Logline and Treatment for I Hope She Cheats on You

This is my main project for the screenwriting class that I have been taking this semester.  We have to write part of a screenplay.  This is the Logline and Treatment for the film which is entitled I Hope She Cheats on You, which is altered from the idea, I Hope She Cheats on You With a Basketball Player.  See also: this and this.

Logline

An aspiring celebrity psychiatrist suffers a blow to her credibility in advising people on all types of relationships when her famous boyfriend cheats on her with a ditzy heiress.  She plots revenge by befriending the heiress

 

Overview

My film is called I Hope She Cheats on You.  The story focuses on a psychiatrist named Dr. Ginger who achieved worldwide fame when she wrote a self-help on relationships in general called How to Get People to Respond to You Favorably; she hopes to achieve even more fame with her second book, called How to Get Men to Respond to You Favorably, which seeks to help women achieve what they want in relationships, and eventually, Dr. Ginger wants to host her very own talk show.  She has a talent for manipulating people, and she has used her talent to write self-help books, though she writes them in a way where her advice is presented in a manner where she does not outright advise people to manipulate others.  However, when Dr. Ginger’s movie star boyfriend cheats on her with a kind-hearted, but ditzy heiress, she is devastated, not least because her own relationship troubles threatens her credibility.  Wanting revenge, she decided to befriend the heiress, with the goal of manipulating her into cheating on Tommy.  This story is about relationships and people often want them to be successful, but they don’t always work out like they want, and how when people are hurt, they may try measures to make the people who hurt them feel their pain.

 

Character Set-Up

Dr. Ginger is a psychiatrist who wants to be famous on the level of people who are known for giving advice in the public eye such as Dr. Phil or Iyanla Vanzant.  She is well on her way to achieving that goal with the success of her first self-help book.  However, Dr. Ginger also wants personal success.  She wants to marry her boyfriend, the famous movie star, Tommy Jorgensen, but he seems disillusioned about their relationship.  When she discovers that Tommy is cheated with the air-headed heiress, Sally Van Dyne, she is devastated, but not wanting to lose him to a woman that she is condescending towards because of her apparent lack of intelligence, Dr. Ginger forces Tommy to choose either her or Sally; Tommy chooses Sally.  With this setback coming hot off the heels of the release of her second book, which is about giving women advice in romantic relationships, she fears that she will lose her credibility, and everything that she has worked so hard to achieve in her life.  Dr. Ginger blames Tommy for this, and so she decides to even up the score; she befriends Sally with the intention of manipulating her into cheating on Tommy.  But as she grows close to Sally, Dr. Ginger begin to question what she is doing.

 

Tommy Jorgensen is a famous actor.  He first met Dr. Ginger when they appeared on the same talk show; Dr. Ginger appeared on the show to promote her book, and he appeared to promote his latest movie.  He admitted to being a fan of the book, and this led to them bonding and eventually moving in together.  However, their relationship hit some snags because Dr. Ginger began using treating him not like a boyfriend, but more like a subject for her book.  Eventually, he cheats with a fellow celebrity, Sally Van Dyne, and they begin a longstanding affair.  Above all, he wants to be with a woman who views him as a human being rather than being viewed a subject for a self-help book.

 

Sally Van Dyne is often viewed as an idiotic, superficial person.  However, despite how the tabloids depict her, she is a woman who is far less superficial than she might appear.  She is deep.  Sally bonds with Tommy because he sees her as not just an airhead, but as a woman and a human being who is multi-faceted.  She may not be the most intelligent human being, but Sally is a kind and decent human being.  She feels bad about hurting Dr. Ginger, but when Dr. Ginger befriends her, she is happy, but she is too naive, however, to see Dr. Ginger’s ulterior motives.

 

Story

Dr. Ginger is a psychiatrist who was simply a normal psychiatrist.  She counselled patients, and she prescribed them medication when necessary.  In her spare time, she began writing a self-help book because she found her job to be mundane, and she wanted to be famous for giving advice to people.

 

This paid off.  The resulting book, How to Get People to Respond to You Favorably, became a smash hit.  The book became a bestseller with 60 million copies sold around the world in several dozen languages.  It was number one on various newspapers’ and magazines’ best sellers, in all eligible categories, for more than 52 consecutive weeks.

 

One day, while Dr. Ginger is promoting her book on a talk show, she meets the famous movie star, Tommy Jorgensen, who appeared in a different segment to promote his latest movie.  He was also a fan of her book, and they immediately hit it off, began a romance, and they moved in together.

 

In the meantime, Dr. Ginger has began writing her next self-help book, called How to Get Men to Respond to You Favorably, which seeks to help women achieve what they want in relationships.  Dr. Ginger wants to move onto the next level with her relationship with Tommy: Marriage.  She decides to do a series of many different experiments for her book.  She begins dropping hints about wanting to get married, and she uses these experiences to aid in helping herself in writing the book, which she hopes will surpass the success of the first book.  Dr. Ginger starts using manipulation to get Tommy to propose and change other things about yourself, again to see how this can her help with writing her book.  This starts to make Tommy feel isolated.

