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Japanese For Baseball – Feature

Historical Drama Feature Script • 109 pages

written by Ray Keller

TAGLINE:

He wanted to play baseball; they wanted to be treated like the Americans they were.

LOGLINE:

During World War II, when a shy teenager’s baseball team lacks players, he fills the roster by recruiting boys from the nearby Japanese internment camp, angering the town’s racist mayor and putting all the boys’ families in danger. (Inspired by actual events).


Accolades:

Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting – Semifinalist (2018)

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards – Winner, Bronze Prize (2021)

ScreenCraft True Story Screenplay CompetitionFinalist (2021)

Shore Scripts Feature Contest – Semifinalist (2022)

Austin Film Festival Drama Feature Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2023)

CoverFly Red List – 6th Place of Drama Feature Scripts (2024)

CoverFly – TOP 1% of All Script (2024)

Competition Feedback:

This script has a heartwarming sense of magic to it. It successfully delves into timeless themes regarding family, death, grief, truth versus deceit, illusion versus reality, race, ethnicity, discrimination, underdogs, community, justice, teamwork and sportsmanship.” — JUDGE, ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS IN SCREENWRITING

 

Better Off Undead – Feature

Horror/Thriller/Comedy Feature Script • 105 pages

written by Ray Keller

LOGLINE:

 

 

When a nerd in need of a liver transplant travels to his ancestral home of Transylvania to find a donor, he instead meets a beautiful vampiress and realizes he has another option: BECOME UNDEAD…

 


Accolades:

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2015)

ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Competition – Quarterfinalist (2016)

Shockfest Horror Screenplay Competition – Official Selection (2022)

HorrOrigins Film Festival – Official Selection (2023)

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition – Semifinalist (2023)

CoverFly Red List – 13th Place of Horror Feature Scripts (2023)

ScreenCraft Horror Competition – Quarterfinalist (2024)

Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards Season 8 – Quarterfinalist (2024)

CoverFly – TOP 2% of All Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

Visual storytelling is crafted well, and there’s a nice twist.” – TERRY ZINNER

 

 


The One Percent – TV Pilot

Dystopian Drama (one-hour) TV Pilot Script • 58 pages

written by Ray Keller & Richard Schmidt

LOGLINE:

 

In a dystopian near-future, Cali, daughter of a wealthy businessman, enjoys a privileged life inside a walled city, home of the richest “One Percent”, but when she falls in love with a poor trumpet player and sneaks outside the wall to be with him, she uncovers her ambitious father’s sinister plan to maintain their status and now must stop him from destroying lives on both sides of their unequal world.


Accolades:

The Script Lab Screenwriting Contest – Semifinalist (2020)

Portland Screenplay Awards Finalist (2021)

ScreenCraft TV Pilot Screenwriting CompetitionQuarterfinalist (2021)

Shore Scripts TV Pilot Contest – Quarterfinalist (2022)

Stage32 – Television Drama Screenwriting Contest – Semifinalist (2023)

Austin Film Festival Drama Teleplay Pilot Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2023)

Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition – Quarterfinalist (2024)

CoverFly – Top 3% of All Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

THE ONE PERCENT is a timely and chillingly possible prediction for our current times; in many ways, the themes and world echo A HANDMAID’S TALE in its not-quite-sci-fi reality.” – JUDGE, AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL


The Astrologer – Feature

Historical Biopic Drama Feature Script • 120 pages

written by Ray Keller & Richard Schmidt

LOGLINE:

 

 

In the early 1900s, when a young woman who has become America’s first famous astrologer is arrested for fortune-telling, she must overcome society’s opposition to astrology and prove its value in court or be banned from practicing her craft. (A True Story)


Accolades:

Academy Nicholl Fellowship – Top 15% (2021)

Portland Screenplay Awards Finalist (2021)

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2021 & 2022)

ScreenCraft Feature Competition – Quarterfinalist (2022 & 2023)

The Script Lab Screenplay Contest – Semifinalist (2023)

CoverFly – Top 4% of All Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

Armed with quick-cutting scenes and the incredible journey of Evangeline Adams – both as the US’s first prominent astrologer and as an entrepreneurial woman ahead of her time – this script quickly builds momentum and doesn’t relent until the final pages.” – JUDGE, AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2021

Original and evocative!” – JUDGE, ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS IN SCREENWRITING 2022

With its topical, yet timeless, focus on astrology (a subject that hasn’t been explored like this in film before), THE ASTROLOGER is a highly engaging real-life story that’s able to shed light on one of the country’s first famous astrologers, and the cultural backlash she received.” – JUDGE, THE BLACKLIST 2023


Our Ugly Baby – Feature

Action/Comedy Feature Script • 98 pages

Written by Ray Keller

LOGLINE:

 

A beautiful fame-obsessed pregnant couple signs their unborn baby to star in a blockbuster Hollywood film, but when the baby’s born hideously ugly, they kidnap the beautiful baby of dangerous arms dealers.


