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“Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.” ― Tim Burton

10 Minute Short

Pitch for ‘Out of Sight’

Oscar a thirteen-year-old boy, neglected and ignored by his alcoholic grieving mother, goes from zero to hero by waking up with the power of invisibility. Empowered, Oscar embarks on a spree of lawlessness and revenge. Suddenly his mother and his bullies must take notice of him.

Extract 

INT- COUNCIL ESTATE – EVENING

OSCAR watches his mother SAM through a half closed door, she’s in turmoil, crying as she reaches for a bottle of wine sitting on a cluttered table. Cards expressing ‘deepest sympathies’ and ‘sorry for your loss’ are scattered around the dirty flat. Decaying flowers sit in a vase by the gas fire. SAM stumps out a cigarette, wipes her mascara smudged eyes, unscrews the lid of the wine bottle, pours out a glass and downs it. She lights another cigarette, her hands shaking as she looks at photos of a younger, vibrant version of herself.  She starts to rip up a photo of her and her husband on their wedding day, he holds a small boy in his arms. We can see the same boy but older OSCAR stood in the doorway staring at her, aghast. He disappears, the front door slams as SAM returns to her evening ritual.

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In development

Feature film

Pitch

‘The Selkie’ a horror film set on the Irish coast. A small fishing community will feel the wrath of the girl they shunned. Gerda was presumed to be lost to the sea until she returns, transformed, horrifying and deadly.

Extract

EXT. SEA – MOMENTS LATER

A commercial fishing boat enters the cove and cuts its engine. Three fishermen joke and laugh as they tip the bloody remains of fish heads and guts into the sea, blood snakes and seeps in the water.

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EXT. BEACH – CONTINUOUS

Blood trickles out of the corner of the sirens’ mouth, it’s black like tar. The naked man faces her, his expression shifting to pure fear. She touches the blood, as she looks at her finger she disappears into a cascade of water. The bodies around the beach fire start choking, drowning on shore, water gushing out of their eyes, mouths and every other hole.

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EXT. SEA – CONTINUOUS

On the boat a fisherman, in yellow galoshes,  takes a fish out of a bucket. It starts to drown in the air flipping and flapping on the bloodied boards.

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EXT. BEACH – CONTINUOUS

The punk flips and flops on the sand, clutching his throat. The man stands surrounded by the bodies of his choking friends writhing in a off beat dance of death. He runs to where he left his lover under the blanket. Her eyes are wide as she stops breathing, water runs out of her mouth, her pupils dilate.

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EXT. SEA – CONTINUOUS

The fisherman grabs the fish from the bloodied boards and smashes his head on the side of the boat.

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EXT. BEACH – CONTINUOUS

The bodies all stop moving, mouths open, water trickling out of blue lips, under black eyes.

 

Outline for a Comedy Web Series

Banned Transmission

Ground control is calling Major Yvonne, an Astronaut lost in space, sending regular video diary messages out to the cosmos in the hope that one day her salvation will come. She reminisces about her past and analyses her present situation, she tries not to imagine her future. Yvonne’s chances of having a family are slipping away, at 38 years old, if ground control doesn’t find her soon, she will be barren, and she desperately wants kids. Perhaps another life form will offer himself as a suitable spouse? Yvonne is the Bridget Jones of space, tending to the robots, holograms and artificially intelligent assistants of the Titanic Torpedo, which is off course without a crew. How the crew disappeared and left Yvonne flying solo will be revealed as she begins to lose her cool.

Initially Yvonne will be trying to understand what is going on, she starts a ship log to explain her situation in the first few transmissions. These should be made to look real in a mockumentary style. A few ‘banned transmission’ or ‘top secret turn off your computer now’ signs should assist this concept. Yvonne has amnesia and wakes up thinking she is ten years younger, which is a devastating shock, how long has she been in space? Many of the instruments are faulty or unreliable so she is unable to access this information. All the crew have gone, she has no idea where, there is a robot who keeps calling her captain, which is very disconcerting as the last thing she remembered she was the ship’s doctor. To keep herself for going insane Yvonne decides to broadcast an online coaching podcast for how to survive alone in space. She will cover topics such as: entertainment, beauty, cooking space style, keeping bone density, staying sane alone in a vast cosmos and asking soul searching questions including; are artificial intelligence assistants your friends? Can robots reproduce?