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I am a multi-produced, award-winning screenwriter, with 4 feature film writing credits, the latest of which stars Ben Kingsley.
My latest effort is THE CELLIST, a female-driven thriller, which I co-wrote with Jon Charles. The logline, synopsis and my bio and credits follow.
I look forward to your requesting the script. If so, please provide your name, bio and credits.
Richard A. Lasser
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When two high stakes smugglers lure a desperate street musician into becoming their unsuspecting mule, they get more than they bargained for.
BRYCE, 30s and his business partner, CLAUDIUS, 40s are career white collar Canadian criminals looking for a mule to smuggle something very valuable across the border into Canada. They spot striking NATALIA, 30s, playing her beat-up cello for donations at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Bryce woos her and in time, Natalia and Bryce seem to fall in love so deeply, that she even forgives him when he accidentally breaks her cello. He gets it repaired and to make it up to her, invites Natalia and her daughter, PENELOPE, 8, to come north to Canada with him.
When Bryce is murdered there, she becomes a suspect. but Claudius comes to her rescue, spirits Natalia and Penelope away to a private island in British Columbia. One night, while Natalia and Penelope sleep, TWO ARABS visit Claudius, who peels away the repaired back on Natalia’s cello exposing a priceless manuscript stolen from a Syrian antiquity site by ISIS. Claudius sells it for millions. After the Arabs leave, Claudius tries to murder Natalia and her daughter, but after a fierce struggle, Natalia chokes Claudius to death with her cello bow. Or so she thinks. After one last fight to the death, Natalia and Penelope escape in Claudius’s cabin cruiser – with the cash.
On the water, Natalia’s smile fades into a flashback to the opening scene. While playing in Seattle, she overhears the conversation between Bryce and Claudius. They need to find a mule to smuggle a priceless manuscript to Canada to exchange it with the Arabs. She turns toward the men, opens her legs invitingly around the cello, and beckons them to her with her eyes.
Now, it’s clear: She entrapped them, to get the big score – not the other way round.
Bio and Credits of Richard A. Lasser
1. 'The Chosen Few', feature-length psychological thriller, produced by I VU Pictures. Writer and Co-Producer
2. “The Counting House”, feature-length psychological horror, produced by RAI Cinema, Italy. Writer. A writer-for-hire project.
3. “Tricks of Love” a feature-length romantic comedy, produced by Mutressa Movies www.mutressamovies.com A writer-for-hire project.
4. “The Obedient Son”, short, war drama, Liberty Studios.
5. “I Scream”, short, dark comedy. Late Bloomer Films. Writer and Director
6. “Walking With the Enemy”, Liberty Studios, Writer
7. “Shift of the Ages”, Pqubd Films, Writer
1. Mondo Productions shooting “Made in France” a bittersweet love story. Shooting in Paris. 2019. Writer
1. “The Chosen Few” Award of Excellence-Feature Category, Berkeley Film Festival, 2002; Official Selection Vancouver Island Film Festival, 2002
2. Chesterfield Writers Awards – Semi-Finalist
3. New Century Writers Awards – Finalist for “Young Love”
4. “Bedroom City” Official Selection for IFP Market 2006, No Borders
5. “CGY” Honorable Mention, Canada International Film Festival 2010
6. “Tricks of Love”, Best Picture and 3 top acting awards, Monaco International Film Festival, 2008
Education, Training and Background:
B.A. University of Virginia, Double Major in English Honors and Russian Language and Literature
Postgraduate work, UCLA, Russian Studies
Robert McKee’s Story Structure graduate
John Truby’s Screenwriting graduate
This is Jon Charles’ first screenplay
HOUSE RULES(Thriller/Suspense)101 Pages
2019 Finalist: Oaxaca International Film Festival Script Competition
A woman's one night stand comes back to haunt her and her friends without warning during a weekend at a family cabin.
KAREN and 6 college friends go for a weekend away at her family's upscale cabin. Over the course of the first night of trying to party and enjoy their weekend the group is confronted by what some believe to be paranormal activity while others believe there are simply teenagers in the woods messing with them. KAREN takes the lead in finding out what is really going on even while confronting her own anxieties and problems within her friend group.
