Blueprint April 2017 short02 (By Don Hofmeister) The final product of the Horror screenplay that six eclectic writers collaborated on in a remote mansion may not be what they had wished for.

Jess-War-March 2016 (By Don Hofmeister). A CIA Analyst gets unintentionally involved in a U.S. covert strategy to stop terrorist attacks.

PATSY (By Dennis Simpson) An unhappy, underachiever bumbles his way into a position where he can rescue the damsel in distress, save the day and rewrite his life if he can defeat the evil director of a rogue group in the Witness Protection Program.

Shortcut (By Don Hofmeister) A Palm Springs accountant yoyos between women while he tries to apply Chaos Theory math to the California Lottery.

Elaine The Fair (By Katrina Gallegos) Elaine Davies, a lonely young woman addicted to daydreams, travels to London for her beloved but estranged father’s funeral. There she connects with an older man with his own demons but her daydreams threaten to poison their relationship and pull her into a void from reality that she cannot escape. This screenplay was a semi-finalist coming in the top 1.5% of the prestigious U.K. based Shore Scripts Screenplay competition.

Once & Future Cowboy – Final (By John Fraim) An aging cowboy movie hero, living on royalties and memories, is forced to become a real hero for the first time in his life when he becomes the owner of a condo in gated retirement community. A retirement community run by villains and devils. Who would think the old cowboy would face the greatest villains in his life in his retirement years?

The Lost Mission – Revised (John Fraim) The daughter of Mormon billionaire become “radicalized” during her mission to a foreign country and returns to San Francisco with her boyfriend to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge. Through her wealth she has access to the most sophisticated terrorist technology and the only thing to stop them are two former San Francisco detectives forced into early retirement by modern police technology.

Last Dream Hunter Script Final 2016 (Ray Lovato). Mankind is plunged into a battle of eternal nightmares stretching from the past, present and future: only one man stands in the way and he is lost in a nightmare of his own.


First Table Read – Dennis Simpson – June 20 / 10 – 1 Palm Desert Library- Community Room

Second Table Read – Ray Lovato July 18 / 10 – 1 – Palm Desert Library – Community Room / Last Dream Hunter Script Final 2016 #1

Evaluation Form for Member Screenplays. This from is similar to the form used by Hollywood readers in evaluating screenplays for production companies and studios. Use this in evaluating member screenplays.

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On April 7, 2006, The Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAe) announced the 101 Greatest Screenplays of all time. The Simply Scripts site has listed them all and you can download them here.

Writers Guild 101 Great Screenplays.

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Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out




Steve Jobs – Screenplay

The Revenant


The Hateful Eight (First Draft)


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TV Script Standards.

While the nuts and bolts of formatting a pilot script for television are essentially the same as that of a feature film, there are some key differences between the two mediums. Feature film writing is all about telling a story that can be contained within the confines of a three-act, two-hour film, but television is about finding ways to expand the story and characters to grow and change over multiple hours and (if you’re lucky) seasons. Great advice from The Black List.

Television Pilots

The TV Pilot Kit from the Writers Store. This kit includes elements that guide you through your Pilot Proposal, including logline, plot, and acts, along with a Character Map for determining your cast and their motivations. Plus, you’ll find illustrated examples using the pilot of How I Met Your Mother.

TV Pilot Kit – Writers Store

Examples of TV Pilots

Mad Men

Big Bang Theory

Example of TV Pilot Bible

Many feel that the greatest dramatic series ever on television was the series The Wire. Here is the original Bible for The Wire. Read this to see the birth of perhaps television’s greatest dramatic series. A fantastic learning tool.

The Wire -Bible



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