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I'm a writer and director based in London. I've directed three short films and have two broadcast credits (ITV & Channel 4). I'm currently employed as a director of corporate training videos.
  • Samurai Posted on January 31, 2018 in Thriller.

    dpg  & NirShelter – as requested.

    Title: The Low Dweller Logline: Set in Indiana in the mid-1980s, a man is released after serving years in prison for murder, and wants only to follow through on his promise to marry his long-suffering girlfriend. That is, until he discovers that his loser brother has been murdered after getting involved in a seedy Midwestern gambling racket. While the man did time for a murder he couldn’t avoid, he decides he can’t skip out on his obligation to avenge his brother’s murder. Writer: Brad Ingelsby Agency: WMA Management: Energy Prod. Co: Relativity Media Price: $650,000 against $1.1M Genre: Drama Thriller Date: 3/20/2008

    Title: Everybody Loves Whales Logline: In October 1988, three California gray whales are found trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. The subsequent rescue attempt becomes a huge global event, as scores of journalists converge on the nearby Eskimo town of Barrow, Alaska, and the U.S. and Soviet government enjoy a rare moment of collaboration. The two-week drama plays out at a time of geopolitical change, with Mikhail Gorbachev in the midst of his glasnost initiative and Ronald Reagan preparing to leave office after his second term. During all of this a nonprofit aid worker and a government worker fall in love. Writers: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler Agency: WMA Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Prod. Co: Anonymous Content Genre: Drama  Date: 5/4/2009 Notes: Based on a true story.

    Title: Fury (aka The Killing Game) Logline: A haunted drifter finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses and the profit of a sadistic capitalist. The drifter’s defiance to willingly execute his beaten opponents per the “rules” of the game, makes him the target of resident executioner and psychopath, who makes it his personal mission to destroy the man. Writer: Michael Hultquist  Robert Martinez  Management: Zero Gravity Management  Zero Gravity Management  Prod. Co: Motion Picture Corp. of America  Zero Gravity Genre: Action Thriller Date: 4/14/2010

    Title: Evidence Logline: Police arrive at an abandoned gas station following a brutal massacre. The only evidence at the crime scene is the victims’ personal electronic devices, including a camcorder, flip Cam, and two cell phones. With nothing else to go on, a detective must analyze the bits of “found footage” to piece together the identity of the killer. Writer: John Swetnam Agency: APA Management: FilmEngine Management Prod. Co: Bold Films Price: Six-figures Genre: Thriller  Date: 1/21/2011  Notes: First Timer.

    Title: Lust Logline: Centers on a 30-year old beauty who is married and in love with an older Miami-based fashion magazine publisher, only to be seduced by a younger charming playboy on a business trip in Los Angeles. The playboy has an Russian assistant who is in love with him, and in this twisted jealous love triangle, secretly videotapes him and his new lover having sex to show it to her husband. Writer: Joe Eszterhas Agency: ICM Management: Baumgarten Management Genre: Thriller Prod. Co.: Stone Village Pictures Date: 4/6/11.

    Title: Tipping Point Logline: Based on his original short story, set a blink into the future, New York cop Solomon is part of an elite police division hunting those who break the Zero Population Act of 2027. A routine stop alters Solomon’s life forever when he uncovers the woman he once loved had an illegal child… his son. Now a criminal himself, Solomon must protect his family from the very task force he works for as he races thru New York to find a way out. Writer: Todd Stein Genre: Science Fiction Thriller Agency: WME Management: Industry Entertainment Partners Studio: Relativity Media Date: 5/21/11.

    Title: Singularity Logline: Set 50 years in the future. A famous nanotechnology pioneer uses a dangerous new procedure to save his badly injured son, “Adam.” Adam’s consciousness is transferred into a swarm of nanobots, and the nanobots take his physical form. Embued with all sorts of new powers, Adam ends up on the run as the evil corporation that developed the technology tries to hunt him down. Writers: Roland Emmerich, Harold Kloser Genre: Science Fiction Agency: CAA Studio: Sony Date:  6/29/11.

    Title: Autobahn Logline: Autobahn is the story of a washed-up ex-Formula One driver who wakes up trapped inside a BMW on the side of the Autobahn, Germany’s famed high-speed roadway, which has no general speed limit. He answers a phone ringing in the glove box, only to be told that he has 90 minutes to deliver the bomb-rigged car to a target or his wife and daughter will be killed. Writer: Greg Russo. Genre: Action Thriller Agency: ICM Management: Manage-ment Buyer: Inferno. Date: 8/2/11 Notes: Location of story was shifted from U.S. to Germany to “court international marketplace.”

    Title: The End Logline: The film focuses on three completely different storylines that are interconnected by the fact that the players in each one are trying to reconcile the fact that the world is going to end. There is a veteran broadcast in London, a 16-year old girl and her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a devoted family man in Shanghai. They each try to make peace with their lives before an interstellar event ends the world in just six hours. Writer: Aron Eli Coleite Genre: Science Fiction Drama Agency: CAA Buyer: Warner Bros. Date: 10/26/11.

