Exciting World War Two script optioned by BAFTA-winner

Screenwriter and copywriter Phil Parker’s multi-award winning World War Two script The Third Bomb has now been optioned by BAFTA-winner Sias Wilson, known for Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (documentary), Hannibal (TV movie), The Golden Bowl (film), Space Race (TV mini-series) and many others. Sias’s experience as a producer, director and writer working with other BAFTA and Emmy-winners leaves him well placed to get this riveting action/ adventure script packaged and financed.

“This is an incredibly well-written World War Two script with strong three-dimensional characters, a well-threaded theme, and action sequences that are both visual and exciting”Black List reader.

“Likely to attract top international talent.” – Tracking-Board.com.

LOGLINEWhen a top U.S. pilot crash-lands on a Japanese island carrying the third atomic bomb, he’s forced to choose between honor and duty: detonate the bomb and annihilate a POW camp, or let the bomb fall into the hands of a disgraced Japanese commander.

“An excellent script. Dialogue smooth and natural. Characters unique, engaging and easy to root for.” – Austin Film Festival reader.

This option contract on The Third Bomb follows on the heels of a six-month shopping agreement, which demonstrates the producer’s passionate belief in the project and is a testament to the encouraging signals he’s already received. The most likely set up will be a co-production to take advantage of tax advantages Phil has an Australian resident, with potential partners from the UK, the US, Australia and Asia being considered.

Any inquires regarding co-production, financing or talent are welcome.

“Very well-written and engrossing World War Two script with a strong, original hook and twist. GRADE: Recommend” – Danny Manus, Nobullscript.net.

“A fantastic screenplay.” – BlueCatScreenplay.com 

For the true story behind the third atomic bomb and the inspiration behind the World War Two script, visit The Third Bomb’s official website.

Looking for a video script copywriter who is a storytelling specialist? Contact copywriter Phil Parker: copywriterphilparker@gmail.com 

SCRIPT BREAKDOWN: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

(this article first appeared on www.storiesbyphil.com)

In my blog articles known as the ‘SCRIPT BREAKDOWN’ series, I give a breakdown of a film script as seen through the eyes of a screenwriter (who moonlights as a video script copywriter). By understanding how different physical and emotional plot points play out in movies, I believe screenwriters, and even video script copywriters, can better figure out how to map their own scripts and brand stories. It’s not a formula for storytelling; you can’t just add water and stir, but it can be helpful as a guide.

For greater insight into the building blocks of the Hero’s Journey paradigm, I recommend reading The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.

I also recommend watching Winning the Story Wars, a TED Talk by internationally recognized storyteller, author, designer and entrepreneur, Jonah Sachs, the co-founder and creative director of Free Range Media.

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The Treasure of The Sierra Madre (1948)

Director/ Writer: John Huston (winner of Academy Award for both)



Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) is a down-on-his-luck drifter, playing the lottery and begging for money He meets and befriends another drifter, Curtin (Tim Holt).  The two work on an oil rig job together but get stiffed out of their wages by a crooked boss.

CALL TO ADVENTURE: Dobbs and Curtin meet Howard (Walter Huston) (MENTOR), an old-timer who’s filled with stories about gold prospecting. He ruminates on the way greed for gold can consume a man, but Dobbs swears it would never have that effect on him. (REFUSAL OF THE CALL)

Dobbs and Curtin take revenge on their crooked boss and steal from him the wages he owes them. When Dobbs ALSO wins a small local lottery, he and Curtin now have enough money to finance a gold dig, and with the help of Howard, they head out into the wilds.



On the train ride out to the gold fields, Dobbs, Curtin and Howard come under attack by a gang of Mexican bandits led by ‘Gold Hat’ (Alfonso Bedoya) (OUTER-CIRCLE ANTAGONIST). They beat off the attack, but Gold Hat lives to fight another day.

Dobbs can’t take the hardship of the desert and wants to quit. Despite the moaning and groaning, Howard eventually finds gold for them and they set up a successful gold dig. It’s not long before Dobbs’ insecurities set in. His earlier claim that he would never get ‘gold fever’ is shown to be a lie. He’s the most paranoid of the bunch, causing the otherwise level-headed Curtin to be on guard, too.

MID-POINT: While shopping for supplies in a nearby town, Curtin runs into Cody (Bruce Bennett), a prospector who’s eager for gold news and suspects Curtin knows more than he’s saying. Cody follows Curtin back to his camp and confronts Dobbs and Howard, who must decide whether to kill him or include him in their hunt for gold.