 

Upon the release of Dr. Ginger’s second book, she is happy, and she even dedicates the book to Tommy saying that he was her biggest and most important inspiration.

 

Then she finds out something horrible.  She walks in on Tommy having sex with Sally Van Dyne, a fellow celebrity and reality TV star, who is known for being very ditzy, and who is an heiress to the Van Dyne hotel chain.  Furious, Dr. Ginger throws them out.

 

However, when their affair is revealed, Dr. Ginger is publicly humiliated, not least because people are now questioning her credibility to give relationship advice.

 

She decides to take Tommy back, partially to salvage her professional credibility, and partially because she doesn’t want to lose him, and she tells him to choose either her or Sally.  He confesses that he loves Sally now, and he felt trapped because Dr. Ginger. treated her only as a subject for her book instead of a boyfriend.

 

Dr. Ginger is hurt over the entire situation, and her second book does not sell as well as the first one.  Wanting revenge, and blaming Tommy for all of her problems, she decides to befriend Sally and manipulate her into cheating on Tommy, so that Tommy knows her pain.

 

She approaches Sally alone.  Sally is hurt because the press has labeled her as a “homewrecker.”  Dr. Ginger says that she does not blame her for the end of her relationship with Tommy, and that she forgives Sally.  Sally who is a fan of her books, appreciates the gestures, and she accepts Dr. Ginger’s offer of friendship.

 

As they grow close, Dr. Ginger learns a lot about Sally, about how she feels it’s difficult to live up to her family’s expectations, seeing as she is not exactly what people would consider to be “cultured.”  Sally points out that she is not as stupid as people think she is, but on her reality show, she simply acts that way because that’s how people see her, and that’s how people expect her to act.  She’s not a genius, but she’s not an airhead either.

 

Dr. Ginger is amazed by Sally opening up herself like that.  She begins to question whether using Sally to hurt Tommy is really worth it.  But when she learns that Tommy and Sally have gotten engaged, her feelings of anger towards Tommy resurface, and she impulsively calls in an anonymous tip to a local tabloid magazine that Sally has cheated on Tommy with her ex-boyfriend.

 

The fallout is, predictably, devastating for everyone that’s involved.  Tommy and Sally deny the report, and they vow to sue the tabloid for millions of dollars.  Dr. Ginger realizes that she made a horrible mistake, not only because she hurt a relationship, but because she ruined the relationship of someone that she considered a friend.

 

Realizing what she has to do, Dr. Ginger makes a public confession, that she tipped off the tabloid.  She publicly apologizes to both Tommy and Sally, and she states that she needs to leave the public eye and focus on her own issues before she can responsibly and reputably help other people.

 

Tommy and Sally, shortly afterwards visit, Dr. Ginger.  Dr. Ginger tells them that if they want to harshly admonish her, she deserves that and far worse.  But they they apologize for ever hurting her in the first place, and they ask if they can start over.  Dr. Ginger is shocked, but she is reluctant to rebuild some sort relationship; nonetheless, Dr. Ginger agrees the try.  The movie flash forward a year, where Tommy and Sally are getting married, with Dr. Ginger as Sally’s maid of honor.  Also, Dr. Ginger had recently released a third and a fourth self-help book dedicated to both Tommy and Dr. Ginger:  How to Be the Best Friend You Can Be and How to Be the Best Romantic Partner You Can Be; in addition, Dr. Ginger has a new boyfriend, and they are taking things slow, but still are happy together.

 

 

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Screenplay for My Short Film for My Digital Film-making Class

This fall, I enrolled in a digital film-making class.  The objective of the class is to learn the entire film-making experience.  This includes things such as conception, screenwriting, story-boarding, lighting, filming, finding actors, and editing the film on a computer.  This is quite a challenge, and yes, I am struggling, but regardless, I am committed to making best possible short film that I can make.

The film has to be two to five minutes long, and it has to be original to the class.  Anything done outside of the specific class (including the screenplay) whether done for another class or on one’s own time , would not be an acceptable project under most circumstances.

This project involves my character Luna .  In this story, she wants clothes, but does not have any money for them.  Her mother refuses to give her the money, saying that she does not need new clothes.  Luna decides to find the money another way, and in the process, she learns about what really matters.

Enjoy.

