Move The Needle

Marcus Mortland mortlandm@gmail.com 2824017674285

DRAMA ACTION

2000s,Contemporary

Marcus Mortland

Logline

After the loss of his brother, a renowned young boxer heads down a dark path. In the grips of addiction, a newly found coach helps him to battle back and get into a cutthroat boxing tournament.

Genre

Drama,Action

Short Summary

Logan Marsh is a fit boxer who is at the top of his game. He just came off another huge win and is spending some time with family. After a terrible car crash, Logan's little brother passes away. Logan turns to drugs and boxing is gone. After being down and out, a new coach stumbles upon him.


Roy Jeffers, the new coach, works tirelessly with Logan to get him back to the top, after breaking his addiction. He sees so much of his lost son in him, and wants him to succeed. The two get into a cutthroat boxing tournament, that Logan feels he can win, but comes up just one short.

Setting

Los Angeles

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Logan Marsh

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Roy Jeffers

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Leader,Skillful,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

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Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Rarely, if ever, do boxing films center on the coach just as much as the boxer. That is what takes place here. The two, together, embark on a journey once they stumble into each other. The coach takes on a father role and has to break Logan's addiction first, something unique for this genre. Once this is done now they can get to work and train so he can get back in the ring. There are many themes about battling back, beating addiction, never giving up, but also some subtle themes. One is family, and how these two bond and grow close. The other is race. Roy is black but Logan is white, and it speaks bounds that Roy sees his lost son in Logan, and it doesn't matter if they aren't the same race. There are some very visually appealing scenes in this script during the fights, whether that be in a big stadium, or a lesser fight that almost feels like a backyard ring. Then there are also some great scenic shots of the greater Los Angeles area and all that it has to offer. Being down and out is somewhere Logan was. Drugs didn't help, but Roy kicks him in to gear and together they "Move the Needle," in the ring, but also in life.

About The Author

My name is Marcus Mortland and I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From a young age I knew I wanted to get into entertainment. I began acting in Los Angeles, and given my families history of being related to Mark Twain, I knew writing was something I was also destined to do.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Boxers, sport enthusiasts, anyone who has battled drugs, diverse ethnicities involved.

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

Information not completed

Logline

After the loss of his brother, a renowned young boxer heads down a dark path. In the grips of addiction, a newly found coach helps him to battle back and get into a cutthroat boxing tournament.

Short Summary

Logan Marsh is a fit boxer who is at the top of his game. He just came off another huge win and is spending some time with family. After a terrible car crash, Logan's little brother passes away. Logan turns to drugs and boxing is gone. After being down and out, a new coach stumbles upon him.


Roy Jeffers, the new coach, works tirelessly with Logan to get him back to the top, after breaking his addiction. He sees so much of his lost son in him, and wants him to succeed. The two get into a cutthroat boxing tournament, that Logan feels he can win, but comes up just one short.

FEEDBACK

Rarely, if ever, do boxing films center on the coach just as much as the boxer. That is what takes place here. The two, together, embark on a journey once they stumble into each other. The coach takes on a father role and has to break Logan's addiction first, something unique for this genre. Once this is done now they can get to work and train so he can get back in the ring. There are many themes about battling back, beating addiction, never giving up, but also some subtle themes. One is family, and how these two bond and grow close. The other is race. Roy is black but Logan is white, and it speaks bounds that Roy sees his lost son in Logan, and it doesn't matter if they aren't the same race. There are some very visually appealing scenes in this script during the fights, whether that be in a big stadium, or a lesser fight that almost feels like a backyard ring. Then there are also some great scenic shots of the greater Los Angeles area and all that it has to offer. Being down and out is somewhere Logan was. Drugs didn't help, but Roy kicks him in to gear and together they "Move the Needle," in the ring, but also in life.

About The Author

My name is Marcus Mortland and I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From a young age I knew I wanted to get into entertainment. I began acting in Los Angeles, and given my families history of being related to Mark Twain, I knew writing was something I was also destined to do.

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Characters

Main Character

Name: Logan Marsh

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex

Character 1

Name: Roy Jeffers

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Leader,Skillful,Strong Moral Code