2nd Round / Challenge #3 Results
The results are in for Challenge #3 of the Short Screenplay Challenge 2018!  View the top screenplays below by group number in ascending order.  The top five writers in each group have advanced to the final round of the competition kicking off at 11:59PM EST this Friday, February 22nd.  Regardless of how you placed, everyone should be proud of rising to the challenges and making it to the second round from an original field of over 1,100 writers around the world.  We hope it was an inspiring experience and everyone continues to challenge themselves as writers!


Top Screenplays by Group Number

HM = Honorable Mention

 

      GROUP STORY      
1 - Romantic Comedy / A waiting line or queue / A carrot #1 - ''Check Out'' by Colton Simpson   LOGLINE - Opposites attract while stuck in the checkout line of everyone's favorite dating hotspot — Kroger's.
1 - Romantic Comedy / A waiting line or queue / A carrot #2 - ''BIG'' by Joshua Bartolome   LOGLINE - An overweight and slovenly Bigfoot tries to lose weight and change his lifestyle after falling in love with a grocery cashier.
1 - Romantic Comedy / A waiting line or queue / A carrot #3 - ''OPERATION: Get My Gay Friend a Date'' by John Adams   LOGLINE - Two mismatched high-school students plot and scheme to accelerate their friends' romantic lives.
1 - Romantic Comedy / A waiting line or queue / A carrot #4 - ''The Prize'' by Lenita Karhunen   LOGLINE - Sam, a charming thief, is determined to win Alycia back, even if it kills him.
1 - Romantic Comedy / A waiting line or queue / A carrot #5 - ''Send In The Clown'' by Lisa Fox   LOGLINE - A circus clown makes a middle-aged woman smile. It changes everything.
1 - Romantic Comedy / A waiting line or queue / A carrot #HM - ''Spur of the Moment'' by Narsimha Chintaluri   LOGLINE - Childhood best friends struggle to maintain their bond as they go from mischievous pre-teens to star-crossed lovers.
1 - Romantic Comedy / A waiting line or queue / A carrot #HM - ''Splitting Hares'' by Leslie Borchert   LOGLINE - A perfectionist enlists the help of his ten-year-old niece in a desperate scheme to win back the affections of his ex.
1 - Romantic Comedy / A waiting line or queue / A carrot #HM - ''The Carrot and The Schtick'' by Paris Coyne   LOGLINE - Two struggling actors find love and humiliation at an audition.
2 - Comedy / A pediatrician's office / Tofu #1 - ''Unbalanced Diet'' by Jeffrey Howe   LOGLINE - A kid who eats everything learns how to cope with unpalatable situations from a kid who can't eat anything.
2 - Comedy / A pediatrician's office / Tofu #2 - ''Tofu and You'' by Liam Nolan   LOGLINE - A stark warning to America's youth
2 - Comedy / A pediatrician's office / Tofu #3 - ''Much Tofu About Nothing'' by Eleanor Kirk   LOGLINE - When Melissa accidentally leaves an embarrassing voicemail for last night's Tinder date, she has to break into his office to fix the damage. But things quickly go from bad to worse when she comes face to face with his clients...
2 - Comedy / A pediatrician's office / Tofu #4 - ''Eat No Evil, Hear No Evil'' by Jason Fox   LOGLINE - A teenage girl discovers that growing older does not automatically equal growing wiser, and that fighting for what one believes in can result in unintended consequences.
2 - Comedy / A pediatrician's office / Tofu #5 - ''It's a Good Check Up'' by Jessica Torres   LOGLINE - A boy and his mother visit a new doctor for his five-year check up, where it seems like the kid has a thing or two up his sleeve (or in his pockets).
2 - Comedy / A pediatrician's office / Tofu #HM - ''My Craydon'' by Adrienne Murray   LOGLINE - Mackenzie Madison wants to give her son Craydon every possible advantage.
2 - Comedy / A pediatrician's office / Tofu #HM - ''Tofu Head'' by Nikhil Dominic   LOGLINE - A young immigrant receives a crash course in blending in from an unlikely friend.
2 - Comedy / A pediatrician's office / Tofu #HM - ''Healthcare: Battle Royale'' by Matthew Kramer   LOGLINE - A good-natured pediatrician discovers that there are some problems modern medicine can't solve when he meets a pair of young boys with a severe case of video game addiction.
3 - Drama / A school detention room / A teacup #1 - ''Tea Time'' by Bonnie green   LOGLINE - A teacher attempts to connect to a troubled student during one of his many detentions.
3 - Drama / A school detention room / A teacup #2 - ''The Little Crocodile'' by Ari Donnelly   LOGLINE - After a string of vandalism, a high school principal won't rest until he has someone to blame.
3 - Drama / A school detention room / A teacup #3 - ''The Human Wrecking Ball'' by Ryan Chavez   LOGLINE - A teenager gets detention after his celebrity impression goes awry.
3 - Drama / A school detention room / A teacup #4 - ''The Secrets We Keep'' by Tiana Hahn   LOGLINE - A woman on the run relies on the hospitality of a young woman and her daughter. But in this dog eat dog world, is there really anyone you can trust?