New Clothes for a New Seasom
By
Ellis Sutton, Jr.
INT. LIVING ROOM – NIGHT
It is nighttime. ALMA, a forty-something businesswoman,
walks into the living room from outside. She is tired and
sits down on the couch.
ALMA
Oh, what a day!
Seconds later, LUNA, Alma’s fashionable teenage daughter
walks downstairs. She hugs her mother.
LUNA
Hey, mom! How was your day!
They stop hugging and Luna sits down.
ALMA
Ugh! So busy! I can’t believe my
assistant accidentally deleted the
files we needed. Almost set us
back!
LUNA
Sounds bad. Can I have some money?
ALMA
What in the world for?
LUNA
Clothes. I need new stuff to wear.
ALMA
But, Luna, you just got clothes for
Christmas a few months ago.
LUNA
Yeah, I know. That was my winter
wardrobe. Now, I gotta buy my
spring wardrobe.
ALMA
What about the clothes you got
right before school started last
fall? It’s warm enough for those
isn’t it?
LUNA
That was my fall wardrobe.
ALMA
Luna. There’s nothing wrong with
your clothes.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 2.
LUNA
Um, yeah there are. They went out
of style. I can’t show my face at
school wearing them.
ALMA
Sorry. The answer’s “no.”
LUNA
But, mom, I really need them. I
mean, sure, I liked my clothes when
I got them, but lots of things
changed. Like, no one wears those
boots Dad got me for Christmas
anymore.
ALMA
Luna, honey, you’ll just have to
learn two things. Appreciate what
you have. And there’s a difference
between needs and wants. You don’t
NEED new clothes; you WANT them.
LUNA.
No, I DO need them.
Alma stands up and walks away.
ALMA
I’m done! I’m gonna take a shower
and go to bed.
Luna takes her cell phone out of her pocket.
ALMA (O.S.)
And don’t even think about asking
your father for the money!
Luna puts her phone back in her pocket and shakes her head.
INT. CONDOMINIUM LIVING ROOM – THE FOLLOWING AFTERNOON
A MIDDLED-AGED WOMAN, Luna’s aunt LUCY is sitting at her
living room table typing on her LAPTOP. She hears a knock
on the door. She gets up to answer the door. It is Luna.
LUNA
Hey, Aunt Lucy!
LUCY
Luna! I’m so glad to see you. We
had a great Christmas!
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.
LUNA
We sure did! Thanks again for the
dress!
LUCY
Of course, honey! I know how you
always like to look good!
LUNA
Yep, that’s me!
LUCY
Please, Luna, sit down down! Would
you like something to eat, drink!
LUNA
No, I’m good.
Luna sits down next to Lucy on the couch.
LUNA
So, how’s Al been?
LUCY
Your cousin’s been fine. The
University of Chicago’s lucky to
have him.
Lucy then frowns. Luna notices.
LUNA
What’s the matter, Aunt Lucy?
Lucy sighs.
LUCY
It’s just that pay for Al to go to
college has been so hard
LUNA
(confused)
How do you mean?
LUCY
Well, with tuition and housing and
all of that, it costs almost
$60,000 dollars per year.
LUNA
(shocked)
Wow!
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 4.
LUCY
Yeah. And to be honest we can’t
really afford it. And with the
fact that Al wasn’t accepted
anywhere else and his father losing
his job, it’s been mostly up to me
to make ends meet.
LUNA
All up to you?
LUCY
Pretty much. I’ve been doing all I
can to make sure Al can get an
education. I mean, I’ve gotten two
extra jobs, I’ve cancelled the
phone and TV services, and I’m so
close to cancelling the Internet
too.
LUNA
(shocked)
The Internet?! How can you deal
without the Internet?!
LUCY
I don’t know. But I don’t have a
choice, really.
LUNA
You know, Aunt Lucy.
LUCY
What?
LUNA
Well, I got lots of clothes I don’t
wear anymore. I could sell them
and give the money to you.
Lucy gives Luna a big hug.
LUCY
Luna, thank you, honey for that. I
really meant it. But I can’t
accept that.
LUNA
But why? You need the help. And I
can do it.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 5.
LUCY
Yes, I’m struggling. But I don’t
want you to have to give things up
for me. You’re young. You deserve
to have fun until you grow up and
have to deal with all this
adulthood trouble.
Luna and Lucy hug.
LUCY
Now, I don’t mean to send you away,
but I’ve gotta get ready for work.
It was nice seeing you Luna.
Lucy gets up.
LUNA
It was nice seeing you, too, Aunt
Lucy.
Luna then gets up and leaves.
INT. LIVING ROOM – NIGHT
Alma is sitting in the living room at the couch with a
laptop and numerous papers and folders. Luna walks in.
LUNA
Hi, mom.
ALMA
Hi, baby. How was your day?
LUNA
It was fine.
Luna sits down next to Alma.
LUNA
Mom, I just wanna say that I’m
sorry about yesterday. I was a
spoiled brat. You’re right. My
clothes are fine. I don’t need any
new ones.
Luna then hugs Alma.
LUNA
I just wanna say thanks for being
the best mom in the world. I love
you.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 6.
ALMA
I love you too, Luna. And baby, I
want you have the things want, but
I also want you to know there’s
more important things.
LUNA
I know that now, Mom.
ALMA
What do you say I take a break from
all this work, and we watch some TV
together.
LUNA
Sound great, Mom!
Alma moves her papers, folders, and laptop to the side and
turns on the TV.
TV ANNOUNCER (O.S.)
Today, hot new designers reveal
their spring fashions.
Luna taps Alma
LUNA
Mom? Can I have some money for
that dress?
ALMA
(frustrated)
No! I thought we already went over
this!
LUNA
But, Mom! I need that dress! It’s
perfect for me!
Alma just shakes her head.
FADE OUT.

