with the horseshit logic you've adhered to all your life.

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: 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: Application Denied

Logline: Immigration Police pounded on our door on March 18th of this year, arrested my wife pulling her away from her 3 American Citizen children and US Citizen husband without even showing us paperwork.

Synopsis: Immigration lied to us to gain access to our home saying they were looking for a woman that was registering cars illegally to our address then after having us identify a picture, they saw my wife, then ICE Officers said they were not there for the woman in the picture but they were there to arrest my wife. At the ICE holding facility they had her sign a legal form saying everything was explained in Spanish when nothing was. I felt like my life was being torn apart. I immediately called the ICE office and they said there was no bail and she would be deported in a week. This story begins in Guatemala 1993 where Lizeth was kidnapped by a political subversive group, she escapes and flees to the US. She applies for Political Asylum receives a social security # and permission to work, has 3 children, her political asylum is denied and she is asked to leave the country. WGA WEST REGISTRY #1371110 I would like to submit this screenplay for your consideration.

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: 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: Garbage wars

Logline: A chance meeeting for a high school summer job becomes a full time bodyguard position with a high profile Organizes crime figure

Synopsis: In the Early 1980.s Organized Crime had a strangle hold on many Fortune 500 Companies . This screenplay is based from Actual events that led to the largest Organized Crime investigation by the F.B.I. In the end 37 organizes crime figures would be convicted and sent to prison . This screenplay has it all Crooked Cops /Dirty politians Prositiutes Drug Deaalers and more!!!!!!.I made it out and went to Florida This screenplay would make a great T.V. series /mini series or full lenghth Motion Picture Think the Sopranos was good THINK AGAIN Thanks John Zepatos 949-723-5023