8 Actors total
Female Lead and Antagonist
The title of my script is "The pretty god". It has more than 60 scenes and around 30 characters, but more than half of them have only one or a few lines to say. The main character is a Romanian woman, Delia, caught in a confrontation with the CIA. She got unexpectedly a heavy secret, and the evidence she has are devastating. The story has a lot of surprises and goes to many places in the world, Romania, China, Thailand, US. It has romance, some fights of martial arts, espionage, American presidents involved, even a G7 meeting. No shootings. In the end Delia wins, but with a price. The dark secret is revealed in the final scene, the name of "The pretty god" being Apollo...
Contact me if you wish to enjoy it!
It's nice to meet you! My name is Kenneth M. Sutton
I am currently seeking representation or development for my TV Pilot and Feature Film screenplay's WENDI WINTER, and CHARLIE.
Both scripts are full of Action and Drama and Feature Strong Women as the lead Characters.
Set in The Year 2033, WENDI WINTER tells the story of A special ops. Covert Agent.
When the theft of the financial records for world trade are stolen from the Worlds Financial
Trade Office, agent Wendi Winter is sent in to steal it back.
Only to uncover the secret plot to assassinate the President of the United States.
But Wendi's not going down for the fall, she
fights back with all she has and blows the whistle on the secret government plot.
When an Ex-Navy Seal turned car auto mechanic's 1969 Pontiac GTO
gets stolen and her father beaten up by the Detroit Russian Mob.
Charlie Jones flies into a one-woman rage and goes after them
with all she's got. Pulling out all the stops in this high
action drama of lines crossed.
Southwest Detroit is the host of a summer of street racing and
car shows, cruising and showing off. Detroit's people
brought together by their cars, and a night of networking and
Charlie Jones, a highly decorated Ex-Navy Seal turned auto
mechanic street racer, fights with the Detroit Russian Mob. When
her 1969 Pontiac GTO is stolen and her father beat'en up and put
into the hospital. Charlie flies into a rage and seeks revenge
for their actions against her and her father.
Killing all who gets in her way.
She pulls out all the stops and brings down the Russian
Organization. Getting back her beloved car.
If you are interested in reading the full-length screenplay's, WENDI WINTER, and CHARLIE,
please let me know and I will send you a copy of the scripts.
You can contact me by phone at (906) 253-1965 or by email at email@example.com
Kenneth M. Sutton
I am a graduate of Florida State University's Film school with a few scripts, all female leads, low budget, that you may be interested in.
SUNTAN MOTEL - crime thriller, 8 score on Blacklist, #45 on Top List - Blacklist. Placed in Women Who Write in Film.
When a young woman becomes involved with a famed bikini model staying at her family’s quiet beach motel, things quickly become complicated and dangerous for both of them.
SEX WITH RICK - dark comedy, high scores on Blacklist
After finding herself on the brink of foreclosure, a middle aged divorcee stumbles upon a potential windfall when an aging rockstar with an infamous sex tape unexpectedly rents her pool house, inspiring her to "rent him out" to lonely local women, before she discovers things aren't exactly as they seem.
PIECES OF SUMMER - psychological thriller, 7 score on Blacklist
A Bipolar woman’s memory of one summer is forgotten after ECT, until a provocative, younger picture of herself surfaces in the local art gallery and she starts to remember. Or so - she thinks.
EXIT 29 - crime thriller
A woman seeks revenge on three men that raped her at 14 when an interstate detour reroutes her to her hometown.
I am happy to send the scripts at your request.
Jennifer Moricz Goodwin
An alien princess promises to make two diamond thieves super rich if they can save her from a dangerous fiance that threatens the whole city.
The project is ready. Kindly let me know your submission guidelines.
I have written the feature DOUBLECROSSED, about a young wife who after she is told by her husband that he was involved in a plot to kill her for insurance money, she battles her fears and fights alongside him to save her life and foil all of them.
Obviously, this is a DEAD lead, so it would be wise to not respond to it.
Hi. Available in all formats. e-book/paper/audible across the globe.
Set in Toronto Canada.
The story champions the ability of women to combat the worst that mankind can offer.
