Screen Writing

Screenwriting, for Lexy, is an elision of her two favorite worlds: The world of the filmic and the world of the creative writer. Her favorite subject matters straddle boarders: those between the realistic and the supernatural, the comedic and tragic, the past and the future. Below are some samples of her work.

 

Sympathy for the Devil (Written Fall of 2012)

Feature Length Screenplay

Synopsis:

Your mother is murdered. Your father in ruins. Your brother sacrificed himself to war.

The night Evelyn Gabriel died, trying to save the last remaining piece of her dead son from inside her burning home, her daughter Lena witnessed a hand pull her back into the building to die. Now, she is planning her revenge on the devil himself: She wants to tempt the devil. Based on Robert Johnson folklore—Lena visits a crossroads and spills some of her blood as a way to summon the devil. Instead she meets Tanner, a seemingly human man with a burn to prove he was marked by Lucifer. Lena asks Tanner how to find the devil, not knowing she is slowly befriending him. He tells her she must bind each of the seven deadly sins to her soul before she can meet him: Greed, Lust, Gluttony, Pride, Wrath, Sloth and Envy. Lena cares for her drunkard father, ruins long time friendships and may find love in the devil himself. While Tanner wins her soul sin by sin, he does not realize that he is falling to her temptation: He is falling in love with Lena. Can he bring himself to condemn her to an eternity in the pit?

He has two choices:

  1. If he saves her soul, he will never see her past her earthly life.
  2. If he does not, she changes and he condemns her to eternal hellfire and misery.

Caught in a catch 22, He has no way to win. She has him beat, whether she goes to heaven or to hell.

Sample Scenes:

Tanner plays solitaire throughout the plot and the result is always the same: he plays, gets stuck and cheats. Although a small detail, this scene, where Lena takes over the game comes as a surprising turning point for Tanner.

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Here, a drunken and depressed Lena discusses her suspicions of Tanner after losing the entirety of her mother’s life insurance policy

Later, Tanner and his protege Seth discuss Tanner’s successes in seducing Lena into Sin.

Tanner, questioning an eternity of decisions, soliloquizes to himself and the God that brought him down, wanting nothing more than some sign of what he should do.

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Stained Red Doors: War Between Brothers  (Written Spring of 2013)

Feature Length Screenplay – Select Scenes Filmed

Synopsis:

Stained Red Doors: War Between Brothers takes on the urban legends from around the Muhlenberg College campus of Brown Dormitory as a makeshift hospital during the Civil War. The show starts out in modern day with the ghosts of the civil war haunting two dance students rehearsing for finals in the Brown Dorm Dance Studio. The shift to the past begins when the girls come across a necklace, and from there complications pile up as Frankenstein complexes, alchemy, bastard children, mysterious fires, and tensions between brothers of Northern and Southern families collide.

Sample Scenes:

Laura, a widow still dealing with trauma inflicted from the death her abusive husband, meets a black union soldier, Andrew, who is the sole surviving member of his platoon. In the scene she approaches him to bring him blue tinted glasses, which in Civil War era were used to treat those dealing with depression and what we would now term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A young woman, Mary Elizabeth, studies out of date medical texts and elides their contents with her knowledge of the disproven science alchemy. She is berated by the other nurses, who do not believe she should be stepping out of her place as a nurse until the handsome but off-putting Dr. James Bronwell steps in and takes a look at her work.

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