3 - Drama / A school detention room / A teacup #5 - ''Extracurricular'' by Ted Sturgulewski   LOGLINE - A high school teacher has flashbacks to his own traumatic teenage experience while presiding over detention.
3 - Drama / A school detention room / A teacup #HM - ''Tea Talk'' by Elizabeth Befus   LOGLINE - In her first week at a new school, a straight-A Freshman lands her first detention.
3 - Drama / A school detention room / A teacup #HM - ''How Are You Feeling Today?'' by Natalie Grant   LOGLINE - When a fourth-grade teacher calls two kids' parents in for a meeting after a fight, two very different dads have a chance to reflect on what masculinity means to them — and to their boys.
3 - Drama / A school detention room / A teacup #HM - ''Murphy-Sims'' by Alex Brunt   LOGLINE - When a father picks his son up from detention, he is brought back to his youth when his life was much simpler (and Coca-Cola cost a lot less).
4 - Action/Adventure / A rail yard / A chisel #1 - ''Deadhorse Gulch'' by Andrew Berkowitz   LOGLINE - There are three ways to die in the Yukon.
4 - Action/Adventure / A rail yard / A chisel #2 - ''Down to the wire'' by Sarah Glenister   LOGLINE - George and Joyce are in a race against time to save their town from sure destruction. When things go wrong, they have to take a more dangerous route than planned.
4 - Action/Adventure / A rail yard / A chisel #3 - ''Killer Heels'' by Faye Upton   LOGLINE - When terrorists make an attempt on the President's life, an agent must choose between country and couture.
4 - Action/Adventure / A rail yard / A chisel #4 - ''Winging It'' by Nathaniel Young   LOGLINE - The police are in over their head with a paranormal threat. Enter, a mysterious Brit with a few tricks up her sleeve...
4 - Action/Adventure / A rail yard / A chisel #5 - ''Double Dog Dare'' by Joni Mitchell   LOGLINE - When a 13-year-old is dared to graffiti a train car, he and his friend quickly discover they aren't the only criminals in the rail yard.
4 - Action/Adventure / A rail yard / A chisel #HM - ''Some Must Die'' by Ari Jacobson   LOGLINE - In Nazi occupied Poland, a desperate railman must choose between completing a mission to stop a Nazi attack on Allied forces in France, or rescue a train full of Jews headed for extermination.
4 - Action/Adventure / A rail yard / A chisel #HM - ''STACKS'' by Danielle Swanson   LOGLINE - A homeless man must choose between "fight" or "flight" when a routine trip for firewood turns bloody.
4 - Action/Adventure / A rail yard / A chisel #HM - ''The Chiseler'' by James Dunne   LOGLINE - On what is supposed to be the final job of his career, Ray hopes that he can save more than himself from a grisly fate.
5 - Sci-Fi / A factory / A laser pointer #1 - ''Don't Point That Thing At Me'' by Erin Middleton   LOGLINE - Space-trader Azure infiltrates the distant Thuslaf Factory to steal weapons, but a surprise command from the Admiral gives her more trouble than she bargained for. With the help of a new-found friend (or two) she just might make it out alive.
5 - Sci-Fi / A factory / A laser pointer #2 - ''A PURRFECT WORLD'' by Jaime Aguilo   LOGLINE - In a humanless factory, an old robot struggles to stay on top of his work and meet the expectations of his dreadful boss. A computer-animated story.
5 - Sci-Fi / A factory / A laser pointer #3 - ''Fat Cats'' by Eric Johnson   LOGLINE - A young executive details the success of his latest cost-cutting proposal, but he may have overlooked one critical detail.
5 - Sci-Fi / A factory / A laser pointer #4 - ''Unboxing'' by Michael Kirkland   LOGLINE - A frustrated temp decides he's had enough of his job and takes some major steps towards finding his next paycheck.
5 - Sci-Fi / A factory / A laser pointer #5 - ''Lights Out'' by Jennifer Gunner   LOGLINE - The last human worker in an automated factory gets fired by the system he created.
5 - Sci-Fi / A factory / A laser pointer #HM - ''Until We Say Goodbye'' by Steve Dexheimer   LOGLINE - A man uses stolen memories to repair the mind of his mother, who is suffering from dementia.
5 - Sci-Fi / A factory / A laser pointer #HM - ''Elias Perkins's Reality Factory'' by Michael Fromm   LOGLINE - Join Elias Perkins as he introduces his newest themed attraction park - a simulated reality of a simpler time.
5 - Sci-Fi / A factory / A laser pointer #HM - ''In Defence of Our Universe'' by Nicholas Godfrey   LOGLINE - Over the lifespan of a universe, its creators debate the handling of its inevitable fate.
6 - Horror / A dressing room / A megaphone #1 - ''Blood, Sweat, and Tears'' by Jeremy Noonan   LOGLINE - A ballet dancer bends the laws of nature to become a prima ballerina.
6 - Horror / A dressing room / A megaphone #2 - ''Here Comes The Bride'' by Mark Griffin   LOGLINE - A frazzled woman preps for her dream wedding.
