On any given day we can wake up and discover that all of our best-laid plans have somehow gone wonkily off-course.
Do we embrace an adventurous mindset and go with the flow or struggle against all odds to get back on track? This month’s lesson plans are about crafting film shorts involving a reset of your character(s)’s internal GPS and seeing where it leads.
PRIME TIME ROMANCE
Hoping to impress an ex-girlfriend, a computer hacker accidentally gets trapped inside a streaming reality show. It happens to be a program she hates but her best friends simply can’t get enough of it and always insist that she watch it with them.
Despite a critical and controlling family that wants him to start being more responsible and get a day-job, a comic book collector has been chosen to thwart an army of zombies about to invade his community. How can his knowledge of all things Marvel help him save the day?
MOST LIKELY TO ANNOY ME
After misinterpreting an email, an unemployed writer goes on a blind date with a high school nemesis who is now a successful publisher. With the passage of years, will the latter even remember what their discord was all about?
YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT
During a storm at sea, a pirate ship is blown off of its intended course and ends up in modern Miami during Spring break. How does the pirate captain convince the beach-loving students that (1) he’s a much-feared buccaneer and (2) he’s seeking buried treasure?
I TAKE YOU, TOTAL STRANGER
After being jilted on her wedding day, a bride decides the best revenge is to marry the very first person she encounters on her way home. This is also the very last person with whom she’d ever imagine spending a lifetime.
After a disastrous tour to jumpstart her career, a former child star is mistaken for visiting royalty. Will she fess up to being a fraud or see this as a way to court a different kind of audience?
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Former actress/director Christina Hamlett is an award winning author, professional script consultant, and ghostwriter. Her credits to date include 31 books, 157 plays for young actors, and 5 optioned feature films.