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Logline 396 - On Top of the World

When a construction crew gets stranded at the top of a collapsing space elevator, they have to work together to have any chance of surviving.

Short Treatment 31 - Senioritis

FARRAH is a 15-year-old high school student who’s looking good and feeling confident as she heads into the first day back from summer vacation. She had a growth spurt over the summer and lost some weight besides, she got some new clothes, and looks and feels like an entirely different person from the somewhat-chubby loser she ended the last year as.

It doesn’t take ten minutes of being back at school, though, before any delusions of grandeur start to fade. She bumps into her bullies - DOLORES, JAYA, and AIDEN, who laugh at her, mocking her for thinking should could ever be anything other than a loser. It’s the leader of the trio, Dolores, who really delivers the KO, when she tells Farrah she’s not even gonna bother messing with her, because she doesn’t have to - Farrah is a loser, and will always be a loser, and Dolores wants Farrah to know that she isn’t a loser because she’s bullied, she’s bullied because she’s a loser - even if Dolores doesn’t do it, somebody else will.

It’s not true…

Logline 395 - Whichcraft

When a teenage Wiccan accidentally discovers real magic, she tries to abandon it all - but whatever it is she woke up, it is hungry.

Logline 394 - Out of the Frying Pan

After her homestyle diner shuts down, the head chef decides to open up a fine dining establishment in the heart of New York City.

Logline 393 - To the Quick

When the world's greatest heart surgeon needs a complicated heart surgery, she finds it difficult to decide which of her inferiors will be able to pull it off.

Logline 392 - Spare Change

When a childless billionaire leaves his entire estate to whichever of his family puts the least effort into acquiring it, a war of passive-aggression erupts, the likes of which the world has never seen.

Logline 391 - Fair Well

A year after running away with the circus, the former outcast loser has reinvented herself as a cool, confident badass... at least, until her troupe circles back through her hometown.

Short Treatment 30 - Are You Okay?

Margaret is the elite personal assistant of Juliette Martin, a brilliant inventor and businesswoman at the forefront of modern robotics. Margaret is remarkably talented and intelligent in her own right, but working directly under Juliette would make anyone seem dull in comparison.

Margaret is often forced into demeaning tasks - she's not just there for important things, but for private things, like holding Juliette's hair as she vomits, or giving her body waxes. Whenever she's tempted to give up, though, Juliette reminds her that one day, Margaret will replace her, and it's enough to keep Margaret going.

One of Margaret’s more unpleasant duties is to play chaperone when Juliette goes on an extravagant bender, often spanning several days (and countries). She’ll be rescheduling meetings and placating upset buyers even as she’s holding Juliette’s hair and cleaning up vomit - plus she’ll often get enlisted to obtain ever more exotic and dangerous drugs and alcohol. It’s enou…

Logline 390 - Out of Spite

When a grumpy old woman mounts a campaign to be the new chair of the HOA, the task winds up being difficult due to the fact that nobody likes her at all.

Logline 389 - Willful Harm

When a 6'7" ex-boxer puts an attempted mugger in the hospital, he struggles to convince investigators he was, in fact, the victim.

Logline 388 - Body and Soul

When a struggling songwriter finds meteoric success as a poet, she struggles to break back into songwriting when all of her success lies elsewhere.

Logline 387 - In Recess

When a the power of a jury foreman goes to his head, he stretches the deliberation period of a trial out to maintain his relevance as long as possible.

Logline 386 - Not That Hungry

When an adopted teenage girl finds out her biological mother is the reigning pie eating champion of the world, she gets into professional eating to get closer to her.

Logline 385 - Taking in a Stray

When a homeless man shows up having found their lost dog, a family decides to take in the homeless man and get him back on his feet as thanks.

Logline 384 - Breakdown

When a school field trip's bus breaks down at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere, a lone, beleaguered teacher has to keep two dozen bored teenagers in check until a new bus can reach them.

Logline 383 - Livestock

When an unsettled carnivore decides to raise, kill, and eat her own goat, she faces pushback from carnivores and vegetarians alike.

Logline 388 - Out to Lunch

When a middle schooler playing hooky bumps into an elderly shopkeep on lunch, the two strike up a partnership - the middle schooler running the shop during lunch breaks, in exchange for the shopkeep posing as her grandfather.

Logline 382 - Senioritis

When a chubby loser's glow up blows up in her face on the first day of high school, she resolves to get revenge on all of her bullies by befriending all of their grandparents at the local senior center.

