Barry John Terblanche

Barry John Terblanche

Self employed writer
Screenwriter

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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About Barry

Who am I...? A man with a hundred stories - you wanna read one? - I’m a white male, 50, I live in the most beautiful country of South Africa. By trade, I’m an electronics technician, now retired. By passion, I’m a screenwriter of over six years. A writer of features, T.V series, and shorts across all genres. My forte been suspense, mystery, paranormal, and comedy. My voice is my somewhat conceptual imagination. All my work is original and unique, and my characters will never tell my story… they live it! And, they will always bring their best.
I know the “writers rules”… 3 Act, incite-conflict-resolve, blaa, blaa. Don’t mean I need to follow them. My writing style is: Write your story - Your storey wants out, let it out, It wants to be what it is… not told what to be! That said, I will always follow and abide by format, and structure.

As an avid movie lover, and after having read a feature script for the first time, some six years back, I was hooked! The concept/format of showing a story I can be part of, and not told of... I now had a format in which I could write my stories. Why screenwriting and not story writing books? - Hereto is a copy/paste of the introduction page to a book I wrote and published. A collection of short movie scripts. (All of which I wrote)

A novelist and a screenwriter will give you the same story.
Novelists write books. They TELL stories. They can, and are expected to, go into detail while describing the atmosphere, characters, environment, locations, etc. They can go on for pages and ages doing so. Screenwriters write movie scripts. They SHOW you a story that they put you into. They write giving you the basics to understand the story. They tell the story in the shortest amount of words. The rest is your imagination... Which it should be.

I don’t have a degree in literature, screenwriting, filmmaking, or other. I owe my skill-set to my passion to want to learn the business. Of which I have from all the books and self-study courses. And, largely to the many screenwriting forums, I’m a member of. Yeah, I’m a big fan of the “discussion lounges”. Where else can you have a cup of coffee with a few thousand other screenwriters, producers, filmmakers and the likes? The sharing of information and knowledge across such a scope, from real people in the industry, is priceless!
My scripts. I’m open to optioning my shorts that open to read, hereto below. To read the scripts of my high concept features and television series? A release form will first need to be entered into and signed.

scriptwriter.barryjohn@

Unique traits: Takes no bull-shit!

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  • LUCKY HARRY

    LUCKY HARRY Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy Drama A suicidal old man is interrupted by a house burglar. An unlikely, yet necessary relationship soon bonds them together.

  • REAL DREAM

    REAL DREAM Budget: $100K - $1M | Action Mystery When a dream keeps telling you something over and over... Best you listen! A rookie cop will be glad he did!  

  • BE SOMEONE

    BE SOMEONE Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama A best selling novelist's wife and kids are murdered. He takes to the bottle and ends up on the street. Ten years later his worthless life is saved by a woman that dies by having saved him... Not before she asks just one thing of him. Be someone. 

  • PSYCHOLOGY 101

    PSYCHOLOGY 101 Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama Psychology 101 - Don't answer your cell phone and speak-out, whilst your patient is in hypnosis! He may remember your conversation. 

  • STAY AWAKE MARY

    STAY AWAKE MARY Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama A quiet forest road. A lone woman picks up a stranded man... Good deeds are life rewarding.

  • AN ANGEL IN A BAR

    AN ANGEL IN A BAR Budget: $0 - $100K | Other Drama A man that can see both Heavens and Devils Angels. Is paid a visit in a bar by both, for a sin he has NOT YET committed.

  • DREAM WORLD

    DREAM WORLD Budget: $5M - $10M | Drama Fantasy In what state of mind are you in right now? The conscious real-world? Or, the unconscious dream-world? When we in the one, we generally disregard the other. This is known as the parallel world. 

  • DEAR SANTA

    DEAR SANTA Budget: $0 - $100K | Independent Comedy A Merry Christmas (2020) " chuckle script letter" to you and yours. 

  • BLANK BULLET

    BLANK BULLET Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller Drama Sometimes a blank bullet can do more damage than a real bullet. A terrorist that killed a man's wife and children, will learn this the hard way.       

  • DEAD DREAM

    DEAD DREAM Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama Fantasy Most pray for forgiveness. One man dreams of it. After killing his innocent wife in a fit of rage... he seeks her forgiveness in his dreams - in that they can BOTH find peace.  

  • A QUIET NIGHT

    A QUIET NIGHT Budget: $0 - $100K | Romance Drama A quiet hotel bar - an attractive woman attempts to solicit a handsome man. Only to end up on the other end of the stick. Not that she minds...

  • SOUL DELIVERANCE

    SOUL DELIVERANCE Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama Fantasy God and the Devil deliberate over the rights to a dead man's soul. Will either of the two God's overlook the RULES BOOK that governs them.

  • SPIDER LOVE... Well sort of.

    SPIDER LOVE... Well sort of. Budget: $0 - $100K | Animation Comedy Nature has it that the larger female spider will kill and eat the male after mating. Fred is out to change this. He's starting a new trend, he's calling - Casual Sex.

  • THEY JUST PEASANTS

    THEY JUST PEASANTS Budget: $1M - $5M | War Crime When American President gave the order; Launch missile, they just peasants! There came grave consequences! One mans abuse of power that shook the world.

  • ALLEY CATS

    ALLEY CATS Budget: $0 - $100K | Action Animation A domesticated Persian cat's freedom of street life is challenged by three street hobo's. Blood will be spilled in a dark alley...   

  • TRUMPED

    TRUMPED Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy Adventure Donald Trump has been shot! God and the Devil argue in not wanting to take him. And both have good argumentative reason as to what this arrogant loud mouth will do to their respective "residents". 

  • HELL... Its over crowded here.

    HELL... Its over crowded here. Budget: $100K - $1M | Adventure Comedy Hell bursts at the seams. Satan goes up to investigate. He discovers the world above is not what it ones was. Life on Earth makes Hell look like the Hilton. And his arch enemy - God - has a surprise waiting for him.

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