Okay, Mr. Ma gave you a premise for a screenwriting challenge. Now it’s my turn.
Here’s the premise. It’s like The Yearling, only gross. A small boy living in trailer-trash central gets yelled at by his abusive dad to go outside and kill the family pet. The boy clearly doesn’t want to do it—the pet is his only real friend. But Dangerous Dad shoves a gun in the boy’s hands and tells him to grow up and be a man. The boy goes outside into the rain to obey his father’s command.
The family pet is not a deer, or a dog, or even a marmot. It’s… well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Whatever it is, it’s disgusting.
What does the boy do? What does the pet do? What does the Dad do? And where’s the alcoholic mother?
Just to reiterate; Five page screenplays. You can e-mail them to us at email@example.com, in standard PDF format. Put “Dark and Stormy” in the subject line. This isn’t technically a contest, but who knows? If we like what you wrote, you may get a message from us asking if it can be our next 5 Minute Horror mini-opus! Dust off that keyboard and make some nightmares come true.
And keep screamin’!
Joachim Von Bibbentrop