Logline 381 - Whiz Kid

When a teenager invents a bike that can fly, a nefarious businessman kidnaps her father to force her to hand over the technology behind it.

Short Treatment 29 - Last of a Dying Breed

Sophie and Laurent Rameau are professional monster hunters, members of the Order of St. Hubertus, currently on the trail of the last known werewolf in the kingdom of Thaler. Or, it was the last known werewolf in the kingdom - they’ve chased it so far north they’ve left Thaler, and are now in the bitter cold forests of Rublis.

Logline 380 - Colder

When their frontiersman father falls deathly ill in the middle of a blizzard, a teenage girl and her brother have cross miles of wilderness to get to the nearest doctor - and even if they succeed, they still have to get back.

Logline 379 - Three-Day Weekend

When a put-upon office drone second-guesses the likely-criminal prank she left in her boss's office Friday evening, she has until work resumes on Tuesday to break in and undo it.

Back on the wagon

So a while back (maybe a year ago) I was trying to figure out what I wanted my next screenplay to be, and found myself trawling through my own website looking at various ideas. Eventually, I realized all of the ideas I was considering were ones I'd come up with ages ago; nothing was fresh or new.

That was a little troubling, because in the past, I'd always been overflowing with ideas. I realized, whereas before I had more ideas than I knew what to do with, more screenplays I wanted to write than I could possibly get around to, now I was going over past ideas and deciding what seemed interesting enough.

What had changed? I'd stopped coming up with a logline every day.

Once I got back in the habit, again I found myself swimming in ideas. Not everything I post is something I'd want to write (some of it I know I'd never write), but the important thing is that it got my brain back in the habit of coming up with ideas, so now I've always got several I want to work on…

Logline 378 - Void Where Prohibited

When a paper-pusher's company runs a massive sweepstakes with a grand price of ten million dollars, he collects a small group of office misfits to rig the competition in their favor.

Logline 377 - Just What I Needed

When a newly-paroled ex-con finds out her husband sold the house she'd hidden her stolen fortune inside, she poses as a housecleaner to get the money out - which would be a lot easier if the homeowner wasn't lonely and looking for a friend.

Logline 376 - And Taxes

After her nonbelieving husband dies, a devout Christian wrestles with the church's teaching that her husband is doomed to eternity in hell.

Logline 375 - T-Minus

Two hours before a rocket launches carrying an orbital weapon, a group of radical pacifists infiltrate the launch site in a plot to sabotage the rocket before it's too late.

Logline 374 - Whine and Cheese

When a professional food critic is upstaged by her dropout daughter's review blog, tensions rise at home - which is only amplified when her daughter starts dating a Michelin Guide inspector who's twice her age.

Logline 373 - Give Up and Die

When a criminal runs from the mob, rather than spend his life hiding, he resolves to enjoy his time left, and accept the inevitable hit put out on him. When the hitmen do show up, though, they think his life of leisure looks pretty nice; maybe they'll give it a try, too?

Logline 372 - Lookout

When nobody believes a homeless man who witnessed a kidnapping, he sets off on his own to rescue the kidnapped child.

Logline 371 - Charitable

When the police shut down a drug ring that was operating from inside a charity and legitimately helping the community, the chief faces a severe backlash and is forced to enact new community support measures to keep the peace.

Logline 370 - Fame Fatale

When a famous blogger is discovered to secretly be an international assassin, she ascends from internet-famous to famous-famous. Which makes hiding from Interpol astonishingly difficult...

Logline 369 - At Fault

In the chaos and aftermath of a massive earthquake that nearly sent San Francisco into the sea, a failed journalist and her roommate struggle to document the governmental failures that prevented an evacuation.

Logline 368 - How Am I Gonna Use This in Real Life?

When a zombie apocalypse begins during school hours, a grumpy old shop teacher is the only one standing between his middle school students, and the undead hordes.

Logline 367 - Nature Trail to Hell

When a veteran camper takes her family on a week-long hike and comes across a secret death cult, she finds herself and her family next on the cult's list of victims. But the cult doesn't realize everyone in her family is a dedicated hunter, and they're ready for anything.

Logline 366 - Community Pharmacists

When a retired elderly couple starts selling drugs in their retirement home, they succeed beyond their wildest dreams. So when a local gang starts trying to move in on their turf, they don't take it lying down - they put up a fight

Logline 365 - Good Enough for Me

When a supervillain and her arch-nemesis fall in love, in addition to the standard tribulations of courtship, they both try desperately to sway the other to their side.

