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Night Crawl Independent Film Pitch

by Paul W. Cooper
(Los Angeles)

He's out there.

He's out there.

Danny Guidry discovers his uncanny knack for videotaping breaking news events and becomes a video vigilante, plunging himself into the high-tech, cutthroat, laser-paced world of "guerrilla journalism." Equipped with a police scanner, video camera and a fast car, he cruises the streets of New Orleans at night alert to the calls reporting heinous crimes he can tape and sell to news stations. What used to be called the graveyard shift is now called the Night Crawl. Danny gets good at night crawling. So good, he often beats the cops to the crime scene.

On one such call, Danny finds himself at the site where the latest victim of the Bayou Strangler is found. The Strangler has rampaged for more than a year, murdering eleven young women and discarding their bodies along the bayou. Comparing his video to news file tape of the victim sites, Danny discovers an interesting fact; one particular man shows up in all of the videos. Who is he? What’s his strange fascination with the crimes? Is the strangler like an arsonist who returns to the scene of the crime to watch and soak up an insane sensation of power and excitement?

Danny bides his time. And when the next victim’s body is found, Danny joins the gawkers. And sure enough, the same psycho in Danny’s tapes makes his appearance as the Coroner drags the body bag out of the swamp.

Danny has his man. He follows him. Finds where he lives. And stakes out the killer with the intent of taping the man’s every move, getting incriminating evidence and ending the Strangler’s storm of terror.

But when the killer discovers the plan and turns the tables on our vigilante, Danny finds himself the prime suspect in the murders and must flee the police while continuing his frantic search for evidence against the killer until he discovers a twist he never saw coming. Written by three time Emmy Award winner.

Submitted Sun Jan 15 15:41:31 2012 EST
By: Paul W. Cooper,
Los Angeles
paulcooper01 at ymail.com

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