Ode to TV Tropes

One of my absolute favorite websites on the Internet is TV Tropes.  TV Tropes, whose full name is Television Tropes and Idioms, is a wiki that is devoted to cataloging various types of narrative devices, or tropes as they call them.  Despite its name, it not devoted solely to tropes from TV; it covers tropes from literature, film, music, comic books, video games legends, folklore, mythology, religion, the Internet and real life.

The site first began as a collection of tropes from the popular series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in 2004.  In the nine years since, TV Tropes expand tremendously to all types of media.

I first began using the site regularly in about late 2010.  I was so entranced by it.  There was so much information on various shows and movies that I had never found anywhere else; it most certainly was not on Wikipedia (which TV Tropes calls “The Other Wiki”).  It was also a good place to learn about narrative tropes and help aid writers in developing plot occurrences and characters.  I am happy that it helped give me direction in the development of one of my characters, Riley Diamond I used the trope called Cloudcuckoolander, which denotes a character who is odd and seemingly out of touch with reality.  I’ve since used the site to help develop other tropes in my other ideas.

I cannot say enough good things about it.  However, I will point out that due to the fact that it is a wiki, and therefore, can be edited by anybody, it is not suitable for academic research for essays and the like, just like Wikipedia.  Not to mention, it has very few sources, and therefore, it has almost no verification of the information listed.  However, much of the information can be confirmed by viewing or reading the media discussed.

However, the main strength of TV Tropes is its community of lovers of all type of media and wealth of perspectives.

I plan on devoting several future posts to various tropes listed on TV Tropes, but for now, I will briefly discuss a few of my favorite entries.

Your Mileage May Vary or YMMV

This focuses on tropes that are subjective.  They may involve differences of opinions on characters such as whether a character is unlikable or whether a plot element is weak or strong.

Designated Heroes and Designated Villains

These are YMMV tropes.  They refer to characters who are intended by the writers to be heroes or villains but who are perceived as unlikable or even villainous in the cases of designated heroes or likable, sympathetic, and even heroic in the cases of designated villains.  This often happens because writers do not realize that they are making their heroes unlikable or their villains likable.

Cloudcukoolander

As mentioned above, this a character who does odd things, and who seems to have his or her head in the clouds, so to speak.

Alpha Bitch

This character is mean girl of the school.  She does everything to assert her popularity and make the lives of the so-called unpopular kids a living hell.

What an Idiot

Another YMMV trope, this refers to characters who something that causes the audience or reader to think or say “What an Idiot.”  Many of examples listed on the site are structures as follows.

Situation

You’d Expect:

Instead:

Non Singing Voice

This refers to a phenomena that has mostly died out in musical films where if the actors did not have suitable singing voices, either in general or for the material at hand, then professional singer would record their musical numbers, and it is the singer’s voice, not the actor’s voice, heard during the musical numbers.  Occasionally, as in the film versions of the musicals West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and My Fair Lady, certain actors sang their songs only to have them re-recorded by more skilled skilled singers.  This has also happened in various animated musical films of the 1990s, particularly those done by Disney.

My Master List of Movie, TV, and Book Ideas

I have created a document, stored within the cloud, of most of my ideas.  A few are saved elsewhere in different documents.  These are most of the ones I have come up and am serious about the public seeing one day.  Some ideas exist in different formats. Some do not.  I hope that these are interesting to all of you.  Please comment if you have any questions or thoughts.  I’m sure some of what I have below could use some adjustments.

