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The Paper Man Rides On

Title: The Paper Man Rides On

Genre: Comedy

Draft: Third

Length: 112 pages

Logline: A high school student, struggling with confidence in himself, finds a mentor in an aged Paper Man, Chosen One of an ancient order of newspaper deliverymen. As the Paper Man trains his pupil in the art of delivery, he faces threats from a renegade band of unsanctioned paperboys—threats that may destroy the world.

History:

First Draft—7/2/00

Second Draft—7/14/06

Third Draft—6/6/09

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Disappear

Title: Disappear

Genre: Thriller

Draft: Third

Length: 121 pages

Logline: A pair of siblings hide out in Chicago while they try to expose the government organization responsible for a military assault that killed the entire populous of their rural town.

History:

First Draft—5/12/06

Second Draft—4/18/08

Third Draft—7/6/09

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Measuring Girth

Title: Measuring Girth

Genre: Situation Comedy

Draft: First

Length: 31-page show bible, plus six scripts approximately 30-35 pages each

Logline: In mid-2009, a small subsidiary of an enormous television production entity tasked a harried young executive with a challenge: bring his bosses three “ready-made” series to pitch to a cable channel in need of original programming. Completely out of his depth, the young executive turned to his writer friends for help. One of these friends was D. B. Bates.

Over the course of four years, Bates had spent his spare time writing a blog chronicling the exploits of a fictional rock band, Abysmal Crucifix. By this time, the jokey misadventures of a single character had spawned an entire universe of oddballs and increasingly intricate storylines. It was both a blessing and a curse that literally nobody read this blog: a blessing in that adapting stories into television episodes would not be noticed, and a curse because the paltry number of unique visitors made it difficult to demonstrate such a weird project would have a built-in fanbase.

The pair pressed on, developing the idea together. They shifted focus from charismatic frontman Girth McDürchstein to his straight-woman foil, publicist Lacey Greenwood. The central conflict revolves around her efforts to remake Girth’s shattered public image, despite his resistance and pathological inability to understand why the outside world views him as a washed-up creep.

The “Measuring Girth” eBook begins with a show bible used to (unsuccessfully) sell the concept’s merits as a long-running, profitable television show. It also contains complete teleplays for six unproduced scripts for the show that never happened, written by Bates on spec after he agreed that complete scripts would enhance the selling points highlighted in the pitch and the show bible. His young executive friend agreed; the bosses didn’t.

History:

First Draft—6/24/09

First Draft Polish—11/10/09

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Enraptured

Title: Enraptured

Genre: Comedy/Horror

Draft: Fourth

Length: 117 pages

Logline: When a geeky high school senior fails to find a date for the prom, he joins a Satanic cult hellbent on bringing about the Rapture—getting rid of all the goody two-shoes and bringing about hell on Earth.

History:

First Draft—1/9/04

Second Draft—9/13/06

Third Draft—3/8/09

Fourth Draft—12/4/09

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Objects in Mirror

(Written with a Partner Who Prefers Anonymity)

Title: Objects in Mirror

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Draft: Second

Length: 110 pages

Logline: Cynical rock journalist Meghan Larris has earned a reputation as a harsh critic and blunt interviewer, alienating many of pop music’s brightest stars. After verbally abusing a veteran coworker’s enthusiastic review, Meghan finds herself one mistake away from losing her career. In desperation, Meghan pitches an interview she hasn’t yet landed, with the recent winner of the wildly popular reality competition show Pop Icon.

History:

First Draft—4/26/10

Second Draft—5/21/10

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Tones of Home (Screenplay)

Title: Tones of Home (Screenplay)

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Draft: Third

Length: 111 pages

Logline: Tired of fighting the pressure from family and friends, insurance adjustor Robin Kelley has reluctantly agreed to settle down and marry her longtime boyfriend, a successful CPA. When her high school sweetheart, washed-up rock star Girth McDürchstein, learns of Robin’s upcoming nuptials, he races from Los Angeles to the little town of Cedar Point, Iowa, intending to stop her. Once he arrives, Girth starts to see the virtues of a “boring” small-town life—but all Robin sees is the excitement and glamour she passed up.

Will Robin abandon a stable but predictable future to live out her own rock-star dreams?

History:

First Draft—5/12/05

Second Draft—10/30/07

Third Draft—10/10/10

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Time Wasters

Title: Time Wasters

Genre: Comedy/Sci-Fi

Draft: Second

Length: 117 pages

Logline: An unemployed musician tries to make ends meet by taking a job at a fast-food restaurant. He’s quickly reassigned to the company’s research labs, where he’s assigned by a mad scientist to travel back in time and kill Calvin Coolidge. This pitch-black satire explores the instinct to improve one’s own life at the expense of everyone else’s—in this case, monkeying around in the past to improve one man’s present at the expense of tens of billions over untold centuries.

History:

First Draft—8/31/06

Second Draft—10/21/10

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Debt Collection

Title: Debt Collection

Genre: Action

Draft: Third

Length: 107 pages

Logline: Ex-CIA operative Merritt Stone arrives in a small village in Nigeria to learn the identities of the men who stole his sister’s life savings. There, he discovers a much bigger problem: a heroin trafficker’s corrupt stranglehold over the villagers’ lives.

History:

First Draft—1/18/10

Second Draft—9/23/11

Third Draft—11/15/11

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Movie Pitch — Snow Dogs 2: Snow Cats

Inspired by a screenplay by Jim Kouf and Tommy Swerdlow & Michael Goldberg and Mark Gibson & Philip Halprin, which itself took is premise from Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen

We open in Miami. Dr. Theodore “Ted”/”Teddy Bear” Brooks (Cuba Gooding Jr.) has come home for the funeral of his adoptive mother, Amelia, with wife Barb (Joanna Bacalso), two young children, and several huskies in tow. His cousin, Rupert (Sisqó), picks them up from the airport and takes them directly to the wake. Tragedy turns to levity when the dogs excitedly play with the many children of the Brooks extended family, allowing the adults to reflect on the pure innocence and joy of the next generation. Although some family members are disappointed that Ted abandoned the family that raised him, they warm up to him and his new life.

At the funeral, Ted tosses an intricate Inuit necklace, left behind by his birth mother, onto Amelia’s casket while the others toss roses and dirt. Later, at the reading of the will, Ted is shocked by a new revelation: Thunder Jack, who had married Amelia before passing away, was wrong about being his birth father. His real birth father was a Nepali sherpa who had migrated to Alaska looking for freedom and opportunity. Amelia spent her last years tracking down Ted’s real father, but she died before she found him. She bequeaths everything she found before dying.

Luckily, Rupert has parlayed his successful dental practice into a sideline business as a part-time private investigator. (He considers a dentist to be the private detective of the mouth.) Ted, Barb, and Rupert are surprised by how close Amelia came to finding the right man. She had found the man’s name, but not what had happened to him after he put Ted up for adoption. Rupert learns that the father was accused of killing a man in a barfight, so he fled the country. He tracks him back to his Nepali village, where he has lived a quiet life to this day.

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