Strike Page for Experimental Scripts
Visit purpose document
Scripts: (The first document on any line below—that is, for any specific script, is in PDF format)
Important: For some scripts (especially the features)
the visitor should browse DADT books Chapter 1 and 4, and Book 2 chapters
of COPA and publishing, for more
background information. Also browse the discussion about
public school (substitute) teaching. This may help provide more context. The rest of this site provides much information on
the issues that concern me. In some
cases, for more general audience suitability, dialogue and depicted behaviors
have been “muted” here, and would be more explicit and realistic than shown on
a public website if the film were actually made for
Films that have nothing in common often accidentally have the same or similar names. Generally, titles cannot be copyrighted and they are trademarked only when they become multiple-movie franchises. Check imdb.com to find many examples among films that have been in commercial distribution.
The screenplays (both feature and shorts) present dramatic situations that would encapsulate some of the autobiographical materials (dating back several decades) in the DADT book(s). They also present novel ways in which “ordinary characters” (some of whom could be like me) can get into trouble as technology and social values change. We know from recent history about the importance of imagination if future horrors are to be prevented; individuals often have better imagination than bureaucracies. A few of the scripts also present a sci-fi extension. For example, an “alien” incident would be traumatic to society in a way similar in scope to terrorism. Commercial movies (and novels) do these kinds of things with varying degrees of realism and conviction. So can movie proposals. Please understand that these scripts represent dramatic demonstrations of possible plots and scenarios and that they are largely fictitious, even if some characters seem to resemble real people in part. The scenarios represent things that could happen or put a didactic spin or interpretation (of “moral ambiguities”) on certain things that did or could happen. They are intended to educate the potential moviegoer.
I will soon be looking for was to network with other
screenwriters in the
The visitor may find the following charts by Michael Hauge (his “Screenplay Mastery”) indicative in analyzing the progress of a story. On some of the scripts I have consciously tried to follow them. “Make the A List” is in 6 sections that don’t necessarily correspond to a particular formula. He analyzes “Erin Brokovich” and “Gladiator”.
Here is the link: http://www.screenplaymastery.com/structure.htm
The scripts marked with an asterisk (“*”) all relate some of
the details of my 1961 expulsion from William and Mary, usually as
“flashbacks.” That story bears some superficial resemblance to the 1956
There are four feature scripts right now (06/2005)
There is one additional feature treatment (no script) (2003/2005); Prescience Treatment (HTML). This file also briefly summarizes a trilogy novel project for which Prescience would be the third novel.
There are at least two other feature scripts in development that I am not prepared to give much information on yet, but they do deal with similar issues as these.
The rest are short film scripts (pdf)
Pay Your Dues (pdf)
Beware EMP (pdf)
It would be possible to stitch “Do Ask Do Tell: The Pilot” and “The Sub” together (after some character name changes) to make a two-part feature film.
There is an experimental “monologue” script called “market”
Other Miscellaneous XML experimental files
Work sheets for proposed novel: Rain on the Snow
Outline in HTML (off access database)
(The last three files require Microsoft Internet Explorer)
All of these materials: ©Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004 by
A few of the scripts (the features, and some of the short)
have intense thematic elements and some brief periods of strong language, in
order to make a political or social educational point. Some persons may find the subject matter of a
few of the items confrontational.
However these passages would probably result in an
I have received some negative feedback from a few parties
that I appear to be a character in many of these, and that I often present
myself in a negative light (one or two items in particular). Now, my purpose is Socratic, as I can set up
some provocative dramatic and moral situations that are relatively rarely
presented and make the viewer or reader “think” about the issues. I believe
that this can be a legitimate thing to do if that is the purpose. I have also
received feedback that some of the features are just too complicated and have
too many layers and plot threads for one film. This was particularly the case
with the screenwriting group in
In general, I like the idea of presenting, in one film, both GLBT and heterosexual relationships, many (but not necessarily all) of them involving younger characters who may appeal to potential audiences.
Other scripts have not necessarily been registered but I expect to register the “Do Ask Do Tell” scripts in Spring 2005 and begin an earnest effort to sell at least one of them. They should be regarded as copyrighted. Feel free to contact me at any time at JBoushka@aol.com (lawful and serious contacts only; no spam; phone and mail info at contact link). Disclaimer: For these screenplays, no illegal images exist, in any public or private space. Any film made would comply with the law.