Dobbs, Curtin and Howard decide to kill Cody but are forced to work with him to fend off an attack by Gold Hat and his bandits. The Federales eventually chase off the bandits, but Cody’s been killed in the fight. In his pocket, Curtin finds and reads a letter from Cody’s wife. It talks about how love and family are more important than riches. The thematic message in the letter seems to convince Dobbs to be satisfied with the gold they have, so the threesome pack up and leave the mine behind.

Local Indians beseech them to help save the life of a young boy who is unconscious after nearly drowning in a river. Dobbs, more worried about his gold then Indians, refuses but Howard (MENTOR) agrees to go with them to help, leaving Dobbs and Curtin to take his gold to town for him.

LOWEST POINT: Left with the old man’s gold, Dobbs gold fever returns ten-fold. He wants to steal it and run, but Curtin refuses. Dobbs shoots him and leaves him for dead, taking all the gold for himself. Clearly Dobbs is the INNER-CIRCLE ANTAGONIST, and if things go as the audience expects, he’ll meet a tragic end. But how?

Curtin drags himself to the Indian village, informs Howard of what’s happened and the two of them head out to find Dobbs.


Dobbs is within sight of the town where he can sell the gold and get the riches he wants so badly, but at a watering hole he’s found and killed by Gold Hat and his men. (Bogart is dead?! Whaaat?!)

Gold Hat and his gang steal Dobb’s donkeys, who are carrying piles of animal skins to hide the bags of gold. For some inexplicable reason, Gold Hat empties and discards the bags of gold. It’s a B/W movie, so it’s hard to tell when what’s inside the bags hits the dirt whether it’s gold or sand, but if it’s not gold, where is the gold?

Anyway, they seem more interested in selling the donkeys and animals skins in town, but they’re discovered for the bandits they are and executed swiftly.

CLIMAX: Curtin and Howard arrive, eager for news of what happened to the bags that their donkeys were carrying. They rush off to a spot outside of town where the locals say they saw some bags on the ground, but when they get there, whatever was inside them is gone, swept away by a windstorm, back to the earth from which it came.

DENOUEMENT: At first distraught, Howard and Curtin laugh at the irony After all that effort, paranoia and death they end up with no gold. So what will they do now?

After curing the drowned boy earlier, Howard’s now revered as a healer by the local Indians and has been invited to live with them. Howard encourages Curtin to go find Cody’s wife and bring her news of her husband. Maybe she can give him work on the fruit farms she owns. Since owning a fruit farm has been a long-time dream of Curtin’s, he likes that idea.

With the thematic message that love and family is far more important than the destructive power of greed, Curtin and Howard wave their goodbyes and go their separate ways.


Do you need help turning your brand story into some great video script copywriting? Contact copywriter Phil Parker for a free chat at copywriterphilparker@gmail.com

Big Break Competition Update!

21-11-16 UPDATE: The Third Bomb beat out thousands of other scripts to make it to the semifinals.

One of the world’s top 10 screenwriting contests – Final Draft’s Big Break Competition – announced its quarterfinalists earlier this month and my WWII action/ adventure script ‘The Third Bomb’ made the list! Very excited!

All script-writing contest results for The Third Bomb

Normally the quarterfinals are nothing to crow about, but this time is different. Someone from a top Hollywood agency saw my script and read its logline (a brief description of the story) and contacted me. They were intrigued and wanted to read it! #blownaway

So of course I signed their release form and sent that, plus a copy of my script, back right away. Having this agency represent me would be a dream come true… but I’m under no illusions. I’ve already been at this game for a few years now, pitching my heart out, winning competitions and getting script requests, only for it all to lead to dead ends. It’s enough to put grey hairs on your head and a bit of jade in your soul. So, the chickens have not been counted yet.

Not by a long shot.

However, in order to survive, just like in any tough industry, you have to keep pressing on despite the incredible odds against you. Otherwise, what’s the alternative, right? Give up? Go back to a normal 11hrs-a-day industry job working for someone else? F**k that 😉

Besides, I’m already incredibly fortunate that ‘The Third Bomb’ and its success on the contest circuit has helped change my life.

I’m a working screenwriter!

…and that was the whole reason I slaved over that script. So that I could pursue my dream and make it real.

I’m incredibly stressed, but it’s an excited stress, because the long hours and uncertainty about where my next pay check will come from are fuel for my brand, my business, my passion. Not someone else’s.

If you’re chasing the same dream too, keep at it! Keep studying your craft. Keep practicing your craft. Network with other writers. Read tons of scripts and analyze tons of movies/ TV shows.

And do it today. And everyday after that.

Booyah! 😉