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So, You Want to Write a SyFy© Original Movie?

You may think that screenwriting is an involved and serious undertaking, but not with the new SyFy© Original Movie template.  Just fill in the answers based on your own information and you will have the plot outline for the next direct-to-cable blockbuster.

First you will need a title.  Almost all SyFy© Original Movies have two word titles made up of two great words that are even scarier together.  The whole “vs” slate of films is an exception that will be saved for the advanced class.

Title Part 1: First letter of your first name:

A: Polar
B: Psychic
C:  Alien
D:  Night
E: Death
F:  Ice
G:  -Nado (put after Part 2, as in “Shark-Nado”)
H: Desert
I:  Fire
J:  Ghost
K:  – Wars (put after Part 2, as in “Dragon Wars” )
L:  Mutant
M:  -Ageddon (put after part 2, as in “Squid-Ageddon”)
N:  Franken-
O:   Mecha
P:  Hell
Q: Cyber
R: Stone
S: Giant
T:  Robo
U:  Doom
V:  Octo-
W: Mega
X:  Neuro
Y:  Space
Z:  Big Ass

Title Part 2: The first letter of your last name.  (What will be menacing your heroes)

A:  Shark(s)
B:  Soldier(s)
C:  Dragon(s)
D:  Bug(s)
E:  Witch(es)
F:  Alien(s)
G:  Snake(s)
H: Spider(s)
I:  Mutant(s)
J:  Gator(s)
K:  Quake(s)
L:  Werewolf(ves)
M:  Hamster(s)
N:  Zombie(s)
O:  Libertarian(s)
P:  Fungus
Q: Storm(s)
R: Squid(s)
S:  Wolf(ves)
T: Ant(s)
U: Sheep
V:  Vampire(s)
W:  Robot(s)
X:  Invader(s)
Y:  Demon(s)
Z: Fish

A(n) (Lone Expert) discovers  the problem with (Title Part 2) but his/her findings are suppressed by the authorities for their own selfish reasons.

Lone Expert: Month you were born:

January:               Street Savvy Cop

February:            Defrocked Priest

March:                  Brilliant Scientist

April:                     International Spy

May:                      Stateless Mercenary

June:                     Hardened Ex-con

July:                       Eccentric Hacker

August:                  Meteorologist

September:           Animal Wrangler

October:                 Master of the Occult

November:             Decorated War Hero

December:              Ambitious Journalist


(Location) is threatened by the presence of (Title Part 2).

Location: The date you were born:

1: A sleepy desert town

2: A sprawling metropolis

3: A traveling carnival

4: A general store in Appalachia

5: A spaceship crash site outside town

6: A public beach

7: A tropical resort

8: The sewers beneath the city

9:  A high-rise office tower

10: A suburban shopping mall

11: A derelict freighter

12: A housing estate built on a Native burial ground

13: A remote military base

14: The harbor of a sleepy fishing village

15: A quiet native village

16: An abandoned hotel

17: An isolated farm

18: A cave

19: A distant planet

20: An abandoned amusement park

21: A cabin in the woods

22: An arctic research post.

23: A plague-infested wasteland

24: A supposedly haunted house

25: A nuclear test site

26: A prison

27: Hoboken, NJ

28: The whole goddam world

29: The deep woods

30: An underground bunker

31: The White House


And a (group of Clueless Victims) are endangered there.

Clueless Victims: The month you were born:

January:               dozens of drunken college students

February:            unit of highly trained commandos

March:                  half-dozen bikini models

April:                     trio of meddling kids and their dog

May:                      class of grade school students on a field trip

June:                     reality TV cast and crew

July:                       harried bunch of refugees

August:                  married couple with relationship issues

September:        pack of gamers and sci-fi fans

October:              dysfunctional family

November:         local TV news crew

December:         team of X-games/Parkour athletes


The (Clueless Victims) attempt to flee, in part aided by (Cannon Fodder)’s heroic act of sacrifice.

Cannon Fodder: the month your father was born:

January:               originally creepy homeless guy

February:            dedicated civil servant

March:                  hero’s best friend

April:                     dying Grandma/Grandpa

May:                      frag-worthy lieutenant

June:                     secretly sensitive jock

July:                       greedy developer

August:                  misguided scientist

September:            corrupt government official

October:                  girl all the boys wanted

November:              Sean Bean

December:               the Marine with just two weeks left to serve


The (Lone Expert) comes up with a brilliant plan using (Outlandish Plot Device).  The (Full Title) are defeated and the world is saved in two hours of broadcast time.

Outlandish Plot Device: The month your mother was born

January:               an exorcism ritual from an ancient text

February:            a chainsaw

March:                  a nuclear self-destruct device

April:                     an improvised explosive

May:                      a magic spell

June:                     a booby trap made from all-natural materials

July:                       a pit of burning oil/guano/sheep flatulence

August:                  a high voltage electrocution device

September:            an equally dangerous monster

October:                  a huge amount of toxic household chemicals

November:              an uploaded cyber virus

December:               a Swiss army knife, a cheese log and a paper clip


As an example, my SyFy© Original Movie ended up like this:

Ghost Hamsters

An Ambitious Journalist discovers the problem with Hamsters but his/her findings are suppressed by the authorities for their own selfish reasons.

An abandoned amusement park is threatened by the presence of Hamsters.

And a team of X-games/Parkour athletes are endangered there.

The team of X-games/Parkour athletes attempt to flee, in part aided by Sean Bean’s heroic act of sacrifice.

The Ambitious Journalist comes up with a brilliant plan using a pit of burning oil/guano/sheep flatulence.  The Ghost Hamsters are defeated and the world is saved in two hours of broadcast time.

Though this is all meant to be parody, your information may actually produce a story you have seen on the SyFy© Channel.  I’m really, really sorry about that.

If you share this, and I am encouraging you to do so, please remember to include “written by Josef Matulich at dalmatianalley.wordpress.com or Josef Matulich – guy who writes funny/scary stuff on Facebook”.  That way I might get the recognition for my hours of labor and the Asylum and the SyFy© Channel will know where to send the pack of ravening Ghost Hamsters once they raise them from Hell.

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