A paramedic, suffering from PTSD, buys an old Super 8 camera only discover that it films crimes from the past.
A young man, Jacob, buys a Super- 8 camera from a second-hand store and sets out to teach himself film-making by filming a montage of scenes from his local area. But when he views the developed film he is shocked to see a series of crimes that he doesn't remember filming.
Convinced that someone at the mysterious photography shop has played a trick on him by splicing in some snuff flicks into his own footage Jacob goes to the police for help. When the police detective dismisses him as a crank, Jacob discards the Super-8 camera in a garbage bin.
Some days later, two teenagers find the camera and have the film developed. The resulting film is the last moments of Jacob's life.
Project Type:Screenplay, Short Script
Number of Pages:21
Country of Origin:Canada
Pittsburgh Independent Film FestivalPittsburgh
July 15, 2016
Best Short Screenplay
Indie International GatheringCleveland, OH
August 19, 2016
2nd place Best Short Screenplay (Crime/Suspense)
Sanford International Film FestivalSanford, ME
May 14, 2016
Finalist - Best Screenplay
Los Angeles Cine FestLos Angeles / Online
May 31, 2016
Finalist - Best Screenplay
"Rewind", short screenplay, WGA registered, 2015.
"Blue Monday", feature length screenplay, WGA registered, 2015.
“Crimson Queen”, feature length screenplay, WGA registered, 2014.
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BLUE MONDAY - Winner Best Feature Screenplay, Lindsey UNA Film Festival, 2016
BLUE MONDAY - Selected, Milledgeville Film Festival, 2016.
BLUE MONDAY - Selected, Catharsis Online Film Festival, 2016.
BLUE MONDAY - Selected, Hollywood Sky Festival, 2015.
CRIMSON QUEEN - Best Screenplay, Silver Dollar Film Festival, 2016
CRIMSON QUEEN - Selected, Finow Film Festival, Germany, 2016.
CRIMSON QUEEN - Selected, The Summer Slam Festival, 2015.
CRIMSON QUEEN - Best Crime Screenplay (2nd Place), The Indie Gathering, Husdon, Ohio.
CRIMSON QUEEN - Best Screenplay Runner-up, Three Cities Festival, Los Angeles.
CRIMSON QUEEN - 5th place TLLjournal, Logline contest, November 2014
Master of Business Administration (MBA), York University, Toronto, 1994
Bachelor of Science, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, 1984.
Actor and voice-artist.
Firstly, let me thank you for your consideration of my screenplay. Secondly, I would like to give you a brief bio about myself. This will help you to get to know me and some of the aspects of my life that may have influenced the creation of this story.
I was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada when I was twenty years old. In my youth I was a keen writer, had a part-time job as a copyboy in a national newspaper, and participated in local theatre as an actor, stage hand and FX technician.
By my mid-twenties I went through a career change into business, eventually becoming a management consultant and gaining an MBA. This career took me back to the UK, to the Middle East and back to Canada.
During my business career, I wrote several articles for business journals and got back into the theatre as a director and a business mentor to small theatre companies.
Recently, I decided to make another significant career change. I decided to give up my corporate career and commit myself to writing and acting.
My first screenplay was a crime/thriller called "Crimson Queen", which received very positive reviews and acceptance and awards in various film festivals.
"Blue Monday" was my second feature screenplay. Falling into the drama genre, this story is quite different from "Crimson Queen". It is certainly more dialogue based and has several strong characters within it. I very much enjoyed the challenge of developing good character arcs and bringing the main players to life.
I recently completed this screenplay, a short entitled "Rewind", which is a tale about a supernatural Super 8 camera. I have tried to limit the number of locations in this story to make it more attractive from a production point of view, while ensuring that the visual elements of the story are left intact.
Once again, thank you for your consideration and above all I hope that you enjoy the story.