SCRIPT INFORMATION
Script Type: Feature
Genre: Action filled, Suspense Mystery, High-Tech, Character-Driven Tragedy
180 pages 

A psychopathic genius media-mogul, Ben Shepard, uses his financial power and high-level government and underground connections, to manipulate the public and frame the innocent, while creating horrific, unthinkable, tragedies for enormous profit. The latest is what appears to be a terrorist attack on the Children’s Museum, on the San Francisco Pier, killing over 100 children!

One of the victim’s mother, a well-known criminal psychologist, Dawn Mathews, and her detective husband Lou, are beyond devastated at the murder of their child and are desperate for justice. They are drawn into the crime by the wife of the News Media’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Doug Barnes, who suspects Ben of creating tragedies for first coverage – and confronts him. 

Doug disappears. 

Ben, wants to turn the once high-quality TV Programming News Station, owned by Thurston Whitehead, into a Bloodbath Machine. Quality programming thrust Whitehead into near bankruptcy, and being a trust fund baby he did not know how to pull himself out of the spiral. Ben Shepard, wants to show graphic violence of what actually happens in a bombing to its victims, to sell Deodorant, Drug and Car Commercials to his audience – feeding the fire, to skyrocket ratings, inflate ad costs, and make billions.

Doug’s wife, Mary, terrified, and hiding from Ben for her life, ends up in Las Vegas in a dingy hotel room. She tells Dawn and Lou the inside information and they fly to meet her. 

Knowing that Dawn and Lou are onto him, Ben uses new high-end technologies of deception, putting his machine into motion. The Top Story, withering in action, and needing a boost to piggy-back its tragic history, he frames Dawn as the insane mass murderer responsible for the deaths of 100 children in the Children’s Museum Bombing, that killed her child!  He forces them on the run, and that becomes part of the nation-wide compulsive news-watching that brings in more billions. 

Then Mary and Lou are murdered.

Dawn is framed for those murders too, increasing the illusion of her madness to the world audiences now tuning in. 

Dawn is alone, wrought with pain from her losses, in disbelief that someone could do this to anyone let alone her, and on her own in the middle of nowhere, and, being hunted by every police officer in the country.

Dawn Matthews – Mass Murderer of Children, her own child, her friend and her husband is the only news story on television.

Dawn treks across America on foot, through forests, slums, and other invisible locations to survive. But she is smart, and now she is determined to right this unbelievable crime and frame-up, crawling her way to New York City one enraged foot at a time; exhausted, frightened, in pain, and filthy; but focused like a lion about to attack its prey. 

She holds Ben Shepard at gunpoint in his News Media Room on the top floor of a skyscraper, and in front of the entire world hungry for the next twist of this Top Story, Madwoman Dr. Dawn Matthews tells America the “absolute truth”. 

She holds up a photo of her dead, murdered child and husband for them all to see. 

She shows us her family who have been brutally killed and explains why Ben Sheppard and his associates killed them.

Her reasoning is intelligent and informed. Everything she’s saying makes sense.  

But Ben’s well-honed news machine spins it all to make her look like she is nothing but a criminally insane mass murderer, and Ben Shepard to be an innocent man, and the savior who only tried to save the world from her! 

“Tragedy, as Entertainment” is the new normal and TOP STORY takes us inside a world that holds the power to create a confusing illusion of reality for profit, that under the wrong hands, can create deep mis-perceptions of the truth, making the innocent look guilty, and the guilty look innocent. It takes human tragedy and spins it as entertainment; the images permeating the inner minds of the viewers who are cleverly detached from what is actually going on, while innocent lives are framed and murdered for profit, and psychopathic criminals run the show.

SCRIPT INFORMATION
Script Type: Feature
Genre: Action filled, Suspense Mystery, High-Tech, Character-Driven Tragedy
180 pages 

A psychopathic genius media-mogul, Ben Shepard, uses his financial power and high-level government and underground connections, to manipulate the public and frame the innocent, while creating horrific, unthinkable, tragedies for enormous profit. The latest is what appears to be a terrorist attack on the Children’s Museum, on the San Francisco Pier, killing over 100 children!

One of the victim’s mother, a well-known criminal psychologist, Dawn Mathews, and her detective husband Lou, are beyond devastated at the murder of their child and are desperate for justice. They are drawn into the crime by the wife of the News Media’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Doug Barnes, who suspects Ben of creating tragedies for first coverage – and confronts him. 

Doug disappears. 

Ben, wants to turn the once high-quality TV Programming News Station, owned by Thurston Whitehead, into a Bloodbath Machine. Quality programming thrust Whitehead into near bankruptcy, and being a trust fund baby he did not know how to pull himself out of the spiral. Ben Shepard, wants to show graphic violence of what actually happens in a bombing to its victims, to sell Deodorant, Drug and Car Commercials to his audience – feeding the fire, to skyrocket ratings, inflate ad costs, and make billions.

Doug’s wife, Mary, terrified, and hiding from Ben for her life, ends up in Las Vegas in a dingy hotel room. She tells Dawn and Lou the inside information and they fly to meet her. 

Knowing that Dawn and Lou are onto him, Ben uses new high-end technologies of deception, putting his machine into motion. The Top Story, withering in action, and needing a boost to piggy-back its tragic history, he frames Dawn as the insane mass murderer responsible for the deaths of 100 children in the Children’s Museum Bombing, that killed her child!  He forces them on the run, and that becomes part of the nation-wide compulsive news-watching that brings in more billions. 

Then Mary and Lou are murdered.

Dawn is framed for those murders too, increasing the illusion of her madness to the world audiences now tuning in. 

Dawn is alone, wrought with pain from her losses, in disbelief that someone could do this to anyone let alone her, and on her own in the middle of nowhere, and, being hunted by every police officer in the country.

Dawn Matthews – Mass Murderer of Children, her own child, her friend and her husband is the only news story on television.

Dawn treks across America on foot, through forests, slums, and other invisible locations to survive. But she is smart, and now she is determined to right this unbelievable crime and frame-up, crawling her way to New York City one enraged foot at a time; exhausted, frightened, in pain, and filthy; but focused like a lion about to attack its prey. 

She holds Ben Shepard at gunpoint in his News Media Room on the top floor of a skyscraper, and in front of the entire world hungry for the next twist of this Top Story, Madwoman Dr. Dawn Matthews tells America the “absolute truth”. 

She holds up a photo of her dead, murdered child and husband for them all to see. 

She shows us her family who have been brutally killed and explains why Ben Sheppard and his associates killed them.

Her reasoning is intelligent and informed. Everything she’s saying makes sense.  

But Ben’s well-honed news machine spins it all to make her look like she is nothing but a criminally insane mass murderer, and Ben Shepard to be an innocent man, and the savior who only tried to save the world from her! 

“Tragedy, as Entertainment” is the new normal and TOP STORY takes us inside a world that holds the power to create a confusing illusion of reality for profit, that under the wrong hands, can create deep mis-perceptions of the truth, making the innocent look guilty, and the guilty look innocent. It takes human tragedy and spins it as entertainment; the images permeating the inner minds of the viewers who are cleverly detached from what is actually going on, while innocent lives are framed and murdered for profit, and psychopathic criminals run the show.

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