Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

Title: The Beast Within

Logline: The authorized biopic of boxing hall-of-famer John "The Beast" Mugabi who rose up from the slums of Uganda to become a world champion and Olympic medallist.... before it was all taken from him.

Synopsis: John was plucked from Uganda and brought to England to start his career, later moving to the USA. But, outside the ring, John was truly fighting for his life; under the wing of Mickey, an unscrupulous manager who warned John that he must win his fights - or lose everything, and get sent back to the slums. Pushed to breaking point by his intense training regime, John fought and fought, accumulating a record-breaking winning streak of 26 fights in a row! Over the years, John made a name for himself in legendary bouts with millions of dollars in prizes, and a dramatic comeback match, winning the WBC world title. Yet, ultimately, Mickey ditched John, leaving him penniless and homeless. But, John turned his life around - his biggest comeback to date.

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: 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: 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 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: The Mirror Maze

Logline: A Norwegian man serves time in Mexican prisons where he witnesses and suffers inhumane treatment and torture. www.TheMirrorMazeStory.com

Synopsis: Tom Brungar, a Norwegian businessman, has an increasing drug addiction which ultimately pulls him into an international, cocaine, trafficking operation. Smuggling drugs through a Mexican airport, he and his partner are arrested. He then serves five years in a series of Mexican prisons were he quickly learns that drug use and corruption are just as rampant in prison among the guards and officials as in the outside world. In order to survive, he must walk a fine line. He falls in love with Adriana, the prison psychologist, who with the help of the Norwegian embassy obtains his release. Tom Brungar, my mother's cousin, was born and raised in Oslo, Norway. After returning to Norway from his five-year incarceration in Mexico, he worked in the Norwegian government to assist immigrant refugees. The screenplay is ready for review in final format and we have also just published the book. I look forward to talking wtih you soon.

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: 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: AMERICAN KNIGHT RIDERS

Logline: Four Armed Forces veterans jump on motorcycles and ride around the country searching out veterans, current soldiers, and their families in dire need and offering them help.

Synopsis: AMERICAN KNIGHT RIDERS is like The EXPENDABLES meet EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITON with a little SONS OF ANARCHY thrown in the mix. Thousands of soldiers and veterans of foreign wars, as well as their families are struggling to make it in civilian life and it's getting increasingly harder for the American government to provide aid to these wonderful people who have served our country and sacrificed so much for our freedoms and rights. AMERICAN KNIGHT RIDERS is a reality TV series where four recent veterans, called the AMERICAN KNNIGHT RIDERS, are given motorcycles and a simple mission: Travel across the country each week to locate veterans and/or current soldiers and their families in dire need and help them into a better situation where they should never have to worry about their troubles again. At the end of each episode, after the mission is complete, the AMERICAN KNIGHT RIDERS mount their motorcycles and ride off in search of their next assignment.

Title: DAVID

Logline: Young David, being anointed the new King over Israel, defeats the Giant, Goliath, wins countless battles, falls in love with the king's daughter, and runs for his life because of the king's jealousy

Synopsis: The shepherd boy David is anointed the new King over Israel. King Saul brings him into his palace where he falls in love with his daughter. David defeats the Philistine army and destroys the giant, Goliath. David is offered the king's daughter in exchange for the enemy's blood, which he delivers. King Saul becomes jealous and tries to kill David. Jonathan, Saul's son, befriends David and helps him survive in the wilderness. Saul's relentless pursuit for David forces him to defect to the Philistine King and serve him until his time to reign when Saul faces the Philistines in battle without David.