6 - Horror / A dressing room / A megaphone #3 - ''Dead Pretty'' by Ellie Clitheroe   LOGLINE - A young boy is dragged along to a Little-Ladies Beauty Pageant by his Mother and sister, where he encounters the spirit of a furious little girl who has no intention of being forgotten again.
6 - Horror / A dressing room / A megaphone #4 - ''In Pale Pursuit'' by M. Baroza   LOGLINE - A young woman is hunted by something more sinister than it seems.
6 - Horror / A dressing room / A megaphone #5 - ''Break A Leg'' by Brett Grinnell   LOGLINE - A stagehand tries her best to quell an anxious actress' pre-show stage fright.
6 - Horror / A dressing room / A megaphone #HM - ''GO DEVILS'' by Kenry Cruz   LOGLINE - After trying out for the cheerleading team, an ambitious freshman is introduced to an old member who has some thrilling words to share of her own.
6 - Horror / A dressing room / A megaphone #HM - ''Ivanka'' by Scott Dixon   LOGLINE - An eastern European famine sweeps the land. When starvation strikes, Ivanka will do anything to feed her daughter.
6 - Horror / A dressing room / A megaphone #HM - ''3 Cheers for Murder!'' by Rufus Jackson Walker   LOGLINE - The new cheerleading captain is forced to face her real competition — the girl she killed to get the position.
7 - Historical Fiction / A military parade / A potato #1 - ''Oma'' by Dylan Blyth   LOGLINE - Fascism seeds itself in post-WW1 Germany, and tests the loyalty between Frieda and her grandson, Klaus.
7 - Historical Fiction / A military parade / A potato #2 - ''Kartoffelkönig'' by Niroshini Dahanayake   LOGLINE - Fresh from a string of victories on the battlefield, King Frederick the Great cooks up a scheme to win over his hungry Prussian peasants.
7 - Historical Fiction / A military parade / A potato #3 - ''Homecoming'' by David Burg   LOGLINE - A young man returns home from Vietnam, but finds that home isn't what it used to be.
7 - Historical Fiction / A military parade / A potato #4 - ''The White Mouse and the Idaho Russet'' by Kirsti Rawstron   LOGLINE - In German-occupied Marseilles, Nancy Wake steals Nazi secrets with the help of an American thief.
7 - Historical Fiction / A military parade / A potato #5 - ''Show of Power'' by Jae Mazer   LOGLINE - Liliane and Claude attend the Bastille Day Military Parade in Paris in 1971. When Liliane notices a radical change in the format of the celebrations, she makes a life-altering choice.
7 - Historical Fiction / A military parade / A potato #HM - ''Making The World Safe For Democracy'' by Nancy Ellen Walker   LOGLINE - Roses are red Armies are green Evil exists And often unseen
7 - Historical Fiction / A military parade / A potato #HM - ''Augmented'' by Julie Pusch   LOGLINE - Two women do whatever it takes to maintain their independence as the men return home from WWII.
7 - Historical Fiction / A military parade / A potato #HM - ''Soldier Sam'' by Sixa Monmarche   LOGLINE - A traumatized Civil War soldier recognizes a woman he knows only from an adversary's photograph, only to discover she may not be what he thinks.
8 - Ghost Story / A bakery / A light bulb #1 - ''Three Steps From Dead'' by Tim Gomersall   LOGLINE - Two small-time crooks betray an accomplice. Their decision will come back to haunt them.
8 - Ghost Story / A bakery / A light bulb #2 - ''SERVICE & HEAT'' by Ed Hicks   LOGLINE - A junior engineer dies in a freak accident at an industrial bakery. Haunted by a sense of responsibility, his supervisor searches for answers.
8 - Ghost Story / A bakery / A light bulb #3 - ''A Brother's Bond'' by Bryan Hogue   LOGLINE - A mother struggles to help her young son accept the loss of his brother, while still seeing his ghost.
8 - Ghost Story / A bakery / A light bulb #4 - ''The Lady With The Missing Face'' by Nick Coleman   LOGLINE - A baker with a ghost problem hires a medium who never walks into a poltergeist without payment up front and a secure exit.
8 - Ghost Story / A bakery / A light bulb #5 - ''MARTHA'' by Ross Williams   LOGLINE - When the light flickers on in the upstairs storeroom at Bielski's Bakery, it means Martha is there. But will the baker or his apprentice have the courage to find out what she wants?
8 - Ghost Story / A bakery / A light bulb #HM - ''Icebox'' by Nikki Egan   LOGLINE - A classic Italian bakery has a special guest at Christmastime, and a new employee is the one who has to deal with him.
8 - Ghost Story / A bakery / A light bulb #HM - ''The Portsmouth Pasty'' by Janet Wells   LOGLINE - A Young American Sailor senses there's more in an English bakery than just pasties.
8 - Ghost Story / A bakery / A light bulb #HM - ''The Bakery On Main'' by Leslie Farrell   LOGLINE - A young woman finds herself alone battling an unseen foe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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