Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

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: 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: 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: 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.

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 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: 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: 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: 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: Darker Than a Thousand Midnights

Logline: The struggles and trials of life of a young Alabama mother of nine and the hardships after moving to New York City.

Synopsis: My (Addie Harris) experiences as a child working in the cotton fields, pregnancy at twelve years of age, married at age 16, and many 'no good' men in my life. While in my late twenties, I made the decision to move away from home and begin new job opportunities as a housekeeper on Long Island. One good man (Sergeant Gayle) in my life helped me to get an education to become a beautician and set up my own shop. We never married and he died of a heart attack a few years after we met. My children grew up in the Bronx, some became involved with drugs and crime. The story reaches a crisis when my daughter (Bessie) at age 18 came down with HIV. This is about my struggles to find a better life and what I experienced as a mother of nine along the way.