Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A great design could save a car company

America and the rest of the world loves cars.  The Post Office issued Fins & Chrome stamps, the movie CARS did some business, and oil or no oil, America is still on wheels. Kids sketch cars in their notebooks and when they get older, slide under them in their driveways.

In our car script, STREAMLINED, three teenage misfits enter a car design contest. When their entry is wrecked, they make an amazing discovery and go on to victory with the help of Raymond Loewy, from on high, and the Lost Studebaker of 1964.

David is French, cocky and mechanical. Cullen is younger, an eager-to-please computer genius. Riley is a leggy sculptress from New York transplanted to South Bend, Indiana.

With the encouragement of a mysterious black gentleman driving a tricked-out Greyhound, they hook up with an engine designer named Ed, who in his grumpy way, teaches them as much about pride and excellence as about building cars.

When their concept car is destroyed, only the Greyhound remains. The kids learn its secret, then whirl onto the track, driving their magically inspired vehicle to a breathtaking climax.

Ross Stansfield and I are writers, filmmakers, and winners of a Telly for a short we made several years ago called OMNIFAX, which showed in New York and Los Angeles.

The great industrial designer Raymond Loewy's late daughter Laurence supported this project.

Want to make a movie--celebrate a time and a car--and have some fun? Many people think the Lost Studebaker of 1964 could have saved the company. No gigantic bailout needed.

Coolness would have done it.

The filmmakers

ROSS STANSFIELD is a commercial photographer, filmmaker, and videographer with many household-word clients. He has produced numerous videos and films, including a short titled OMNIFAX, written by Star Lawrence, which showed in New York and LA.


Loewy Loved Locomotives, Raymond Loewy Documentary, O. Winston Link Museum, Director, Producer, Music Composer, Editor

Last Man on Earth, 48 hour film, Dead City Films, DP

Night Songs, 16MM music video edited at the Post Group LA
Director, Producer

OMNIFAX, short, Telly Winner. Coproducer, codirector.
Still Photography:

For more details, go to http://rsprod.com.

STAR LAWRENCE is a long-time script and medical writer, with one studio option (Citadel Entertainment) for a CBS Movie of the Week.

She has written or co-written nine screenplays.

She wrote and coproduced the Telly-winning short OMNIFAX (hard-charging lawyers starts to get mysterious faxes).

She is now working on an animated project: Paw & Order, a kids' comedy version of the original with animal cops. See http://pawandorder.blogspot.com. She explored an option for this but could not come to terms.

For more details, go to: http://sunoasis.com/webjean.html.