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Japanese For Baseball

Feature Historical Drama Script • 114 pages

written by Ray Keller

LOGLINE:

During World War II, when a teenage loner’s baseball team doesn’t have enough players, he recruits three boys from the nearby Japanese internment camp, but now he and his new friends must also battle the town’s violent, racist mayor trying to shut them down. (Inspired by actual events.)


Accolades:

Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting – Semifinalist (2018)

ScreenCraft True Story Screenplay CompetitionFinalist (2021)

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

CoverFly Red List #8 Overall Drama Feature Script (2022)

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


The Astrologer

Historical BioPic Drama Feature Script • 118 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 find the confidence to prove in a court of law that what she knows is right, that astrology has value and is more than people think. (A True Story)


 

Accolades:

ScreenCraft True Story Screenplay CompetitionQuarterfinalist (2021)

Academy Nicholl Fellowship – Top 15% (2021)

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

Portland Screenplay Awards Finalist (2021)

CoverFly – Top 6% of all scripts (2022)

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.” – 2021 Austin Film Festival Judge


Our Ugly Baby

Comedy Feature Script • 97 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 ContestSemifinalist (2021)

CoverFly – Top 8% of all scripts (2022)

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.” — Austin Film Festival Judge – 2019

 


The One Percent

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)

CoverFly – Top 12% of all scripts (2022)

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

Dark Comedy Feature Script • 104 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 CEO while keeping his humanity.

 

Accolades:

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

ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Competition – Quarterfinalist (2018)

The Script Lab Screenwriting Contest – Quarterfinalist (2020)

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

CoverFly – Top 11% of all scripts (2022)

Competition Feedback:

“Our readers really loved how strong this script’s voice is. The creativity in this piece really made it stand out!” – Austin Film Festival 2018

 

Better Off Undead

Horror/Comedy Feature Script • 108 pages

written by Ray Keller

LOGLINE:

When a nerd in need of a liver transplant heads to his ancestral home of Transylvania to find a donor, he learns that in his life or death journey, there is one more option: become undead.

 

 

 


Accolades:

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

Creative World Awards – Quarterfinalist (2015)

ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Competition – Quarterfinalist (2016)

 

Competition Feedback:

“Visual storytelling is crafted well, and there’s a nice twist.” – Terry Zinner – 2015


Karma

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:

HollyShorts Screenwriting Competition – Quarterfinalist (2022)

Competition Feedback:

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


Bait and Switch

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)

Competition Feedback:

“An action-packed rollercoaster of a ride.” – 2021 Austin Film Festival Judge


National Insecurity

Action/Comedy Feature Script • 98 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)

Competition Feedback:

“This was a fun script, reminiscent of movies like SPY and THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME.” — Austin Film Festival Judge – 2018


The One Percent – TV

Dystopian Drama (one-hour) TV Pilot Script • 56 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)

Wiki Screenplay Contest – Finalist (2020)

ScreenCraft TV Pilot Screenwriting CompetitionQuarterfinalist (2020)

Portland Screenplay Awards Finalist (2020)

CoverFly – Top 13% of all scripts (2022)

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.” – Austin Film Festival Judge


The Miracle Squad

One-Hour Dramedy Procedural one-hour TV Pilot Script • 55 pages

written by Ray Keller

LOGLINE:

When potential miracles happen, the Catholic Church sends in the Miracle Certifiers squad, run by an overworked priest who’s losing his faith and sanity, a skeptical atheist scientist and a super-hip young tech genius nun; they’re tasked with proving these miracles, some ludicrous, some serious.

 


Accolades:

CoverFly Top 20 Television Comedy Projects (2022)

Competition Feedback:

“There’s a lot to like here. Some of the jokes/gags are inspired and creative. There are some great lines used throughout.” – Barnstorm Media Feedback Loop – 2022


Generosity

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)