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The Beecroft Series


Bullied pre-teen Sam can't imagine how much life is about to change after he meets Befany, a new resident in his rundown apartment building, whose unusual great grandma lives across the street in a senior’s residence called Beecroft Manor.

Sam learns that the monsters of his imagination, that he'd known about previously only from books and films, are very real, and that for an ordinary boy like him to have found out about them may be very dangerous indeed!


(The above is the SERIES premise; for individual PROJECT loglines, view each of the five stories available from the links below)

Young-Adult Dark Fantasy (Rated PG)
Five feature scripts (also formatted as ten 60-minute episodes + full Bible)
3-4 page synopses
$4-8 million budgets, separately
© 2010-2022

These screenplays represent a series of (so far) five campfire-creepy coming-of-age stories in which my pre-adolescent heroes deal with baddies both of the human kind (bullies, dealers and bigots) and paranormal kind (magic, myth and monsters): As if poverty in a tough neighborhood isn’t bad enough!

Set somewhere between "Harry Potter" (but at about 1/25th of the budget) and “Let the Right One In/Let Me In” (but without the gore), this series is suitable for the tweens and up crowd and could generate gigabytes of social media. And, like many stories that feature youngsters as the pivotal characters, you can cast some serious performers in the adult roles to enhance the appeal to mature audiences.

But note, the stories are NOT appropriate for VERY young kids. For example, when the little old witch does her witchy thing on the bad guys, it could scare children away from their grandmother! As well, some serious issues are exposed obliquely or head-on throughout the stories: Racism, drugs, death, etc.

Dream cast suggestions:  I have already reached out to some of these (and others not listed) or their reps

Leading characters in all parts - Sam, Befany and Davey (all 10 years old for Parts 1-3; 12 years old for Parts 4-5): TBD

Part 1.  The Hag of Beecroft (97pp):  Lily (Maggie Smith, Glenn Close or Vivien Bridson)
Part 2.  The Vampyre of Beecroft (104pp):  Mrs. Madison (Amy Adams, Winona Ryder or Rose Byrne)
Part 3.  The Rougarou of Beecroft (102pp):  Alfred (Ben Kingsley, Ian McKellen or Morgan Freeman)
Part 4.  The Boogieman of Beecroft (98pp):  The Headmaster (Ron Perlman or Tom Noonan)
Part 5.  The Fortune Teller of Beecroft (104pp):  Abigale (Angela Bassett or Whoopi Goldberg)

(Note: For these, as with all of my titles, view the first 10 pages of the screenplay by clicking its large image on the top left of each page)

Locations: For parts 1-4, a primary/elementary school, retirement/nursing home, apartment building - all set in a poorer area of town.  In Part 5, Sam and Befany move from adjacent units 205 and 207, in their old apartment building, to separate houses in nicer parts of town.  But they still go to the same school, and they still visit Beecroft Manor as often as they dare!

Production Note: Refer to this LinkedIn post about the value of shooting Parts 1-3 simultaneously

Comprehensive 5-page review from KIDS FIRST! available upon request

Buy the eBook version of the full series at Amazon or Kobo


Accolades:

The entire series achieved 'Nominee' status (equivalent to 'Finalist') in the Swedish International Film Festival (submitted April-July) 2022, and The Vampyre of Beecroft was declared the overall Winner for July!



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