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Lynn Beck
Sam Quo Vadis
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SPEC SCREENPLAYS - BY AUTHOR

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Lynn Beck   Email
THE DEATH OF ART
Genre - Romantic Comedy

A struggling artist fakes his death to increase the value of his paintings, but finds it difficult to keep his secret when he falls in love with his best customer.

JONNY WAS
Genre - Sci-fi

A ten year-old boy realizes he’s an experiment for aliens who’ve invaded and conquered Earth. He is whisked back to their planet where he is raised as the son of the ruling alien royal family. Eight years later he realizes the errors of his ways and must enlist the aid of his parents and other captured humans to defeat the aliens and re-claim Earth.

This script is being turned into a graphic novel.

DOPPELGANGER 000
Genre - Broad comedy

A septic tank salesman from Dubuque is mistaken for his doppelganger (or double), who’s a suave French spy. The salesman is swept up in a secret spy mission to defeat a wacky Prophet and win back his fiancé from the French spy.

TROPHY HUSBAND
Genre - Romantic comedy

A down and out, young stable boy is inspired by his trophy wife friends to find and marry a rich, older woman. He and his best buddy work the older babe market and find a suitable catch, but the stable boy learns the hard way that when you marry for money you must work for every penny.

DEAD WRONG
Genre - Suspense/Black comedy

An abusive husband hires a low-life criminal to kill his cheating wife. The wife hires her lover to kill the abusive husband. But the low-life criminal kills the wrong woman, setting everyone against each other until only one unlikely suspect is left standing.

This script won an award in the 2008 WIF/MORE screenplay contest.

OFF BASE
Genre - TV Musical Drama

A military academy on a marine base closes and the kids are forced into a local public high school. There is immediate conflict between the army brats and the local students. But five kids from different cliques come together and turn their teenage angst into incredible rock and roll!

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
Genre - TV Dramedy

A Malibu socialite's husband commits suicide leaving her broke. In danger of losing the house she built, she and her friends operate a male escort business and attempt to unravel the mystery of her husband's death.

This script was recently optioned by the director, Allen Martinez.

LIFE IN 2D
TV Sitcom

A 40 year-old cartoonist has a mid-life crisis that manifests as one of his sexy, young comic book characters. She comes to life through an iPad app to teach him how to be a man.

THE CHRISTMAS GIVER
Genre - Christmas MOW

A harried banker hires a personal shopper to help him with his Christmas shopping, but she turns out to be the best present of all.




Sam Quo Vadis   Email

THE TIME DETECTIVE
Genre - Detective Noir/Sci-fi

When a brilliant scientist hides his time machine from a sinister tontine, a hard boiled private detective must travel back to 1947 to save the scientist's rebellious daughter and stop the cabal from changing the course of history.

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HANDLE WITH CARE
Genre - Romantic dramedy

"You don't know whom you've lost...until you find her."

A beautiful Serbian thief steals a laptop that contains the location of millions of dollars of Mafia money and flees to America, where she enlists the help of a principled businessman who has his own legal problems. Together, they must outsmart the INS and Serbian secret service to stay out of jail and gain the ultimate prize; each other.

Amelie, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones' Diary. What do these films have in common? What makes them successful? In screenplay terms, all three embody interesting, offbeat characters, a hero and heroine we care about, and a heartwarming tale of the triumph of love over adversity. Not avant garde, just out of the ordinary - request Handle With Care.

Texas Film Institute - 4th place
Moondance Film Festival Semi-finalist
Words From Here competition Semi-finalist
Top 10% Austin Heart of Film

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RED DUST
Genre - Action/espionage/thriller

"Assassins, artists, enemies, lovers: their passion would save them...or destroy them."

A headstrong American security specialist forms a tense alliance with a beautiful but unstable Russian Special Forces operative as they try to stop the deployment of a psychoactive gas that turns ordinary people into raging killers.

RED MERCURY is a smart, intense action thriller that combines the artistry of Cirque du Soleil with with the danger and intrique of the world of international espionage.

Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Semi-Finalist (top 2.3%)
American Accolades Semi-Finalist
Scriptapalooza Quarter-Finalist

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KARATS
Genre - Romantic-comedy/crime-caper

"They did all the wrong things...for all the right reasons."

A cable installer on a routine job suddenly finds himself caught up in diamond smuggling, kidnapping, and foul play when he meets a pretty courier who works for the mob.

Second round of 20/20 Contest - Read the evaluation
Writers Network Semi-Finalist.

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MIND LORDS - (one hour TV series pilot teleplay)
Genre - Drama/sci-fi/espionage

A bored young man encounters sinister forces when he harbours a mysterious and troubled female assassin who is controlled by a ruthless cartel.

