G. Scott Eldredge

Writer

Blindsided

Treatment (pdf)

Blindsided (pdf)

Synopsis

Rachel accepts Alex's "creative" bursts as cute. She loves him, and he gets so excited when he’s trying to create something. But months of possession and obsession while he built a small time machine have strained their marriage considerably, were he to notice. And he spent all their money doing it.

But the thing works, and Rachel is amazed! She never thought he'd make anything that did anything, let alone what he said it would. Their problems, however, are far from over.  When objects are run through Alex's machine, there are side effects—reality changes a little bit, including him and his wife. But they each see only the changes in the other person.

Stressed by the personal changes and on the verge of losing their house, they try to manage a marriage that was shaky before it became unstable. Rachel uses the machine to try fix their failed finances. Alex uses it to try to fix their failed relationship. Instead, he accidentally ends it. And Rachel.

He seeks help from a close friend at work. New seductions play on him, but a photo reminds him how things once were with Rachel and gives him an idea how he might get Rachel back, and hopefully his marriage. He does.

Coverage from a BlueCat screenplay competition… 

"This is an ingenious idea... a time travel story that can be done on a microscopic budget without losing one bit of impact. It could all be done with makeup and a few props – and maybe a couple of actors that look almost-but-not-quite-exactly alike for some of the more drastic changes to Rachel and Alex. …It's actually a very refreshing twist on the time travel genre. 

Your dialogue is relaxed and natural, with some funny bits – "Tesla, and Einstein, and this alien with an unpronounceable name who worked with Spielberg on Close Encounters" and "Welcome to Survivor: Marriage. You're Fired!" … It's nice to see some attention paid to witty throwaway lines, especially in a script that has enough other things going on that most people wouldn't even notice if the dialogue was a little drab.

Rachel and Alex are just perfect characters for going through this sort of story… they're the modern Everyman and Everywoman – not generic; they have their own personalities and they both grow and change throughout the story – but they're very relatable, and their problems are the type that face many couples. The supporting characters you've created follow the same pattern… they have personalities and a spark to them but aren't so quirky that they take away from what's important: the storyline.”