Accolades:

ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Competition – Quarterfinalist (2016)

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2016 & 2019 & 2020)

WeScreenplay Feature Lab ContestSemifinalist (2021)

CoverFly – Top 7% of All Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

A very fresh, entertaining story… a non-stop action-adventure road movie that feels like a Farrelly Brothers production, lots of insanity, irony and a heartwarming conclusion.” — JUDGE, AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

 


The One Percent – Feature

Dystopian Drama Feature Script • 118 pages

written by Ray Keller & Richard Schmidt

LOGLINE:

 

In a dystopian near-future, the daughter of a wealthy businessman enjoys a privileged life inside a walled city, home of the wealthiest “One Percent”, but when she falls in love with a poor trumpet player and sneaks outside the wall to be with him, she uncovers her ambitious father’s sinister plan to maintain their status and now must stop him from destroying lives on both sides of their unequal world.


Accolades:

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2018)

Table Read My Screenplay Genre Competition – Top 100 (2020)

ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Competition – Semifinalist (2021)

Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition – Quarterfinalist (2024)

CoverFly – Top 9% of All Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

The script excels in its world-building, creating an unsettling future world that sets itself apart from similar concepts through its specific rules of the world, characters, and vivid images.”  – THE SCRIPT LAB SCREENPLAY CONTEST

 


Mr. Sabotage – Feature

Action/Dark Comedy Feature Script • 105 pages

written by Ray Keller & Richard Schmidt

LOGLINE:

An idealistic employee gets promoted after the other candidate dies in a copy-machine-sex accident. Assuming murder, management fight each other to hire him. But after they start a bloodthirsty corporate takeover, he must save the honest CEO while keeping his humanity.

 


Accolades:

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2018)

ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Competition – Quarterfinalist (2017 & 2018)

The Script Lab Screenwriting Contest – Quarterfinalist (2020)

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2020)

Portland Screenwriting Awards – Quarterfinalist (2022)

CoverFly – Top 9% of Action Scripts (2023)

Competition Feedback:

“Our readers really loved how strong this script’s voice is. The creativity in this piece really made it stand out!” – JUDGE, AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL


The Miracle Squad – TV Pilot

One-Hour Drama/Comedy Procedural TV Pilot Script • 47 pages

written by Ray Keller

LOGLINE:

 

When potential miracles happen, the Catholic Church sends in the Miracle Squad, led by a mentally unstable priest, with a fad-loving skeptical female scientist and a super-hip young tech-genius nun. Their task of proving miracles, some ludicrous, some serious, gets more complicated when the squad’s Cardinal boss, a luxury-loving pope-wannabe, allows an anti-religion writer/philosopher to tag along.


Accolades:

ScreenCraft TV Pilot Script Competition – Quarterfinalist (2023)

Stage 32 TV Comedy Screenwriting Contest – Quarterfinalist (2023)

Austin Film Festival Comedy Teleplay Pilot Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2023)

CoverFly Red List – 19th Place of Comedy Television (One-Hour) Scripts (2023)

CoverFly – TOP 12%  of All Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

“There’s a surreal streak to the comedy that works really well to define the tone of the world.” – JUDGE, SCREENCRAFT TV PILOT SCRIPT COMPETITIONS 2023


Karma – Short

Drama Short Script • 8 pages

written by Ray Keller & Richard Schmidt

LOGLINE:

 

A woman realizes a boy in town looks familiar, so she runs over his bicycle.


Accolades:

Portland Screenplay Awards Finalist (2021)

HollyShorts Screenwriting Competition – Quarterfinalist (2022)

CoverFly – Top 16% of All Short Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

“A very fascinating story with a nice set of high stakes, intrigue, and mystery.” – SLAMDANCE 2021


The Ballerina of Dresden – Feature

War Drama/Thriller Feature Script • 95 pages

written by Ray Keller

LOGLINE:

In World War II Germany, a young dancer must put her dreams on hold to take care of her younger sister and dysfunctional mother and save their family farm, but as the war goes badly and a Nazi SS officer threatens to ruin everything, she must do what she can to keep her family together and alive.


Accolades:

Stage 32 Female–Driven Screenwriting Contest – Semifinalist (2023)

CoverFly – Top 19% of All Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

A familiar but new story with a third act that is really well crafted. We enjoyed it!”– BARNSTORM MEDIA FEEDBACK LOOP 2022


Love in the Multiverse – Feature

Romantic Comedy/Sci-Fi Feature Script • 113 pages

written by Ray Keller

LOGLINE:

A lovelorn female scientist invents a machine to travel into the multiverse and uses it to pick through her possible lives to find her one true love.