OTHER SCRIPTS BY SAM QUO VADIS



James Barrett   Email
FAXING OPHELIA
Genre - Thriller

"Love is a strong motivator. So is survival."

A meddling dot com matchmaker faxes her beautiful best friend's bio to the home of a wealthy new client where the burglars are busy and there's a corpse downstairs.

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SWEET LETHAL 16
Genre - Thriller

"A best seller was important to him. Too important."

Pulitzer Prize winning author needs a guilty verdict in a first-degree murder trial to make his new book a bestseller and rescue his flagging career.

Winner of the Writers Network Screenplay Contest
Chosen as one of "the next fifty scripts" in the Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships


CANTOOVA!
Genre - Western

"He left Mexico to find gold. He found his destiny."

Joaquin Murieta leads a ragged army of Mexican refugees against the corrupt California government of the gold rush era.

Finalist in the Charleston Worldfest

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CLOUD
Genre - Comedy

"His life was a lemon. He made lemonade."

In 500 B.C., the leader of the Murphy clan insults a Druid sorcerer. For his trouble, the Druid casts a curse on the Murphys for all eternity. Every other generation, the eldest male Murphy child will be saddled with the worst luck on earth...

TO GOD'S EAR
Genre - Mystery

"The killer hunted adultresses ... What better way to find them?"

Detective Cullen Foley tracks a killer who sends adulterous wives in St. Jude's Catholic parish to their eternal reward after they confess their sins. The prime suspect is Father Seamus Foley, Cullen's brother.

Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships Top 10%.

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TRAY COOL: SILENT BUT DEADLY
Genre - Comedy

"A new kind of spy for a new kind of war."

Super-agent Tray Cool battles Yomama Bin Fahkhin and the "Al Killya" terrorist organization. Slick, smart, and with a license to fart. The kind of guy you want on your side; the kind of guy you want downwind.

Austin Heart of Film - second round.

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Jenna Glatzer   Email
A GIRL I ALMOST KNEW
Genre - Drama

When an outgoing young woman's worst fears come true, her mind becomes her worst enemy and she is paralyzed by fear. Unable to leave her home, she reaches out one last time to an anonymous admirer-- but can he make the world safe enough for her before the walls close in for good? An edgy, dark drama with rich characters.


TO HEAVEN WITH YOU!
Genre - Comedy

When God takes a vacation from Heaven, all Hell breaks loose. Really.

Winner of the Ajijic International Film Festival's "Best Screenplay" award
Quarter-Finalist in Fade In Magazine Screenplay Competition


SEEING THE LIGHT
Genre - Drama based on a true story {Optioned}

A young man with Down syndrome fights for the love of a father who wanted to institutionalize him.

Winner of People's Picture Show screenwriting competition


LOVE'S FUNNY THAT WAY
Genre - Romantic comedy

A bombshell illegal immigrant from Cuba hides out in a suburban family's home to escape her allegedly gun-toting ex-boyfriend, who's being chased by his allegedly obsessive mistress. Add a stolen Walt Whitman manuscript, an eight-year-old card shark, and some duct tape, and you have 101 pages of commercially-viable fun.



Hank Isaac   Email
ESCAPE VELOCITY
Genre - Family

A precocious but unhappy little girl desperately wants to be abducted by aliens. And when her dreams come true, she embarks on a journey which will change her life forever.


EARTHLINGS
Genre - Family (one hour TV series pilot teleplay)

Two children accidentally journey back in time 1500 centuries to the "Dark Ages". Only to us, it's the 21st Century. Now they must find a way to fit in, even as they work to get back to their own time.

THE STARS DON'T TWINKLE IN OUTER SPACE
Genre - Drama

Two children dream themselves into a 1930s sci-fi radio serial in order to survive the horrors of a
concentration camp.

Winner - the British Short Screenplay Competition

GALAXY
Genre - Science Fiction

A sci-fi anthology revolving around a high-tech attempt to locate the carrier of the original human soul.

317
Genre - Science Fiction/Drama (one hour TV series pilot teleplay)

Sent out into the cosmos from Earth on the eve of the planet's certain destruction, can six children keep from killing each other long enough to repopulate the human race?

LUMA
Genre - Drama

A young dancer discovers there are worse things than going to hell.

Project Greenlight Top 250

OTHER SCRIPTS BY HANK ISAAC





Anna Rose Thomas   Email
GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS
Genre - Dark comedy

When Bunny steals some incriminating photographs, she and her fence, Jules, find themselves on the wrong side of a crooked cop, a dead mobster and Bunny's asinine husband Harold.

THE GATHERING
Genre - Horror/ghost story

The ghost of a child cries in the night - but is she trying to drive Sam and Andrew Whitten away, or warn them?

