Log line: Many will assume this is just another
retelling of the "Dracula" vampire/horror myth... but Vlad's story is true.
The Holocaust killed approximately 10% of Germany's people. Some estimates
claim that Vlad exterminated more than 20% of his fellow Wallachians. [WARNING:
GRAPHIC TRANSGRESSIVE VIOLENCE / based on 15th-century history.]
Historical drama. [An unflinchingly gruesome genre-bender, with perverse humor.]
Merlinsky[98-page feature screenplay: American Zoetrope
quarterfinalist, Writers Network quarterfinalist]
Imagine the Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter and they go back to the
future. Based on the Arthurian legend and the ancient folklore myth of the
Synopsis: The endless hordes of Hollywood tourists
in the late 1940's are easy marks for a con-man magician like Harry Merlinsky.
He knows how to sucker the rubes and flash the ol' hamster-outta-the-fedora
every now and then, to baffle 'em and dazzle 'em. But he didn't expect a
naive fan like Jake, who wants to learn Harry's Old Knowledge - "real"
magic. Harry's archenemy obliterates Jake's girlfriend, forcing Jake
to become a wizard, just to stay alive. Will Jake use his
newfound powers for vengeance? The timeless myth of the
Sorcerer's Apprentice unfolds against the backdrop of the Magic Castle and the Hollywoodland
Lineage: 12th-century folklore myths begat The
Sorcerer's Apprentice by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which begat a tone
poem by composer Paul Dukás, which begat Disney's
Fantasia, which inspired Merlinsky, a magical action-adventure. [Completed
before the Nicolas Cage film was released.] Genre:
Francis Ford Coppola calls it "quality stuff." It
was featured in an interview with one coauthor on the CNBC network. It
was also showcased in a chat with the other coauthor on Central Europe's premier
TV newsmagazine. The Creative Screenwriting magazine review says it has
"tremendous possibilities as a romantic thriller." It reached the quarterfinals
in one international contest, and was among five finalists in another. What is
The Fall In Budapest [99-page feature screenplay:
SCRNWRiT finalist, Writers Network quarterfinalist]
An American undercover agent, convinced that a former KGB operative
plans to wreak terrorist havoc on a cataclysmic scale, risks everything to stop
the Russian in this action-packed romantic thriller.
a former KGB operative, takes a nasty tumble in Budapest's late autumn, and he's
aided in his struggle back to health by the Hungarian nurse Erzsébet. The
course of their blossoming romance is altered by ugly memories of the past,
involving the historical tension between their two countries, as well as their own
personal experiences. Jared, an American undercover agent, is convinced that
Vitaly's sinister "business" partners are planning a nerve-gas terrorist attack,
and he's willing to risk everything, including his relationship with his lover,
to stop the Russian.
Log line: "Field of Dreams"
with medieval chant music in place of baseball.
Synopsis: Alex Barnett
has a comfortable life in Los Angeles and San Francisco; it's probably
too comfortable, although he can't quite admit to himself that an extended separation
from his wife Nicole eats at his soul. An unusual set of seemingly unrelated
circumstances impels him to seek out a centuries-abandoned monastery in southwest
Germany, where he confronts the animate image of Hildegard von Bingen, the
legendary twelfth-century mystic, prophet, and composer of ravishing liturgical
chants. Although his friend Lars believes it's a bona-fide vision, much like the
visions that fueled Hildegard's own creativity, Alex cynically distrusts his deepest
instincts and drives himself to search for a more acceptable answer. His quest
guides him on the path toward self-awareness, through experiences both sacred and
profane. One man's inner and outer pilgrimages take him to the depths of uncertainty,
and, almost inexorably, to the peak of actualization.
of Bingen (1098-1179 AD) composed many chants in honor of Saint Ursula (?-383 AD).
According to legend, Ursula was a Romano-British princess who, at the
request of her father, King Donaut of Dumnonia (SW England), set sail across the English
Channel with 11,000 virginal handmaidens to join her future husband, the pagan
Governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica (Brittany). Before the princess could arrive, all
the virgins were beheaded in a massacre, and Ursula was shot dead. Modern
research suggests the phrase "XI. M. V." was misinterpreted as
"eleven thousand (in Roman numerals) virgins" rather than "eleven martyred
Azért is..! (Despite everything..!) [11-page animation script:
Million Writers Award semifinalist, American Gem eighth finalist]
line: Animation inspired by a tilted cross, a unique deck of cards, and a pocket-sized
bottle of liquor.
Synopsis: Even though this European nation has existed
for more than a thousand years, over 70% of the country "vanished" after World War I.
Today, the exiles' great-great-great-grandkids still think in Magyar.
Log line: The gunfight at the OK Corral has been done to death...
but maybe you've never seen it from a woman's point of view.
Holliday spends quality time in Tombstone with his Hungarian paramour, Mary Katherine
Horony (a/k/a Katie Elder or Big Nose Kate), during the final hours before the gunfight
that launched a passel o' movies (Wyatt Earp, etc.). Based on a true story.
Log line: Several semi-retired sitcom writers
shake up their local fast-food emporium.
Synopsis: Have you noticed
how the old farts in any given neighborhood tend to gather around a table at their
local McDonald's in the early morning, drinking coffee and shooting the sh*t?
Have you ever wondered what they discuss? Could it really be sex and Visigoths?