  1.  A teenage girl (named Samantha) is not allowed to go to a party so she drugs her parents with sleeping pills so that she can sneak out of the house. When she returns home she finds that her parents are dead. I thought about writing this one of three ways.  One way could be that the girl’s parents are quite controlling and never let her leave home alone without one of them or her brother, and she wants a taste of freedom before graduating high school as valedictorian and enrolling in an Ivy League college and after discovering their bodies, she decides to go the police and her lawyer uses her upbringing to defend her when she is being tried.
  2. Another way is that the girl is a bad girl who does all sorts of bad things like smoking, drugs, alcohol, fighting, partying etc., and she drugs them after being put on punishment and banned from attending a party.  When she finds them dead, she buries their bodies in the yard with help (haven’t figured out yet how they help her), and she reinvents herself as a good, responsible, studious girl.  Years later, the girl is about to graduate high and fears that her parents’ bodies will be found; she digs their skeletal remains up and hides them in her school locker where they are discovered when the school does a locker search.  The hiding, moving, and discovery of the bodies could be changed to where the girl has help with the bodies being put in some sort of box and the box is stored in her car which is searched when she is at school.
  3. The third way is identical to the first way except for the fact that her parents’ controlling behavior is downright abusive: they lock her in her room, electronically monitor her, and don’t allow her leave home for months at her time.
  4. The fourth way is that Samantha is obsessed with using social media websites on the Internet.  In fact, her obsession could be considered an addiction.  She uses it all hours of the day, neglecting homework, schoolwork, chores, and all of her other responsibilities.  She doesn’t even socialize with her peers in real life nearly as much as she does on the Internet.  She meets a boy in her class named Johnny, who like is also obsessed with using social media.  Her parents are concerned about Samantha’s behavior.  After taking her to a therapist, they follow the advice of putting Samantha on an Internet curfew.  Samantha is very unhappy about that.  She fears losing contact with her friends and most especially Johnny.  Johnny comes up with an idea.  She could drug her parents so that she can use the Internet past her curfew.  Samantha and Johnny procure sleeping pills that belong to Johnny’s parents.  She bakes them into a cake that she makes for her parents.  After they fall asleep, Samantha logs onto the Internet to make contact with Johnny.  However, something happens.  Samantha wakes up the following morning and discovers that her parents are dead.  She doesn’t know what to do.  She calls Johnny.  He comes over, and they try to come up with a way to fix the situation.  Samantha and Johnny decide to bury her parents’ bodies in the backyard.  After this, they try all they can to make sure that their crime is never exposed.

 

2. A woman in an abusive marriage tries various schemes to kill her husband but only succeeds in killing other people. For example, she decided to shoot her husband when he comes home from work, but when he hears her door open and pulls the trigger she finds that she shot and killed her own child. Later she tries to poison her husband with cookies but mistakenly sends them to her other child’s school where there is a bake sell and ends up killing several of the children as a result. Then she tries to set her home on fire, but her other child is killed along with his friends. Finally she sabotages her husband’s car, but he loans his car to his brother and an accident is caused killing several people as a result including the brother. Eventually the woman is tied to the other murders and tries to use the battered woman’s syndrome defense, but because she killed several innocent people no one has sympathy for her. She pleads guilty to her crimes, but still gets the death penalty. I intend this to represent and symbolize that domestic violence hurts everyone.

In case this seems too implausible (and it is) I thought about changing it where four women each try to kill their husbands only to fail.

 

3. A show about several teen parents. A couple who got married, but the marriage is failing. One couple planned their baby, but hate each other. A girl tries to raise her baby, but the father is a deadbeat. A boy tries to get full custody of his child because the mother is party animal. A girl in an abusive relationship got pregnant because of birth control sabotage. A girl is coerced into giving up her baby by her well-meaning but misguided parents and tries to get her baby back.

 

4. A woman sets up her best friend with a physically abusive man as a form of revenge. The best friend ends up murdered by the man. The woman feels guilty and found a shelter for battered women in her friend’s name. The woman does everything she can to make sure her role in her friend’s death never comes to light.

 

5. This idea is a TV show about the staff members of a high school dealing with the various challenges of educating children while also facing scandals, secrets, corruption,: Lena Johnson, a principal; Keith Johnson, an English teacher and Lena’s husband; Clarice Mitchell, a psychology and sociology teacher; Edmund Sanders, a math teacher; Todd O’Guinness, a history teacher; Jeannette Chan, a guidance counselor; and Michelle Slojinski, a substitute teacher.

Below are some possible storylines:

A dead body is found buried on the school for more than 20 years. The dead body was that of the best friend of the Lena, Judith Anderson. She was killed after her ex-boyfriend pushed her down the stairs and then forced a teacher who witnessed his crime to help him bury body otherwise he would kill her too. Then said teacher comes out of retirement because she is blackmailed because of what she did and left penniless.

Another is one I mentioned above. Clarice and Jeannette take some members of the school’s female wellness group to volunteer at a shelter for battered women.  Todd ends up dating the shelter’s founder, but while drunk she confesses the she founded the shelter out of guilt: She set up her best friend with a physically abusive man as a form of revenge. The best friend ends up murdered by the man. The founder feels guilty and found a shelter for battered women in her friend’s name. The founder does everything she can to make sure her role in her friend’s death never comes to light.  Todd is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to keep her secret.

Best friends Jeannette and Clarice have an argument. Clarice then destroys the Jeannette’s house by chopping down a tree. Jeannette then sets Clarice’s classroom on fire. Their rivalry culminates when both try to destroy each other’s computer’s with viruses which results in all of the computers in the school being rendered useless and results in all of the grades to be re-added up by hand and as a result graduation is delayed. They realize their rivalry has come to affect other people and reconcile. Then they team up with Todd to expose the woman with the shelter and learning of her secret which she told to another teacher who she happened to be dating.