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Mary Schirmer   Email
LOSING BATTLE
Genre - Comedy

Wally's security job is on the line. His boss says, Lose weight or lose your job. His Mama says, "Have some more ravioli."

Top 10 % of the Screen Arts Foundation competition, comedy category

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THE SECRET OF LIFE
Genre: Romance

When rich city newsman Clayton Mirieux has to open a branch office in rugged 1875 Colorado, he learns that the secret of life is more than survival.

Top 1/3rd of 1% (41st out of 12,000+) in Writers Digest competition

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BLACK IRISH ROSE
Genre: Sit-Com Pilot

Living in Chicago on the wrong side of the tracks, 14-year-old Rose dreams of becoming the first Black Irish step dance champion. When she finds a teacher and begins to win contests, an Irishman tries to stop her.

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THROUGH THIN AIR
Genre: Drama

The genius yet eccentric Nikola Tesla, the electrical engineer who discovered alternating current, battles financiers and other inventors to complete his experiments.


JAMES AVERY
Genre: Mystery/drama

Detective James Avery, whose wife died of cancer a few months ago, sets off to find a serial killer in a small town 100 years behind the times. While he trains the luscious Melanie Wright, new to the Major Case Squad, he worries about his hormone-driven 14-year-old at home with her grandparents.

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OTHER SCRIPTS BY MARY SCHIRMER



Daphne Charette   Email
THE SWORD AND THE ROSE
Genre - Action

The daughter of an Irish chieftain defies all convention to lead three clans in the battle against the English. Finally she must face Elizabeth herself in a desperate battle for survival. Based on historical record.

Winner of WinFemme Screenplay Competition
Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships top 10%
Third place Nashville Screenplay Competition
Third Place Split-Screenplay Competition
Blue Cat semi-finalist


FALLEN KINGS AND ANGELS
Genre: Comedy

Francis, an aging actor with one last shot at an Oscar, must mentor an orphan to restore his tarnished image. Enter Jack- a teenage prodigy with enough cutting edge to get through even Francis' armor. When Jack lands the supporting role in Francis' movie, friendship falls prey to jealousy, betrayal, and the timeless rivalry between youth and age.

Scriptapalooza quarter-finalist



Pete Barnstrom   Email
A.K.A. PELIGRO GIRL
Genre - Comedy

"Not just another slightly gay, Hispanic superhero coming-of-age story...."

When a female superhero walks away from the caped-crusader game, her young sidekick drags her right back in -- by getting them embroiled in their deadliest adventure yet.

Top 10% Austin Heart of Film


80 PROOF
Genre - Thriller/drama/mystery

"A battered beauty and a tortured insurance dick cook up a vodka-fueled scheme to get the most out of her abusive and filthy rich husband. But when the scheme sparks flames they hadn't planned for, the burning question arises: Who's screwing whom?"

Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting semi-finalist
Top 10% Austin Heart of Film
Scriptapalooza quarter-finalist


THE PRIDE
Genre - Horror

"They’re at the top of the food chain. Looking down at us."

A race of man-lions lives among us. When their bloody Prince arrives to rally them against the human race, only their Princess can stop him. Assisting her is a down-on-his-luck private eye without a clue that the fate of the world is in his hands.

MAD SCIENCE!
Genre - Comedy

After his neighbors hire a monster hunter to run him off, mad scientist Chet Rictus and his band of friendly creatures must return to save them from their savior. A family comedy in the Shrek/Addams Family mold.

OTHER SCRIPTS BY PETE BARNSTROM



Marta Ze   Email
THE VATICAN SOLUTION (aka Daniel)
Genre - Political Drama

In the aftermath of W.W.II, top-ranking Nazis were escaping Europe. Daniel, an American priest, uncovered what would test his faith, shatter his convictions and endanger his life.

Semi-Finalist (top 2.3%) Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
Semi-Finalist Chesterfield Writers Film Project


THE INCARNATE
Genre - Supernatural Thriller.

After a devastating hurricane, Michael, a generous but irresponsible free-spirit, returns to sell his family's Louisiana plantation. But when he unexpectedly meets Rose, a wild and talented singer, he falls in love. However, the vengeful spirit that’s haunted his family for generations awaits him. This time embodied in the beautiful, enigmatic Laura— his father’s young bride. Soon Michael is enmeshed in a nightmarish reality where no one is who they appear to be.

Women In Film/Universal Studios Film Grant.
Paul Verhoeven Film Scholarship

OTHER SCRIPTS BY MARTA ZE



Lisa Ford   Email

THE KING OF NOTHING  (not available)
Genre - Drama

Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting semi-finalist 2001


CHANGE
Genre - Sci-fi

A disabled high school girl's quest to escape her overprotective parents becomes complicated when she (along with other creative teens around the world) begins a strange physical metamorphosis.

Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting quarter-finalist 2004
Chesterfield Writers Film Project semi-finalist


STORMY WEATHER
Genre - Romantic Comedy

A small town TV weatherman, who dreams of working for the Weather Channel, falls in love with a sprite -- a supernatural woman who can control the weather. But there's stormy weather ahead because when weather sprites fall in love, they lose control of their powers.

 

Austin Hodgens   Email

.33 REVERSE GUNTHER
Genre - Comedy, Crime

A desperate bank teller hires a crew of homicidal thugs to rob his bank.

Anything But Hollywood Screenplay Competition Finalist

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HOLLYWOOD SOLDIERS
Genre - Crime

Two FBI agents with different agendas join forces to topple LA's most powerful crime family.

Top 10% Austin Film Festival

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IN THE BELLY OF THE FAT MAN
Genre - Film Noir, Crime

A well-respected businessman hires a shady detective to recover a stolen statue with a priceless treasure
hidden in its belly.

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RETIREMENT PARTY
Genre - Romantic Comedy

A broken hearted man throws a party to announce his retirement from dating, but that suddenly makes him the most eligible (and uninterested) bachelor in town.

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WATCHING YOU
Genre - Psychological Thriller

A retired big city detective tries to start a new life in a quiet town far away from his most famous (and unsolved) case, but the nightmares and the killer follow him to his new home.

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THE TRIANGLE
Genre - Crime, Thriller

A demoralized LAPD detective is ordered to use her connections to a ruthless drug lord to put an end to a wave of violent bank robberies.

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Joseph Calabrese   Email

BLOODSTONE
Genre - Horror

A 400 year old Medicine Man is trapped in the stone of a cursed necklace until a young man finds the necklace and is possessed to resurrect the ancient Indian Shaman.

 

SECOND COMING
Genre - Sci-fi, Religious Thriller

Joshua, a clone created from the believed remains of Jesus Christ, is prepared to become the new savior, but when it's discovered that the original DNA was not that of the Messiah, Joshua hides for his life in New York City. It is there, living among the homeless, that he discovers his true destiny.

3rd Place, 2003 Slamdance's SlamFi

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EVIL BEFORE EVE
Genre - Horror

A horror novelist uses ancient inscriptions found in the journal of a deceased archeologist in his latest novel about the ancient Hebrew demon, Lilith. Unfortunately, Lilith has greater plans than to just be on the Best Seller's list.

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THE EYES OF MARA
Genre - Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An inexperienced British officer, in Colonial India, must rally peasant rebels to battle a ghostly cult, rescue his fiancé and stop an ancient Hindu demon from being reborn."

Scriptpimp Recommend & Finalist 2004 Scriptpimp Writing Competition (top 20 out of 1400).
Semi-Finalist 2004 Hollywood International Screenwriting Awards (top 200 out of 1350)
1st Place Winner of 2004 Scriptcommunity
Second Rounder, 2004 Austin Heart of Film (Top 12% out of 4000)
Semifinalist Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards

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Jamie Nash   Email

HANG-ON
Genre - Action

Hanging off the side of a fifty-story skyscraper, a college dropout turned window washer is the only person who can thwart a ruthless Special Forces agent bent on destroying the building.


YELLOW BELTS
Genre - Comedy

Bad news Bears meets Karate Kid – A down on his luck Martial Arts star is forced to teach a bunch of karate misfits at the local YMCA's KungFu camp. His main rival, who owns the local McDojo, declares war.


RENFIELD
Genre - Horror/Action

A bodyguard/cleaner for a vampire begins to have a crisis of conscience.


THE CATCH
Genre - Horror

Alien meets a Perfect Storm – A group of desperate fishermen net some kind of alien creature that targets them on the high seas.

 


SANTA HUNTERS
Genre - Family/First Person

On Christmas Eve, a group of kids setup shop with videocameras, motion sensors, and CSI kits in an attempt to catch Santa Claus.

 

OTHER SCRIPTS BY JAMIE NASH

 



Sam Rayner   Email
 
WHISTLING NOSTRIL
Genre - Action/Comedy

A comedy about spies, sex, and secrets.


THE LADY IN THE PRINCESS MASK
Genre - Supernatural

After suffering a hideous disfigurement which she hides behind a Halloween Princess Mask, a once pretty young woman named Cyn is offered a solution by a wisecracking, shape-shifting devil with a talking tail. Have his baby and be pretty again. She staunchly refuses so he plays his ace in the hole... and loses.

OTHER SCRIPTS BY SAM RAYNER





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