Logline 364 - My Name Is

When the world's greatest boxer retires to care for his sick brother, his trainer moves in with them, pretending to help, but mostly trying to convince him to get back to fighting.

Logline 363 - Wish You Were Here

When an accountant tells her family she's going on a business trip when she's actually on a Caribbean cruise, the lie gets difficult to maintain when she wins the cruise line's special hundred million dollar lottery.

Logline 362 - AWOL

When a soldier goes AWOL behind enemy lines, he's found by his enemies and nursed back to health. But do they actually care about him, or are they trying to milk him for information?

Logline 361 - Goodbye, Goodbye

When an anti-mob dectective's kid dies in a freak accident, she finds signs of foul play. But is there actually someone behind this, or does she just want there to be?

Logline 360 - It's So Good Though

When the actual Satan opens an ice cream bar on the beach, a disgraced former nun gets a job working for him... until she finds out the ice cream is actually the souls of the damned. But when it turns out everything is totally legal and above-board, the only way she's going to be able to shut it down is by sneaking in and blowing it up.

Logline 359 - The Kidnapping

When a wealthy tycoon's family is kidnapped and held for ransom and he tells the kidnappers to suck an egg, you'd expect some trouble. But when the whole thing turns out to have been a plot by his kids to get at his fortune - but involved actual kidnappers who are expecting paychecks - things get really dangerous.

Logline 358 - Are You Okay?

When her boss starts turning into a vampire, a put-upon assistant is forced to deal with the business ramifications, like meetings during the day, or finding discreet body disposal services.

Logline 357 - The Hunter

When a serial killer kills a taxidermist with an impressive stuffed animal collection, he gets into hunting deer instead of people. But when he progresses from hunting to poaching, the local game warden sets him in her sights.

Logline 356 - The Prize

When a dead billionaire leaves his entire fortune to whoever kills the most people in one year's time, a crack team of international cops is assembled to stop the chaos and track down who's holding the money, in order to ensure nobody "wins."

Logline 355 - Humongous

When a peasant farmer finds a sick, eight-foot-tall ogre, and nurses him back to health, the ogre helps out around the farm and scares away bandits. But when a knight comes through and kidnaps the ogre for sport, the farmer has to trek to the city to save him.

Logline 354 - Godmother

When an abused girl is assigned a fairy godmother as a way to ease her trials, rather than escape from her home, she gets revenge.

Logline 353 - Just Say the Word

When a genie's lamp is found and accidentally rubbed by a particularly unintelligent dog, the genie must find a way to grant the dog a wish in order to be released from servitude.

Logline 352 - The Change

When an adopted girl's pubescent changes include growing antlers and moth wings, she hunts for her birth parents while she's still mostly human.

Logline 351 - New Me

When a self-help author has a near-death experience, she abandons her guru lifestyle to join the workforce as a white-collar wageslave.

Logline 350 - Ball and Chain

When an escaped convict holes up in his ex's in-law's house, he starts to find peace in quiet farm life. Until his ex shows up.

Logline 349 - Hitting the Fan

When a Korean orbital superweapon is hijacked by governmental extremists, a crew of Indian astronauts on a simple test flight are the only ones in a position to sabotage the weapon before it can fire.

Logline 348 - Peasant King

When a knight is abandoned to die by his king, he's nursed back to health by the king's oppressed people, and winds up leading a rebellion.

Logline 347 - Some Light Murder

When an international assassin retires to a life of petty contract killings in a small suburb, she takes the police chief's teenage daughter under her wing.

Logline 346 - The Counselor

When an old man's young neighbors' extremely vocal arguing keeps buyers from being interested in his house, he starts maneuvering to repair their relationship... at least long enough for him to sell his dang house.

Logline 345 - Retired

When a newly-retired middle school teacher finds out one of her former students is dropping out of high school to care for his sick father, she moves in with them as the father's caretaker.

Logline 344 - Postal-Apocalypse

When a post-apocalyptic mailman finds one of his regular cities overrun by bandits, he convinces them to join him as a slightly-insane postal service.

Logline 343 - Part and Parcel

When a USPS worker finds herself the unintended victim of a mail bomb, she embarks on a vigilante manhunt to find the bomber who's been terrorizing the entire city.