Lena and Keith both work at the school and it begins to wreck their marriage.  They never have time for one another because Lena as principal has to practically deal with all the school’s issues.  When she finally strikes a balance, Keith is also unable to spend time with her because he begins coaching the debate club.  Their lack of time for one another eventually leads to the both of them being unfaithful.

Another is that the principal and her husband and two other teachers have sex in the school. The custodial staff sees this and spreads rumors which then must be stopped.

Lena has a deep dark secret. She was pregnant as a teen and was in an abusive relationship. Her boyfriend forced her to sell her baby.  Lena is haunted by her actions and wonders how her son turned out.

To pay pack her student loans and to be able to continue working on her Master’s degree Clarice decides to bet on school sporting events.  She tries to ensure that the rival school loses by seducing the star basketball player to throw the game. He does not. So she frames him for vandalism since it is believed that without him his team would lose. But the team wins anyway which puts the teacher farther in debt. Then she finds out she is pregnant.

Todd is a stern teacher, but does it as a form of tough love; he genuinely wants his students to learn and understand the material and help them have a good future as educated people.  One of his students, Rose, however doesn’t want to follow his rules.  So she comes up with a plan.  Rose disguises herself as an adult and goes to bar where Todd frequents.  She strikes up a conversation, and they end up sleeping together.  Rose then reveals her true identity and blackmails him, threatening to reveal their sexual encounter to the police unless she does exactly what she wants:  She wants to pass the class with an A, be marked as on time even if she’s tardy, and be marked as present when she ditches class.  The demands become too much for Todd to deal with, so he plants knives in her locker.  The school has a zero tolerance policy for weapons, so Rose gets expelled.  Rose vows revenge.  Years later, the statute of limitations has expired and preventing Todd from being prosecuted.  Rose conspires with her younger sister Daisy who is now one of Todd’s students; they drug Todd so that Daisy can rape him.  Daisy then accuses Todd of raping her.  Todd’s friends must then find a clever way to get Rose and Daisy to admit to their conspiracy.

Due to a scandal at the private school Lena and Keith’s children attended, the school was shut down and now their children attend the school where the series is set.  Their daughter Melanie is pregnant by a boy who attends the school.  Lena and Keith want Melanie to put the baby up for adoption, because they believe that based on her other behavior she is too irresponsible to raise a child.  When they learn the father wants her to have an abortion, they conspire with him to help him convince her to have an abortion.  Melanie, however, finds about and refuses to talk to Keith and Lena and makes it clear that she can’t have an abortion because she is too far along, and she adamantly wants to keep her baby because of the fact Lena was forced to give up her first child when she was a teenager.  Later on, a mysterious person pushes Melanie down the stairs causing her to have a miscarriage.  Melanie immediately blames her child’s father, but he denies doing it and has an alibi.  Melanie, however, is convinced that he’s involved in some way, and so she launches her own investigation.

Meanwhile, Lena and Keith’s son Preston is gay and facing bullying because of it.  He meets another boy in his home economics class and they begin a romance.  The get bullied even worse they become affectionate in public.  Preston and his boyfriend decide to murder the main person that’s bullying them by poisoning a Valentine’s Day chocolate candy gram.  However, the girl delivering the grams decides to eat the one intended for the bully.  She gets sick and dies later that day.  Preston and his boyfriend try to do everything necessary to keep their actions a secret.

6. I thought about putting a twist on the movie the Parent Trap. The film was based on a novel called Lottie and Lisa. Anyway, in this twist the two twins meet at summer camp and discover that after their parents divorced they separated them, but their parents told them lies in addition to never being told of each other’s existence. The twin that stayed with their father was told that her mother was an alcoholic and drug addict who died of an overdose shortly after their divorce. The other twin was told that her mom was abused by her dad and he lost his parental rights. The twins were already furious that they never knew of each other’s existence and are furious when they learn about the other lies their parents told them. They decide to switch places in order to get revenge against their parents.

 

7. Four teenage girls get pregnant. They all decide to keep their babies. Then they find out they got pregnant by the same guy. Since they know that the guy cannot afford to support all of the babies, they decide to have a contest in order to determine who get to keep their baby.

 

8. A woman named Samaria is devastated that her sister Lydia refuses to leave her abusive boyfriend. Then she discovers that her sister committed a major crime. Lydia in the past tried to murder her boyfriend by poisoning him, but a mix-up led to several members of his family being poisoned to death; alternately I might write it where she kills one member of his family or possible one or many members of both of her own extended family. Samaria decides to blackmail her sister into leaving her boyfriend. Lydia leaves him but then starts to feel guilty. Lydia felt that she deserved her boyfriend’s abusive behavior because of her crime, and so she goes back. She also resented her sister for blackmailing her into leaving. Samaria then has to make the decision to expose her Lydia’s crime or just accept the fact that she has chosen to remain in an abusive relationship.  Things get more complicated when Lydia’s boyfriend learns of her crime.

