THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH (FEATURE SCREENPLAY)
Set in the frozen wilderness of the Yukon Territory, Canada, THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH is a feature screenplay, combining Action/Adventure & Horror. Comparable films: KING KONG, JURASSIC PARK, JAWS, THE RELIC, TWILIGHT, THE MUMMY (1999).
SYNOPSIS: Scott, a young snowboarding champion, and his girlfriend, Arianne, narrowly escape a brutal attack by an apex predator on the slopes of a remote mountain in the Yukon. Scott's best friend is killed, while Arianne is severely wounded and hospitalised. Authorities believe the group encountered a grizzly, but Scott has seen the creature and knows it is something far more dangerous.
Scott’s half-brother, Matusa, tells Scott the legend of Yakatutch - an indigenous warrior who committed an unspeakable crime against his people, 300 years ago. As punishment, Yakatutch was cursed to live as a beast and banished for eternity.
With help from his zoologist father, Scott uncovers DNA evidence of what he believes is Yakatutch. Scott suspects the legendary beast is responsible for his friend’s death, but authorities are unconvinced. As Arianne miraculously recovers from her injuries, Scott’s father contacts a pharmaceutical company, which sends a team to capture the unknown source of the DNA. But Yakatutch escapes capture, and is drawn toward civilization by a connection it has with Arianne.
When Scott discovers his own bloodline is linked to Yakatutch, Scott learns he is the only one who can defeat the creature. But first, Scott must overcome his fear, unearth his heritage and, with help from his First Nations half-brother, Matusa, learn the only way to end the curse, and save Arianne. Visit www.Yakatutch.com for more information.
the china club (feature screenplay)
SYNOPSIS: Sam, 25, converts a run-down theatre into an up-scale new nightclub, but unwittingly provides a venue for his wealthy investor & silent business partner, who secretly intends to kidnap young women for sale into sex-slavery. The China Club is a feature screenplay, combining Crime/Thriller elements with an edgy Coming-of-Age story.
Comparable films: RISKY BUSINESS, GO, 21, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, RUNNER RUNNER, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.
Angel dust (short screenplay)
Inspired by Australia’s most notorious case of police corruption, ANGEL DUST is a short film screenplay, developed for director Toby B. Styling of Bluesteel Films. Kitty, a 20 year-old international law student, finds her boyfriend, Jackie, brutally murdered. When the police deem the case an accidental suicide by overdose, Kitty starts asking questions of her own. Kitty learns that Jackie was embroiled in Sydney’s criminal underworld, trafficking drugs for the Triads, to pay off his gambling debt.
Before being murdered, Jackie revealed to his colleague, Alfonzo, that he recorded evidence to bring down the corrupt detectives who were framing him. Now, those same detectives believe Kitty knows too much and must be silenced. In a bold gamble to find justice for Jackie, and save her own life, Kitty and Alfonzo join forces to bring down the corrupt cops who murdered her boyfriend.
SHADOW MEN (Feature Screenplay)
CLAWS, 2011 (short film, 11 min.)
SHADOW MEN is an action-packed Science-Fiction / Thriller in the style of John Carpenter classics The Fog, They Live and Escape From New York. The feature screenplay is co-written by Sean Francis Ellis & Kent Hill.
SYNOPSIS: Hoping to start a quiet new life, retired Marine, Tom Chambers, arrives in a small town where his friend (also USMC, retired) recently settled down. But Tom discovers his friend has gone missing, and no one in the town seems to know anything. Befriending the local bar owner, Rachel, Tom begins uncovering the town’s secrets, which lead to a water-bottling plant near the town. Strange occurrences suggest extraterrestrial activity, and a cover-up of nefarious secrets, with larger implications for all of humanity.
Comparable films: THE ARRIVAL, THEY LIVE, FIRE IN THE SKY, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS of the THIRD KIND, X FILES, THE MATRIX.
A proof-of-concept short, based on a feature-length screenplay of the same name. Filmed in Big Bear, California, in February 2010.
SYNOPSIS: When an Anthropologist is reported missing in the ice fields of the Canadian Yukon, his son Scott (20) suspects he was searching for a legendary creature. In his father's study, Scott finds a map and sets off for the remote location by helicopter, with four of his friends. Finding nothing, their helicopter returns to collect them, but crashes nearby, leaving Scott and his friends stranded. Using his father's map to look for shelter, Scott and his friends find the carcass of a deer, brutally killed by another animal. A strange howl warns them of danger, and they soon find themselves being stalked by a ferocious predator. As one of their group is taken, a grisly old hunter appears and offers to lead them to safety. But can he be trusted?