     

    Title: Bloodshot Logline: The protagonist is Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless killer for the mob who is set up by the family and framed for a murder. He instead goes into Witness Protection, but is betrayed by an FBI agent guarding him, kidnapped and forcibly subjected to an experimental program in which his body is injected with microscopic computers called nanites. They erase his brain and rebuild it and his body to be a weapon with superhuman strength and healing powers. Bloodshot escapes his makers, and though he isn’t his old self, he tries to figure out who he was. Things get bad for everybody who betrayed him. Writer: Jeff Wadlow Genre: Action Agency: WME Studio: Sony Price: $450K-$1M Date: 3/1/12. Notes: The WME-repped Wadlow got this through his own entrepreneurial spunk. He loved the comic, and made an agreement with Valiant and Original Film to write it on spec. They showed it to Sony, where [Neal] Moritz has his deal. The studio bought it.

    Title: Off The Grid Logline: A professional “fixer” named Ghost who helps white-collar criminals change their identities and disappear saves a seemingly innocent woman from a violent loan shark. Ghost finds his own life in danger after a private security firm puts a price on his head. He goes “underground” in an attempt to discover who his mystery assailant is and gets caught in a tangled web of betrayal, revenge and murder. Writers: Christopher Cantwell and Christopher Rogers Genre: Action Thriller Agency: Verve Management: Management 360 Prod Co: Indian Paintbrush Date: 3/12/12. Note: Former spec “The Knoll” a Black List script.

    Title: God Particle Logline: The script is set after a physics experiment with a large hadron accelerator causes the Earth to seemingly vanish completely. The terrified crew of an orbiting American space station is left floating in the middle of now-even-more-empty space. When a European spacecraft appears on their radar, the Americans must determine whether it’s their salvation, or a harbinger of doom. Writer: Oren Uziel Genre: Science Fiction Agency: WME Management: Circle of Confusion Studio: Paramount Date: 6/11/12. Note: Uziel has written two scripts which made the Black List: “Shimmer Lake” [2009] and “The Kitchen Sink” [2010].

    Title: Pontius Pilate Logline: This script follows the evolution of Lucius Pontius Pilate from the sensitive son of a Roman Knight into a ferocious soldier whose warrior exploits make him a general and puts him on a political track under the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Promised a military governorship in Egypt, Pilate is instead assigned by Tiberius to become the prefect of Judea, at a time when Jerusalem was a cauldron of religious tensions between various factions of the Jewish faith. Pilate veers from the political fast track into the express lane to hell and historical infamy. Writer: Vera Blasi Genre: Biblical Drama Agency: UTA Buyer: Warner Bros. Date: 8/22/12.

    Title: Peste Logline: A teenage girl begins a video documentary about her life for a school project just as a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town. Quarantined with her family, she thinks they are out of harm’s way, but she soon learns that the virus has invaded their house. Her video documents the family’s frantic struggle to find a cure before they are completely taken over by the Peste. Writer: Barbara Marshall Genre: Horror Thriller Agency: APA Management: Industry Entertainment Buyer: IM Global Octane Date: 12/20/12. Notes: Script made the Black List, Hit List, and Blood List.

     

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  • Samurai Posted on January 31, 2018 in Thriller.

    Thanks, CraigDGriffiths

    Here is my breakdown of the 2 loglines you suggest.

    1. A woman must prove her innocence when her husband and the man responsible for her sister’s
    death are murdered and the Police discover her plan to kill them.

    Comment: Is she innocent or guilty? do we like her enough to care?

    2. An innocent woman must prove she didn’t kill her husband and the man responsible for her sister’s death after police discover her plan to kill them.

    Comment: odds stacked against her. We all know the pain of not being believed.

    On this basis, I think I’m going with 2.

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  • Samurai Posted on January 31, 2018 in Thriller.

    Many thanks, Richiev. Here is my latest iteration which blends your first version with mine.

    When her violently jealous husband and the corrupt lawyer she blames for her sister’s death are both found murdered, a battered housewife must prove her innocence because all evidence is pointing towards her guilt.

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  • Samurai Posted on January 31, 2018 in Thriller.

    Richiev, I take your point. I think what makes the logline fascinating is the ‘killing two birds with one stone’ scheme. Otherwise it’s a pretty run-of-the-mill genre story about an aggrieved woman who may or may not be guilty of her husband’s murder.

    I agree that the logline is long and I’m open to improving it. I’ve seen some pretty long marketing loglines for scripts that got sold so I don’t think length alone is an issue.

    I think I’m going to say ” must prove her innocence’ rather than struggles to prove her innocence ‘ because the Police believe they can secure a conviction on the basis that she planned a murder and so they can establish motive, means and opportunity.

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