Not sure if it's exactly what your looking for as this script has more of an ensemble cast. It may work though because the female character is a complex character that becomes immersed in a culture of toxic masculinity which she ends up bending to suit her own needs.
When three down-on-their luck surfers head to LA looking for a quick score to fund their Mexican getaway, they stumble into kidnapping a raucous Disney starlet and smuggle her across the boarder, hoping she will be the financial boon that will afford them the freedom they so desperately want.
When dropping in is the only way out.
Fraudulent - comedic thriller (The Nice Guys meets Snatch meets Run Lola Run) - This comedic thriller story is run 3 times from 3 very different intertwined perspectives:
1. Martinez, a police detective investigating the disappearances of Emilio Gonzales and Richard Jones.
2. Richard Jones, a shady plastic surgeon, committing a life insurance fraud to financially secure the love of his life.
3. Sophia, the women they all love and believe they are in a relationship with, and how she masterfully plays them all.
I would like to respectfully submit my Feature Thriller Script "LAURA MUST DIE" for your kind consideration.
It opens with Laura receiving unusual emails, apparently from a sympathetic, admiring man who hides his identity, but she will soon discover she is not as safe as first appears. As the story unfolds, despite a flattering self-portrait, this man emerges as a person emotionally capable of murder with an obsessive need of control.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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Laura Ashley is an erotic novelist working on her newest book about the thin line between sadomasochism and serial killers. She falls for the wrong man, while her ex Policeman boyfriend tries to win her back by helping her find a serial killer.
The story opens with Laura receiving unusual e-mails, apparently from a sympathetic man who hides his identity behind a screen, but she will soon discover she is not safe anymore. As the trail progresses, despite a flattering portrait, he emerges as a person emotionally capable of murder with an obsessive need of control. She informs her boyfriend Derek, a police officer, about a possible connection between her virtual lover and the last women strangled to death. They were all called Laura and she is probably on his list. Laura herself is quite disturbed as she is aware of no real current direction in her life or in her writing. This may explain why she is seemingly relegated to play his game. She decides to cheat fate but soon realizes she is madly in love with this stranger. Another naked corpse is found at a remote location near the airport. Derek goes on with his investigation. He reveals to Laura that her virtual lover, finally free, after two decades of incarceration for killing his former wife has re-entered society, with nothing but scars from prison life he struggles for survival on the outside. Recalled to a recent scene in which another woman called Laura has been brutally murdered, he asks her to cooperate with his plan to stop the murderer. She refuses. The jealous boyfriend Derek gets her drunk over dinner to find out more then, searches her computer to discover the real intensity of their feelings and that they plan to meet. The trial goes around Derek and his personal drama. It revolves into a great deal of depth about the legal technicalities of criminal investigation, such as gathering enough evidence to accuse him of a crime he never committed.
After a chase and fight, Derek shoots the serial killer. He makes his way to plant a long knife next to the body in order to convince the public he had no choice, but to fire. Love is just the eloquent reminder of how much nonsense Laura had survived, but this story made headlines around the world and catapulted her to a new national identity.
The game of love is a dangerous one, but only Laura can join in...
As strange as it may seem, this is the work of a writer with a French mother and a Spanish father.
Proud of my meticulous education received in the French Secondary school of Malaga, I soon discovered my literary versatility. It was an uncanny thirst for knowledge and discovery that encouraged me to explore the many literary styles of fiction, romance, and thriller.
Most of the time I do freelance writing, but I'm also a prolific writer of fiction novels and screenplays with more than 50 Awards in International Film Festivals. (WINNER & FINALIST)
Featuring Female lead; Hope eternal in this magical love story for the mischievous Cupid.
Here is my pilot called “Emerald Haze” longline
The protagonist is a strong smart and witty woman, and this is definitely a Suspense/Thriller/ Romance
Longline: A vigilante crime buster team boss by night and kind elementary theatre teacher by day is on the line between law and justice. With the cops on her tail, she goes through mayhem to keep her secret from both the cops and the man she falls for who happens to be the leader of the elite team who is hunting her.
My thriller/suspense revolves around Caitlyn. This is the story from her perspective and follows along the similar suspense as Gone Girl... but with a MUCH different ending. Whether my reader loves the ending or hates it, they are talking about it. Perspective is everything.