More background: I want to examine the notion of trying to rescue a person by competing with their captor. The woman whom I have named Samaria (Arabic for watch tower; I chose the name for symbolic reasons) has devoted her life to helping battered women trying to teach them how to take control of their own lives. However, when her sister Lydia gets into an abusive relationship, it is more personal to her. She tries to get Lydia to leave her boyfriend, but nothing she does seems to work. Then Samaria discovers Lydia’s secret. As she is trying to comprehend the secret she learns that her sister has been beaten very badly. Samaria sees Lydia at the hospital and she denies that her boyfriend was responsible. Samaria grows desperate and fears that Lydia will end up dead if she does not do anything. She realizes that Lydia is completely controlled by her boyfriend and comes to the conclusion that she must compete with the boyfriend to rescue her sister. Samaria later approaches Lydia and tells her she knows of her secret and threatens to go to the police if she does not leave her boyfriend. Lydia goes along with because she fears life in prison. Over time, Samaria realizes that she is no better than Lydia’s boyfriend and lets her go.

 

 

9. I thought of a twist on the stalker movie genre. A girl is sexually abused by a neighbor. The trauma manifests itself as as an obsessive attraction and she begins stalking him when she becomes a teenager. He does everything to avoid her even turning himself into the police, but she does everything to get to him even following him to prison. I am not sure if there are any characters the audience can empathize with. I thought this could be a cautionary tale.

 

10. A boy catches his dad cheating on his mom. The dad then decided to bribe him into helping him hide the affair. Also, his sister catches his mom cheating and then blackmails her mom.

 

11. i thought of a change for #2. The only difference is instead of one woman trying several times to kill her husband it is four battered women who try to make a pact to kill their respective spouses. Only they all fail.

12.  A man has a phobia of women so he goes to a school that aims to cure people of their phobias. While there he meets a woman with a phobia of men. They fall in love, but at the same time their phobias of one another are standing in their way.

13.  A dad has been over-protective in the past concerning his older teen daughter. She got so fed up and spiteful that she found an older man to be with and ran away with him never to be seen again. The dad blamed himself for being too overprotective. When his younger teen daughter starts dating he tries to be less protective. But when he finds out his daughter and her boyfriend are considering having sex, he is unsure of what to do. He fears that if he tries to stop them from having sex, he will push his daughter away and lose her like he lost his other daughter. Also, he does not want her to not have a dating life.   Therefore, he approaches her boyfriend and offers a deal. If he does not have sex with her daughter he will help him find other girls to have sex with.

I changed some of it, but I was told that is was not better:

The dad simply tries to “protect his daughter’s virtue” by sabotaging her relationships by doing things such as using her boyfriend’s cell phone to send her a mean text message. When she gets another boyfriend he spreads rumors of her cheating on her. When that relationship fails she is single for a while and then finds a new boyfriend he pays his ex girlfriend into claiming that she was abusive towards her. I am wondering if this is any better.

14.  A girl gets pregnant, but she hides it because she fears how her parents react.  She keeps her ultrasounds in her locker.  One day, she accidentally leaves her locker open and someone steals her ultrasounds, makes copies of them, posts them all over the school or sells them.

15.  Luna becomes the school mascot, and becomes more popular than the cheerleading squad.  Luna gets kicked off the team when Hazel, one of the cheerleaders, alerts the coaches that Luna posted sexually provocative photos of herself on Facebook.  Later Luna witnesses Hazel in the girls’ bathroom forcing herself to throw up.  Luna takes pictures of the act with her cell phone and posts the photos all over the school.  Hazel is mortified and initially plans to leave the school.  Luna feels guilty about what she’s done, but Hazel refuses to accept her apology.  Luna decides to that the score must be evened: she posts her sexually-charged Facebook photos all over school.  Everyone forgets about Hazel’s bulimia, and instead ridicules Luna for her photos.

16.  This is to be a TV series targeted towards teens. A girl named Minerva is beginning high school. Her older brother is the quarterback of the football team, and he bullies gay students, much to Minerva’s distress. Later on Minerva learns that her brother is gay, and only bullies gay students because he wants to hide his homosexuality and he has internalized homophobia. Feeling some measure of sympathy, Minerva decides to start a gay-straight alliance at the school in hopes of changing the school’s culture and improving relations between straight and LGBT students and possibly helping her brother feel comfortable enough to come out. But she has many challenges ahead of herself including, but not limited to, students afraid of being perceived as gay, gay students hesitant to come out, school officials reluctant to sponsor and endorse the group, and being bullied, herself for associating with gay classmates.