Logline 342 - Waking Up Dead

After a fatal accident, a teenage girl finds herself haunting her hometown for the next several hundred years.

Logline 341 - Crossed the Line

When a 19th-century train conductor witnesses a murder along his route, he works with an outlaw sheriff to bring the murderers to justice before they kill him.

Logline 340 - Rabbit out of a Hat

When a stage magician accidentally starts performing real magic, he's quick to capitalize on it, only to find himself hunted by the inquisition.

Logline 339 - Here For One Night Only

When a massive music star is bequeathed her dying grandfather's farm, she wrestles not only with the grueling labor, but with the jealousy of her less-successful siblings.

Logline 338 - All-Natural

After tremendous success in growing artificial organs, a scientist manages to grow an artificial brain. When it turns out the brain is conscious and sentient, though, the scientist is forced to fight for its survival, rather than dissection.

Logline 337 - Temporarily Immortal

When a scientist not only discovers time travel, but proof that he'll survive at least the next eight years, he goes on a crazy bender, supposedly to prove his theories, but mostly because he can.

Logline 336 - The Last Resorts

When an international supervillain kills or captures all of the world's greatest secret agents, the governments of the world pool together to scrounge up a team that might be able to stop the villain's plot. If they're lucky.

Logline 335 - Finally

When a fabulously wealthy family patriarch is on his deathbed, his dropout grandson (and sole inheritor) struggles to find a balance between taking care of his grandfather, and his past-due bills.

Logline 334 - Fighting the Law

When a disgraced sheriff is taken in by a bandit posse unaware of his past, he struggles to keep his secret while the posse raids his former town.

Logline 333 - Cheese and Crackers

When an upstart culinary dropout starts a bakery right next to the biggest competitor in town, their rivalry gets heated - and violent.

Logline 332 - Unbearable

When a physical therapist loses a leg, she struggles with being on the other side of physical therapy.

Logline 331 - The Garbagemen

When the garbagemen cleaning up a dead mad scientist's house stumble upon dozens of working weapons and death traps, they claim them all as their own and become superheroes.

Logline 330 - Floating

When disaster strikes and a tourist is stranded in the middle of the Amazon, she builds a makeshift raft and floats down the Amazon river in hopes of reaching civilization.

Logline 329 - Punished

In a world where the only punishment for any crime is that crime being made public knowledge, after a put-upon wage slave kills his boss, his family is forced to flee from the boss's sons' retaliation.

Logline 328 - Non-smoker

When a supervillain with power over fire is implicated in a series of arsons and murders, the only person she could possibly get to vindicate her is her arch-nemesis, but he doesn't seem too eager...

Logline 327 - The Archive

When a librarian gets an odd gig at a secret government agency, she gets way less than she expected: there's nothing interesting, just a bunch of medical information that needs to be private. But when she starts asking why they're storing all of it, she finds herself on the run from government agents trying to shut her up before she's even found anything scandalous.

Logline 326 - See You In Hell

When a girl dies and is doomed to hell on a technicality, Saint Peter agrees to let her into heaven if she can stop a particularly tenacious imp from ruining the Pope's upcoming Christmas mass.

Logline 325 - The First Time Today

When a time traveler arrives in her kitchen warning of impending doom, a housewife soon discovers she's been pranked. But when she tries to get the prankster back, it turns out he actually is from the future - and his joke may have caused a disastrous time paradox.

Logline 324 - Got No Strings

When a conniving politician sets up a (relatively) innocent buffoon to serve as a puppet president, only to die in a freak accident, the buffoon is left to navigate leadership of the free world

Logline 323 - A Lot On My Plate

When a single mother's van is stolen with all three of her kids inside, she embarks on a wild chase across the city to track down the unwitting kidnapper.

Logline 322 - It's a Mythery

When a serial killer starts murdering people in scenes based on ancient myths, criminal investigators enlist a mythology professor to help them track down the killer. The only problem: the professor doesn't care, and sends his TA to pretend to be him instead.

Logline 321 - Faster

When a behind-enemy-lines rescue op goes south, the lone survivor has only one hour to get back to safety before the enemy army arrives in force.

Logline 320 - The Temple

In the near future, when a high school dropout volunteers at a technology-worshiping temple, he finds it difficult to attain serenity among the scandals of the clergy.

Logline 319 - Back Home

When a superspy retires after a particularly grueling mission, he struggles to adjust to everyday life.

