Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

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: 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: LARRIKIN

Logline: A New Age Tarzan inspires a generation with his Wildlife Conservation and Vision... Steve Irwin - The WILDLIFE WARRIOR has risen.

Synopsis: This is the story of Steve Irwin. As a child Steve and the Irwin family leave their suburban home in Melbourne for the bush in the State of Queensland. Bob, his wife and their three children rescue injured and endangered wildlife. Steve's passion for the Australian bush grows as he collects snakes for serum and native animals for the family's park with his bare hands. Steve begins to film his adventures in the waterways, outback and rainforests of Queensland. With his signature khakis and mullet, Steve's energy and humour is exciting to watch. Steve's popularity becomes global and takes him all over the world filming special documentaries. Life is wonderful but then tragedy strikes personally and controversy erupts and Steve experiences worldwide condemnation. Steve and Terri work tirelessly despite setbacks until his shocking death. A true wildlife warrior, Steve's passion will be admired for generations to come.

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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?