Possible storylines/characters for the previous paragraph:

-a boy is thought of as gay but is not gay

-a boy is afraid that his conservative immigrant parents will kick him out if they learn that he is gay

-a girl was kicked out by her mother when she came out; she called the police and her mother was arrested for child neglect; now she lives in a group home while her siblings in foster care

-a male-to-female transgender teen faces harassment at her old school when transitioning from a boy to a girl; even worse is that she was not allowed to use the girls’ restrooms and the school would not let her dress as girl on the grounds that it allegedly would cause disruptions; to end this her parents enrolled her in a new school and registered her as a female even though she is still legally male

– one boy who tries to stop himself from being bullied by pretending to attempt suicide. However, his actions only earn him condemnation from the GSA who believes that what he has done is insensitive to teens who killed themselves due to bullying. Now he is isolated from the entire school.

17.  I thought about giving an major overhaul to idea number 1. Samantha is a quirky girl. She has a huge imagination and is obsessed with things such as anime, manga, rubix cubes, and books. Samantha is sheltered. Her parents are so afraid of something bad happening to her, that they rarely let her leave the house and even then she had to be accompanied. She could not have friends unless her parents approved of them AND their parents. She was even home-schooled. Her twin brother Cal, faced none of these restrictions. To cope, Samantha creates her own fantasy world based on her interests, and manages to achieve contentment. Eventually, Samantha is finally freed from her parents grips when she enrolls in college. However, she has very poor social skills which hurt her socially (surprise, surprise). She retreats to her fantasies and attempts use them to find ways to learn to exist in reality.

18.  This idea is about two parents. They have a young daughter who dies when they are involved in a tragic car accident. Quite naturally, they are devastated. As they struggle to deal with their grief, they come to a rather shocking conclusion: they will just go on as if their daughter never existed. They do this because the wife became so depressed that she needed to go to in patient rehab; the husband became an alcoholic.

19.   Antonio and Sandy have twins: named Eden and Simon. Eden is a neurotic high achiever and tries very hard to be the perfect student and daughter. Simon is a slacker and struggles to be responsible in school and life. His parents are constantly on his case, more so than any parent would be even considering his lack of accountability. Antonio and Sandy constantly praise and practically worship Eden, and they berate and insult Simon for his bad behavior. This puts lots of pressure on Eden to be a good student; while on the other hand, Simon becomes so depressed by his parents’ treatment of him that he tries to kill himself. Feeling guilty and fearful that Simon may attempt to take his own life again, Antonio and Sandy start to indulge and praise Simon’s every move while neglecting Eden causing her own self-esteem and success to plummet.

20.  This one is titled, The Busybody.  A New York City socialite named Katie Hammond is frustrated with her life when her husband is transferred by his job, forcing her, him, and their children move to an affluent Chicago suburb; she considers the suburbs boring and the people there creepy on the surface.  Katie decides to become a busybody and meddle in the lives of her new neighbors so that she can write a book about their sordid lives, that she’s sure will become very successful.  While doing research for her book, Katie meets a neighbor named Cynthia Mulcahy who suspects that her best friend Rachel Wycek is being abused by Rachel’s husband Scott.  Katie investigates and learns that Rachel thinks that Scott is gay and is cheating with numerous other men.  Then Katie learns that Scott suspects Rachel of cheating on him.

21.  This one is called, I Hope She Cheats on You with a Basketball Player.  Dr. Ginger Redman is a psychiatrist with an amazing, though not foolproof gift for manipulating people and who gained international fame after she published the self-help book The Subtle Art of Manipulation: How to Get Anybody Anywhere to Do Anything You Want.  The book became a best seller with 60 million copies sold around the world.  Now, Ginger has published a sequel to her book entitled The Subtle Art of Manipulation: How to Get Any Man Anywhere to Do Anything You Want; among the chapters in that book include manipulating men into leaving their current intimate partners, how to convince men to propose marriage, how to convince men to buy women expensive gifts, and getting men to agree to disproportionately large divorce settlements.  It’s also due to be a huge success, but Ginger suffers a setback in her personal life.  Her actor boyfriend, Tommy Jorgensen is having an affair with Sally Van Dyne, a good-natured heiress devoted to various charitable causes, but too stupid to actually contribute anything worthwhile to those causes.  Tommy cheated with Sally because Ginger’s manipulative behavior became unwieldy; he couldn’t deal with the fact that she tried to manipulate him into changing things about him or even to marry her.  Ginger demands that Tommy pick either her or Sally, and so Tommy leaves her for Sally.  Ginger furiously plots revenge.  She has already began writing her next book The Subtle Art of Manipulation: How to Get Any Woman Anywhere to Do Anything You Want; it’s targeted towards women who want to manipulate other women to their own ends, and thus far contains chapters on how to compete with other women when it comes to men.  Ginger decides to befriend Sally and manipulate her into cheating on Tommy with famous basketball player.