Accolades:

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2023)

CoverFly – Top 20% of All Scripts (2023)

Competition Feedback:

A very fun concept! Anything with time/multiverse travel is very engaging for audiences and draws us in immediately.” – JUDGE, ROMANCE & RELATIONSHIPS FESTIVAL 2022


A Chick in the Cockpit – Feature

Drama/Biopic Feature Script • 114 pages

written by Ray Keller & Erika Armstrong

based on the novel by Erika Armstrong

LOGLINE:

 

One of the country’s first female airline captains fights sexism and egos of the airline industry only to be blindsided by a false accusation that takes away her child and career. (A true story)


Accolades:

ScriptMatix True Story Screenwriting Contest – Semifinalist (2023)

Austin Film Festival Drama Feature Screenplay Competition – 2nd Rounder (2023)

CoverFly – Top 21% of All Scripts (2024)


Bait and Switch – Feature

Action/Comedy Feature Script • 104 pages

written by Ray Keller & Richard Schmidt

LOGLINE:

When a bored and stifled home-baker housewife is kidnapped by the FBI because she resembles the missing girlfriend of a drug kingpin, she must escape and find that girlfriend in order to prove her own identity and innocence, or be killed.


Accolades:

Wiki Screenplay Contest – Honorable Mention (2021)

Portland Screenplay Awards – Quarterfinalist (2022)

ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Competition – Quarterfinalist (2023)

CoverFly – Top 23% of Action Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

“It is rare indeed to get to laugh out loud multiple times in just one script.” – JUDGE, SCREENCRAFT ACTION & ADVENTURE CONTEST 2023


National Insecurity – Feature

Action/Comedy Feature Script • 99 pages

written by Ray Keller

LOGLINE:

 

A neurotic NSA agent illegally uses spy data to win back her ex-boyfriend, but somehow the NSA now thinks he’s a real terrorist and that she’s gone rogue, and they send their top assassin to kill them both.


Accolades:

Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition – Finalist (2014)

Wiki Screenplay Contest – Semifinalist (2020)

ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Competition – Quarterfinalist (2021)

CoverFly – Top 29% of All Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

This was a fun script, reminiscent of movies like SPY and THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME.” — JUDGE, AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

 


Birds of a Feather – Feature

Adventure/Comedy Feature Script • 99 pages

written by Ray Keller & Heather Marbough

LOGLINE:

When a woman receives an envelope with her missing husband’s driver’s license and a feather, she enlists a wacky bird expert to join her in her search to, of all places… Mongolia.


Accolades:

CoverFly – Top 41% of Adventure Scripts (2024)

Competition Feedback:

“This was a super fun read and felt like a real throwback to adventure comedies like Jewel of the Nile.” – JUDGE, BARNSTORM FEEDBACK LOOP 2023


Stone Circles – Feature

Fantasy/Action/Thriller Feature Script • 88 pages

written by Ray Keller & Tamar Armoni

LOGLINE:

 

When a demure woman suffering from bizarre visions takes a spontaneous trip to Scotland, she discovers an ancient artifact that gives her powers that she must use to unveil a conspiracy that could enslave the world.


Accolades:

Wiki Screenplay Contest – Semifinalist (2020)

CoverFly – Top 43% of Fantasy Scripts (2023)

Competition Feedback:

The concept of this script is very intriguing and mysterious in a way that does a very good job of drawing the audience in.” – JUDGE, WIKI SCREENPLAY CONTEST

“It’s a fascinating premise and an engaging story. Well done!” – JUDGE, BARNSTORM MEDIA FEEDBACK LOOP 2022

 


The Astrologer – Limited Series

A Ten-Part Historical Biopic Drama Limited Series

Episode 1 Script • 54 pages

written by Ray Keller & Richard Schmidt

LOGLINE:

In the early 1900s, when a young woman who has become America’s first famous astrologer is arrested for fortune-telling, she must overcome society’s opposition to astrology and prove its value in court or be banned from practicing her craft. (A True Story)


Accolades:

Portland Screenplay Awards Quarterfinalist (2022)

CoverFly – Top 44% of All Scripts (2023)

Competition Feedback:

“It’s a fun premise and could certainly work as a television series.” – JUDGE, BARNSTORM FEEDBACK LOOP


Broken Badges – Feature

Crime/Thriller Feature Script • 105 pages

written by Ray Keller & L.C. Graves

LOGLINE:

A traumatized rookie homicide detective uncovers evidence of a serial killer in a Girl Scout Troop, which causes her boss to question her sanity and threaten to fire her, but can she prove herself before she gets fired or the killer strikes again?


Competition Feedback:

Combining a dark character study with a quirky murder mystery, this script features a unique blend of narrative elements.” – JUDGE, SCREENPLAY READERS 2018


 

Generosity – Feature

Produced Feature Drama Film • 119 minutes

Written by Ray Keller & Richard Schmidt & Carmen Sasser

LOGLINE:

 

How close is anyone to homelessness? David loses everything; teenage runaway Chloe does what she can to survive; old Sam shows them the ropes; TV reporter Charlotte tries to help; corporate president Bob hates the homeless. As their stories intertwine, who’s begging, dependent or good starts to blur until all hell breaks loose.


Accolades:

Official Selection at First Take Film Festival (2008)