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Inspired by real events. On 12 August 2015, a series of explosions killed 173 people and injured hundreds of others at the Port of Tianjin, China. Mutant longshoremen bordered the ship, and a sailor with a dead end past and his computer genius son ashore are the last hope for a ship out of control headed for San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge .

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  • Zed Fest Film Festival 2016 DEAD CARGO to Finalist.
  • Finalist in The Beverley Hills Film Festival 2017
Writer Biography

I'm retired from the Sailor's Union of the Pacific as Bosun, The Screen Actor's Guild and Chevron Shipping. I was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, where Rudyard Kipling wrote Kim, and Captains Courageous. I was raised in Scarsdale New York and Newtown Connecticut where I worked as a psychiatric aide for the criminal insane before going to War. Returning from the Vietnam War I received an Associates in Arts degree from the College of Marin in Kentfield Ca. I have spent nearly a lifetime at sea. I'm also a retired member of SAG, and having worked as an Extra in over one hundred productions from San Francisco to Burbank.. I have commercial fished for salmon in Alaska; and I have 3 published books and 8 unpublished screenplays. I spend my down time in Ubon Ratchathani Thailand taking care of my rubber trees .

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Writer Statement

The screenplay begins on a container ship navigating turbulent seas, foreshadowing the tumultuous journey ahead for Ted, the protagonist. Seeking a fresh start, Ted's narration and interactions with others reveal his past and quest for redemption. The ship's encounter with a tidal wave triggers a turning point, accentuating Ted's struggle with alcoholism and past traumas. A mysterious white cloud leaves the crew comatose, leaving Ted and a few others to face challenges in a supernatural state. Ted's leadership and courage shine through as he steers the ship away from disaster. The story concludes with Ted's redemption and reunification with his family, setting the stage for his future voyages.

Cheers Theodore, thanks for sending this in. Good stuff. My initial reaction is that the most appealing or significant aspects of Runaway Ship are its kinetic pace. The story is filled with movement, making it almost stressful to read as the events begin to unfold, particularly the arrival of the tidal wave. The screenplay effectively uses suspense and dramatic tension to keep the audience engaged, creating the question of whether or not the crew will survive the adversities. Thematically, this is a story about courage, resilience, personal redemption, and the power of human spirit in the face of adversity.

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