Logline 318 - Garnish

After a chef poisons a mob boss that had been threatening him, he fears repercussions; instead, he finds himself getting contracts for more poisonings.

Short Treatment 28 - Oracle

This is a complete reimagining of my Psicop idea. I loved a lot of the elements of the idea, but it was just so big and unwieldy, I had trouble keeping hold of it.

This version is contained. The whole movie takes place in a single hospital. The stakes are much lower. I think it gives it a little more intensity even as there may be less action.

Logline 317 - Fire and Brimstone

In the aftermath of an enemy bombing, a pair of orphans try to get into the heart of the bombing to find their missing cousin.

Logline 316 - Don't Look Now

When an elite superspy stumbles upon a plot to rob his favorite restaurant while on a mission, he struggles to find a way to stop the robbery without breaking his cover.

Logline 315 - Me and me

When a man undergoes a bizarre, controversial "personality bifurcation" in order to keep working 24 hours a day, everything goes fine at first. But the later he stays up at night, the more time his new headmate gets during the day...

Logline 314 - Jellyfish

When an aquarium janitor starts getting orders from a telepathic jellyfish, at first she thinks she's crazy - but when following the jellyfish's orders lead to a promotion, more friends, and more confidence, she goes all-in.

Logline 313 - Retro

When a mid-life failure figures out he can travel in time by playing old video games, rather than play the stock market or win the lottery, he attempts to use his powers to save his favorite game developer.

Logline 312 - Gravel

When a poacher stumbles across a hermit squatting on private lands, rather than turn each other in, they start teaching each other.

Logline 311 - Significant Other

When a pair of best friends' kids start dating, they both try to convince their kids to stop. But when they find out the other has been bad-mouthing their kid, things get out of hand.

Logline 310 - Up and Down and Up

When a camera guy witnesses an aerobics instructor murder an underperforming background assistant after hours, he needs to escape the empty studio without getting caught.

Logline 309 - You Punched a Kid

When a substitute teacher gets jumped by a bunch of 8th-graders and defends himself, he has difficulty dealing with the fallout.

Logline 308 - Six Feet Over

After a young obituary writer is possessed by the ghost of his predecessor, he finds himself repeatedly possessed by the newly deceased in order to write their own obituaries.

Logline 307 - And Then

In the 1950s, when a priest gets in a car accident on the way to officiating his estranged niece's wedding, he pulls out all the stops -hitchhiking, gambling for taxi fare, anything to get to the church in time.

Logline 306 - Menace

When a new graffiti masterpiece is found on a grumpy old man's restaurant, he launches a personal crusade to hunt down and murder all of the vandals in the neighborhood.

Logline 305 - You Shouldn't Have

When a tourist accidentally saves the life of the city's biggest crime boss, she finds herself dragged against her will into the most glamorous parts of the underworld in the boss's clueless attempts to show his gratitude.

Logline 304 - Hit the Ground Running

When a passenger plane crashes in the middle of an active warzone, the only two survivors find themselves hunted by both sides.

Logline 303 - Walking About

When a tourist on a trendy "walkabout" in Australia gets separated from the group, he struggles to survive alone in the outback. And the longer help takes to come, the more it seems like he's going to have to find his way home himself.

Logline 302 - Fortunate

When a fortune-teller sees a destructive hurricane in a client's future, but the client just laughs it off, she goes to extraordinary lengths to find out where the hurricane will take place and how to prepare for it.

Logline 301 - Leaves

When a drug dealer's son is killed in a drive-by meant for him, he stops dealing and starts doing everything in his power to clean up his town - whether that's violence, PR, or even working with the cops.

Logline 300 - Optimal

When a sudden solar flare wipes out most of the electronics on earth, five friends at an isolated cabin have to decide if and how they should go back home.

Logline 299 - Desperate Measures

When the city's resident superhero snaps and starts murdering supervillains, his former sidekick rallies the villains in a desperate attempt to rescue them.

Logline 298 - Last of a Dying Breed

When a professional monster hunter's husband is infected by a werewolf, the pair of them have to fight their former allies in order to survive long enough to find a cure.

Logline 297 - Volunteer

When a woman's father is captured by the enemy, she volunteers to go undercover behind enemy lines to find the POW camp and stage a rescue.

Logline 296 - Finality

When a grave robber unearths a man buried alive by his greedy children, he agrees to help the man get revenge on his kids.