In a world of over 7 billion people, it’s still easy to feel alone. But someone is always watching... do you know who’s watching you?
Caitlyn has spent years climbing the corporate ladder, turning her job as a computer system engineer into a career she can be proud of. Now in her 30’s, she decides it's time to shift her focus to building a family of her own.
She joins a dating website, but soon wonders if that may have been the wrong choice. Each date is worse than the one before and she begins to doubt she'll ever find Mr. Right, if such a creature even exists.
One night after being stood up-again, Caitlyn decides to take a walk in her beloved downtown Denver. Fate seems to be on her side when she meets an attractive man at a patio bar and it was like they'd known each other for years.
Despite enjoying Drew's company immensely, Caitlyn's friends think she's settling and pressure her into continuing to date other guys.
But destiny has it own agenda, and Caitlyn's life soon takes a series of twists and turns that not even a fortune teller could have predicted. Can she and Drew survive what fate has thrown at them?
I have just finished a feature script with strong female leads and many elements of a thriller.
Log line: A single father struggles to get his troubled daughter to finish school until he hires a physiotherapist to pretend to be his daughters mother. Eventually they face the truth about who they really are.
THE AFTER BEINGS
BRAIN LOVE SANE LOVE…
As a little girl Hattie Mays thought everyone floated above their beds at night...and everyone could see colored lights surrounding others body. She could feel people’s Souls and weather they were good or evil. This was one of the reasons she became a Psychiatrist to help people who were like her and didn’t know how to deal with it.
Her great-grandfather was a Chickasaw Shaman she believed this was where her abilities flowed from…they had never forsaken their Beliefs for the ways of White Men. It had been a hard road to fulfill her dream but she had accomplished it.
Hattie always had a feeling she was not of this world and Humans were not the only Inhabitants on this ball of dirt. Her awareness magnified once she hit Puberty and she encountered what she called The After Beings. One of their many evolved abilities was making love using their Brains and not their flesh-bound bodies….it was an all-consuming, mind-blowing, out-of-this-world, cataclysmic Orgasm.
She needed to be part of their world.
Log line - A troublesome upbringing for three sisters gets worse after one of them murders their father in self defense. Leading to numerous crime sprees to endure an unfair world.
Log line - Husband murdered, daughter kidnapped, and minimal time to collect ransom money. Leaving Maria to get her hands bloody.
A sly and ruthless woman, a mother’s insatiable thirst for money consumed her to dispose of countless men and her own children.
Log line - Every ticket buyer to the late night film was drugged, transported, and set up to play the game Senses of Survival.
Re your call for the above. I have several:
PEEK-A-BOO! - A micro-budget horror movie, 5 actors 1 location. There is potential for a video game to be produced from the movie.
Logline: Trapped in a disused warehouse four teenagers battle for survival against a supernatural killer in a brutal virtual reality computer game that turns real.
The Abaddon Dance: A low budget, strong female lead thriller / horror with a devil worship theme.
Logline: Ellen’s life as a rock musician is turned upside down after a stranger hassles her in the street. Just his touch on her hand starts a horrific chain of events that leads to multiple murders.
Dead Phone: A strong female role led low budget horror thriller packed with shocks and plot twists with a horrific finale.
Logline: A young mother finds an old dead phone that mysteriously sends her messages about a missing girl. Will she discover what happened or will she and her daughter suffer the same fate?
The Resurrected: A Low / medium budget horror drama with strong female leads. N.B. This could also be made as a streaming series as it was originally written as 2 x 1 hour pilot episodes for a TV series.
Logline –Beautiful teenager Mary is murdered. Her body is resurrected in a sinister military experiment to create super-soldiers that can slip through time. She escapes and is hunted down. Will her new powers save her from being silenced?
All the above should come within $500k budget. FYI - Dead Phone was optioned but the option lapsed as the budget set was only $250k and, due to the number of scenes, it couldn't be met.
The Seeds: A crime / political thriller in 12 x 1 hour episodes with a strong female lead. The series is based in the rise and fall of a Nationalist Welsh Separatist terrorist organisation. It is very fast paced with a complex plot full of twists and shock reveals.
If you'd like more information about any of the above just let me know.