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Tanked (Feature Film Screenplay)

Updated: Nov 14, 2021

Synopsis: Unemployed, thirty-something Brian Mortello wants to be a father. When his budding fashion designer wife, Regina Weaverton, has a big showcase opening the same weekend his widowed sister, Natalie, reveals a secret, Brian finds himself torn between helping the two women he loves.

Our Review:

This script gives the satisfaction of having a hot coffee on a rainy day. Excellent script to make a nice family short film. Brian, a doting husband and a caring brother naturally settles to be hero in ones minds and your heart goes to him as he stretches beyond his means to help each one close to him. The emotions of Natalia makes one wonder what she must be going through being a single mother on one hand and cancer on the other. The character of Little Trevor and Oliver the fish adds the right flavour to a family drama. Finally it’s Regina who wins the show at the end, though she was portrayed to be a high headed, self centred women from the start. On the whole, a good blend of characters, story line and sequence.

Writer Biography - Jojin Van Winkle

Jojin Van Winkle is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer. Her film, video, photography, and audio research centers around the practice of listening. This listening focuses on resilience, environmental stewardship, and the human condition. She participates in national and international artist residencies and exhibits large-scale installations. As an assistant professor, she directs Carthage College’s Photography and Film and New Media Program (USA). Van Winkle’s recent video and photographic work was the subject of a solo exhibition at MMoCA (Madison Museum of Contemporary Art) in Madison, Wisconsin from October 2020-April 2021. In August 2019 Van Winkle participated in a month-long, unplugged residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Haukijärvi, Finland. In 2016-17 Van Winkle was an artist-in-resident at the Madison Children's Museum, collaborating with Museum staff and over 500 local children on a multi-media permanent installation, Stair Trek: Core to Cosmos, located in one of the seven-story stairwells of the Museum. The installation includes motion-activated animations, soundscapes, and large-scale painting from the children's drawings. In 2016 she worked with youth in Skopelos, Greece to create a short film for the Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth (SIFFY), part of a filmmakers residency program sponsored by the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts. For the Liberian land rights documentary, "The Land Beneath Our Feet" (2016, 60 min.), Jojin Van Winkle was an associate producer, with additional camerawork. She was the USA-based cinematographer for PBS/Independent Lens documentary, "In the Shadow of Ebola", (2015, 27 min.). Both documentaries screened at international and national festivals, winning awards. MFA and MA—University of Wisconsin-Madison; BFA—School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


  • Project Type: Screenplay

  • Number of Pages: 31

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Language: English

  • First-time Screenwriter: Yes

  • Student Project: No

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